Time for another #AskAndrew - we asked you for your questions, compiled our favourites and put them to our Marketing Manager Andrew Hewson!
Take a look below to find out a bit about our ideas for upcoming special packaging, what Manga UK will be up to in 2017 and which Dragon Ball Z character Andrew would rather fight in a dark alleyway(!?).
Looking back on 2016, what’s your favourite thing that Manga has achieved in the past year?
We’ve done so many fantastic things in the past year that I know all the team here at Manga are very proud of! Personally I was very happy with our release of Akira both theatrically as well as on Blu-ray, so many people came out to see it and shared their photos and thoughts with us on social media – it was really great to see fans come together like that and support anime in cinemas. Moreover, I thought the Blu-ray packaging for Akira was awesome and I hope fans liked it as much as we did!
Another highlight would have to be Pokémon - this was our most successful release this year right behind DBZRF. Definitely a personal achievement for me as this was one of the first licenses I acquired for Manga UK.
From @JohnKamelot: Are there any plans for Digimon Tamers and the other series?
Digimon was such a great release for us this year that we will definitely look into Tamers – ideally we’d like to bring all the remaining Digimon licenses to the UK, as we know the fans are really keen to get their hands on them. Unfortunately, though, we can’t guarantee anything at this point in time. We’ll keep you posted on our social channels if we have any news!
From @allanlowey: any potential collectors editions discussions on the table? Food Wars? DanMachi? Or too soon to tell?
We recently re-released Akira with some really nice special packaging that I’m a big fan of and I think we’ll be looking into doing something very similar with some of our future releases like Food Wars and Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon. I can’t fully confirm these entirely yet but we will have a a lot more releases with special packaging next year!
Our Akira set from earlier this year
From @sakura_bethan: #TeamFray or #TeamDarcy?
#HeartThrobHewson is the only hashtag that matters.
From @Joshawott: If @ajhewson had to drunkenly fight any Dragon Ball character in a shady dark alley, who would it be and why?
Golden Form Frieza – at least he’d be easy to see in the dark! We could fight (for almost an entire season) and then cuddle afterwards! ;)
From @Yowanda_san: Who is your waifu?
An unedited photo of Fray (@fmburst)
What’s coming next for Manga UK in 2017?
Well, we’re kicking off 2017 with two really great theatrical releases – Ghost in the Shell on January 25th and Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions on February 1st – currently both releases are in over 100 cinemas nationwide but expect more to be added early next year. In addition, we also have the highly anticipated In This Corner of the World which will also be released in cinemas. On top of those we’ve also picked up some other great licenses that I’m excited to share with you all after Christmas! Keep an eye out for our website as we'll also be re-launching it next year with a new, cool, bespoke look and much better functionally. That's just a little teaser for now but I guarantee you a lot of cool stuff is coming next year, so make sure you stay up to date by following us on Facebook and Twitter!
By popular demand, the anime fan-favourite released for the first time on DVD!
Four years after Tai, Mimi and the rest of the Digidestined brought peace to the digital world and found their way back home, the Digimon Emperor - a new villain - threatens the world and its Digital Monsters. With some the original kids off to junior high, a new generation is chosen to defend and save the world from evil.
Davis, Yolei, Cody, and Ken join T.K and Kari to form the new Digidestined team. Together they journey back to the Digital World to battle the Digimon Emperor and free all the Digital Monsters from his control.
Kaguya has plenty to please Oscar voters. Unlike some of Takahata’s films, it’s extremely accessible to Western viewers. As MyM magazine put it, “You watch Takahata’s film and you can hear the underlying millennium-old tale as if it’s being read to you aloud, at bedtime surely, to your childhood self.”
Does the future of anime lie on the big screen, and if so, will developments in cinema exhibition technologies redefine its form, content and audiences in the digital age? These are questions many are asking as pundits declare conventional anime’s glory days to be a thing of the past.
Paul Jacques finds a princess and a... erm... scholar
Cosplaying away at Birmingham's Comic Con, Meg Atwill dresses up as Estellise Sidos Heurrasein (or Estelle for short), accompanied by Aimee Tacchi as the whip-wielding scholar Rita Mordio, both from Tales of Vesperia.
Evangelion started as Neon Genesis Evangelion, a 26-part TV serial in 1995. It used a familiar Japanese plot template: the teenage boy who drives a giant robot (or in Eva’s case, cyborg), using the huge and frightening body to fight monsters and save Earth. The lyrics of the TV song express the myth. “Like an angel without a sense of mercy / Rise young boy to the heavens as a legend!”
The acclaimed anime born from a controversial manga
Produced for Fuji TV’s late-night, more adult-focused noitaminA slot by the legendary Production I.G, the 2011 anime could have been a disaster, with a first-time screenwriter in charge, a senior staffer debuting as director and a vocal fanbase awaiting it. Instead...