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Anime Released in Tokyo Cinemas (20/12/2014) Sun, 21 Dec 2014

The year is winding down and so there are fewer films being released in cinemas. This week features two anime, one from a massive franchise, the other a title from the 90s. Trailers in the forum:

Youkai Watch the Movie: It's the Secret of Birth, Meow!


Youkai Watch is based on a video game created by LEVEL-5, the company responsible for those addictive Professor Layton puzzlers as well as the forgotten gem, Steambot Chronicles, and kid friendly tactical football game Inazuma Eleven. Youkai Watch is another game aimed at kids and it is a big deal in Japan. How big a deal? This is the movie release from a multimedia franchise that has spawned a TV anime and it has broken records for the number of tickets pre-booked. It has yet to penetrate the West but according to Anime News Network, Youkai watch anime will be localised in North America, Europe, and elsewhere… Could this be the next Pokemon?


The story of the film centres on Keta who got his mysterious watch from an old capsule toy vending machine in a forest and found it could detect and catch ghosts. The adventure starts when the watch disappears while he is asleep in his grandmother’s house. With his ghostly friend Whisper and super cat Jibanyan, he sets out to get the watch back.




Chibi neko Tomu no daiboken Chikyuu o Sukue! Na kamatachi



Just over a year ago on July 26th, 2013 the director Ryutaro Nakamura (Kino’s Journey and Serial Experiement Lain). One of his first feature-length films was the 1992 title, Chibi Neko Tou no Daiboken and the story focussed on a cat named Tom and his companions who go on a big adventure to save the world.

New Anime Releases - 21/12/2014 Sun, 21 Dec 2014
Nisekoi and To Love Ru Darkness Season 2 Details Confirmed Sun, 21 Dec 2014

After the positive reception to this year's anime adaptation of Noashi Komi's romantic comedy manga Nisekoi, it wasn't long before Aniplex had green-lit a second series based on the Weekly Shonen Jump manga. At the moment, the Japanese "JUMP Festa" is in its second day and has kicked off with some news regarding the upcoming sequel series.

Slated to begin in April 2015, the second season of Nisekoi introduces Haru Onodera, the younger sister of series regular Kosaki Onodera who joins Bonyari High School as a first year. In the anime adaptation, Haru Onodera will be voiced by twenty-year old Ayane Sakura (Vividred Operation's Akane Isshiki). 

The first season of Nisekoi aired between January and May of this year and is being released in the United States by Aniplex of America. A home video release in the United Kingdom has yet to be announced.

A stage event for Xebec's adaptation of Saki Hasemi and Kentaro Yabuki's To Love Ru Darkness also confirmed that the JUMP Square series will be returning to television screens with To Love Ru Darkness 2nd, the fourth anime adaptation of the racy harem comedy manga following on from 2012's To Love Ru Darkness. Sentai Filmworks have released the three previous seasons in the United States but a release in the United Kingdom has yet to be confirmed, although Anime On Demand did simulcast To Love Ru Darkness as it aired in Japan.


Related: Aniplex
Tokyo Ghoul TV Spot Thu, 18 Dec 2014

A TV spot for the second season of Tokyo Ghoul has been released onto the internet.


In an alternative reality Tokyo is haunted by “ghouls” who devour humans. The government has taken steps to contain these creatures but the people still live in fear of these mysterious creatures who can blend in with normal society. When a college student named Kaneki encounters a girl named Rize, his life takes a very, very deadly turn and he finds himself turning into a ghoul.

The second season goes under the name Tokyo Ghoul √A and continues to adapt Sui Ishida’s long-running manga which began life in Weekly Young Jump in 2011.

Shuhei Morita, director of the first season of Tokyo Ghoul and the Oscar-nominated director of "Possessions," a short in the omnibus film Short Peace (2013), is back in the director’s chair and the writer of the first season, Chuuji Mikasano, is also returning. Although Mikasano is credited with series composition, Sui Ishida is listed as the creator of the original story concept for the second season.

We can find out what effect Ishida has on the anime and if Ken Kaneki can deal with his massive changes next month. The second season of Tokyo Ghoul will be broadcast on January 8. Find out what other shows are going to be airing in the Winter 2015 season with Part One and Part Two of AUKN's Winter Anime guides, both of which are constantly updated with images and trailers.


"Aria The Scarlet Ammo Double A" Anime Revealed Thu, 18 Dec 2014

Back in July, Media Factory teased three new announcements regarding its "AA Project", a series of works related to Chugaku Akamatsu's Aria the Scarlet Ammo light novel franchise. The first of these announcements was a novel adaptation of Chugaku Akamatsu and Kobuichi's Aria the Scarlet Ammo Double manga spin-off series and now, the official website for Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine has confirmed that the series will be adapted into medium as well: a television anime series.

Previously, Akamatsu's original light novel series was adapted into a television anime by J.C. Staff. Manga Entertainment UK released the series in the United Kingdom.


The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan Slated For Spring 2015 Thu, 18 Dec 2014

It feels like a long time has passed since Satelight's anime adaptation of Puyo's spin-off manga The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan was first announced, but fans of Nagaru Tanigawa's Haruhi Suzumiya franchise will be happy to know that they might be closer to the series than once thought. Aya Hirano, the voice actress behind the iconic Haruhi Suzumiya posted a tweet earlier today stating that the new anime will be airing in Spring 2015.

This will be the first new anime property in the franchise since 2010's theatrical feature The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, which was released on DVD by Manga Entertainment UK and the first anime adaptation not handled by Kyoto Animation. Yen Press are currently publishing The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan's original manga in English.


New Manga Releases - 16/12/2014 Tue, 16 Dec 2014

New manga releases this week:

Accel World 2

(192 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £8.86

Afterschool Charisma 10

(208 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £8.99

Buy from Amazon for £8.06

Are You Alice? 7

(176 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £8.99

Buy from Amazon for £7.87

Barakamon 2

(192 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £10.99

Buy from Amazon for £10.99

Bloody Cross 5

(224 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £7.99

Buy from Amazon for £7.42

Citrus 1

(180 pgs) (Seven Seas) RRP: £8.99

Buy from Amazon for £8.57

D-Frag! 3

(192 pgs) (Seven Seas) RRP: £8.99

Buy from Amazon for £8.27

Dance in the Vampire Bund II:

Scarlet Order 1

(192 pgs) (Seven Seas) RRP: £8.99

Buy from Amazon for £8.26

Demon From Afar 1

(192 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £12.99

Buy from Amazon for £12.99

Dogs 9

(202 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £8.99

Buy from Amazon for £8.27

Dorohedro 14

(184 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £8.99

Buy from Amazon for £8.07

Girls und Panzer: Little Army 1

(192 pgs) (Seven Seas) RRP: £8.99

Buy from Amazon for £7.65

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin 8

(460 pgs) (Vertical) RRP: £21.99

Buy from Amazon for £17.94

Haganai: I Don't Have

Many Friends - Club Minutes

(192 pgs) (Seven Seas) RRP: £8.99

Buy from Amazon for £8.27

High School DxD: Asia &

Koneko's Secret Contract?!

(160 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £8.89

He's My Only Vampire 1

(176 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £10.99

Buy from Amazon for £9.63

Is It Wrong To Pick Up

Girls In A Dungeon? 1

(260 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £8.91

Kingdom Hearts II 3

(416 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £12.99

Buy from Amazon for £11.35

Love at Fourteen 1

(192 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £10.99

Buy from Amazon for £9.11

Manga Dogs 2

(208 pgs) (Kodansha) RRP: £7.99

Buy from Amazon for £7.36

Master Keaton 1

(338 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £12.99

Buy from Amazon for £11.29

Spice and Wolf 10

(176 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £9.00

Tena On S-String 6

(352 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £21.99

Buy from Amazon for £21.99

xxxHolic Omnibus 4

(582 pgs) (Kodansha) RRP: £13.99

Buy from Amazon for £10.48


Steins;Gate Visual Novel's PS3, Vita Ports Coming To Europe Mon, 15 Dec 2014

El Psy Congroo.

The organisation has set its sights on Sony Computer Entertainment, with confirmation that 5pb and Nitro+'s critically acclaimed visual novel Steins;Gate is finally coming to European shores next year, courtesy of distributor pQube. What's even better is, while JAST USA recently released the original PC version in the United States, the release from pQube will be the recent PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita versions of the science adventure game.

The PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita versions of Steins;Gate are currently set for a 2015 release in Europe and America. Manga Entertainment UK released White Fox's 2011 anime adaptation in the United Kingdom.


Related: Steins;Gate
New "Yu-Gi-Oh!" Movie To Open In 2016 Mon, 15 Dec 2014

In 2016, Kazuki Takahashi's hit manga Yu-Gi-Oh! will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of its debut in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump manga anthology magazine. The official teaser website for this upcoming occasion has now revealed that as part of the franchise's 20th Anniversary plans, a brand new movie focusing on an all-new story revolving around Yugi Muto and Seto Kaiba will be released in Japanese cinemas! This will be the series' fourth theatrical feature, following on from Toei Animation's Japan-only Yu-Gi-Oh! (1999), Nihon Ad System's Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light (2004) and Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond on Time (2010).

In addition to the news of the 2016 movie, the website also confirmed that a digitally remastered version of the original 2000 Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters television anime will begin broadcasting on TV Tokyo and its affiliates from 7th February 2015.


New Anime Releases - 15/12/2014 Sun, 14 Dec 2014
Digimon Adventure Tri Staff and Key Visuals Revealed! Sat, 13 Dec 2014

Back in August, Toei Animation announced that they had green-light a television anime sequel to the hit 1999 series Digimon Adventure to commemorate the series' fifteenth anniversary and today, the official website and Twitter account for the franchise have revealed the first details on what has now been titled Digimon Adventure Tri.

Keitaro Motonaga (School DaysDate A Live) is slated to direct the new series, which will feature character designs by Atsuya Uki (Cencoroll). Heaven's Lost Property's Yuuko Kakihara will also be supervising the series' scripts.

Digimon Adventure Tri's story is said to focus on the original protagonist Taichi, who is now a seventeen year old attending high school. The series is set to begin broadcasting in Spring 2015.


Anime Released in Tokyo Cinemas Today Sat, 13 Dec 2014

Unlike previous weeks this year, today is pretty quiet with only one anime and an adaptation of a manga. Here’s what is released (trailers can be found in the forum):

Ao Haru Ride

Fans of shoujo, and in particular, fans of manga by Io Sakisaka, should know they are in safe hands, with this adaptation. The director is Takahiro Miki, a man who has steadily built up an impressive filmography that consists of adaptations of manga and novels aimed at the female market. Within the last three years he has been the director of the well-received two-part tragi-romance We Were There, the equally tragi-romantic Girl in the Sunny Place and the school romance Hot Road. Word is that these are all decent to good.

Another indication of how much care is going into this is the cast list which has two young stars that fans of live-action film and dorama should keep an eye on:

Masahiro Higashide is 26 but takes on teen roles and adds a lot of gravitas. UK fans may have seen him as Shizuka Doumeki in the dorama adaptation of XXXHOLiC which was released last year. A more intriguing and complicated performance can be seen in the highly recommended The Kirishima Thing. His love interest is played by Tsubasa Honda who has worked on mid-budget adaptations like Enoshima Prism and low-budget indies like Rakugo Eiga. Interesting choices which mark her out as more than just idol material. 


Middle school students Futaba Yoshioka and Kou Tanaka had crushes on each other. She liked him because he was unlike the other boys and quite gentle. Then Kou Tanaka then moved away and changed schools and they lost contact.

Four years later…

Futaba Yoshioka is a sophmore at her high school and she meets Kou Tanaka again. Kou Tanaka’s name has changed to Kou Mabuchi and his personality seems different from his middle school days, colder and unfriendly... Just what happened? Futaba finds out…



Idolmaster is the one to go to if you want anime pop idols but there are other series. Indeed, the one anime screened in cinemas is one that UK fans may never have heard of because it is based on a TV anime which is popular with elementary schoolgirls and doesn’t appear to be too big over here. Yet. Daisuki are streaming it so you can get a taste of animated idols with the trailer and devour the TV anime if you like what you have seen.

Ichigowas just a normal middle school student until she got to enter the world of idols and finds herself taking part in the greatest “Super Live” concert to be held in Japan, the Dai Star Miya Ichigo Matsuri. She now has to take part in press coferences and extra lessons to be the greatest idol in town…

Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2015 Announcement Fri, 12 Dec 2014


The Japan Foundation released their line-up of films for next years touring film festival which will visit various venues across the UK from January 30th to March  26th. The 12th festival goes under the title “It Only Happens in the Movies?” and there is a wide variety of titles from different genres and decades and there are two anime titles in the mix.

The anime are A Letter to Momo and Short Peace.




The other films include:


The Japan Foundation has listed the following 11 venues as hosts for the festival:

ICA, London
Watershed, Bristol
Queen’s Film Theatre (QFT), Belfast
QUAD, Derby
mac birmingham, Birmingham
Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA), Dundee
Filmhouse, Edinburgh
Showroom Cinema, Sheffield
Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne
Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, Cumbria
Broadway Cinema, Nottingham

So far, no dates or times for film screenings at individual locations have been announced yet but organisers promise that information will be posted on the festival website in the near future. Stay turned to Anime UK News for a full feature examining the films that can be seen!


Related: Japan Foundation
The Case of Hana & Alice Anime Information Thu, 11 Dec 2014

Information on the website for the anime movie, The Case of Hana & Alice (Hana to Alice Satsujin Jiken) has been updated with a trailer and details on the cast.



The Case of Hana and Alice is the prequel to the 2004 live-action film which followe the lives, loves and friendships of two high school girls named Hana and Alice. Both the live-action film and anime are written and directed by Shunji Iwai (Love Letter, April Story) and both films star Yu Aoi (Megumi Takani in the live-action Rurouni Kenshin) and Anne Suzuki (Haishi in Tada’s Do-it-All House) as the girls at the centre of the story, Alice and Hana respectively, although for the anime they are lending their voices.

Other cast members who have been revealed include people reprising their roles from the first film like Tomohiro Kaku star of the indie film Homesick and Tae Kimura, an actress who has shown how versatile she is with performances in Monsterz, Zero Focus (2009 version), Starfish Hotel. Other cast members include Haru Kuroki, Sei Hiraizumi, Shouko Aida, and Mirdoriko Kumura.

The film will be released on February 20th, 2015 and comes at the tail end of the winter 2015 season.

Find out what other shows are going to be airing in the Winter 2015 season with Part One and Part Two of AUKN's Winter Anime guides.


Moyoco Anno seeks crowdfunding for Ochibi-san short film Thu, 11 Dec 2014

Moyoco Anno has launched an Indiegogo campaign to crowdfund the making of a short film based her manga The Diary of Ochibi-san.

The stop-motion animated film is made as part of the Japan Animator Expo project lead by Moyoco's husband Hideaki Anno, the creator of Neon Genesis Evangelion. Hideaki's Studio Khara and media company Dwango plan to make one new short a week, planning a total of 30 shorts.

The campaign plans to raise $3,000 by 7th February 2015. Amongst the rewards given there include online screenings of the completed short, digital and physical copies of the original manga, storyboards and props used in the film.


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