With things hotting up and our line-up for the second quarter of this year really starting to come to fruition, we wanted to pause for a brief moment and take a look slightly further ahead to one of our forthcoming titles for Q3 2019 that we've been keeping under wraps until now. It is, however, a TV anime series that we're all very excited about and simply can't wait to bring to the UK for you to enjoy for yourselves, and the series in question is Kokkoku!
Based on the dramatic horror manga of the same name, Kokkoku: Moment by Moment - published in the west by Kodansha Comics - this twelve episode series sports character designs and ending credit direction from Yasuomi Umetsu, an iconic name in the industry best-known by many as the director of Kite. The series is directed by Yoshimitsu Ohashi and animated by Geno Studio (Golden Kamuy, Genocidal Organ).
If you missed this series when it streamed on Amazon Prime Video early last year, allow us to fill you in on what the show is about, and give you a brief outline of our plans for its UK home video release.
Synopsis: "Juri Yukawa needs a timeout from her life. She's failed 19 job interviews, she's stuck living with her crazy family, and her chances of escaping to a life of her own are becoming increasingly remote. Suddenly, all of that becomes unimportant when her brother and nephew are kidnapped and held for an impossibly high ransom. That's when Juri's grandfather reveals an incredible secret: a mystical stone that allows Juri, her father and her Grandpa to enter the state of Stasis, where everyone else in the world is frozen in time! That should make rescuing their family easy, right? Wrong, because there's a sinister organization working against them who also can literally beat the clock!"
For a better look at Kokkoku, take a look at this English dub trailer for the series:
As you might expect, we'll be bringing Kokkoku to home video in the UK in our traditional Collector's Edition form, as a Complete Series Collection sporting a rigid case, a Digipak containing the series across two discs, a poster featuring a piece of key artwork from the series, and a set of five art cards. Our work on producing this edition is already well underway, so expect to see this Collector's Edition arrive on store shelves during Q3 of 2019.
We'll be able to share how our Collector's Edition looks very soon, but for now we hope you're ready to be shocked and thrilled by this tremendous series upon its release - even if you don't have the ability to freeze the world around you, we promise that it's still well worth your time!
~ Andy H
By Andrew Osmond.
Shock news at full moon! Warren Ellis, the comics titan who scripted the acclaimed animated version of Castlevania, has never played a Castlevania game. But before you grab your stakes and pitchforks, here’s some more news: the adult cartoon’s producer and showrunner, Adi Shankar, is a massive fan of the games. Shankar was such a big fan, in fact, that he refused an offer to make a live-action version of Castlevania that would have been, shall we say, a loose adaptation. In other words, he turned down a heap of money rather than desecrate an icon of his childhood. Continue Reading
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!
Jeremy & Andy
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