UK Blu-ray Release of Space Pirate Captain Harlock To Include Japanese Edit on DVD


In a relatively interesting, but potentially disappointing, announcement Manga Entertainment UK have explained that the 3D Blu-ray release of Space Pirate Captain Harlock will include the ‘International’ version of the film in High Definition where as the ‘Japanese Edit’ of the film, along with 40 minutes of bonus materials, will be included on a seperate DVD. Read more of this post

All The Anime Confirms Kill La Kill – Part 1 Release Plans


We’ve known for awhile that All The Anime currently has the UK distribution license for Kill La Kill and as of late the series has appeared on Netflix as part of it’s streaming service; what we don’t know however is how the series will be released within the UK and what it will contain.

Well fortunately for us All The Anime have answered our thoughts as yesterday on their official website they confirmed that the series will be released in three ‘part’ instalments, and this first instalment will be priced at an RRP of £59.99 (Blu-ray) and £49.99 (DVD) and come bundled with a 188-page artbook and  housed inside a rigid chipboard artbox. Read more of this post

All The Anime Unveils Collectors Edition Packaging Details for HAL


UK Anime Distributor All The Anime, also known as Anime Limited, have been rather quiet as a late but they are today back with a vengeance as they have revealed the finalised artwork for their upcoming Collectors Edition Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack release of HAL, an anime film being released later this year.

Just like previous releases this Collectors Edition will come in a rigid chipboard artbox which features some unique manga styled artwork from the film while the carded slip-case on the inside will feature the traditional anime artwork; and more importantly the same front cover used by FUNimation in america. Read more of this post

All The Anime Clarifies Content Included with Gurren Lagann: Ultimate Blu-ray Edition Collection


It’s been awhile since we last heard from All The Anime, also known as Anime Limited, about their upcoming ‘Ultimate Edition’ release of Gurren Lagann on Blu-ray and today the UK Anime Distributor has broke it’s silence to reveal some interesting and exciting, but potentially disappointing news.

First of all the release has been pushed back once again until the 29th September 2014; which means an additional five weeks waiting for those that are eager to get their hands on it – such as ourselves. The reason for this delay is because All The Anime only received the “GO AHEAD” from the Japanese licensor last week regarding artwork used within the art-book and since it takes around 5 weeks for the materials to be created the entire set has to be pushed back slightly. Read more of this post

Spirited Away and Hayao Miyazaki Blu-ray Sets Spotted on Amazon UK

1083_019812B.jpgIf you are currently waiting for the next ‘high definition’ Studio Ghibli film to add to your collection then prepare to get excited; as Amazon UK have recently listed not one but two very special Blu-ray sets.

First up is the long overdue Blu-ray release of Spirited Away, a film which is one of my personal favourites, which is currently priced at £24.99 and is scheduled for release on the 3rd November 2014. The second title to be released is actually a Hayao Miyazaki box set; a set celebrating the works of Hayao Mizyazaki’s by containing a variety of Studio Ghibli films that he has worked on; this particular set comes with a listing price of £249.99, which is far more expensive than any other anime release i’ve seen, and will also be released on the 3rd November 2014.

Details are scarce for both releases but judging from UK Anime Network they assume that the Hayao Miyazaki set will be ‘identical’ to the one released in Japan several months ago; whereby the set would contain all of the films that Miyazaki has been involved with as well as a variety of short films and bonus content.

Eitherway both Spirited Away and the Hayao Miyazaki sets are coming to the UK on Blu-ray and will be distributed by STUDIOCANAL; the current UK distributor for Studio Ghibli films, on the 3rd November 2014.

via: UK Anime Network

Manga UK Gives Mardock Scramble: The Third Exhaust an August Release Date


If you are eagerly awaiting some news regarding the UK Blu-ray and DVD Release of Mardock Scramble: The Third Exhaust then you won’t have to wait much longer, as Manga Entertainment UK have revealed that they hope to have the film released by the 4th August 2014 – although this ‘could’ always change.

Mardock Scramble: The Third Exhaust was initally due to arrive on the 16th June 2014; however for an undisclosed reason the release was pushed back until further notice. What makes this ‘delay’ interesting is that anime sites, such as ourselves, already received the finalised product for review so we can only assume that the delay was either to do with the packaging and distribution of the stock or something more sinister such as Japanese License holders putting a hold on the UK release.

Of course we may never know the ‘real’ answer, but what we do know is that Manga Entertainment UK, via Kaze, are looking to release Mardock Scramble: The Third Exhaust on the 4th August 2014 on both Blu-ray and DVD.

All The Anime Clarify’s What To Expect From The “Ultimate Edition” of Gurren Lagann


Ever since All The Anime, also known as Anime Limited, unveiled the “Ultimate Edition” of Gurren Lagann on Blu-ray many fans have been asking “what to expect” from this relatively pricey release. Well today All The Anime hopes to address these questions as they have released more details, including a Q&A on their site, about what to expect from this set.

So first off it will comprise of:

  • A rigid artbox think same style of material as Cowboy Bebop’s was made of – but bigger.
  • Nice Digipack inside – to hold all 6 discs.  Artwork  TBC.
  • A hardback A5 artbook to fit inside the box – currently the page count was set at 50 – see below for more info though.
  • Only 2,000 will be printed!   You’ll get an artcard inside certifying the number in the release you have got :).

What’s on the discs though?:

  • Episodes 1 -27 of the TV series, with English dub and subtitles over 4 BD50s
  • Movie 1: Childhood’s End with English subtitles, as it was never dubbed in the USA sadly, BD25 or 50 TBC!
  • Movie 2: The Lights in the Sky are Stars with English subtitles, as it was never dubbed in the USA sadly, BD25 or 50 TBC!
  • Parallel Works – Complete, but will be split in half as everywhere else, half on Movie 1′s BD, the other on Movie 2. 
  • Video extras – Whatever we can get our hands on, we’re negotiating now but it turns out the reason a bunch of extras on the US import from Japan weren’t translated was they are exclusive for the domestic release we gather.  Meaning we may not be allowed to use them on our

Basically the “Ultimate Edition” is a Limited Run of the Gurren Lagann collection, with both the TV Series & Movies being included as well as a variety of bonuses, such as the Parallel Works OVA Collection. To make this set “extra special” it will feature exclusive content that will not be released in feature versions of this series.

Despite having a £149.99 SRP (Suggest Retail price) Amazon UK are currently listing this set for £84.27, which is nearly half the ‘retail price’ meanwhile Anime-On-Line is listing the set for £111.99, so if you shop around you may be able to get this “limited-time-only” release for half of the asking price.

The Ultimate Edition of Gurren Lagann, which will only be released on Blu-ray, will ship during June 2014 – meanwhile the standalone DVD and Blu-ray sets will be released during October 2014.

Manga Entertainment UK Unveils London MCM Comic Con Line Up


Manga Entertainment UK have today unveild its plans for the upcoming MCM Comic Con in, which is taking place on the 24th – 26th May 2013 at the Excel Centre.

As per usual a LIVE Manga Podcast will be recorded and that Special Sales, which will be taking place at Booth 510, will be available – however in addition to this Manga will be selling exclusive content, such as the pre-announced Drifters of the Dead OVA as well as hosting its own mammoth competition.

Here is a rundown of what attendees of the expo can expect from Manga Entertainment UK: Read more of this post