It's a very big weekend for everyone here at Anime Limited. As we post this not only are things underway in East London at the MCM London Comic Con where we're exhibiting, presenting panels and getting to speak to the fans directly. We also have some big announcements across the weekend to share with you! We're kicking things off things in a big way with the announcement that we will be releasing the hit series Sword Art Online II in the UK on both Blu-ray and DVD.
It’s time for our announcement of the weekend and it’s a big one! We’re delighted reveal that we will be releasing the series #SwordArtOnline II on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK! Get the details at our website http://blog.AllTheAnime.com #SAO #anime #manga #SAOII
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The series will be coming to the UK in 4 parts (total) - in Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD combi and Standard Edition DVD formats with Part 1 of 4 tentatively set for release August 2015. We'll have more details on content info and release information for the other parts at a later date. Continue Reading
NOTE: Since this post was published the release date of Kill la Kill Part 3 has been shifted 29th June 2015. Please see HERE for details.
The wait is nearly over as in just a few weeks time (8th June) Kill la Kill Part 3 is set for release on Collector's Edition Blu-ray and Collector's Edition DVD. Though if you're at MCM London Comic Con this weekend we will have some early pre-release copies on each format available at our booth (#1741). Today we wanted to give you a sneak peek at what you can expect when you open your copy of this release.
The contents of our release of Part 3 are as follows:
The content on the disc is as follows: (NOTE: Content regardless whether it's the DVD or Blu-ray version is identical)
On the week of MCM London Comic Con it's time for our latest Newswire! It's going to be a very MCM focused newswire this week, but there are also update on the general running of things the next week, Durarara!! replacements and more.
~ Our new release this week the Standard Edition Blu-ray (that includes our reauthored discs) and DVD of Durarara!!. You can get full details about this set in a post of ours from a few weeks HERE.
~ Speaking of Durarara!! in case you didn't read it in our Newswire last week fulfilment for our Limited Edition Blu-ray replacement programme is ongoing. The latest update on this can be found below in the Replacement Update section.
~ This week is MCM London Comic Con, one of the biggest events we attend every year, and with that it means general running of things from us (both on the likes of social media and behind the scenes) will differ from normal running, so we wanted to make you aware of a few tidbits:
By Andy Hanley
With Liden Films and Sanzigen’s anime adaptation of The Heroic Legend of Arslan now airing in Japan (and streaming to the UK courtesy of Anime Limited of course), no doubt we’ll see some increased interest in the show’s source material, that being Hiromu Arakawa’s manga itself adapted from Yoshiki Tanaka’s on-going series of novels. The good news is that this manga is itself available legally in digital form on Crunchyroll’s manga service, with over twenty chapters available in English at the time of writing, so this seems like a prescient time to build on Andrew Osmond’s discussion of the origins and outline of The Heroic Legend of Arslan and take a look over the manga itself.
Hiromu Arakawa is also the author of Fullmetal Alchemist, although even the briefest of looks at The Heroic Legend of Arslan will probably tip you off as to that fact – Arakawa’s style and character designs are a perfect fit for this story based in a fictionalised 19th century, and if we’re honest the titular lead character of the series wouldn’t have to work too hard to cosplay as Edward Elric if he so desired! Continue Reading
By Andy Hanley
For fans of the works of light novel author Ryohgo Narita, 2015 is turning into an exciting year – his original Durarara novels are getting an official English release from Yen Press, a second season of the anime adaptation of that series – Durarara x2 – is airing over the next twelve months split into three blocks of twelve episodes, and of course UK anime fans have the first season of Durarara available to purchase, with the anime adaptation of Narita's other major work Baccano also on the way on Blu-ray.
In terms of the growth of western fandom for both of these series however, there's no shortage of credit that should be steered towards another individual – Takahiro Omori, the man responsible for directing both Baccano and Durarara's animated outings and someone with a notable career within the industry spanning thirty years and a variety of impressive works.
Omori's work can be traced back to the mid-1980s, where (like many directors) he began his career as an animator, with his most notable work of that time involving key animation duties on the final two episodes of GAINAX's classic OVA Gunbuster, as well as Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water.
Having turned his attention towards directorial duties in the 1990s, it's not until 2002 that Omori appeared on the radar of western fans courtesy of Haibane Renmei, where he served as assistant director while also involving himself with storyboards and episode direction. Given the quiet, dramatic and intensely character-driven focus of that series, it could certainly be argued that Omori's work here served him in good stead as a precursor to his later works and a trademark style which often relies heavily on that exact same set of values. Continue Reading