With everything that's been going on at Anime Limited HQ the past few months, it's resulted in it being a good few weeks since we had a proper Newswire to share with you. And chances are today might be your last Newswire for a few more weeks as we have lots of things to get sorted and moving onto following MCM London Comic Con this past weekend.
So the purpose of this Newswire is very much to bring you up to speed on where certain things stand, and a few additional notes for upcoming releases you should be aware of. As a note, if we don't mention an upcoming title that you're looking forward to it simply means that no news to share at this time. Read on below for your latest updates.
- First of a massive thanks to everyone to who came by our stand and attended our panels at MCM London Comic Con this past weekend. We hope you had a great a time as we did! In case your weren't keeping up over the weekend we made lots of announcements. You can catchup on all of those in the links below:
Following on from those announcements, we have now an update on each title we announced to share with you. (Please note the above links will be updated with the following bits of information shortly too, but at time of publishing have not been.)
- Free! Iwatobi Swim Club
The only information we can add to the original announcement is that our projected release is at this time during the second quarter of 2017. But that is by no means a lock, please take that with a grain of salt.
- Mob Psycho 100
We can now confirm this will be coming to both Blu-ray and DVD in 2017. Release window is still being worked out and once we have more info we can share we'll let you know.
- Assassination Classroom Season 2
This will be a title we're distributing for Funimation. As was the case with the first season, we can confirm it will be released on both Blu-ray and DVD over two parts, Season 2 Part 1 and Season 2 Part 2. We haven't got a projected release window for this, but we're hoping Season 2 Part 1 will be available during Q2 2017. More details as we can share them.
- Kiss Him, Not Me
This will be coming to both Blu-ray and DVD. We haven't got a release window for this yet, but we can confirm that it will be available to stream through Crunchyroll very soon. Please keep an eye out for more information.
- March Comes in Like a Lion
No other information to share at this time - mostly because it is currently airing. But don't forget you can watch new episodes each week as it's streaming right now at Crunchyroll.
- A Silent Voice
As things stand it's looking like the limited cinema screenings will be taking place tentatively in January. There will be more details forthcoming soon.
- Evangelion 1.11 You Are (Not) Alone
As we mentioned before, we will be giving this the Collector's Edition treatment and today we can confirm this will be arriving on 16th January 2017. Read more about this in the Anime Limited / All The Anime Updates section below.
- Princess Arete
We haven't got any other details to share at this time other than the fact it will be receiving a release on both Blu-ray and DVD in 2017.
- Joker Game
This will be receiving a release on both Blu-ray and DVD in 2017, release window is to be confirmed but at this stage it won't be until likely Q3 2017 at the earliest.
- Ace Attorney
At this time we can confirm it will be getting a release on both Blu-ray and DVD, but we don't have a time frame on a release window.
- Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale
As we mentioned this will be coming to cinemas in March 2017. At this time we can confirm that these will be subtitle-only screenings, as we don't if an English dub will be in the works for this, let alone in time for our screenings.
We also want to make it known we're looking to get this screened in as many locations as possible. We'll have more updates for you as we can bring them.
- Tenchi GXP
This will be a title we're distributing for Funimation and we can confirm that this will be a DVD only release, as was the case in the USA.
- Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju
All we can confirm at this time is that this will be a Blu-ray only. There is no release window/date set at this time.
- Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers
This will be coming to both Blu-ray and DVD, but we don't have a release window/date set at this time.
- Dagashi Kashi
This will be a title we're distributing for Funimation in 2017. It will be coming to both Blu-ray and DVD, but we can't confirm a release window/date at this time.
- Silver Spoon
We know it's been a big question from many of you the past few days, but today we can confirm that will be releasing this on Blu-ray only. We can also confirm we do have rights to both seasons of the series. No release window/date set at this time but more details will be shared as we can bring them to you.
And that's the latest update on all of our announcements from last weekend.
- A head ups that there will be an update on Your Name being in cinemas this month coming early next week. The update will have information on new screenings as well as the English dub cast!
If you haven't already you can book your tickets to see subtitled and dubbed screenings of the film at YourNameTheMovie.co.uk
- This week sees the release of the highly anticipated Psycho-Pass The Movie as a Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD set and on DVD. You can find out more about our release in THIS POST HERE. Check out the trailer below. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
“You know how our world values ideas but tends to eschew writing for having little use? Just like a wise man once said, ‘I cannot see why living knowledge should be recorded by a lifeless medium such as writing – pictures are more befitting the attempt.’ But go to the human world, and you will find it filled with writing, writing, writing on anything and everything. That bizarre sight of writing all over the city makes me shudder. It almost makes me question whether humans actually want writing to rule their lives.”
The above comes from the opening pages of Mamoru Hosoda’s faithful but disappointing book of his film, The Boy and the Beast. Perhaps it’s Hosoda’s ironic comment on turning his audio-visual work into a written one; maybe his heart wasn’t in the job. As a book, Boy and the Beast has small points of interest for Hosoda fans – such as the above passage, not taken from the film – but it consistently lets its source down. It has bizarre narration decisions, frequently awkward writing, and several style sins associated with Japan’s so-called light novels.
We’ve discussed the Boy and the Beast film on this blog previously, and reported Hosoda’s own comments about it. It’s the story of a runaway boy in Tokyo who stumbles through to a parallel world of beasts, and becomes the apprentice to a rough-housing fighter who looks like a bear. Several reviews have compared the film to The Karate Kid, though that undersells its quirkiness; it relies as much on classic comedy routines like this one from Duck Soup. The film’s second half skips eight years forward, and crosses back and forth between the human and beast worlds. Even for a two-hour film, there’s a lot of story to get through. Continue Reading
MCM London Comic Con for October 2016 has officially come to a close and it's time to round up what titles we announced we will be bringing to the UK in the future for you. As was the case with our previous announcements, we'll have more details on each title soon for you.
Synopsis:From the Director of Excel Saga
From the studio that brought you Ah! My Goddess
Spin off of Tenchi Muyo!
Synopsis: Upon his release from prison, a man seeks out the famous comedic storyteller Yakumo after falling in love with his rendition of a story called “Shinigami.” Yakumo accepts the ex-convict as his apprentice, nicknaming him “Yotaro.” As Yotaro gets acclimated to his new life, he meets Konatsu, a girl in the care of Yakumo who wants to become a performer as well, but is unable to because she is a woman.
You can check out this series now as it's streaming at Crunchyroll.
Synopsis: Legend says, when the Evil God awakens from the deepest of darkness, the god of fate will summon Six Braves and grant them with the power to save the world.
Adlet, who claims to be the strongest on the face of this earth, is chosen as one of the “Brave Six Flowers,” and sets out on a battle to prevent the resurrection of the Evil God.
However, it turns out that there are Seven Braves who gathered at the promised land...
Synopsis: Kokonotsu “Coconuts” Shikada dreams of becoming a famous manga artist. The only problem—he’s terrible. His real talent is selling the complex and delicious snacks in his father’s “dagashi” shop. He never thought much about the family business until the trendy, eccentric Hotaru showed up. As a lover of “dagashi,” she can’t let his talent go to waste and decides she won’t stop ‘til she’s sold him on sweets.
You can watch the series now as it was simulcast and also had a Broadcast Dub at FunimationNow.
Synopsis: From Fullmetal Alchemist Author Hiromu Arakawa and Sword Art Online Director Tomohiko Ito.
Hachiken Yuugo enrolled in Oezo Agricultural High School for the reason that he could live in a dorm there. In some ways he chose Oezo in an effort to escape the highly competitive prep schools he had attended previously, but he was faced with an entirely new set of difficulties at Oezo, surrounded by animals and Mother Nature. After growing up in an average family, he began to encounter clubs and training the likes of which he had never seen before.
By Meghan Ellis.
Continuing the trend of people telling us all about the untold history of Japanese things, The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers by John Szczepaniak sets out to educate Western readers on the pitfalls and practices of the games industry in Japan. Taking the form of a collection of interviews following a loose chronology of the interviewee’s creations, it attempts to present a “wealth of untold anecdotes” from the people involved in video games. It also claims to be free from the spectre of PR that’s so prevalent in other interviews on the same subject. Continue Reading
Day two of MCM London Comic Con weekend has been and gone, and that's means there's some announcements of forthcoming titles of ours to tell you about.
Please note that we will have more details on each of these in the coming weeks.
It's true! We're going to be giving the first in the "Rebuild of Evangelion" project of films the Anime Limited Collector's Edition treatment in early 2017!
Synopsis: Tokyo-3 still stands after most of civilisation was decimated in the Second Impact. Now the city endures the ceaseless onslaught of the deadly Angels, bizarre creatures bent on eradicating the human race. To combat this strange and ruthless enemy, the government agency NERV constructs a fleet of towering humanoid machines the Evas and Shinji Ikari is called into action, reluctantly taking his place at the controls of Eva Unit 01.Living a life of loneliness and questioning his existence, Shinji struggles to accept responsibility for mankind's battle for survival in this visually striking rebuild of one of the most important anime of all time. Shinji will fight the Angels alongside the only person who might understand his plight Rei Ayanami, the elusive and frail pilot of Eva Unit 00.
In this film experience not to be missed, Shinji and Rei will struggle to learn a simple truth: when carrying the burden of humanity's survival on your shoulders, you are not alone.
Synopsis: Confined in the castle tower by her father, princess Arete spends her days watching the world outside her window. While she looks out at the common people working, the knights of the kingdom compete for her hand in marriage by searching for powerful magical items from a race of long-dead sorcerers.
When a sorcerer called Boax comes to the castle, he sets about persuading the King to let him marry the princess. But he secretly fears a prophecy which foretells Arete ending his life – leading him to imprioson her the minute she’s in his castle!
Based on the 1983 feminist fairy tale “”The Clever Princess”” by Diana Coles, this is a chance to see a story that fascinated Japan on the big screen.
FromStudio 4C and directed by Sunao Katabuchi.
Synopsis: In autumn of 1937, as the coals of World War II are beginning to smolder, Lt. Col. Yuuki of the Imperial Army secretly establishes a spy training organization called the "D Agency." Those chosen as members of the agency, in opposition to the national trend toward reverence of native-born soldiers in the army, are civilian university graduates who pass the superhuman selection test with flying colors. Under the resourceful Lieutenant Colonel Yuuki, they learn not only how to work with gunpowder, wireless communications, vehicles, and airplanes, but also various skills essential for spies...
Currently streaming at Crunchyroll (subtitled) and the SimulDub is airing through FunimationNow.
Synopsis: Adapted from the popular video game franchise, Ace Attorney follows rookie lawyer Naruhodo Ryuuichi (Phoenix Wright) and his assistant Mayoi (Maya) as he defends his clients in a court of law.
With limited evidence and logic as his only weapon, can Naruhodo turn the case around when all the odds are stacked against him?
Currently streaming at Crunchyroll.
And finally, we are delighted to announce we are bringing the highly anticipated Sword Art Online movie "Ordinal Scale" to the UK! We will be bringing it to cinemas in March 2017.
Synopsis: “Ordinal Scale,” an ARMMO-RPG that was designed exclusively for “Augma.”
Following its release, it has become the most discussed game due to its advanced technology. In this game, players can raise their rank by collecting items that appear in various places in the real world and by defeating monsters. This “Ranking System” is the main feature of the game, and in this system, each player’s status is determined by their rank which is indicated by an ordinal number instead of a cardinal number.
As the result, high ranking players are given overwhelming power and often rank has become a major factor in deciding the outcome of a PvP battle.
We will have more details on this for you soon, but in the mean time check out the trailer for the film below.
That concludes the round up for the second of announcements we're making over this MCM London Comic Con weekend. Stay tuned for news on the Day 3!