Happy New Year everyone and welcome back to regular life! We may be struggling a bit after the festive excesses but we’re back and raring to go. 2014 is going to be a pretty big year for us – we’ve had our first birthday in December and are well into our second year as Anime Limited. It’s been a helluva year, with a ton of fun and good stuff, some glitches and hiccups but all in all we’ve had a great time and we’d like to thank all of you for your support and patience while we ironed out the wrinkles.
So, 2014 eh? What ARE we up to in 2014? Well, I wouldn’t like to spoil all the fun but I will update you on what’s going on, what’s coming up in the next couple of months and answer some of the questions you’ve been posting on our Facebook page. So here it goes!
Titles coming out in Q1 of 2014 (January – April)
Tiger and Bunny: The Beginning (movie)
Garden of Words
Nerima Daikon Brothers
Gurren Lagann Collector’s Edition
Theatrical release of A Letter to Momo
The more eagle eyed of you will perhaps notice a missing title – 009 RE:CYBORG. Sadly, we have experienced a set back with the release of 009 RE:CYBORG due to a delay in the completion of the English dub of the film. We’re still waiting on an updated delivery date for this and can’t give you a firm date as of yet. We will, of course, keep you informed when we’ve got some dates locked down.
What is the deal with the Shinkai Twinpack (Place Promised/Voices)?
We announced last year that we would be releasing a Collector’s Edition and regular edition twinpack of two of Makoto Shinkai’s films, The Place Promised in Our Early Days and Voices of a Distant Star, which was due to come out in October 2013, but was rescheduled. At the moment, the release of the twinpack is being held up by some difficulties getting our hands on the English language assets for the films (Place Promised and Voices), the rights to which reside elsewhere and not with Sentai Filmworks. This is something we’re currently working on and should have sorted soon – no firm dates yet, but as ever keep an eye out for announcements and posts updating you on this.
We’re hoping to get something out in time for our planned upcoming release of a Collector’s Edition of Makoto Shinkai’s work to date which will include a couple titles which we hope to negotiate the inclusion of. The twinpack and the release of Garden of Words will be done separately as well for those not interested in the Shinkai Collection – so you’ll have the option of getting these titles separately or overall as part of the Shinkai Collection. At the moment, Amazon UK has the twinpack listed for December 2014 – this is just a holding date until we get confirmation on when we can release it. There is no need to panic as this will be out way before December 2014!
What else have you got lined up for us?
We started the new year with the brand spankin’ new show from the winning combo team of Bandai and Shinichiro Watanabe – the eagerly anticipated Space Dandy! This is currently being streamed online by our partners Wakanim.co.uk for the UK and ROI. The first episode went live on Sunday, January 6th at 3:30pm and has been getting pretty good reviews and support so far! It’s definitely THE show to follow this season and you can follow it on Wakanim UK every Sunday afternoon. It is currently being simulcasted with both a sub and English dub version so feel free to choose your poison.
Of course, two of last year’s popular shows Kill la Kill and Samurai Flamenco are still ongoing and available to view on Wakanim.co.uk. And what shows! Kill la Kill (in case you’ve been missing out) is one of the most bonkers and brilliant shows in recent memory! It continues to go from strength to strength and despite the totally insane surface, it has some incredibly well written and appreciated depths. Well worth investing your time and energy in keeping up.
Samurai Flamenco has been a surprise for me personally this season. It has developed really well over the season so far, in fact, it developed rather quickly and early on in the series. Really well written and with a surprisingly surprising premise (it makes sense if you think about it), Samurai Flamenco has been a bit of a sleeper hit this year and one that definitely should be included in your weekly watch schedule.
Events, Expos and Whatnot
We’ll be at a host of events, expos and whatnots this year including MCM Expo in London in May, Glasgow in September (obviously – homecourt advantage!) and loads in between. We’ll be publishing our full dance card when we’ve confirmed where we’re going and what we’re doing so you know where and how to reach us. Pop along to say hello, have a chat and maybe, just maybe, buy some of our delicious anime goods (we do not recommend eating blu-ray or DVDs – Edit).
Beyond Q1, we will have even more anime goodness coming your way. Like I said, 2014 is going to be super busy but we’re excited! Are you?