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MCM London Expo Roundup!

by - on the 27 October, 2008 at 4.19 pm

The MCM London Expo is one of the biggest industry events in the world of anime and manga, and it concluded this weekend. There’s been a plethora of news that’s come from most of the major anime distributors this year as always, and the information is as follows:

Manga Entertainment

  • All remaining Naruto episodes have now been licensed.
  • Naruto – 15/12 for series 5
  • Naruto Shippuden next Summer
  • Blue Dragon – 2009
  • Honey & Clover – 2009
  • Ichigo 100% – 2009
  • Ghost in the Shell: Innocence Blu Ray (Q1)
  • Ghost in the Shell 2.0 with Blu Ray and theatricle release
  • xxxHolic
  • Claymore (in single discs)
  • Darker than Black
  • Afro Samurai
  • Girl who leapt through time (8/12)
  • Astro Boy
  • Manga Store on iTunes
  • Afro Samurai Resurection


  • All 4 Slayers series will be released, starting in 2009. First three series’ will be across 4 discs
  • The Cutey Honey live action film
  • Blade of the Immortal
  • Romeo X Juliet
  • Desert Punk
  • Solty Rei
  • 1 box set every month
  • Samurai Deeper Kyo


  • Gurren Lagann EU exclusive, in smaller parts and EU extras
  • Gundam 00
  • Sword of the Stranger
  • Progressive worldwide Blu-Ray releases


  • Repacking prior series into box sets
  • Getbackers Box sets on the way (two sets)
  • Area 88 box in Jan
  • Angelic Layer and DNAngel boxes in February

Along with this wave of releases, we’ve received confirmation that an “up-market” boxset of Gundam Wing is being planned from Beez, wit a new HD mastery straight from Japan along with a double volume release of Gurren Lagann.

Various anime will be appearing of XBL and iTunes shortly from Manga Entertainment. Whilst Claymore will begin to sell as single volumes, rather than a box set from January 09, and that currently Blood+ is too expensive for a UK release. Finally from Manga Entertainment, they’ve stated that the recent Funimation titles they’ve acquired are not part of an on-going agreement.

Revelation Films have also noted that they are going to finish all of their releases that they placed on hiatus with no warning earlier this year.

Unfortunately I was unable to attend this year, so if any of you have news that I’ve missed, please e-mail into webmaster(at)news-anime(dot)NOSPAMcom and I’ll add the news up as soon as possible.

Source: UKA, Eye on Anime

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