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Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel Film and Fate/stay night details announced Sun, 27 Jul 2014

For a while now, it's been known that ufotable will begin broadcasting their own anime adaptation of Type-Moon's visual novel Fate/stay night this October, following on from the success of their 2011 adaptation of Gen Urobuchi's Fate/Zero light novel prequel series. At an event in Tokyo earlier today, the staff behind the series confirmed a few details about the upcoming series:

  • This new series will follow the Unlimited Blade Works route of the original game, which was also adapted into a theatrical feature by Studio DEEN in 2010.
  • The series will begin broadcasting on 4th October 2014 and like Fate/Zero, will be split into two halves. The second half will begin in April 2015.
  • The opening theme will be "ideal white" by Mashiro Ayano, while the ending theme will be performed by Kalafina.

Aniplex have also updated a brand new trailer for the series to their YouTube channel:

They also revealed that a theatrical feature based on Fate/stay night's "Heaven's Feel" route has also been green-lit. The Heaven's Feel route focuses on Sakura Matoi, who despite not being supposed to enter the Holy Grail War, finds herself being a key player when a relationship with Shiro causes her inner passion and mental restraints to go berserk. A trailer for Fate stay night: Heaven's Feel was also released:

MVM Entertainment released both the original Fate/stay night anime and Fate/Zero in the United Kingdom, while MangaUK released the original Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works movie.

Source: AnimeNewsNetwork

Udon Entertainment and Kodansha USA Reveal Manga Licenses Sun, 27 Jul 2014

This weekend, the city of San Diego, California in the United States held host to the annual San Diego Comic Con event. While the event is known for celebrating American comics such as those from Marvel and DC, it does also carry a large following of anime and manga companies, as well as the fans of those mediums. Several manga distributors are holding panels throughout the event and we have learned of some of their new licenses:

Kodansha USA:

Manga:

Let's Dance a Waltz by Natsumi Ando.

Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches by Miki Yoshikawa.

Udon Entertainment:

Manga:

Kill la Kill by Kazuki Nakashima (story) and Akizuki (art). Slated for release in 2015.

Katamari by Alex Culang and Raynato Castro. First volume due out in December 2014.

New "Manga Classics" titles including Jane Austen's Emma, Charles Dickens' Great Expectations and Nathaniel Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter.

Artbooks:

The Art of Phoenix Wright - Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies. Due for release in 2015.

Border Break Artworks 2006-2012

Osamu Tezuka Anime Character Sketchbook

Osamu TezukaOsamu Tezuka Character Illustrations

Record of Agarest War: Heroines Visual Book and Record of Agarest War 2: Heroines Visual Book

Shining Blade & Ark

The World of Professor Layton. Due for release in 2015.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Art by Kazuki Takahashi

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Manga UK Release Psycho-Pass DVD and Blu-ray on 1st September Fri, 25 Jul 2014

Anime UK News has recently received confirmation that Manga Entertainment will release the complete series 1 collection of Psycho-Pass on DVD and Blu-Ray in the UK on Monday, September 01st, 2014.

Here are the details:

A thrilling, futuristic and gripping new crime drama brought to you by Production I.G. (Ghost In The Shell, Blood-C, The End Of Evangelion) that echoes hard-hitting film and TV series such as Minority Report, Judge Dredd and The Tomorrow People.

Brace yourself for a hardboiled, sci-fi thriller from the creator of Madoka Magica and the studio that brought you Ghost in the Shell. Welcome to a world where just thinking about a crime is enough to enough to make you guilty. Bad intentions can no longer be hidden, and the police know exactly which tainted minds are about to cross over to the wrong side of the law. The great equalizer in the war on thugs is the Dominator, a futuristic weapon that can read minds and assess the risk that a citizen will turn criminal. Cops work in teams made up of Enforcers and Inspectors. Enforcers take out the bad guys, Inspectors stop their partners from going rogue, and the all-powerful Sibyl System keeps a watchful eye on us all. Society is paralyzed by its deepest, darkest desires, and trial by jury has been replaced by the wrath of the Dominator. Welcome to the future. How guilty are you? Contains episodes 1-22.

Extras include:

Episode 5 commentary, Textless Opening Song “abnormalize”, Textless Closing Song “Namae No Nai Kaibutsu”, Episode 11 commentary, Psycho-Pass at Sakura Con Part 1, U.S. Trailer

Related: Manga Ent.
Anime Limited Reveal Q4 Slate Thu, 24 Jul 2014

For a while now, one of the big questions has been "What titles will Anime Limited release before the year is over?". While we've seen a stream of releases throughout the year, the last quarter has been shrouded in mystery. Today however, Anime Limited have finally confirmed their tentative Q4 slate - there's one title to still be confirmed and another to even be announced, but even without them it includes highly anticipated releases such as Gurren Lagann and Space Dandy! The full list is as follows:

October 2014:

Blood Lad - This series will be released as both a DVD and a blu-ray collectors edition. The release will include the OVA, with the blu-ray collector's edition also coming in rigid packaging and containing a 96-page booklet. The RRP of the DVD release is £34.99, while the blu-ray is priced at £49.99.

HAL - This 2013 science fiction film will be available as a DVD/blu-ray combi-pack which will be in ridgid collector's packaging and include a 20-page booklet.

Patema Inverted - After a limited theatrical run earlier this year, Anime Limited will be releasing the movie as a regular barebones combi-pack (which has an RRP of £24.99) and a collector's edition (£34.99). Extremely limited quanitites of the Ultimate Edition will be available exclusively on All The Anime's store and Amazon for £84.99.

November:

Space Dandy - The first season of Shinichiro Watanabe's latest space-set series will be available both on DVD and blu-ray exclusively as collector's editions that will include a 116 page art booklet. The DVD set has an RRP of £49.99, while the blu-ray's price has been set at £69.99.

Wings of Honneamise - This classic animated movie will be available as a standalone DVD for £17.99, as well as a £34.99 combi-pack collector's edition that contains a 20 page booklet and other extras that will be announced in the future. 

December:

Kill la Kill Volume 1 (TENTATIVE) - Although confirmation is still pending from Aniplex, Anime Limited is hoping to have the first volume of Studio Trigger's adrenaline-fueled anime released by the end of the year, 

Mystery Film - No, that isn't the title. It's a license that Anime Limited have yet to announce. Subtitled and dubbed theatrical showings for this mystery film will take place in October November before a £19.99 DVD release and a £34.99 collector's edition combi-pack will be released in December.

Of course, this list is subject to change at any time (and Andrew even teased that there might be additions to the schedule) and if there are any, you'll be able to read about them here as and when they happen!

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Kill la Kill and Gurren Lagann added to Netflix UK! Thu, 24 Jul 2014

Over the last couple of weeks in the UK anime scene, there has been a lot of discussion over the impact of video demand services such as Crunchyroll, Lovefilm and Netflix and whether they will be future for niche mediums like anime in the future.

A small number of anime series' and movies are currently available on the service and today, Anime Limited revealed on Facebook that two of their most highly anticipated licenses have been added to the line-up: Studio Trigger's 2013 hit Kill la Kill and Gainax's 2007 classic Gurren Lagann! Both series' are directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi and written by Kazuki Nakashima.

Gurren Lagann is available in both English dubbed and Japanese subtitled formats, while Kill la Kill can currently only be viewed in the original Japanese language (with English subtitles).

Anime Limited will be releasing Gurren Lagann as a collector's "Ultimate Edition" on 1st September, with a regular DVD and blu-ray release to follow in October. They will also be releasing Kill la Kill in the near future.

2015 Doraemon Film Trailer Thu, 24 Jul 2014

A new Doraemon movie is going to be released next year and a trailer showing some space action has been released.

The next Doraemon movie is scheduled for a theatrical release in March 2015 and it runs under the name Doraemon: Nobita’s Space Hero Record of Space Heroes (Nobita no Space Heroes Uchū Eiyū-ki).

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Dragon Ball Z 2015 Movie Teaser Wed, 23 Jul 2014

A Dragon Ball Z movie will be released next year and footage was released yesterday on Fuji TV’s Mezamashi TV programme.

 

The teaser video contains footage of Goku powering up into a Super Saiyan and shots of Shenron, the eternal Dragon. Dragon Ball Z fans will also recognise Hironobu Kageyama singing the famous Cha-La Head-Cha-La theme tune.

What we know about the project so far is that it has an original concept, screenplay and character designs from Akira Toriyama and that it will be directed by Tadayoshi Yamamuro, a man familiar with the franchise due to his experience working as an animation director and in other capacities for many Dragon Ball Z film and TV titles. This new film is expected to get a release next April/May during Japanese Golden Week.

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Space Dandy Director Shingo Natsume To Attend Scotland Comic Con Tue, 22 Jul 2014

Earlier this week, MCM Expo confirmed a new special guest for the Scotland Comic Con, which will be taking place at the SECC in Glasgow between 6-7th September. He was involved in the key animation of notable anime series' such as Fullmetal Alchemist BrotherhoodGurren Lagann and The Tatami Galaxy (where he also served as an episode director) and is currently helming the science fiction comedy series Space Dandy with Shinichiro Watanabe.

Shingo Natsume will be attending the event on both days of the weekend, as well as holding a panel on the Saturday.

If you would like more information on MCM Scotland, don't hesitate to visit the official website.

Related: Space Dandy
Japan Foundation Screens Films in August Tue, 22 Jul 2014

The Japan Foundation has organised a series of free screenings from August 9th - 22nd. The films are a mixture of live-action and anime films which range from comedy to period drama. Here’s a list with some trailers for and clips from the films:

  • Saturday, 9 August, 2pm
    After the Flowers (Dir. Kenji Nakanishi, 2010, 107 mins, English subtitles)

A drama set in the Edo period and tells of the blossoming romance between Ito, the daughter a of a clan official, and a low ranking samurai. Can their romance be?

  • Saturday, 9 August, 6:30pm
    Barefoot Gen (Dir. Mori Masaki, 1983, 85mins, English subtitles)

Barefoot Gen tells the harrowing story of six-year-old Gen Nakaoka and his family who survive the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and see the results of the event.

  • Friday, 15 August, 2pm
    Crayon Shin-chan: The Storm Called: The Battle of the Warring States (Dir. Keiichi Hara, 2002, 95 mins, English subtitles)

Naughty school boy Shin Chan and his hapless an dysfunctional family travel back in time to the Sengoku period. Could he rewrite history?

  • Friday, 15 August, 6:30pm
    Waterboys (Dir. Shinobu Yaguchi, 2001, 91 min, English subtitles)

The much-loved tale about a female teacher who creates a synchronised swimming team at a boy’s school. Five different pupils must work together to create a performance in time for the school’s festival.

  • Saturday, 16 August, 2pm
    Bushido Sixteen (Dir. Tomoyuki Furumaya, 2010, 109 mins, English subtitles)

Kaori Isoyama is an elite kendo champion who has trained under her strict father’s guidance since the young age of three. When she is defeated by the more nonchalant Sanae at middle school, she becomes intent on fighting back and winning her honour! When she meets Sanae at high school and on the same kendo team, Kaori challenges her and the two embark upon an awkward rivalry/friendship full of swordplay and, surprisingly for both, laughter.

  • Saturday, 16 August, 6:30pm
    Jiro Dreams of Sushi (Dir. David Gelb, 2011, 81 mins, English subtitles)

 

85 year-old Jiron Ono may run a tiny restaurant in a subway station but he is considered one of the best sushi chefs in the world. This American documentary takes a look at the life of Jiro and his work.

  • Friday, 22 August, 2pm
    Chibi Maruko-chan (Dir. Tsutomu Shibayama, 1990, 94 mins, English subtitles)

Nine-year old Momoko Sakura (Chibi Maruko-chan) may not be as well known as other Japanese school girl protagonists in the west but her antics have won the hearts of many in Japan and this film gives a good example of what has made her so poplar as she gets into mischief to reunite two best friends.

The film will be introduced by Helen McCarthy.

  • Friday, 22 August, 6:30pm
    Hotel Hibiscus (Dir. Yuji Nakae, 2003, 92 min, English subtitles)

Hotel Hibiscus is a smallm run down one room family-run hotel in Okinawa. When Mieko’s older brother and sister leave the island to start new lives, she goes on a journey to scover her cultural roots.

The films will be available to view at The Japan Foundation, London, Russell Square House, 10-12 Russell Square, London WC1B 5EH from August 9th – 22nd, 2014. The event is free to attend but places are limited and must be reserved for the event. To book your place you must email your name and the title of the event you would like to attend to event@jpf.org.uk.

For more information, visit the Japan Foundation website.

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MangaUK Announce Bayonetta And More At Manchester Comic Con Sat, 19 Jul 2014

Earlier today, Manga Entertainment UK hosted their usual panel at Manchester's MCM Comic Con event, where they unveiled a selection of titles that will make up their releases in the second half of this year. Perhaps the biggest new announcement was of the theatrical feature Dragonball Z: Battle of the Gods or maybe even their timely announcement of Bayonetta: Bloody Fate, which is due out just after the release of the Wii U exclusive Bayonetta 2 video game. Their full list of announcements are as follows:

  • The aforementioned Bayonetta: Bloody Fate will be released on both the standard definition DVD and high definition blu-ray on 24th November.
  • Dragonball Z: Battle of the Gods will be released on DVD and blu-ray on 10th December and will be accompanied by a limited theatrical run and will appear at this year's Scotland Loves Anime Festival. Curiously, the film was licensed from Fox as opposed to Toei Animation (a side-effect of the ill-fated Dragonball Evolution perhaps?).
  • Ghost in the Shell Arise: Border 1 and Border 2 will be accompanying Bayonetta on the same formats and the same release date as a two disc release.
  • Space Pirate Captain Harlock, the 3D CG animated movie from Toei Animation will be released on DVD and blu-ray early next year.
  • The live-action web series Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist will be receiving a release on DVD, blu-ray and a limited edition steelbook on 27th October. Unlike the original web series (which will be pulled from YouTube at the end of the month), this release will be formatted as a feature-length compilation as opposed to broken up into the episodes of the original web series.

Are you looking forward to any of these upcoming releases?

Get a Taste of Japanese Indie Movies Courtesy of Third Window Films Fri, 18 Jul 2014

Third Window Films have launched a crowd-funding project for planned Dual Format 3-disc Limited Edition release of a collection of some of the latest and hottest indie films produced in Japan this year. Here are the details:
 

 

New Directors from Japan

 

Kickstarter Crowd-Funding Campaign now live at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/893976289/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, hopefully the first of many (depending on the success of this kickstarter campaign!), 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 recognisable 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…
 
 

Planned 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

 

This release will be a limited edition set of only 1,000 copies. To cover both our blu-ray and DVD customers, the release will be a DUAL FORMAT release and include BOTH a BLU-RAY and a DVD of the films, as well as a separate extras disc (on DVD) which will include interviews with all the directors involved. 

This KICKSTARTER campaign is to setup the initial costs of creating this release. Due to the number of films, interviews as well as the fact that we are putting both a blu-ray and 2 dvds into the box with a slipcase it is a very expensive project, so we want to raise the initial funds by pre-selling the first 250 copies at £16 each (the retail price will be £22.99) and the added bonus of pre-ordering is that each of the 250 copies will be signed by all 3 directors!

 

Visual Industry Promotion Organization (VIPO) / New Directions in Japanese Cinema

 
VIPO operates ndjc were commissioned by the Agency for Cultural Affairs as part of its policy to promote Japanese film and film-making. The project focuses on talented young film-makers to give them the real film-making skills through workshops, imparting the necessary knowledge and techniques to polish their film-making techniques and creativity. The long-term goal is to discover and foster the next generation of feature-length film directors. Since 2006 to 2013, there have been a total of 43 film-makers.

HappinessCharge Precure! The Movie The Ballerina of the Land of Dolls Trailer Fri, 18 Jul 2014

Toei animation have release a trailer for the latest PreCure film, HappinessCharge Precure! The Movie: The Ballerina of the Land of Dolls (Ningyō no Kuni no Ballerina) which will get a theatrical release on October 11th.

 

Synopsis

The Pretty Cure girls are all set to watch a play when the dolls start talking. What they say is pretty menacing:

"Please rescue our kingdom!" the ballerina named Tsumugi says, and she leads the Pretty Cures to the Doll Kingdom. The Pretty Cures head to the Doll Kingdom where they thought they would be surrounded by cute stuffed animals, but instead they find a mysterious man named Black Fang who is attacking the kingdom. Worse is to come when he captures Tsumugi. The Pretty Cures won’t stand for this and aim to save the day.

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