Tenkai Knights and Black Lagoon Added to Netflix UK

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The subscription-based-streaming-service Netflix continues to become a ‘player’ in the battle for anime streaming content as today both Black Lagoon and Tenkai Knights have been added to growing list of on-demand anime content.

As part of this recent addition Netflix owners will now be able to enjoy the entire Black Lagoon franchise, which consists of Season 1, The Second Barrage and the OVA Series Roberta’s Blood Trail, as well as a wide-selection of episodes from the children-orientated-anime series Tenkai Knights.

Both titles have been added to the service as part of a new partnership with Viz Media Europe (KAZE) and it further explains why an english subtitled trailer for Tenkai Knights was included on some KAZE releases earlier last year; although whether or not KAZE plan to release Tenkai Knights on DVD in the UK still remains a mystery.

Animax Adding Season 2 of Code Geass & Black Lagoon to Streaming Lineup

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The UK online streaming service, Animax, have today confirmed that starting from this Friday (6th December 2013) a variety of new seasons for popular anime shows will be viewable e on the site.

First up, which starts on the 6th December 2013, is Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 – the second season into the Code Geass TV anime and, more importantly, another one of my favourite anime series with its mixed of plot twists and mecha styled action.

Continuing on the theme of ‘action’ the second instalment into the Black Lagoon franchise, also known as Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage, will also begin streaming on the site from the 20th December 2013.

Season 2 of Code Geass – It’s been one year since the failure of the Black Rebellion and the supposed death of Zero. Britannia has assigned Area 11 a “correctional education” status, where Elevens are made an example of by brute force, to try to prevent any future uprisings and suppress rebellious thoughts.

Black Lagoon Season 2 – Okajima “Rock” Rokuro is now a fully fledged member of the Lagoon Company, playing the role of the team’s negotiator whenever they have to deal with mobs, triads, gangs and such in the depraved and lawless town of Roanapur. Now, their newest job involves the gruesome deaths of six Russians that took place within a single month.

Both Black Lagoon and Code Geass are currently available on DVD and Blu-ray within the UK, additionally Animax have promised us that more anime content will be added to the site in the coming weeks – such as the second season of Magi.

Blu-ray Review: Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail – The Complete OVA Series

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After several unexplained delays by Kaze, the final instalment into the Black Lagoon anime franchise has finally arrived onto UK Stores but what exactly do we think of it? Find out in our Blu-ray Review of Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail

Synopsis:

Deadly assassin-turned-maid Roberta returns to the criminal’s paradise of Roanapur, dead set on revenge – no matter the cost. Against a backdrop of violent chaos, the smugglers of the Lagoon Company team up with Roberta’s employer to save her… or at least to stop her bloody rampage. Read more of this post

Unboxing: Black Lagoon – Season 1 & Season 2 (Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack) [USA]

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As many Blu-ray fans will know Black Lagoon has been available for awhile within the UK, but several months ago the series was released within America by FUNimation, this time as a Combo Pack sporting both Blu-ray and DVD versions of the series, so I’ve decided to “dive in” unbox it and see what the difference is.

It’s amazing how different the releases are, the UK version had 2 Blu-ray sets, each with 12 episodes and each with 2 Blu-ray Discs, so that’s 4 Blu-ray discs total for 24 episodes and 2.0 Stereo sound. However this ‘Complete Series’ collection by FUNimation contains the same amount of episodes, improved 5.1 audio and extra features, yet it only uses 3 Blu-ray discs. Strangely enough the picture quality on the US release looks better than the UK version, despite featuring more content.

The price point is another major difference, each KAZE UK Released Blu-ray set is around £27 each (so that’s around £54 for both), however the American version is currently around $35 (equates to £21) which is considerably cheaper than the UK release. Price is not the only factor though, as this US version includes a remixed 5.1 Surround Sound English Audio track and a variety of extra features, one of which includes a behind-the-scenes look at the dubbing process for the series.

Of course there is a downside to this US Release, and that is its Region Locked, meaning it will only work on Region A Blu-ray Players and Region 1 DVD Players, however if that isn’t an issue then i’d highly recommend this American release over the UK Versions which are now available.

Either way slight informative rant aside here is our unboxing video for Black Lagoon: The Complete Series – Season 1 & Season 2 (Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack) which is now available within America.

Sony Movie Channel to Broadcast Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail, Meanwhile UK Blu-ray & DVD Release Delayed by Kaze

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As I previously announced on Twitter the Late NIght Anime Screenings on the Sony Movie Channel will be continuing with the complete OVA Series, Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trial, with all five episodes shown back-to-back at once.

The first episode of the OVA Series, which takes place ‘after’ the original TV series, will start at 1:05am and will continue until all five episodes have finished, with the traditional adverts in between episodes. Additionally  if you miss it their is a +1 service, with the first episode starting at 2:05am.

For the past few weeks the Sony Movie Channel has broadcast a variety of anime as part of its ‘Late Night Anime’ slot, whereby every Monday night / Tuesday morning a film will be shown – with this weeks (yesterday’s) film being Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie. At this point in time all of the films broadcast have been released by KAZE Entertainment, so it could mean we may see other ‘kaze’ released TV Series being broadcast on the channel, including Code Geass and Tiger & Bunny.

While the Sony Movie Channel will be broadcasting the series next week, Manga Entertainment UK has took to twitter to announce that the Blu-ray and DVD release of the series has been delayed due to a production issue, so that’s another release delayed by kaze.

 

The Blu-ray and DVD Release of Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail will now be released on the 18th November 2013, so that’s a 2 week delay compared to the original 4th November release date, however those eager to watch it can of course watch it next week on the Sony Movie Channel at 1:05am on Sky 323, furthermore you do not need a Sky Movie subscription to watch the channel, just a basic Sky TV Package.

Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail – OVA Collection (Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack) – REGION LOCKED

Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail – OVA Collection (Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack)

BD Region: A (Confirmed NOT Playable in the UK)
Boxart states Region A Only

DVD Region: 1  (Confirmed NOT Playable in the UK)
Boxart states Region 1 Only

Price: $22.99 / £14.80 (Excludes Postage)

Episodes: 1 – 5 (1 Blu-ray & 2 DVD)

Plot: The cutthroat crew of Black Lagoon faces their stiffest challenge yet when a Venezuelan assassination sparks a killing spree that spans the globe. Roberto was a reformed assassin until a clandestine clash between politically backed acronyms claimed the life of her master.

In the flash of a muzzle, she goes from maid to murderer on a pill-popping, crimson stained quest for vengeance. When Revy and the gang are hired to stop Roberta’s killing spree, they quickly find themselves in the middle of an international shootout starring everyone from the KGB to the CIA. The bullets are flying, the bodies are piling up in the street, and Roberta’s painting the town red – with blood.

—NOTE—

Manga Entertainment UK will be releasing this on Blu-ray and DVD within the UK later this year.

Manga Entertainment’s Manchester MCM Comic-Con 2013 Anime Announcements

mcm-comic-expo-manchesterFor the first time Manga Entertainment UK hosted a podcast recording at the Manchester MCM Comic-Con (previously known as MCM Expo) and with it they announced a slew of new anime acquisitions as well as release windows for previously confirmed titles, such as K-On! The Movie.

New anime acquisitions include Sengoku Basara – The Last Party, Eureka Seven AO, Blood-C: The Last Dark, Fairy Tail – The Movie and Karneval, while confirmed release windows for K-On! The Movie, Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trial and Guilty Crown were also announced.

2013:

28th October:  K-On! The Movie (DVD & DVD/Blu-ray Combo Pack)
4th November: Black Lagoon Roberta’s Blood Trial (DVD & Blu-ray via Kaze)
18th November: Guilty Crown – Part 1 (DVD & Blu-ray)
2nd December: Fairy Tail – Part 5 (DVD)

2014:

Q1: Blood-C: The Last Dark (format TBC)
Q1: Eureka Seven AQ – Part 1 (format TBC)
Q1: One Piece – Collection 5 (DVD)
??: Sengoku Basara – The Last Party (format TBC)
??: Fairy Tail – The Movie (format TBC)
??: Karneval (format TBC)

More details surrounding each of these releases will be unveiled later in the year, and most likely at the London MCM Comic-Con which takes place in October. Personally i’m excited to see the Sengoku Basara Movie, as the series is highly underrated, as well as the conclusion to the Blood-C franchise in the form of The Last Dark.

London Comic Con May 2013 Announcements & Acquisitions Rundown

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Over the course of the weekend it was the May 2013 London Comic Con and during it Manga Entertainment UK, MVM Entertainment UK and Anime Limited revealed it latest’s acquisitions via a serious of announcements at the industry panel, which took place on Saturday 25th May 2013, and at the live podcast recording, which took place on Sunday 26th May 2013.

If you missed out on either announcements, or could not attend the event, then don’t worry as here is a summary of what was announced over the course of the weekend:

Anime Limited:

– Tiger & Bunny: The Beginning (formats & release date TBA)

Manga Entertainment UK:

– Attack on Titan (formats & release date TBA)
– Space Battleship Yamato (DVD and Blu-ray release on 19th August 2013)
– Fate/Zero Unlimited Blade Works (DVD and Blu-ray release on 26th August 2013)
– One Piece: Collection 5 to 8 (DVD only & release dates TBC)

Kaze UK (in conjunction with Manga UK):

– Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood trial (DVD & Blu-ray, release date TBA)

MVM Entertainment UK:

– Daphne in the Brilliant Blue (DVD only, release date TBC)
– Red Garden (DVD only, release date TBC)
– Pumpkin Scissors (DVD only, release date TBC)
– Heaven’s Memo Pad (formats & release date TBA)
– [C]: Control (formats & release date TBA)
– Shangri-La (formats & release date TBA)

Along with the announcements Jerome from Manga Entertainment UK confirmed that the recently announced Blue Exorcist: The Definitive Collection Blu-ray would feature both English and Japanese Audio languages and that it would be released over two volumes. A DVD Version will be re-released (as a complete series box set) but it will only feature the Japanese Audio languages.

Black Lagoon: The Complete Set – Season 1 & 2 (Blu-ray / DVD Combo) – REGION LOCKED

Black Lagoon: The Complete Set – Season 1 & 2 (Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack)

BD Region: A (Confirmed NOT Playable in the UK)
Boxart states Region A Only

DVD Region: 1 (Confirmed NOT Playable in the UK)
Boxart states Region 1 Only

Price: $26.49 / £16.87 (Excludes Postage)

Episodes: 1 – 24 (3 Blu-ray & 4 DVD)

Plot: Rokuro’s mundane trip to South East Asia turns from pleasure cruise to festival of pain when modern-day pirates take him hostage. Revy, Dutch, and Benny are the ruthless crew of the Black Lagoon. For them, getting shot at while smuggling drugs, guns, and stolen goods is part of a typical day at work – and Rokuro is joining the team.

Black Lagoon Blu-rays Delayed until 30th July

KazeUK has today revealed on Twitter that upcoming Blu-ray releases of Black Lagoon Season 1 and Black Lagoon Season 2 will now be delayed until later this month.

According to Kaze UK the reason for the delay is due to a delivery error at the manufactuer, and because of this error the release for the Blu-rays will have to be set back until the later of the month. The Complete Series DVD Boxset will continue to be released on Monday as planned. Read more of this post