Hi folks! As we enter the autumn a new season of anime is raining down upon us all, and today we have some fantastic simulcast news of our own for you as part of that. In short, this season we'll be bringing the horror and mystery that is King's Game the Animation (known in Japan as Ōsama Game) to the United Kingdom, granting you the opportunity to watch this hot new series every week after it airs in Japan - if you dare...
Based on a Japanese mobile phone novel, production studio Seven have assembled a star cast of Japanese voice talent to explore a high school class about to embark upon a decidedly dangerous game. When 32 students receive a message from the "King", what initially appears to be a joke soon proves to be anything but. The rules are simple: Obey, and they will be saved. Refuse, and death awaits. This perilous situation only becomes more intense as the orders become more extreme, and both the lives and humanity of those involved are placed under threat.
Here's the official synopsis for the series:
Kanazawa Nobuaki has transferred to a high school far from where he used to live. Due to an incident at his old school, Nobuaki is afraid of getting close to his new classmates and keeps himself at a distance, but he starts opening up because of a sports day inter-class relay. Then, a single text message from someone calling themselves the "King" is sent to everyone in class. Nobuaki’s classmates think it's a simple prank, and don't take it seriously - but Nobuaki knows that a death game is about to begin, and struggles to oppose it...
"Fans are always hungry for good new horror series, and King's Game undoubtedly delivers in that regard" says Andrew Partridge, President of Anime Limited. "As big fans of the source material here at Anime Limited, we're very excited to bring this anime adaptation to UK fans online via our friends at Crunchyroll this autumn."
To get an even better taste of what to expect from the series, you can watch a subtitled trailer of King's Game the Animation below.
Watching King's Game the Animation this autumn really couldn't be simpler, as we're partnering with Crunchyroll to bring the show to fans in the United Kingdom. The series begins on Thursday, 5th October at 5PM UK time, and you'll be able to find new episodes streaming every Thursday moving forward at the same time. As you might expect, all episodes will be broadcast in Japanese with English subtitles.
EDIT (05/10/2017): You can now access the series page for the show directly from the Crunchyroll web site.
We can also confirm at this point that we do additionally hold the home video rights to the series, but needless to say we don't have any news or plans in that regard yet and won't for quite some time, as that's a discussion for another day.
For now though, enjoy watching the show on Crunchyroll. The King orders you to watch this series throughout the autumn, and remember - his orders are absolute...
Until next time!
By Jonathan Clements.
The seaside town of Hinashi (“Sunless”) takes its name from the long shadow cast over its bay by an imposing cliff, the Shadowstone. These dark waters prove to be an abundant source of fish, but also a favourable environment for merfolk, sea-monsters from many a local legend.
Local boy Kai is lured into joining Siren, an amateur band started by his school friends Yuho and Kunio. Determined to avoid parental disapproval, they rehearse in secret in the abandoned theme park on Merfolk Island. Their music attracts the attention of Lu, a mermaid ingénue who is soon joining in their songs. Music causes her to temporarily sprout legs, allowing her to join in their first public performance at town fair, and attracting unwelcome attention from town-hall marketers and social media.
Jealous at the attention Lu is getting, Yuho runs away, causing her family to assume that she has been eaten by the merfolk. The townsfolk apprehend Lu and prepare to subject her to sunlight, leading to a rescue attempt by her giant, shark-like father, and the activation of an ancient curse that threatens to flood the whole town. Continue Reading
It has been a long time coming for details as to what we have planned for our Ultimate Edition release of the classic series Eureka Seven but the time is now to stop waiting, as today we are very pleased to give you all the information on what to expect when our release of this arrives on 20th November 2017.
Synopsis: "Renton Thurston is a 14-year-old boy who lived with his mechanic grandfather in a backwater town. Every day he dreamed of being with the mercenary “Light Finding Operation (LFO)” aircraft pilot group “Gekkostate” and riding “Trapar” particle waves– a sport called “reffing”– with their charismatic leader Holland, especially when faced with his father’s acclaimed past or his grandfather’s desire to protect him. When a young girl named Eureka riding the original LFO, the “Nirvash typeZERO”, asks his grandfather for a tune-up, she inadvertently brings the attention of the military to the garage; as a result, the garage is destroyed and Renton is forced to deliver a new type of interface– the “Amita Drive”– to the Nirvash.
After a heated fight in which the Nirvash destroys the military LFOs by unleashing an immense amount of power, Renton is invited into Gekkostate. However, he quickly realizes that behind the facade of a traveling group of mercenaries is a very bitter reality."
You can watch a trailer released by Bandai Entertainment back around the time of it’s original DVD release below.
As this is the first-time the series is coming to Blu-ray in the UK, we felt this series deserved to get the Ultimate Edition treatment. So here's what you can expect in our release
It's safe for us to say that no art book of this kind has ever been created for Eureka Seven; so works as an excellent companion piece to the series itself and will not be available separately.
And it's also worth us noting all the contents will be sent in purpose built packaging to safely store each individual component during delivery. This box itself isn't part of the Ultimate Edition, but is simple a box designed specifically for shipping the Ultimate Edition in. This concept was something we first tried with our Fullmetal Alchemist Ultimate Edition release last year and we were very happy with the results of that. Following on on from that we've taken feedback of our own, coupled with feedback we received from both customers and the retailers who shipped them, to create packaging that the Eureka Seven Ultimate Edition will be shipped in.
In total there are seven discs included, 6 x Blu-ray and 1 x DVD. The reason for the DVD disc specifically is simply a case of how the discs were authored when used in another territory. But to be clear, this DVD disc is only some of the extra content, NOT any of the actual episodes. Here's a specific breakdown for you
The suggested retail price of the Eureka Seven Ultimate Edition is £179.99, however retailers very rarely charge the suggested retail price for a title so you expect to pay less than that for it. For example, (at time of writing) HMV Online are charging £129.99 for this.
Our AllTheAnime.com web shop will start taking orders for the Eureka Seven Ultimate Edition during the week commencing 30th October 2017; you never know we might have a special offer to coincide with that too ;)
But if you want to get in early, some retailers are already taking orders for this -
--What's the release date?
20th November 2017
--Is this exclusive to any one retailer?
No, but there are only 1000 units of this across all retailers.
--Are you releasing a standard edition Blu-ray or DVD or the series?
We will be releasing the series on standard edition Blu-ray, yes. This will be released over two parts with Part 1 due on 20th November and Part 2 will follow on 11th December 2017.
As for a DVD release; it's something we're looking into but have no announcements to make at this time. Obviously if/when there is news we'll make it known.
--You announced you'd be releasing Eureka Seven ages ago. Why has it taken so long?
Sometimes these things just take time. At the end of the day while we appreciate it's been a long wait, it'll be more than worth it. We wanted to bring a true Ultimate Edition of the series to the United Kingdom and we feel we're achieving that with this release :)
--What region code are the discs?
All of our release are intended for UK & Ireland only, so the Blu-ray discs are coded for Region B and the DVD disc is coded for Region 2.
--What kind of audio is the English and Japanese language option in?
English 2.0 & Japanese 2.0.
--Given the age of the show, is the footage in widescreen?
No. As the series was made before 16:9 was the norm, all footage of the series itself is in 4:3. Meaning there will be black borders at the side of the screen to retain the original aspect ratio.
--Is this series in Native HD?
Simply put, no. This series was created before television series being animated in HD was the norm. So this is an upscale (otherwise known as an "SD Remaster"). This is why the discs being used (as authored by our friends at Funimation) are in 1080i.
--Are the movie and/or Eureka Seven AO set to be included in Ultimate Edition?
Simply put. no. We don't hold the rights to either of them but to be fair we did always make it known we're releasing an Ultimate Edition set for the original TV series specifically. So even if either of those had been a possibility to include, neither were factored in from the outset.
And that just about wraps-up this post on what to expect in our Eureka Seven Ultimate Edition Blu-ray set, coming on 20th November 2017. We hope you're looking forward to adding this to your collection.
After a week away due to exhibiting at an event, the AllTheAnime Podcast is back! Join Jeremy, Keith and Andy as they bring you around 48 minutes of chatter that includes talk on the English language cast of A Silent Voice being announced, plus details on what to expect from our home video release of the film at the end of October.
We also talk about the news of the live-action Hollywood adaptation of Your Name being announced, Andy gives some thoughts on the Blade Runner 2022 anime short directed by Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Terror in Resonance) and we also talk about some other anime we’ve been watching recently including Dragon Ball Super and Made In Abyss and more!
A fun show as always to get your ready for the weekend. We'll be back with another episode next week!
NOTE: As always please note this podcast may contain strong language and any views expressed by individuals in this podcast do not reflect those of Anime Limited.
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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