By Hugh David.
In the bustling future city of Metropolis, Japanese detective Shunsaku Ban and his nephew-assistant Kenichi arrive in search of fugitive scientist Dr Laughton. They find themselves embroiled in a family affair with wider repercussions for all across the city, for Laughton is working on a secret project for premier wealthy industrialist Duke Red that will drive his stepson Rock over the edge of his own particular madness, while human-robot friction seethes around them all. Continue Reading
By Raz Greenberg.
Legend of the Galactic Heroes is one anime phenomenon that took its time to reach western anime fans. Starting as a long-running series of space-opera prose novels by the prolific Yoshiki Tanaka (who also wrote the equally popular Heroic Legend of Arslan fantasy series), it went through several anime adaptations – the most famous being a 110-episode video series, released between 1988 and 1997, eagerly purchased by fans who were willing to overlook such issues as crawling narrative or limited animation. High licensing costs have prevented the English-speaking anime audience from learning just what the fuss is all about for years. News of an English release of the anime surfaced a year ago, though at the time of this writing, nothing has progressed into actual release.
Tanaka's original novels, however, have been licensed by VIZ Media, with an ambitious release schedule that has seen the first three volumes in print in 2016. Reading Dawn, the first volume goes a long way in explaining the longstanding appeal of the series and its adaptations, even though this appeal is often hidden beneath many storytelling problems. Continue Reading
Good afternoon everyone! It's not often we have a Newswire to bring you on a Monday but we wanted to bring you one today as we have some important things to note that have literally occurred within the last hour (at time of writing) so we wanted to bring you details as quickly possibly.
We should have another Newswire for you later this week, but we wanted to get this the information below to made known as soon as possible. Our next newswire will have notes on more upcoming releases including titles we're distributing for Funimation.
Read on below for details.
~ First of all today is a triple release day with three new titles to add to your collection! First of all we have the second season of Aldnoah.Zero on Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray and standard DVD. This release includes the entire second season of the series in both English and Japanese with subtitles. You can find a full unboxing of our Aldnoah.Zero Season 2 release HERE.
And finally we have the complete series 1 & 2 standard Blu-ray set of Space Dandy available to add to add to your collection.
~ Right, onto some important notes regarding upcoming releases - which is the actual reason I have written this Newswire today - specifically about those titles set to come out on 16th January. Unfortunately our releases of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam Part 1, Evangelion 1.11 and Claymore have each had to be pushed back.
-- Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam Part 1 has had to be moved back to February (exact date TBC). To give details as to why this happened, previously this title had been delayed due to problems surrounding the authoring of the discs for this release and we want to highlight this was not the case this time. While the authoring process has been completed, there was delay in the finalisation of the BBFC certification process for this release, and because of this it meant that the scheduled window that had been allocated for the production of the discs was missed.
-- The reason that Claymore and Evangelion 1.11 are slightly different; allow me to elaborate. Earlier today (9th January) we received finished samples of the stock for each title and upon inspection there were parts of each release missing. (Meaning, physical items that were meant to be included that weren't.) We have been in contact with various parties to determine what's happened and we have got the bottom of Claymore, but Evangelion is another story. (More to follow on that, in a moment.)
-- Claymore specifically will only be pushed by a a few weeks to 30th January. However, we want to note that it's likely stock will be available to ship prior to this date. So it's entirely possible that depending on the retailer you've ordered Claymore from they will start shipping it immediately once they have stock - this will be the case for everyone who has ordered it from our own web shop as well.
When it comes Evangelion 1.11, this is a different circumstance entirely. Until we've determined exactly what led to there be missing items from the set, we have quarantined all stock and are delaying it's release until late February, exact date TBC. I will note once again, that should all be sorted sooner than that then it's very likely that units from retailers will start shipping early and the date itself could be brought forward as well.
I (Jeremy) fully appreciate reading the above information might be quite perplexing and perhaps annoying given the circumstances and how close to their dates we were, but please know that we are working our utmost to get these unexpected problems rectified and sorted as quickly as possible. It might be surprising to hear, but there is still some backlog from the festive break which is why we were only able to discover the information noted above today.
Once again we deeply apologise for these being pushed back. We should have more details to share with you, meaning new release dates, within the next week or two.
As mentioned, this newswire specifically was to cover the notes about Zeta Gundam, Claymore and Evangelion 1.11. So expect another Newswire later this week with updates on more upcoming releases of ours. But before we close out, a few additional notes for you -
~ I mentioned it earlier when talking about Zeta Gundam, but in case you missed it over the weekend we did release a new episode of our Podcast - recording late last week. In it there are updates on the upcoming cinema screenings of A Silent Voice and Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale, and more. You can find more details on it HERE.
~ Some additional screenings of Your Name have been added. You can see the locations it will be shown in by visiting YourNameTheMovie.co.uk
It's been a while since we released the first season of the action packed Aldnoah.Zero series, see our unboxing of Season 1 HERE, but the time has arrived to add season 2 to your collection as it's available now on both Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray and standard DVD.
Before we go any further, a little bit of info about Season 2 of Aldnoah.Zero. (If you're looking for details on the first season, see our unboxing for that release HERE.)
Synopsis: "The year is 2016— a year and a half after the assassination of Princess Asseylum. Despite his status as a Terran, Slaine has been granted the title of Mars Knight, is now served by his own personal subordinate, and has been taking part in battles against the United Forces of Earth.
Meanwhile on Earth, the Deucalion is finishing up its repairs as, one by one, the ship’s former crew members return in order to proceed to a new battlefront."
Following in the same style as the first season, our Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray set comes packed in a rigid case and inside that is a digipack to hold the four Blu-ray discs along with a 52-page prequel manga "Aldnoah.Zero Extra Episode".
On the discs themselves are episodes 13-24 in both English and Japanese with subtitles. On-disc extras for this release are Clean Opening and Clean Closing title sequences.
And now it's time for photos of our Aldnoah.Zero 2 release. You can click on the images below to enlarge too. Continue Reading
The best Irish-Matt-Damon-fighting-space-lizards movie you will ever see, says Jonathan Clements.
In the 11th century AD, the last survivors from a group of European mercenaries finally reach their destination – Imperial China. Amid the rainbow-coloured rocks of China’s arid north-west, Irish brawler William (Matt Damon) and Spanish tough-guy Tovar (Pedro Pascal) surrender to the Nameless Order, an elite battalion that guards the Great Wall. William and Tovar are fortune-seekers hoping to return home with the secret of gunpowder, but turn out to be the first scouts to encounter the signs of a new invasion of taotie – alien lizards that have been attacking every 60 years for centuries.
Zhang Yimou’s The Great Wall is a glorious mess of a film – a fascinating palimpsest of modern movie-making, and a Chinese box of decisions and countermands behind the scenes. Poke through the ampersands in the script credits, you’ll see signs of it having existed in three or four distinct iterations – with another big-name director once attached, and at least one script doctor. Fans of Max Brooks’ World War Z will see remnants of his particular style, even though his work on the original idea is buried beneath a “Story by” credit. Aficionados of Edward Zwick will see one of his trademark sincere, conflicted protagonists, although Zwick, too, is hidden in the “Story by” ghetto. And connoisseurs of Legendary Pictures will swiftly recognise a Big Dumb Monster Movie in the making. Continue Reading