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Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno Opens Tomorrow Thu, 27 Nov 2014

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno opens tomorrow at selected cinemas across the UK from November 28th to December 04th. We knew the dates the sites and thanks to Anime News Network, we now know the times:

Vue Picadilly  - Screenings at 9.20 p.m.

Cineworld Bolton - Screenings at 1.50 p.m. (except November 29 and 30) and 8.25 p.m.

Cineworld Cardiff - Screenings at 1.30 p.m. (except November 29 and 30), and 7.45 p.m.

Cineworld CrawleyScreenings at 9 p.m.

Cineworld Enfield - Screenings at 9pm; plus extra screenings on November 28, December 1 and 2 at 12.45 p.m.

Cineworld Glasgow (Renfrew Street) - Screenings at 8 p.m. (8.50 on December 2); plus extra screenings on November 28, December 1 and 2 at 12.10 p.m.; plus an extra late screening on November 28 at 11.20 p.m.

Cineworld Sheffield - Screenings at 7.55 p.m.

Cineworld Stevenage - Screenings at 7.20 p.m.

Cineworld West India Quay - Screenings at 8.10 p.m.

 

 

Kenshin Himura (Takeru Satoh) is a legendary swordsman, a hero in the wars preceding the turbulent fall of Japan’s Shogunate in the 19th century. Once feared as ‘Battosai the Killer’, with the arrival of the new Japanese age and nursing the pain of losing many of his companions he is now a lone wanderer, roaming the land seeking to be of service to those in need.  Fate however, had taken hold of Kenshin’s future and was now guiding him toward a new destiny.

Without warning he is summoned by Home Minister Toshimichi Okubo (Kazufumi Miyazawa), and is informed that Makoto Shishio (Tatsuya Fujiwara), his successor in the service of the new government, believed to be dead, is in fact both alive and plotting in Kyoto. Driven by a burning revenge Shishio commands a private army of bloodthirsty mercenaries and is planning to overthrow the government and will stop at nothing to take control.   In that moment it becomes clear why he has been summoned; Kenshin is the only man alive who can find Shishio… and stop him.

Kenshin must summon every warrior skill he possesses to fight dangerous and brutal enemies along fate’s journey; leading to the ultimate bloody confrontation… blade on blade, soul against soul.

DMP launch new Osamu Tezuka Kickstarter: Ludwig B Thu, 27 Nov 2014

Digital Manga Publishing has started their latest Kickstarter project to release more of the work of Osamu Tezuka.

Their latest scheme is to release both volumes of Ludwig B, a biography of the composer Beethoven during his younger years. It was one of Tezuka's last works and remained unfinished by the time of his death in February 1989. DMP is seeking $21,600 to fund the project, with the deadline being 27th December.

This is the latest in a series of Kickstarter projects by DMP to release all of Tezuka's work. So far they have successfully crowdfunded the released of Swallowing the Earth, Barbara, Unico, Atomcat, Triton of the Sea and Captain Ken. Their last project however, to fund the release 31 volumes from six series at the same time, failed to reach its target by some margin.

Kickstarter page

New Manga Releases - 24/11/2014 Mon, 24 Nov 2014
New Directors from Japan Released Today Mon, 24 Nov 2014

Anime UK News has received official word on the release of New Directors from Japan, a film project that began life on Kickstarter back in July with the aim of showing the world some of live-action independent cinema's most interesting talent. Today is the official launch of the film collection released by Third Window Films and the details are as follows:
 

 

New Directors from Japan

 
Third Window Films have always tried hard to bring a wide variety of films from the Far East to the West, from big studio productions to minor indie masterpieces, and this project is another step in our goal to open up the West to what's so great about Asian cinema!

This project is focusing on young and unique directors from Japan whose films have not received any sort of distribution in their own or any other territory. We want to focus on supporting young talent and making their names recognizable so decided to create this 'NEW DIRECTORS FROM JAPAN' release which focuses on individual directors and their work.

Third Window Films has always tried to find directors and films that are both 'unique' and 'entertaining' and we feel that these three directors fit into the Third Window Films brand perfectly, so we are incredibly happy to present the filmmakers and their titles:

 

 

Nagisa Isogai

Age: 28


Student Film: MY BABY 
Watashi no Aka-chan - 2010/color/stereo/16min/16mm



Synopsis:


Heavily pregnant Hatsumi and her sister Chika visit a shrine to pray for a safe birth, but in a tragic turn of events, Hatsumi tumbles down the stairs and loses the baby.
 
6 months later, Chika's baby is safely born and when Hatsumi visits Chika she finds out that Chika named her daughter Aoi, which happened to be the name Hatsumi chose for her own baby...
 
What terrible secrets are hidden from their past and what lies ahead for these two?



Mid-Length Debut: THE LUST OF ANGELS 
Tenshu no Yokubo - 2013/colour/stereo/40min



Synopsis:


Saori, a school girl, is molested on the notorious "molester train" of the Hanagawa line and rescued by another school girl who witnesses the act. The girl who rescues her turned out to be a new student of Yamashiro Gakuen high school, which Saori also attends. The mysterious new student Yuriko, is rumoured to be a "parent killer".
Yuriko then leads Saori and her friends to hunt molesters.
 
Confronting their own desires, they go out of control. After a shocking encounter and separation between the two high school girls, their desires never to meet and reconcile, like train tracks never to cross. Those desires lead to a horrific end.
 

 

Hirobumi Watanabe
Age: 31



Feature Debut: AND THE MUD SHIP SAILS AWAY
Soshite dorobune wa yuku - 2013/colour/stereo/88min



Hirobumi Watanabe’s feature debut was made by a crew of four & their families & friends on a budget of less than £3,000!

Synopsis

Takashi (Kiyo Shibukawa from Blue Spring), 36 years old and unemployed, is completely aimless. He lives with his grandmother, repeating the same routine - game center, bowling center, watching TV - day after day. This suddenly changes when Yuka shows up, claiming to be his half-sister. Confronted with a new situation, Takashi finally makes a decision. Whether it is a good one, remains to be seen.


 

 

Kosuke Tayaka
Age: 27



Debut Film: BUY BLING, GET ONE FREE!
Oshare Bangaichi - 2013/colour/stereo/27min/35mm



Synopsis


After being dumped by his girlfriend while on a date Kamono Naoto gets really down. ‘What’s wrong with my fashion?’ he wonders as he’s told off for being embarrassingly over-the-top with his see-through jacket, feather shorts and patterned pantyhose. Nobody understands his fashion. Neither his friends nor even a writer for a fashion magazine he likes.


One day though a man offers him to become a fashion model exclusively for one brand and to become a fashion leader, a dreamlike opportunity. In a trance Kamono follows this man to enter a strange and unimaginable world…
 
 

Release date November 24, 2014

Special Features:
3 Disc Limited Edition of 1,000 copies - Dual Format release with cardboard slipcase.
“Interviews with all 3 directors as well as a focus on the Visual Industry Promotion Organization (VIPO) and their New Directions in Japanese Cinema project

Enter our Patema Inverted Competition! Mon, 24 Nov 2014

One of the freshest Sci-­Fi anime in years, Patema Inverted literally turns its heroine's world upside down to produce an action­packed, gravity­defying adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Yasuhiro Yoshiura's movie combines an innovative theme, spectacular set pieces and top notch art to create a sci­fi future classic you'll never forget. 
Coming to standard edition on December 1st. (Also being released as a Collector's Edition and Ultimate Edition). 

Check how to enter in our competitions page now!

Enter our Ghost in the Shell Competition! Mon, 24 Nov 2014

To celebrate the release of Ghost In The Shell ARISE: Borders 1 & 2 from Manga Entertainment on DVD and Blu-ray from 24th november we have a Blu-ray version to giveaway! 
Ghost In The Shell returns with it's brand new incarnation, ARISE. A 4-part series. This release includes the first two Borders. 
Border 1 - In the year 2027, a year following the end of the non-nuclear World War IV, a bomb has gone off in Newport City, killing a major arms dealer who may have ties with the mysterious 501 Organization. Public Security official Daisuke Aramaki hires full-body cyber prosthesis user and hacker extraordinaire, Motoko Kusanagi, to investigate. On the case with her are “Sleepless Eye” Batou, who believes Kusanagi is a criminal, Niihama Prefecture Detective Togusa who is investigating a series of prostitute murders he believes are related to the incident, and Lieutenant Colonel Kurtz of the 501 Organization who also wishes to keep an eye on Kusanagi. 
Border 2 - Freed of her responsibilities with the 501 Organization, Motoko Kusanagi must now learn how to take orders from Aramaki. When unknown forces hack the Logicomas, Batou enlists the help of former army intelligence officer Ishikawa and former air artillery expert Borma. Kusanagi also seeks to enlist ace sniper Saito and undercover cop Paz into the new Public Security Section 9. The two groups rival each other in a case involving a man who receives false memories of a refugee transport operation.

Check how to enter in our competitions page!

Enter ou Bayonetta competition! Mon, 24 Nov 2014

To celebrate the release of Bayonetta (The Movie): Bloody Fate on DVD and Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook from 24th November we have a Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook version to giveaway! 
From the director of AFRO SAMURAI! Based on the smash-hit videogame, Bayonetta: Bloody Fate follows the story of the witch Bayonetta, as she defeats the blood-thirsty Angels and tries to remember her past from before the time she awoke, 20 years ago. Alongside her is a mysterious little girl who keeps calling her “Mummy”, a journalist that holds a personal grudge against Bayonetta and a unknown white-haired woman who seems to know more than she is willing to reveal about Bayonetta's time before her sleep.

Check the rules on our competitions page!

New Anime Releases - 24/11/2014 Sun, 23 Nov 2014
Attack on Titan gets second series in 2016 Sat, 22 Nov 2014

A second series based on the best-selling horror manga Attack on Titan has been commissioned for 2016.

The announcement was made at a stage greeting event to mark the release of the first compilation film based on the show, Attack on Titan Part 1: Crimson Bow and Arrow. It was also revealed that a second film, Attack on Titan Part 2: Wings of Freedom, is to be released on 27th June, 2015. Both films get their names from the theme tunes used in the first TV anime adaptation released in 2013.

Attack on Titan first began as a manga in 2009. Created by Hajime Isayama, the story is set in a post-apocalyptic future in which a race of man-eating giants known as "Titans" as brought humanity to the verge of extinction, with what remains of the human race living in a city protected by three giant walls. One day a "Colossal Titan" as big as the outermost wall breaks in causing humanity to flee. The story follows some of the survivors who decide to join the army to fight the Titans: Eren Yeager, who plans to kill every Titan after one eats his mother; Mikasa Ackerman, Eren's adopted sister and a brilliant fighter; and friend Armin Arlert, praised for his intelligence.

Attack on Titan is one of the most popular manga and anime series in history. In the first half of 2014 it topped the half-year sales figures for manga in Japan, making it the first manga break One Piece's five-year unbroken record at the top. In September, Isayama said that he plans to end the series in about three years, creating a total of 20 volumes. Currently 14 have been published, released in English by Kodansha Comics. Several spin-off manga have also been released in English by Kodansha, and light novel versions have been released by Vertical. 

The anime version of Attack on Titan was directed by Tetsuro Araki for Wit Studio. It was first streamed in English by Crunchyroll, and later released on DVD and Blu-Ray in the UK by Manga Entertainment over two parts. A live action film version is also in production, with cast photos revealed earlier this week.

Sources: Anime News Network 1, 2 and 3.

Japanese Attack On Titan Cast Posters Revealed Wed, 19 Nov 2014

Next summer, Hajime Isayama's phenomenally successful dark fantasy manga Attack On Titan will be making swinging into cinemas with two live-action movies that will be directed by Shinji Higuchi (Assistant Director of Wings of Honneamise) and distributed by TOHO. Yesterday, the Japanese film websites Eiga.com and Sanspo posted the first teaser posters for the two features, depicting the main cast, which is as follows:

  • Eren Yeager: Haruma Miura (Captain Harlock's Yama). (Pictured Above)
  • Mikasa Ackermann: Kiko Mizuhara (Helter Skelter's Kozue Yoshikawa). (Pictured Above)

  • Armin Arlert: Kanata Hongo.
  • Hanji Zoe: Satomi Ishihara (Pokémon the Movie: Black - Victini & Reshiram/White - Victini & Zekrom's Carlita).

  • Sasha Braus: Nanami Sakuraba (Summer Wars' Natsuki Shinohara).
  • Jean Kirstein: Takahiro Miura (Space Battleship Yamato's Furuya).

Additionally, the series' cast is rounded out by seven characters who are not found in the source material and are original to this production. These new characters will be led by Hiroki Hasegawa (Kuragehime's Shu Koibuchi) who will be playing Shikishima, who is said to be "humanity's strongest man". The additional cast is as follows:

  • Shikishima: Hiroki Hasegawa.
  • Fukushi: Shu Watanabe (OOO, Den-O, All Riders: Let's Go Kamen Riders's Kamen Rider OOO).
  • Hiana: Ayame Misaki (Cutie Honey The Live's Miki Saotome).
  • Kubal: Jun Kunimura (The Wind Rise's Hattori).
  • Lil: Rina Takeda.
  • Sannagi: Satoru Matsuo.
  • Souda: Pierre Taki.

The promotional images of the new cast members can be viewed at Sanspo. Source

Related: Attack on Titan, TOHO
Naruto Spin Off Manga To Launch In April Wed, 19 Nov 2014

Earlier this month, Masashi Kishimoto's world famous Weekly Shonen Jump manga Naruto concluded following fifteen years of publication. At the end of the final chapter, a tentative "2015" announcement was made for a short, spin-off series and through an interview with Japan's Entermix magazine, we have learned some new details about Masashi Kishimoto's post-Naruto career.

The currently untitled spin-off manga will begin serialisation in April 2015 and projects related to the ninja series will be keeping him busy until the summer. While the manga artist does have ideas for various non-Naruto projects though, he told the magazine that as he is approaching forty, the schedule of a weekly serialisation might be a challenge and that there are some things he would like to do before returning to work as a manga artist though, such as finally taking his wife of ten years on a honeymoon and playing with his child.

In recent years, Kishimoto has had one-shot manga featured in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump and JUMP Square anthology magazines.

Source

Rurouni Kenshin 2: Kyoto Inferno UK Trailer and Release Information Tue, 18 Nov 2014

Rurouni Kenshin 2: Kyoto Inferno (cert.15) opens in UK Cinemas on November 28th, 2014 courtesy of Warner Bros. UK and we now have a UK trailer and a list of cinemas the film will be screened at to share thanks to info given to Anime UK News:

 

 

 

RUROUNI KENSHIN 2:

KYOTO INFERNO

Opens in Cinemas 28th November 2014

Cinemas listed:

Cineworld Enfield, Crawley, Sheffield, West India Quay, Glasgow RS, Cardiff, Stevenage, Bolton and Vue Piccadilly 

Synopsis

Kenshin Himura (Takeru Satoh) is a legendary swordsman, a hero in the wars preceding the turbulent fall of Japan’s Shogunate in the 19th century. Once feared as ‘Battosai the Killer’, with the arrival of the new Japanese age and nursing the pain of losing many of his companions he is now a lone wanderer, roaming the land seeking to be of service to those in need.  Fate however, had taken hold of Kenshin’s future and was now guiding him toward a new destiny.

Without warning he is summoned by Home Minister Toshimichi Okubo (Kazufumi Miyazawa), and is informed that Makoto Shishio (Tatsuya Fujiwara), his successor in the service of the new government, believed to be dead, is in fact both alive and plotting in Kyoto. Driven by a burning revenge Shishio commands a private army of bloodthirsty mercenaries and is planning to overthrow the government and will stop at nothing to take control.   In that moment it becomes clear why he has been summoned; Kenshin is the only man alive who can find Shishio… and stop him.

Kenshin must summon every warrior skill he possesses to fight dangerous and brutal enemies along fate’s journey; leading to the ultimate bloody confrontation… blade on blade, soul against soul.

 

Keep checking the news forum for updates on the film's release.

18/11/2014: New Manga Releases This Week Tue, 18 Nov 2014

New manga releases this week:

Ani-Imo 1

(176 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £8.95

Attack on Titan: Junior High 2

(400 pgs) (Kodansha) RRP: £12.99

Buy from Amazon for £10.84

BTOOOM! 8

(192 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £9.05

Devils and Realist 3

(192 pgs) (Seven Seas) RRP: £7.99

Buy from Amazon for £7.78

Dragonar Academy 4

(192 pgs) (Seven Seas) RRP: £7.99

Buy from Amazon for £7.94

Durarara!! Yellow Scarves 2

(192 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £9.08

Gangsta. 4

(194 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £8.99

Buy from Amazon for £8.27

Gou-dere Sora Nagihara 1

(192 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £11.99

Buy from Amazon for £11.99

High School DxD 3

(160 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £9.98

Higurashi: Dice Killing Arc 1

(288 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £9.08

Kokoro Connect 2

(192 pgs) (Seven Seas) RRP: £7.99

Buy from Amazon for £7.74

The Melancholy of

Haruhi Suzumiya 20

(176 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £8.98

Monster Musume 5

(192 pgs) (Seven Seas) RRP: £8.99

Buy from Amazon for £8.27

Ooku: The Inner Chambers 10

(264 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £8.29

Pandora Hearts 22

(208 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £9.03

Prophecy 1

(208 pgs) (Vertical) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £9.98

Real 13

(216 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £8.99

Buy from Amazon for £8.29

Resident Evil:

The Marhawa Desire 1

(176 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £8.99

Buy from Amazon for £8.27

Soul Eater 23

(192 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £8.99

Soul Eater Not! 4

(192 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £9.04

Terra Formars 3

(224 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £8.99

Buy from Amazon for £8.17

Triage X 8

(160 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £10.99

Buy from Amazon for £9.70

 

New Anime Releases 16/11/2014 Sun, 16 Nov 2014
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10/11/2014: New Manga Releases This Week Mon, 10 Nov 2014

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