UK distributor Manga Entertainment has announced their fourth batch of anime releases coming to the United Kingdom and Ireland territories for the fourth quarter of 2020.
As mentioned in our previous write-ups on the line-up (which you can view here, here and here), the on-going situation with the world is still affecting production for the UK anime distributors, including Manga Entertainment, so the release dates below are currently tentative and may change at the last second beyond the distributor’s control.
There had also been some release date schedule changes for the Bungo Stray Dogs franchise. Seasons 1 & 2 collection is now scheduled for 28th September 2020, the film DEAD APPLE is now scheduled for 28th September, and Season 3 collection is now scheduled for 19th October. The good news is that all three seasons have been officially rated by the UK’s British Board of Film Classification with an 18 rating overall for the Seasons 1 & 2 collection and a 15 rating for the Season 3 collection.
HUNTER X HUNTER BLU-RAYS!
As teased earlier in the Summer when all 148 episodes of the 2011 anime adaptation for Hunter x Hunter from studio Madhouse (Death Note) started streaming on Funimation with Japanese audio & Viz Media’s English dub. Manga Entertainment has revealed they will be releasing the entire series on Blu-ray across individual collection sets. While Viz Media went for 7 sets, both Manga and Madman are aiming for 6 sets so each collection will have roughly 24-28 episodes each.
Set 1 is scheduled for 30th November 2020 at SRP £39.99 for Blu-ray.
“Young Gon dreams of following in his father’s path and becoming a Hunter, an elite class of adventurer with legendary skills. But to make the grade he’ll first have to pass the extremely difficult and danger Hunter Qualification Exam. His journey leads him on the shared path of the Hunter’s exam, to lands beyond imagination and to friends who grow closer with each new trial. As the difficulty of the challenges mounts, will Gon and his friends prevail or will they wash out like so many others?”
MORE CATALOGUE ADDITIONS!
UK High School DxD fans had been left wondering about the second season for a long while with only Season 1, Season 3 (BorN) and recently Season 4 (HERO) now available on home video. From Ichiei Ishibumi’s light novel series and adapted by studio TNK (School Days), the second season known as High School DxD New will finally make its UK home video debut. The series will be available on Blu-ray and DVD with Japanese audio and Funimation’s English dub.
The complete season is scheduled for 5th October 2020 at SRP £39.99 for Blu-ray and SRP £24.99 for DVD.
“Issei Hyodo is back with all of his voluptuous friends, only this time he has more power than ever before. With the Excalibur swords and the Archangel Michael joining him in battle against the deadliest of foes yet, only time will tell if the Occult Research Club continues to thrive or if new leadership is needed to usher in a new magical era.”
In 2013, studio White Fox (Re:Zero) released a theatrical anime film continuing after the events of the 2011 series Steins;Gate. Today, Manga Entertainment has announced plans to bring the film, Steins;Gate the Movie: Load Region of Déjà vu, over to the UK for the first time on home video. The film will be available on Blu-ray and DVD with Japanese audio and Funimation’s English dub.
The film is scheduled for 30th November 2020 at SRP £22.99 for Blu-ray and SRP £17.99 for DVD.
“A year has passed since Okabe reached the Steins Gate world-line and time only moves forward. Visiting Japan, Kurisu stops by the Future Gadget Lab where everyone is up to their usual shenanigans. But something’s not quite right—memories of other timelines continue to haunt Okabe… or are they visions? Out of nowhere, a message is left for Kurisu: cell phone, microwave, SERN. Strong emotions blur the world-lines and trigger déjà vu. Before she knows it, Okabe disappears. Unable to let go of the one who never existed, Kurisu makes a daring return to the past. Hoping to save the mad scientist who tried countless times to save her, she must make a decision—risk everything, or live in a world without Okabe.”
The remaining new additions to the fourth quarter of 2020 line-up are more Part releases from existing titles.
The first is Black Clover Season 2 with Part 5, which will cover episodes 91 to 102, wrapping up that season. It will be available on Blu-ray and DVD with Japanese audio and Funimation’s English dub.
Part 5 is scheduled for 2nd November 2020 at SRP £24.99 for Blu-ray and SRP £19.99 for DVD.
The second is Fairy Gone with Part 2, which will cover episodes 13 to 24, wrapping up that series. It will be available on Blu-ray and DVD with Japanese audio and Funimation’s English dub.
Part 2 is scheduled for 19th October 2020 at SRP £39.99 for Blu-ray and SRP £24.99 for DVD.
The third is Fire Force Season 1 with Part 2, which will cover episodes 13 to 24, wrapping up that season. It will be available on Blu-ray and DVD with Japanese audio and Funimation’s English dub.
Part 2 is scheduled for 26th October 2020 at SRP £29.99 for Blu-ray and SRP £24.99 for DVD.
Source: Manga Entertainment Press Release