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!
The TRANSFORMERS – THE MOVIE 30th Anniversary Edition featuring the newly remastered movie from a new 4K transfer of original film elements.
The AUTOBOTS, led by the heroic OPTIMUS PRIME, prepare to make a daring attempt to retake their planet from the evil forces of MEGATRON and the DECEPTICONS. Unknown to both sides, a menacing force is heading their way – UNICRON. The only hope of stopping UNICRON lies within the Matrix of Leadership and the AUTOBOT who can rise up and use its power to light their darkest hour. Will the AUTOBOTS be able to save their native planet from destruction or will the DECEPTICONS reign supreme?
Bonus Content: • ‘Til All Are One – A brand-new, comprehensive documentary looking back at TRANSFORMERS: The Movie with members of the cast and crew, including story consultant Flint Dille, cast members Gregg Berger, Neil Ross, Dan Gilvezan, singer/songwriter Stan Bush, composer Vince Dicola and others! •Audio Commentary with Director Nelson Shin, story consultant Flint Dille and star Susan Blu • Featurettes • Animated Storyboards • Trailers and TV Spots
For the ultimate fans and collectors, The TRANSFORMERS THE MOVIE Limited Edition, 30th Anniversary Steelbook comes with highly collectible Steelbook packaging, 2 Blu-ray set of the newly remastered movie (Both aspect ratios), immersive bonus content including brand-new featurettes, plus many more. This is a must-own collection to every fan's library!
Jasper Sharp on the anthology movie currently touring the UK
There have been three Japanese works nominated in the Academy Awards category for Best Animated Short Film over the past ten years or so: Koji Yamamura’s Mt. Head (2002), Kunio Kato’s The House of Small Cubes (2008) – so far the country’s only winner – and most recently Shuhei Morita’s Possessions (2013). For all that, it remains pretty difficult for most viewers who aren’t regulars on the specialised festival circuit to catch such examples of cutting-edge animation.
Ocean Waves is the only feature anime by the world-famous Studio Ghibli which might be called obscure. It wasn’t made for cinemas but television, broadcast on Japan’s NTV network in 1993. And now it's playing as part of the BFI's Ghibli season...
Actually, Aesthetica should be called The New Boobfest where Girls Fight Monsters and Lose Panties, From The People Who Brought You Master of Martial Hearts, Queen’s Blade and the Ikki Tousen Franchise. That tells us where we are!