Whenever a Comic Con comes around, the companies that license and distribute anime in the UK make several announcements about their upcoming releases. This time around is no exception, an as such I’ll be sharing the announcements here as usual.
There is one announcement in particular that I am ecstatic to see, flip flap~Anime Limited
I’ll start with Anime Limited, who will be bringing a number of anime films to UK cinemas. They are as follows:
- Genocidal Organ – 12/07/2017
- Napping Princess – 16/08/2017
- Your Name (IMAX screenings) – 23/08/2017
- The Night is Short, Walk On Girl – 20/09/2017
- Perfect Blue – 31/10/2017
- Lu Over the Wall – 06/12/2017
In addition, SHAFT’s theatrical film adaptation of Shunji Iwai’s Fireworks has also been confirmed for a UK theatrical release some time later this year.
Miss Hokusai will be released on iTunes as a digital download available for purchase on 26/06/2017.
On the home video side of things, Anime Limited will be releasing the following:
- Hyouka Part 1 will be released on DVD and Collector’s Edition Blu-ray in 2017.
- ERASED Part 1 is scheduled for a Q3 2017 release.
- Wolf’s Rain will be getting a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release in the fourth quarter of this year
Anime Limited have a made a deal to bring anime back to UK television via the Viceland TV channel – Sky channel 153. Eureka Seven and both seasons of Tokyo Ghoul are set to air on the service.
Up next, Universal Pictures.
- Starmyu Season 1 Collection & Bakuon!! Complete Series Collection. Both are scheduled for 28/08/2017 and will be released on DVD and Blu-ray SKUs.
- And You Thought There Is Never a Girl Online? Complete Series Collection (AKA Netoge) will be released on 25/09/2017 as DVD and Blu-ray Collector’s Editions SKUs.
- The Heroic Legend of Arslan: Dust Storm Dance will also be released on 25/09/2017 as DVD and Blu-ray Complete Series Collections.
- Seraph of the End and The Heroic Legend of Arslan will have Standard Edition DVD and Blu-ray releases, also on 25/09/2017.
- The 2016 Berserk TV series will have a Collector’s Edition DVD and Blu-ray release on 04/12/2017.
- Drifters Complete Season 1 Collection will be released on 26/12/2017 as DVD and Blu-ray Collector’s Editions.
- Universal Pictures will also release the currently airing Seven Mortal Sins on home video, though no date or release plans have been confirmed yet.
Finally, we go to MVM Entertainment who get to be my favourite UK-based anime distributor this time around based on a single announcement, flip flap~
No release dates or formats have been confirmed for these titles as of yet.
- Armed Girl’s Machiavellism
- FLIP FLAPPERS
- Girlish number
- Grimoire of Zero
- Initial D: Movies 1-3
- Matoi the Sacred Slayer
- Sagrada Reset
- Sword Oratoria: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side
- Fate/Grand Order: First Order
- GRANBLUE FANTASY: The Animation
MVM Entertainment will also be bringing Fruits Basket to Blu-ray. Monster Musume now has a release date of 02/10/2017 with a Collector’s Edition DVD/Blu-ray combo pack likely to be the initial release format.
Previously announced titles that do not have a release date yet include GATE, Girls und Panzer der Film, Girls und Panzer: This is the Real Anzio Battle! and Skip Beat.
Manga Entertainment and Animatsu were fairly quiet during the Comic Con, so I guess I’ll bring this post to a close.
I honestly thought that FLIP FLAPPERS would have no chance of ever being released in the UK on home video, but I’m ecstatic to have been proven wrong by MVM Entertainment. Then again, I did think the same thing about Sakura Trick, but MVM released that at the end of last year as well – in fact, it was the last anime series I bought before going to Comic Con.
Matoi the Sacred Slayer is also a pleasant surprise – sure, it starts off a bit iffy, but it soon becomes a magical girl show well worth sticking with.
Anime Limited bringing anime to the cinemas and TV screens is certainly very noteworthy, and I would love to see it lead to a more regular schedule for both film and television. Perhaps this will work towards – dare I say it – a revival of a TV channel dedicated solely to anime in the UK. I don’t think I’ll hold my breath on that one, though…
There is a cinema that is a five-minute walk away from my house, and I would love for anime films to be shown there. It’s not a small cinema either, and it has an IMAX screen. Unfortunately, my home town seems to go under the radar for these things… despite being a half-hour train journey from central London.
Regardless, there’s a fair amount to look forward to in the future for us anime fans. Without a doubt FLIP FLAPPERS and Matoi the Sacred Slayer are my favourite announcements, but I’m also interested in things like Drifters and Girlish number.