The first day of MCM London Comic Con in October 2019 has arrived and we have UK distributor Anime Limited to start off the line-up of news and announcements once again. The news comes from their AllTheAnime panel that began on Friday 25th October at 3:00 pm.
The panel recaps the news that Channel 4’s All4 streaming on demand service will be offering 100 hours worth of anime including Cowboy Bebop, Durarara!!, Tokyo Ghoul and also some surprises. You can find out more on that section at our previous write-up here.
Next is the theatrical news, with a recap for PROMARE which will be theatrically released nationwide on Tuesday 26th November subbed and Thursday 28th November dubbed. You can also find out more about the cinema chains that will be screening the film at our previous write-up here.
Another additional theatrical news is for Makoto Shinkai’s latest film Weathering With You which will now be released theatrically across the UK & Ireland on Friday 17th January 2020. More news on cinema chains will be revealed soon.
Next, we have some new license announcements.
InuYasha is coming back to the UK for home video. Formats are not final but given that Viz Media is bringing the series onto Blu-ray in the future, it is expected to be the same over here. The series will be available for streaming through Channel 4’s All4 service as well.
The 167 episode anime series aired from 2000 to 2004 and was animated by studio Sunrise. The series is based on the manga of the same name by Rumiko Takahashi (Ranma 1/2). It is not known if Anime Limited has plans to acquire the sequel series InuYasha: The Final Act and its respective movies. The first 12 episodes of the anime did receive a DVD release in the UK by distributor Fremantle.
Cardcaptor Sakura, the original series, is also coming back to the UK for home video in its original uncut form. The home video release is planned to be presented in Collector’s Edition Blu-ray sets. The series is available for streaming through Channel 4’s All4 service as well.
The 70 episode anime series aired from 1998 to 2000 and was animated by studio Madhouse. The series is based on the manga of the same name by CLAMP. It is not known if Anime Limited will be using the older Blu-ray master or the recent 4K restoration (not an Ultra HD Blu-ray title but a new scan for regular Blu-ray) master for their release. The edited version Cardcaptors did receive a DVD release in the UK by distributor Contender.
The anime series was continued with the movie Cardcaptor Sakura: The Sealed Card, which Anime Limited acquired last May 2018 for Blu-ray at an unspecified release window, and the sequel series Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, which is available on Blu-ray by Manga Entertainment.
B: The Beginning has a new update. Originally scheduled for Q2 2019, the series will now be presented as an Ultimate Edition Blu-ray box set that will feature the entire first season, the original soundtrack on CD, a large A4-sized 160 page artbook, and a set of A4 prints all housed inside nice packaging. No new release date has been given for the series.
The 12 episode series debuted on Netflix in March 2018 and was animated by Production I.G and created by Kazuto Nakazawa. It has been greenlit for a second season for Netflix at an unspecified release window.
Source: AllTheAnime MCM October 2019 Panel