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.
By Andrew Osmond.
The fantasy drama Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers makes a very interesting comparison with another Anime Limited release, Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions. Although they’re dissimilar in tone and characterisation, they both begin as familiar kinds of fantasy stories that we, the audience, associate with epic-length adventures. But then Rokka and Grimgar scale their stories down. In each case, the focus is on the details of the players’ relationships and rivalries, character pieces rather than epics. Continue Reading
It's a title we know a lot of you excited about adding to your collection and the wait is nearly over as Part 1 of Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- comes launching its way on Ltd Collector's Ed. Blu-ray and standard DVD from 25th June! Today we're delighted to show you how the finished product has turned out.
Read on below for all the details - including some background information on this series and our plans for the release.
MCM London Comic Con attendees: Before getting to tell you about the product itself and whatnot, we're happy to confirm that the first opportunity to get your hands on this release will be next weekend at the MCM London Comic Con event (25-27th May 2018). We will have copies of this available to purchase (while stock lasts) from our stand, stall #1600 in the South Hall.
From the studio brought you Akame 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 dubbed preview for the series below -
Part 1 of Re:Zero is being released on standard DVD and Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray (pictured above) 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)
On disc extras are:
-- Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Shorts #1-11 (subtitled-only), Textless Opening Title Sequence, Textless Closing Title Sequence.
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 from 1st June 2018. But in the interim you can see the listing in the link below
And now it's time to show you photos of the finished product itself. Worth noting that at time of writing we're on site at MCM London Comic Con - where it's your first chance to get your hands on this release (while stock lasts), so please excuse the guerrilla style photography you may see below - not exactly ideal conditions for being able to take photos. Continue Reading
Here we are, on the cusp of another MCM London Comic Con - you can almost feel the
panic excitement! With two panels lined up across the weekend on top of all of our other activities we're going to have plenty to talk about at the show itself, but if you've been following our efforts over recent years you'll know that we like to start as we mean to go on by revealing new titles, or our plans for existing titles, in the run-up to the show.
That brings us to today, as we can finally unveil our - frankly very exciting - UK home video release plans for Kiznaiver! You could be forgiven for forgetting that we announced the title way back in May of 2016, but we're now finally ready to show off our release, which will be arriving in our typical Limited Collector's Edition style during the latter end of Q3 2018.
With a script written by Mari Okada (Anthem of the Heart, Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms) and production from animation studio Trigger (Kill la Kill, Little Witch Academia), we shouldn't need to say much more to sell you on the series, but here's a brief synopsis to bring you up to speed.
An original TV anime series by acclaimed animation studio TRIGGER (Kill la Kill) and the renowned writer Mari Okada (Maquia: When the Promised Flowers Bloom, The Anthem of the Heart).
Synopsis: "Even within the confines of the futuristic Sugomori City, Katsuhira Agata is a very unique high school boy - someone who simply cannot feel any pain whatsoever. Bullied and isolated, his world is set to shift seismically when he meets a strange girl named Noriko Sonozaki.
Before he knows it, Agata has been linked to a number of his classmates as part of a group created to share any pain each of them feels via a system known as “Kiznaiver”. Tasked with various trials by Sonozaki as they serve as guinea pigs under the Kiznaiver system, could Agata and his new comrades’ experiences be the key to their own self-discovery?"
Check out a subtitled preview trailer (originally published by Crunchyroll when the show was airing) below -
Kiznaiver will be released as a Complete Series Collection (containing all 12 episodes of the series) on standard DVD and Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray (pictured)during the latter end of Q3 2018. It will include both English and original Japanese audio, with English subtitle language options.
The Limited Collector's Ed. Blu-ray version will come packed in a rigid case featuring the full cast of characters from the series (plus some not at all creepy Gomorin - don't have nightmares) with a Digipak to hold the two Blu-ray discs. Inside will also be 40-page art book showcasing a host of location artwork from the series.
Now, you might have noticed that the image above is captioned as the general retail version of our Collector's Edition. Whatever could that suggest?...
If, like us, you're a fan of Kiznaiver who wants to delve even deeper into the fantastic artwork depicted throughout the show, then we wanted to go the extra mile for you and give you something even more impressive to add to your resplendent collection in the form of our AllTheAnime.com Shop Exclusive Collector's Edition, which will only be available for purchase directly from ourselves.
While the basic format of the Collector's Edition itself remains the same regardless of where you purchase it, this Shop Exclusive Edition will also ship with a substantially expanded, comprehensive white cover art book alongside the black cover 40-page book within the box itself - it's bigger (B5 in size, to be precise, so it will sit on your shelf or coffee table separate to the rest of the package), and contains a vast amount of additional character artwork and illustrations totalling 116 pages overall! The additional book created for this Shop Exclusive release is, in effect, a full-blown artbook similar to those you'll often find sold in Japan, and it's the first and most comprehensive collection of Kiznaiver artwork for a western audience you'll find.
We'll be opening pre-orders for our AllTheAnime.com Shop Exclusive Kiznaiver Limited Collector's Edition set closer to its release date, but for now you'll be able to find our initial product listing appearing on our site very soon!
As well as the exclusive edition above, you can pre-order your copy of the regular Collector's Edition of Kiznaiver right from all of the usual retailers - pre-order links will follow.
Don't forget, our Kiznaiver Complete Series Collection will be available on Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray and standard DVD during the latter end of Q3 2018.. We hope you're as excited as we are to see it in the flesh!
Until next time, take care, and we'll see you at London Comic Con!
EDIT: Date amended to highlight this will be released during latter stages of Q3 2018.
It's a busy week for Team Anime Ltd. as the MCM London Comic Con event takes place this weekend, but Jeremy and Andy find some time to get together to preview the weekend for both attendees and those not attending know what we'll be doing at the show and what to be on the lookout for.
Though the scheduling of the podcast has gone completely AWOL recently (again), we're hoping to record some audio for you over the MCM London weekend. So be on the lookout as for all you know there could be an extra podcast without warning!
If you're coming MCM London we look forward to seeing you there.
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