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New Manga Releases - 26/05/2015 Tue, 26 May 2015
Touhou Games Coming the the West? Tue, 26 May 2015

Long time anime fans will have heard of Touhou and probably know just how much of a sprawling franchise it is with legions of fans making music, art, and games dedicated to the mystical witches, vampires, and deities. Playism, a video game publisher, is now asking Touhou fans outside of Japan which Touhou Project derivative games and Team Shanghai Alice games they want to see get an official Western release. To decide which game may get brought over (no guarantee’s on that front) a poll has been set up with this bit of blurb:

With all the attention that Touhou is getting, we decided to get your opinion on some of the Touhou Derivative titles. What Touhou Derivative would you all like to see in the west?

Remember, this is a Touhou Fan Wish List, you can add options if what you want is not on the list by using the “other” option.

Please note we do not guarantee the release of these games, we are simply gathering opinions!

Do you want to see Flandre Scarlet flash her powers in the beat-em-up Urban Legend in Limbo?

What about the PS Vita title Mystery Gensokyo: The Tower of Desire?

You can vote in the poll to decide which one may get published.


Third Window Films Release Be My Baby Today Mon, 25 May 2015

Third Window Films released the Japanese film Be My Baby today, May 25th, on DVD. For those who may not know, this film is a potent black comedy based on a stage play. It is all about a disastrous house party and the two weeks that follow where exposes loves, hatreds, and personal problems of a group of friends and lovers are exposed. Each character is a product of the gyaru youth sub-culture and it can be considered a shockingly frank and funny expose of how some people live in real life.

It was 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:



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.

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

New Anime Releases - 24/05/2015 Sun, 24 May 2015
Manga UK And Animatsu Grant Wishes With Madoka And Railgun! Sat, 23 May 2015

Following on from Anime Limited and MVM Entertainment's license announcements from this weekends MCM London Comic Con, it was soon Animatsu and Manga Entertainment UK's time to step up to the plate and reveal the anime goodness they will be unleashing on the United Kingdom in the near future.

Manga Entertainment UK surprised fans by granting a highly requested wish, confirming that they will be releasing SHAFT's Puella Magi Madoka Magica theatrical film trilogy later this year. With all new animation and vocal performances, the first two movies Beginnings and Eternal retell the events of the critically acclaimed 2011 television anime, before the third and final film, Rebellion, tells an all new continuation.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie #1: Beginnings and #2: Eternal will be released together as a double-pack in July as both Collector's Edition DVD/Blu-ray combi-packs, alongside standard edition DVDs for each film. Then on 28th September, the trilogy will be completed with a DVD and blu-ray release of Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie #3: Rebellion.

Manga Entertainment will be keeping the theatrical anime train rolling with Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F, which will be released shortly after FUNimation's North American release.

When Animatsu grabbed the bat and stood up to the plate, they delivered a home run by granting a more literal wish from anime fans. Later this year, fans will finally be given a chance to tour the coveted Academy City in J.C. Staff's A Certain Magical Index and A Certain Scientific Railgun, which will be released on DVD and blu-ray starting this summer as complete series collections.

This will be followed in August by Knights of Sidonia, which has been confirmed to have the same on-disc content as Sentai Filmworks' recent release in the United States. Alongside this well received series, Animatsu will also be releasing fellow Sentai Filmworks titles Black BulletGolden Time and Triage X. Madhouse's Parasyte: The Maxim is also scheduled to be released towards the end of the year, although details could not be confirmed at this time.

For people who prefer a bit of live-action now and then, Animatsu Entertainment also revealed that they will be releasing Dead Rising: Watchtower, a feature length adaptation of Capcom's video game series from Legendary Pictures, which was recently released exclusively on the Crackle streaming service in North America. 

Are you looking forward to any of these upcoming titles?

Aldnoah.Zero and Durarara!! X2 Head To The UK This Year Sat, 23 May 2015

Yesterday, Anime Limited confirmed at MCM London Comic Con that they will be releasing both Sword Art Online II and Fusé: Memoirs Of A Huntress in the United Kingdom later this year, but the license announcements have continued into the second day of the highly anticipated convention!

Anime Limited will be re-introducing the bizarre citizens of Ikebukuro to households in the United Kingdom later this year with a home video release of this year's highly anticipated Durarara!! x2, which will be available on both DVD and blu-ray later this year, in both Japanese subtitled and English dubbed formats. The second half of the series is set to be broadcast in Japan from next month.

Residents of the United Kingdom will also find themselves caught up in the conflict between Earth and Mars' Vers Empire later this year, as Anime Limited have also confirmed plans to release both seasons of Aniplex's drama-driven mech series Aldnoah.Zero on DVD and blu-ray later this year, according to UK Anime.

Durarara!!, the first television anime series based on Ryoho Narita's light novel series, is currently available in the United Kingdom courtesy of Anime Limited. Yen Press are currently publishing the original novels in English under their "Yen On" imprint. Both Aldnoah.Zero and Durarara!! x2 were simulcast by Crunchyroll as they aired.

MVM Entertainment Starting A School Idol Project This July! Sat, 23 May 2015

MVM Entertainment will be embarking on an ambitious school idol project this summer, following confirmation this morning that they will be unleashing Sunrine's phenomenally popular Love Live! School Idol Project comedy manga on the United Kingdom this summer. 

With a recommended retail price of £39.99, the first thirteen episode season will be released on 27th July 2015 as a Japanese-language, subtitle-only DVD collection. For those of you who wish to own the series in high definition however, MVM Entertainment will be releasing the series on blu-ray, with an English dub, next year.

The distributor had more than just Love Live to reveal at this weekend's MCM London Comic Con however, as they also confirmed that the following anime titles will also be making their way to the United Kingdom.

Amnesia, Brain Base's 2013 adaptation if Idea Factory's PSP "otome" game, will be available from 6th July on both DVD and blu-ray, with recommended retail prices of £29.99 and £34.99, respectively.

While the Kill-T-Gang intends to drain mankind's life force, MVM Entertainment won't be draining your wallets with their release of Studio BONES' Captain Earth later this year. The series will be released across two subtitle-only volumes starting on 13th July, before the second is released on 14th September. Captain Earth will be available on both DVD (£24.99 per volume) and blu-ray (£29.99 per volume).

MVM Entertainment will also be bringing Satelight's romantic comedy adaptation Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Apocalypse to the United Kingdom across two volumes, that will be available on both DVD and blu-ray.The first will be released on 24th August, followed by the second on 19th October.

Last but certainly not least, is confirmation that MVM Entertainment will be following up on their critically acclaimed release of Fate/Zero by allowing Type-Moon fans to relieve the Fifth Holy Grail War with one of the company's most well known stories, with a home video release of Aniplex and ufotable's gorgeously stunning Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works television anime.

While exact release formats could not be confirmed at this time, MVM Entertainment has confirmed that they expect to release the series on both DVD and blu-ray later this year. This series notably adapts a different story "route" than Studio DEEN's 2006 Fate/stay night, which was previously released by MVM Entertainment.

Are you looking forward to any of these upcoming releases?

Fuse: Memoirs Of a Huntress Coming to the UK this August Fri, 22 May 2015

Following on from their announcement of a Sword Art Online II home video release this morning, Anime Limited have revealed another brand new title that they will be bringing to the United Kingdom later this year.

Helmed by Xam'd: Lost Memories director Masayuki Miyaji, TMS Entertainment's 2012 theatrical feature Fusé: Memoirs Of A Huntress tells the story of Hamaji, a strong-willed mountain huntress who along with her brother, heads to Edo after learning of the bounty placed on the apparently murderous Fusé - a group of human-dog hybrids. After accidentally befriending one however, Hamaji is torn between her life as a huntress and the young woman her new friend has helped her uncover.

Anime Limited are currently planning to release Fusé: Memoirs Of A Huntress on home video in the United Kingdom this August in both a Collector's Edition DVD/Blu-ray combi-pack (£34.99 RRP) and a Standard Edition DVD (£19.99 RRP).


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Anime Limited to release Sword Art Online II Fri, 22 May 2015

In the first of what can be expected to be a series of announcements during this weekend's MCM London Expo, All The Anime has revealed it will release Sword Art Online II on DVD and Blu-Ray.

This release will mean that SAO has now jumped ship, with the first series previously being released by Manga Entertainment. The first series revolved around a group of people trapped in a video game where being killed in the actual game meant also being killed in real life. The second series takes place one year after the original arc, with hero Kirito being asked to investigate a series of killings carried out in the cyberpunk shooting game "Gun Gale Online".

The series will be released in four parts, with the first collection of seven episodes to be released in August. It will be available as a standard DVD (SRP: £24.99) or as a Collector's Edition Blu-Ray and DVD set (SRP: £39.99). According to All The Anime's blog: "The Collector's Edition version will come packed in a rigid box, a digipack to hold the discs, a booklet containing information about the series as well as behind the scenes details and features exclusive to our release. In addition to this we can also confirm we intend to create a UK Exclusive storage box to house all four parts of the Collector's Edition versions and this will be included with Part 1. We'll have more details on this storage box, content to be included and release information for the other parts at a later date."

In the same blog post All The Anime's President Andrew Partridge wrote: "We're really excited to be releasing Sword Art Online II on Blu-Ray and DVD. We have some pretty exciting plans for the release and it's great to be able to bring this title to fans in the UK. The collector's edition will be a combi pack, which allows us to bring the collector's edition to as many people as possible - which is very important to us here at Anime Limited HQ. That being said, the addition of the DVD to the set doesn't impact the overall costs of the release so we thought that would deliver the best of both worlds. Considering it's a 4 parter, this made the most sense to us. It's great to have Sword Art Online II as part of the Anime Limited family of titles and we can't wait to share this with fans later on this year."


1 year after the SAO incident, Kirito is approached by Seijirou Kikuoka from Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Department "VR Division" with a rather peculiar request. That was an investigation on the "Death Gun" incident that occurred in the gun and steel filled VRMMO called Gun Gale Online (GGO). "Players who are shot by a mysterious avatar with a jet black gun lose their lives even in the real world…" Failing to turn down Kikuoka's bizarre request, Kirito logs in to GGO even though he is not completely convinced that the virtual world could physically affect the real world.

Kirito wanders in an unfamiliar world in order to gain any clues about the "Death Gun." Then, a female sniper named Sinon who owns a gigantic "Hecate II" rifle extends Kirito a helping hand. With Sinon's help, Kirito decides to enter the "Bullet of Bullets," a large tournament to choose the most powerful gunner within the realm of GGO, in hopes to become the target of the "Death Gun" and make direct contact with the mysterious avatar.


Anime Limited To Release Sword Art Online II Fri, 22 May 2015

The Excel Centre at the Royal Victoria Dock is currently heaving with cosplayers and plain-clothes enthusiasts who have flocked there from across the country for the MCM London Comic Con. As well as eager fans, various companies from across the United Kingdom are in attendance to show off their latest and upcoming wares - such as the Glasgow-based distributor Anime Limited, who announced the acquisition of a hot property this morning.

Sword Art Online II, Aniplex and A-1 Pictures' second television anime adaptation of Reki Kawahara's best-selling light novel series, will be released on DVD and blu-ray in the United Kingdom courtesy of Anime Limited. The company has tentatively scheduled for the first of four planned volumes for release this August, where it will be available as both as Collector's Edition DVD/Blu-ray combi-pack and a Standard Edition DVD. The Collector's Edition volumes will carry a recommended retail price of £39.99, with the Standard Edition DVD's being £24.99.

The series' first Collector's Edition volume will include episodes 1-7 of the "Phantom Bullet" story arc that will be held in a digipack and stored in a rigid box, alongside a booklet exclusive to the Anime Limited release. There are also plans to include a storage box with enough room to store all four of the series' volumes.

Following on from the events of the first series, Kirito is approached by a minister from the Japanese government who asks Kirito to investigate an unusual series of murders that may be connected to the Virtual Reality online game "Gun Gale Online" and an avatar called "Death Gun", who claims that anyone shot with his gun in the game, will also die in real life.

Manga Entertainment UK released the first television anime series on DVD and blu-ray, while Yen Press are currently releasing the original light novel series.

Tokyo Tribe in Select Cinemas from Today Fri, 22 May 2015

The live-action Tokyo Tribe film will be screened at the following cinemas from today:

22 & 23 May 2015, LONDON, RITZY BRIXTON


22-May-15 - 29th-May-15, DERBY, QUAD





The live-action movie adaptation of Santa Inoue’s Tokyo Tribe 2 manga is being distributed in the UK by Eureka Entertainment and it is getting released in separate DVD and Blu-ray editions next month. Described as a “crazy, colourful 'hip-hopera', pitting rival street tribes against each other in a futuristic urban war”, the film is told almost entirely in rap verse and features lyrics and music from some of Japan’s top hip-hop talent. It comes from cult film director Sion Sono (Himizu, Suicide Club) and stars a variety of excellent actors such as Shota Sometani (Himizu) and Riki Takeuchi (Battle Royale 2) as well as a selection of some of Japan’s best hip-hop artists. Here’s a taste of the film:



In a futuristic, alternate-world Tokyo, the city is made up of ghetto slums and nightclub playgrounds where gangs of wayward youths rule the streets. The city is carved up into hoods, and the crossing of territorial lines quickly leads to riots and rumbles. On the turf ruled by the savage yakuza Big Buppa, the simmering tension is about to boil over into all-out war. Who will emerge victorious? Territory, friendship, pride, love... Everything is put on the line in a desperate struggle for supremacy!


Bakuman Teaser Trailer Thu, 21 May 2015

A teaser trailer has been released on the official site for the live-action adaptation of the manga Bakuman. Viewers can see the actors Takeru Satoh and Ryunosuke Kamiki play Moritaka Mashiro and his friend and fellow aspiring mangaka Akito Takagi. We also get a glimpse of the heroine of the story Miho Azuki who is portrayed by the model and rising actor Nana Komatsu (Close Range Love, The World of Kanako).


Takeru Satoh should be familiar to Asian film fans from his performances as Rurouni Kenshin in the three recent live-action adaptations. Ryunosuke Kamiki starred alongside him but has developed a great career of his own as a dramatic actor as seen in The Kirishima Thing. Also seen in the trailer are the actors Lily Franky (Like Father, Like Son) and Takayuki Yamada (13 Assassins). Another incredibly talented actor, Shota Sometani, plays Moritaka and Akito’s rival Eiji Niizuma.

The film is directed by Hitoshi One, a director who came to prominence with the live-action dorama and film Moteki. His last film, Be My Baby (Koi no Uzu) will be released in the UK next week.

The film gets a theatrical release in Japan on October 03rd.


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Alice in Wonderland in Japan Wed, 20 May 2015

2015 is the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. This tale of the imagination has inspired many different versions - but, arguably, never more so than in Japan where the tale of Alice and the strange characters she encounters down the rabbit hole has resulted in many thought-provoking re-interpretations. Find out more in Zoe Burgess's fascinating article.

Related: Code Geass, CLAMP
New Manga Releases - 19/05/2015 Tue, 19 May 2015

New manga releases this week:

Ani-Imo 3

(176 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £9.99

Blood Lad 6

(352 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £14.99

Buy from Amazon for £12.72


(192 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £9.98

A Certain Magical Index 1

(176 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £10.99

Buy from Amazon for £10.68

Dance in the Vampire Bund II:

Scarlet Order 2

(192 pgs) (Seven Seas) RRP: £8.99

Buy from Amazon for £8.25

Dorohedoro 15

(216 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £8.99

Buy from Amazon for £8.26

Dream Fossil

(520 pgs) (Vertical) RRP: £16.99

Buy from Amazon for £15.87

Emma 1

(384 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £24.99

Buy from Amazon for £19.98

Gangsta. 6

(194 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £8.99

Buy from Amazon for £8.25

Gou-dere Sora Nagihara 3

(176 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £11.99

Buy from Amazon for £9.51

High School DxD 5

(160 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £8.24

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up

Girls in a Dungeon? 1

(176 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £10.99

Buy from Amazon for £8.24

Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer

Omnibus 3 (5-6)

(432 pgs) (Seven Seas) RRP: £12.99

Buy from Amazon for £12.06

No Matter How I Look at it, It's You

Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular! 7

(144 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £8.24

Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire 4

(176 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £8.99

Buy from Amazon for £6.74

Sword Art Online: Girls' Ops 1

(240 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £8.27

Terra Formars 6

(208 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £8.99

Buy from Amazon for £8.25

Tony Takezaki's

Neon Genesis Evangelion

(176 pgs) (Dark Horse) RRP: £7.99

Buy from Amazon for £7.50

Trinity Seven 1

(160 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £6.99

Ubel Blatt 2

(400 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £14.99

Buy from Amazon for £13.48

Umineko: End of the Golden Witch 1

(480 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £14.99

Buy from Amazon for £13.48

Until Death Do Us Part 9

(416 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £17.99

Buy from Amazon for £15.58


Past Reviews of New Collections: 17/05/2015 Sun, 17 May 2015

This week a new standard Blu-Ray and DVD collections of Durarara!! season 1 were released. Anime UK News has previously covered the collector's edition of this series.

Collector's Edition review.

Standard Blu-Ray Edition review.

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