So, another Comic Con has come and gone. Anime Limited, Manga, Animatsu and MVM Entertainment have all made announcements about upcoming anime releases for the UK, and this is the post where I shall go over them.
First up, I’ll look at Anime Limited’s announcements.
They’ll be releasing Sword Art Online II across four volumes – £39.99 for a Collector’s Edition DVD/Blu-ray combo and £24.99 for Standard Edition DVDs. The first volume, which contains episode 1-7, is currently tentatively slated for an August 2015 release.
The second announcement from Anime Limited was about the film Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress. The film will have a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo pack for £34.99, or a Standard Edition DVD release for £19.99. The film has a tentative August 2015 release.
Anime Limited has also acquired Durarara!! x2. There will be three releases on Blu-ray and DVD formats, the first of which will probably emerge towards the end of this year.
Both seasons Aldnoah.Zero will also be released by Anime Limited, which will be released across two sets on Collector’s Edition DVD and Blu-ray. Another release with a tentative final quarter of this year release.
MVM Entertainment has been busy acquiring licenses for UK release.
First, the company has acquired Love Live!. A Collector’s Edition, subtitle-only DVD will be released on July 27th with an RRP of £39.99. There will also be a Blu-ray Collector’s Edition released in 2016, which will have both subs and dub. MVM Entertainment also has plans to release the second season, too.
Next, the Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works TV series will be released on DVD and Blu-ray, the first half of which we should see before Christmas this year.
The Amnesia Complete Series Collection will be released on July 6th on DVD (£29.99) and Blu-ray (£34.99).
Captain Earth will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in two parts – July 13th for part one and September 14th for part two. It will be a subtitle only release, and the DVD’s RRP is £24.99, whilst the Blu-ray will be £29.99.
MVM Entertainment will also be releasing Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse – also split into two half-season sets on DVD and Blu-ray, due out August 24th and October 19th.
In addition, there’s a list of titles with no dates or formats attached to them – expect to hear more about these in the future. The titles are:
- Busou Shinki
- Flowers of Evil
- Hidamari Sketch S1
- Kamisama Kiss Season 2
- Kampfer and Kampfer Fur Die Liebe
- Kill Me Baby
- Love, Election & Chocolate
- Outbreak Company
- Rosen Maiden Zuruckspulen
- Samurai Harem
- So I Can’t Play H
As Animatsu and Manga Entertainment are so closely linked, they unveiled their announcements together.
First of these was Knights of Sidonia, due out in August on DVD and Collector’s Edition Blu-ray – this will be brought over to us by Animatsu, and will contain all the same on-disc content as the Sentai Filmworks US release.
Next was a live-action title – Dead Rising: Watchtower. Due out on July 27th, on DVD and Blu-ray with a Steelbook Edition.
Manga Entertainment will be bringing us Puella Magi Madoka Magicka Movies 1 and 2 as a two-film Blu-ray Collector’s Edition. For us DVD collectors, the films will have standalone DVD releases in July.
Of course, you can’t have the 1st two movies without Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Rebellion – Manga will be releasing it over here on September 28th, on both Blu-ray and DVD.
After waiting for quite a long time, the UK will finally be able to buy DVDs and Blu-rays of A Certain Magical Index and A Certain Scientific Railgun thanks to Animatsu. They will be releasing Blu-ray and DVD Complete Series Collections starting in the summer.
Manga has acquired Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F, which they hope to release shortly after the US release.
Back to Animatsu, they’ve acquired Parasyte: The Maxim – no concrete details, but it should arrive towards the end of the year.
Three other titles acquired by Animatsu are Triage X, Black Bullet and Golden Time.
Whew, that probably covers everything. For me, personally, I’m looking forward to Love Live!, Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Rebellion (I’ll probably pick up the first two films as well), A Certain Magical Index, A Certain Scientific Railgun and Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works.
I’m gutted that Manga didn’t get the rights to SAO. I refuse to buy Anime Limited products after they screwed me over with Durarara.