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Gargantia On The Verdurous Planet Wed, 1 Oct 2014

From Production IG (Psycho Pass, Blood The Last Vampire, Ghost in the Shell) and the Creator of Madoka Magica and Fate/Zero comes an action-packed sci-fi adventure like you've never seen before. While fighting an intense inter-galactic war, a mecha pilot was accidentally warped into a space-time neither he nor the computer of his mecha could recognize. After waking up from a long-time hibernation, he found himself trapped on a planet, with human residents talking in an unknown form of language, using inferior technologies, and – most shocking to him – naturally breathable air..

Gargantia On The Verdurous Planet is available to own on DVD and Blu-ray now from Manga Entertainment UK. For more information on Manga UK releases, please visit

We have one copy of Gargantia On The Verdurous Planet on Blu-ray to give away to one lucky winner!

Check our competitions page for details on how to enter.


Space Dandy Added To Netflix Wed, 1 Oct 2014

It was just under three weeks ago when Anime Limited added Blood Lad to the Netflix premium streaming service, making another one of their titles available to subscribers alongside other big name anime properties like Gurren LagannKill la Kill and Samurai Flamenco. Today however, they have added their dandiest title yet to the service.

Back in January, Cowboy Bebop's Shinichiro Watanabe let us explore the vast reaches of space again with Space Dandy, a whacky, no-sense sci-fi comedy about a dandy guy in space, whose job is to track down rare aliens and register them for money and after simulcasting the series on Wakanim, Anime Limited have now added Space Dandy's first episode to Netflix.

A second series premiered in July and concluded last week. Anime Limited will be releasing the first season of Space Dandy on DVD and blu-ray on 24th November.

Second Season Of Nisekoi Receives Greenlight Wed, 1 Oct 2014

Back in January, Aniplex and SHAFT teamed up to produce a 20 episode adaptation of Naoshi Komi's hit Weekly Shonen Jump romantic comedy manga Nisekoi. The wrap-around jacket for the series' fourteenth volume, which is scheduled to go on sale in Japan this Friday, has revealed that a second anime season has been green-lit. Details are still scarce and news of whether the studio or the series' staff are returning has yet to be confirmed, but more details will be made known in subsequent issues of Weekly Shonen Jump.

The series, which was directed by Akiyuki Shinbo (MonogatariPuella Magi Madoka Magica) and Naoyuki Tatsuwa, focused on Raku Ichijo and Chitoge Kirisaki, the eldest children of two rival organised crime families on the verge of war. In order to prevent their town being swept up in mob warfare, the two are forced to pretend to be lovers! The two absolutely hate each other, but that's not the only problem - Raku is wearing a pendant around his neck that can only be opened by a girl he made a promise with ten years ago and he has a crush on Kosaki Onodera, a girl in his class!

Aniplex of America have licensed the series for release in North America, but a UK release has yet to be announced.


29/09/2014: New Manga Releases This Week Mon, 29 Sep 2014
Anime Limited Confirms Space Dandy Release Details Mon, 29 Sep 2014

On 24th November, Anime Limited will be releasing the dandyest of recent anime in the United Kingdom. Premiering simultaneously in Japan and North America this year, Shinichiro Watanabe's comedy about a dandy guy in space, which was aptly titled Space Dandy. For a while now, we have known that Anime Limited have been planning to release the series in the United Kingdom and today, after receiving approval from Bandai, they have finally been able to confirm the details of their forthcoming release:

Space Dandy's first season will be available in a Collector's Edition form on both DVD and blu-ray from 24th November. This release will include all 13 episodes of the first season, in English, Japanese and French (all 2.0), as well as a 200 page art booklet featuring design works from the series:

Alternatively, the series will also be available as a standard edition blu-ray from 12th January. However, due to being unable to have the Collector's Edition copies ready in time for next month's MCM London Comic Con, which has Shinichiro Watanabe as a special guest,, the standard release will be available to purchase in limited quantities. This standard edition includes all episodes of the first season in an amaray case:

The Collector's Edition blu-ray can currently be pre-ordered from Amazon for £50.50, while the DVD version is currently listed at £36. Pre-orders for the standard edition blu-ray are expected to open shortly. The on-disc extras for all releases are clean opening and closing themes, as well as a digital artwork gallery.

New Anime Releases 29/09/2014 Sun, 28 Sep 2014
Fatal Frame: The Black Haired Shrine Maiden Box Art and Trailers Wed, 24 Sep 2014

Gameplay trailers for Koei Tecmo’s new game, Fatal Frame: The Black Haired Shrine Maiden, were released earlier this month ahead of its release this weekend.

The game follows Yuri Kozukata, a girl who has the ability to see and bring back people who have been “spirited away” to another realm and are no longer visible. After accepting a request to find someone she heads to a mountain that has a large lake and graves.

Gamers familiar with the franchise will recognise many elements fom the series but with the move to the WiiU, there is the opportunity to utilise its gamepad as the camera.

The game is released on September 27th, a day after the live-action Fatal Frame movie. To see a gameplay trailer plus a video of the actresses playing the game, head over to the forum.

22/09/2014: New Manga Releases This Week Mon, 22 Sep 2014
Pscho-Pass 2 Details Mon, 22 Sep 2014

The official website for Psycho-Pass 2 has been updated with a new key image, info on staff and cast, and a new PV ahead of the season’s premiere on October 09th on Fuji TV’s Noitamina block.

Many of the first season’s staff are returning such as the director, Naoyoshi Shiotani, and the composer, Yuugo Kanno, but the Gen Urobuchi has been replaced as writer by Tow Ubukata (Mardock Scramble). Another major change is that Production I.G are replaced as the animation studio by Tatsunoko Production (Gatchaman Crowds).

Some of the characters who survived the first season are also returning which means familiar seiyuu. Kana Hanazawa (Mayuri Shiina in Steins;Gate, Rize Kamishiro in Tokyo Ghoul) plays Akane Tsunemori, while Kenji Nojima (Masaki in Time of Eve) reprises his role as Nobuchika Ginoza.

Also returning are the acts who made the opening and ending themes. Ling Tosite Sigure have created the song “Enigmatic Feeling” and EGOIST have created a song called “Fallen” and both can be heard in the PV which can be seen in the forum.

For more information on this show and others, check out part 2 of the autumn season preview as well as the first part, both of which are constantly updated with information and PVs.


New Anime Releases 22/09/2014 Sun, 21 Sep 2014
Bonjour♪ Koiaji Pātisserie Promotional Video Sat, 20 Sep 2014

A promotional video for the anime Bonjour♪ Koiaji Pâtisserie has been released on niconico Douga showing the first glimpses of the anime adaptation of the mobile app game Bonjour Koiaji Pâtisserie.



High school girl Sayuri Haruno attends an elite confectionery school named Fleurir on a scholarship as part of her dream to open a Patisserie. Also attending the school are several handsome young men.   

The lead character is voiced by Yui Ishikawa, famous for voicing Mikasa Ackerman in Attack on Titan. She is supported by fellow seiyuu Ryohei Kimura (Akira Takizawa in Eden of the East), Hikaru Midorikawa (Zelgadiss in Slayers), Kaito Ishikawa (Nine in Zankyou no Terror), and Tetsuya Kakihara (Amaimon in Blue Exorcist) among others.

For more information on this show, check out part 2 of the autumn season preview as well as the first part to see what is on offer.


Black Butler's Live-Action Movie Headed To The UK? Sat, 20 Sep 2014

Back in January, a Japanese live-action movie based on Yana Toboso's Black Butler manga was released in Japanese theatres. Although an official release has yet to be announced, if website of the British Board of Film Classification is any indication, Warner Bros. Entertainment UK might be planning a theatrical release of the movie, as it was issued with a 15 certificate earlier this week. 

The BBFC website describes the film as follows:

BLACK BUTLER is a live-action adaptation of a Japanese manga series about a demonic butler and his master, set in a futuristic world where a new drug with fatal side-effects threatens to destabilise society.

Unlike the original manga, which was set in Victorian England, this movie adaption has moved the setting to an Asian city in 2020 and the main character of the manga, Ciel Phantomhive, has been replaced with Shiro (Gatchaman's Ayame), who has to don a male persona as females aren't permitted lead the Phantomhive family. The role of the demonic butler Sebastian Michaelis is played by Hiro Mizushima (Beck).

Yen Press are currently publishing the ongoing manga series in English, while Manga Entertainment UK released the first two seasons of the anime in the United Kingdom. The final episode of the franchise's third television anime series aired in Japan last week.


Tokyo Ghoul To Get Second Season In January Fri, 19 Sep 2014

Yesterday, the final episode of Tokyo Ghoul, the 12-episode anime adaptation from Pierrot and Academy Award-nominated director Shuhei Morita, aired in Japan.

The series, which is based on a fantasy-horror manga by Sui Ishida, followed Ken Kaneki, who finds himself being attacked by a "ghoul", a human-like creature with a hunger for human flesh. After an accident leaves the ghoul dead and Kaneki with serious injuries, the university student discovers that the organs of his hunter have been transplanted into his body, thus leaving him as a half-human/half-ghoul hybrid.

Today, the official Chinese website for the series confirmed that a second TV anime will be airing in January 2015.

Wakanim and Animax simulcast the first season in the United Kingdom as it aired.


One Piece Music Symphony Headed to London Fri, 19 Sep 2014

A two hour symphonic celebration of Eichiro Oda's world famous Weekly Shonen Jump manga One Piece has already wowed fans in Paris and Hong Kong and now, the pirate crew is setting sail for the United Kingdom.

The Thousand Sunny will be docking in Chelsea's Cadogan Hall on Saturday 7th February*, bringing along the anime composer Kohei Tanaka, who VIP ticket holders will have a chance to meet. Some of Tanaka's other words include Galaxy Express 999 and Jojo's Bizarre Adventure!

Tickets for the event go on sale on 25th September 2014 and will cost £25, but can be booked today at this link.


*Yes, I know Chelsea is land-locked. They can get a train or have Luffy catapult them all over to Chelsea.

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Details on The London International Animation Festival Fri, 19 Sep 2014

The organisers of The London International Animation Festival have issued a press release detailing the events at the festival which launches next month.


24 Oct – Nov 2
Barbican Cinema, Barbican Centre UK
Box Office 0845 120 7527     

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 animation 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.

LIAF 2014’s opening night gala on Fri 24 Oct celebrates the centenary of Scottish-born Canadian animator Norman McLaren with a special programme entitled McLaren’s Influences – to be introduced by fellow animator and Canadian Steven Woloshen. Norman McLaren’s pioneering techniques led him to become one of the world’s most influential animators, whose works were added to the UNESCO Memory of World Programme in 2009.

Steven Woloshen will also deliver a workshop event during the festival as will other world-renowned animators: Andreas Hykade (Germany), Priit Tender (Estonia) and Ulo Pikkov (Estonia).

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 year’s 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, LIAF14 will feature two specially curated shorts programme 3 Days in Paris – which stake a claim for Paris as the animation capital of the world. Paris New explores the best recent work, while Paris Historical digs a little deeper to reveal a diverse line-up of films that have put these production studios on the animation map.

Animated Documentaries is a selection of stylish, persuasive and compelling short form narratives mixed with some of the most stunning visuals of the festival, and the Abstract Showcase is animation in its purest form - LIAF’s annual collection of the most impressive and expressive experimental animated films from all over the world.

LIAF will also present three programmes of animation specifically for children – Amazing Animations for 0-6 year-olds and Marvellous Animations for 7-15 year-olds – and German animator Andreas Hykade will introduce his award-winning series of short films ‘Tom and the Slice of Bread with Strawberry Jam and Honey’.

Children and adults also get the opportunity to take part in a drop-in animation workshop and the LIAF Flipbook challenge lead by acclaimed animator Elizabeth Hobbs during the afternoon of 25 October.

At the two-day LIAF Industry events taking place on 31 October and 1 November, local and international guests will present talks and workshops on how to break into animation for television, the techniques of cameraless animation, how to make a living abstractly living outside of the commercial sphere, the nuts and bolts of how to make an independent animated film and the surrealist roots of Estonian film.

The festival ends with the Best-of-the-Festival on Sunday 2 November featuring the best films chosen by our panel of judges and audience votes.

Full programme listings available at Barbican Film

Ticket prices: Box Office: 0845 120 7527

Standard: £11.50 Barbican Members: £9.20 Concessions: £10.50 Young Barbican: £5

On top of the press release the festival website has been updated with the full schedule which reveals a number of Japanese entries in the various programmes like Mirai Mizue’s 8 minute film, Wonder, which is played in the Abstract Showcase alongside Koukou by Takashi Ohashi. It was screened at this year’s Berlin Film Festival. Other examples of Japanese animation is Anomalies by Atsushi Wada which plays in the international competition programme, Looking for Answers.

Kids get to delight in Mari Miyazawa’s Twins in Bakery, a 5 minute story about the mischief that occurs when a baker closes the store for the night. People more interested in surreal and visual adventures can venture Inside the Mind where people can watch Land by Masanobu Hiraoka. Even more strange are the titles in Absurd and Zany like Wee Willie Winkie  and Na Ni Nu Ne No No where the human form is warped into some rather unique shapes.

There are many more titles on offer. For a taste of what will play in the festival, check out Snow Hut by Yoriko Mizushiri which plays in the Being Human strand.

For more information visit the site.

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