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Top 5 Upcoming Releases

Monday 28th December 2015


As 2015 is coming to an end, we look ahead to 2016. Last month we asked you which our upcoming releases you are most looking forward to. Here's the results:

Is it Wrong to Try to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon?

Is it Wrong to Try to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon?
This anime took social media by storm earlier this year, especially Hestia’s blue ribbon. It’s a title many are looking forward to picking up when given the opportunity. Thankfully the first three volumes of both the light novel and the manga are already available in English to whet appetites while we wait for this release.

 

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F
After a successful theatrical run in UK cinemas, and a slight delay to the home media release to accommodate this, fans will be able to pick up the latest Dragon Ball Z movie on DVD and Blu-ray next month. Available to preorder now, there’s a collector’s edition blu-ray, standard DVD and blu-ray, or for those that have yet to pick up Battle of the Gods, a double pack containing both films on DVD or blu-ray.

Dragon Ball Z Kai can be bought here.

Dragon Ball Z Battle of Gods can be bought here.

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' is available to pre-order now!

The double-pack is also available on DVD and Blu-ray

 

Food Wars

Food Wars
Food Wars is one of 2015’s best anime adaptations, the animation is wonderful, the cast is brilliant and we can't wait to share it with you soon. Eight volumes of the manga are available in English from Viz.

A second season of Food Wars has recently been announced, but no time frame for its release has been given as of yet.

 

School-Live!

School-Live!
School-Live! was a big surprise when it started, with the major twist at the end of episode 1 causing this seemingly generic “cute girls doing cute things” school anime to appeal to those that don’t enjoy that kind of anime. Watching this weekly was an emotional roller-coaster, and being able to binge-watch it on Blu-ray next year can only make it a much more powerful experience.

 

Evangelion 3.33: You Can (Not) Redo

Evangelion 3.33: You Can (Not) Redo
After an extended wait for the latest movie in the Rebuild of Evangelion series, the Blu-ray and DVD are finally scheduled for early next year. Fans have been incredibly patient when it comes to this title, and we can't wait to get it in your hands. If you haven't picked up the previous films, now is a great chance to become acquainted with the series and catch up ready for the third movie.

Evangelion 1.11 – You Are (Not) Alone can be bought here.

Evangelion 2.22 – You Can (Not) Advance can be bought here.

Evangelion 3.33 - You Can (Not) Redo can be pre-ordered here.

 

Boruto: Naruto The Movie
Boruto: Naruto The Movie gets an honourable mention, after the theatrical release, and upcoming release of The Last Naruto Movie, fans will be eager to buy Boruto when it hits shelves.

Naruto Road To Ninja can be bought here.

The Last Naruto Movie is out 11 January and can be pre-ordered here.

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Akira (the Collector\'s Edition) Triple Play Edition (incl. Blu-ray, Dvd, Digital Copy)

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Iconic and game-changing, Akira is the definitive anime masterpiece! Katsuhiro Otomo’s landmark cyberpunk classic obliterated the boundaries of Japanese animation and forced the world to look into the future. Akira’s arrival shattered traditional thinking, creating space for movies like The Matrix to be dreamed into brutal reality.

Neo-Tokyo, 2019. The city is being rebuilt post World War III when two high school drop outs, Kaneda and Tetsuo stumble across a secret government project to develop a new weapon - telekinetic humans. After Tetsuo is captured by the military and experimented on, he gains psychic abilities and learns about the existence of the project's most powerful subject, Akira. Both dangerous and destructive, Kaneda must take it upon himself to stop both Tetsuo and Akira before things get out of control and the city is destroyed once again. 
AKIRA The Collector’s Edition features both the original 1988 Streamline English dub and the 2001

Pioneer/Animaze English dub!

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Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira then and now

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The Impact of Akira

Andrew Osmond reviews the reviews from 20 years ago.
On its explosive arrival in the West, Akira crossed the Pacific to catch the generation that grew up on the films of Spielberg and Lucas; it was also the generation that read adult superhero strips such as Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns. Akira, though, offered the shock-and-awe widescreen violence akin to that of enfant terrible live-action director, Paul Verhoeven. For example, both Akira and Verhoeven’s Robocop (1987) have a gory money-shot scene in their early minutes, in which a luckless bit-part player is graphically torn apart by a hail of bullets. Unsurprisingly, such imagery excited reviewers.

Akira 25th Anniversary Screenings

Your chance to see it in the cinema in the UK
Neo-Tokyo is about to E.X.P.L.O.D.E. Katsuhiro Otomo’s debut animated feature AKIRA had its Japanese premiere on 16th July 1988. We are very proud to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of what is undoubtedly, one of the most celebrated animated movies of all time. Voted by Empire readers as one of the top 100 best films ever and cited by everyone from James Cameron, Ridley Scott, Daft Punk and Kanye West as a massive influence on their work, AKIRA kick-started the anime business all over the world, opening the doors for everything from Pokémon to Princess Mononoke.

The Art of Akira

Joe Peacock tracks down the original images from the anime classic
Watching Akira for the first time provokes a universal reaction of awe. And justifiably so: there’s often an overwhelming sense among audiences that this animated film is unlike any other they’ve ever seen. Casual viewers won’t be able to put their finger on it; they just know that Akira is visually striking. Art and illustration aficionados appreciate the intricacy of individual scenes, sometimes pausing the film to appreciate the detail in a particular frame.

Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira then and now

Helen McCarthy examines Katsuhiro Otomo’s landmark Akira, then and now
1988 in Japan: Yamaha Motors won the J-League but Nissan won the Cup. Western pop divas Bananarama, Kylie and Tiffany were on TV. Japanese real estate values climbed so high that the Imperial Palace garden was worth more than the State of California, and Tokyo’s Chiyoda ward had a higher market value than Canada. The Government signed the FIRST Basel Accord, triggering a crash that wiped out half Japan’s stock market. Katsuhiro Omoto’s movie Akira premiered on 16th July.

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“We pulled all our favourite moments from Akira and had this library of reference, so whenever we got stuck, or we ever felt like a sequence wasn’t inspired enough, or we didn’t know exactly how to give it that edge to made it feel as epic as we could, we would always thumb through the Akira imagery and suddenly get a wave of excitement or a new direction.”
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Shigeru Mizuki and Yokai

Remembering a manga giant
Shigeru Mizuki is largely responsible for the modern-day yokai phenomenon, thanks to his enduringly influential Spooky Kitaro manga series and other similarly ghoulish serials like Sanpei the Kappa and Akuma-kun.

The Weird World of Rotoscoping

Andrew Osmond on the history of animation’s corner-cutting secret
Rotoscoping and its descendants are an important part of American cinema, and recognised today. Many film fans know, for example, that Gollum, Peter Jackson’s King Kong and the rebel anthropoid Cornelius in the Planet of the Apes reboot are all based on physical performances by one actor, Andy Serkis. Again, it’s common knowledge that the Na’vi aliens in Avatar were human actors ‘made over’ by computer – the digital equivalent of those guys wearing prosthetic foreheads and noses in the older Star Trek series.
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