Even though it’s a couple of days later than initially planned, UK distributor Anime Limited were able to finally announce what titles they will be offering for pre-order during the month of September!
This month’s early bird list includes a couple of films, one television series and a vinyl release. All of these have been officially announced prior across different occasions.
Release Date: 17th October 2022
Starting off with a release most will have known about already as Anime Limited began pre-orders last Thursday! The Relative Worlds is coming to Blu-ray & DVD in a collector’s edition package.
The early bird offer is £29.99 (£27 for Anime Unlimited members) and will conclude on Thursday 8th September just before the next early bird title starts.
Retailing for £39.99 SRP, the set includes a rigid box, Blu-ray case, 12-page booklet, a poster and 4 artcards. There is no English dub produced for the film, so it will be presented in Japanese audio with English subtitles. The film has also yet to be licensed in other English-speaking territories.
The Relative Worlds released in 2019 in Japan and was worked on by director & writer Yūhei Sakuragi and studio Craftar (INGRESS The Animation) alongside producer Tomohiko Ishii and music composer Hidehiro Kawai. The distributor included the film at their Screen Anime online film festival line-up.
“Shin Hazama is a normal high school boy living an ordinary life in Tokyo… a life that is about to be turned upside-down when he encounters Jin, a boy who looks identical to him but claims to originate from another world entirely. Jin’s world is one very different to our own – a world where an evil queen named Kotoko serves as its dictator, controlling all wealth and crushing any opposition with lethal force. Perhaps more importantly for Shin, the next step in Kotoko’s plan for total domination is to expand her realm by invading his world.”
Release Date: 14th November 2022
Next, we have Summer Ghost coming to Blu-ray & DVD in a collector’s edition package.
The early bird offer begins Thursday 8th September for £24.99 (£22.50 for Anime Unlimited members).
Retailing for £39.99 SRP, the set includes a rigid box, Blu-ray case, 36-page booklet, an A3 poster and 4 artcards. Audio options include Japanese audio with English subtitles and GKIDS’s English dub. To You Before Dawn documentary will also be included on the Blu-ray disc.
Summer Ghost is an original anime film released in 2021 by Flat Studio and director loundraw (I Want to Eat Your Pancreas character designer) alongside screenplay writer Hirotaka Adachi (Oblivion Island) and music composers Akira Kosemura, Guiano, Hideya Kojima and Itoko Toma. The distributor theatrically released the film as part of their We Love Anime line-up in late 2021.
“A group of high-school students light fireworks in the hope of awaking the ghost of a young woman who has been sighted over several years. Each of the friends has a reason for being there, and on one night the living and the dead are joined together..”
Release Date: 28th November 2022
Next, we have a film that was originally going to be released theatrically in 2021 but has now moved to home video with Love Me, Love Me Not coming to Blu-ray in a collector’s edition package.
The early bird offer begins Thursday 15th September for £24.99 (£22.50 for Anime Unlimited members).
Retailing for £39.99 SRP, the set includes a rigid box, Blu-ray case, 20-page booklet, a poster and 4 artcards. There is no English dub produced for the film, so it will be presented in Japanese audio with English subtitles. The film has also yet to be licensed in other English-speaking territories.
Love Me, Love Me Not released in 2020 by studio A-1 Pictures and director Toshimasa Kuroyanagi (Shonen Hollywood), and is an adaptation of the manga written by Io Sakisaka which Viz Media have also licensed under their Shojo Beat label. The film’s staff credits also include writer Erika Yoshida (Tiger & Bunny 2) and music composer Yuuji Nomi.
“Based on an award-winning manga of the same name, Love Me, Love Me Not is a tale of two girls with a very different viewpoints on love – Yuna lives her life in an idealistic world where she imagines the romance of being swept away by a charming and beautiful “prince”, while Akari is far more practical about how she sees love. Of course, it isn’t just girls that have their own perspectives, and their relationships with Kazuomi and Rio might just change their viewpoints on love in ways they would previously never have imagined.”
Release Date: 28th November 2022
Last but not least we have the first season of Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club making its UK home video debut on Blu-ray in a collector’s edition package.
The early bird offer begins Thursday 29th September for £34.99 (£31.50 for Anime Unlimited members).
Retailing for £59.99 SRP, the set includes a rigid box, Blu-ray case, 28-page booklet, and 10 artcards. Audio options include Japanese audio with English subtitles and Funimation’s English dub.
Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club aired during the Autumn 2020 season and animated by studio Sunrise (now known as Bandai Namco Filmworks) with director Tomoyuki Kawamura (Mitsuboshi Colors). The show’s staff credits also include writer Jin Tanaka (Laid-Back Camp) and music composer Naoki Endo. In terms of the Love Live franchise as a whole, Anime Limited will also release its second season later down the line and both seasons of Superstar for the UK.
“Nijigasaki High School is known for their diverse subjects and the freedom they give to students. Second-year student Yu Takasaki has been turned on to the charms of school idols, so she knocks on the door of the School Idol Club with her friend, Ayumu Uehara. Sometimes friends, sometimes rivals, the members of this club each contribute their own thoughts and motivations to the group.”
In addition to the Blu-ray releases, Anime Limited will also be releasing the original soundtrack for the new film Goodbye, Don Glees! on Vinyl.
The early bird offer begins Thursday 22nd September for £34.99 (£31.50 for Anime Unlimited members) with a release date set for 31st January 2023. Anime Limited will be offering two versions of the set – a black variant and a shop exclusive variant.
That’s all for the latest news on the releases from Anime Limited!
Source: Anime Limited Blog