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New Anime Releases - 26/04/2015 Sun, 26 Apr 2015
Win Harlock Space Pirate in our competition Fri, 24 Apr 2015

Sci-fi legend Captain Harlock is back! A stunning reboot of the classic franchise, Harlock Space Pirate boasts state-of-the-art CG animation, edge-of-your-seat interstellar action and epic drama on a galactic scale. With the might of the Gaia Coalition ranged against him, the dashing Captain Harlock defiantly sails to war in his battlecruiser Arcadia - and this time the fate of humanity is at stake!

To support the release of Harlock Space Pirate, coming to DVD and limited edition steelbook on Monday 27th April, we are pleased to say we have a copy on DVD to give away to one lucky matey!

(C) LEIJI MATSUMOTO / Toei Animation
 

Spring 2015 Lupin III TV Anime PV Fri, 24 Apr 2015

The official website for the Lupin III TV anime has a promotional video that introduces the characters and the setting viewers will get to see when the anime airs in May during the Spring 2015 season.

This is the first full-fledged production of a Lupin III television show where Lupin is the main character since a run back in 1984. The story for the new series takes place in Italy and San Marino. The chief director is Kazuhide Tomonaga, a franchise veteran who worked on the classic Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro, helping to orchestrate the iconic car chase at the start of the film. The director is Yuichiro Yano (Moyashimon) and the writer is Yuuya Takahashi (Tiger & Bunny).

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Genocidal Organ, Harmony, and The Empire of Corpses Get Release Date Thu, 23 Apr 2015

The website for the anime films Genocidal Organ, Harmony, and The Empire of Corpses has revealed the release dates for the films. The three will be released at the end of 2015 with Genocidal Organ the first to get a theatrical run in October. It will be followed by Harmony which is released in November. The third and final film, The Empire of Corpses will then be released in December. Here’s a trailer teasing some of the action:

 

The films are adaptations of novels by late author Project Itoh who died in 2009. The three novels are being turned into films by different directors and studios.

Genocidal Organ is directed by Shukou Murase (Ergo Proxy) at Manglobe (House of Five Leaves). Harmony is directed by Takashi Nakamura (Fantastic Children) and Michael Arias (Tekkonkinkreet),  at Studio 4°C (you may know them for their recent Berserk movie adaptations), and The Empire of Corpses  comes to us courtesy of WIT Studio (Attack on Titan, Hoozuki no Reitetsu) and is directed by Ryuotarou Makihara (director of Hal).

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The Boy and the Beast Trailer with English Subtitles Wed, 22 Apr 2015

Australian anime distributor Madman Entertainment have uploaded an English-subbed trailer for the film The Boy and the Beast, the latest title from Mamoru Hosoda (The Wolf Children, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time).

 

Synopsis

A lonely boy in Tokyo's Shibuya ward finds that there is another world, the bakemono realm ("Juutengai"). Typically, these two worlds do not meet but the boy gets lost in the bakemono world and becomes the disciple of a lonely bakemono named Kumatetsu who takes the boy under his wing and renames him Kyuuta.

This is an original tale from Mamoru Hosoda and the range of voice actors gathered for the roles is impressive and some have worked with Hosoda before. The bakemono of the story. Kumatetsu, is voiced by Koji Yakusho, a familiar face from live-action Japanese cinema with roles in comedies and dramas like Shall We Dance?, Uchoten Hotel and a string of horror movies directed by Kiyoshi Kursoawa like Cure and Séance. Aoi Miyazaki (Eureka) and Shota Sometani (he puts in an incredible performance as the lead actor in Himizu) voice the child and teenage versions of Kyuuta. The two have worked with Mamoru Hosoda on The Wolf Children, Miyaaki taking the role of Hana the mother of the titular lupine kids.

Other voice actors include:

Mamoru Miyano, a veteran seiyuu who appears in nearly everything with roles like Shuu Tsukiyama in Tokyo Ghoul and Rin in Free!,

Lily Franky, an interesting actor who picks great directors and projects to work on. He has appeared in Like Father, Like Son, and the forthcoming films Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War of the Underworld and the Shinya Tsukamoto film Fires on the Plain,

Yo Oizumi, a solid actor who takes the lead in many films like Bolt from the Blue and has a few voice acting credits in titles like The Cat Returns and Spirited Away,

Haru Kuroki who worked with Hosoda on Wolf Children and took an award for her acting in The Little House at last year’s Berlin International Film Festival.

The film gets its theatrical release on July 11th in Japan. French movie studio Gaumont will handle international sales outside Asia. We’ll keep you updated on any UK release.

 

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Anime Limited Sets June Release For 009 Re:Cyborg Wed, 22 Apr 2015

In July 2013, Anime Limited announced that they had acquired the rights to release 009 Re:Cyborg, a 2012 animated feature from Production I.G. and directed by Kenji Kamiyama of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex fame and following its theatrical run that summer, Anime Limited have finally slated the feature for a June 2015 home video release, before confirming the vocal talent for the movie's English dub, which was produced in association with NYAV Post:

  • 009: Joe Shimamura - JASON GRIFFITH
  • 002: Jet Link - MARC DIRAISON
  • 003: Françoise Arnoul/Tomoe - ERIN FITZGERALD
  • 004: Albert Heinrich - DAVE B. MITCHELL
  • 007: Great Britain - JOHN WHITE
  • 008: Pyunma - MARCUS GRIFFIN
  • 006: Chang Changku - MICHAEL SORICH
  • 005: Geronimo Jr. - PATRICK SEITZ
  • 001: Ivan Whisky - STEPHANIE SHEH
  • Samuel Klein - KEVIN T. COLLINS
  • Man in Suit - GREG ABBEY
  • Navy man - SEAN SCHEMMEL
  • Dr. Gilmore - GEORGE C. COLE

Michael Sinterniklass and Anthony Tortorici were in charge of the movie's voice direction, with Adam Modiano adapting the original script and David Raymer being responsible for the mixing.

Anime Limited will be releasing 009 Re:Cyborg as a Collector's Edition DVD and Blu-ray combi-pack, which will include a 3D blu-ray of the movie as well.

Coluboccoro Meets Kickstarter Goal Tue, 21 Apr 2015

Kenji Studio's Kickstarter campaign to create a fantasy anime film called Coluboccoro has succeeded. The original campaign aimed to raise a total of $38,200 by May 01st and it has done that with just 9 days to go. At the time of writing, there are 349 backers pledging $38,648. Here's more information on the film:

 

It is a time not of the now. At the birthplace of culture and religion. Where science has evolved amongst a gathering of races and people both high and low. In a town, with a ruler. Like any other town, unlike any other ruler. Suzu, the girl's name is. Her parents lost to her at a young age, her days strict with an upbringing befitting of the now and future sovereign. But doubt had crept in for the life she lived. So out she stole one day, to that place one must never set foot, to the Forbidden Grounds. Far above the town the Forbidden Grounds lay. And there, Suzu finds a seed, the likes of which she has never seen before. What kind of seed could it be? Wondering, she wanders back and waters the seed… And there, it sprouts right before her eyes, a mysterious creature popping up from the dirt!

A startled Suzu timidly speaks, “…and you are?”

“Colu!” it peeped.

Suzu returns to the Forbidden Grounds, to find out just what the creature is. Beyond lays a world she has never seen, the secret of the town waiting hidden. And just like that, destinies are laid bare. All possibilities become one thread, spinning the ultimate truth. Will Suzu take hold and lead it to the end?

The Coluboccoro Kickstarter campaign is the latest project from Kenji Itoso, an animator who has worked with Satoshi Kon and Hayao Miyazaki. He is most famous for being the director of Santa Company. Coluboccoro is based on a fantasy short that Itoso produced with Anime Innovation Tokyo. The film went on to win the grand prize in the Creative Market Tokyo 2011 event and this helped put into motion his plans for making Santa Company. With time left to make the project the creators of the campaign released an update cheering the fact that the goal was met as well as detailing their intention of adding 8 minutes of footage. Also on the updates page is a three minute sneak preview of the anime with English subtitles.

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New Manga Releases - 20/04/2015 Mon, 20 Apr 2015

New manga releases this week:

Akame ga KILL! 2

(224 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £6.99

Barakamon 4

(208 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £10.99

Buy from Amazon for £10.68

Black Lagoon 10

(200 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £8.99

Buy from Amazon for £8.54

A Certain Scientific Railgun 10

(208 pgs) (Seven Seas) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £9.99

Gantz 35

(216 pgs) (Dark Horse) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £9.35

Gyo: Deluxe Edition

(400 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £14.99

Buy from Amazon for £13.48

Inu X Boku SS 7

(192 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £7.99

Buy from Amazon for £6.39

Kagerou Daze 1

(192 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £9.98

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin 9

(420 pgs) (Vertical) RRP: £19.99

Buy from Amazon for £17.94

Monster: Perfect Edition 4

(438 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £12.99

Buy from Amazon for £10.39

Puella Magi Tart Magica 1

(160 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £7.99

So, I Can't Play H 1

(192 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £8.69

Sword Art Online: Progressive 2

(192 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £7.99

Tena on S-String 7

(384 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £21.99

Buy from Amazon for £17.94

Vagabond: Big Edition 12

(632 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £14.99

Buy from Amazon for £13.47

Vagabond 37

(200 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £6.99

Buy from Amazon for £6.70

Witchcraft Works 4

(198 pgs) (Vertical) RRP: £8.99

Buy from Amazon for £7.99

Your Lie in April 1

(224 pgs) (Kodansha) RRP: £7.99

Buy from Amazon for £7.34

 

Details on UK Release of Be My Baby Courtesy of Third Window Films Mon, 20 Apr 2015

Third Window Films are going to release the Japanese film Be My Baby on May 25th on DVD. If you love a drama with substance and want an insight into the lives behind the gyaru make-up and the youth culture mask that a section of young and working class Japanese experience, this is or you. It’s all about a disastrous house party and the two weeks that follow which exposes loves, hatreds, and personal problems of a group of friends and lovers.

Be My Baby is an indie film made on a miniscule budget that toured the festival circuit from 2013 and impressed critics thanks to powerhouse acting that tackled a script full of twisting dialogue and shifting allegiances. As a result of the skill seen on screen the film picked up multiple awards on its tour. Here are the details of the film:

 

BE MY BABY

Directed by Hitoshi One (Moteki – Love Strikes)
A special ‘workshop’ film from Japan. Made by an actors’ workshop featuring all newcomers under the supervision of a veteran director, all made in just 4 days for a budget of less than $10,000!  


  
Japan / 2012 / 138 Mins / In Japanese with English subtitles / Colour
Starring newcomers: Chihiro Shibata, Naoko Wakai, Yuumi Goto, Yuki Ueda, Aya Kunitake, Kenta Niikura, Daisuke Sawamura, Kenta Enya

On DVD May 25th


DVD Special Features:
'Girls Talk' - Pajama party with female cast of the film
Interview with producer Masashi Yamamoto

Warning: The trailer contains some steamy moments.
 

Synopsis 
Unfolding in the two weeks following a casual party at the home of the overbearing Koji, nine “20-something” Japanese revellers with long, deeply entwined histories navigate the secrets and lies of contemporary relationships. Touching on issues of self-respect, emotional manipulation, casual viciousness, petty interpersonal politicking, dependency, insecurity, infidelity and misogyny, One Hitoshi’s drama is as dark as it is soapy — with unfortunately recognisable characters with recognisable human flaws.
 

The Japan Times - Top 10 Films of the year
YesAsia – Top 10 Films of the year
Eiga Geijutsu  – Top 10 Films of the year
23rd Japan Film Professional Awards – Honourable Mention for New Actors
8th Five Flavours Film Festival – Winner People’s Jury Award

WIXOSS Theatrical Film Receives Greenlight Sun, 19 Apr 2015

Last year Takara Tomy and Warner Bros. Entertainment Japan introduced the world to a new multimedia franchise with selector infected WIXOSS, a psychological dark fantasy series where after certain WIXOSS trading card game players discover that their LRIGs can talk, become "selectors" and have to engage others in battle to have their deepest wishes granted; with failure carrying a cost as heavy as the wish.

Following the broadcast of J.C. Staff's selector infected WIXOSS during the Spring 2014 season, the series was followed that autumn by the sequel selector spread WIXOSS and now, the franchise will be moving forward once more.

During a fan event for the franchise earlier today, staff members who worked on the series confirmed that a film has been green-lit. No further information is known at this point in time.

selector infected WIXOSS AND selector spread WIXOSS were simulcast in North America by FUNimation Entertainment.

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Past Reviews of New Collections: 19/04/2015 Sun, 19 Apr 2015

This week a new collection of Needless was released. These episodes have already been reviewed by Anime UK News before, so here are links to those reviews.

Needless: Part 1

Needless: Part 2

Related: Needless, MVM Films
New Anime Releases - 19/04/2015 Sun, 19 Apr 2015
Japanese Film Au Revoir l’ete to be Screened in London Sat, 18 Apr 2015

The award-winning Japanese drama film Au Revoir l’ete will be screened twice in London courtesy of the film company day for night.

 

 

Synopsis

Before 18 year old Sakuko starts university, she visits her aunt Mikie in a seemingly sleepy coastal Japanese town. Mikie meets up with old flame Ukichi who now manages the local love motel, whilst Sakuko gets to know a young Fukushima refugee who works there. A web of relationships evolve throughout the summer with a tone flitting between poetic teenage whimsy and raw human anxiety. New Japanese cinema meets French New Wave in a languid summery tale full of subtle complexities reminiscent in style of Eric Rohmer.

Au Revoir l’ete stars a whole group of talented Japanese actors with the astonishingly brilliant actress Fumi Nikaido taking the lead. She can be seen giving amazing performances in Himizu and Watashi no Otoko, She has support from cinematic stalwarts like Kanji Furutachi (The Woodsman and the Rain), Ena Koshino (The Cowards Who Looked to the Sky), and Makiko Watanabe (Love Exposure). It has a 12A certificate and runs at 126 minutes. Screenings take place at:

The Horse Hospital on April 24th

The Proud Archivist on April 28th

The film will then be available to watch on the website via the distrify platform from April 24th.

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Japanese Films at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival Fri, 17 Apr 2015

The Cannes Film Festival announced some of the films that will be screened at the festival on Thursday, April 16th, and two Japanese films made the cut.

The first is from festival favourite Hirokazu Koreeda and it is his live-action adaptation of the manga Umimachi Diary. This film has the English language title Our Little Sister and is based on an award-winning josei manga series called Umimachi Diary which was created by Akimi Yoshida and published in the magazine flowers in 2006.

 

The story of the film takes place in Kamakura, where three sisters live together. The focus is on Yoshino, the middle of three sisters. One morning, after she wakes up in a man's room, her father's obituary is delivered to her. Yoshino hadn't met her father in fifteen years, since her mother divorced him. After not seeing him for so long, she doesn't know how to feel at the announcement of his death. Only at her father's funeral do the sisters meet their half-sister whom they had never met. Since the girl has no family to take care of her they decide to let her stay with them.

The film stars a whole gamut of brilliant actors such as Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Lily Franky, Shinichi Tsutsumi, Ryo Kase, Jun Fubuki, and Kirin Kiki. It is in the competition category.

 

The second film is Journey to the Shore, directed by former horror auteur Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Pulse, Tokyo Sonata), and is in the Un Certain Regard category.

The story follows Mizuki who is reunited with her husband Yusuke who disappeared for three years. He insists on taking Mizuki on a journey with him visiting all of the places he went to and all of the people who helped him while he was travelling. Mizuki begins to understand the mystery of his disappearance.

Kurosawa is adapting the 2010 novel Kishibe no Tabi by Kazumi Yumoto and to bring to life the characters he has two actors who should be familiar to Japanese film fans in the UK. Taking the male lead is Tadanobu Asano, star of Vital, Ichi the Killer, and Gohatto. Eri Fukatsu has starred in the crime drama Villain and the fun Koki Mitani comedy, The Magic Hour.

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Durarara!! Standard Edition Release Dates Announced Thu, 16 Apr 2015

The Glasgow-based anime distributor Anime Limited has confirmed the release date for the highly anticipated standard blu-ray and DVD editions of Aniplex's hit 2010 anime series Durarara!! today, following a delay from having to re-author the blu-ray discs of their previous Collector's Edition release. The suspenseful, supernatural drama will be returning on 8th June 2015

The upcoming release will include all twenty-four episodes of the first season, as well as the two OVAs "12.5: Heaven's Vengeance" and "25: World at Peace") in both English and Japanese audio; with this new release including both song and sign subtitles. The series will be split over four blu-ray discs and five DVDs.

Customers who purchased the company's previous release are still eligible to take part in their disc replacement program.

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