By Andrew Osmond.
One of the virtues of Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust is that it’s a franchise film that doesn’t ask you to know anything about the franchise. You can enjoy the film as a one-off weird tale, a spaghetti Hammer which transposes vampires and their hunter nemeses into a fantasy Wild West, millennia into the future. But the film’s history is linked with the history of anime as a foreign export, travelling from the mysterious East into the heart of Western culture. Not unlike a certain Transylvanian count… Continue Reading
In the summer of last year we brought the film Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry to cinemas in the United Kingdom just a week after it was in Japanese cinemas! We know you have been waiting patiently for news on our upcoming home video release of the film and just a few weeks ago we spilled the beans on what to expect - see our blog post HERE. But today we're delighted to show you what the actual finished product looks like with an unboxing of it!
But before we get to that, a quick primer and/or recap to bring people up to speed on the film 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.
Synopsis: “The Dragon Cry is a magic artefact with enough power to destroy the world. Enshrined within a temple in the Kingdom of Fiore, the Dragon Cry is stolen by Zash, a traitor of Fiore, and delivered to Animus, the ruler of the Kingdom of Stella.
The task of recapturing the Dragon Cry falls to Natsu and the Mages of the Fairy Tail Guild. During their mission to track down Zash, they infiltrate the Kingdom of Stella, and it is here they meet Animus’ magician, Sonya…
What does Animus plan to do with the Dragon Cry? Sonya wants to save her country, but what secret is she hiding? Within the interlacing ulterior motives, Fairy Tail fights against the danger that is the menacing world!
And in the middle of this heroic battle, Natsu’s instinct awakens…“
Check out a dubbed preview of the film below –
Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry is coming to the UK as a Blu-ray+DVD Limited Collector's Edition, as well as via Standard Edition Blu-ray and DVD editions, all of which will be available from Monday, 28th May 2018. On the disc itself you'll find the film in full (featuring both English and Japanese 5.1 audio with English subtitles), alongside trailers and promotional videos for the movie on the Blu-ray.
The Ltd Collector's Ed. Blu-ray version will also come packed in an eye-catching rigid slipcase (which uses a spot UV effect to make the characters and logo upon it stand out), within which you'll find:
You can pre-order your copy of the film from many retailers including the following -
And now time for photos of the the finished product! You can click on them to enlarge them too, if that's any help. Continue Reading
We've been throwing plenty of MCM London Comic Con related information at you over recent weeks, but now the week of the event is here it's about time we gave you a full and comprehensive run-down of all of our activities during the big weekend at ExCeL so that you can plan your schedule and be suitably reminded of the plethora of reasons why you need to make the All The Anime stand your first port of call when you enter the event from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th May 2018.
For starters you'll need to know where to find us, which is simple enough - make your way to London Comic Con's South Hall, and you'll spy our unmissable branding on Stand #1600.
As a side-note, you'll also be able to find a small stall selling some of our products over in the North Hall, at #808.
For the location of both stands - and everything else referred to over the course of this post - check out the floorplan below (click for a full-sized image).
Now, let's get into the nitty gritty of our London Comic Con highlights!
It's become something of an MCM Comic Con tradition to offer you as many new titles as we can muster before they've even reached retail stores for their scheduled release date, and that's no different this May, as we have an incredible array of new titles that you'll be able to buy for the very first time this MCM London Comic Con.
Titles that we'll have available (while stocks last) this Comic Con weekend prior to their official UK release date includes:
There may even be some more notable additions to this list on the eve of the event, so keep your eyes peeled on our social media channels as we'll keep you updated about any other surprises that show up when the event starts.
In short, get ready to carry some heavy bags around the venue, because we're confident that we'll have a lot to tempt you with! And don't worry, we'll make carrying all of those goodies easy - as always we'll have our own branded bags on-hand and ready for you to fill.
In October of last year, we brought a range of great Your Name branded merchandise to London Comic Con, and this May we're looking to offer an even wider range of licensed, 100% guaranteed official merchandise for you to buy from our stand over the course of the weekend.
Head on over to the merchandise area of the All the Anime stand and you'll be able to find stock of goods including:
And more besides! If you're a fan of any of these shows, then hopefully you'll love what we have to offer!
You can find full details of what we'll be bringing to London Comic Con, and pricing of items, elsewhere on the blog.
When we ran the inaugural MCM Loves Anime event in 2015, we were thrilled by how many people came to check out the various screenings on offer over the weekend and how enthused people were with the experience. It's something we've wanted to experiment with and improve upon ever since, and this May we finally get to have another crack at it, as MCM Loves Anime returns to London Comic Con!
This time around, screenings will be held within the Comic Con venue itself, courtesy of a fully-functional mobile cinema operating in the North Hall of the event. Tickets are valid for London Comic Con attendees only, and each ticket costs £12 per person, per film. These are the two fantastic films you'll be able to see as part of these events:
Yes, that's right, we're offering a chance to see Mari Okada's directorial debut a month before the film's general theatrical release. It's a beautiful, touching and imaginative film that you won't want to miss, so why not make it the highlight of your first evening at London Comic Con this May?
It's the smash hit film that requires no introduction - whether you've never seen Makoto Shinkai's Your Name before, or you're planning to watch it for the hundredth time, there's no better way to spend a Saturday night than marvelling at this incredible film... so why not marvel at it with your friends after a great day at Comic Con?
You can find more details on our MCM Loves Anime plans elsewhere on our blog, or you can head straight to the MCM Comic Con website right now to book tickets!
If the two films above simply aren't enough for you and you're looking for more theatrical experiences during London Comic Con weekend, how about a UK premiere to add to the mix? Again, we continue a tradition from recent years by bringing the sixth - and final - instalment of film series Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin to the event.
Our premiere of Rise of the Red Comet will take place at the aforementioned mobile cinema in the North Hall. The screening will take place on Sunday 27th May at 10AM, so be sure to set an alarm so you don't miss out on being amongst the first people in the UK to see this exciting conclusion to the Mobile Suit Gundam's origin story.
This is a ticketed event. To acquire a ticket simply come along on Sunday morning.
It's the perfect companion to the Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin I-IV Limited Edition Blu-ray set you've already picked up from our stand! (See Reason 1 😉)
You can read more details on this premiere at the relevant blog post.
MCM London Comic Con is always a great place to go to meet some of the greatest talents from Japan, and that's no different this May as MCM have joined forces with us to bring a light novel author to the UK for the very first time, that being the creator of Full Metal Panic Shouji Gatou.
Mr. Gatou will be attending across the main Comic Con weekend, taking part in two panels where you'll also get to see a screening of the first episode of new series Full Metal Panic: Invisible Victory prior to a Q&A session with the man himself, as well as two signing sessions where you can get an item signed by the great man.
Here's the full lowdown on when - and where - you'll be able to see Shouji Gatou in person:
Saturday 26th May
1PM-2PM - Main Stage: Anime Guest of Honour: Shouji Gatou
3PM-4PM - MCM Signing area: Free signing session
Sunday 27th May
1PM-2PM - Main Stage: Anime Guest of Honour: Shouji Gatou
3PM-4PM - MCM Signing area: Free signing session
There's no doubt that Mr. Gatou will be thrilled to see so many Full Metal Panic fans in the UK, and hopefully you'll be amongst them! For more details of Shouji Gatou's activities, check out this blog post.
"Okay, okay, you're bringing us a plethora of home video titles early, three amazing films, some cool merchandise and an incredible guest of honour" we hear you ask, "but what I really go to London Comic Con for is to ask Jeremy Graves about soft drinks and pizza, so what's in it for me?"
Well, you're in luck, because last but certainly not least we can confirm that our Marketing Executive Jeremy Graves, alongside Marketing Manager Andy Hanley, will be hosting two "Anime Limited Presents" panels over the course of the weekend, both of which will be bursting with announcements and revelations before allowing you, dear reader, an opportunity to ask them any question you like in our now-traditional no holds barred Question & Answer sessions. Whether it's a burning industry question or an attempt to get into our psyche via the medium of our soft drink preferences, we'll be there to answer truthfully.
If you want to find out what's new in the world of Anime Limited (or our diets), you'll find us at the following times and locations:
We look forward to seeing you there!
That's everything we have for you, but we hope that's more than enough reasons for you to come and visit us at MCM London Comic Con this May. If you haven't booked your ticket to the event then you'll need to act fast, so head on over to the MCM web site to do so. We can't wait to see you all during the big weekend!
Until then, take care!
We'e literally under a week away from MCM London Comic Con and we have some more news to share with you about our activity during the event, this time specifically relating to what you'll be able to pick up when visiting our AllTheAnime stand (#1600 in the South Hall) across the weekend.
You may remember that back at MCM London last October we gave attendees the opportunity to purchase a selection officially licensed Your Name merchandise. We know a lot of you loved that so we've decided we'll be bringing more officially licensed merchandise to the event, but not just limited to that smash-hit film. Read on below for details
---- FRAMED POSTERS
They were a big hit back in October so we're bringing a selection of framed posters with us from a variety of titles! We have 4 designs in total and (while stock lasts) you'll be able to pick up one or more to then proudly display on your wall!
In celebration of the fact we have the creator of the franchise Full Metal Panic as the Anime Guest of Honour present over the weekend (read more about that HERE) we've got design from Full Metal Panic Invisible Victory!
Then we have two designs from another series currently airing series, that being Tokyo Ghoul:re.
And finally, ahead of our Blu-ray and DVD release in June we're happy to say we'll have a framed poster of Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-!
All of these posters being available across the weekend (while stock lasts).
---- Tokyo Ghoul Merchandise
We know there are a lot of Tokyo Ghoul fans out there and we also know people are chomping at the bit for some official merchandise to sink their teeth into. So we're bringing three different t-shirt designs, and two different mug designs with us.
The three t-shirt designs feature the iconic mask of Kaneki, but with a variation on each one. Plus we know that while black t-shirts are really cool, occasionally you'd like a different colour to wear. So one of the designs is on a white shirt. Each of the t-shirts will be £20 each and are available in sizes Medium and Large while stock lasts.
And when it comes to the mug designs, one of them features Kaneki with a really cool red background to it, while the other features the famous mask design with the original Japanese logo for the series too! These will be available at £10 each (while stock lasts).
---- YOUR NAME MERCHANDISE
We referenced it at the top of this post, and we're happy to confirm we'll be bringing some Your Name merchandise to MCM London. We've got t-shirts, a mug and note books available for you to pickup (while stock lasts).
---- All The Anime 5th Anniversary Merchandise
It's something we've had available since MCM London Comic Con last October, but in case you haven't got your hands on the t-shirt or mug celebrating our 5th Anniversary you'll be able to pickup those throughout the weekend (while stock lasts).
The merchandise is just a small part of what we've got in the works for you this coming weekend at MCM London Comic Con. In case you need a refresher, here's some links to what's been announced so far -
Available to purchase ahead of general retail release dates: Night is Short, Walk on Girl, Love Live! Sunshine!! season 1, Gundam The Origin I-IV: The Chronicle of Char & Sayla, Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust, and more besides!
Stay tuned for more details of what to expect from us at MCM London Comic Con this coming weekend!
By Andrew Osmond.
Naughty anime transformation scenes… Good, that’s got your attention. If you saw Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry, you might have noticed a fine specimen of the type, when the cat character Carla takes human form. However, this clothes-changing fan service caused problems, as revealed by Dragon Cry director Tatsuma Mianamikawa and producer Yohei Ito when they guested at London’s MCM Comic Con. As well as holding a lively convention panel, they kindly answered some further questions from AllTheAnime… including more on naughty transformations.