Studio Ghibli Season on Film4 has Begun – Full list of Films, Dates & Times Confirmed

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Film4, the UK free-to-view TV Channel will today begin its ‘Studio Ghibli’ season, whereby each day for the next three weeks they will be broadcasting a different Studio Ghibli based film.

Fan favourites such as Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke and The Cat Returns as well as new releases such as Arrietty and Ponyo are all included in the studio Ghibli season, better yet some films will be shown twice so that viewers can watch them in English or Japanese with English Subtitles.

Film4 is available on Freeview (Channel 15), Sky (Channel 315 & 316), Virgin Media (428,429 & 430) and Freesat (300 & 301) Read more of this post

DVD Review: Shakugan No Shana – Season 2 – Part 1

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After the emotional conclusion to the first season, as well as a long break from the public eye, Shakugan No Shana returns in the form of Season Two Part One, a two disc DVD set released by MVM Entertainment into the UK, but what exactly does the first half of Season 2 entail? Find out in our DVD review.

Synopsis:

The heated bond between Shana and Yuji is tested as their paranormal adventures continue. The Flame Haze fends off supernatural foes by night, but by day, she contends with a classmate who’s also after Yuji’s heart. Emotions flare as a suspicious transfer student who resembles a recently defeated Denizen clings to Yuji. His training rises in intensity when they catch wind of a revered warrior in search of her lost lover, who will stop at nothing to extract the power keeping Yuji alive! (via MVM Entertainment) Read more of this post

Ef – A Tale Of Melodies: Complete Collection – REGION LOCKED

Ef –  A Tale Of Melodies: Complete Collection

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

Price: $39.95 / £25.67 (Excludes Postage)

Episodes: 1 – 12 (2 Disc Set)

Plot: Shuichi Kuze’s been spending time with Mizuki Hayama and as they’ve been getting to know each other, they’ve been growing closer.

Sadly, Kuze discovers that he’s contracted a fatal illness and decides to break all romantic ties for the little time left to him. Before he can break things off, however, Mizuki tells him that she loves him. Will her declaration change Kuze’s mind?

In another city, in the not so distant past, Yuu Himura meets a girl who seems to know him, but he doesn’t know her. Soon enough, however, he remembers Yuko Amamiya, a girl he met long ago, and begins to rediscover the depth of their feelings for each other. Will Yuko’s love reach across time to find her true love once and for all?

Ef – A Tale Of Memories: Complete Collection – REGION LOCKED

Ef –  A Tale Of Memories: Complete Collection

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

Price: $39.95 / £25.67 (Excludes Postage)

Episodes: 1 – 12 (2 Disc Set)

Plot: One Christmas Eve, Hiro Hirono helps Miyako, the victim of a purse snatching, and discovers that she goes to the same school he does.

To the dismay of his childhood friend, Kei, Hiro starts hanging out with Miyako. But Kei is not about to let a new girl in Hiro’s life take him away from her, and sets out to prove that she’s the only one for him.

When Renji Asou meets Chihiro Shindou at an abandoned train station, he doesn’t notice anything unusual at first. But he soon discovers that she suffers from a rare form of amnesia and can only remember things for thirteen hours. Chihiro dreams of writing a novel, but her amnesia has made it an impossible task.Now, however, Renji is determined to help her fulfill her dream.