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Manga Essentials 2015

Thursday 17th December 2015

2015 has been a great and very busy year for us at Manga and Animatsu Entertainment. We have released Nadia: The Secret Of Blue Water on DVD and Blu-ray, brought across the long-awaited A Certain Magical Index, and even brought Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ and Boruto: Naruto the Movie to UK cinemas.

As the year is coming to an end, we decided to each choose our favourite 2015 release, only to realise that we all loved the same title:

Andrew Hewson – Marketing Manager

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions
"Why have I picked Chunibyo?

We've released so many fantastic titles this year, but to me, Chunibyo is special. It's jam-packed with charming and endearing characters, who you will definitely come to love over the course of the series. The story that Chunibyo tells is not only fun, but incredibly touching. If you haven’t picked it up already, Christmas is the perfect time to do so!"

Grab a copy of Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions today!

Jerome Mazandarani – Chief Operating Officer

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Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions

"Why I love this show...

It's Kyoto Animation! It does what they do best, which is slice-of-life and growing pains/adolescent angst anime. It's one of those rare anime that captures the hopes, feelings and experiences of what it's like to be a teenager and is, in my opinion, universal in its appeal. Even though I'm an old geezer now, I still remember what it was like to be a teenager. I daydreamed a lot and internalised everything and was pretty much a 16 year old Walter Mitty. I love this show. Watch it. It'll make you cry. In a good way."

Fraser Overington – PR and Marketing Assistant

Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie: Part 3 – Rebellion

"Why Rebellion?

It was an absolutely fantastic way to follow up the wonderful Madoka Magica series. The animation was breath-taking, the characters were as strong as ever, and it was so awesome to see how excited the UK Madoka fans were when it was announced at MCM Comic Con back in May. It has to be my favourite release of 2015, although Chunibyo is a close second!"

You can buy Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie: Part 3 – Rebellion now.

What were your favourite Manga and Animatsu releases of 2015?! Let us know.


Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions

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Yuta has a problem. As one of the thousands of Japanese students afflicted with chunibyo, a state where they're so desperate to stand out that they've literally convinced themselves that they have secret knowledge and hidden powers, Yuta spent most of his middle school years living in a complete fantasy world. But that's not his major problem now, as with a lot of work and effort, he's finally managing to overcome his delusions to the point where thinks he's ready to start high school with all his cards in order. No, his BIG problem is the girl he first encounters climbing on his balcony.
It seems that his own efforts to rid himself of his chunibyo have attracted the attentions of another sufferer, and she's decided that this makes him her soul mate. And since Rikka's just moved in upstairs, now he's being sucked into her fantasy world! Can a formerly wild and crazy guy handle being the focus of a completely delusional girl? Or will his own chunibyo return with a vengeance?

Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.




Andrew Osmond on an anime with a distinctive look
Boy meets girl; boy and girl hate each other; boy and girl learn they’re both children of gangster families and must pretend to be lovers to prevent gang war. Naturally there are rival suitors on both sides of the fractious pair, ranging from a sweet girl-next-door type to a pistol-packing assassin.
With the release of Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions fast approaching, Jordan takes a look at what "Chunibyo" actually is.


Following its remarkable success in UK cinemas last Autumn, Manga Entertainment is thrilled to announce that the home video release of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' debuted last week in the Official UK Home Video Chart Top 20.

Naruto Music: 7!!

Tom Smith on the newest numero-enchanted musicians
It may sound odd to English ears, but 7!!’s choice of pronunciation makes sense (well, a tiny bit of sense) when put into the context of where the band grew up; Okinawa. It’s an area that’s closer to Taiwan than mainland Japan, and one that’s had a heavy US military presence since the Second World War. These factors, among plenty of others, have had an affect on the cultural evolution of the islands, and one of the most evident examples can be found in local popular music scene.


It's back on the magic carpet for the second box set
In the aftermath of the Balbadd storyline, Alibaba and Aladdin must move on, stopping over in the lively kingdom of their ally Sinbad, before being obliged to enter another dungeon.

Interview: Yui Tanimura on Dark Souls II

Matt Kamen speaks with the director of the toughest game you’ll play this year.
For Dark Souls II, new directors Yui Tanimura and Tomohiro Shibuya promise the upcoming sequel will be every bit as challenging as its precursors.

Blood C: The Last Dark

Director Naoyoshi Shiotani on getting the darkness right
“In every theatre you have different light, so you can never be sure what it’s going to look like. So you have to think; will this be okay, will you lose details in that kind of darkness? It was hard to calculate all that.”

Tajomaru: Avenging Blade

Jonathan Clements goes in search of groove in a grove
Tajomaru: Avenging Blade is part of a trend in filmmaking that has seen a number of Japanese classics approached from new angles. In Hollywood, we have the Satsuma Rebellion retooled in The Last Samurai, and Keanu Reeves already at work on the forthcoming Forty-seven Ronin. Within Japan, Sogo Ishii’s Gojoe (2000) replayed a famous samurai legend with a gritty, glossy, pop sensibility. Shinji Higuchi’s Hidden Fortress: The Last Princess (2008) re-appraised a Kurosawa classic through the priorities and influences of George Lucas’s Star Wars. Kazuaki Kiriya’s Goemon (2009) retold an old kabuki tale, re-imagined with the weight of a century of potboiler novels and schlocky ninja movies.

Tokyo Tribe

Andrew Osmond on a rap musical, in Japanese. Yes. Thank you. You’re welcome.
Represent! The live-action film of Akira is here… and it’s a rap musical! Okay, we’re kidding, but Tokyo Tribe takes place in a violent fantasy Tokyo of warring gangs, hence the film’s name. It’s based on a manga strip and takes a manically cartoonish approach to its material.
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