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Monday, 28 March 2011

New Anime Blu-Ray UK Releases (28/3/11)

This week see's the release of the 2009 Japanese Box-Office Sensation "Summer Wars" - which is being brought to us on DVD and Blu-ray via Manga Entertainment UK.

Both DVD & Blu-ray versions are being released as "stand-alone" units (i.e. Summer Wars on its own) or you can purhcase the "Double Pack" which features Summer Wars as well as another anime masterpiece "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time" film all in one box and at a very "competitive price".

As it stands if you want "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time" on Blu-ray you must buy the Summer Wars Combi-pack as the Girl Who Leapt Through Time will not be released as a stand-alone blu-ray until later on in the year, and even then it will still retail for around £14.99 - so if your planning on picking up Summer Wars, you might as well get the Combi Pack.

Summer Wars -> £12.85 (Zavvi UK) £12.93 (Amazon UK) £12.99 (HMV UK/Play UK)

Summer Wars & The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Combi Pack) -> £17.85 (Zavvi UK) £17.93 (Amazon UK) £17.99 (HMV UK/Play UK)

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time: When 17-year-old Makoto Konno gains the ability to, quite literally, "leap" backwards through time, she immediately sets about improving her grades and preventing personal mishaps. However, she soon realises that changing the past isn't as simple as it seems, and eventually, will have to rely on her new powers to shape the future of herself and her friends.

Summer Wars: When timid eleventh-grader and math genius Kenji Koiso is asked by older student and secret crush Natsuki to come with her to her family's Nagano home for a summer job, he agrees without hesitation. Natsuki's family, the Jinnouchi clan, dates back to the Muromachi era, and they've all come together to celebrate the 90th birthday of the spunky matriarch of the family, Sakae. That's when Kenji discovers his "summer job" is to pretend to be Natsuki's fiancé and dance with her at the birthday celebration. As Kenji attempts to keep up with Natsuki's act around her family, he receives a strange math problem on his cell phone which, being a math genius, he can't resist solving. As it turns out, the solution to the mysterious equation causes a hijacking of the social networking site through which most of the world's social and business traffic flows. It's up to Kenji and his new fake family to put reality back in order.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

MangaUK To Release New Yu-Gi-Oh! Movie & Casshern Sins

*This information has not been confirmed & is based on HMVs listings*

HMV UK has recently updated their "pre-order" list and a few surprising titles have appeared, mainly "Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time" Movie, which is a new feature length Yu-Gi-Oh! film which ties in all 3 generations of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Franchise, and was developed to celebrate 10 Years of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Franchise.

The Movie, which has previously been shown in 3D in American Cinemas has had no "previous" mention that a UK DVD/Blu-ray will be released, but if HMV's information is correct then the DVD & Blu-Ray will be released on 30th May 2011.

At the moment though HMV's Pre-order page for Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time Movie can be seen here -> DVD / Blu-Ray

Not only that HMV has also uploaded Casshern Sins (Part 1) for Pre-order, which will most likely contain the first 12 Episodes of the series over 1 or 2 Blu-ray discs. (Which is similar to the American release). Casshern Sins (Part 1) has been given a release date of 9th May 2011.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Moribito - Guardian Of The Spirit - Part 1 - REGION FREE

Morbito - Guardian Of The Spirit - Part 1

A and B (Confirmed Playable in the UK)

Price: £20.41 (Excluding Postage)

Episodes: 1 - 13 (2 Disc Set)

Plot: Balsa the spearwoman is a wandering warrior, who takes on the task of saving lives, in atonement for a past sin.

On her journey, she happens to save a prince, and is tasked with becoming his bodyguard.

And he is going to need one, for his own father, the emperor, wants him dead.

FLCL - Complete Series - REGION LOCKED

FLCL - Complete Series

Region: A (NOT playable in the UK)

Price: $20.99 / £12.53 (Excluding Postage)

Episodes: 1 - 6

Plot: When the three powerhouse creators of Eden of the East, Gurren Laggan, and Neon Genesis Evangelion bumped heads, FLCL was the aftermath that changed the way anime is made forever.

Naota is a detached sixth-grader afflicted by the pangs of puberty. He's fooling around with his brother's ex-girlfriend when a crazed girl on a motor scooter runs him over, brains him with a bass guitar, and moves into his house.

She says she's an alien, and hurls Naota into the middle of a mega-corporation's secret agenda. And now giant battling robots shoot from his skull when he has naughty thoughts.

Like a Thomas Pynchon novel fueled by nitrous, with mind-bending animation and tunes that pleasantly rip through your cerebellum like a chainsaw, FLCL takes you on a trip you'll never forget.

Dragonball Z Kai - Part 4 - REGION FREE

Dragonball Z Kai - Part 4

Region: A and B (Playable in the UK)

Price: £15.23 (Excluding Postage)

Episodes: 40 - 52 (2 Disc Set)

Plot: After learning that Frieza murdered his father and destroyed his home planet, Goku takes aim at the putrid purple monster in the greatest grudge match the galaxy has ever seen!

The bruises multiply at a furious rate as the two warriors trade blows in a battle that literally destroys planet Namek.

As the slugfest approaches a standstill, Frieza forever silences Goku's closest friend sending Earth s hero into a Super Saiyan rage that threatens to obliterate them both!