A little while ago we caught some of you completely off-guard when we announced we would be bringing the first season of the hit Netflix animated series Castelvania to Blu-ray! We appreciate it's been a bit of a wait for any more news on that, but the time for waiting is over as today we're here to split some heads and cast out some demons as we tell you what to expect from our upcoming Blu-ray Collector's Edition Blu-ray release of Season 1... oh, and you can pre-order it right now too!
Inspired by the classic video game series, Castlevania is a dark medieval fantasy following the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, trying to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hand of Vlad Dracula Tepes himself.
SEASON ONE SYNOPSIS: "Trevor Belmont, embittered and excommunicated, finds himself drawn into a battle for the survival of Europe–a region that has brought doom upon itself by taking away the one thing its greatest monster loved."
Adapting the story of the hit game "Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse" the series written by renowned writer Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan, Astonishing X-Men) is a fantastic viewing experience for fans of the franchise and those completely new to it as well. The success of the first season on Netflix led to a second being produced and a third season also being green lit for production!
You can watch a preview of this below
Today we can confirm that our Blu-ray Limited Collector's Edition release will be arriving on 13th May 2019 and will be available to purchase exclusively through Zavvi.com and AllTheAnime.com. Can't wait to buy it? Well you don't have to, as pre-orders are now open at both retailers for this edition!
Buy from Zavvi using the link below:
Or pre-order directly from our own AllTheAnime.com store here:
Our Limited Edition Blu-ray set will, as per our Collector's Edition tradition, come packed in a rigid case case - inside that you'll find a fold out digipack that holds the Blu-ray disc.
But that's not all - with so much fantastic artwork on show within this series, we've collected a wealth of it into a 92-page art book featuring character designs from the series, monsters and background art aplenty. It's exactly the kind of definitive collection of material you've come to expect from us and we haven't let you down - if you want to know what character feature caused the designer to apologise to the animation team for making their lives difficult, this is where you'll find it!
Last but not least, on the disc itself you'll get the entire first season of Castlevania (all 4 episodes) with English audio and optional English subtitles; in addition to that you'll also find some bonus features in the form of storyboards and production animatic galleries.
And there you have it folks! Castlevania season 1 comes to Blu-ray very soon! We hope you're looking forward to adding this to your collection on May the 13th, and if you are then don't forget to place your pre-order using the links above!
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By Meghan Ellis.
You might remember K Project as the best skateboarding anime that’s not actually about skateboarding. Or for its gratuitous use of stained glass backgrounds and chromatic phenomena. But since the series and its associated projects are an exploration of how to tell a story in colour, this indulgence is something we can forgive. K: Missing Kings is the next stage in the narrative, and it takes the animation quality that drove people to laud the power of sixty frames per second and gives it the movie budget treatment. Right from the start we’re treated to an explosion (literally) of lights, colours, and prismatic effects: this is what a studio flexing their muscles can do, and creators GoHands aren’t afraid to show it. Continue Reading
By Jonathan Clements.
He knew that there would be trouble when the 10,000 giveaway posters ran out. The crowd was already way too large to fit into the Shochiku Cinema, and risked spilling out into the street to block the traffic near Shinjuku station. One misplaced surge, thought Yoshiyuki Tomino, and the press would be reporting unruly thugs and broken bones, not the release of a sci-fi cartoon. He had to do something, and fast... Continue Reading
We skipped out on our traditional new release post yesterday because... well, frankly, who was going to believe anything we write on April the 1st? But now it's the 2nd of April, we can assuredly tell you about this week's new release, and also remind you of a new Standard Edition title which surfaced last Monday into the bargain. So, without further ado, let us testify about this week's release!
FORMAT: Standard Edition Blu-ray (also available on Collector's Edition Blu-ray and Standard Edition DVD)
BBFC CERT: 18
SRP: Standard Edition Blu-ray - £34.99 | Collector's Edition Blu-ray - £59.99 | Standard Edition DVD - £34.99
LANGUAGE: English and Japanese with English subtitles
Synopsis: “Basara, Mio and Maria return for more demonic antics, with new challenges awaiting this young master and his sexy servant step-sisters.
Although normality seems to have returned to Basara’s world, this status quo doesn’t remain in place for long as new threats loom upon the horizon and intrude upon his everyday school life. With political tension between factions ramping up and Mio summoned to return to the demon realm from which she came, Basara is going to need all of his skills and dexterity to navigate the trouble brewing around him to a satisfying climax. Pleasure and peril collide in this gripping second series of The Testament of Sister New Devil!”
Contents: Contains all 10 episodes of the series in English and original Japanese with English subtitles, plus bonus episode "Tojo Basara’s Perfectly Peaceful Daily Life" and five short bonus episodes.
Why not buy the series right here, right now from our own AllTheAnime.com web shop? As well as this new Blu-ray Standard Edition, you can still purchase the Blu-ray Collector's Edition, which provides you with the series in collector's packaging and a 24-page art booklet, showcasing some decidedly alluring artwork from the show. We also still have both Standard and Collector's Editions of the first season of The Testament of Sister New Devil too, so there's no reason not to listen to the devil on your shoulder and dip into the series using the links below!
Elsewhere, our Standard Edition of The Testament of Sister New Devil Burst is also available from the following retailers:
- Learn more about the series
As well as the above, we also brought you a new release last Monday, so read on for a reminder on our Standard Edition release of Pigtails and Other Short Stories From Production I.G.
FORMAT: Standard Edition Blu-ray/DVD (also available on Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD)
BBFC CERT: 15
SRP: Standard Edition Blu-ray/DVD - £24.99 | Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD - £59.99
LANGUAGE: Japanese with English subtitles
Synopsis: “A Blu-ray/DVD set bringing together 5 short films from world famous Production I.G (Ghost in the Shell, B: The Beginning, Eden of the East, Giovanni’s Island) to Blu-ray and DVD for the first-time in the United Kingdom!
Pigtails Synopsis: “Production I.G’s animated short film based on Machiko Ky’s Mitsuami no Kami-sama (Braided Pig-Tail Deity) manga, won the Platinum Remi Award in the Classic Cel Animation Category at the WorldFest Houston International Film Festival. The story centres around a pigtailed girl who lives alone in a solitary house by the sea after an unspecified disaster.”
A truly fascinating collection of films, most of which is available for the first time in the west exclusively in this release!”
Contents: This collection includes five short films - Pigtails; Kick-Heart; Li’l Spider Girl; Drawer Hobs; Oval x Over - in Japanese with English subtitles on both Blu-ray and DVD
This collection is available right here and right now from our own AllTheAnime.com web shop, where you can purchase not only this Standard Edition release but also our comprehensive and fascinating AllTheAnime.com Shop Exclusive Collector's Edition, which brings you a massive 156-page storyboard book and 140-page material book within our typical luxurious collector's packaging. You can buy edition edition now using the links below.
Our Standard Edition of Pigtails is also available from the following retailers:
There are no new releases on the docket for next week, but stay tuned regardless as we have more news in the offing - we'll see you there, so until then, take care!
By Shelley Pallis.
Basara Tojo’s father is locked in a grim struggle with the new Demon Lord, and Basara is stuck with a sorcerous roommate and her succubus bodyguard... but, you know, school life goes on, and he hopes to get onto the festival committee and turn his homework in on time. Testament of Sister New Devil BURST picks up where the first season left off, with a hapless Japanese teenager saddled with a bunch of demonic house-guests, and a conflict in an alternate world that he would really prefer not to know about. Continue Reading