» May, 2009
Manga Entertainment will this year be taking part in the MCM London Expo at the Excel Centre this weekend. As one of the biggest anime and managa events in the country Manga Entertainment are planning on selling big at this event and there will be tons of cheap DVDs available to all.
As part of their lineup, anyone who buys a Death Note DVD will get a free Misa figurine.
There’s also a special price promotion for Afro Samurai Director’s Cut Double Pack.
There will also be a sneak peak at the live action Blood The Last Vampire movie!
So make sure that you’re there.
MVM Entertainment are sponsoring the MCM Expo and the London Excel Centre again this year. As they are sponsoring this event, naturally they will want to have high visibility, so they are selling tons of DVDs at knock-down prices and and will be announcing loads of new titles at the event. Their press release statement is as follows:
MVM will be kicking off the announcement with the first volume of Disgaea in June. The King of the Netherworld has died and various demons are now building their own empires in an effort to take control. However, the late King’s son has arrived and is out to reclaim his rightful place as ruler.
SAMURAI DEEPER KYO!
Also due out this year from MVM is the highly anticipated Samurai Deeper Kyo. In the year 1600, during the battle of Sekigahara, warriors Kyoshiro Mibu and “Demon Eyes” Kyo – the legendary slayer of a thousand men – engaged in fierce combat. Both men disappeared when a meteor crashed in the battlegrounds. Four years later, Kyoshiro is spotted on a rural highway, acting as a traveling medicine salesman. He is captured by the female bounty hunter Yuya Shiina when she discovers that deep inside him is the dormant personality of “Demon Eyes” Kyo himself.
MVM have also added the eagerly awaited Gunparade March to their acquisitions. In 1945, World War II abruptly ended when an alien race appeared on Earth and began to slaughter the human population. The year is 1999 – 54 years later, mankind is still fighting to survive against the alien forces. Earth forces now use advanced mecha called Humanoid Walking Tanks (HWTs) to combat the invaders, but throughout the ordeal, far too many pilots have been killed in action. As a result, high school students are now recruited to become HWT pilots. Gunparade March follows the lives of the 5121st Platoon, who have just added a mysterious girl named Mai Shibamura to their ranks.
NEW MVM ACQUISITIONS!
MVM will be keeping the fans suitably happy with the announcement of three new and exciting acquisitions. Aquarion, X and Guardian Of The Spirit (aka Moribito). Be sure to look out for further details at the Expo!
In case you fancy something a little different look out for the release of the live action film Dororo! Based on the manga from Godfather of Manga Osamu Tezuka. Dororo serves up an entertaining transition from Manga to movie!
The rest of 2009 will see MVM releasing some of the most eagerly anticipated anime box sets ever! Look out for the romantic Gravitation and the extravaganza that is Black Lagoon and Black Lagoon 2nd Barrage.
So make sure that you get down to the event this weekend!
The anime classic Ghost in the Shell is being shown at the Prince Charles Cinema in London today. Showing the original 1995 release, the PCC will be showing GitS at 1830 tonight followed immediately by the film that arguably popularised anime in the UK – Akira.
Then at the end of the week on Friday the redrawn film, Ghost in the Shell 2.0 is shown in all of it’s remastered glory. This film will be on show from 2045 on Friday.
On Monday the tickets each cost £5 and on Friday it’s £7.50 for non-members.
So if you’re free tonight or Friday head on down to the Prince Charles Cinema. Their address is: Prince Charles Cinema 7 Leicester Place Leicester Square WC2H 7BP and the closest station is predictable Leicester Square.
To get rid of those Monday blues, we’ve got this weeks new anime releases for you to ponder upon and decide to buy. There are a number of brilliant shows for release this week, from Gundam to Mushihi so make sure you check out the full list below.
- Black Blood Brothers: Season 1 Part 1
- Mobile Suit Gundam – Seed Destiny: Box 1
- Moon Phase: The Complete Series
- Mushishi Volume 6
- Mushishi: The Complete Series
As always all of these titles can be purchased through all good retailers, or our own store which you can see above which is in association with Amazon UK.
Still getting better…
Maia has started to discover that there is a lot more to her than what she previously knew. Aside from the fact that she’s got a mysterious past with memories that confuse her somewhat, she’s recently landed a passenger plane under terrorist conditions and been half way across the world. This would be OK if you were a trained pilot, or a SAS Soldier; however, Maia is neither of these.
Welcome to the world of a Nereid’s Agent. Nerei’s is an agency that exists to serve the customer, and the customer’s request is always fulfilled – however trivial, pointless or difficult. That is, as long as there’s a hefty wage cheque afterwards. This is something that Maia has had to learn the hard way, and through Volume 5 she continues to learn lessons about life and money.
Volume 5 kicks off with small children, well, one baby to be precise. A baby is left on Yu’s doorstep; she takes it into work with her where she was about to drop it off at the police station until Gloria objects – violently as always. However, this means that Yu’s left looking after a random baby that she doesn’t even know the name of! Of course mayhem ensues and a lot more is learnt about Yu’s character – she’s not just some uncaring semi-naked person, she has a heart and has concern for the people around her.
Which is more than what could be said for the person that Shizuka falls in love with for a few days, or the brothers Wong, Chang and Lee with their sister May who try and steal back the stolen Yomogi-1 from the Nereids team and try and use Maia as a hostage to get the girls to give the submarine back. Naturally this fails and leads Maia on to go to Siberia city where she has distant memories of an older brother. She’s determined to find out what killed her parents, and her memories.
Volume 5 really steps the characters up into a higher gear. Whereas before in the previous volumes the characters have all been a little contrived and many of them simply a stereotype in Volume 5 the characters really start to develop. Of course, some of this character development was seen in Volume 4, but to see Yu start to care, or Gloria actually think about her actions shows that this anime is due for an interesting final volume.
Maia – the most typical and dull character actually has some guts behind her. She demands to go back to her “home” city where she destroys some public property in the search of something she doesn’t even know is real. She leaves the security of her friends and job to do this – which shows the strength of her will. Or at least would do if her lines weren’t so typically clichéd and painful to listen to. Of course, it’s not the voice actor’s fault in English or Japanese – but a bad script is a bad script and she’s got some of the most ridiculous lines in the show.
The reintroduction of the Brothers and the Sister is an obvious way of trying to continue with the light-hearted theme and it also tries to show criminals in a more positive light as they are trying to really achieve something impossible. There’s also a level of companionship between the Brothers and their archenemies at Nereids. Although they are bungling they are endearing to view because of their mission to get to the bottom of the ocean to find the lost city that never resurfaced.
The characters are certainly starting to expand in value and although they are still semi-naked at any given opportunity the plot is getting very interesting and is clearly leading up to an interesting climax with Maia remembering more and more of her past and with no records to back up her claims it’s only a matter of time before cracks start to show.
The animation is still as clear as ever, with the characters only really wearing one or two outfits like most cartoons. The backgrounds and the underwater scenes are particularly well drawn, whereas the characters themselves although distinct lack the uniqueness that many animes have recently managed to produce. The voice acting is as good as ever; although the more that Maia’s voice is listened to in English the more difficult it is to take her lines seriously.
MCM London Expo recently announced that they are going to be trying to break a world record again this year with their May expo. Last year the MCM London Expo managed to gather the largest number of videogame cosplayers ever recorded in one location and this year they are going to try and beat that record.
All you need to do to qualify is the following:
1. All participants must be wearing costumes representing characters from video games.
2. Characters from other media such as films, television, books and comics are acceptable; however these must have featured in video games before any subsequent appearances in other media. For example: (a.) Lara Croft first appeared in a video game in 1996, prior to subsequent movie and comic book appearances; therefore Lara Croft qualifies for the world record attempt. (b.) Superman first featured as a comic book character in 1938, prior to his first appearance as a video game character in 1978; therefore Superman does not qualify.
So get your cosplay at the ready!
Beez Entertainment recently confirmed that they will be attending the traditional London Expo held at the Excel Centre in the capital this year. This is nothing new as they have done this for many years, and most anime and manga companies attend this convention regularly.
However, Beez Entertainment have confirmed that they are changing the way that they release their DVDs. Rather than individual DVDs containing only a few episodes per DVD they are shifting to a three part release, therefore each release will be similar to a mini-boxset. To celebrate this new model Beez have confirmed that at the London Expo they are going to be selling their single DVDs for the incredible price of £5 per volume. This mammoth sale is going to include the following DVDs:
– .hack//Legend of the Twilight
– Crest of the Stars
– Eureka Seven
– Fantastic Children
– Gundam Seed
– Gundam Seed Destiny
– Gundam Movies 1-3
– Gundam F91, 0083 etc
– My Hime
– Patlabor the Movie
– Patlabor 2 the Movie
– Stratos 4
– Witch Hunter Robin
Boxsets will go from £15-25 and all other DVDs will be a maximum of £10.
It’s not just old titles either, they will also be selling products straight off of the production line with Gurren Lagann in both Limited and Regular edition with various other series as well!
So it’s vital to be at the expo for super cheap Beez products this year!
Source: Anime UK News
To celebrate this offer Dimensional Manga are offering free postage and packaging for all Pwanda goods bought before the end of May – so that only gives you a few weeks left to get manga without paying any P&P.
Eventually this manga will roll out to shops and other online retailers nationwide – but for now it’s a Dimensional Manga exclusive.
For more information on Pwanda, or to purchase the series click here.
Manga Entertainment will be releasing the full series of Claymore in the UK over a number of months and weeks – just like any other anime. However, as Claymore is very popular people want to know how the dubs are going to sound and how everything is falling into place; so Manga have kindly allowed everyone a sneak peak at the show!
You can see the sneak peak below and the actual first two volumes are currently scheduled for a 8th June release.
This week we see the welcome arrival of various complete box sets this week, with some solid “olides” from ADV and something special from the makers of Serial Experiments Lain and Haibane Renmei. The seven new DVDs this week are:
- Divergence Eve: Complete Collection
- Gravion: Complete Collection
- Cutie Honey
- Slayers: Next – Volume 1
- Solty Rei – Volume 2
- Starship Operators: Collection
- Texhnolyze: Box set
Like always, you can buy these from all good retailers.
As the spring and summer loom upon us we, the sky starts to get lighter for longer in the evening, the cherry blossom trees have bloomed and people start to get their lawn mowers out so that the weekends are full of that humming noise. Along with all of these events are the traditional Spring and Summer Specials of various anime boxsets and this year is no different.
Below are the three series that have made it to DVD this week:
- Ghost Hunt Series 1 Part 1
- Trigun Box Set
- Negima Spring & Summer: Special OVA
As always you can purchase these DVDs through our online store above, or through any reputable retailer.