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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
Enter our Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods competition now! Mon, 10 Nov 2014


To celebrate the release of the film Dragon Ball Z: Battle Of Gods on DVD, Blu-ray and Collector's Edition Blu-ray from 10th November we have a Collector's Edition Blu-ray to giveaway!

Following the events of the Dragon Ball Z television series, after the defeat of Majin Buu, a new power awakens and threatens humanity. Beerus, an ancient and powerful God of Destruction, searches for Goku after hearing rumors of the Saiyan warrior who defeated Frieza. Realizing the threat Beerus poses to their home planet, the Z-fighters must find a way to stop him before it's too late. Only Goku, humanity's last hope, can ascend to the level of a legendary Super Saiyan God and stop Beerus from destroying Earth, and possibly the entire universe!

Includes both the 85 minute Theatrical Cut and the 105 minute Director's Cut.

Available to order from Amazon UK today.

Check how to enter at our competitions page now!

 

Hayao Miyazaki Receives Oscars Governors Award Sun, 9 Nov 2014

Earlier this year, Hayao Miyazaki's final feature length film, the semi-biographical The Wind Rises was nominated for the Best Animated Feature category of the Academy Awards. Although the prize ultimately went to Pixar's Frozen, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced back in August that the critically acclaimed animator and director has been offered the Academy's Honorary Governer Award, in honour of his contributions to his contributions and service to the industry.

Earlier this week, Hayao Miyazaki confirmed that he would be attending yesterday's event in person and earlier today, the Academy uploaded a video of Miyazaki accepting the honour onto their YouTube channel:

 

New Anime Releases 09/11/2014 Sun, 9 Nov 2014
Giovanni's Island Plays at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff Fri, 7 Nov 2014

Anime Limited are bringing Giovanni’s Island to the Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, South Wales. The film will be screened next week on Wednesday, November 12th at 10:30am and 8:30pm and Thursday, November 13th at 6:00pm.

 

Synopsis

On the tiny island of Shikotan in the aftermath of a devastating conflict, friendship among children from two different countries timidly blossoms, as they strive to overcome language barriers and the waves of history. Inspired by true events of the Russian occupation of the Kuril Islands off the coast of Japan, this is a very human story with beautiful hand-drawn animation.

Anime Limited licensed the award-winning anime earlier this year and gave details of its release in both cinema and home video formats in an "Ultimate Edition" release in Winter 2014, of which only 1000 units will be printed. This comes ahead of its standard DVD release on January 26th. Giovanni’s Island is on a tour of the UK with appearances at the BFI London Film Festival and this month’s Leeds Film Festival where it will be screened next week.

Source

As the Gods Will Film Trailer Thu, 6 Nov 2014

The manga, As the Gods Will (Kami-sama no Iu Tori) has been adapted for film by director Takashi Miike (Audition, For Love's Sake) and trailers are online ahead of its release this weekend.

s the God’s Will is based on a horror-survival manga series written by Muneyuki Kaneshiro and illustrated by Akeji Fujimura. It takes place in a school follows Shun Takahata and his classmates who are forced to play deadly games to avoid death. There are two arcs, the first in Bessatsu Shounen Magazine and that ran from 2011 to 2012. The current arc is in Weekly Shounen Magazine. There are many talented actors with young star Sota Fukushi leading Nao Omori and Lily Franky, and rising-star Ryunosuke Kamiki, one of the brightest performers in the award-winning school drama ensemble film, The Kirishima Thing.

Related: Takashi Miike
The ICA Screens Ghibli Documentary The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness Wed, 5 Nov 2014

The Institute of Contemporary Arts will screen the documentary The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness from November 07th - 13th with no screening on Monday, November 10th. The website shows that the film is screened at either 8:30pm or 8:50pm and tickets can be booked via the page. Here is the description of the film:

This documentary goes behind the scenes of Studio Ghibli, the celebrated animation studio founded by masters Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited AwayMy Neighbour TotoroKiki’s Delivery Service etc.) and Isao Takahata (Grave of the FirefliesPom PokoOnly Yesterday) and gives unprecedented access to both filmmakers as well as producer Toshio Suzuki and the wider Ghibli team as they prepare for their latest films, The Wind Rises (Miyazaki) and The Tale of Princess Kaguya (Takahata).

For lovers of animation, Miyazaki is a near mythic figure, and it’s deeply pleasing to watch him at work – whether leading the office in impromptu stretches, toiling on meticulous drawings or discussing details with his team – as well as listening to his charming interviews: “Am I strange?” he asks. “Sure.”

Released at a point when the future of Ghibli looks at best uncertain (in August 2014 the studio announced they would temporarily halt production and restructure following Miyazaki’s retirement) this is a timely and engrossing study of the studio behind some of contemporary animation’s most singular masterpieces.

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, dir. Mami Sunada, Japan 2013, 118 mins.

Related: Studio Ghibli
04/11/2014: New Manga Releases This Week Tue, 4 Nov 2014

New manga releases this week:

Alice in the Country of Clover:

Knight's Knowledge 3

(180 pgs) (Seven Seas) RRP: £8.99

Buy from Amazon for £8.74

All You Need Is Kill

(550 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £9.37

Attack on Titan 14

(208 pgs) (Kodansha) RRP: £7.99

Buy from Amazon for £5.59

Attack on Titan: The Spinoffs 1

(800 pgs) (Kodansha) RRP: £19.99

Buy from Amazon for £16.85

Black Rose Alice 2

(192 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £6.99

Buy from Amazon for £6.25

Bleach 62

(200 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £6.99

Buy from Amazon for £6.25

Blue Exorcist 12

(202 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £6.99

Buy from Amazon for £5.99

Claymore 25

(192 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £6.99

Buy from Amazon for £6.24

D.Gray-Man Omnibus 5

(592 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £9.37

Dengeki Daisy 15

(192 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £6.99

Buy from Amazon for £6.25

The Heroic Legend of Arslan 2

(192 pgs) (Kodansha) RRP: £7.99

Buy from Amazon for £7.99

High Schoo Debut Omnibus 4

(560 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £8.99

Kiss of the Rose Princess 1

(180 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £6.99

Buy from Amazon for £6.25

LBX 1

(192 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £6.99

Buy from Amazon for £6.15

LBX 2

(184 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £6.99

Buy from Amazon for £6.24

Lucifer & the Biscuit Hammer 1-2

(432 pgs) (Seven Seas)

RRP: £11.99

Buy from Amazon for £11.04

NisekoI: False Love 6

(192 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £6.99

Buy from Amazon for £6.25

One Piece: Box Set 2 (24-46)

(4600 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £126

Buy from Amazon for £84.50

Phantom Thief Jeanne 5

(274 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £6.99

Buy from Amazon for £6.36

Pokemon Adventures:

Black and White 5

(208 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £6.99

Buy from Amazon for £6.24

Pokemon Adventures:

Fire Red & Leaf Green 25

(208 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £6.99

Buy from Amazon for £6.25

The Sacred Blacksmith 6

(192 pgs) (Seven Seas) RRP: £8.99

Buy from Amazon for £8.72

Skip Beat! Omnius 9

(568 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £9.01

Spell of Desire 18

(192 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £6.99

Buy from Amazon for £6.14

Tegami Bachi 17

(192 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £6.99

Buy from Amazon for £6.24

Ultimo 10

(208 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £6.99

Buy from Amazon for £6.25

Vampire Knight Box Set 2 (10-19)

(2000 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £61.00

Buy from Amazon for £39.00

What Did You Eat Yesterday? 5

(172 pgs) (Vertical) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £8.66

Zero's Familiar: Chevalier 3

(192 pgs) (Seven Seas) RRP: £8.99

Buy from Amazon for £7.80

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