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New Anime Releases - 04/10/2015 Sun, 4 Oct 2015
Kizumonogatari Film Trilogy Opening In Japan Next Year Sat, 3 Oct 2015

Following an announcement four years ago and a series of successful television anime adaptations, the Japanese animation studio SHAFT will be bringing Nisio Isin's avant garde Monogatari light novel series to the big screen next year, according to an announcement made following the premiere of Owarimonogatari, the franchise's seventh television anime series.

Opening on 8th January 2016, Kizumonogatari I: Blood And iron will be the first in a trilogy of prequel movies telling the story of Koyomi Araragi's encounter with the vampire that turned him. The movie will later be followed by Kizumonogatari II: Passionate Blood and Kizumonogatari III: Cold Blood.

Series Director Akiyuki Shinbo (Puella Magi Madoka Magica) will be returning to the project as Chief Director, with Tatsuya Oishi (Bakemonogatari) serving as Director. Hiroshi Kamiya has been confirmed to be reprising his role as Koyomi Araragi, alongside Maaya Sakamoto as Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade, among others. 

MVM Films have been releasing the Monogatari franchise on DVD and Blu-ray in the United Kingdom since 2013, with their most recent being Koimonogatari in April of this year. Vertical will be releasing the Kizumonogatari light novel in English next month.


Blu-ray Confirmed For World Conquest Zvezda Plot Sat, 3 Oct 2015

Aniplex and A-1 Pictures' World Conquest Zvezda Plot television anime will now be headed to the high definitation blu-ray format when the series arrives in the United Kingdom next month, according to Jerome Mazandarani of Manga Entertainment and Animatsu. This news come following an announcement at the Manchester Comic Con earlier this year, where it was stated that Kazé Entertainment were only planning on releasing the series on DVD.

Written by the series' director Tensai Okamura (Blue Exorcist) and Meteo Hoshizora (Type-Moon), the comedic science fantasy series follows the middle schooler Asuta Jimon, who after a chance encounter finds himself roped into helping Kate Hoshimiya, a young girl at the end of the world-domination seeking organisation "Zvezda"!

Originally broadcast between January and March last year, Manga Entertainment will be releasing the series on behalf of Kazé Entertainment as a complete series collection on 2nd November 2015. Pre-orders for the blu-ray version will be available on Amazon next week.


"Boruto: Naruto The Movie" Opening On 10th November Fri, 2 Oct 2015

Earlier this week, Manga Entertainment UK led the highly successful theatrical debut of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F', which saw Toei Animation's latest cinematic chapter of Akira Toriyama's cult series released over 90 screens across the nation; the largest cinematic release of an anime title the country had seen for some time. The United Kingdom is currently set to be treated to another cinematic outing next month, following news that the highly anticipated Boruto: Naruto The Movie will be shown in cinemas nationwide from 10th November 2015.

At time of writing, only 18 Showcase Cinemas have confirmed that they will be showing the picture, with more expected to be announced before the release date. The aforementioned cinemas are in the following locations:

  • Bluewater Cinema de Lux
  • Bristol Avonmeads
  • Bristol Cinema de Lux
  • Cardiff Nantgarw
  • Coventry
  • Derby Cinema de Lux
  • Dudley
  • Glasgow
  • Leeds
  • Leicester Cinema de Lux
  • Liverpool
  • Manchester
  • Newham
  • Nottingham
  • Peterborough
  • Reading
  • Teesside
  • Walsall

Set after the conclusion of Masashi Kishimoto's best-selling manga series, this latest theatrical instalment takes the focus away from the franchise's titular ninja to tell an all-new story centring around his son, Boruto. Showcase Cinemas' synopsis for the movie is as follows:

Set after the conclusion of Masashi Kishimoto's best-selling manga series, Showcase Cinemas' synopsis for the movie is as follows:

With Naruto as the Seventh Hokage, the Hidden Leaf Village is planning to host the Chunin Exams to train new shinobi from their village and five of their allied villages. Among the entrants are Sasuke's daughter, Sarada, who adores Naruto, Mitsuki, an exceptionally talented yet mysterious shinobi. and Boruto, Naruto's son who shows great potential, but despises his father. Sasuke, who's been on a mission in another dimension, appears before Naruto to warn of a strange impending danger he has sensed. Shrouded with an evil aura, Momoshiki and Kinshiki appear during the Exams and attempt to assassinate Naruto with the Rinnegan. Boruto is petrified and unable to do a thing while Sasuke guards him. As Naruto steps in front to shield them, he smiles faintly and disappears in front of Boruto. An inconceivable foe lies in wait as Sasuke, the Five Kage and Boruto with a determination of steel, charge into another dimension!

Boruto: Naruto The Movie marks the eleventh big-screen adventure based on Weekly Shonen Jump's Naruto manga series. Manga Entertainment UK will also be releasing the previous two movies on DVD and blu-ray later this year, with Road To Ninja: Naruto The Movie currently scheduled to be released on 12th October 2015, which will be followed by The Last: Naruto The Movie on 21st December 2015.


Anime Limited Announces MCM Loves Anime Details Fri, 2 Oct 2015

This month, Anime Limited will be bringing a miniature version of the company's El Presidente Andrew Partridge's renowned Scotland Loves Anime across the border to London, England for MCM Loves Anime​, which will feature a host of anime movie screenings include the world premiere of Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin II: Artesia's Sorrow!

Taking place on Saturday 24th October at The Crystal just a short distance away from London MCM Comic Con, the event will feature four English-premieres with the remaining three mystery films to be revealed in the near future. The screening of the aforementioned world premiere will also be accompanied by Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin I: Blue-Eyed Casval and a special presentation from Sunrise that will include some special Gundam announcements!

Tickets will be available to purchase from Monday 5th November and will be need to be purchased in addition to a Comic Con entry ticket if people wish to attend both events. For one week only until the 12th, the usual £25 entry ticket will be available for an early-bird price of £20. The final film of the day should conclude no later than 10pm.

More information (and tickets once available) can be found at the event's official website.

Warner Bros. Death Note To Star Nat Wolff Wed, 30 Sep 2015

Following his leading role in 20th Century Fox's comedy-drama Paper Towns and his Teen Choice Award-winning performance in The Fault In Our Stars, twenty-year old Nat Wolff has reportedly signed on to his next starring role - in Warner Bros.' upcoming adaptation of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's hit manga series Death Note

While the name of the character Wolff will be portraying hasn't been named in Variety's report, their description of a student who finds a notebook with the ability to kill whoever has their name written in it fits that of the series' protagonist Light Yagami. 

Adam Wingard (V/H/S, The Guest) is currently set to direct the movie, which begins production in Spring 2016 with a script by The Fantastic Four screenwriter Jeremy Slater. Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant and Iron Man 3's Shane Black were both previously attached to direct.

Death Note has previously been adapted into a number of live-action works in Japan, including a Warner Bros. film trilogy starring Tatsuya Fujiwara in the lead role opposite Kenichi Matsuyama as the eccentric detective L, as well as an NTV television drama. A fourth Japanese movie, tentatively titled Death Note 2016 is also in development.

The original manga series was released in the United Kingdom by Viz Media, while the anime was distributed by Manga Entertainment UK and can currently be viewed on Netflix.


New Anime Releases - 27/09/2015 Sun, 27 Sep 2015
Saban Promoting Smile Precure! As "Glitter Force" Thu, 24 Sep 2015

Over two years have passed since the conclusion of Toei Animation's Smile PreCure!, the ninth television anime in their Pretty Cure magical girl franchise, but it looks like preperations may be underway for the series' overseas debut.

WorldScreen's programming guide for the entertainent company Saban Brands (DigimonPower Rangers) has revealed a listing for Glitter Force, a girls' action series depicting artwork from the Smile PreCure! franchise. The series is currently listing as containing forty 22-minute long episodes, which is slightly less than the fourty-eight episodes of the original series. At the time of writing, Saban Brands have yet to announce an acquisition of the PreCure! brand. 

The franchise's twelth and latest instalmentGo! Princess PreCure, is currently being broadcast in Japan.

Source (via AnimeNewsNetwork)

Related: Toei Animation
Manga and Anime reviewers Wanted! Mon, 21 Sep 2015


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The ability to write interestingly - even passionately - in good intelligible English is absolutely vital.
Good spelling, grammar and punctuation is also very important.

And, it goes without saying probably, we want someone who really loves anime and manga and is able to communicate that enthusiasm in their writing!

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Kotatsu Japanese Animatino Festival - Cardiff Run. Mon, 21 Sep 2015

The 2015 Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival runs on Saturday this week at Cardiff’s Chapter Arts Centre.  Here’s a look at the festival line-up going on the festival website's programme:


Cardiff: Chapter Arts, Saturday 26th September 2015                                                                                                    


11:00                        A Letter to Momo      120 mins

13:15                        Short Peace    68 mins

                                   Extra Short Films:

                                   Maku    5m 26s

                                   The Night of the Naporitan   6m 18s

                                   The Small Garden   12m 22s

16:00                        Tiger & Bunny: The Rising     108 mins

18:30                        Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise      121 mins

20:45                        Perfect Blue    80 mins


For more information, check out the  festival website's programme and the Anime UK News preview of what’s on offer at the festival!

New Anime Releases - 20/09/2015 Sun, 20 Sep 2015
New DMP Osamu Tezuka Kickstarter - Wonder 3 Thu, 17 Sep 2015

Digital Manga Publishing's latest Kickstarter project will be to release Osamu Tezuka's sci-fi series Wonder 3. It will be released over three volumes, and items being offered for backers include cel art, a poster, and customised journals from Moleskine.

The series takes place on an alternative Earth in the 1960s, with the world overrun by violence and war. The Galactic Foundation consisting of advance alien races sends an elite team to see whether or not the Earth is worth saving. Three of these members: Bokko, Nokko and Pukko, disguise themselves as animals and meet the Hoshi Brothers, who dedicate themselves to.

One of the stretch goals is another Tezuka manga, The Film Lives On, a single-volume manga about two friends who wish to become animators but end up falling out.

Ace Attorney And Monster Hunter Receiving 2016 Anime Thu, 17 Sep 2015

This news will probably be a long time coming for the fans of a particular Capcom video game franchise, but at the Tokyo Game Show earlier today, the video game developer officially announced that a television anime based on their Ace Attorney series has been green-lit and is currently scheduled to premiere in April 2016.

Capcom also confirmed that another of their hit franchises is set to make the leap to animation next year, with an adaptation of their upcoming Monster Hunter Stories Nintendo 3DS game. As opposed to focusing on the franchise's titular hunters, this spin-off centres around Monster Riders, people who live side-by-side with the franchise's iconic creatures and what happens when they cross paths with the hunters. The Monster Hunter Stories television anime will air on Fuji TV next year.


Related: CAPCOM
Win Bleach Series 14 now! Tue, 15 Sep 2015

Ichigo returns from Hueco Mundo at last to battle Aizen. But in the face of Aizen's overwhelming power, Ichigo begins to lose his will to fight. The Thirteen Court Guard Squads are there to support him, and along with the Visoreds, they launch a full-scale attack. Even Head Captain Genryusai Yamamoto joins the fight, attempting to incinerate Aizen in a blazing inferno. But is anything enough to stop the Soul Society's ultimate foe? Ichigo vs Aizen: let the showdown for the sake of the two worlds begin! Humans and Soul Reapers realize their powerlessness against the astonishing might Aizen obtained through the Hogyoku. They once again owe their salvation to Ichigo, back from his training between worlds. More mature and more power ful, has the young man really reached a new stage of his evolution? Will he finally match for the relentless Captain Aizen?

Manga Entertainment and Anime UK News are offering one lucky winners a chance to win a copy of Bleach Complete Series 14, enter the competition now!

New Anime Releases - 13/09/2015 Sun, 13 Sep 2015

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