‘Temp’ UK Boxart for Persona 4: The Animation Gets Revealed

The ‘temporary’, but possible final DVD & Blu-ray styled Boxart(s) for Kaze UK & Manga Entertainment UK upcoming joint release of Persona 4: The Animation has recently began to surface online, and for those who have yet to see them, they look like this:

DVD (Possible Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack):

Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack (Current Boxart):

Persona 4: The Animation (Box 1) will feature the first 8 (or 9) Episodes of the TV Series over two DVD Discs and one Blu-ray disc, in other words it will be available as a DVD / Blu-ray Combo Pack and it will retail for around £29.99.

This joint effort by Kaze UK and Manga Entertainment UK will be available to own from the 24th December 2012, with the remaining ‘boxes’ available from early 2013.

UK Trailer Released for Trigun: Badlands Rumble

The official UK Blu-ray & DVD Release of Manga Entertainment’s Trigun: Badlands Rumble and because it is ‘so soon’ to release, Manga Entertainment UK have released a trailer of it onto their official Youtube Page.

Vash the Stampede is a gunslinging, red-trenchcoat-wearing drifter with a giant bounty on his head. His biggest threat, however, may not be law enforcement, but an outlaw by the name of Gasback. Twenty years ago, Vash accidentally interefered with one of Gasback’s robberies, and now the villain’s back with a score to settle. Gasback has come to Macca City in hopes of stealing one of their major installations, and Vash has just coincidentally arrived at the same spot. Also involved in this caper are a beautiful lady with a grudge, a couple of insurance agents, and Vash’s old buddy Wolfwood. At first it seems that Gasback has succeeded, but one can never underestimate Vash’s legendary abilities—not to mention the secrets that his allies have up their sleeves.

After Several years, Vash the Stampede makes his ‘welcome’ return to your TV screens, but this time he is better, bigger and in High Definition.

Trigun Badlands Rumble will be available within the UK on Blu-ray and DVD from the 12th November 2012.

New Anime Blu-ray UK Releases (28/05/12)

After a short period without any new Anime Blu-ray Releases in the UK, the past month (and upcoming months) are going to be rather busy – since last week Ghost In The Shell: Solid State Society Blu-ray was released and upcoming next month is Angel Beats and Broken Blade on Blu-ray.

Return to the present and we find that Manga Entertainment UK, in partnership with Kaze UK, has today released the first three Bleach Movies on Single Blu-ray discs across Britain.

I’ve seen the first two films on Blu-ray, from Kaze-Fr, so i expect the quality and menus to be exactly the same (since the versions by Kaze-Fr had English Dub Track and English Subtitles). Both films had superb picture quality and 5.1 Surround Tracks. Either way today all three films are available to purchase from UK Stores and online retailers.

Bleach: The Movie – Memories Of Nobody -> £15 (Amazon UK / HMV UK) £17.99 (Play UK)
Bleach: The Movie – Diamond Dust Rebellion -> £15 (Amazon UK / HMV UK) £17.99 (Play UK)
Bleach: The Movie – Fade To Black -> £15 (Amazon UK) £17.99 (Play UK) £20 (HMV UK)

Bleach: The Movie – Memories Of Nobody: The first ever big screen outing for the phenomenally successful anime series finds Soul Reaper Ichigo and his friends having to contend with a sudden outbreak of unidentifiable spirits called “blanks” while in the skies of the Soul Society, the real world has suddenly been reflected. Meanwhile a mysterious female shinigami named Senna has appeared before Ichigo along with a man named Ganryu, leading a group called the “Dark Ones”.

Bleach: The Movie – Diamond Dust Rebellion: After the treasured Ouin is stolen, Toshiro Hitsugaya disappears and becomes the prime suspect. This act of treason can only be punished one way! When the Soul Society calls for his capture and execution, substitute Soul Reaper, Ichigo Kurosaki vows to prove Hitsugaya’s innocence. Will the secret of the Ouin and Captain Hitsugaya s motives be revealed before his honour, his life, and the Soul Society are destroyed?

Bleach: The Movie – Fade To Black: Save the girl, save the other world! A mysterious figure has broken into Mayuri Kurotsuchi’s laboratory in the Seireitei. Rukia witnesses this catastrophe, and the intruders abduct Rukia as she feels something inside of her fade away. Meanwhile, in the World of the Living, Ichigo and Kon experience a strange disturbance and head to Kisuke Urahara’s shop for some answers. When Kisuke informs them about the destruction of the Seireitei, the two set out for the Soul Society. What awaits Ichigo in the devastated Seireitei, however, are Soul Reapers who seem to have lost all memory related to both him and Rukia. Ichigo must find out what happened to Rukia and try to save her before the two are forced to part ways forever!

New Anime Blu-ray UK Release (30/01/12)

This week’s first Anime Blu-ray Release of the year is none-other than Samurai Girls, which is being brought to us in the UK by both Manga Entertainment UK and Kaze UK.

I believe (correct me if i am wrong) KAZE UK are funding the Disc’s while Manga UK are distributing it within the UK, a similar story of whats going to happen with the upcoming Bleach and Naruto Blu-rays.

The Samurai Girls Collection Blu-ray is a 2 Disc Set which features all 12 Episodes from the series. The harem comedy-action series is set in an alternate Japan where the Tokugawa shogunate never lost its power and all hell breaks loose when two people start fighting for this power.

Samurai Girls: Complete Collection -> £32.99 (Amazon UK / HMV UK / Play UK)

Plot: The story takes place in Japan in the early 21st century, in an alternate reality where the Tokugawa Shogunate has remained in power. In this reality, student councils are tasked with oppressing schools. Yagyuu Muneakira is a high school student who rebels against his student council with the help of girls who’ve had the names of famous samurai heroes passed on to them.

New Anime Blu-ray UK Release (21/11/11)

This week’s Anime Blu-ray release in the UK is none other than the epic conclusion to Eden Of The East with the second feature-length movie Eden of The East: Paradise Lost which is being brought to us in the UK via Manga Entertainment UK and is available on both high definition Blu-ray or standard definition DVD.

Paradise Lost continues where The King Of Eden left off with Saki and her friends in trouble with the law after suspicion arises that they are terrorists, its now up to Saki and Takizawa to unravel the truth behind the Selecao as well as outmaneuver the other players in the game, making this one of the most plot-twisting and intriguing anime of this year.

If you have not seen Eden Of The East TV Series, let alone Eden Of The East: The King Of Eden then this second movie will make no sense and would be rather pointless in watching it, however if you are interested then i’d highly recomend watching the TV Series from the begining as this anime has a ton of surprises in store for you.

Eden Of The East: Paradise Lost -> £14.99 (Amazon UK / HMV UK / Play UK)

Plot: The story of political and subversive intrigue in the series finally reaches endgame. Even as the law enforcement net tightens around Saki and her fellow Eden of the East associates over alleged terrorist activities, the complex web surrounding the mysterious Mr. Outside is finally untangled as the remaining Selecao attempt to outmaneuver one another. Takizawa’s memories and identity are also finally revealed including his association with a former Prime Minister and his request to be the King of Eden.

New Anime Blu-ray UK Release (14/11/11)

This week’s Anime Blu-ray release in the UK is none other than the futuristic racing film REDLINE, which, in terms of the japanese timeline, has been released after seven years in the making.REDLINE in the UK is being released into the UK via Manga Entertainment UK and will be available in two different versions. You can either purchase the standard Blu-ray, which only contains the film with special features, or you can purchase the Special Collectors Edition which not only includes a Blu-ray and DVD Version of the film but it also contains a feature book explaining about the film and its history.

REDLINE to some may look like a marmite film, you either love it or hate it – however after watching the film you will notice that its got something in it for everyone. Its got Women, Aliens, Extreme Hairstyles, The Army, Exploding Planets, Mecha, Fast Cars, Gangsters, Bribes, Awesome Music, Swearing, Violence, some laughs and lots of Nitro – so there surely is something for everyone. The film is basically one crazy, but lots of fun, adrenaline fueld fun and its definately worth a watch.

The Film also includes both Japanese & English Audio, both of which have been done extremely well in Dolby Digital TrueHD Surround, so the experience, to put it blunt, out of this world and REDLINE is definately a film worth watching in High Definition as standard defintion, for this film, won’t cut it due to the amount of detail and background events going off.

Standard -> £15.93 (Amazon UK / HMV UK) £15.99 (Play UK)
Collectors Edition -> £17.47 (Amazon UK) £17.49 (Play UK) £17.99 (HMV UK)

Plot: The most dangerous and exciting car race in the universe is held only once every five years. And that’s tonight. The competitors are lined up at the starting block. In his vehicle, JP, the most daredevil driver on the circuit, is ready for the green light. Female driver Sonoshee, with whom he is secretly in love, is also on the starting line. She will stop at nothing to get on to that podium. In this race, not only is anything possible, but also anything is allowed.

The film is produced by the studio Madhouse (Ninja Scroll, Summer Wars), directed by Takeshi Koike (The Animatrix’s “World Record”) and written by Katsuhito Ishii (Piroppo, Trava).

New Anime Blu-ray UK Release (10/10/11)

This week’s Anime Blu-ray release is Freedom – Collectors Edition, which is being brought to us in the UK by Manga Entertainment UK.

Originally Freedom was licensed by Beez Entertainment in the UK and a very discreet Blu-ray boxset was released for a relatively high price, well now that Manga Entertainment UK own’s the license they have re-released the set at half the cost.

Unlike previous Blu-ray releases this particular set contains not only the Blu-ray but it also contains the DVD Version of this particular series, making it the first Double Play edition of a TV Series released by Manga Entertainment UK

The Blu-ray contains the complete series (all 7 episodes) and its special features, which last up to an hour themselves, as well as two DVDs (one contains the series, the other contains the special features) – additionally four postcards inpsired by the film are also included in this Collectors Edition.

Freedom: Collectors Edition > £24.99 (Amazon UK / Play UK) £25.99 (HMV UK)

Plot: In the year 2041, mankind created their first space colony on the moon. But after a freak cataclysm devastated human civilisation on Earth, the republic of the moon built a domed megalopolis known as Eden. Now in the year 2267, a boy called Takeru spends his time engaging in hover-craft races against rival street gangs, unaware that he is about to embark in the journey of unearthing Eden’s origin.

New Anime Blu-ray UK Release (26/09/11)

This week’s, or should i say this month’s, Anime Blu-ray release in the UK is none other than Fumihiko Soris’s To that is being released under the title of 2001 Nights by Manga Entertainment UK.

2001 Nights contains two different types of episodes, one of them being a Japanese CGI Movie, while the other is an OVA Movie, both of which have been adapted from two stories in Yukinobu Hoshino’s 2001 Nights Manga franchise. The two stories were originally called “Symbiotic Planet” and ” Elliptical Orbit” and are part of Hosino’s long storyline about mankind’s voyages into space.

2001 Nights (also known as TO for the American Release) is a perfect example of two different animation styles being used to tell one combined story, in a sense giving a similar experience to what Dead Space: Downfall, The Animatrix & Halo Legends did with each story being told by a different artist or animation style.

2001 Nights (aka TO) -> £15.99 (Amazon UK / HMV UK / Play UK)

Plot: Join the acclaimed director, Fumihiko Sori (Vexille, Ichi) and the producers of Appleseed and Halo Legends for an epic journey to the stars told across two stunning sci-fi fables.

A crew returns home after 15 years in space. While they have only aged by two years, everyone they know is now fifteen years older.

One hundred years have passed and mankind presses on ever deeper into the solar system. But far from establishing a new world order in space, man has brought the same old rivalries and conflicts with him. A war erupts as the race to colonize a new Earth intensifies.

New Anime Blu-ray UK Release (29/8/11)

This week’s special “Bank Holiday” release is High school Of The Dead (H.O.T.D for short) and is being brought to us in the UK on Blu-ray by Manga Entertainment UK.

To most people High School Of The Dead might be a love or hate anime, as the anime itself is filled with senseless violence and Nudity.

The First half of the series shows us the High school students running away from a zombie epedemic as well as killing anything that attacks them and then later in the second half of the series it turns out to be a bit of fan-service with partial nudity.

High School Of The Dead looks like its going to be a mixed bunch, with violence, blood and nudity all in one box – but its all in good fun.

This Blu-ray release is the complete 13 Episode series over 2 Blu-ray disc’s, and is also available to purchase on standard DVD, however High School of The Dead was originally made & broadcast in High Definition so it is definately worth watching in HD.

High School Of The Dead Collection -> £24.99 (Amazon UK / HMV UK / Play UK)

Plot: A deadly new disease is ravaging the world, turning the populace into mindless zombies, and the number of infected is skyrocketing by the second. As their fellow classmates and teachers succumb to the infection around them, a small group of students at Fujimi High School are fighting for their lives after surviving the initial outbreak. It is up to Takashi Komuro to unite the group of weary survivors and try to escape the horrors that surround them. In this new world of the living dead…will they escape?…

New Anime Blu-ray UK Release (25/7/11)

This week see’s the world’s first English Release of “Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time” in the UK and it is being brought to us in the UK by Manga Entertainment UK.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time is the film that celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading card game & brings all 3 Main Characters from past Yu-Gi-Oh! TV Series into 1 feature length film – which results in 1 final duel to save the world (and more).The English release has been dubbed by 4Kids Entertainment, which have previously done all other Yu-Gi-Oh! Movies & TV Series – so all original voice actors should still be here.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time Blu-ray features 3 (if not 4) Different versions of the film, as this Blu-ray includes the FULL stereoscopic 3D Version (which requries a 3DTV, 3D Glasses & a 3D Compatible Blu-ray player) – but it also includes the standard 2D Version. Not only that it includes the original Japanese Version & the English Extended Version – which had an additional 10 minutes of animation added to the original film.

The Film may only be short (at 1 Hour) but it can be watched several times over just to see all the different versions. But it is certain that this film will mainly appeal to the Yu-Gi-Oh! Fans, such as myself.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Bondes Beyond Time -> £9.99 (AMAZON UK / HMV UK / PLAY UK)

Plot: After falling through a time-slip, Yusei Fudo (who has just had his powerful card stolen by a mysterious stranger) meets with Judai Yuki and Yugi Muto, who agree to help Yusei defeat the evil Paradox, who is planning to destroy Pegasus before he can invent Duel Monsters.

For the first time ever, all three Yu Gi Oh heroes are united for their first adventure together. Comes with an exclusive limited edition Super Rare “Malefic Red-Eyes B. Dragon” Yu Gi Oh collectable trading card.