We've made it through MCM London Comic Con - of which we want to extend big thanks to everyone who came to visit us at the show or attended events we were involved with! - but that means we have deluge of new releases available to add to your collection!
Now, there's a lot of new releases from us this week. So we're changing the format of this new release blog slightly to accommodate that - otherwise it would be insanely long. But read on below for the details (and links to more information) of what's available now!
Quick summary of new releases:
You've been waiting patiently for it and now the Sword Art Online Movie: Ordinal Scale is available to add to your collection! Available as
is the standard edition Blu-ray of Sword Art Online II: Part 1. While stock lasts (not exclusive to any one retailer) it comes with a Limited Ed. box to store all four parts of the series.
The latest movie in the Fairy Tail franchise is available now to add your collection! Get your copy today on
The classic series from Studio BONES (Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, Eureka Seven. Snow White with the Red Hair) is now available on Blu-ray for the first-time in the United Kingdom, and we've gone the extra mile as it's available as an Ultimate Ed. set we are super proud of!
The next release in our ever growing Gundam Collection brings you a four film arc that's a prequel to the original Mobile Suit Gundam series. So be you someone who is deep into the world of Gundam, or someone looking for a place to jump in for the first time, this is a release that will sit very well in your collection!
In what will initially be exclusive to our AllTheAnime.com web shop, the classic Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust film comes to the UK for the first time on Blu-ray as part of a Ltd Collector's Ed. Blu-ray+DVD set that is sure to make old school anime fans happy, as well as bringing in a whole new generation of fans who have never experienced the film before.
And that concludes this brief roundup of what's available from us now! If you clink on the corresponding links above you'll be able to see the respective product in all its glory!
Until next time, singing out~!
So, here we are again... at the time of publishing this, our second and final Anime Limited panel at MCM London Comic Con took place yesterday, bringing with it another host of announcements in addition to those that we revealed to you on Friday, which you can catch up on over here at this blog post if you missed them.
Let's waste no time and get straight down to what we had to show you during our Sunday panel!
Also unveiled today is our intention to bring a classic CLAMP series to the UK on Blu-ray in the form of Angelic Layer - expect to see this series arrive in full late in Q3 this year as a Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray sporting a rigid case, 40-page artbook and the full series on three Blu-rays contained within a Digipak. Here's more on the show:
Synopsis: "From the moment twelve-year-old Misaki Suzuhara first arrives in Tokyo to live with her aunt, she finds herself swept away by the amazing world of Angelic Layer - a fast-paced high-tech game where dolls called "Angels" are controlled by the thoughts of their operator, or "Deus."
Discovering that her new friends are as interested in Angelic Layer as she is, Misaki builds her own Angel, Hikaru, and begins competing in battles where will and determination count far more than size and strength.
The competitions are going to be fierce and, with the national championships looming on the horizon, you can bet that not everyone Misaki meets will be on her side. Can Misaki handle the pressure of non-stop competition while struggling to adapt to life in an unfamiliar city?"
We'll be sharing more details on this one as soon as our designs and plans are approved, so watch this space! And while we're on the subject of popular CLAMP anime...
EDIT FROM JEREMY - Following on from a question during the Q&A segment of our panel yesterday (Sunday 27th May) about whether there would be any audio commentaries on the discs, we can confirm the on-disc extras for our release of the series will be as follows:
Hope that helps!
And now back to what else was talked about during our panel :)
You've been asking for it for a long time, and today we can finally confirm we've made the first important step regarding a franchise you've all been waiting for, as we can confirm we'll be bringing the second film from the classic Cardcaptor Sakura franchise to the UK, and on Blu-ray no less! We haven't currently finalised our plans for The Sealed Card, but watch this space for more Cardcaptor Sakura news as and when we have it.
In case you're unaware, here are the details of the film for you:
Synopsis: "The finale to the beloved Cardcaptor Sakura TV anime. During the summer holidays Sakura and her class prepare a play for an annual festival, and some unexpected arrivals give her the courage to finally reciprocate her feelings. But as the cards begin to disappear one by one, Sakura discovers that a single card still remains – a card with power equal to all of hers, as the final battle approaches..."
EDIT FROM JEREMY - We know a lot of you will be excited about this - we see this already based on feedback from social media overnight - and are hoping this leads to more from the franchise than just the second movie. Let's just say we're certainly very hopeful it will be the start of a journey that takes us through older seasons too ;)
Last October, we revealed our plans to launch a vinyl record label here at All The Anime, and although we're still working hard on perfecting our processes and getting everything ship-shape, we do have another title to add to A Silent Voice and Trigun amongst the first wave of soundtracks we'll be releasing on vinyl.
Our latest addition is a true classic that's about to enjoy a new lease of life, as with its sequels finally on the horizon we're revisiting the iconic soundtrack of FLCL for a vinyl release, bringing you what we hope to be a gorgeous edition of The Pillows' fantastic sounds to enjoy and treasure.
Again, we'll bring you more details of our plans for the design, track listings and so on in due course.
Many of you have hopefully already picked up your copy of our latest Ultimate Edition release in the form of Wolf's Rain, but what's next for our Ultimate Edition range? We provided the scoop at our panel, by announcing that we'll be returning to Satoshi Kon's classic film Perfect Blue and re-examining it in a way never before seen outside of Japan.
For starters, our release will feature the film on Blu-ray of course - however, this isn't the transfer that you'll have seen in cinemas or on our previous release, but via a brand new remaster of the film to notably improve on its visual quality and give its striking direction and composition a whole new lease of life.
Alongside that, our Ultimate Edition will also feature the film's soundtrack on CD, but most notably of all this will all come housed within a massive, fully English translated 380-page storyboard book never before seen outside of Japan. This book will allow you to see all of Satoshi Kon's storyboards for the film, and is packed with notes and thoughts from the director himself to give you a comprehensive insight into the creative process behind this groundbreaking film.
In other words, even if you've owned the film via previous releases, we're confident that you'll want to dig into this Ultimate Edition and the new ways it offers to immerse yourself in Perfect Blue's dark investigation into the human psyche.
If there's one question we've heard from a lot of people over recent weeks, it's whether we have any plans to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Cowboy Bebop, and it'll be no surprise to hear that yes, we do, and you can expect a Cowboy Bebop 20th Anniversary Edition to arrive in the UK in some shape or form later in 2018.
While we're still finalising our exact plans for this release and what they will entail (doing awesome things takes time!), we can confirm at least a couple of factors about our release. Firstly, we can confidently say that our release will contains all of the Cowboy Bebop TV series soundtracks on CD - with music as good as Yoko Kanno's, just the equivalent of one soundtrack's worth of music simply isn't enough, so we've worked hard to ensure that you'll get all of the notable music for the show included in the package.
EDIT FROM JEREMY - We've heard from people overnight wanting to know if there will be any vinyl included in this set we're planning. We want to confirm right now that no, there will not be any vinyl of the soundtrack included. But, the reason for this is that we've always said if we were going to bringing a big release celebrating the anniversary of the series, including all of the soundtrack rather than part of it would be of prime importance for us. We have the opportunity to do that just that by including all of it on CD, so we jumped at the chance when the opportunity presented itself.
Secondly, we'll also be making sure that our edition will accommodate the Cowboy Bebop movie in some shape or form - again, our exact plans for this are still in motion so we'll confirm more once these plans are solidified.
We're really excited with how our plans to celebrate this big anniversary for the show is shaping up, and we really can't wait to share more with you as soon as we're able!
That's a wrap of all of our MCM London Comic Con announcements - we'd love to hear what excites you, and what you're looking forward to most from what we've revealed. Whether you were at the event or not, we hope you've had a fantastic weekend!
Until next time, take care.
by Jeremy Clarke.
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Recently we gave you the low down on what to expect from our upcoming release of the film Night is Short, Walk On Girl, a film directed by Masaaki Yuasa. Today - as promised at our MCM London Comic Con panel on Friday - we're excited to tell you about our plans for another of his recent works, Lu Over the Wall, which you may remember we screened in cinemas late last year.
Read on below for the details.
Studio: Science SARU
Director: Masaaki Yuasa
Director Masaaki Yuasa delivers a colourful and striking tale of the power of love, friendship and music in this fun-filled family film.
Synopsis: After the divorce of his parents sees him move to a sleepy rural village, middle school student Kai is left lonely and bored aside from his sole passion for creating and uploading music online. Even when two of his classmates invite him to join their fledgling band, Kai is reluctant to get involved, but when he’s dragged to a practice session on a deserted island he finds himself coming face-to-face with Hinashi Town’s most feared legend - a mermaid, shunned by the populace as a siren of despair responsible for the loss of many fisherman in years gone by.
However, the fun-loving and curious Lu couldn’t be more different than the mermaids spoken of in legend, and her infectious love of music and dancing might just be the key to not only unlocking Kai’s heart, but also saving Hinashi Town from danger.
Check out a trailer for the film (originally published prior to our theatrical screenings in 2017) below:
The first thing you need to know is that the film be getting released on 16th July 2018. There will be a Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray+DVD set (pictured below), and there will also be standard Blu-ray and standard DVD versions available the same day too.
On the discs themselves you can watch the film with both the English dub and original Japanese audio with English subtitles (both audio options being in 5.1). There's also trailers for the film and a 28 minute interview with director Masaaki Yuasa about the film included as extras on the discs.
The Ltd. Collector's Edition Blu-ray+DVD set will come packed in a rigid case and inside that you'll find a digpack that holds the two discs. But also included inside the rigid case is a 52-page art book that is divided into multiple sections:
But that's not all! In addition to three sections of art there are also two more sections:
As you can tell from above, there's a lot packed into this release!
The following retailers are taking pre-orders for this right now:
And we'll be taking pre-orders for this from 22nd June 2018 at our AllTheAnime.com web shop. You can see the listing for that in the link below
And that wraps up this preview of what to expect for our release of Lu Over the Wall. We hope you're looking forward to adding this lovely film to your collection. Let us know what you think of it!
Hi folks! As you might be aware, this afternoon we took to the stage at the MCM London Comic Con to bring you fun, frolics and - most importantly of all - a lot of important news! Of course, we know that not all of you are able to make it to the event, so for those of you who couldn't attend here's a quick run-down of what we had to talk about during our Friday panel at the show.
Don't forget, we have a second panel on Sunday, so keep your eyes peeled for further news a couple of days from now, and in the meantime, here's a reminder of all of our activities across London Comic Con weekend for anyone visiting over the course of the event.
Now, on to the news!
In case you missed it, yesterday we posted a first look at our home video release plans for Mari Okada and Studio Trigger's fantastic series Kiznaiver. Head on over to our blog post on the subject to see the full low-down, including details on our stunning AllTheAnime.com shop exclusive art book!
In a similar vein, at today's panel we also revealed our precise plans for Masaaki Yuasa's family film Lu Over the Wall on home video! We'll be revealing this in full to all and sundry in the form of a full blog post on our site tomorrow, so keep your eyes peeled for that on Saturday morning!
As well as existing titles, we also had a few brand-new titles to announce at our panel. First up, we're excited to announce that we'll be bringing Season 1 of JC Staff's beautiful, charming healing title Amanchu! to the UK on home video.
We don't have any exact plans to reveal at this particular point in time, but we can confirm that Amanchu! Season 1 will be arriving as a Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray set later in 2018.
Synopsis: "After moving from Tokyo to a small seaside town, 15 year-old Futaba is captivated by the ocean views and the vast expanse of water which she finds laid out before her. Unbeknownst to her, Futaba’s fascination is shared by Hikari, who has lived in the town her entire life, and the two girl's lives intermingle unexpectedly when the introverted Futaba meets the outgoing and exuberant Hikari as one of her new classmates.
Before she knows it, a whole new world is opened up to Futaba - a sparkling, shimmering world that exists under the sea, as her new-found friend helps her confront her fears and anxieties through the form of scuba diving.
As her circle of friends grows, and with her confidence burgeoning, so Futaba finds the strength and self-assuredness to grow and develop with the support of those around her in this quietly touching and charming tale of friendship and finding yourself, lovingly animated by Production I.G."
We know that many of you are chomping at the bit for more news on our future plans for Mobile Suit Gundam now that Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin I-IV is about to hit retail stores, and to satiate your desire for more of these seminal giant robots we've confirmed our plans to bring two more stories from the Gundam universe to the UK in 2018.
First up we have the jaw-dropping Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: December Sky, a standalone film which we'll be bringing to the UK on Limited Edition Blu-ray over the coming months. Here's the lowdown on the story:
Synopsis: "Their war has not yet ended… It is Universal Century 0079, at the end of the One Year War between the Earth Federation and the Principality of Zeon. The space colonies of Side 4, or Moore, were previously destroyed by a Zeon attack, and many colonists lost their lives. Side 4 became a shoal zone filled with the wreckage of destroyed colonies and warships, lit by constant flashes of lightning due to collisions between electrified debris. It soon came to be known as the "Thunderbolt Sector."
The Moore Brotherhood, an Earth Federation Forces unit made up of surviving citizens from Moore, set out to exterminate the Zeon forces in the Thunderbolt Sector in order to reclaim their homeland. To halt the Federation advance, the Zeon forces deployed their own Living Dead Division, which was established to collect combat data on soldiers with prosthetic limbs.
Io Fleming, though part of the Moore Brotherhood, hates being tied down by his homeland and family history. Daryl Lorenz, having lost his legs in earlier battles, is now an ace sniper of the Living Dead Division. When they confront each other on the battlefield, they will reach a mutual realization. These two are destined to kill each other."
Also on the docket for 2018 is the classic Mobile Suit Gundam 00 - we'll be bringing this part of the Gundam universe to the UK in its entirety (both seasons, film and OVA) in 2018, with more details on our precise release plans to come over the months to follow. If you're new to Gundam 00, here's the plot:
Synopsis: "The year is 2307 A.D. While the Earth's reserves of fossil fuels have been depleted, humanity has obtained a new, nearly infinite source of energy to replace them in the form of large-scale solar-powered generation systems based on three huge orbital elevators. However, the benefits of this system are available only to a handful of major powers and their allies.
These orbital elevators belong to three superpower blocs: the Union, the Human Reform League and the AEU. These confederations continue to play a grand zero-sum game for the sake of their own prestige and prosperity. Thus, even in the 24th Century, humanity has yet to unite as one.
In this world of unceasing conflict, a private armed organization steps forward, declaring their intention to eliminate war through martial force. Using the power of their mobile suits combatively, a series of four high-performance machines each dubbed "Gundam," the paramilitary organization known as Celestial Being takes the world stage, beginning armed interventions within all the world's nations."
Now, this one may be a little confusing to some of you, who may recall that we had to announce the sad news that we'd no longer be releasing Sound! Euphonium in the UK back at the October 2017 MCM London Comic Con. Such was the outpouring of sadness and frustration at that announcement that we went back to the drawing board to see if there was anything we could do. The good news is that we did manage to rectify the situation, and thus Sound! Euphonium Season 1 (and, we should note, only season one) is now back on the table for a UK Blu-ray Limited Collector's Edition release! What's more, you'll be able to pick up the series to own in 2018 - we'll confirm a precise release date as soon as we have it, but we're currently aiming to release the series sooner rather than later.
In case you're new to the show, here's the synopsis for you.
Synopsis: "After the disappointment of defeat in a major competition during her final year in middle school, brass band music has lost its lustre for Kumiko as she enters high school. Despite vowing to leave music behind and make a fresh start, peer pressure from her new-found friends sees Kumiko once again taking up the Euphonium for Kitauji High School’s band club.
With an ambitious new club advisor at their helm the pressure is on for the club to qualify for the national tournament, but this lofty goal only serves to highlight the fractured relationships between cliques within the group’s existing members. As Kumiko struggles to make sense of this unrest, her attention is inexorably drawn towards former classmate and current club mate, the enigmatic Reina.
Love, friendship and rivalry collide against a musical backdrop as Kumiko searches for a passion or purpose to define her, in this stunning series from Kyoto Animation."
Now for something entirely different... not anime itself, but a documentary about the production of anime. Not just any old production though, but the return of Studio Ghibli's Hayao Miyazaki to the limelight after previously announcing his retirement, as NHK (Japan's national broadcasting company) documents the old master learning new tricks while also returning the craft that has marked him out as a genius of the form across so many decades.
Whether you're a fan of Studio Ghibli's works or simply interested in anime production as whole, Hayao Miyazaki: Never-Ending Man is an astonishingly frank documentary which shouldn't be missed, and we'll be bringing it to home video at an as-yet unspecified future date!
That's all of the news from our Friday panel at MCM London Comic Con collected in one easy-to-read place for you - as mentioned, keep an eye out for our first look at Lu Over the Wall tomorrow, and check back on Sunday for a report from our Sunday panel at the event for even more news and announcements!
Until then, take care.