The Ancient Magus’ Bride & MFKZ Delayed to April By Manga UK

Manga Entertainment UK’s upcoming home video releases of the Wit Studio’s The Ancient Magus’ Bride Part 1, as well as the Ankama Animations and Studio 4°C co-production MFKZ have been delayed until 1st April 2019, the distributor announced this morning. The two were previously scheduled for the 11th and 4th of February, respectively. No reason has been given by the distributor for these delays.

From the studio behind Attack On Titan, the dark fantasy The Ancient Magus Bride is set to the backdrop of British folklore and earned critical acclaim followings its premiere last October, including multiple of our very own 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards!

Hatori Chise has lived a life full of neglect and abuse, devoid of anything resembling love. Far from the warmth of family, she has had her share of troubles and pitfalls. Just when all hope seems lost, a fateful encounter awaits her. When a man with the head of a beast, wielding strange powers, obtains her through a slave auction, Chise’s life will never be the same again. The man is a “magus,”a sorcerer of great power, who decides to free Chise from the bonds of captivity. The magus then makes a bold statement: Chise will become his apprentice–and his bride!

A Japanese-French co-production, Manga Entertainment UK released the hip-hop infused science fiction film MKFZ in selected cinemas earlier this year. The English-language dub of the film featured the voices of Michael Chiklis, Danny Trejo, as well as rappers RZA and Vince Staples.

Genre-mashup MFKZ is the love-child of French comic artist Guillaume “Run” Renard and ultra-hip Japanese animation house Studio 4°C, creators of Tekkonkinkreet, Genius Party and Mind Game. The Tekkonkinkreet dream team of Shoujirou Nishimi and art director Shinji Kimura reunite to bring to life a dark but stunningly animated sci-fi vision that mixes anime, film noir, Lucha Libre, and gang culture in an orgy of first-person shooter mayhem. The film centres on young Angelino and his skull-and-flame pal Vinny, who live in a seedy tenement in an LA-inspired dystopian metropolis – a burnt-out, gang and cockroach-ridden neo-urban hell that makes Blade Runner’s LA seem like The Brady Bunch. Following a scooter accident, Angelino starts experiencing migraines and strange hallucinations, as well as fits of rage-inspired superpowers, as he slowly awakens to the truth of his origins: he is half human and half Macho, a supernatural alien race that is bent on taking over the planet.

Are you looking forward to owning either of these anime?

Josh A. Stevens

Reviewing anime by moonlight, working in film by daylight, never running out of things to write, he is the one named Josh A. Stevens.

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