Once a month the mammoth TOKYOPOP UK release a plethora of manga onto the UK market and November is no different. The following tiles are all available immediately and include some very well known titles such as Chibi Vampire and Aria. The full list is as follows:
- Animal Academy : Hakobune Hakusho Volume 1
- Gravitation Collection Volume 1
- Aria Volume 2
- .hack GU+ Volume 3
- Momo Tama Volume 3
- Fate/stay night Volume 4
- Starcraft Frontline Volume 4
- Mamotte Shugogetten Volume 5
- Junjo Romantica Volume 7
- Trinity Blood Volume 10
- Battle Vixens Volume 14
- Chibi Vampire Volume 14
- Rebirth Volume 15
- Liberty Liberty ! Volume 1
- Pixie Volume 2
So you’d better start ordering those Mangas now!
In various parts of the country, film festivals are carried out and enjoyed by thousands of people with discerning tastes. This year’s Leeds International Film Festival will be airing some amazing films but also some amazing anime films.
These films are as follows:
Ponyo“The greatest living film animator and storyteller, Hayao Miyazaki transforms The Little Mermaid fairytale into Ponyo, a magical and universal cinema experience that shines so bright all else seems grey. Ponyo is a little goldfish with a girl’s face who escapes the underwater home of her sorcerer father to explore the surface. She is discovered by Sosuke, a 5-year-old boy living on the top of a cliff by the sea. As Ponyo grows closer to Sosuke, her desire to become fully human strengthens. Screening in the original Japanese language version with English subtitles.”
22nd November – 1100
22nd November – 1600
“Unseen in Europe for over 20 years, Angel’s Egg is a hauntingly beautiful animation with a heartbreaking story, a forgotten masterpiece from Japanese anime legend Mamoru Oshii. Mystical, minimal, and musically mesmerising, Angel’s Egg is like nothing else in animation, with the stunning video game ICO its closest relation. In the shadows of a vast abandoned city a mysterious girl protects a giant precious egg. She meets a lone soldier and they share occult secrets. Final Fantasy and Vampire Hunter D artist Yoshitaka Amano designed the characters.”
19th November – 1800
20th November – 1400
“Astounding anime… dazzlingly imaginative… the future king of Japanese animation may be with us’ – The Japan Times. Summer Wars is the captivating and spectacular new animated feature from Mamoru Hosoda, director of The Girl who Leapt through Time. Millions are addicted to the vast online world of Oz. Maths genius Kenji tears himself away from Oz to escort his crush Natsuki to her formidable Great Grandma’s 90th. The family gathering is not what Kenji expected and soon he is the brains of a kindred force out to defeat the Oz-invading, Earth-ending Love Machine virus.”
18th November – 2030
20th November – 1600
22nd November – 1330
Angel’s Egg is an incredibly rare film that’s not been seen in the UK for more than two decades, which is more than the lifetime of the average Naurto fan.
The Leeds International Film Festival is a well known event and it can be found at:
You can purchase tickets from the above or online 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.
Once a month the lovely Yen Press decide to gift the UK market with some new manga and this month is no different at all. Available from today, the below titles are available to purchase immediately and of course, there are some mammoth titles available. Soul Eater, Haruhi and Yotsuba& just to name a few! The full list is as follows:
- 13th Boy: Vol 2
- Goong: Vol 6
- Hero Tales: Vol 1
- Legend: Vol 6
- Nabari No Ou: Vol 2
- Nightschool: Vol 2
- Soul Eater: Vol 1
- Spiral: Vol 9
- Sumomomo, Momomo: Vol 2
- Tale of the Waning Moon: Vol 1
- The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Vol.4 (Manga)
- Yotsuba&!: Vol 5
- Yotsuba&!: Vol 6
So you’d better start ordering those Mangas now!
As with every week, DVDs are released in the UK. Sometimes there are many and sometimes there are few. This week there are a lot of great DVDs that are now available for general purchase, and those DVDs are:
- Ghost in the Shell 2.0 and Ghost in the Shell Innocence – Blu Ray
- Ghost in the Shell 2.0 and Ghost in the Shell Innocence – Standard Definition
- Ghost in the Shell 2.0 – Blue Ray
- Ghost in the Shell 2.0 – Standard Definition
- Bleach Series 4 Volume 1
- Naruto Unleashed Series 7 Volume 2
So that’s an awful lot of High Definition viewing available.
These DVDs are available from all good retailers immediately.
Further to the recent announcement from Beez Entertainment, they have decided to open up their poll to everyone, regardless of whether you are attending the London Expo or not. If you live in the UK, France or Germany, you can enter and potentially win some great prizes.
You can vote here.
You’ve got a month from today to vote.
Every third Monday of the month, the lovely TOKYOPOP unleashes it’s latest manga and graphic novels to the UK market, for us to read and enjoy and then reread next month as well. This month is no different, and the October releases are as follows:
- Domo Volume 1
- PeaceMaker Kurogane Volume 1
- Samurai Harem – Asu no Yoichi Volume 2
- takeru: OPERA SUSANOH SWORD OF THE DEVIL Volume 2
- Phantom Dream Volume 3
- Togainu no Chi Volume 3
- Warcraft Legends Volume 5
- Bizenghast Volume 6
- Gatcha Gacha Volume 7
- Kare Kano Volume 10
- D.N. Angel Volume 12
- Sgt Frog Volume 17
- GOTH Novel Volume 1
- Fruits Basket Ultimate Edition Volume 3
All of these volumes are out today in all good retailers.
Although this announcement is a little old now, in fact, I can’t believe that I’ve missed this announcement!
One of the oldest UK Anime News and Reviews websites on the internet decided as of the 7th October, 2009, to discontinue with updates, this website is UK Anime. For many years UK Anime has existed as a source of news and reviews for many fans across the UK and Ireland for fair, unbiased and interesting news and reviews.
Chris, the owner, has cited many reasons for deciding to retire his site:
There are numerous reasons for me doing so but ultimately the chief reason is not being able to fairly dedicate the time now needed to cover the UK industry. My spare time has decreased whilst the amount of anime I need to watch to keep up just continues to increase. It’s not fair on the companies who have been so great in helping me all these years and ultimately a news sites that only rarely updates isn’t something that will cause readers to flock to it.
Fortunately the site will stay alive as an archive, but for now, it’s formally closed. A sad day for the UK Anime Internet Community indeed.
The Anime League are a group of people trying to push anime, manga and Japanese culture in more events around the UK. To keep up the momentum of the popular London Film and Comic Con this year, the Anime League in conjunction with Showmasters are pushing some of our favourite shows and mediums at the Collectormania event in London this November.
“As usual for a Showmasters event, there will be dozens of star-guests including Dave Prowse (Darth Vader), Robert Englund (Freddy Kruger) and John Barrowman (Captain Jack). Starring for anime and manga will be Steve Blum; well known for his voice-acting on over one hundred animated shows and video games including Orochimaru from Naruto, Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop and Vincent Valentine from Advent Children! As for Video Gaming – from Tomb Raider to Halo to Metal Gear Solid; he’s voiced in pretty much everything there is! A real must for gaming fans!
Finally, even more exciting news for Cosplayers! The Cosplay Zone will not only have talks and contests, but will also be offering tables for cosplayers to sell their work! If you are a up and coming Cosplay costume designer or maker and want to offer your services to other fans that cannot do what you can do, then this is for you! A 6ft table costs just £45 which includes a velcro-friendly wall to place art-work up on and a manikin torso to put an outfit on to help display your work! The price also includes two dealers passes for the show. If you are interested in signing up, please email firstname.lastname@example.org!”
28 November 2009 – 0900-1800
29 November 2009 – 0900-1700
Before 1100 – £5
Post 1100 – £10
Under 12, then it’s just £3.
The UK manga publisher Yen Press likes to publish manga once a month, after all, we all like to get all of our manga in one fell swat and then read like madmen. So to keep us happy in the lovely cold month of October, they have released the following seven titles:
- B. Ichi: Vol 4
- Bamboo Blade: Vol 2
- Cynical Orange: Vol. 8
- Higurashi When They Cry: Cotton Drifting Arc: Vol 2
- With the Light: Vol 5
- Yotsuba&!: Vol 3
- Yotsuba&!: Vol 4
These titles are available at all good retailers and have been available since the 1st October.
Viz Media Europe today announced that they have acquired the TV, DVD, streaming and merchandising rights to the hugely popular Vampire Knight anime for the UK.
Vampire Knight is based off of the incredibly successful Vampire Knight Manga created by Matsuri Hino, this Gothic Romance manga/anime is based around the Cross Academy. A school where the classes are divided into Day and Night Classes. The day class is populated by normal, happy children, whereas the night class is populated by Vampire’s who have decided to no longer attack humans to quell their need for blood.
Currently there are no dates of airing for any of the various distribution channels; however, the rights for streaming and TV rights are very interesting and may prove to show the push to put this show on TV in the UK.
This week we have a legendary series being released as a complete box set. Although this series is now actually nearly two years old, it’s only been in the UK for a few months and the good value boxset is out already. Along with there is the second part of an easy viewing series with an interesting history. These two titles are:
- Death Note Complete Series Box Set
- Negima?! Volume 2
As always, these DVDs can be bough from all good retailers nationwide and on almost all websites.
SFL have updated their site with one more title: Eureka Seven – Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers. For more information see the very last film description.
Sci-Fi-London have recently announced their new line up for the Sci-Fi-London Oktoberfest.
This well known and interesting anime all-night event starts at about 2230 with the DJ’s in the bar and the MANGAWALL for everyone to attack with their mark. Lots of goody-bags and Redbull will be on hand everywhere.
The animes that will be featured this time around are:
King of Thorn
“During the pandemic outbreak of the mysterious Medusa virus, Kasumi and her twin sister Shizuku become infected. They are separated when Kasumi is chosen to be one of a select group of 160 people to be placed in cryogenic suspension until a cure can be found.
After an indeterminate amount of time Kasumi awakens from her deep-freeze hibernation, only to discover that she and a handful of other survivors are in a desolate and treacherous world populated by vicious creatures.
Although Kasumi wants to learn the fate of her twin sister, she and the other survivors want to unravel much larger mystery of what happened while they were sleeping, and if, and how, they are going to survive in this post-apocalyptic world.”
The Sky Crawlers
“Although most of us seem to be living the lives of eternal adolescents it is a lifestyle choice of our own and not one forced upon us like the Kildren in this film.
Set in an alternate history where the world is at peace, but in order to ease the tension of those accustomed to war and aggression, private corporations contract fighter pilots to stage combat operations against each other for show.
The Kildren are genetically designed humanoids who have the blessing/curse of eternal youth but are also conscious that every day could be the last, because they have to take part in the staged battles. Rather than being typical maudlin teenagers, they embrace the reality of their situation and live their day-to-day lives to the full.
Directed by GHOST IN THE SHELL maestro, Mamoru Oshii, from the manga of the same name.”
Time of Eve
“It’s the near future and androids are in common usage. One day Rikuo, who has taken robots for granted all his life, discovers that Sammy, his home android, has been acting independently and coming and going on her own.
He finds a strange phrase recorded in her activity log, “Are you enjoying the Time of Eve?” He, along with his friend Masaki, traces Sammy’s movements and finds an unusual cafe, “The Time of Eve”. Nagi, the waitress, informs them that the cafe’s main rule is to not discriminate between humans and androids.
Within the cafe androids do not display their status rings, and, when patrons depart, the door is automatically locked for two minutes to prevent anyone from following them to discover their true nature.
There are plenty of references to Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics to keep it interesting.”
“This is a rebuild of the hugely popular, Neon Genesis Evangelion series. Tokyo-3 is all that remains of Japan after the second impact. The city is being attacked by giant creatures called Angels that want to eradicate humankind.
Shinji Ikari, who has not seen his father for more than eight years, receives a phone call in which he is told to urgently go to the NERV Headquarters, an organization that deals with the destruction of the Angels using giant mechs called Evas. Shinji’s objective is to pilot the Eva Unit 01, while teaming up with the Eva Unit 00 pilot, Ayanami Rei.”
Eureka Seven – Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers
Renton, son of scientists, and Eureka, a girl who can’t live under the sun, are raised together when very young and become very attached to each other.
One day, Eureka is taken away. Powerless at the time, Renton vows to rescue her. He enters the military and is soon assigned to the Independent Youths Unit 303 of the First Mobile Forces thanks to his exceptional performance alongside his Nirvash, a bio-mechanical armor/control system.
Unknown to Renton, lies a plot to extinguish the alien invasion that is currently happening. It involves not only him, but Eureka too.”
No actual date for this has been organised yet, but as soon as there has we’ll let you know. You can check their site out here.
Thanks to Manga UK for the tip.
The Barbican theatre in London is a keen supporter of the UK Anime industry and frequently holds events that should tickle the taste buds of many an anime fan. With Ponyo due to be shown very soon (official date of viewing will be out shortly) and many other films and events hosted in the past it’s obvious that they are trying to keep all anime fans happy.
So to bridge the gap for Ponyo there are two events waiting for people to attend. Those events are:
Devil May Cry
29th September 2009
Preview of new episodes from the Devil May Cry Television series.
Sword of the Stranger
26th October 2009
A screening of Sword of the Stranger with both the director, Masahiro Ando and the producers, Mashiko Minami both in attendance for a open forum after the screening.
These events will also been attended by Helen McCarthy, one of the UK’s leading experts on anime and the co-author of The Anime Enyclopedia and many other anime novels.
As with most weeks, the UK is gifted with a new set of anime releases, normally on a Monday. This Monday is no exception to that rule and this week we’ve got three different titles and four titles in total. The four DVDs are:
- Guyver The Complete Collection
- Blue Dragon Volume 5 and 6
- Gurren Lagann Volume 2
- Gurren Lagann Volume 2 Limited Edition
As always these can be purchased through all good retail outlets.