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Manga UK: A Year in Pictures

Saturday 31st December 2016

Now that 2017 is just around the corner, we thought we'd take a look back on the past year and share our 2016 highlights! What were yours?

We kicked off 2016 with DBZRF in 3D on January 20th - a pretty explosive start to the year! Did you see it?



In May we ramped up our Comic Con presence with our first ever Anime karaoke stage, hosted by the wonderful Elle Kitty!

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The stage and karaoke were more popular than we ever could have hoped, and we had an absolute blast. We also hosted a charity raffle in aid of the Kumamoto Earthquake Relief Fund by GlobalGiving, and ended up raising almost £200 in donations which we then matched to make £400 total!


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Over the summer (and throughout the year!), we were working hard on one of our newest projects In This Corner of the World, with our COO Jerome and Marketing Manager Andrew visiting markets and festivals around the world to spread the word.

The film was released in Japanese cinemas in November 12th, and has made $7 million at the box office so far on 92 screens. This year has been fantastic for Japanese animated films both in Japan and abroad, and we hope to make 2017 even better!

Rod Lopez (GENCO) and Andrew Hewson at the American Film Market in Los Angeles.

On September 21st we held another nationwide theatrical event by putting Akira back in cinemas for one night only! Anime fans up and down the country flocked to see it, and we were overwhelmed by the positive feedback we received.

Photo credit: @MrBhatal


October Comic Con was bigger and better than ever – we brought back the karaoke stage along with our favourite host...



...and also teamed up with the lovely people that make up the Rooster Teeth UK community to put on a Rooster Teeth cosplay showcase – more than 30 people signed up to strut their stuff on stage with the best cosplayers walking away with some brilliant Rooster Teeth prizes!


Following the success of our May fundraiser, we held a nail painting drive and another raffle in support of Polished Man and raised £200 in support of vulnerable children around the world! Overall, they raised one million dollars for their cause, and we're grateful to you for being so generous and helping us to be a part of that.



November saw the release of our highly-anticipated Pokémon Movie Steelbook...

...and Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages was also a big hit, with people even tweeting us to let us know when they saw it out and about!


Photo credit: @ianc14

2016 has been an extraordinary year for Manga Entertainment and Animatsu, and it’s all thanks to you! Watch out for everything we’ve got coming up next year, including bringing both Ghost in the Shell and Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions to UK cinemas (with more theatrical releases planned!), launching In This Corner of the World in festivals around the globe and of course bringing even more stellar anime content to Home Video in the UK.


Thanks for supporting us in 2016 – we’ll see you next year!


Death Note Complete Series And Ova Collectors Edition

was £59.99
On Blu-ray for the first time! Collected across 6 discs containing all 37 episodes of the hit anime series plus the bonus Death Note: Relight OVAs.

Light Yagami is a genius high school student who is about to learn about life through a book of death. When a bored shinigami, God of Death, named Ryuk drops a black notepad called a Death Note, Light receives power over life and death with the stroke of a pen. Determined to use this dark gift for the best, Light sets out to rid the world of evil... namely the people he believes to be evil.
Should anyone hold such power?
The consequences of Light’s actions will set the world ablaze.

Contains episodes 1-37 plus Death Note Relight OVAs on a bonus Blu-ray disc
Also features exclusive collectors edition rigid box packaging
Languages: English, Japanese and English Subtitles



Code Geass vs Death Note

If you liked that, you might like this
At heart, Death Note and Code Geass tell the same story. A teenage Tokyo schoolboy with a towering intellect, railing against the world, is given fantastic powers by a supernatural agency. He finds he can manipulate people like puppets and kill with ease. His power is bound by rules and restrictions, yet still seems godlike.


Nura Rise of the Yokai Music: Monkey Majik

Tom Smith on a Canadian-Japanese pop outfit
Monkey Majik first shot to fame in Japan in 2006 when their second major-label single Around The World became the opening theme to TV drama Saiyuuki, an updated version of the famous Chinese tale Journey to the West. A fitting introduction for the band, considering the story is widely known as Monkey in English. Magic.

Nigeria's Astro Boy

Jasper Sharp on the oddest anime export yet
By the time you’ve read this, the eight 15-minute episodes of Robot Atom will have been aired by the Nigerian broadcast network Channels TV. Based on one of anime’s most iconic creations, Tezuka Productions’ Astro Boy (Tetsuwan Atomu), this Nigerian-Japanese co-production brings a new slant to glocalization

One Piece Music: Ai Kawashima

Tom Smith on the singer that refuses to give up
Ai Kawashima’s life has all the unfortunate ingredients of a weepy, straight-to-TV melodrama. Yet, she hasn't let any of it hold her back from achieving her dream in music.

High School DxD

Hugh, phew, barneys and boobs, cutthroats, demons and blood...
If this show dropped all the extreme fan-service it would still be an exciting action-horror adventure, not far removed from an extended arc of Supernatural or the like. As it is, you get that and a show that would have broken the jiggle counter if anime DVDs still had them. After decades of evolution, even harem comedies can produce a show with some substance.
Toei Animation has announced production on Dragon Ball Super, the first all-new Dragon Ball series to be released in 18 years. Following the recent events of the hit feature film Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection, Dragon Ball Super will debut in July 2015 in Japan.

Gekiga at the Cartoon Museum

Jonathan Clements visits an exhibition of manga’s pioneers
Running upstairs at London’s Cartoon Museum until 29th November, Gekiga: Alternative Manga From Japan charts the evolution of truly adult comics, both in terms of content and style, in the post-war period.
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