Anime Limited News: More Out of Print Stock Updates, MCM & Q3 2018 News Recap

Distributor Anime Limited have been going all-out throughout the months of May and June 2018, and there’s a lot more incoming. Since the last update we have seen a ton of new releases, new license announcements and also some updates on stock & BBFC ratings.

In this write-up we’re going to recap everything that has happened since the beginning of May i.e. our last round-up. Grab some popcorn, because this update is going to be pretty long.


MCM London Announcements Round-up

On 25th to 27th May 2018, Anime Limited attended MCM London Comic Con to reveal their latest announcements and also provide stock early for the fans who attended. The announcements revealed are as followed:

Amanchu! Season 1

The entire first season is coming to the UK on Blu-ray as a limited collector’s edition release. This will be subtitled only as there is currently no English dub produced. You can watch the series on Crunchyroll.

Angelic Layer

The 2001 Studio Bones adaptation of CLAMP’s manga series is returning to the UK on Blu-ray as a limited collector’s edition release. Both the ADV Films English dub as well as the original Japanese audio will be included. The limited collector’s edition release features the traditional AL packaging as well as a 40-page booklet. The series is estimated to be released sometime in Q3.

It is worth clarifying that the previous UK release was slightly edited to remove offending discriminatory language by ADV, however the BBFC did mention that it would have received a 12 uncut rating otherwise – the cut version received a PG rating. You can watch the series on HIDIVE.

Cardcaptor Sakura the Movie 2: The Sealed Card

The second film in the Cardcaptor Sakura franchise is coming to the UK on Blu-ray. This is the sequel to the 70 episode anime series from studio Madhouse. Both the Bang Zoom!/Pioneer English dub as well as the original Japanese audio will be included.

Cowboy Bebop 20th Anniversary Edition

Cowboy Bebop celebrates its 20th anniversary and the distributor will also be celebrating the news with a special re-release for the UK. This release will feature the complete series and the movie Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door on Blu-ray plus all of the TV series original soundtrack on CD. The Bandai English dubs from the TV series & movie will be included alongside the original Japanese audio.

Folks did ask about a Vinyl version of the music (which is what Funimation planned for their special release) but the distributor has confirmed that they won’t be releasing it in that format. You can watch the series on Crunchyroll & Netflix.

FLCL Original Soundtrack on Vinyl

While their Vinyl releases are still being worked on, they have announced plans to release the original soundtrack of FLCL in that format! No news on the exact release date at the time of this write-up.

Mobile Suit Gundam 00

The series that brought us the ‘I AM GUNDAM’ trend is coming back to the UK on Blu-ray! In fact everything 00 related is coming – that’s both seasons plus the Special Edition OVAs and the movie A Wakening of the Trailblazer, the latter two of which were never released in this region before. The TV series and movie will include the Bandai English dub, while the Special Edition OVAs will be will be subtitled only as there is no English dub produced.

Just like the previous Gundam release this franchise will also receive similar special treatment however details are not finalised at this point. You can watch the main TV series on Crunchyroll.

Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt December Sky

The compilation film of Thunderbolt’s first season is coming to the UK on Blu-ray! This will be Anime Ltd’s first Gundam film release so we’re curious to see what sort of packaging they’ll provide for this release. The Nozomi/NYAV Post English dub will be included alongside the original Japanese audio.

Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki

The NHK documentary about Hayao Miyazaki is coming to the UK on home video. This live-action documentary aired in November 2016.

Perfect Blue Ultimate Edition

Like Cowboy Bebop, Perfect Blue will also be getting a new re-release with a special ultimate edition release! This was Anime Limited’s second title to be released in the UK and they’re revisiting the film with more to offer.

The Blu-ray author is now completely redone with a brand new transfer never before seen. In addition the ultimate edition will include the original soundtrack on CD and a 380 page storyboard book fully translated into English. Just like the previous release this will also include the Manga Entertainment English dub as well as the original Japanese audio.

Sound! Euphonium Season 1

What was once lost has now returned, the first season of Kyoto Animation’s series is coming back to the UK on Blu-ray as a limited collector’s edition release. This will be subtitled only as there is currently no English dub produced. The release will also include both the Episode 14 OVA and the specials. You can watch the series on Crunchyroll.

While Pony Canyon have released the series in the United States & Canada, this title is under Crunchyroll’s label similar to Rokka -Braves of the Six Flowers-.


New Packaging Artwork

The distributor revealed some neat artwork for a number of their upcoming titles. We won’t cover the titles that have already been released but we’ll take note of the unboxings already made available below.

Kiznaiver

Release Date: 30th July 2018

Studio TRIGGER’s original anime series from Spring 2016 is heading to the UK pretty soon with a special limited collector’s edition Blu-ray set. This will include both the original Japanese audio as well as the Ocean Media English dub from Crunchyroll. The contents of the collector’s edition release include the traditional Anime Ltd packaging with the rigid box & digipack plus a 40-page artbook. Exclusive to Anime Ltd’s shop is an additional artbook that is 116-pages long and is B5 sized. You can see the artwork below:

A standard edition DVD will also be released on the same day as the collector’s edition Blu-ray. This series is part of the Crunchyroll partnership.

Lu Over the Wall

Release Date: 16th July 2018

Science SARU and Masaaki Yuasa’s latest feature-length film from Spring 2017 is finally heading to home video since its UK theatrical release last December. This will include both the original Japanese audio as well as the GKIDS English dub. The contents of the collector’s edition release include the traditional Anime Ltd packaging with the rigid box & digipack plus a 52-page artbook. You can see the artwork below:

A standard edition Blu-ray and DVD will also be released on the same day as the collector’s edition Blu-ray & DVD combo pack.

Makoto Shinkai Double Film Pack: The Place Promised in Our Early Days & Voices of a Distant Star (Standard Edition)

Release Date: 30th July 2018

Makoto Shinkai’s earlier feature-length films are coming back in print once again with standard edition Blu-ray & DVD releases. This will include both the original Japanese audio as well as the ADV Films English dub. The on-disc contents will be identical to the collector’s edition release. You can see the artwork below:

The collector’s edition Blu-ray & DVD combo pack is out of print if you were curious about that release.

Sound! Euphonium Season 1

Release Date: 2018

If you thought that was the end of the Sound! Euphonium news you are mistaken! In addition to the surprise announcement the artwork for the collector’s edition Blu-ray release was also revealed. This will include the original Japanese audio with English subtitles. The contents of the collector’s edition release include the traditional Anime Ltd packaging with the rigid box & digipack plus a 52-page artbook. You can see the artwork below:

A standard edition DVD will also be released on the same day as the collector’s edition Blu-ray. This series is part of the Crunchyroll partnership.

Sword of the Stranger (Standard Edition)

Release Date: 23rd July 2018

This feature-length film from studio Bones is coming back in print once again with standard edition Blu-ray & DVD releases. This will include both the original Japanese audio as well as the Bandai English dub. The on-disc contents will be identical to the collector’s edition release. You can see the artwork below:

The collector’s edition Blu-ray & DVD combo pack is out of print if you were curious about that release.

Tokyo Ghoul (Live-Action)

Release Date: 9th July 2018

The live-action movie adaptation of Tokyo Ghoul is now coming to Blu-ray & DVD. This will include both the original Japanese audio as well as the Funimation English dub. You can see the artwork below:

This release is a standard only product. There are no plans for a collector’s edition.

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (Standard Edition)

Release Date: 16th July 2018

The classic studio Madhouse feature-length film returns with the standard edition Blu-ray & DVD releases. This will be English audio only with Hard of Hearing subtitles. The on-disc contents will be identical to the collector’s edition release. You can see the artwork below:

The collector’s edition Blu-ray & DVD combo pack is also available for release which is exclusive to Anime Limited’s shop.


Unboxings

As mentioned, Anime Limited have a lot of titles released recently and they each received some unboxings so we’ll list them here!

Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry (Collector’s Edition)

Hyouka Part 2 (Collector’s Edition)

Love Live! Sunshine!! Season 1 (Collector’s Edition)

Lupin the Third Part IV: Japanese Broadcast Version (Collector’s Edition)

Mobile Suit Gundam the Origin I-IV: Chronicle of Char and Sayla (Collector’s Edition)

The Night is Short, Walk on Girl (Collector’s Edition)

Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Part 1 (Collector’s Edition)

Rokka -Braves of the Six Flowers- (Collector’s Edition)

Sword Art Online the Movie -Ordinal Scale- (Collector’s Edition)

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (Collector’s Edition)

Wolf’s Rain (Ultimate Edition)


OUT OF PRINT STOCK:
NOW SOLD OUT

We’re back once again with another out of print stock update. The titles below are now officially sold out on Anime Limited’s shop so if you want to pick them up we recommend you immediately order them as soon as possible.

Evangelion: 1.11 You Are (not) Alone (Collector’s Edition)

Released: 24th April 2017

The contents of the collector’s edition release include the traditional Anime Ltd packaging with the rigid box & digipack plus a 28-page artbook and 6 artcards. You can see the artwork below:

Sword Art Online the Movie -Ordinal Scale- (Collector’s Edition)

Released: 28th May 2018

The contents of the collector’s edition release include the traditional Anime Ltd packaging with the rigid box & digipack plus a 60-page artbook and 5 artcards. You can see the artwork below:


OUT OF PRINT STOCK:
GOING SOON

Just like the above except these titles are still available to order on Anime Limited’s shop but not for long!

The Anthem of the Heart (Collector’s Edition)

Released: 26th June 2017

The contents of the collector’s edition release include the traditional Anime Ltd packaging with the rigid box & digipack plus a 40-page artbook. The Zavvi Exclusive version of the set is also out of print. You can see the artwork below:

Hyouka Part 1 (Collector’s Edition)

Released: 4th December 2017

The contents of the collector’s edition release include the traditional Anime Ltd packaging with the rigid box & digipack plus another box to house both parts and 6 artcards. You can see the artwork below:

Ping Pong the Animation (Collector’s Edition)

Released: 11th July 2016

The contents of the collector’s edition release include the traditional Anime Ltd packaging with the rigid box & digipack plus 4 artcards. You can see the artwork below:

Other titles going out of print but not yet sold out:

Aldnoah Zero Season 2 (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray

Fullmetal Alchemist 2003 Part 1 (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray

Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam Part 1 (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray

Persona 3 the Movie #3 (Collector’s Edition) Combo Pack

Persona 3 the Movie #4 (Collector’s Edition) Combo Pack

Sword Art Online II Part 4 (Collector’s Edition) Combo Pack


BBFC Listings

The British Board of Film Classification have rated a few more titles since the last news round-up. These are now rated for home video release:

Eureka Seven Hi Evolution 1: Renton
12 – moderate fantasy violence, threat

Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt December Sky
15 – strong bloody scenes, infrequent drug misuse

Sound! Euphonium Season 1
PG – mild bad language


Q3 Release Slate

Not long after our last round-up we reported on the Q3 2018 release slate and here is the current line-up thus far:

9th July:

Tokyo Ghoul (Live-Action)
Blu-ray, DVD

16th July:

Lu Over the Wall
Collector’s Edition Combo Pack, Standard Blu-ray, Standard DVD

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
Standard Blu-ray, Standard DVD

23rd July:

Sword of the Stranger
Standard Blu-ray, Standard DVD

30th July:

Kiznaiver
Collector’s Edition Blu-ray

Makoto Shinkai Double Film Pack: The Place Promised in Our Early Days/Voices of a Distant Star
Standard Blu-ray, Standard DVD

Sword Art Online II Part 3
Standard Blu-ray

27th August:

Aoharu x Machinegun
Standard Blu-ray

Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution 1
Collector’s Edition Combo Pack, Standard DVD

Junjo Romantica Season 1
Standard Blu-ray

K: Missing Kings
Standard Blu-ray

Sword Art Online II Part 4
Standard Blu-ray

The Testament of Sister New Devil Burst
Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, Standard DVD

24th September:

Junjo Romantica Season 2
Standard Blu-ray

K: Return of Kings
Standard Blu-ray

Worth clarifying that there are more to be added into this release slate and the release dates for some of these titles (specifically the ones in August & September) could subject to change at any moment.


Cancelled Home Releases

Due to Funimation now being handled by Sony Pictures for the UK, a number of titles that were licensed under Anime Limited will no longer be distributed by them. These are all sub-licensed by Funimation as they have UK rights to these titles.

Buddy Complex

Aired: January 2014
First license announcement: December 2015
Available for streaming on: Crunchyroll

Chaos Dragon: Sekiryuu Seneki

Aired: July 2015
First license announcement: July 2015
Available for streaming on: Crunchyroll – FunimationNow

Dagashi Kashi

Aired: January 2016
First license announcement: October 2016
Available for streaming on: FunimationNow

Death Parade

Aired: January 2015
First license announcement: May 2016
Available for streaming on: Crunchyroll – FunimationNow

Dimension W

Aired: January 2016
First license announcement: May 2016
Available for streaming on: FunimationNow

NINJA SLAYER FROM ANIMATION

Aired: April 2015
First license announcement: May 2016
Available for streaming on: Crunchyroll – FunimationNow

Project Itoh: Genocidal Organ

Theatrically released: February 2017
First license announcement: May 2017

Riddle Story of Devil

Aired: April 2014
First license announcement: November 2015
Available for streaming on: Crunchyroll

The Rolling Girls

Aired: January 2015
First license announcement: September 2015
Available for streaming on: Crunchyroll – FunimationNow

Shomin Sample

Aired: October 2015
First license announcement: May 2016
Available for streaming on: FunimationNow

Tenchi Muyo GXP

Aired: April 2002
First license announcement: October 2016
Available for streaming on: Crunchyroll – FunimationNow


And that is the latest round-up for the time being, apologises that it’s pretty long but it’s worth trying to bring up as much recent information as possible for everyone who missed out on it the first time. In the meantime, stay tuned for the next time we receive any new information on future Anime Limited releases!

NormanicGrav

As Weiss once said "But enough of this introductory chatter! Let us hear your tale!". After finishing University studying Game Development and once taking charge of SHU's anime society. Grav ventures on as a News Reporter, Moderator and Discord Admin. If you see that massive legal streaming thread Grav heroically did all that and had consumed many hours of his life. The reason? He was bored.

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