Out today in Japanese cinemas, a feature-length continuation of the K-On! rock anime, in which the characters celebrate their school graduation by heading off for adventures in exotic, far-away London. The K-On! movie is a while away from UK shores, but for now you can console yourself with the third DVD in the series, out on 5th December from Manga Entertainment.
When Yui joins the Light Music Club, she becomes the guitarist in this all-girl high school rock band with Mio Akiyama on bass, Ritsu Tainaka on drums and Tsumugi Kotobuki on keyboard. Together, they’re going to rock the school and someday make it to the Budokan! But when new member Azusa officially joins the club, she is shocked to find everyone drinking tea and eating cake instead of practicing.
The first rule of Kenichi is: big eyes and kick ass.
In the real world, mastering a martial art takes years of devotion. All require a harsh physical regimen that pushes the body to the limit. Of course, we’re dealing with the world of anime, so we have a sneaking suspicion that Kenichi Shirahama might be able to go from shy, quiet bookworm to martial arts prodigy in a matter of weeks. All it takes to send him on the path to becoming Chuck Norris’ worst nightmare is falling for the new girl in class after he sees her single-handedly demolishing a group of thugs.
Bleach series 13 continues the clash between Soul Society’s Shinigami and Sousuke Aizen’s Arrancar army. It also brings with it a new talent in Japanese pop-rock: miwa. This fresh-faced female, armed with a guitar and an arsenal of upbeat pop-rock songs, provides the series’ twelfth opening theme, ‘chAngE’.
Paul Browne on the pop duo with multiple anime connections
K’s stirring theme song ‘KINGS’ comes courtesy of J-Pop duo angela. Consisting of vocalist Yamashita Atsuko and multi-instrumentalist Hirasato Katsunori (aka KATSU), angela are a familiar name when it comes to anime theme tunes.
Manga Entertainment has the pleasure of announcing that following the success of the recent Akira screenings, they will be bringing the seminal anime classic Ghost in the Shell back to UK cinemas on over 80 screens!
If you’re reading this blog, there’s a fair chance that the idea of visiting Japan has crossed your mind a few times. American-born Jamil Abbas Kazmi had a similar thought, though he wanted to take it one step further by establishing a career out there.