So, here we are again… at the time of publishing this, our second and final Anime Limited panel at MCM London Comic Con took place yesterday, bringing with it another host of announcements in addition to those that we revealed to you on Friday, which you can catch up on over here at this blog post if you missed them.
Let’s waste no time and get straight down to what we had to show you during our Sunday panel!
NEW TITLE: ANGELIC LAYER
Also unveiled today is our intention to bring a classic CLAMP series to the UK on Blu-ray in the form of Angelic Layer – expect to see this series arrive in full late in Q3 this year as a Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray sporting a rigid case, 40-page artbook and the full series on three Blu-rays contained within a Digipak. Here’s more on the show:
Synopsis: “From the moment twelve-year-old Misaki Suzuhara first arrives in Tokyo to live with her aunt, she finds herself swept away by the amazing world of Angelic Layer – a fast-paced high-tech game where dolls called “Angels” are controlled by the thoughts of their operator, or “Deus.”
Discovering that her new friends are as interested in Angelic Layer as she is, Misaki builds her own Angel, Hikaru, and begins competing in battles where will and determination count far more than size and strength.
The competitions are going to be fierce and, with the national championships looming on the horizon, you can bet that not everyone Misaki meets will be on her side. Can Misaki handle the pressure of non-stop competition while struggling to adapt to life in an unfamiliar city?”
We’ll be sharing more details on this one as soon as our designs and plans are approved, so watch this space! And while we’re on the subject of popular CLAMP anime…
EDIT FROM JEREMY – Following on from a question during the Q&A segment of our panel yesterday (Sunday 27th May) about whether there would be any audio commentaries on the discs, we can confirm the on-disc extras for our release of the series will be as follows:
- Episode 1 Audio Commentary with Jessica Boone (Misaki) & Andy McAvin (Icchan)
- Episode 6 Audio Commentary with Kevin Corn (Kotaro) & Monica Rial (Tamayo)
- Episode 11 Audio Commentary with Shelley Calene-Black (Madoka) & English ADR Director, David Williams
- Episode 15 Audio Commentary with Tiffany Terrel (Kaede) & Tiffany Grant (Sai)
- Episode 17 Audio Commentary with Sasha Paysinger (Hatoko) & Mariela Ortiz (Ringo)
- Episode 23 Audio Commentary with Christopher Patton (Ohjiro) & English ADR Director, David Williams
- Episode 25 Audio Commentary with Christine Auten (Shuko) & Kelly Manison (Shoko)
- Production Artwork Gallery
- Clean Opening Animation
- Clean Closing Animations
Hope that helps!
And now back to what else was talked about during our panel
NEW TITLE: CARDCAPTOR SAKURA MOVIE 2: THE SEALED CARD
You’ve been asking for it for a long time, and today we can finally confirm we’ve made the first important step regarding a franchise you’ve all been waiting for, as we can confirm we’ll be bringing the second film from the classic Cardcaptor Sakura franchise to the UK, and on Blu-ray no less! We haven’t currently finalised our plans for The Sealed Card, but watch this space for more Cardcaptor Sakura news as and when we have it.
In case you’re unaware, here are the details of the film for you:
Synopsis: “The finale to the beloved Cardcaptor Sakura TV anime. During the summer holidays Sakura and her class prepare a play for an annual festival, and some unexpected arrivals give her the courage to finally reciprocate her feelings. But as the cards begin to disappear one by one, Sakura discovers that a single card still remains – a card with power equal to all of hers, as the final battle approaches…”
EDIT FROM JEREMY – We know a lot of you will be excited about this – we see this already based on feedback from social media overnight – and are hoping this leads to more from the franchise than just the second movie. Let’s just say we’re certainly very hopeful it will be the start of a journey that takes us through older seasons too 😉
NEW VINYL: FLCL OFFICIAL SOUNDTRACK
Last October, we revealed our plans to launch a vinyl record label here at All The Anime, and although we’re still working hard on perfecting our processes and getting everything ship-shape, we do have another title to add to A Silent Voice and Trigun amongst the first wave of soundtracks we’ll be releasing on vinyl.
Our latest addition is a true classic that’s about to enjoy a new lease of life, as with its sequels finally on the horizon we’re revisiting the iconic soundtrack of FLCL for a vinyl release, bringing you what we hope to be a gorgeous edition of The Pillows’ fantastic sounds to enjoy and treasure.
Again, we’ll bring you more details of our plans for the design, track listings and so on in due course.
NEW ULTIMATE EDITION: PERFECT BLUE
Many of you have hopefully already picked up your copy of our latest Ultimate Edition release in the form of Wolf’s Rain, but what’s next for our Ultimate Edition range? We provided the scoop at our panel, by announcing that we’ll be returning to Satoshi Kon’s classic film Perfect Blue and re-examining it in a way never before seen outside of Japan.
For starters, our release will feature the film on Blu-ray of course – however, this isn’t the transfer that you’ll have seen in cinemas or on our previous release, but via a brand new remaster of the film to notably improve on its visual quality and give its striking direction and composition a whole new lease of life.
Alongside that, our Ultimate Edition will also feature the film’s soundtrack on CD, but most notably of all this will all come housed within a massive, fully English translated 380-page storyboard book never before seen outside of Japan. This book will allow you to see all of Satoshi Kon’s storyboards for the film, and is packed with notes and thoughts from the director himself to give you a comprehensive insight into the creative process behind this groundbreaking film.
In other words, even if you’ve owned the film via previous releases, we’re confident that you’ll want to dig into this Ultimate Edition and the new ways it offers to immerse yourself in Perfect Blue‘s dark investigation into the human psyche.
AND FINALLY: COWBOY BEBOP 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
If there’s one question we’ve heard from a lot of people over recent weeks, it’s whether we have any plans to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Cowboy Bebop, and it’ll be no surprise to hear that yes, we do, and you can expect a Cowboy Bebop 20th Anniversary Edition to arrive in the UK in some shape or form later in 2018.
While we’re still finalising our exact plans for this release and what they will entail (doing awesome things takes time!), we can confirm at least a couple of factors about our release. Firstly, we can confidently say that our release will contains all of the Cowboy Bebop TV series soundtracks on CD – with music as good as Yoko Kanno’s, just the equivalent of one soundtrack’s worth of music simply isn’t enough, so we’ve worked hard to ensure that you’ll get all of the notable music for the show included in the package.
EDIT FROM JEREMY – We’ve heard from people overnight wanting to know if there will be any vinyl included in this set we’re planning. We want to confirm right now that no, there will not be any vinyl of the soundtrack included. But, the reason for this is that we’ve always said if we were going to bringing a big release celebrating the anniversary of the series, including all of the soundtrack rather than part of it would be of prime importance for us. We have the opportunity to do that just that by including all of it on CD, so we jumped at the chance when the opportunity presented itself.
Secondly, we’ll also be making sure that our edition will accommodate the Cowboy Bebop movie in some shape or form – again, our exact plans for this are still in motion so we’ll confirm more once these plans are solidified.
We’re really excited with how our plans to celebrate this big anniversary for the show is shaping up, and we really can’t wait to share more with you as soon as we’re able!
That’s a wrap of all of our MCM London Comic Con announcements – we’d love to hear what excites you, and what you’re looking forward to most from what we’ve revealed. Whether you were at the event or not, we hope you’ve had a fantastic weekend!
Until next time, take care.