The Christmas season is in full swing but that doesn't mean we're taking whole festive period off as today we're delighted to bring you a full preview of what to expect with our Sword Art Online II: Part 2 release when it arrives on 28th December.
Before we go on, a quick reminder that Sword Art Online II: Part 1 is available now. You can get the full details on that release HERE.
You can order your copy of Sword Art Online II: Part 2 from the likes of Amazon UK, Zavvi, Base.com and even our own web shop now. We can confirm that HMV stores around the UK will be stocking this on day of release.
Synopsis: Kirito is now certain that Death Gun is also a survivor of SAO. And to make things worse, he is most likely an ex-member of the murder guild, Laughing Coffin. As the final tournament of Bullet of Bullets begins, Kirito and Sinon agree to join forces until they identify which player is Death Gun.
Through the battles, Sinon learns that Kirito also suffers from traumatic memories from the past. But as Sinon sees Kirito trying to overcome them, she too tries to be strong. As BoB reaches its last stage, Kirito suspects that Death Gun may have one or more accomplices in the real world, and they may be targeting Shino Asada as their next target!
Keeping in theme with our Part 1 release, Sword Art Online II: Part 2 Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD comes packed in a rigid case with a mirror-like print effect around it. Inside the case is a digipack to hold both the Blu-ray and DVD discs, and there is also 52 page deluxe booklet that includes material translated from the original Japanese releases of episodes 8-14.
Extra on-disc content:
And now to the actual product itself. You can click on the images below to enlarge them. We will note that as the rigid case is using a mirror-like material, it is difficult to capture how great this looks in photos consistently. We've done our best to capture this as best as we can though.
We know a lot of you will be wondering how the Limited Collector's Edition set of Part 2 will look next to Part 1, and more specifically how it looks inside the Limited Edition Box that comes with Part 1. Well, here's look for you.
NOTE: Sword Art Online Part 1 Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD that comes with the Collector's box is sold separately. NOT included with Part 2.
We also want to take a moment to focus on the Standard DVD edition of Sword Art Online II: Part 2. Here's a glimpse of that version for you.
And that concludes the unboxing of our Sword Art Online II: Part 2 Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD and Standard DVD releases available from 28th December. We hope you're looking forward to this release.
By Andy Hanley.
Never mind sales figures or live-action adaptations – the real way to know that you have a successful series on your hands is when it starts spawning spin-offs at an alarming rate. Neon Genesis Evangelion has seen Shinji Ikari serve as everything from a harem protagonist in need of “raising” to a detective, while it’s currently hard not to walk into the manga section of any bookstore without being buried under a veritable sea of titles set within the world of Puella Magi Madoka Magica.
Given the propensity for all and sundry to jump on the bandwagon of a popular anime or manga franchise, it’s hardly surprising that Attack on Titan has seen a similar explosion of related materials, from serious side stories set firmly within its world through to a forthcoming western comic anthology. Given how relentlessly grim and violent it is, you might think that it would be difficult to create an outright comedy series based around it, but that hasn’t stopped Saki Nakagawa from creating Attack on Titan: Junior High, a parody which has now received an anime adaptation in its own right from Production I.G.
The first thing that the series does – beyond setting up that junior high school setting – is deal with those pesky Titans themselves. Clearly, there aren’t many laughs to be had when your main cast are being eaten limb by limb, so rather than hungering for human flesh the Titans of this world are rather more civilised in their tastes, instead opting to pinch and devour lunch boxes whenever the opportunity presents itself. When you’re sharing the same school grounds this is a major issue, and a first-day encounter with the Colossal Titan that see his delicious lunch snatched and eaten breeds Eren Jaeger’s hatred of Titans in a decidedly different way to the original work.
In essence, this sets the tone for what Attack on Titan: Junior High sets out to do – rather than simply taking the main cast and dumping them into a new setting, it tasks itself with rebuilding the pivotal moments of the series in a goofy, over-the-top way within its new framework in search of laughs. On top of this is layered a whole array of gags and moments squarely aimed at dedicated fans of the original Attack on Titan, bringing together potential character pairings that would be impossible in the series proper. It makes all kinds of nods aimed squarely at an audience already deeply ensconced in the franchise. Its dedication to this kind of fan service in its purest form is commendable, and may at least slightly ease what must seem like an interminable wait to those fans for the second season of the anime proper.
The opening credits ape the anime’s iconic opening sequence with a school-themed riff on Linked Horizon’s Guren no Yumiya as cute versions of the cast replicate its on-screen visuals shot for shot, and Hiroyuki Sawano’s soundtrack for the series proper crashes and thunders incongruously around the silliness inherent within major moments of each episode.
The absurdity of this blending of the serious, life or death origins of Attack on Titan into the frivolity of Junior High is what makes this series tick, and if you’re willing to embrace its silliness then the series is a lot of fun, brought to life by an anime adaptation that knows what fans want and delivers it at every turn. Even if you aren’t a fan of the franchise there may be some perverse enjoyment to be had from watching Eren getting pummelled in the face while playing dodgeball for an entire episode…
Andy Hanley is the Editor in Chief of UK-Anime Net. Anime Limited will be bringing Attack on Titan Junior High to Blu-ray and DVD in 2016.
We're getting ever closer to the end of the end of the year and this is our last regularly scheduled edition of our Newswire for the year. Chance are there will be an update or two over the festive period but in general Team Anime Limited will be shutting up shop until the new year, so with that being said here's the latest updates direct from Anime Limited HQ.
~ First of all this coming Monday sees the release of our Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray of Samurai Flamenco Part 1. We posted a full unboxing of release yesterday giving you a full lowdown of what to expect HERE.
~ In case you haven't been checking our blog over the past week you have missed A LOT of news! We've made some big announcements concerning what you can expect from us in 2016. Here's a brief recap with a link to the appropriate announcement page:
~ Following on from last weeks Newswire where we gave you details on what to expect with our Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo Blu-ray release, today we can confirm that it will be released on 18th January 2016.
~ For those of you patiently waiting for news about our release of Mobile Suit Gundam Part 2 Blu-ray, today we have an update for you. Though the final date is still TBC at this time, but as things stand we can say it will likely be late January, you now see see the approved final design for the artwork of Part 2 (right). You can expect to see this appearing with online retailer listings soon. We will note that the BBFC rating is not confirmed yet, so the image being used is not final.
However, there's more to tell you about. Some of you eagle-eyed people may have noticed that if you put two Blu-ray cases inside the Limited Collector's Box that came with first 1000 units of Mobile Suit Gundam Part 1, there was some extra space in the box. Some of you questioned if this was a mistake on our part, and we assured you it wasn't as we had a cunning plan from the start which we are only now able to officially announce. Though in fairness, a lot of you figured this out on your own.
The first 1000 units of Mobile Suit Gundam Part 2 will come with a special 48 page collector's edition art booklet showcasing various art relating to the series. This is what will fit inside that gap we mentioned. The book will not be packed inside the amaray box, instead will be outside the box. The amaray and book will have a plastic wrap around them to keep them together.
The booklet will be divided into three sections, Gallery, Characters and Mechas.
Now to put this out there from the outset, UK retailers have been taking pre-orders for Mobile Suit Gundam Part 2 for a while now and if you have already pre-ordered from one of those retailers you WILL receive this booklet. The booklet is not retailer exclusive, and as was the case with Mobile Suit Gundam Part 1 and the Limited Collector's box that came with that, Mobile Suit Gundam Part 2 that comes with the book is the only version that will be available on day of release.
We're also happy to confirm that Mobile Suit Gundam Part 2 is available to pre-order from our web shop HERE now.
~ For those of you wondering we are very much on track with our release of Sword Art Online II: Part 2. So much so that we're expecting we might be able to share a full unboxing of the final product later this week/early next week. Stay tuned for that.
~ Just to put an note about it here, the latest round of Durarara Ltd. Ed. disc replacements were sent last week. A confirmation message of this was sent to everyone included. As of Thursday last week we were completely up to date on application requests, so if you have applied since then we'll try and get discs out to you before Christmas but most likely it won't be until the new year now. (Please see Replacement Section below for details.)
~ Speaking of the replacement scheme we have a big update we want to make known. We first launched the replacement scheme to correct the errors present in the Limited Edition Blu-ray release of Durarara!! on 4th March this year. Following the completion of our re-authoring of the series and the first wave of discs fulfilled in May this year we are officially announcing today that this replacement scheme will be ending on Thursday 31st March 2016. Any applications received after that date will not be accepted. We are giving a 3 month warning on this to ensure everyone who has yet to apply has ample time to do so. By that cut off date the scheme will have been in place for just over one year and to date we have honoured every application request that has followed the guidelines set (see here).
A reminder that the re-authored discs are included by default in our Standard Edition Durarara!! Blu-ray release.
~ A final note as well in relation to our web shop that our fulfilment house will be closed between 23rd December - 4th January. You'll still be able to place orders during this time and payment will be taken, but your order will not be fulfilled until 5th January 2016 if placed during this time. The cut off for ordering in-stock products before we close up for the holidays is midday on 22nd December.
Here’s our lineup of titles this season:
Seraph Of The End Vampire Reign (2nd Season) – Simulcasting at Viewster.com
K: Return of Kings – Simulcast at Viewster.com
Comet Lucifer – Simulcasting at Viewster.com
The final episode of Blood Blockade Battlefront – Simulcasting at Viewster.com
Seraph Of The End: Vampire Reign (2nd Season) episode 10 can be watched HERE.
Episode 11 of K: Return Of Kings can be watched HERE
Episode 11 of Comet Lucifer can be watched HERE
The final episode of Blood Blockade Battlefront is available to watch at Viewster HERE.
Durarara!! Limited Edition
This replacement scheme closes on Thursday 31st March 2016.
The next round of confirmation messages were sent last week. Anyone who has applied for replacement discs over the past week since then can expect a response before the end of the week. However we will likely not be able to fulfil any replacement requests now until the new year. We appreciate people’s patience with this.
If you’ve yet to apply for discs please follow the steps of filling out the survey AND emailing us your proof of purchase. (Simply doing one of the two steps is not enough.) We ask that applicants awaiting for confirmation message please wait a little longer. If you haven’t received a confirmation message within to weeks of applying please email Jeremy on Jeremy@AllTheAnime.com – he’ll get back to you as quickly as we can about this.
If you have questions or concerns about your replacement request please feel free to email Jeremy on Jeremy@AllTheAnime.com. If you have yet to apply for replacement discs please follow all the guidelines HERE.
Kill la Kill Part 1 [for units purchased at MCM London Comic Con in October 2014 only]
NOTE: This only applies to units purchased at MCM London Comic Con in October 2014. (Following the event the products general retail release was delayed and the error of the English dub being out of sync by 0.4 seconds during one of the episodes was corrected.)
To apply for a replacement we ask that everyone who purchased this at MCM London Comic Con in October 2014 please do the following:
Due to all of Team Anime Limited being in London for MCM Comic Con from tomorrow through Monday, Jeremy will respond to requests for this, confirming that you replacement request has been logged in, by mid-next week at the latest. Either way you can expect your replacement to sent to you before the end of October.
NOTE: We appreciate that some people may have sent emails to other Anime Limited personnel regarding wanting a replacement, but due to the length of time that has passed we ask that everyone who will have previous enquired about a replacement please send a new message to Jeremy. We apologise for any inconvenience, but this is to ensure we can fulfil these as quickly as possible.
We have officially completed our 2015 events lineup! We’re busy planning our 2016 event lineup and as soon as we can share information we’ll be sure to do so.
With all of the above in mind, here is the most up-to-date version of our release schedule focusing on the remainder of 2015 and the first quarter of 2016.
OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2015
OUT NOW: Tokyo Ghoul Season 1 (Limited Edition Blu-ray, Standard Ed. Blu-ray, DVD)
OUT NOW: Fate/kaleid liner Prisima Illya (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, DVD)
OUT NOW: Baccano! (Limited Edition Blu-ray)
OUT NOW: Mobile Suit Gundam: Part 1 of 2 (Blu-ray)
OUT NOW: Full Metal Panic Ultimate Edition [Season 1 + Fumoffu + The Second Raid] (Blu-ray)
OUT NOW: Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya (Standard DVD)
21st December: Samurai Flamenco: Part 1 (Limited Collector’s Ed. Blu-ray **subtitle-only release**)
28th December: Sword Art Online II: Part 2 (Limited Ed. Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD combi, DVD)
11th January: Ping Pong (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD set)
18th January: Gankutsuou: The Count Of Monte Cristo (Blu-ray)
25th January: Fuse – Memoirs of the Hunter Girl (Limited Collector’s Blu-ray+DVD set, Standard DVD) **Subtitle-only release**
25th January: Noein (Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray)
25th January: Expelled From Paradise (Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD set, Standard DVD)
[January, TBC]: Mobile Suit Gundam: Part 2 of 2 (Blu-ray)*
15th February: Durarara!! x2 – The First Arc: Shou [Episodes 1-12] (Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, Standard DVD)
22nd February: Letter To Momo (Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD set, Standard DVD)
29th February: Selector Infected WIXOSS (Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, Standard DVD)
29th February: Tokyo ESP (Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, Standard DVD)*
29th February: Lord Marksman and Vanadis (Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, Standard DVD)*
14th March: Riddle – Story of Devil (Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, Standard DVD)*
14th March: Brothers Conflict – Complete Series Collection (Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, Standard DVD)*
31st March: Miss Hokusai (Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD set, Standard Blu-ray, Standard DVD)
April (TBC): Terror In Resonance (Ultimate Edition Blu-ray+DVD, Standard DVD)*
[TBC] Gundam: Reconguista In G Part 1 (Blu-ray **subtitle-only release**)
[TBC]: Sword Art Online II: Part 3 (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD combi, DVD)*
We should be able to confirm specific dates soon for those marked as tentative.
By Justin Sevakis.
Back in the 1990s Japan’s local TV industry churned out a number of interesting directors who have since become big names among Japanese film aficionados. Some of them, like Hirokazu Kore-eda (After Life, Nobody Knows), have become perennial favourites of festivals and film buffs all over the world. Others, such as Yukihiko Tsutsumi, have stuck to the sort of populist entertainment that doesn’t travel well, but makes for big box office in Japan.
But of the directors of that era, Shunji Iwai is one of the most interesting, possibly because of his films, which lie somewhere in-between the accessibility of mainstream Japanese life and the surrealism that would make for an art-house release. With the notable exception of The Case of Hana and Alice, coming soon from Anime Ltd, his films aren’t easy to get, particularly in the UK, but are well worth the effort and import duties. Continue Reading
It's been a long time coming since we first announced we would be bringing Samurai Flamenco to the UK but the time has finally arrived as our Limited Edition Blu-ray release of Part 1 is out this coming Monday 21st December, just in time for Christmas. Today we are giving you a full preview of what to expect from our release.
Male model Masayoshi Hazama decides to fulfil his childhood dream of becoming a superhero, despite having no superpowers or the technology to create a high-powered suit. He becomes the hero Samurai Flamenco and begins to fight crime in the name of justice - no crime is too small for him! Police officer Hidenori Goto finds out about Samurai Flamenco and his real identity by a twist of fate, which leads to him getting sucked into the crazy world of vigilante justice. These two young men will come face to face with hardships of being crime-fighters while discovering what it truly means to be a hero of justice. Continue Reading