We know there are lot of Sword Art Online fans out waiting to be able to add the next instalment of the franchise to their collection, and today we're happy to bring you details on what to expect from a spin-off series of the franchise, Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online!
It's the first anime in all of SAO not to star the main cast you've come to know and love, but that didn't it stop turning a lot of heads when it originally broadcast as being a great alternative (no pun intended) for fans - be it from the perspective they were just wanting something a bit different, or perhaps they wanted more of the Gun Gale Online game itself to be expanded upon following it's debut in the 'Phantom Bullet' arc back in Sword Art Online II - or simply as a great self contained story to help dive into the universe for the first time.
Plus if you're into battle royale game like Fortnite, Apex Legends or PUBG, this will certainly be right up your alley!
We're going to be releasing the series on Blu-ray over two parts, with Part 1 set to arrive on 1st July 2019; and Part 2 to follow later this year.
Before we get to the nitty gritty on what will be included in our release, a quick introduction/refresher for you.
Synopsis: "In the world of guns and steel that is Gun GaleOnline, LLENN has been a devoted, female solo player. She is obsessed with two things: donning herself entirely in pink and honing her skills with consistent gameplay.
She soon discovers her love for hunting other players (a.k.a. PK or Player Killing), and quickly becomes known as the “Pink Devil.”Meanwhile, LLENN meets a beautiful yet mysterious player, Pitohui, and the two click right away. Doing as she is told by Pitohui, she enters the Squad Jam group battle."
Director: Masayuki Sakoi (Princess Resurrection, Matoi the Sacred Slayer)
Studio: Studio 3Hz (Princess Principal, Flip Flappers)
You can watch a trailer for the series below, originally published prior to it's broadcast:
In keeping with the theme set from our previous (now out of print) Collector's Edition releases of Sword Art Online II, the Gun Gale Online series will be getting released in the form of a Blu-ray Limited Collector's Edition set. This will be over two parts total. Focusing on specifically on Part 1, here's what this set will look like:
Part 1 will come packed in a rigid case with a digipack to hold the two Blu-ray discs. (For those of you wondering, both being discs being BD50.) Additionally inside you will find 3 art cards showcasing some of the wonderful key visuals of the series plus a 28-page booklet packed with character information and weapon information; so if you wanted to know what all the guns in the show are or perhaps have been curious to see them in more detail than you may get the opportunity to when watching the series, this is sure to meet that need for you!
But that's not all, as (strictly while stock lasts) if you pre-order the Part 1 Ltd Collector's Edition set from either Zavvi.com or our AllTheAnime.com online shop, your Part 1 set will also come with a Limited Edition box to store both parts of the series! So when Part 2 is released - information on that particular release to follow in the future - it can sit snugly next to your Part 1 set!
And just to clarify, it's only the bonus Limited Edition storage box specifically that is exclusive to Zavvi.com and our AllTheAnime online shop. The Collector's Edition set in general will be available other from retailers.
Across the two Blu-ray discs included with Part 1 will be episodes 1-6 of the series plus as an extra there's also the bonus episode 5.5 "Refrain" (a recap episode that also contains some really fun little extras in its own right), all with both English and original Japanese with English subtitles viewing options. Speaking of extras, these are still to be full confirmed in full at the time of writing, but as mentioned the bonus episode 5.5 is definitely included as well as clean Opening and Ending title sequences.
if you want to get your hands on the Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray set as well as that BONUS storage box, you can order it right now (while stock lasts) exclusively from our AllTheAnime.com online shop and from Zavvi.com!
And that about wraps up this preview of what to expect from our release of Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online Part 1!
Also if you've been meaning to catch up on adding more SAO to your collection don't forget that all of Sword Art Online II and the Movie "Ordinal Scale" are all available on Blu-ray and DVD right now! And we've got a special offer on those at our AllTheAnime.com online shop to celebrate! Details on that HERE.
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The time is near! Many of you have been wondering when you might (finally) be able to get your hands on the popular agriculture anime Silver Spoon and today we're delighted to announce that season 1 will be getting released on 3rd June 2019, with the second season to follow in July 2019!
We're very excited about releasing this show for a number of reasons: the first being that's is a really great fun show conceived by the creator of Fullmetal Alchemist, Hiromu Arakawa! But the second because we (AllTheAnime) will be the first English speaking territory in the world to release the series on Blu-ray!
Both seasons will be getting released as Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray sets, and we'll delve deeper into what they'll look like and such below. But before we go any further, a quick introduction for any of you not familiar with the series.
Original Creator: Hiromu Arakawa (Fullmetal Alchemist)
Director (Season 1): Tomohiko Ito (ERASED, Sword Art Online)
Studio: A-1 Pictures
Synopsis: "The only reason why Yugo Hachiken decided to attend the Oezo Agricultural High School (a.k.a Ezono) was simply because the school had a dormitory. Entering Ezono was a way for Yugo to run away from the stifling academic pressures in the city, however, it didn’t take long for him to realize that life is not that simple.
Yugo is soon forced to face more hurdles in his new environment surrounded by all the farm animals and the magnificent Mother Nature. He also begins feeling a different kind of pressure as he deals with his classmates who, unlike him, all have a clear view of what they want for their futures. Even so, as Yugo overcomes one challenge after another at Ezono and deepens his bonds with his classmates, he begins to grow stronger both physically and mentally.
This is a coming-of age story filled with sweat, tears, and literally a lot of dirt!"
Here's a quick trailer for you:
Let's begin with Season 1. As we mentioned it'll be getting released as a Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray set. Here's what that will look like -
As you can see, following our traditional Collector's Edition style it'll all come packaged in a rigid case (top left) and inside that will be a digipack to house the two Blu-ray discs (top right). (Both discs being BD50s, for anyone wondering.) Additionally there'll be 5 art cards as well as an A3 sized poster!
Across the two Blu-ray discs you'll get the entire first season (11 episodes), with episodes 1-6 on the first disc, and episode 7-11 on the second. It's worth noting that the entire series was never dubbed into English, so this is a subtitled only release, in Japanese with English subtitles. (The audio being Linear PCM 2ch for anyone curious.)
Additionally you get some promotional videos for the series plus textless opening and ending title sequences as extras across both discs.
~ AllTheAnime.com Special Pre-order Offer ~
Until Thursday 9th May 2019 you can take advantage of a limited-time pre-order offer on Season 1 of Silver Spoon! You can order it from our AllTheAnime online shop for only £34.99 (SRP: £59.99)
Now that you know what Season 1 will look, we're sure you're curious about what the second season will look like when it's released in July 2019? So here's a first look at that -
In keeping with the same theme set with Season 1, Season 2 will come packed in a rigid case with a winter theme to it; to match the setting of the second season. Inside you'll find a digipack to house the two Blu-ray discs, and you'll find 5 art cards and an A3 poster inside too!
Disc wise, once again the season will be spread out over two BD50 Blu-ray discs. Slight peek behind the curtain here, but we're currently in the process of finalising these discs, so we don't have the exact episode split locked in yet, but probably fair to assume it'll match Season 1. Extras are unconfirmed at time of writing.
Season 2 will be coming in July 2019 (exact date to be confirmed soon) with pre-orders for this commencing nearer the time of release. But in the interim you can checkout the listing for this at our AllTheAnime online shop HERE.
And that about wraps up this preview of our releases of Silver Spoon! We hope you're (finally) looking forward to adding this to your collection!
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Now that we've entered the month of May, no doubt much like ourselves your thoughts are turning towards the end of the month and MCM London Comic Con, which takes place as per tradition at London's ExCeL Centre from Friday 24th - Sunday 26th May 2019. If you haven't bought tickets to the event yet, then there's still time to do so, and this may be the moment to secure your place at the show using the link below!
As I'm sure you can imagine, we have plenty of exciting products, events and activities in planning, both from ourselves and in conjunction with our good friends at Crunchyroll, that will make a trip to the event well worth your while. We'll be able to talk more about all of our plans over the coming weeks, but as our starting point today we're thrilled to announce the fruits of our regular collaboration with MCM Comic Con to bring a notable Anime Guest of Honour to the event.
London Comic Con's guest for May 2019 comes courtesy of renowned studio MAPPA, and we're thrilled to welcome director of Garo: The Animation and hit Netflix series Kakegurui to the UK as Yuichiro Hayashi makes his way to London to talk about his career and his work on the show!
For more information about the man himself, and how and when you can see him during MCM London Comic Con, read on below!
Yuichiro Hayashi has been involved in numerous major productions as a storyboard artist, episode director as well as series director. Some of his most well-known works are 009 RE:CYBORG (2012; Storyboard Artist), GARO: The Animation (2014; Series Director), and GARO: Divine Flame (2016; Movie Director, Storyboard Artist, Episode Director). On Kakegurui (2017), he not only served as Series Director, but also played major roles as Storyboard Artist and Episode Director. Most recently, he directed Kakegurui xx (2019) in collaboration with Kiyoshi Matsuda.
As per MCM London Comic Con tradition, we will of course be holding an Anime Guest of Honour panel at the event, giving you a great opportunity to see Mr. Hayashi talking about his work, with a focus on his roles as a series director, storyboard artist and episode director over the years. There may even be time for you to ask him a question yourself!
You can join us for this fascinating discussion yourself at the following time and location - we've also linked to the MCM guest announcement page in case you need it:
When: 1:30PM-2:30PM, Saturday 25th May 2019
Where: Centre Stage
Entry to this Guest of Honour panel is absolutely free for all MCM London Comic Con attendees, so please come along and be a part of this fascinating discussion!
You will also have the opportunity to meet the man himself as he will be taking part in two free signing sessions across the weekend – one on Saturday and one on Sunday.
At the time of writing (2nd May 2019), the precise times of signing sessions are still to be confirmed. We'll update this article with times as soon as we have them, so keep checking back!
Update: 20th May 2019 - Signing session times now added!
As always, both signing sessions with this guest are absolutely free! Signing cards will also be provided to anyone who wants a signature, and signing sessions will be taking place in the official MCM Comic Con signing area. We look forward to seeing you there!
Until next time, take care, and don't forget to book those Comic Con tickets!