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 produced content for 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 Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.

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