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New Manga Releases - 23/03/2015 Mon, 23 Mar 2015

New manga releases this week:

Accel World 3

(192 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £9.99

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Air Gear 33

(208 pgs) (Kodansha) RRP: £7.99

Buy from Amazon for £7.99

Alice in the Country of Joker:

Nightmare Trilogy 3

(180 pgs) (Seven Seas) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £9.36

The Angel of Elhamburg

(192 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £11.99

Buy from Amazon for £10.39

Are You Alice? 8

(176 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £7.99

Blade of the Immortal 31

(288 pgs) (Dark Horse) RRP: £14.99

Buy from Amazon for £13.37

Bloody Cross 6

(224 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £6.39

Demon From Afar 2

(176 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £12.99

Buy from Amazon for £12.02

The Devil is a Part-Timer 1

(176 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £7.99

The Disappearance of

Nagato Yuki-Chan 7

(160 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £7.99

Genshiken: Second Season 6

(192 pgs) (Kodansha) RRP: £7.99

Buy from Amazon for £7.34

He's My Only Vampire 2

(176 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £8.79

Karneval 1

(400 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £13.99

Buy from Amazon for £11.99

Log Horizon 1

(192 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £8.69

Love at Fourteen 2

(192 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £10.17

Buy from Amazon for £11.99

Puella Magi Oriko Magica:

Extra Story

(160 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £7.99

Sankarea: Undying Love 11

(176 pgs) (Kodansha) RRP: £7.99

Buy from Amazon for £7.99

Soul Eater 25

(256 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £7.99

Sword Art Online: Fairy Dance 3

(336 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £7.99

Triage X 9

(160 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £8.79

UQ Holder! 4

(208 pgs) (Kodansha) RRP: £7.99

Buy from Amazon for £6.39

 

New Anime Releases - 22/03/2015 Sun, 22 Mar 2015
Anime Limited Simulcasting The Heroic Legend of Arslan Sat, 21 Mar 2015

Following from their news earlier this week that they will be simulcasting Wit Studios' upcoming adaptation of Seraph of the End, Anime Limited announced at their Birmingham MCM Comic Con panel this weekend that they will also be simulcasting Liden Films' and Sanzigen's television anime adaptation of The Heroic Legend of Arslan.

Helmed by Bleach director Noriyuki Abe, this will be the third anime adaptation of Yoshiki Tanaka's fantasy novel series about Arslan, the crown prince of Pars who along with a few loyal companions, has to assemble an army in an attempt to liberate his kingdom from the ruling nation of Lusitana, who took possession of Pars after its King Andragoras fell victim to a treacherous plot.

Previously, the novels were adapted into two anime movies and an unfinished OVA series. This new television anime is scheduled to begin airing on 5th April 2015. Anime Limited will be revealing where viewers will be able to watch The Heroic Legend of Arslan and Seraph of the End next week.

Additionally, the distributor also confirmed their upcoming The Vision of Escaflowne will include the Director's Cut of the television anime, which will only be available with Japanese audio and English-subtitles.

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Film4 Launch Studio Ghibli Season 2015 Thu, 19 Mar 2015

Film4 are going to be screening Studio Ghibli films over March and April starting with Spirited Away on Saturday 28th March. Here’s the line-up and information direct from the site:

MARCH

Saturday 28th March

1pm - Spirited Away

Animated feature from Japanese master Hayao Miyazaki. A young girl finds herself trapped in a mystical realm, where she must find a way to save her parents - who have been turned into pigs. (English language)

 

Sunday 29th March

1pm - Arrietty

Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki sprinkle their inimitable fairy dust over Mary Norton's classic children's tale of a family of little people who live by secretly 'borrowing' from their unsuspecting human neighbours. (English language)

 

Monday 30th March

11am - Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind

On an ecologically devastated future Earth, a warrior princess may be the only person capable of stopping an all-consuming war. Epic animated fantasy from Japanese master Hayao Miyazaki. (English language)

 

Tuesday 31st March

11am - Howl's Moving Castle

The tale of an industrious young milliner magically transformed into an old woman and her involvement with the household of a dashing wizard. From the genius behind Spirited Away, Hayao Miyazaki. (English language)

 

Wednesday 1st April

11am - Whisper Of The Heart

Animated tale of teenage uncertainty, aspiration and love from Studio Ghibli, written by Hayao Miyazaki and directed by his protege Yoshifumi Kondo. (English language)

 

2.05am - Little Norse Prince

A young orphan defies a demon who's terrorising the people of ancient Scandinavia in this early feature from Isao Takahata, later of Studio Ghibli. (Japanese language, English subtitles)

 

Thursday 2nd April

11am - The Cat Returns

A teenager saves a cat from traffic, only to discover he's a prince from a magical feline kingdom. Anime from Studio Ghibli, home of Hayao Miyazaki. (English language)

 

2.30am - Ocean Waves

A moving animated drama from Studio Ghibli. (Japanese language, English subtitles)

 

Friday 3rd April

11am - Kiki's Delivery Service

A young witch opens her own courier company in this stunning animated tale from Japan's Hayao Miyazaki. (English language)

 

1.20am - Spirited Away

Animated feature from Japanese master Hayao Miyazaki. A young girl finds herself trapped in a mystical realm, where she must find a way to save her parents - who have been turned into pigs. (Japanese language, English subtitles)

 

Saturday 4th April

1pm - My Neighbour Totoro

Two girls encounter spirits and creatures in the forest near their new home. (English language)

 

Sunday 5th April

1pm - Ponyo

Studio Ghibli grandmaster Hayao Miyazaki returns with a fishy tale. (English language)

 

Monday 6th April

11am - The Wind Rises

Oscar-nominated animated drama from Studio Ghibli legend Hayao Miyazaki. (English language)

 

2.05am - From Up On Poppy Hill

Whimsical animated period drama set in 60s Yokohama, directed by Studio Ghibli's Goro Miyazaki. (Japanese language, English subtitles)

 

Tuesday 7th April

11am - Princess Mononoke

A young warrior prince gets involved in the conflict between magical beasts and ruthlessly progressive humans in this mature, complex, epic anime from Hayao Miyazaki. (English language)

 

Wednesday 8th April

11am - Porco Rosso

Hayao Miyazaki's sixth feature film tells of the adventures of the titular 'crimson pig', a heroic flying ace in the Adriatic in the years after the First World War. (English language)

 

1.20am - Only Yesterday

An independent-minded office worker reflects on her formative years in 1960s Tokyo in this coming-of-age tale from Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata. (Japanese language, English subtitles)

 

Thursday 9th April

11am - The Castle Of Cagliostro

Hayao Miyazaki's feature debut combines high adventure, vigorous slapstick and artistry to wonderful effect. (English language)

 

1.45am - My Neighbours The Yamadas

A collection of whimsical sketches of Japanese family life from Studio Ghibli. (Japanese language, English subtitles)

 

Friday 10th April

11am - Pom Poko

Magical raccoon dogs want to stop humans from developing their woodland habitat. Classic anime parable by Isao Takahata. (English language)

 

1.35am - Grave Of The Fireflies

Animated drama set in Japan toward the end of WWII. Two children fall on hard times as a result of the war, and try to go it alone. (Japanese language, English subtitles)

 

Saturday 11th April

1pm - Tales From Earthsea

Fantasy anime loosely adapted from the works of Ursula K LeGuin. The directing debut of Goro Miyazaki, son of the Ghibli master Hayao Miyazaki. (English language)

 

Sunday 12th April

1pm - Castle In The Sky

An orphaned boy and girl go in search of the mysterious floating kingdom of Laputa in this engaging animated feature from Hayao Miyazaki. (English language)

 

1.25am - The Wind Rises

Oscar-nominated animated drama from Studio Ghibli legend Hayao Miyazaki. (Japanese language, English subtitles)

Anime Limited To Simulcast Seraph Of The End Wed, 18 Mar 2015

The animation studio behind the critically acclaimed Attack On Titan will be sinking their teeth into a brand new anime adaptation this coming April, although Wit Studios will have to hold the garlic when it comes to their adaptation of Takaya Kagami and Yamato Yamamoto's dark fantasy manga Seraph of the End, which the Glasgow-based distributor Anime Limited has now confirmed that they will be simulcasting to multiple key territories.

With the series slated to premiere on 4th April 2015, Anime Limited have confirmed that the series will be simulcast in English, French and German to the following territories: United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man, Austria, Benelux, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Monaco, Norway, Poland, Sweden and Swizterland.

Following all adults on earth succumbing to an unknown deadly virus, the surviving children were taken over and treated like livestock by the new ruling species - vampires. Some of the remaining orphans, such as Yuichiro Hyakuya escaped death by giving their blood to their new overlords but after joining a Japanese army unit dedicated to exterminating vampires, Yuichiro has hopes that the Moon Demon Company will help him get revenge on those he blames for the death of his family.

Viz Media has been serialising the original monthly manga in their Weekly Shonen Jump digital magazine since October 2014.

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Details on Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends UK Cinema Screenings Tue, 17 Mar 2015

Rurouni Kenshin 3: The Legend Ends opens in UK Cinemas on Friday, April 17th, 2015 courtesy of Warner Bros. UK. The following cinemas have been confirmed as locations where the film will be screened:

 

RUROUNI KENSHIN 3: The Legend Ends

Opens in Cinemas April 17th, 2015

 

Cinemas listed:

Cineworld Bolton

Cineworld Cardiff

Cineworld Crawley

Cineworld Enfield

Cineworld Glasgow Renfrew St.

Cineworld Sheffield

Cineworld Stevenage

Cineworld West India Quay

 

Here’s more information on the epic finale to the live-action movie trilogy.

Synopsis

In the final chapter, Shishio (Tatsya Fujiwara) has set sail in his ironclad ship to bring down the Meiji government and return Japan to chaos, carrying Kaoru (Emi Takei) with him. After jumping overboard into the sea, Kenshin (Takeru Sato) is saved by his former mentor, Hiko Seijuro (Masaharu Fukuyama) and in order to stop Shishio in time, Kenshin enlists the help of his old master to train for the ultimate battle between hero and villain in an epic blood-drenched showdown!

Keep checking the news forum for updates on the film's release.

New Manga Releases - 16/03/2015 Mon, 16 Mar 2015
New Anime Releases - 15/03/2015 Sun, 15 Mar 2015
MVM Entertainment Releasing "A Lull In The Sea" This Summer Thu, 12 Mar 2015

There's never a lull in surprises from MVM Entertainment, who have announced that they will be releasing P.A. Works' 2013 television anime Lull In The Sea, which they are hoping to release in the United Kingdom this July. 

Directed by Toshiya Shinohara (Black Butler) and written by Mari Okada (Toradora!), the twenty-six episode series tells the story of four middle school students who after a life of living on the ocean floor, find themselves having to attend Mihama Middle School on the surface where they not only have to come to terms with a new environment and the divide between land and sea-dwelling people, but also their own feelings that start to blossom.

MVM Entertainment will be accompanying their release with a blu-ray limited edition that will include series across three blu-ray discs, as well as a hard-cover art book and the series' soundtrack spread across two CDs - all contained in a rigid, collectable box! You will have to act fast however, as this special edition is limited to only 1,000 units!

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Yonebayashi Leaves Studio Ghibli Thu, 12 Mar 2015

The last few months have been hard for the internationally renowned Studio Ghibli, who after a number of disappointing box office returns, revealed that they are currently not developing any new projects. Following the retirement of the studio's co-founder and Acadamy Award winning director Hayao Miyazaki, eyes were fixated on who could fill the shoes of one of the anime industry's most iconic directors and unfortunately, one of the top candidates has now left Studio Ghibli.

Hiromasa Yonebayashi, the director of Arrietty and When Marnie Was There revealed during a special talk event today that following a discussion with Studio Ghibli Yoshiaki Nishimura (The Tale of Princess Kaguya), he made the decision to leave Studio Ghibli at the end of last year, stating his desire to make creative works again.

Yonebayashi's When Marnie Was There, an adaptation of Joan G. Robinson's novel, was released in Japan last summer and earned ¥3.36 billion; just over double it's budget of ¥1.5 billion. Studio Ghibli's Academy Award nominated The Tale of Princess Kaguya is set to be released theatrically in the United Kingdom on 20th March.

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Monster Musume Anime To Air In July Thu, 12 Mar 2015

Volunteer for the Cultural Exchange Between Species Act this July!

Ever since Seven Seas Entertainment first started releasing Okayado's Monster Musume manga in late 2013, the monster-themed ecchi harem series has consistently topped the New York Times best-selling manga list with each subsequent volume and now, the Cultural Exchange Between Species Act will be amended to apply to anime this summer, following confirmation that a Monster Musume anime adaptation will be making its debut this July!

In the world of Okayado's seinen series, the world has only just learned that creatures once believed to be confined to mythology are real, so the "Cultural Exchange Between Species Act" is passed to try and assist all manners of monsters with assimilating into society. There is one strict condition though: interspecies breeding is expressly forbidden.

You might expect that this wouldn't normally be a problem but when the Kurusu Kimihito finds himself living with the overly attached half-human half-snake Miia, the undeniably cute harpy Papi and the sexy centaur Cerea, this teenage boy will certainly have a tough time keeping his animalistic urges in control!

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Miss Hokusai Trailer Thu, 12 Mar 2015

The film website Cinema Today has uploaded a trailer for Keiichi Hara’s forthcoming anime film, Miss Hokusai.

 

The film is animated by Production I.G (Ghost in the Shell, Giovanni’s Island) and stars a whole range of great live-action film actors like Ann Watanabe and Yutaka Matsushige rather than traditional seiyuu. The film will be released on May 09th in Japan while people in the UK will get to see it thanks to Anime Limited who recently announced their acquisition of the film and plan to release it theatrically in October/November with a home release to follow.

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Crowdfunding for Lowlife Love, a new Japanese Movie from Third Window Films Tue, 10 Mar 2015

Third Window Films, one of the leading distributors of Japanese films in the UK, has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to create a film named Lowlife Love. Here are the details:

 

Earlier this year Third Window Films released Eiji Uchida's original take on the slasher genre with GREATFUL DEAD, a film which was called "Amelie meets Battle Royale" (as original mixup if ever there was one) by The Geek Show and was included in many Top 10 lists of 2014 including Twitch and Film Bizarro among others, so when the director came to us with a new project we were more than eager to help out!

Lowlife Love (tentative title - Japanese title is 下衆の愛 - Gesu no Ai) is a slacker comedy about Tetsuo, a film loving, though up his own ass low-life whose bitterness about a failed career as a director is taken out on those around him. He makes porn films to keep money in his pocket, but won't go against his 'artistic integrity' which he uses as a tool to exploit women and others. One day he comes across a perfect script and a young, fresh actress, but will he be able to make the film which will reignite his career as a director, or will his past exploits catch up on him?

The lead character of Tetsuo is played by Kiyohiko Shibukawa who is one of Japan's leading independent actors. He has had a long career starring in films across the board, always popping up in those from Toshiaki Toyoda (9 Souls, Blue Spring, I'm Flash, etc), but also has main parts in films such as Yoshihiro Nakamura's Golden Slumber, Yu Irie's Joker Game, Sion Sono's upcoming Love & Peace, Sogo Ishii's latest That's That and much more.

Third Window Film fans will also recognise him from our releases of And the Mud Ship Sails Away, Isn't Anyone Alive and Fish Story.

Despite our low budget and short shooting schedule (just 1 week), we have called in favours from all over to bring in a phenomenal cast plus we will be shooting with a RED camera (almost unheard of with independent films in Japan).

The cast includes:

Denden (Cold Fish, Himizu)

Kanji Tsuda (Juon: The Grudge, Guilty of Romance)

Kanji Furutachi (Woodsman & the Rain, Fukuchan of Fukufuku Flats)

Shugo Oshinari (Kabukicho Love Hotel, Yokohama Story)

Chika Uchida (Sad Tea, Penance)

Yoshihiko Hosoda (Detroit Metal City, Lady Shogun and her Men)

Yuumi Goto (Be My Baby, I Catch a Terrible Cat)

This is a totally independent production, produced only by us at Third Window Films and on a very small budget. To reach the production budget, I, Adam Torel, had to sell the majority of my personal record collection of 1960s rare records, which was more than half my life's work and passion.

Unfortunately (though also fortunately depending on how you look at it) the project became more popular than we had imagined and has slightly swelled in budget, hence running this crowdfunding campaign to cover the gaps. The amount raised in this campaign will be used to cover the extra fees of the bigger name cast, plus cover post-production expenses such as editing, sound correction and colour grading.

We start shooting on March 12th and will finish on March 19th.

Risks and challenges

Since the basic production budget is complete we can make the film without any problems, we just need to cover the end bits such as post-production and some cast fees.

Third Window Films already have experience producing films in Japan, plus as an international sales agent to handle the film once complete, as since we've been running a distribution company for 10 years and also book for many festivals we can't see many setbacks once the film is funded. Due to the impressive cast and director we have high expectations for the film, hence us taking on this project!

The campaign seeks £5,5000 and lasts for 12 days. Pledges range from £25 to £500 and the rewards range from signed copies of a limited edition dual format DVD/BLU-RAY edition at the lower end to a script and a credit as Associate Producer as well as the film and poster. At the time of writing, the higher pledges have been scooped up but there are still plenty of other rewards to get.

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New crowdfunding for film "To All Corners of the World" Mon, 9 Mar 2015

A new anime film, directed by Black Lagoon director Suano Katabuchi, is currently seeking crowdfunding via a Japanese language website. 

To All Corners of the World is an adaptation of a manga by Fumiyo Kono, which follows a bride who moves to a new city during the middle of World War II.

The campaign, which will end on 29th May, has payment selections ranging from ¥2,000 (about £11) which includes a pin and a letter, to ¥1,000,000 (about £5,450) which include the pin, the letter, an invite to a production meeting, and a name listing in the film credits. 

Please note that the crowdfunding website is in Japanese only.

Sources: Anime News Network and Makuake (Japanese only)

Related: Sunao Katabuchi
New Manga Releases - 09/03/2015 Mon, 9 Mar 2015

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