It's the end of the week and that means it's time for your latest edition of the Newswire. This week we bring you details of our forthcoming Eden of the East TV Series Ltd Collector's Edition set - and there's a special limited-time offer going on for this at our web shop too, updates on MCM Scotland Comic Con, Your Name in the cinema and more! Read on below for details.
~ First of all the wait is nearly over! This Monday (19/9/2016) sees the release of Samurai Flamenco Part 2 Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray set and the first-ever complete series release of Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad on DVD. In case you missed it earlier in the week you can see a full unboxing of Samurai Flamenco Part 2 HERE.
If you haven't seen it before, check out the trailer for Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad below.
~ Right, we've got a few date changes to tell you about. First of, the Blu-ray version specifically of Assassination Classroom Season 1 Part 2 has had to be delayed due to a replication error. We haven't got a new date for the Blu-ray confirmed but as soon as we have more info we'll share it with you ASAP. However, to reiterate this is impacting the Blu-ray version only. The DVD version is still going to be released as planned on 28th September.
~ Also, Free! -Eternal Summer- has had to be shifted by back one week and is now set for release on 3rd October. Delay in delivery of stock being the cause for this.
~ Don't forget that 28th September also sees the release of Project Itoh: The Empire of Corpses! You can expect an unboxing of release next week! If you're interested in ordering this (at time of writing) Amazon.co.uk have it listed for only £19.99. Order your copy HERE.
~ Looking ahead, we know a lot of you have been wondering when we planned for our release of the TV series of Eden of the East and today we can reveal what you can expect from our release Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray set.
Following in our traditional Limited Collector's Edition style format, the series will come packed in a rigid case and inside that you'll find a digipack to hold the two Blu-ray discs that comprise the series. Additionally in there you'll also find some art cards, stickers and the 40-page Official Log Book. This is fairly significant as this has never been translated into English before, and this will be exclusive to our release. The book itself includes Continue Reading
The wait is nearly over! Our Limited Collector's edition Blu-ray release of Samurai Flamenco Part 2 (finally) arrives this coming Monday (19th September). Today we're going to be giving you a full unboxing of this release. A note from the outset that you can find the unboxing for our release of Part 1 HERE.
If you'v not seen the series before, please note the synopsis below does contains a few spoilers of what happened in Part 1.
SYNOPSIS: Hazama Masayoshi did the impossible by becoming a hero for justice just like the SFX (Tokusatsu) he idolised growing up. In the process, he's changed the entire landscape of Yukimachi in Shiburu City in the process for the better.
Now as part of a team assembled by one his very own hero, the Samurai Squad Flamengers, he must fight to protect Japan from the deadly threat known as From Beyond. In any good battle versus good and evil there are consequences - but some of the ones in this battle are beyond what anyone could have imagined...
Our Limited Collector’s Edition release of Samurai Flamenco Part 2 follows the same style as Part 1. A reminder that this is a Blu-ray only release that includes the remainder of the series, episodes 12-22, in Japanese with English subtitles. Another reminder that no English language dub for the series was produced, so as was the case with Part 1 this is a subtitle-only release.
Our release comes packed in a rigid case with a digipack to hold the two Blu-ray discs. Also included is a 20 page art book showcasing character and setting art from the series.
And now onto look at the finished product itself. You can click on the images below to enlarge them. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
Popular music and animation should go together like Lennon and McCartney; Simon and Garfunkel; Pinky and Perky. The animated music video is an established genre; animated music bands have broken the West in the shape of the anime-influenced Gorillaz. However, there aren’t many pop-music dramas in Western animation, and none of the big studios have tried one. There’s a rotoscoped Ralph Bakshi film, American Pop; the adult Spanish drama Chico and Rita; the British TV cartoon of Terry Pratchett’s fantasy Soul Music; and Canada’s very oddball Rock & Rule (1981), which featured Debbie Harry, Lou Reed and imagery foreshadowing the next decade of anime. Beyond that, it’s mostly retro kiddie fare like Alvin and the Chipmunks and Josie and the Pussycats.
Anime, of course, has a whole medley of pop-music dramas, from the realistic to the far-out. Pop singers play central roles in the Macross space franchise and Bubblegum Crisis, while the French-Japanese Interstellar 5555 assembled an album’s worth of music videos into a feature-length sci-fi story. On Earth, we’ve seen bubbly schoolgirl bands (K-ON!), psycho idol singers (Perfect Blue), female punk rockers (Nana) and 1960s jazz jammers (Kids on the Slope). Manga goes further; we’re still awaiting a translation of Kaji Kawaguchi’s We Are the Beatles, in which a Japanese tribute band time-travels to 1960s Liverpool and tries to supplant the Fab Four.
Jeremy Clarke on a story too crazy to be anything but true...
The Lovers And The Despot concerns a South Korean film director and his leading actress, kidnapped by North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il for the purpose of beefing up that country's film industry – an incredible story that may be familiar from the earlier book on the subject, A Kim Jong-Il Production.
Actress Choi Eun-hee met director Shin Sang-ok on his 1955 film Dream. They became a celebrity couple working together on numerous films and raising a family until she discovered he had fathered two more children with a younger actress. The couple's seeming fairy-tale romance disintegrated into divorce. Shin's production company was in financial trouble and his wife began looking elsewhere for film projects.
In 1978, Choi took a trip from South Korea to Hong Kong to meet a producer and discuss a possible production. She never returned. A few months later, ex-husband Shin followed her trail. He too disappeared. Years later, the pair turned up working in North Korean film production and there were rumours that Shin had gone to work there of his own free will. After the couple's dramatic escape, Shin worked briefly in the US in the 1990s producing the 3 Ninjas children's franchise for Disney. However he never worked in his South Korean homeland again. He died in 2006. Continue Reading
It's time for your weekly Newswire! Later in the week than usual but packed with exciting details on the likes of Your Lie In April, The Case of Hana & Alice and Ouran High School Host Club! Read on below for details.
~ First of all in case you missed it late last week we were delighted to announce that we have licensed the new film by Makoto Shinkai Your Name and we're bringing it to 78 cinemas across the UK and Ireland on the 24th of November! For all the details about the film as well as the complete list of cinemas and ticket information CLICK HERE and/or visit YourNameTheMovie.co.uk
~ A reminder that our next releases both arrive on the 19th of September as we bring you the Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray set of Samurai Flamenco Part 2 and the complete collection of the series Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad on DVD. Expect an unboxing of each next week!
You can watch a trailer for Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad below.
A quick note, it has been brought to our attention that some retailers are listing Beck as being available next week. That is incorrect and the correct date is the 19th of September. We are working on contacting said retailers to get the dates amended so hopefully that will all be sorted relatively quickly. We should also note that Eden of the east is also being listed as the 12th of September, please note this is also incorrect. Please see the Newswire #85 from a few weeks ago for reference.
~ Following those we have a packed 26th of September for you! A day that sees the release of Project Itoh: The Empire of Corpses, Assassination Classroom Season 1 Part 2 and Free! -Eternal Summer-. You can find more details on each of these at our web shop HERE.
~ Looking ahead, if you were keeping an eye on our social media channels earlier this week you will have seen we announced details regarding our upcoming release of the classic series Ouran High School Host Club on Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray. In case you haven't seen it, here's what it will look like:
As you can see, it comes packed in a rigid case with a digipack inside to hold the three Blu-ray discs. In addition to that it will also include two sticker sheets and a 32-page art booklet. This will be arriving in November, exact date to be confirmed in the coming weeks. You can get in early and pre-order your copy from the likes of Amazon UK, Zavvi, HMV Online and Anime-On-Line now.
~ Continuing the look ahead into November, we have details to share with you about our upcoming release of the film The Case of Hana & Alice. Today we can confirm it will be getting released as a Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD set on the 14th of November.
Our release will come packed in a rigid case, inside that will be a digipack to hold the two discs (1 x Blu-ray + 1 x DVD) plus 3 art cards and a 20-page booklet that features details on the making of this very unique film. You can see a visual for this below. Continue Reading