Following our recent announcement that we've acquired the new Lupin the 3rd Part 5 series - which you can watch weekly at Crunchyroll - we mentioned there would be details about our upcoming home video release of Lupin the 3rd Part IV (aka Lupin the 3rd: The Italian Adventure) on 28th May 2018. Well, today is the the day we fill you in on the details of what to expect, plus some other important details you should know about this release too.
Read on below for all the details!
Synopsis: Master thief Lupin the Third returns to the spotlight when he's poised to marry the danger-loving, Italian superstar Rebecca Rossellini. But once his high-profile wedding is interrupted by his eternal rival Inspector Zenigata, the chase is on! In this clever and colorful series, Lupin gallivants across Italy and beyond, chasing treasure and pleasure. No mission is impossible for Lupin: exploring haunted houses,fighting the mafia, running from zombies, swiping the Mona Lisa, escaping a custom-made prison,or even just lending a hand to strangers in need.
He's aided by the loyal gunslinger Jigen and the ace swordsman Goemon, while his beautiful partner-slash-rival Fujiko Mine keeps him on his toes. But this time, the super-powered MI6 agent Nyx is eager to bring Lupin down. And could that bearded street artist really be the great Leonardo da Vinci, back from the dead? The mysteries of the Dream of Italy will be revealed as Lupin the Third takes on the Italian Adventure!
You can watch a preview for show, that was published prior to its airing in Japan, below
In short, yes. But in our honest opinion you can jump into this series whether you have some prior knowledge of the franchise, a lot, or even no knowledge at all. The entire series of "Part 4" is one self-contained story. You'll become very acclimated with the characters quickly too, so you have nothing to fear on that front.
28th May 2018 will mark the first time a full Lupin the 3rd series is released on home video in the UK, so we wanted to make sure we utilise some of the gorgeous art from the series! Here's what our Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray will look like -
It will come packed in a rigid case with a digipak to hold the four Blu-ray discs. Also included is a 60-page art book that looks at characters from the series, props (i.e. gadgets, vehicles and more), backgrounds and concept art. The rigid case will come with an o-card (aka slipcover) around it too.
When it comes to the episodes themselves, in this Ltd Collector's Ed. Blu-ray release each episode is in Japanese with English subtitles only. You get the entire series, which includes the two episodes "Venice of the Dead" and "Non Rendezvous", which were released separately in Japan as bonus OVA episodes.
You can pre-order this from retailers now including the following:
Pre-orders at our AllTheAnime.com web shop will commence on 11th May 2018. (There may even be a special offer to coincide with that too ;) ) In the interim you can view the listing here:
Yes there is, so this is where things get tricky and is also partly the reason why it's taken us far longer to release the series than was originally anticipated. So, we want to put all our cards on the table and let you know where things stand, the circumstances that have had to be taken into consideration for this, and what is going to happen down the line:
However, that doesn't mean we aren't going to be releasing the English dub version of the series...
We want to make it known now that while the English dub release will be exclusive to our AllTheAnime.com web shop, if you are someone who is planning to order the Ltd Collector's Ed. (subtitle-only) Blu-ray version from our AllTheAnime.com web shop or buy it from the AllTheAnime stand at any event we exhibit at, you will be eligible for a discount on purchasing the standard ed. English dub version Blu-ray when it's available.
If you do so, you will be entitled to purchase a single copy the standard edition dubbed version Blu-ray for only £10 when it is available. (Again, no release date announced at this time)
TERMS & CONDITIONS OF THIS OFFER:
Again, to clarify there's no definitive time frame on when the standard edition and this offer will be available for redemption, but this is something we will honour at any time provided you follow the conditions and instructions above. :)
There's a lot of info we've thrown at you in this post. This F.A.Q. section is mostly here to summarise the above.
--- When is the Ltd Collector's Ed. (subtitled-only) Blu-ray being released?
29th May 2018.
--- What language are the episodes on the Ltd Collector's Ed. (subtitled-only) Blu-ray?
Japanese with English subtitles only.
--- What's the SRP of the Ltd Collector's Ed. Blu-ray?
The SRP is £69.99. (Obviously, this is before respective retailers apply their own discounts - £69.99 ultimately shouldn't be the price you pay for it.)
--- Will there be a release of the English dub of the series.
Yes. It will be released as a standard edition Blu-ray exclusive to AllTheAnime.com in the future. (No release date announced at time of writing.)
--- Why aren't both language options available in the Ltd Collector's Ed Blu-ray?
Please read the section above titled "But wait, isn't there an English dub of the series?", as we go into detail there.
--- I watch all of my anime with an English dub, what do I do?
Fear not, we will also be releasing the series in full as a standard edition Blu-ray featuring the show's English dub, at a time yet to be confirmed.
--- But I want to own both language versions!
We will be offering the dubbed version (when available) at a greatly reduced cost to anyone who purchases the Ltd Collector's Ed. (subtitle-only) version from our AllTheAnime.com web shop or from the AllTheAnime stall at an event we exhibit at. Please see the section above for details on our dub "upgrade" scheme!
--- Will the series be getting released on DVD at all?
No. It will only be released on Blu-ray only due to lack of demand for a DVD edition of the series.
--- Do I need to have seen any other incarnation of Lupin the 3rd to be able to enjoy Part IV?
In short, no. Each incarnation of the franchise, while in the same universe, is very much a self-contained story. So you can jump into this if you've never watched any Lupin the 3rd series before, no problem.
--- Are the two episodes that were OVAs in Japan included?
Yes, "Venice of the Dead" and "Non Rendezvous" are included on our release.
That about wraps up this post! We hope you're excited about adding this series to your collection! It'll be the first time that an entire Lupin the 3rd series has been released in the United Kingdom on home video, and we're very excited to give fans the opportunity to own a piece of this franchise.
Obviously once we can update you and share more details on the English dub standard ed. Blu-ray, we'll be sure to do so - as always, watch this space.
Back in February, we revealed the exciting news that we'll be bringing the latest film from the renowned director Mamoru Hosoda to the UK, with his new film Mirai set to screen in cinemas right across the UK during the final quarter of 2018.
Yesterday saw even more exciting news emerge around the film, as the iconic Cannes Film Festival revealed that it will be hosting Mirai's world premiere during their prestigious Director’s Fortnight (aka Quinzaine) during the month of May. This is the first time any Japanese animated work has received a world premiere at the event, which is a fantastic achievement and a testament to the quality of the film.
For more details, you can read the full press release below from Fetch Publicity.
Wednesday 18th April 2018, London - Following the official Festival du Cannes announcement, Anime Ltd. is pleased to confirm that Mirai will receive its World Premiere at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival and screen as part of the prestigious Director’s Fortnight (Quinzaine) sidebar in May. Mirai will be the first Japanese animation ever to receive a world premiere on the Croisette.
Mirai is created, written and directed by Mamoru Hosoda (The Boy and the Beast, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Summer Wars) and comes from Hosoda’s own production company Studio Chizu and will be released by Toho in Japan. The UK release is set for later in 2018 from Anime Ltd. and National Amusements.
The birth of a sibling is a joyous time for many, but not for Kun. Four years old and spoiled rotten, he sees baby sister Mirai as competition for his parents’ love. Amidst the luscious leaves of a mysterious garden, a magical encounter with his little sister from the future will send the siblings on an intimate journey through time and space, to confront the boy’s uncertain feelings and prepare him to be the big brother he needs to be.
Following the announcement, Anime Ltd. president Andrew Partridge commented:
“Working on Mamoru Hosoda's Mirai is a dream come true for the whole team here at Anime Limited in the UK and France. To see it come to Cannes and be the first ever world premiere of an anime there, as well as only the second ever anime in Director’s Fortnight, is a huge honour and a great starting point for people to see the film. We can’t wait to see what people think of it!”
You can find the original announcement of our acquisition elsewhere on our blog. You can also check out an initial teaser trailer (with English subtitles) for the film below.
We'll have plenty more to say about Mirai over the coming months as we move towards its release in UK cinemas, so keep a close eye on all of our usual channels as we hope to have no shortage of exciting news to share!
Until next time, take care folks.
By Andrew Osmond.
Like or hate it, last year’s live-action Ghost in the Shell performed a service in reminding many people of the Japanese original. But many people probably thought of one Ghost only. At least in Britain and America, it does seem that the 1995 cinema anime film, directed by Mamoru Oshii and co-produced by Britain’s Manga Entertainment, overshadows all other Ghosts – a bit like Wizard of Oz being eternally defined by the MGM musical. (Sorry, Wicked fans.)
This did the Hollywood Ghost no favours. On the one hand, the film lifted umpteen images and set-pieces from the Oshii film, highlighted in the trailer (discussed here). But it altered the characters and story so completely that many fans were more offended than gratified. It’s easy to forget how many Ghosts there had already been, taking the characters, world and themes in numerous different ways, reflecting the outlooks of umpteen artists.
The new book Ghost in the Shell ReadMe: 1995-2017, available in English from Kodansha, attempts to redress the balance. It’s a guide to all the anime versions of Ghost, starting with the Oshii film and moving through his Innocence sequel, Stand Alone Complex and Arise, and ending with the misleadingly named Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie (which is a cinema continuation of Arise). Continue Reading
A new week brings you new releases to add to your collection! The final volume of a popular series, and the second film of a four film project on Blu-ray!
Read on below for the details.
FORMAT: Ltd. Ed. Blu-ray (pictured left), Standard DVD
BBFC CERT.: 15
SRP: Ltd Ed. Blu-ray - £59.99 | Standard DVD - £29.99
Language: English, Japanese with English subtitles
Includes episodes 14-25 [end] of the second season of the series.
Synopsis: "It's time for second term, and the assassination classroom is ready for a semester filled with intense training, studying, and new ways to kill their teacher. But things aren't all that they seem and this new semester is proving to hold more secrets than answers. And the biggest question they have to face: do they save the world, or save the world's greatest teacher?"
You can watch the trailer for this (originally published when our Collector's Ed. version was being released) below
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FORMAT: Standard ed. Blu-ray
(Ltd Collector's Ed. Blu-ray+DVD (now out of print) and standard DVD previously released.)
BBFC CERT.: 15
SRP: Standard Blu-ray - £24.99
Language: Japanese with English subtitles only
Synopsis: I wish it would stay like this every day…” Following his transfer to Gekkoukan Private Academy, Makoto Yuki is suddenly attacked by a strange monster called Shadows and is awakened to a power which allowed him to summon a Persona.
Seeing Makoto’s potential, the members of the Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad approach him to join them in their battle against these creatures. Makoto, initially feeling detached from the situation accepts their invitation indifferently, but as he learned more about the “Dark Hour,” and engaged in many harsh battles, he began feeling a strong bond with his teammates.
And so the season turned from spring to summer… the battle was far from over for the SEES team, now joined by a new member, but they all felt a sense of fulfilment even as they faced these abnormal circumstances.
The wheels of fate began to turn… as they were about to learn of the new trials they must face.
Check out a preview for the film, originally published prior to our release of the (now out of print) Ltd Collector's Ed. Blu-ray+DVD version:
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-- Want to read more about Persona3 movie #2? Have a read of this piece published at our blog HERE.
We're big fans of board games here at Anime Ltd., so we wanted to take a moment to make it known that you can order the official board game based on the Attack on Titan franchise, Attack on Titan: Titan The Last from our AllTheAnime.com web shop! Check out the video preview below and order yours today!
In case you missed it last week we announced a new title we (Anime Ltd.) have acquired the rights to! This being the latest series in the Full Metal Panic franchise, Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory. Fans in UK & Ireland can watch it every week on Crunchyroll! You can read our announcement HERE!
And a reminder that over the last few weeks we've announced other titles too! The first was Lupin the 3rd: Part 5 which we're also simulcasting to the UK & Ireland through Crunchyroll each week when a new episode airs! Read our announcement HERE for more details.
The second was Tokyo Ghoul:re, the brand-new season in the Tokyo Ghoul franchise, which we're also simulcasting to the UK & Ireland each week when a new episode airs. Read our announcement HERE.
And finally, recently we announced PERSONA5 the Animation! Read our announcement for this HERE. Though we don't hold the simulcasting rights to this title, fans in UK & Ireland are still able to watch each week on Crunchyroll! (Read our announcement for more details.)
It's the weekend and we've got some exciting details to share with you! It's been a long time coming. We know a lot of you have been patiently waiting for details on our release of Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Part 1 and today we can bring you some details on what to expect when it arrives in the UK in under a couple of months time on 25th June 2018.
But before we get to telling you what to expect in our release, for those unfamiliar with it, a quick introduction to the series -
From the studio brought you Agame Ga Kill, Steins;Gate, Jormungand and The Devil is a Part-Timer!
Synopsis: "Natsuki Subaru, an ordinary high school student, is on his way home from the convenience store when he finds himself transported to another world. As he's lost and confused in a new world where he doesn't even know left from right, the only person to reach out to him was a beautiful girl with silver hair.
Determined to repay her somehow for saving him from his own despair, Subaru agrees to help the girl find something she's looking for..."
Check out a subtitled preview (originally published when the show was airing) below -
Part 1 of Re:Zero will be getting released on standard DVD and Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray (pictured) on 26th June 2018. It will include episodes 1-12* of the series with both English and original Japanese with English subtitles language options.
*This includes the double length first episode (aka episodes 1A & 1B)
The Ltd Collector's Ed. Blu-ray version will come pack in a rigid case with a digipack to hold the two Bu-ray discs. Inside will also be 52 page book. Inside the book will be -
A unique aspect of this book is that it combines lots of data from the original Japanese releases, but is split into two distinct sections, this in essence being the first two story arcs of the series. The first covering events that take place in the first three episodes (four technically, if you consider that episode 1 aired as episode 1A & 1B), then the second section covering events between episodes 4-11. It's a great companion piece to watching the series and one we're sure you'll be happy to have in your collection.
You can pre-order your copy of this right from many retailers including the following -
When it comes to our AllTheAnime.com web shop, we'll start taking orders closer to the date of release. (There will be details on when that will be soon.) But in the interim you can see the listing in the link below
Those of reading above will have noted we mentioned there will be English audio included. That's correct and below you can find the cast list -
As we mentioned, Part 1 of Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- will be available on Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray and standard DVD from 25th June 2018. We hope you're looking forward to adding this to your collection!