We recently let you know about the latest Kickstarter from Awesome Japan and Kenji Studio, Coluboccoro. This is the latest project from the creator of Santa Company and they were looking for $38,000 to achieve some modest goals with their project.
Crunchyroll have now confirmed four different anime series for the UK market, which is a nice change to a lot of the series that seem to pass us by. These four series are Punch Line, Etotama, Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works and the second season of Joker.
Anime Limited confirmed as part of their spring season simulcast that The Heroic Legend or Arslan and the first season of Seraph of the End a little while ago. They’ve now confirmed an additional series and a different platform that it’ll be presented on.
After the success of his previous Kickstater for Santa Company, Kenji Itoso is at it again. The latest Kickstater from Kenji Itoso and Awesome Japan is for Coluboccoro, an original story and one that needs completing.
Squid Girl has been available on Crunchyroll for us Brits for some time now, it’s been something we’ve been able to watch at our leisure. However, this is certainly not the case for all Crunchyroll releases. In a good step forward, Crunchyroll went looking and have managed to get hold of the show’s OVAs, that were previously bundled with the manga in Japan.
Both of these series are now available in the UK, so if you’re into watching shows about a girl who’s also a squid, well, this is for you. You can see the seasons on Crunchyroll here.
Source: Anime UK Network
So the past week has flown by and whilst I was away from the internet for work for a week, the anime world didn’t slow down and this week there are three releases for us all to consume and enjoy. One of them being a feature film and certainly worth a look at.
The releases for the 10th February 2014 are:
Officially marketed as:
From Makoto Shinkai (Five Centimeters Per Second, Journey to Agartha) comes a love story with a twist.
When Takao, a young high school student who dreams of becoming a shoe designer, decides to skip school one day in favor of sketching in a rainy garden, he has no idea how much his life will change when he encounters Yukino. Older but perhaps not as much wiser, she seems adrift in the world. Despite the difference in their ages, they strike up an unusual relationship that unexpectedly continues and evolves, with random meetings in the same garden on each rainy day.
But the rainy season is coming to a close, and there are so many things still left unsaid and undone between them. Will there be time left for Takao to put his feelings into actions and words? Between the raindrops, between the calms in the storm, what will blossom?
SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE: Interviews (52 minutes with the Japanese cast and director), Storyboards (45 minutes), English production stillls, Japanese trailer, The Works of Makoto Shinkai, English commentary track with cast, Japanese commentary with English subtitles.
Languages on disc: English dub and Japanese language track with English subtitles.
Officially marketed as:
Japanese anime series set in a school where students investigate the paranormal. Newly-arrived at Seikyou Private Academy, Teiichi Niiya (voice of Clint Bickham) loses his way and encounters the ghost of a young girl named Yuko Kanoe (Emily Neves), who has no recollection of how she died 60 years previously. Teiichi joins the Paranormal Investigations Club of which Yuko is president and, along with other students Momoe Okonogi (Brittney Karbowski) and Kirie Kanoe (Jessica Boone), the granddaughter of Yuko’s sister, they look into the mysterious ghost stories surrounding the school.
Officially marketed as:
Episodes 154-192 of the ‘Naruto’ anime spin-off series. A trio of young ninjas, Naruto (voice of Junko Takeuchi), Sasuke (Noriaki Sugiyama) and Sakura (Chie Nakamura), are schooled together in the village hidden in the leaves. Each desires to become a ninja for different reasons and will face his or her own personal battles along the way. The episodes are: ‘Decryption’, ‘The First Challenge’, ‘Surpassing the Master’, ‘Assault On Leaf Village!’, ‘Power to Believe’, ‘Pain Vs. Kakashi’, ‘Mystery of Pain’, ‘Surname Is Sarutobi. Given Name, Konohamaru!’, ‘Pain to the World’, ‘Explode! Sage Mode’, ‘Danger! Sage Mode Limit Reached’, ‘Nine-Tails, Captured!’, ‘Planetary Devastation’, ‘The Fourth Hokage’, ‘The Two Students’, ‘Big Adventure! The Quest for the Fourth Hokage’s Legacy: Part 1’, ‘Big Adventure! The Quest for the Fourth Hokage’s Legacy: Part 2’, ‘Meeting’, ‘Origin of Pain’, ‘Tale of Naruto Uzumaki’, ‘Hero of the Hidden Leaf’, ‘Rookie Instructor Iruka’, ‘Iruka’s Ordeal’, ‘Iruka’s Decision’, ‘Kakashi Hatake, the Jonin in Charge’, ‘Inari’s Courage Put to the Test’, ‘Naruto’s School of Revenge’, ‘Gaara’s Bond’, ‘Naruto – Outbreak’, ‘Deploy! Team Tenten’, ‘Animal District’, ‘Ah, the Medicine of Youth’ and ‘Gutsy Master and Student – The Training’.
In a statement via Twitter today, Studio Canal, the distributors of most of the Studio Ghibli films in the UK have confirmed the release date for The Wind Rises in the cinema. This oscar nominated film was recently pegged as the last from the award winning master, Hayao Miyazaki, until he unretired himself late last year.
The Wind Rises will be released in cinemas in the UK on the 9th May 2014. There’s currently no word from the major chain cinemas as to whether or not they will be showing it; however, it’s very likely considering the majority of Ghibli films in recent years have been shown at the chain cinemas alongside the independent cinemas.
To celebrate this announcement, Studio Canal are giving Twitter users the opportunity to win one of the steelpack box sets that they are releasing this year by just retweeting this tweet.
Currently no news on a home release, but basing on normal release patterns, we suspect but it is unconfirmed, that it will be this year.
On Monday, Anime Limited announced that they would be attempting to release Mai Mai Miracle in DVD and Blu Ray with extensive extras to the UK and US markets via a Kickstarter campaign. As of Wednesday 5th February 2014, the Kickstarter campaign went live. The original goal of $30,000 (USD) was met within the day. The current stretch goal of a dub is $60,000 (USD).
As of midnight on the 8 February 2014, the running total is just over $51,000 (USD) with 26 days left to go. Whilst there is much debate amongst anime fans around subtitles versus dubbing, it’s important to remember that regardless of your personal preference, dubbing makes all releases more mainstream and opens up a wider audience.
Mai Mai Miracle has had various theatrical showings in the UK since it’s release in 2009, but it’s never been widespread. It’s never had a UK home market release. In 2011 as part of the Anime Season at the Barbican in London, UK, Helen McCarthy – one of the co-author’s of the fabled Anime Encyclopaedia has stated in her blog:
Mai Mai Miracle, though – there’s a movie to make you dance in the streets.
Which is high praise indeed from an industry veteran.
For a mere $25 (USD) you can gain a digital copy of this film and for a $55 (USD) you can gain both DVD and Blu Ray with subtitles and dubbing (subject to the $60k target being hit) along with a digital artbook, digital wallpaper, postcard, digital release, collector’s packaged version in a rigid splicase with 4 carts and the cost of shipping for the UK, Ireland, US and Canada is included in the cost.
So if you haven’t already backed, get backing.
For those of you who are avid users of Twitter, there’s been extensive conversation over the past few months about a company called East Asia TV. They came into existence a few months ago and thanks to some detective work from Andy Hanley over at UK Anime Network, there’s been some level of confirmation of what many suspected. There is also a confirmation from the company of their immediate closure.
For those of you who haven’t read Andy’s well constructed, researched and balanced article, you can read it here.
It’s always sad to see people get caught up in a storm and in this case, there were many people who hoped to get anime on TV and it’s own channel in the UK. The best statement here is: “If it seems to good to be true, it probably is.”
There’s an awful lot to say about this Kickstarter campaign, but Anime Limited have confirmed that they plan to release Mai Mai Miracle to the UK and the US. Mai Mai Miracle has been overlooked in the UK in the past as one of those niche animated gems that’s been left behind. Which is a huge shame as it’s from Sunao Katabuchi – a protégé of Hayao Miyazaki. So we know that there’s the talent already there.
Rather than just release it on Blu-Ray, Anime Limited want to raise $30,000 (USD) to bring all the extras that anime fans crave, but as a small indie in the UK, they’d either have to throw a lot of money and therefore risk at the film, or sublicense it. Which isn’t a great option.
So with the 30k, they want to:
- Release Mai Mai Miracle in the UK and the US on Blu Ray
- Create and add English subtitles for the film
- Produce quality packaging
- Share some of the artwork and behind the scenes goodness.
Here’s the synopsis:
Mai Mai Miracle is the story of two young girls, their friendship and their unique magical take on the world around them – a view that is only possible in the minds and imaginations of children. When a young girl named Kiiko moves to a small country town, she befriends Shinko, a bright, imaginative girl who has a special way of viewing the world around her and connecting it to the region’s past. With Shinko’s lead, Kiiko follows her on numerous adventures of imagination and time travel finally breaking free of her shell and learning to let go of the grief she carries for her deceased mother.
Mai Mai Miracle does a great job of converting that magic into art in a way that is unique to the film which very much adds to the overall feel of the story. It is a joy to behold and a great film for kids and adults alike. If this sounds like something you’d love to see, or you would like more information and details on the Kickstarter campaign please pledge on our page!
Here’s the trailer:
There is one brand new show for retail release this week, and one new volumes of a show. So for those of you who are patient and can’t wait to get your hands on the series, the patience has paid off. The two volumes are from different companies this week as well. The new show is looking a little demonic…
So those two new volumes are:
Officially marketed as
All 12 episodes from the first series of the Japanese anime. Dressed as a boy, Chizuru Yukimura (voice of Brittney Karbowski) goes in search of her doctor father who has been missing for more than a month. On her journey she encounters the Emperor’s police force known as the Shinsengumi who take her into their custody. When they discover she is looking for the man they are also hoping to find, they allow her to join them and her role within the team gradually increases, but it soon becomes apparent that the Shinsengumi are hiding a secret about supernatural demons called Furies…
Officially marketed as
Second volume of episodes from the anime spin-off series set on Earth two years after ‘Last Exile’ (2003). The Turan Kingdom are set to return to Earth, having previously fled when it was all but destroyed, while Ades, being the only nation to remain on the planet, are determined to prevent any immigrants from settling on their lands. With the two nations engaged in war Turan princesses Liliana and Millia come under threat. When Liliana is captured the situation soon escalates out of control and it falls to Fam Fan Fan, Giselle Collette and their fellow Sky Pirates to watch over Millia and help her to regain control of her kingdom.
For a little while now, The Prince Charles Cinema have been showing Studio Ghibli films on a Thursday, this had led to lots of people seeing some of the best that anime has to offer, in the cinema. Seeing Totoro, a film older than the average age demographic of an anime fan in the cinema is a great experience. Today they have confirmed their Studio Ghibli season for the next couple of months.
All films are subtitled with the audio in the original Japanese.
5th March, 1845 – £7.50, From Up on Poppy Hill – see our review here!
19th March, 1830 – £7.50, My Neighbours the Yamadas
2nd April, 2040 – £7.50, Pom Poko
16th April, 2100 – £7.50, Howl’s Moving Castle
Triple Features – three Ghibli Films back to back
30th March, My Neighbour Totoro at 1345 – £7.50, Kiki’s Deliver Service at 1553 – £7.50 and Porco Rosso at 1745 – £7.50
20th April, Grave of the Fireflies at 1300 – £7.50 (plus extra needed for tissues from crying, Princess Mononoke at 1455 – £7.50 and Spirited Away at 1730 – £7.50
That’s it for now, but if you get the chance to see any Ghibli film in a theatre, go for it.
Music, it’s one of those rare things that the anime world doesn’t seem to be obsessed by. In regular movies, people bang on about the score and how amazing the composer is, in videogames there’s campaigns to try and get videogame music recognised as a legitimate classical music in the UK. Yet, with all of the J-Pop openings in the world, it seems to be a subject that’s on the less important side. That said, Space Dandy is trying to reverse this.
I say reverse, I mean, the show’s opening theme tune, Viva Namida is now available on iTunes in the United Kingdom. The album is called Viva Namida (Space Dandy Version) – EP and has four songs, Viva Namida, Healthy Merci, Scanty Blues and Smell. It’s available for £3.96.
You can fiond out more about it here
Source: UK Anime Network
Whoops, this week has been a bit of a burden for me so I’m a little behind. Anyway, as part of the catch up process, here’s the anime releases for this week. It’s pretty much dominated by one series and for many people, that’s the right sort of domination. There’s also a continuation from another series.
So in total that’s 4 releases this week.
Those releases are…
Officially marketed on Amazon as:
When Yu Narukami moves to the country town of Inaba to stay with his uncle and cousin, he’s expecting a lot more peace and quiet than he’s used to in the big city. What he isn’t expecting is for his uncle’s job as a police detective to spill over into his own life, or for the murders that are occurring across town to be somehow linked to Yu’s own strange experiences, odd local weather patterns, and a mysterious TV show world that seems to be attempting to get Yu to enter it! Now, together with a new group of friends, Yu must plunge into a bizarre alternate reality where he gains unique abilities that will either help him solve the riddle of the mystery killer or lead him to his doom.
Officially marketed on Amazon as:
When Yu Narukami moves to the country town of Inaba to stay with his uncle and cousin, he’s expecting a lot more peace and quiet than he’s used to in the big city. What he isn’t expecting is for his uncle’s job as a police detective to spill over into his own life, or for the murders that are occurring across town to be somehow linked to Yu own strange experiences, odd local weather patterns, and a mysterious TV show world that seems to be attempting to get Yu to enter it! Now, together with a new group of friends, Yu must plunge into a bizarre alternate reality where he gains unique abilities that will either help him solve the riddle of the mystery killer or lead him to his doom.”
Officially marketed on Amazon as:
The mystery of the murders seems to have been solved, but the riddle of the Velvet Room and the lethal Midnight Channel is an enigma that Yu and the other students who form the Investigation Team have yet to crack. That’s to say nothing of the question of how their powers of Persona work in the first place, and how the fictional Teddie can exist in the real world. As conundrums wrap in conundrums and the school year burns inexorably towards a blistering summer, the team must prepare for the most deadly challenge yet while still pretending to lead normal high school lives. Unfortunately, that won’t be easy under the evil eye of their new homeroom teacher. And when Detective Shirogane reenters the game with new information about irregularities in the police investigation and clues that may lead to an entirely different conclusion, both team and detective find themselves playing the role of prey once more! The body count is on the rise, the Shadows attack and new Persona are about to ascend as the Midnight Channel launches the ultimate cancellation program.
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It’s been 2 years since the players of Sword Art Online have been trapped in this life-or-death adventure. As Kirito and Asuna get closer, Asuna starts to want distance from the Knights of the Blood, but her wish does not come easy. Kirito challenges Heathcliff to a duel to win Asuna’s freedom but is no match for him and Kirito ends up joining the Knights of the Blood himself. The Assault Team launches an attack on the 75th floor boss, but they find the Skull Reaper to be an extremely tough foe! Meanwhile, Kirito begins to feel suspicious of Heathcliff’s actions…