As a site, we do encourage and promote the industry whenever possible and our users if it's possible within their scope in their area. We have a large international audience in our community. I have done work in in promoting awareness for international through simulcast guides where I list all territories and legal companies streaming the newest anime each season.
I realize I haven't done some sort of international Quick Picks since that's purely for North American releases. Had users ask me what country was this for in the old site. This thread serves that purpose. I won't be able to report on everything, just on things I see on news site (Anime News Network, Fandompost, Crunchyroll, and Twitter).
Nipponart is releasing Prison School's BD and DVD volume releases for May 27th, July 29th, September 30th, and November 256th, 2016. (Source)
Plot: Hachimitsu Academy, known for its strict academic standards and even stricter school code, is making a giant change this year. In the first time in school history, they are allowing boys to be admitted. As Fujino Kiyoshi starts his first day at Hachimitsu Academy he is shocked to find out that there are only 4 other guys in the entire school, making the ratio of girls to boys 200:1. And to their dismay, not one of the thousand girls will talk to them or even acknowledge them. But Kiyoshi and the guys are about to find out about the shadow student council that has been threatening the female students about interacting with male students.
Kaze France is releasing the first 73 episodes of Hitman Reborn! with first season (33 episodes) on DVD for April 12, 2016 at 40 euros. It contains 8 discs. Source
Plot: REBORN’s main protagonist is Tsuna, a timid junior high student who is failure at school, sports, and his social life. But everything around Tsuna completely changes when a fedora wearing, gun-toting baby named Reborn, who claims to be an Italian hit man from Vongola family, shows up! Reborn was sent to groom Tsuna for his future life as a mafia boss of the family!
Kaze France is going to release Death Parade on April 13 as a DVD/BD for 38 euro (BD)/33 euro (DVD).
It's dubbed in French along with having the original Japanese audio, too.
“Welcome to Queen Dekim” What greets two unsuspecting guests is a strange bar, Queen Dekim, and the white-haired bartender, Dekim. “From here you two shall begin a battle where your lives hang in the balance,” he says to introduce the Death Game. Before long the guests’ true natures become apparent. As a matter of course, at the game’s end Dekim is revealed to be the “arbiter.” Dekim’s judgement on the two guests is…
Anime Limited had made an announcement for the Psycho Pass 2 Limited Collector's Edition:
- Psycho-Pass 2 will be released on May 9 as a Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray set and a standard DVD set. The Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray (provisional image pictured) will have a rigid case with a digipack holding the the two Blu-rays. There will be a transparent o-card around the rigid case. The set will contain a 56-page art book with character and general world information, illustrations and an interview with writer Tow Ubukata. The series will have both English dub and Japanese audios, plus commentaries and textless songs.
Plot: Having learned the true nature of the Sybilla System, Akane Tsunemori chose to obey the system, believing in both humanity and the legal order. She's part of a new police section and spends her everyday life facing down criminals. Unbeknownst to Akane, however, a monster who will shake the system to its core is about to appear before her.
MVM Entertainment is going to release Maid-sama out on Blu-ray (complete collection) for March 28th release.
Plot: Things aren’t easy for Misaki Ayuzawa. Not only is she the first female student council president at the formerly all-male Seika High, but she also works a job on the side to support her family after her dad leaves them in a mountain of debt. But Misaki doesn’t just work any job—at night this straight-A student is secretly a waitress at a local maid café! When Misaki’s cool, aloof, and oh-so-handsome schoolmate, Usui Takumi, discovers her big secret, Misaki’s double-life is in danger of being exposed to the whole school! Can Misaki convince Usui to keep her secret for her, or will the feared student council president be made into the student laughingstock? It’s a triple serving of romance, comedy, and schoolhouse drama, with a dash of danger for flavor. And it’s all served with a smile in Maid Sama!
Misaki – Monica Rial Usui – David Matranga
Sakura – Margaret McDonald Aoi – Luci Cristian Shizuko – Kara Greenburg ShIrokawa – Leraldo Anzaldua Kurosaki – Corey Hartzog Sarashina – Houston Hayes Suzuna – Jad Saxton Satsuki – Julia Krohn Yukimura – Clint Bickham Kanou – Tyler Galindo Shintani – Santry Rush Erika – Kasi Hollowell Kaniyama – Matt Hune Honoka – Jennifer Gilbert Subaru – Juliet Simmons Ono – Tyler Galindo
Anime Limited has confirmed that Miss Hokusai will get a DVD, BD, and Collector's Edition.
Plot: This is the untold story of twenty-three year old O-Ei Hokusai (Anne Watanabe), who utilises both the talent and stubbornness she inherited from her father to paint uncredited in his stead amongst the clutter of their house-atelier.
Dagashi Kashi gets UK distribution and streaming in UK and Ireland by FUNimation.
Plot: Shikada Kokonotsu’s father owns a rural sweets shop, and his plan is for Kokonotsu to take it over one day. However, Kokonotsu wants to be a manga author instead! One day in summer, the cute but weird girl Shidare Hotaru, from the famous sweets company, comes to pay a visit. Apparently, Kokonotsu’s father is famous and she wants him to join her family’s company. However, he will only agree if she can convince Kokonotsu to take over the family business!
Universum Anime is releasing The Perfect Insider on DVD and BD. No other information is revealed.
Plot concept: The story of the original novel revolves around Souhei Saikawa, a member of the Saikawa Research Lab. On a vacation held for the lab, he meets Moe Nishinosono, the daughter of his mentor, who joins the group on their vacation despite not being a part of the lab. After meeting each other, the two end up finding a corpse. The two work together to solve the mysteries of what becomes a serial murder case.
I know why I'm behind in news because of the massive Gdoc yesterday about the battle forums: locked data stats. I'm missing news from yesterday.
This should be the last news for today and yesterday.
Kaze Deutschland (German distributor) is planning to release The Rolling Girls in two parts: May 27 but changed it to April 29, June 24, and August 26.
It originally cost 33-99 euro and 41-48 euro for the two pieces. No info on how much the 3 set cost right now.
Plot concept: Gun your engines and get ready for the full-throttle adventure of The Rolling Girls, the first original anime from the studio that brought you Attack on Titan! In the wake of the Great Tokyo War, Japan – as the world once knew it – no longer exists. What remains is a fragmented network of independent nations, each ruled by a prophet known as a Mosa. Every Mosa commands an army, or Mob, as they seek to conquer anyone in their path. Enter Nozomi, Yukina, Ai, and Chiaya. Together, these intrepid and adorable girls travel across battle-ravaged Japan, seeking to transform themselves – and their world!
Animatsu is releasing Golden Time on BD and DVD, first 12 episodes.
Plot: The school romantic comedy of Golden Time revolves around Banri Tada, a college student who lost all of his memories before his high school graduation. The story follows Banri, Kōko Kaga (a girl whose seemingly perfect looks belies her hidden regrets), Kōko's significant other Mitsuo Yanagisawa, and other students at Banri's college in Tokyo.
Not a license of some sorts. It was a BBC story on Kaze to Ki no Uta:
The BBC website has posted a news report called "The godmother of manga sex in Japan." Written by Yuko Kato, the report includes comments by the female manga artist Keiko Takemiya, who wrote the 1976 manga Kaze to Ki no Uta (The Poem of Wind and Trees, pictured), published in a girl's magazine. The manga story has sexual themes, involving boys who are teenage and even younger. (It was later adapted as an OAV in 1987.)
According to the BBC report, Takemiya is "seen as the woman who opened the floodgates to sexually explicit manga." In the report, Takemiya says it took years to persuade her editors to let her do a story with such subjects.
The report also brings up the comments made by the U.N. Rapporteur Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, who says that "any pornographic representation of a child... constitutes child pornography."
Yukari Fujimoto, a professor at Meiji University, is also quoted; she argues, "A ban on sexual violence in manga would effectively be a ban on the hard-won achievements and expression of female artists."
Regarding the sexual violence in her work, Takemiya says, "Such things do happen in real life. Hiding it will not make it go away. And I tried to portray the resilience of these boys, how they managed to survive and regain their lives after experiencing violence."
Anime Limited has made a few updates:
Noein - to your other self Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray - Release Date: March 28
Content: all 24 episodes of the series (Japanese and English dub.) It will contain eight art cards. The on-disc extras will include 'On Location' films (44 minutes total), filmed in Noein's setting of Hakodate and featuring the director Kazuki Akane and lead voice actress Haruka Kudou.
Plot: Fifteen years in the future, by high-level scientific power, a violent battle takes place between Lacrima, that protects humanity, and Shangri-La, that plans the annihilation of all space-time. The key to stopping Shangri-La's invasion is a mysterious object known as "the Dragon's Torque." A group known as the Dragon Cavalry is being sent through space and time to find it. In the present, twelve-year old Haruka and her friend Yuu are contemplating running away from home when they meet a member of the Dragon Cavalry named Karasu (Crow). He believes that Haruka has the Dragon's Torque and claims to be Yuu from fifteen years in the future.
Psycho Pass 2's rating is 15 uncut by the BBFC.
Tokyo ESP - release date of Marrch 28. There will be both limited collector's edtion and standard DVD edition.
Plot: In a futuristic Japan, the Sibyl System is charged with keeping the peace. Using extensive surveillance and biological monitoring to gauge the likelihood that individuals will commit a crime, the police are able to use weapons called Dominators to remove potential criminals from the population before they become a problem. Confident with the success of the System within their own borders, the Japanese government has begun to export the technology to other countries, planning to ultimately spread the System across the globe.
When the state of SEAUn brings the Sibyl System in to test its effectiveness, it becomes a haven of peace and safety—for a time. Eventually, terrorists from SEAUn begin appearing in Japan, somehow slipping through the System's security and attacking from within. Desperate for answers, Inspector Akane Tsunemori is sent overseas to bring the terrorists to justice. But when her investigation forces her into a standoff with an old ally, will she be able to pull the trigger?
Plot: Watari's romantic comedy revolves around an antisocial high school student named Hachiman Hikigaya with a distorted view on life and no friends or girlfriend. When he see his classmates talking excitedly about living their adolescent lives, he mutters, "They're a bunch of liars." When he is asked about his future dreams, he responds, "Not working." A teacher gets Hachiman to join the volunteer "service club," which happens to have the school's prettiest girl, Yukino Yukinoshita.
Peppermint Anime announces that it will plan to release a DVD/BD release for September 30.
Plot: Set in a word in which a small percent of children manifest super powers upon reaching puberty, the series follows the Nouryokusha mono, power bearer, members of the “Hoshi No Umi” Academy student council as they help peers with problems arising from their abilities.
Hanabee is doing separate BD and DVD releases and there will a special edition containing 3 CD soundtracks for May 12.
Plot: A confession gone awry has resulted with Chiyo Sakura as the newest assistant to Umetaro Nozaki. Known in the publishing world under the alias Yumeno Sakiko, Nozaki is the creator of the ever-popular shoujo manga, Let’s Have a Romance!
Despite his renowned skills as a manga artist, Nozaki is completely clueless in the art of real life romance. Relying heavily on the lives of his motley group of assistants to be his source of inspiration, Nozaki’s understanding of love is as skewed as the lives of his characters. Can Sakura properly convey her feelings to her long time crush or will she forever be relegated to assistant?
Plot: Cursed to live as both monster and man, Dante must spend his life fighting the demonic forces of darkness. Brandishing his sword, Rebellion, and his always-loaded guns, Ebony and Ivory, Dante is more than happy to send the demons back to hell – especially when there’s money to be made.
Plot concept: Reuniting the franchise’s iconic characters, Dragon Ball Super will follow the aftermath of Goku’s fierce battle with Majin Buu, as he attempts to maintain earth’s fragile peace. Overseen by Dragon Ball’s original creator, Akira Toriyama and produced with Fuji Television, Dragon Ball Super will draw on its historic past to create a bold, new universe welcoming to fans and endearing to new viewers.
Rinne gets licensed by Kaze France. There is a rough release date of July 6, 2 parts. Not sure how many episodes. There is word of a French dub, too.
Plot: As a child Sakura Mamiya mysteriously disappeared in the woods behind her grandma’s home. She returned whole and healthy, but since then she has had the power to see ghosts. Now a teenager, she just wishes the ghosts would leave her alone! At school, the desk next to Sakura’s has been empty since the start of the school year, then one day her always-absent classmate shows up, and he’s far more than what he seems!
Anime Limited has the first part of Assassination Classroom Season 1 on May 30th.
The limited edition version of the set is priced at £54.93 and will include the bilingual presentation and Episode Commentaries Interview with the Cast Episode 0 ”Meeting Time” Textless Songs and Episode Previews as the extras.
Plot: Forget about homework and pop quizzes. The students of Class 3E have a far more important assignment: kill their teacher before the end of the year! A tentacle-d sensei that moves at Mach 20 is out to conquer the classroom after destroying seventy percent of the moon. In addition to reading, writing, and arithmetic, the murderous monster behind the lectern will teach his students everything he knows about the assassination game. Should some eager beaver prove to be a quick study in killing, he or she will save Earth from extinction – and collect a hefty reward. But they’d better take some serious notes while class is in session because their slaughtering sensei has eight deadly tentacles just waiting to wreak havoc on humanity!
Anime Limited is picking up all four Persona 3 films. Source
Anime Limited also picks up Black Butler: Book of Circus.
Plot: Ciel and the demon butler Sebastian are summoned by the Queen to investigate multiple reports of missing children. When their underworld contacts reveal the disappearances increase when the mysterious Noah’s Ark Circus comes to town the demonic duo must impress an enigmatic ringmaster in order to go undercover as performers – to Sebastian’s delight and Ciel’s disgust. At the core of the circus is a troupe of unique performers from Dagger the knife thrower to Beast, the beautiful tiger tamer. All are connected by someone who changed their lives, someone who raised them from the gutters of London to the heights of the big top—but at a price. (Source)
and High School Fleet (Haifuri)
Plot: With Japan having developed as a maritime nation, it became necessary to have specialized schools to teach skills essential to protecting the sea. The setting is one such all-girls school. The girls who enroll here study to become “bloomer maids,” through classroom instruction and teaching of practical skills.
“Bloomer maids” are women who pursue the ocean for their professional occupation. They live by the motto “In the sea we live, the sea we protect, and by the sea we go.” They must excel in their studies, but must also adopt an international mindset. They are the “Elite of the Sea,” and are expected to be knowledgeable of the customs and cultures of other countries as well as their own.