The first two Kizumonogatari films have been confirmed as Collectors Editions, each with an artbook and artcards. Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu will be released on May 27, and Kizumonogatari Part 2: Nekketsu on June 24. The Kizumonogatari trilogy is based on the third volume in NisiOisin's Monogatari book series, which is a prequel to Bakemonogatari. The novel tells the story of how protagonist Koyomi encounters the female vampire that would turn him and his journey to return to his normal life.
Girls' Last Tour will be released as a Blu-ray Collectors Edition on May 13. It will carry the 12 episodes of the series, a 144-page storyboard book, and a 32-page artbook. Yen Press described the story of the source manga:
Civilization is dead, but Chito and Yuuri are still alive. So they hop aboard their beloved Kettenkrad motorbike and aimlessly wander the ruins of the world they once knew. Day after hopeless day, they look for their next meal and fuel for their ride. But as long as the two are together, even an existence as bleak as theirs has a ray or two of sunshine in it, whether they're sucking down their fill of soup or hunting for machine parts to tinker with. For two girls in a world full of nothing, the experiences and feelings the two share give them something to live for...
MVM gets Hana-Saku Iroha BDs
MVM has Tweeted that it will release the P.A. Works series Hana-Saku Iroha - Blossoms For Tomorrow on Blu-ray, with the first volume, carrying the first 13 episodes, due on June 13. It will be a standard Blu-ray, not a Collectors Edition, and it will use the same master as NIS America.
MVM added that it does not currently have the rights to the film sequel, Hanasaku Iroha: Home Sweet Home. "We've just got the license for the series. We'll wait to see how well it does first before looking into the movie."
[...] Roger Corman protégé Carl Colpaert (The Crew) made his directorial debut by combining repurposed excerpts from a foreign film – in this case, Mamoru Oshii's (Ghost in the Shell) spellbinding 1985 anime Angel's Egg – with new live action footage shot in America. The result is In The Aftermath, a haunting post-apocalyptic vision like no other.
In a radiation-soaked wasteland, two surviving soldiers, Frank and Goose, search for essential supplies amid the rubble. After a violent confrontation, Frank is haunted by visions of an angelic young girl holding a giant egg, herself a refugee from another world altogether. Could the egg be the key to saving both their worlds?
At first glance, high school sweethearts Hanabi Yasuraoka and Mugi Awaya appear to have the perfect relationship and while the two enjoy each other's physical companionship, they are merely using each other to feel anything other than pain as both Hanabi and Mugi are in love with other people. As this tangled web of emotions continues to ensnare others, viewers are exposed to the painful side of love, making this series often difficult to watch yet impossible to look away.
Distributor: Anime Limited
The manga followed the everyday lives of the members of a diving club in the city of Itō, in Shizuoka prefecture.
Language options include the English dub (5.1 audio); the original Japanese mono audio; and a new Japanese 5.1 audio option. A “Song and Signs” track will accompany the English dub.
The new extras will include:
- Three video lectures given by Satoshi Kon on Perfect Blue, where he talks about "his directorial intent for selected scenes from the film." The three lectures are entitled "Mima: From Idol to Actress," "The Appearance of Virtual Mima" and "Mimi, Lost Between Dream and Reality."
- The soundtrack to the film on CD.
- A 384-page A4-sized hardback book including Kon's complete storyboards for the film, including deleted scenes and Kon's written notes (in Japanese).
- A 48-page A4-sized softcover book including artwork, layouts, rough sketches and character designs, plus comments and notes in English.
- The extras from previous editions of the film will also be included. These are interviews with Satoshi Kon (Director), Junko Iwao (the Japanese voice of Mima), and the dub actors Ruby Marlow (Mima), Wendee Lee (Rumi) and Bob Marks (Me-Mania).
The SRP will be £99.99. At this time, the product will be exclusive to the AllTheAnime.com site and Zavvi, which are both offering this set for pre-order. (Both sites are currently offering pre-orders at £89.99.)
Regarding the two books, Anime Limited says, "There are plans afoot to release the books without the discs included at some point in the future, but we have no other details we can share on that at this time."
Plot The earth shook. The sea roared. And then... There is a small house solitary standing by the seaside. A pigtail-braided girl is living there alone since that day. Mail is no longer delivered, but even this morning, she's hanging out the laundry as usual.
Arslan Season 2
Released by MVM
Arslan and his troops counter an invasion in Peshawar while Etoile guides refugees to Ecbatana. But when a royal relative makes a surprising appearance, Arslan is banished until he can build an army of fifty thousand soldiers. Only his closest companions join him on this impossible task that leads to the port city of Gilan, where a pesky pirate invasion turns out to be the least of their worries.'
Manga Entertainment will release these Pokemon Films
and special collection featuring Ash and Pikachu
Canadian theater chain Cineplex and Landmark Cinemas are listing that they will screen the Okko's Inn (Waka Okami wa Shōgakusei!) anime film in Canada in May. Screenings on May 4 will be English dubbed, while screenings on May 6 will be in Japanese with English subtitles. Locations and showtimes are available on the Cineplex and Landmark Cinemas websites.
Cineplex is also listing that it wills screen the Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection (Code Geass: Fukkatsu no Lelouch) sequel anime film in May. Screenings on May 5 will be in Japanese with English subtitles, while screenings on May 9 and 10 will be English dubbed. Locations and showtimes are available on the Cineplex website.
I could have sworn I posted something about Perfect Blue in the UK.
On Monday April 29, Anime Limited will release its Ultimate Edition of the Satoshi Kon psycho-thriller film Perfect Blue. At this time, the product will be exclusive to the AllTheAnime.com site and Zavvi.
The new extras will include three video lectures given by Satoshi Kon on Perfect Blue; the soundtrack to the film on CD: a 384-page A4-sized hardback book including Kon's storyboards for the film; and a 48-page A4-sized softcover book including artwork, layouts, rough sketches and character designs. The extras from previous editions of the film will also be included, including interviews with Satoshi Kon (Director) and members of the Japanese and English voice casts.
Kiki's Delivery Service also gets special cinema screening in the UK
The Picturehouse cinema chain will be holding thirtieth anniversary screenings of Hayao Miyazaki's 1989 film Kiki's Delivery Service at venues around the country on Sunday April 28. Bookings can be made at the above link; the venues are listed below.
The family film (certificate "U") is the story of a 13-year old witch and her efforts to live independently in a European-style city by delivering items for customers. The venues are as follows:
Little Theatre Cinema, Bath (1 p.m., subtitled); Bradford at National Media Museum (1.15 p.m., subtitled); Duke of York's Picturehouse, Brighton (12 noon, English); Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge (1 p.m., subtitled); Cameo Edinburgh (12 noon, subtitled); Exeter Picturehouse (12 noon, English); Regal, Henley (1.30 p.m., English); Picturehouse at FACT, Liverpool (6 p.m., subtitled); West Norwood (5 p.m., English); London - Crouch End (12 noon, English); London - East Dulwich (12 noon, format not indicated); London - Clapham Picturehouse (12 noon, English); London - Greenwich Picturehouse(12 noon, English); London - Hackney Picturehouse (2 p.m., format not indicated); London Picturehouse Central (3.30 p.m., subtitled); Norwich Cinema City (1 p.m., English); Oxford Phoenix Picturehouse (1 p.m., format not indicated); Southampton Harbour Lights (12 noon, format not indicated); Stratford-upon-Avon (11 a.m., format not indicated); Stratford Picturehouse(5.30 p.m., format not indicated); York City Screen (12 noon, English).
Anime Limited will release Ride Your Way and Birthday Wonderland theatrically along with the announcement of releasing Tamako Market Collector's Edition which includes the movie Tamako Love Story and We Rent Tsukumogami for home release
Anime Limited has announced two theatrical releases at MCM London Comic Con, as well as two TV titles for Blu-ray release.
- Maasaki Yuasa's new feature Ride Your Wave, pictured right, will have a UK cinema release, following a screening at Scotland Loves Anime in October. The love story follows Hinako, a college student who moves to a coastal town. She loves surfing, and when she's on the waves she's fearless, but on land she has trouble riding the waves of life. When a fire wreaks havoc in the town, Hinako encounters a firefighter named Minato. Minato can handle almost any task on land, but is a beginner at surfing. As they surf and spend more time together, Hinako feels drawn to someone like Minato who devotes himself to helping other people, and the two start a relationship. However, Minato loses his life in an accident at sea. Despondent, Hinako sings a song about their memories together, and Minato appears again from the water.
- Keiichi Hara's new feature Birthday Wonderland, pictured left, will have a UK cinema release, also following a screening at Scotland Loves Anime in October.
The story follows Akane, a girl with no self-confidence. On the day before her birthday, she meets a mysterious alchemist Hippocrates and their student Pipo, who both tell her they're on a mission to save the world. Together, they set out from the basement for "Wonderland," and Akane finds herself labelled Wonderland's savior.
- Also the Naoko Yamada series Tamako Market, animated by Kyoto Animation, will be released in a Collectors Blu-ray edition, packaged together with the feature film release Tamako Love Story
- The 2018 series We Rent Tsukumogami will be released as a Blu-ray.
The release schedule for Manga Entertainment in terms of home release in UK
Manga Entertainment has announced its Q3 schedule into September. It includes Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card, Steins;Gate 0 and the third season of Attack on Titan (pictured right).
June 10 - My Hero Academia Season 1 on Blu-ray
July 1 - Black Clover on Blu-ray and DVD
July 1 - Hellsing Ultimate Complete Collection Volumes 1-10 on Blu-ray and DVD
July 1 - Overlord II Season 2 on Blu-ray and DVD
July 15 - Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Part 2 on Blu-ray (Part 1 will be re-listed shortly)
July 15 - Naruto Shippūden Box 37 on DVD
July 22 - DARLING in the FRANXX Part 2 on Blu-ray
July 29 - Steins;Gate 0 Part 1 DVD/Blu-ray combo and Collectors Edition details TBC (pictured left)
August 5 - Boruto Next Generations Set 1 on Blu-ray
August 12 - Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 1 on DVD, Collectors Blu-ray and Limited Blu-ray/DVD (pictured right)
August 19 - Black Clover Season 1 Part 4 on Blu-ray and DVD
September 2 - Steins;Gate 0 Part 2 on Blu-ray/DVD
September 2 - Individual releases of the following three films: Pokémon the Movie: White - Victini and Zekrom / Pokémon the Movie: Black - Victini and Reshiram (which together comprise the fourteenth Pokémon film): Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice: and Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened/
September 23 - Overlord III on DVD and Blu-ray
June TBC - MFKZ (French/Japanese film), digital copy only
Maquia Collectors Blu-ray/DVD Distributed by Anime Limited on June 17, 2019 (includes a poster and an 84-page booklet)
The people of Iolph have a lifespan of hundreds of years and maintain their teenage appearances for life, but when the peace of this town is shattered by those who want the secret to their longevity for themselves, a young girl named Maquia is forced to escape. Wandering the land alone, upon finding an orphaned baby she chooses to raise him, but as this boy grows up so the difference in their lifespans is thrown into ever-sharper relief.
Okko's Inn (Waka Okami wa Shōgakusei!) coming to theaters on July 14
"After losing her parents in a car accident, Okko goes to live in the countryside with her grandmother, who runs a traditional Japanese inn built on top of an ancient spring said to have healing waters. While she goes about her chores and prepares to become the inn's next caretaker, Okko discovers there are spirits who live there that only she can see – not scary ones, but welcoming ghosts who keep her company, play games and help her navigate her new environment. The inn's motto is that it welcomes all and will reject none, and this is soon put to the test as a string of new guests challenge Okko's ability to be a gracious host. But ultimately Okko discovers that dedicating herself to others becomes the key to taking care of herself.
"The latest feature from famed anime Studio Madhouse and director Kitaro Kosaka, who was a key animator on numerous classic films at the venerable Studio Ghibli, seamlessly blends immersive, idyllic landscapes with the storybook charm of Okko's beloved ghosts. Okko's Inn delivers a rare ghost story that – despite several floating characters – is firmly grounded in the trials and joys of humanity."
Maquia - When the Promised Flower Blooms July 1, 2019
Plot Summary: Maquia is from a clan where all the members stop aging in their mid-teens. She has no parents and, although her days are peaceful, she feels lonely. Their peace is shattered when an army invades, seeking the secret to her people's immortality. Leilia, the most beautiful girl in her clan, is taken away, and the boy Maquia has secret feelings for disappears. Maquia is able to escape but she loses her friends and her home. Wandering alone in the forest, she finds Ariel, a baby boy who has lost his parents. The story follows the changing relationship between the two as Ariel grows up and Maquia does not.
Plot Summary: Fearing disaster brought about by chaos, the people lived protected by “Lords;” those with the power of “Crests,” used to suppress the chaos. However, the Lords decided to abandon their posts and began fighting against each other secretly in war, stealing each other’s Crests to gain dominion over one another. Among these people are Siluca, a lone mage who despises the Lords, and Theo, a vagrant knight who continues his journey of training to someday liberate his homeland from tyrannical rule. They make an oath as master and retainer, with hopes of bringing reform Atlatan, the land ruled by chaos.
Plot Summary: A small village is being persecuted by robbers who return every harvest to seize the village's crops. Faced with starvation, the villagers send out a mission to find and recruit some samurai to defend them. With no pay to offer except rice, and knowing full well that only down-on-their-luck samurai would even consider accepting such an deal, the villagers can only hope that their saviours will appear before the rice is ready for harvest.
Anime Limited Tweeted the following message regarding its upcoming release of the second volume of Silver Spoon:
Unfortunately due to a delay in receipt of video materials we're having to push our release back. We're still hoping to release it in Q3 (2019), once everything is confirmed we'll post an update accordingly.
The second Blu-ray volume had been previously scheduled for a September 30 release. The first Blu-ray volume is already available.
Plot Summary: As the new semester begins at Ōezo Agricultural High School, Hachiken is now used to the tough lifestyle of a rural high school. While Hachiken still wonders what he will do in the future, he continues to discover the harsh and the beautiful realities of the countryside.
The film's story centres around a family living in a small house in an obscure corner of a certain city — in particular, the family's spoiled four-year-old boy Kun-chan. When Kun-chan gets a little sister named Mirai, he feels that his new sister stole his parents' love from him, and is overwhelmed by many experiences he undergoes for the first time in his life. In the midst of it all, he meets an older version of Mirai, who has come from the future.
. The series is based on the horror/action manga by Kouta Hirano. The main character is Alucard, a powerful vampire who exterminates other vampires in the service of the British Empire, alongside Seras, a fledgling vampire and former police woman.
Plot Summary: When her mother runs off with her latest boyfriend, Ohana Matsumae is sent to live with her grandmother, who she has never met nor spoken to. Her grandmother is not pleased to find Ohana on her doorstep, and sets her to work at her Taisho-era (1920s) hot springs inn. It's not a lifestyle that Ohana would have chosen, but she decides not to be discouraged and to make the most of her difficult circumstances.
Plot Summary: Sakura and Syaoran are starting junior high school. With the Final Judgment passed, Sakura thinks school life will be quiet, but then all her cards suddenly turn blank. The mysterious new power she discovers will change how she thinks about her powers. (from manga)
Plot Summary: Asta is a young boy who dreams of becoming the greatest mage in the kingdom. He only has one problem, he can't use magic. Luckily for Asta, he receives the incredibly rare five-leaf clover grimoire that gives him the power of anti-magic. Even though he can't use magic, he plans to become the Wizard King. (from manga)
Plot Summary: Naruto Shippuuden is the continuation of the original animated TV series Naruto.The story revolves around an older and slightly more matured Uzumaki Naruto and his quest to save his friend Uchiha Sasuke from the grips of the snake-like Shinobi, Orochimaru. After 2 and a half years Naruto finally returns to his village of Konoha, and sets about putting his ambitions to work, though it will not be easy, as He has amassed a few (more dangerous) enemies, in the likes of the shinobi organization; Akatsuki.
Plot Summary: Five childhood friends grow apart after the death of Meiko Honma, close playmate of them all. Jinta Yadomi, leader of the group when they were kids, neglects high school and lives as a shut-in when he unexpectedly starts seeing the ghost of Meiko, who can only interact with him and no one else. She has returned to ask Jinta to fulfill the forgotten wish she made as a kid.
Granblue Fantasy the Animation
Plot Summary: Katalina, a Lieutenant of the Empire, seeks to escape one of their airships with the experimental subject Lyria. An accident results in them landing on an island, where Lyria is discovered by Gran, a young local who has trained with the sword. As he fights off the Empire soldiers pursuing Lyria, he's eventually joined by Katalina. When the opposition becomes too fierce to handle, Gran dies at the claws of a hydra, only to be brought back to life by Lyria, who combines her effort with Gran's to summon a dragon that drives off the Imperial forces. Now Gran's life force is split with Lyria, so he must go where she goes. That's not a problem for him, since he was planning to go on a journey to seek out his absent father anyway.
London screenings of MIRAI, Penguin Highway, Redline, your name.
There will be a one-day season of four anime films - Mirai (pictured right), Penguin Highway (pictured left), your name. and Redline - on Saturday September 7. The films will be shown at the Picturehouse Central Cinema near Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus.
The line-up is Mamoru Hosoda's Mirai at 2.20 p.m.; Hiroyasu Ishida's Penguin Highway at 4.30 p.m; Makoto Shinkai's your name. at 7 p.m.; and Takeshi Koike's Redline at 9.15 p.m.
Tickets can be bought at the above link. There are tickets available for the "early" double bill - Mirai and Penguin Highway - and for the "late" double bill - your name. and Redline - and also for the full festival.
Devils and Realist Distributor: MVM Date: Sept. 23
Devils & Realist centers on William Twining (Takuya Eguchi), an aristocratic family's progeny with rare intellect. One day, Wiliam's uncle lost his possessions after his business failed. Fearing that his family's name has been tarnished, William returns home and searches with his family's butler for anything that can be converted into cash. A search of the premises yields an underground room left by an ancestor. In the room is a magical seal, and William unintentionally summons a devil (Takuma Terashima). The summoned devil tells William his name is Dantalion, and reveals that William is the "Elector" who can choose the next acting ruler of Hell.
Dragon Ball Super Part 7 Distributor: MVM Ep. 79-91
Overlord Season III Distributor: MVM
"This land will fall to his command—the overlord is back! While Ains Ooal Gown's conquest over Yggdrasil is bearing fruit, a deadly power struggle between empires could lead to Ains' downfall. But that's the least of his worries. Despite praise from his subjects, Momonga is finding it harder and harder to keep up the act as the terrifying Ains. On top of it all, Nazarick is being invaded. Can the mighty overlord maintain his reign, or will this be his final stand?
Distributor: Anime Limited "The year is 2307 A.D. While the Earth's reserves of fossil fuels have been depleted, humanity has obtained a new, nearly infinite source of energy to replace them in the form of large-scale solar-powered generation systems based on three huge orbital elevators. However, the benefits of this system are available only to a handful of major powers and their allies.
"These orbital elevators belong to three superpower blocs: the Union, the Human Reform League and the AEU. These confederations continue to play a grand zero-sum game for the sake of their own prestige and prosperity. Thus, even in the 24th Century, humanity has yet to unite as one.
"In this world of unceasing conflict, a private armed organisation steps forward, declaring their intention to eliminate war through martial force. Using the power of their mobile suits combatively, a series of four high-performance machines each dubbed “Gundam,” the paramilitary organisation known as Celestial Being takes the world stage, beginning armed interventions within all the world's nations." Additional notes
It will be released as two Collectors Edition Blu-rays, each containing 25 episodes. The first will be released on November 11 and the second on December 16.
Both volumes will contain audio commentaries on particular episodes, featuring Japanese voice-actors and the director Seiji Mizushima. There will three commentaries on the first collection, and seven commentaries on the second collection.
The first print-run of Part 1 will come with a bonus edition box that can hold Part 2. The first print-run of Part 2 will contain a limited edition booklet.