Manga UK Announcement Highlights from the MCM Birmingham Comic Con March 2014

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It may not be as big as the MCM London Comic Con but Community Liaison Jeremy Graves from Manga Entertainment UK still managed to provide a few surprises at this years MCM Comic Con in Birmingham with a slew of announcements.

Usually we would have a rough idea of what to expect (Attack on Titan for instance) but today’s selection of announcements come as a bit of a surprise, as some of them have never been released into America yet.

First up was the confirmation that Manga UK have licensed One Piece: Strong World, the tenth One Piece film, for DVD and Blu-ray release in June 2014. Continuing on with the One Piece theme Jeremy confirmed that the first 9 One Piece films will be coming to the UK on DVD, all of which (excluding One Piece: Adventures in Alabasta) will be Subtitle only releases. The reason for this is because these One Piece films have NEVER been dubbed into English, as i said surprises are in-store.

Next up was the confirmation that Ghost in Shell: Arise, a prequel to the Ghost in the Shell universe, will be getting a UK release in the near future, meanwhile the original Ghost in the Shell film will be re-released as a Blu-ray steel book, with more details on both titles are expected in the coming months.

The final announcement was that Attack on Titan – Part 1 will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and a Special Collectors version on the 15th September 2014, with the collectors bundle containing a collectors box, 24-page booklet and a bonus DVD with over 100 minutes worth of extra content. No prices were mentioned but they will be “competitively priced”.

So to sum up:

One Piece: (DVD Only, English Subtitles Only) ETA: To Be Announced

  • One Piece – Movie 1
  • One Piece – Movie 2: Clockwork Island Adventure
  • One Piece – Movie 3: Chopper’s Kingdom on the Island of Strange Animals
  • One Piece – Movie 4: Dead End Adventure
  • One Piece – Movie 5: The Cursed Holy Sword
  • One Piece – Movie 6: Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island
  • One Piece – Movie 7: Giant Mecha Soldier of Karakuri Castle
  • One Piece – Movie 9: Episode of Chopper Plus – Bloom in the Winter, Miracle Cherry Blossom

One Piece: (DVD Only, English & Japanese) ETA: To Be Announced

  • One Piece – Movie 8: The Desert Princess and the Pirates (Adventures in Alabasta)

One Piece: (Blu-ray & DVD, English & Japanese) ETA: June 2014

  • One Piece – Movie 10: Strong World

Ghost in the Shell: Arise (Formats TBC, English Subtitles Only) ETA: To Be Announced

  • Ghost in the Shell: Arise – OVA 1

Ghost in Shell: (Blu-ray Steel book, English & Japanese) ETA: To Be Announced

  • Ghost in the Shell (Movie)

Attack on Titan: (DVD, Blu-ray & Collectors, English & Japanese) ETA: September 2014

  • Attack on Titan – Part 1

Manga also commented that Evangelion 3.33 is still on hold and they are hoping for a “August 2014” release, however with the American release of the film still not available on DVD/Blu-ray this could change, furthermore Psycho-Pass is coming to the UK and it will be released by the end of the year. Finally those who are hoping for a complete box-set of Sword Art Online will be out of luck, as licensor is currently not allowing a complete series set to be released, but as always this could change in the coming months/years.

So there we have it a list of all of the announcement made at today’s Manga UK Panel, anything take your fancy? Let us know.

via: UK Anime Network

About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has worked at ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the PS Vita, PS4 or Xbox One.

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