Manga Animatsu reveals their Q1 2018 Release Slate

This release slate also features a brand new license and a Chinese film finally hitting home video!

Earlier today distributor Manga Animatsu have announced their release slate for the Q1 2018 season. A fair amount of these titles will be releases that were initially scheduled for the Q4 2017 period but were unfortunately pushed back due to events beyond their control.

However, alongside these titles we also have some new additions. One of which has been licensed with the distributor for quite some time now but will finally be available on home video.

Let’s take a look at what they have to offer.

Dragon Ball Z Movie Collection 4: Super Android 13! / Bojack Unbound

Format: Blu-ray & DVD Combo Pack (SRP: £24.99)
Audio: English & Japanese
Release Date: 15th January

Super Android 13: A mysterious fiend is creating Androids that are faster, stronger, and far more deadly than anything ever devised by the deceased Doctor Gero. Goku and the rest of the Z-Fighters must find the identity of the murderous mastermind if they are to halt the onslaught of his lethal inventions.

Bojack Unbound: Warriors from every corner of the galaxy are gathering to compete in the most incredible martial arts tournament ever conceived. Many will test their strength and skill, but few will live to see the end. Before a victor can be crowned, Bojack – a powerfully evil intergalactic villain – turns the tournament into a fight for survival!

Monster Hunt

Format: Blu-ray (SRP: £15.99) & DVD (SRP: £12.99)
Audio: Chinese
Release Date: 29th January

In an ancient world where monsters rule the land while humans keep to their own kingdom, a baby monster, Wuba, is born to a human father and monster queen. When mortals and creatures alike set out to capture the newborn, Wuba’s adventure begins. The cute baby monster Huba is the child of a human man and a monster queen, threatened by both monster-hating humans and monsters attempting to capture the new-born in an ancient world based on medieval China.

Dragon Ball Super Part 2

Format: Blu-ray (SRP: £29.99) & DVD (SRP: £24.99)
Audio: English & Japanese
Release Date: 29th January

After reaching an alliance with Beerus, the world is at peace once again. But one of the Z Fighters is feeling restless—namely, Vegeta! The Saiyan prince seeks a new way to become stronger and wants to do so under Whis’ guidance. When Goku finds out they’ve left to train, he’s just as eager to join in.

While two of the strongest fighters train in another world, trouble stirs for planet Earth. The remains of a powerful force have started to gather, seeking revenge for their fallen leader—the wicked overlord Frieza! When evil takes on a new form with the force of 1,000 troops, can Gohan and the remaining Z Fighters take him on? Or will Frieza’s vengeance finally see the light of day?

My Entire Highschool Sinking Into the Sea

Format: Blu-ray (SRP: £14.99) & DVD (SRP: £9.99)
Audio: English
Release Date: 5th February (subject to change)

From acclaimed graphic novelist Dash Shaw (New School) comes an audacious debut that is equal parts disaster cinema, high school comedy and blockbuster satire, told through a dream-like mixed media animation style that incorporates drawings, paintings and collage.

Dash (Jason Schwartzman) and his best friend Assaf (Reggie Watts) are preparing for another year at Tides High School muckraking on behalf of their widely-distributed but little-read school newspaper, edited by their friend Verti (Maya Rudolph).

But just when a blossoming relationship between Assaf and Verti threatens to destroy the boys’ friendship, Dash learns of the administration’s cover-up that puts all the students in danger. As disaster erupts and the friends race to escape through the roof of the school, they are joined by a popular know-it-all (Lena Dunham) and a lunch lady (Susan Sarandon) who is much more than meets the eye.

Dragon Ball Z Movie Collection Five: The Broly Trilogy

Format: Blu-ray & DVD Combo Pack (SRP: £24.99)
Audio: English & Japanese
Release Date: 12th February

Broly: The Legendary Super Saiyan: Broly – a powerful Saiyan warrior with an unspeakable evil streak – has the Z-Fighters squarely in his sights! Now, a race to save the universe turns into a test of survival skills for Earth’s mightiest warriors. Prepare for the most intense Saiyan battle in history: a clash for the ages rooted in the pains of a secret past.

Broly’s Second Coming: An investigation into the crash of a strange vessel quickly turns into a battle that not even Earth’s most powerful heroes are guaranteed to win. Broly, one of the greatest evils in existence, is back to wreak havoc on humanity! Only this time, Goku may be powerless to stop him!

Bio-Broly: Corruption and technology combine to resurrect one of the greatest evils the universe has ever known. Broly is back and more deadly than ever! The sinister Super Saiyan appears to be unstoppable until Trunks discovers a secret that could stop the symbiotic scourge! Unfortunately, it might be too late to prevent Earth’s ultimate day of reckoning.

Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!

Format: DVD (SRP: £12.99)
Audio: English
Release Date: 12th February

Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! is an origin story highlighting Ash & Pikachu’s first meeting and their adventures as they search for the legendary Pokémon Ho – Oh. The iconic pair encounter familiar faces along the way, new characters including Trainers Verity and Sorrel, and even a mysterious new Mythical Pokémon, Marshadow. Challenges and epic Pokémon battles abound in this unique story about the beginning of one of the most beloved friendships in popular culture.

Naruto Shippuden Box 31

Format: DVD (SRP: £24.99)
Audio: English & Japanese
Release Date: 26th February

Naruto and the Allied Shinobi manage to extract Obito’s Tailed Beasts, leaving Madara as the final foe to defeat. Obito realizes the error of his ways, but Black Zetsu prevents him from interfering. Nine Tails is extracted from Naruto, and he and Sasuke are left near death. In the midst of all this, the turbulent history of the Hyuga clan and events that took place in the Leaf Village while Naruto trained with Jiraiya are revealed!

Dragon Ball Z Movie Collection Six: Fusion Reborn / Wrath of the Dragon

Format: Blu-ray & DVD Combo Pack (SRP: £24.99)
Audio: English & Japanese
Release Date: 12th March

Fusion Reborn: An industrial disaster in Other World unleashes the monstrous Janemba, a beast who grows stronger with each passing minute. While Goku and Vegeta fight for Other World’s survival, Goten and Trunks confront a ghoulish army of the undead back on Earth. A dangerous plan of attack is devised, and only an unprecedented act of teamwork can save the universe!

Wrath of the Dragon: Dark magic has unleashed an ancient monster – Hirudegarn – that consumes both flesh and soul. As the beast rampages on Earth, its power threatens to increase to unthinkable levels. Such wickedness can only be defeated by Tapion, a man who has already given so much – and who will now offer his own life to save the universe.

Blue Exorcist Kyoto Saga Volume 1

Format: Blu-ray (SRP: £24.99) & DVD (SRP: £19.99)
Audio: English & Japanese
Release Date: 26th March

Assiah, the realm of humans, and Gehenna, the realm of demons. Normally, these two dimensions would never intersect, but having possessed all material substances, the demons are now intruding on the material world. But among the human race, there are those who can confront such demons – the Exorcists. Born the spawn of Satan, Rin Okumura decides to hide his origins, and become an exorcist. He enrolls at the Exorcism Cram School, a training institute for exorcists located on the True Cross Academy grounds. But, his cover is blown during an attack by Amaimon, the King of Earth, and he is revealed to be the son of Satan. Terrified of Satan’s blue flames, his friends start to distance themselves from Rin… It is then that someone steals the Left Eye of the Impure King, sealed away in the deepest part of the academy, and Rin and the others find themselves embroiled in an unexpected crisis…

Power Rangers: Dino Super Charge Volume 1 – Roar

Format: DVD (SRP: £12.99)
Audio: English
Release Date: 26th March

Power Rangers: Dino Super Charge Part 1 contains episodes 1-10 from the season.

The Power Rangers must battle an evil intergalactic villain in this action-filled franchise that remains one of the top-rated and longest-running children’s live-action series in TV history.

The Dino Charge Rangers disband after defeating Sledge, but their job isn’t done. One of Sledge’s most dangerous criminals, Heckyl, and his alter ego Snide, are determined to pick up where Sledge left off and harness the power of the Energems to rule the universe. With new weapons, new allies, new zords (mechanical devices piloted by the Rangers), and the new T-Rex Super Charge mode, the Rangers are ready to settle the score against one of their most dangerous enemies.

Here are the extra additional notes for the following titles:

  • Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto – 2nd April
  • Hello! Kinmoza – 2nd April
  • Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! (Blu-ray Steelbook) – 30th April (subject to change)
  • Soul Eater (Blu-ray)Cancelled
  • Summer Wars: The Hosoda Collection – 15th January
  • Ushio & Tora (DVD) – 16th April (subject to change)
  • Yo-Kai Watch Season 1 – 2nd April (subject to change)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal Season 3 – 3rd July

That’s it for the latest Manga Animatsu news, stay tuned if we ever unveil any more information later down the line.

NormanicGrav

Grav is your average generic anime character who went to University, joined and took over the Sheffield Hallam anime society, graduated, got a job, and went back to do a Masters degree. He considers himself a man of culture and likes a lot of anime, even the ones that are considered bad. Harems, Isekai, Pouts are also stuff he likes.

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