Manga Entertainment, one of the largest anime distributors in the country, and consequently one of the largest Twitter users in the anime business world, have today released a new trailer for their up and coming title: 2001 Nights. This 1.11 minute video shows off some of the incredible looks of this anime and it’s clearly space themed imagery.
Currently the BVA give 2001 Nights a release date as the 26th September, but even if the wait is that long, you can see a snippet of what to expect below.
The first is Evangelion 2:22, which will be available in Blu-Ray, DVD and a lovely Blu-Ray/DVD combi pack from the 30th May. The combi pack contains bonus materials in terms of a booklet, although the details around the booking are yet to be confirmed. To pre-order early as to not miss out at hmv click here and for Amazon.co.uk click here.
The next one is the age-old Akira. This anime classic will be available for the first time in Blu-Ray and also available on DVD from the 27th June 2011. There will also be a Steel Book version of the release which is going to be super-limited-edition – so ensure you pre-order early as to not miss out. You can pre-order at here for hmv.
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!
Crunchyroll have today announced that they will be simulcasting another title from this season’s anime. Available to view from the 4th October to paid subscribers and a week later for those who are not on subscription, Otome Youkai Zakuro.
Otome Youkai Zakuro takes place during the Meiji Westernisation Movement in an alternative world where humans and spirits can exist together and half spirits join foces with the army to do battle against those who are in the wrong.
This is yet another title that is available for simulcast from Crunchyroll this season and there’s bound to be many more.
Manga Entertainment today squashed the rumours floating around the internet regarding their acquisition of Kanon 2006. We reported in May that Manga Entertainment along with Bamboo Blade had Kanon 2006 on their wishlist, Bamboo Blade was confirmed today by Manga Entertainment.
To the dismay of the Kanon fans, Manga Entertainment have today confirmed via their Twitter page that they do not currently own the rights for Kanon in the UK:
Re #Kanon rumours. Manga does not currently have this series on its schedule. Sorry for the misinformation that may have got out.
This announcement does not rule out Manga’s interest in the series for the UK, it just reiterates that it does not have the rights to the series.
It’s Monday! It’s too hot and we all want to be able to go to bed without thinking about waking up every couple of hours due to the heat. Well, this week doesn’t look like it’s due to get any better so to keep you entertained during the awake hours in the night, there are a number of good releases out today. There are three new releases this week and they are:
Soul Eater Part 1
Code Geass R2 Box 1
.hack//Roots (Anime Legends)
You can buy these DVDs through all good retailers effective immediately.
The online anime and manga figurines and merchandise retailer, Eye on Asia, have today announced a special offer that entitles everyone to 5% off of their order should that order be made between today and 11th April 2010.
Once you’ve browsed through their catalogue of goods and then added what you want to purchase to your shopping cart, add the promo code EASTEREGG in the coupon/special code area of the payment screen.
The independent and online only, UK based anime, videogame and general interesting store: Toymation, announce today their line-up of exclusive anime dog tags.
This limited edition will feature various anime characters across the spectrum and is being made to order by Styled By Sand. Each Tobi-Tag will have a run of 500 tags and every two months there will be two new designs announced by Toymation, to further enhance the uniqueness numbers 1-10 are available to be engraved with 18c Gold plating, although this will be for a slight premium.
For those who order more than one, the option of just ordering the tag and not the chain will be available.
The first two tags available are Optimus Prime and Naruto and will be for sale on pre-order today and on general sale from the 1st February 2010 for £29.99 or £19.99 for those who pre-order.
To find out more information, visit Toymation’s official website here.
Manga Entertainment today announced that they will be releasing of the most anticipated films of the year to the UK in September 2010. One of the most highly rated anime films of 2009, Summer Wars is the latest film from Mamoru Hosoda, the director of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.
Kenji Koiso is a child prodigy and this mathematically minded genius spends a large portion of his time immersed in a massive computer simulated viral world, OZ. At the beginning of his summer vacation, our socially inept genius is asked to help in celebrating his crush, Natsuki Shinohara’s great grandmother’s 90th birthday.
Before he knows it, he’s the lead of a news story about the destruction of his favourite computer game OZ and has to learn how to deal with this as well as enlist the help of Natsuki’s family to clear his name.
Release: September 2010 Format: Theatrical Release
Release: October/November 2010 Format: Standard Definition DVD and Blu-Ray DVD
Yes, Manga Entertainment also confirmed today that Summer Wars will be released in both standard definition DVD and Blu-Ray DVD in September.
Manga Entertainment today confirmed that they are planning for a theatrical release of Summer Wars in September and then a DVD release in both Blu-Ray and Standard Definition in October or November time.
The London based Barbican Centre, one of the premier spots in London and the South for anime and all forms of cultural events have today confirmed that their Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone are available to buy today.
Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone
“This epic tale of alien invasion sees the earth under attack from Angels, giant creatures who seek the destruction of the human race. After the second impact, all that remains of Japan is Tokyo-3, and Earth’s last defence is the NERV organization’s and their Evas, giant mechas driven by bio-fused children.
Can reluctant rookie pilot Shinji Ikari, his young colleagues and their mega mechs save the world? An intriguing cast of characters enrich this psychedelic drama emblazoned with spectacular battle sequences. “The end is here…””
Screening: 26th January – 2030
The Barbican have been kind enough to send a couple of screenshots of the up and coming viewing across to us, just to whet your whistle if you have no seen the film just yet:
You can buy tickets from the Barbican’s website here.
Today, like many Monday’s there are a number of new DVDs are being released onto the UK anime market. There are a number of follow-on DVDs today and one big boxset that needs to be bought. The new releases are as follows:
Samurai Deeper KYO Volume 3
Slayers: Try Volume 3
Solty Rei Volume 5
Witchblade Complete Box Set
X Volume 2
All of these MVM Entertainment DVDs are available from all good retailers immediately.
The lovely Andrew over at Beez Entertainment today updated their official blog with some new screenshots of one of their latest titles – Sword of the Stranger. They start off by showing the digitally 3D boxart, which looks like:
Unfortunately there are no photos of the packaging as it’s all be saved for the Expo at the weekend. But the inside will look something like:
Andrew goes on to explain that for the First Edition DVDs that there’s a ton of bonuses, such as the Making Of, an Original Short Film, a few trailers and a few other things to boot.
If you’re at the Expo this week, make sure you pick a copy up.
Today it’s been announced that The London Children’s Film Festival is back for the fifth consecutive year in a row and will be bigger and better than ever before. With literally some of the biggest names in Children’s television and the biggest kids film to be released next year – Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea due for showing.
With special events such as [Tim] Burton’s bedtime stories – Pyjama Party, Inside the world or Merlin (BBC show) and a Q&A with Frank Cottrell Boyce about the TV adaptation of his book Framed.
As mentioned, Ponyo will be making an appearance and so will Mai Mai Miracle and Snow Prince.
So between the 21-29 November, these events will be taking place. For even more information, check out their site here.
Today one of the largest and most well known anime studios in the world announced their latest addition to their ever expanding portfolio. Studio Ghibli today announced that the next project they will be releasing is The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter (also known as Taketori Monogatari) and will be directed by Isao Takahata. Takahata hasn’t directed a Studio Ghibli film in a long time; however, he was the director behind one of the most touching Ghibli films ever created – Grave of the Fireflies.
Bamboo Cutter is a classic 10th century tale from Japanese folklore and is considered one of the oldest in existence. A mysterious girl called Kagaura-hime discovered a baby inside of a stalk of glowing bamboo, this baby is said to be from the Capital of the Moon and has unusual hair that shines like gold. She then rebuffs a number of suitors, including Mikado, the Emperor of Japan (who gives up immortality for her), and eventually returns to the Moon.
This tale has huge relevance in Japanese culture and is said to be one of the reasons behind the loved Fuji-san’s name.
Along with this, it’s also being noted that there are three more Miyazaki films in the pipeline at the moment as well.