» October, 2010

DVD Releases This Week

Anime News, News - by - October 11, 2010 - 20:05 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

It’s Monday! Although it’s the evening now, it’s no excuse not to take time out of your day to check out the latest anime releases from the good anime people in the UK. This week there are three releases for you to get your hands on and the “truly” new one is something you’ve got to pick up.

This week’s releases are:

  • Baccano! Part The Complete Series
  • Gun Sword Box Set
  • Berserk Box Set

Although it’s not been reviewed yet, Baccano is a personal favourite of mine and it’s a truly great show that needs to be purchased by all. It’s a grittier version of Haruhi set in New York, with a bit of supernatural, a lot of wacky characters and a episode structure that will leave the viewer scratching their head until a good way into the show when things start to make sense.

Casshern Sins Confirmed For Release by Manga Entertainment

Anime News, News - by - October 10, 2010 - 21:01 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

Today we reported that Manga Entertainment announced that they will be releasing Highschool of the Dead in June or July of 2011 on both DVD and Blu-Ray. Manga Entertainment also announced through the means of Twitter that they will be releasing Casshern Sins in the UK.

Jerome of Manga Entertainment confirmed today that Casshern Sins will be released in May or June of 2011. Details surrounding Blu-Ray are uncertain, due to uncertainty surrounding blu-ray for this title.

Casshern Sins tells the story of a world where robots have subjugated humanity after becoming self aware. Their leader, Braiking Boss, rules over the world with an iron fist until one day Luna is summoned by the people marked as the saviour of human-kind.

Source: Twitter

Highschool of the Dead Picked up by Manga Entertainment

Anime News, News - by - October 10, 2010 - 16:06 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

Manga Entertainment today announced that they have gained the rights to distribute the undead anime – Highschool of the Dead, which was one of the summer seasons hits this year in Japan.

Highschool of the Dead stars Takashi and his good friend Rei and her best friend Hisashi. Then a Zombie arrived at the school gate. Within a few minutes a zombie plague managed to spread across the school throwing them all into a panic and attempt to avoid being eaten by their former school-mates.

After breaking out of the school to discover the infection had spread across the world, they search for a safe place in the world that’s managed to avoid the zombie chaos….

Currently there are no firm release dates confirmed; however, Manga Entertainment are hoping for the releases to start in June/July 2011 with both a DVD and Blu-Ray release penned. Manga are also hoping to work with Sentai Filmworks for the Blu-Ray release in the UK. So lots of good news there!

Source: Manga UK Twitter

Summer Wars To Get UK Cinema Run

Anime News, News - by - October 10, 2010 - 14:44 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

Just a few days ago we reported that Manga Entertainment were going to have to delay their release of Summer Wars due to production issues in the USA with their partner Funimation.

This weekend Funimation announced that they will be releasing Summer Wars for a theatrical run across the USA. This is great news as that means there’s potential of Oscar nominations for Summer Wars and whilst we all know that Oscars mean very little as they are always pretty biased, they do look good on a DVD box.

Manga Entertainment, the UK distributor of Summer Wars have also confirmed that they are planning on doing a theatrical release in the UK. News-Anime.com asked if a theatrical run is on the cards and Jerome from Manga Entertainment UK confirmed the below:

That’s the plan. Hopefully around late February if we can get some screens.

Source: Twitter

This is great news as there are very few anime releases that make it to the cinemas, Ponyo and Howl’s Moving Castle are the last two that had any major cinema interest.

So watch this space…

Leeds International Film Festival Confirm Anime Showings

Anime News, News - by - October 10, 2010 - 14:33 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

The Leeds International Film Festival have finally announced this year’s line-up and whilst the LIFF screens various different films that are noteworthy, we at News-Anime are more interested in their anime offerings. Last year we saw a huge amount of anime films coming from the LIFF and this year is no different, we are going to be able to see:

Redline

Take your seat for the wildest ride of the year! From one of the most exciting animators on the planet comes an exhilarating animated action film that has got to be experienced on the big screen! Fuelled by a mind-blowing hyper-graphic style and a matching high-octane techno soundtrack, Redline roars across space with a cast of thousands as JP sets out to win the wackiest and most extreme race in the galaxy.

Where: Leeds Town Hall/Hyde Park Pictures House
When: 19th – 21.00/21st October 16.45
Price: £6.00

Book tickets for Redline here.

Mardock Scramble: The First Compression

The European Premiere of a striking new anime, part one of the  long-awaited cyberpunk noir trilogy based on Tow Ubukata’s award-winning sci-fi novels set in Mardock City. A teenage prostitute Rune Balot is murdered in an explosion by the devious gambler Shell. Under the ‘Scramble09’ ordinance, Balot is miraculously saved by Dr Easter and his self-aware Universal Tool, Eufcoque. Resurrected as a powerfully advanced cyborg and equipped with Eufcoque, Balot confronts the worst of Mardock City’s psychotic underworld as she hunts down the killer who took her life.

Where: Leeds Town Hall/Hyde Park Picture House
When: 19th – 1630/21st 1215
Price: £6.00

Book tickets for Mardock Scramble here.

One Piece: Strong World

Smashing box office records in Japan and selected for animation competitions around the world, this wildly-inventive and whirlwind comic adventure is the tenth anniversary feature based on the phenomenon of One Piece, the manga by Eiichiro Oda. Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates have set sail on their latest quest when out of the sky appears legendary pirate Golden Lion Shiki, 20 years escaping from the Great Prison of Impel Down. Shiki has a plan to bring down the World Government and next thing they know, Luffy and his gang are fighting for survival against monsters in a strange land…

Where: Leeds Town Hall/Hyde Park Picture House
When: 19th – 1400/21st – 1000
Price: £6.00

Book tickets for One Piece here.

Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance

A huge hit in Japan last year, part two of Anno Hideaki’s new Evangelion film series is an outstanding sci-fi anime experience in its own right – a visual feast with striking animation and an electrifying apocalyptic story. In a devastated future Earth, Tokyo-3 is under constant attack from the mysterious shapeshifting monsters known as Angels. Protecting the city are the giant Eva robots of the military organisation Nerv that recruits teenagers as pilots. As the end looms, young pilots Shinji, Reiand Asuka are tasked with the fight to save humanity.

Where: Leeds Town Hall/Hyde Park Picture House
When 19th – 1830/21st – 1345
Price: £6.00

Book tickets for Evangelion here.

Gintama: The Movie

The European Premiere of the first feature based on the popular  sci-fi samurai manga Gintama. In the medieval period of Edo (the old name of Tokyo), an invasion by the Amanto aliens hasbrought future technology and spaceships to the city, and the threat of rebellion is everywhere. The samurai are down and out,banned from bearing their swords, but the trio of fighters known as Odd Jobs Gin are still in action and their time comes when the master sword Benizakura goes missing. Gintama is a blast from the start, when it makes fun of the film itself.

Where: Leeds Town Hall
When: 19th October – 1200
Price: £6.00

Book tickets for Gintama here.

Make sure that you book early to avoid disappointment.

Scotland Loves Anime Announces Two New Exhibits

Anime News, News - by - October 10, 2010 - 13:47 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

Scotland Loves Anime have recently announced two new exhibitions at their exhibit this year. Scotland often gets missed with anime festivals and Scotland Loves Anime is their attempt to try and increase anime output in Scotland. The two new exhibits are:

The Art of Haruhi
There will be 11 images with sketches and full sized shots of the full scenes of the show along with the final product. This is the first time that this has been shown in the UK and only the second time in all of Europe, so it’s well worth checking out if you’re in the local area. This exhibit is free and will be on display between the 8th October to the 17th October.

Anime Merchandise
The final mini art exhibition for 2010 will be held at the Glasgow Film Theatre  across the festival dates and will be in two glass cabinets in the main foyer. Over the two weeks come along and see a number of items from the weird and wonderful world of anime merchandising.

Ever wondered how much merchandise for Evangelion 2.0 there was?  Or perhaps One Piece Strong World?  Or any of the other films in the line-up for Scotland Loves Anime this year for that matter!  Then now is your chance to find out, pop along during the weekend and check the displays out.

Featuring merchandise from Trigun Badlands Rumble, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, Evangelion 2.0 and One Piece Strong World!

For more information on this and all of the exhibits at Scotland Loves Anime, check out their official site here.

London Anime Con Dates Confirmed

Anime News, Manga News, News, Video Games - by - October 10, 2010 - 13:26 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

London Anime Con have recently announced their lineup and official dates for their con – we’re just a little late with updating on this one!

London Anime Con will be taking place on the 5 and 6 of February 2011 and will run for 12 hours each day, between 1200-0000 and for just £10 a day or £15 for both days if you order ahead of time.

So far the below has been confirmed:

Watch Anime, Play Video Games, Show off your Artwork/chill with artists in the Artist Alley, dress up and enter our Cosplay Events, buy Anime & Manga from our dealers room, enter events like our DDR Tournament and pub quiz, learn Japanese Culture, go to our cosplay workshops, check out our Trading Card Zone, listen to live-music and party away all night! Go check out http://www.londonanimecon.com/ now!

THE BASICS
Date: February 5th-6th 2011
Venue: The Rocket Complex, London Metropolitian University
Tube: Two minutes from Holloway Road Tube Station (To the North of the Picadilly Line)

It costs £15 for both days (so £7.50 a day) to get in if you prepay, and you need to be 18 years or older. Accommodation is available at just £17.50 a night! On the day entry is £10 (or just £5 if you arrive on the day after 8pm)

You can read all about ALCL on it’s official website at http://www.londonanimecon.com/

SPECIAL GUESTS
Live Bands, DJs, speakers and more guests all to be announced! We shall shortly start announcing them over the months of October and November, so stay tuned!

Martin Billany aka LittleKuriboh – Martin Billany, aka LittleKuriboh, is the creator of the very popular Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series, a parody of the original Yu-Gi-Oh! anime and is also part of DBZ Abridged.
DarkSideIncorporated – DarkSideIncorporated are the makers of Yu-Gi-Oh GX Abridged. The team consist of xthedarkone and ShadyVox. ShadyVox is also the maker of Sonic X Abridged. You can view their material at http://www.youtube.com/DarkSideIncorporated Akemi Solloway – Akemi Solloway is a lecturer and expert in Japanese culture, the daughter of an old samurai family and learned in the traditional arts and culture of Japan. She will present some talks at London Anime Con (which ones shall be confirmed).

EVENTS A-Z – ALL THESE CONFIRMED AND FAR MORE TO COME!
(Read event descriptions at http://www.londonanimecon.com/events.php )

AMV Contest
Art Arena
Battle of the Werewolves Live RP
BJD Workshop & Doll Meet
Cosplay Auction
Cosplay Masquerade
Cosplay Stars
Cosplay Workshops
Cosplay Showdown
DDR Tournament
Dub That Anime
Glowstick Rave
J! Party
J-Culture Talks
The Karaoke Factor Contest
LittleKuriboh Q&A
Manga Masterclass Workshops
Open Mic Evening
Origami Workshop
Art Portfolio Sharing Session
Pub Quiz
Rock Band Tournament
Team Battle

More Parties, Video Gaming Tournaments, J-Culture Talks, Events, Cosplay/Art, Workshops and Talks to be confirmed!

If you want to book your tickets early, please register here.

For further information on the London Anime Con, please click here.

DVD Releases This Week

Anime News, News - by - October 4, 2010 - 18:56 Europe/London - 1 Comment

It’s Monday! That means only one thing, Monday Anime Update! Now this week there’s really not a lot to choose from if you want some brand new anime, with the only offering coming from Manga Entertainment is:

  • Naruto Shippuden – Box Set 3

That’s it! Next week has a couple of better offerings to non-Naruto fans…

Summer Wars Voice Cast Announced

Anime News, News - by - October 3, 2010 - 18:16 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

Summer Wars is one of 2010′s films of the year, it’s been picked up by Manga Entertainment for UK distribution already. It was originally going to be released in the UK in October, however, we recently heard news from Manga Entertainment that the DVD is going to be pushed back to next year.

This is because the US anime giant, Funimation has decided to organise the dubbing for the film and due to delay in Japan, the masters arrived to them late.

A few weeks ago, Funimation announced the voice-cast for this epic film. The full cast is as follows:

Character – Actor
Kenji Koiso – Michael Sinterniklaas
Natsuki Shinohara – Brina Palencia
Sakae Jinnouchi – Pam Dougherty
Kazuma Ikezawa – Maxey Whitehead
Wabisuke Jinnouchi – J. Michael Tatum
Sakuma – Todd Haberkorn
Mansuke – John Swasey
Mariko – Shelley Calene-Black
Naomi – Lydia Mackay
Shota – Mike McFarland
Yumi – Monica Rial
Mansaku – Barry Yandell
Riichi – Chuck Huber
Rika – Cynthia Cranz
Tasuke – John Burgmeier
Katsuhiko – Christopher R. Sabat
Yorihiko – Rob McCollum
Yuhei – Brittney Karbowski
Shingo – Alison Viktorin
Kunihiko – Patrick Seitz
Noriko – Colleen Clinkenbeard
Kiyomi – Jennifer Seman
Mao – Cherami Leigh
Nana – Caitlin Glass
Kazuo – Bill Jenkins
Yukiko – Anastasia Munoz
Ryohei – Jason Liebrecht
Kana – Tia Ballard

ADDITIONAL VOICES – Alexis Tipton, Phil Parsons, Trina Nishimura, Anthony Bowling, Mary Morgan, Chris Ayres, Chris Cason, Clarine Harp, Eric Vale, Grant James, Greg Silva, David Trosko, Jim Foronda, Joel McDonald, Liza Gonzales, Maeghan Albach, Scott Freeman, R Bruce Elliott, Kara Edwards, Sonny Strait, John Gremillion, Mark Stoddard, Chris Burnett, Stephanie Young

Source: Funimation

Porco Rosso on Film4

News - by - October 3, 2010 - 17:17 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

We all love Film4, it’s a great little free movie channel that lets us all watch pretty good films and for those of you on Virgin Media you can see it in HD as well. For the rest of us, we’ll have to be content watching what a film made by arguably one of the most influential people in anime today, Hayao Miyazaki in standard definition.

Porco Rosso

Originally a World War I pilot in the Italian Air Force, Porco has become disillusioned with life and now makes a living as a bounty hunter guarding ships in the Adriatic sea. Aside from this being slightly unusual, Porco has also been the subject of a vicious curse that has left him with the face of a pig – although no one really knows why. The ugly bounty hunter then falls in love with a rather fetching lady, Gina. Gina runs the sea pilots’ club and this film tells of the would be romance and his relationships with other humans in their world.

Where: Film4 – Sky – 315, Freeview – 15, Freesat – 300, Virgin Media – 428 (429 HD), TalkTalk – 230, UPC Ireland – 323
Time: Thursday 7th October – 11.00 and Sunday 10th October – 15.15

This will be subtitled as well, as per Film4‘s website.

Thanks for Anime UK News for pointing this out.