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Hibi Rock Live Action Trailer Thu, 21 Aug 2014

Fans of manga, comedy and rock music might be interested in the trailer for the live-action adaptation of Katsumasa Enokiya’s comedy manga Hibi Rock has been released as well as more information and poster.

More information on the plot, plus the trailer, can be found on the forum.

Info on The London International Animation Festival 2014 Wed, 20 Aug 2014

The Barbican has released some early informational about this year’s London International Film Festival (October 24th – November 02nd), a place which usually programmes a strong selection of Japanese films:

The London International Animation Festival (LIAF14)

Barbican Cinema, Barbican Centre, UK
barbican.org.uk/film
Box Office 0845 120 7527 

Fri 24 Oct – Sun 2 Nov

The London International Animation Festival (LIAF14) returns to the Barbican with a whopping 10-day celebratory feast of forums, workshops and over 200 of the best recent, historical and retrospective animated films from around the world. This year’s uncompromising programme promises to inspire and delight - and also challenge the notion that animation is merely for the 3D-CG blockbuster genre. Indie animation is an artform that continues to thrive and develop as a breathtaking medley of styles, materials, techniques and production - from hand drawn, paint on glass, collage, sculpture, cut outs, puppets, abstract, sand/salt, solely digital to some of the more interesting developments in 3D – all of which can be seen at this year’s LIAF.

 Rocks in My Pockets dir Signe Baumane

Guests include world-renowned animators Andreas Hykade (Germany), Priit Tender (Estonia), Ulo Pikkov (Estonia) and Steven Woloshen (Canada) who will deliver workshops and screenings. LIAF14 will also screen the UK Premieres of the acclaimed feature films Rocks in My Pockets – Signe Baumane (USA) and The Boy and The World – Ale Abreu (Brazil) which scooped top awards at this years Annecy, France and Ottawa, Canada animation festivals. As well as the usual competitive collections of the best, most recent short animated films from every corner of the world LIAF 2014 will also screen special programmes celebrating the centenary of Norman McLaren - the worlds most influential animator, and 3 Days in Paris – two screenings staking a claim for Paris as the animation capital of the world.

The Boy and The World dir Ale Abreu

The full programme will be available online from September 04th at liaf.org.uk and barbican.org.uk/film. Tickets on sale to Barbican Red and Orange members on 4th and general sale on 5th September via Barbican website and box office.

Ticket prices:

Film festivals: http://www.barbican.org.uk/film/festivals.asp

Standard: £11.50

Barbican Members: £9.20

Concessions: £10.50

 

For more information visit barbican.org.uk/film or call the box office: 0845 120 7527

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Anime Limited Reveal New Gurren Lagann Ultimate Edition Details Tue, 19 Aug 2014

Your release is the release that will pierce the heavens!

For a while now, Anime Limited, the aptly named anime distributor, has been preparing what they call the "Ultimate Edition" of Gainax's cult hit Gurren Lagann. Their planned release is one of the most ambitious the UK market has ever seen, which has unfortunately caused it to see its set backs in the past. However, in a new blog post on their website, Anime Limited have now secured a final release date of 29th September, 2014.

Anime Limited explains that the reason for the shift from the original 1st September date is due to them only receiving the final approval of the art book last week, which will need at least five weeks to get ready for the release. To make up for that though, the distributor is working harder to improve the quality of the project. The art-book's dimensions are now 18.1cm x 21cm as opposed to the originally planned A5 and has been given an additional 6 pages, making the final page count 116 pages. As a result of quality checking from fans, the bit-rate of the TV series episodes has also been increased to 30MBPs (if any of the readers can explain what that means in the forum's discussion thread, that'll be great). The art box will now also be large enough to fit the art book inside, allowing you to keep everything in a neat package.

When Gurren Lagann's Ultimate Edition is released in September, it will include all 27 episodes of the television anime series, as well as the movies Childhood's End and The Lights in the Sky Are Stars, as well as the Gurren Lagann Parallel Works music videos. You can find a full break down of their release here

The release has an SRP of £149.99, but it can be found for considerably cheaper at the usual online outlets.

 

18/08/2014: New Manga Releases This Week Mon, 18 Aug 2014
Log Horizon Season 2 Confirmed For 4th October Mon, 18 Aug 2014

Last October, NHK E broadcast an anime adaptation of Mamare Touno's Log Horizon light novel series, which was simulcast worldwide by Crunchyroll and became quite a hit. At the end of the series' final episode back in March, it was revealed that a second season would be premiering this autumn and now, we finally have our first details, courtesy of NHK's blog.

The second season will begin airing on 4th October 2014 and will have Yun*ichi returning to performing the new ending theme, which is titled "Wonderful Wonder World". We also learned of the casting of some of the series' new characters (Character - Actor):

Lisé - Rie Murakawa (Vividred Operation‘s Aoi Futaba)

Tetra - Yukiyo Fujii (Patema Inverted‘s Patema)

Kinjo - Tsubasa Yonaga (Free!‘s Nagisa Hazuki)

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Related: Satelight
New Anime Releases 18/08/2014 Sun, 17 Aug 2014
MangaUK's Q4 Release Slate Revealed Fri, 15 Aug 2014

Next month will be very exciting for the United Kingdom-based anime distributor Manga Entertainment, as they will be finally releasing the first volume of the critically acclaimed Attack On Titan on DVD and Blu-Ray. Their third quarter will be also be rounded off with the blu-ray steelbook release of Mamoru Oshii's classic Ghost in the Shell and today, they have revealed what we will be looking forward to from October until the end of the year!

October:

6th - Robotic;Notes Part 2 (DVD, Blu-ray)

      - Beserk Movie 3: The Advent (DVD, Blu-ray)

13th - Dragon Ball season 4 (DVD)

        - Naruto Shippuden Box Set 19 (DVD)

20th - The Princess and the Pilot (DVD, Blu-ray) [Subtitle Only]

27th - Attack On Titan Part 2 (DVD, Blu-ray)

        - The Devil Is A Part-Timer (DVD, Blu-ray)

        - Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist (DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray Steelbook)

November:

3rd - One Piece Collection 8 (DVD)

      - One Piece Movie Collection 3 (Films 7-9) (DVD) [NOTE: Movies 7 and 9 are subtitle-only).

10th - Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods (DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray Collector's Edition)

24th  - Bayonetta: Bloody Fate (DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray steelbook)

        - Dragon Ball Season 5 (DVD)

        - Ghost in the Shell: Arise Borders Part 1-2 (DVD, Blu-ray)

December:

1st - Naruto Shippuden Movie 5: Blood Prison (DVD, Blu-ray)

       Naruto Shippuden Pentalogy (DVD, Blu-ray) [Movies 1-5)

15th - Bleach complete series 13 (DVD)

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Initial D Anime Movie Trailer Wed, 13 Aug 2014

A trailer for the new Initial D movie, New Initial D the Movie Legend 1: Awakening (Shin Gekijouban Initial D Legend 1 – Kakusei-) last week along with more details including the poster.


For more information including a trailer, head over to the forum.

Related: Initial D
Film4 Screens Arrietty on August 14th Tue, 12 Aug 2014

Ghibli fans, you might want to keep Thursday, August 14th free because at 11am Film4 will screen Arrietty, Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s adaptation of Mary Norton’s classic 1952 book, The Borrowers.

Synopsis

A boy named Sho moves into his great aunt’s house in the Tokyo suburbs where a 14-year-old Borrower named Arrietty and her family live under the floorboards. Arrietty tries her best to prove her worth by helping her father “borrow” much-needed items from their human landlords but Sho discovers their existence. A relationship develops between Sho and Arrietty even though it puts the lives of the Borrowers’ in danger and they must work together to protect the existence of the Borrowers.

11/08/2014: New Manga Releases This Week Mon, 11 Aug 2014
New Anime Releases 11/08/2014 Sun, 10 Aug 2014
Details and Theatrical Trailer for Live-Action Fatal Frame Tue, 5 Aug 2014

The full trailer for the live-action film adaptation of Fatal Frame has been released online by MAiDiGitv and details are now widely available with the film’s poster which can be seen below.

The title for the film in Japan is Zero (零 ゼロ) and the movie is part of a multimedia project coupled with a release for a new Wii-U game. The film has been directed by Mari Asato, a female director with a great understanding and passion for J-horror as shown through strong films like Bilocation (2014) and Ju-on: Black Ghost (2009). As well as directing, she has also adapted the script which has its source in a novelisation of the game by Eiji Ohtsuka, creator of the macabre MPD-Psycho and blackly humorous Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service.

The film is due for a release on September 26th. For more information on the film, the game, plus the trailer, head on over to the news forum.

04/08/2014: New Manga Releases This Week Mon, 4 Aug 2014

New manga releases this week:

Alice in the Country of Joker:

The Nightmare Trilogy 1

(192 pgs) (Seven Seas) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £8.27

Black Rose Alice 1

(192 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £6.99

Buy from Amazon for £5.91

Bleach 61

(200 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £6.99

Buy from Amazon for £5.24

D-Frag! 1

(192 pgs) (Seven Seas) RRP: £8.99

Buy from Amazon for £7.32

D.Gray-man 24

(192 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £6.99

Buy from Amazon for £5.24

Dragonar Academy 3

(192 pgs) (Seven Seas) RRP: £8.99

Buy from Amazon for £7.68

Food Wars! 1

(208 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £6.99

Buy from Amazon for £5.91

Happy Marriage?! 7

(192 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £6.99

Buy from Amazon for £5.24

High School Debut Omnibus 3

(544 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £6.99

Kaze Hikaru 22

(192 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £6.99

Buy from Amazon for £5.32

Kokoro Connect 1

(176 pgs) (Seven Seas) RRP: £8.99

Buy from Amazon for £7.68

Knights of Sidonia 10

(210 pgs) (Vertical) RRP: £8.99

Buy from Amazon for £7.66

Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan 22

(192 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £6.99

Buy from Amazon for £5.24

Pokemon Black & White 17

(80 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £3.99

Buy from Amazon for £2.97

Rosario+Vampire Season II 13

(220 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £6.99

Buy from Amazon for £5.24

Spell of Desire 1

(192 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £6.99

Buy from Amazon for £5.91

Toriko 23

(192 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £6.99

Buy from Amazon for £5.91

Voice Over! Seiyu Academy 6

(192 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £6.99

Buy from Amazon for £5.80

 

New Anime Releases 04/08/2014 Sun, 3 Aug 2014
Manga UK Release Attack On Titan on DVD and Blu-ray on September 15th Sat, 2 Aug 2014

Anime UK News has received a press release containing confirmation that Manga Entertainment will release Part 1 of Attack On Titan (episode 1 -13) on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday, September 15th and more information on what the release will have on the discs.

Here are the details from the PR:

From Wit Studio, formed by producers of the world famous Production I.G (Ghost In The Shell, Psycho-Pass, The End Of Evangelion), comes an anime that has taken the world by storm, bringing you one of the most intense action-packed thrill rides you will ever see, Attack On Titan.

The story coupled together with phenomenal action, awe-inspiring drama, unparalleled intensity and plot twists that you'll never see coming have made Attack On Titan a global juggernaut.

Extras Include:

Episode 3 & 13 Commentary tracks.

Extras Exclusive to Collector's. Ed bonus disc:

Making Of Attack On Titan, Textless Opening & Closing, U.S. Trailer, Chibi Theatre: Fly, Cadets, Fly! Days 1-13.

For more information on the story and a trailer with the English dub, head over to the forum via this link.

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