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Monday, 4 June 2012

We Have Moved!

Just a quick announcement to say we have now moved to -> which offers a better viewing experience and more 'useful' features to our readers, so please update any bookmarks or links you may have.

In Addition to this AnimeBlurayUK is now on Twitter, so please follow us to get the latest updates on Anime Blu-ray News & Region Checks.

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Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Manga UK Confirms Madoka Magica for Blu-ray Release

Manga Entertainment UK has today confirmed, via Twitter, that popular Magical Girl TV Series Madoka Magica, will be getting the Blu-ray treatment in the UK.
I'm happy to confirm we will release Madoka Magica on 3 disc DVD and Blu-ray on 22-Oct. DVD is £29.99 RRP and BD is £39.99
Maga Entertainment UK's Blu-ray release of Madoka Magica will feature the complete 12 episode tv series over three Blu-ray Discs in one Blu-ray case, which is great for UK fans considering that the American and Australian releases of Madoka Magica have been sold in individual volumes at a very expensive price.

MangaUK also pointed out that the 'Store Retail Price' of Madoka Magica is £39.99, so online prices will most likely be cheaper than the in-store price, such as is the case with previous Blu-ray releases such as the recent Bleach and Naruto Movies.

Pre-orders for Madoka Magica will start to appear online within the next few weeks, however the Blu-ray (and DVD) Boxset is not released until 22nd October 2012.

Ouran High School Host Club: Complete Collection (Anime Classic) - REGION FREE

Ouran High School Host Club: Complete Collection (Anime Classic)
Region: A and B (Confirmed Playable in the UK)
-- Boxart states Region B Compatible

Price: $28.85 / £18.59 (Excludes Postage)

Episodes: 1 - 26 ( 3 Disc Set)

Plot: Ouran Academy: An institution of extravagance and prestige where learning is secondary to luxury.

Haruhi began the year as an out of place scholarship student, but she's found new popularity as a member of the Host Club.

Playing the part of a sensitive suitor and wooing the ladies of the school has become a full-time job. Of course, now that Tamaki and the other boys can no longer deny the charms of her girly side, life feels more like a storybook daydream.

Monday, 28 May 2012

New Anime Blu-ray UK Releases (28/05/12)

After a short period without any new Anime Blu-ray Releases in the UK, the past month (and upcoming months) are going to be rather busy - since last week Ghost In The Shell: Solid State Society Blu-ray was released and upcoming next month is Angel Beats and Broken Blade on Blu-ray.

Return to the present and we find that Manga Entertainment UK, in partnership with Kaze UK, has today released the first three Bleach Movies on Single Blu-ray discs across Britain.

I've seen the first two films on Blu-ray, from Kaze-Fr, so i expect the quality and menus to be exactly the same (since the versions by Kaze-Fr had English Dub Track and English Subtitles). Both films had superb picture quality and 5.1 Surround Tracks. Either way today all three films are available to purchase from UK Stores and online retailers.

Bleach: The Movie - Memories Of Nobody -> £15 (Amazon UK / HMV UK) £17.99 (Play UK)
Bleach: The Movie - Diamond Dust Rebellion -> £15 (Amazon UK / HMV UK) £17.99 (Play UK)
Bleach: The Movie - Fade To Black -> £15 (Amazon UK) £17.99 (Play UK) £20 (HMV UK)

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Black Lagoon UK Blu-ray Release Date Confirmed

According to this weekends MCM Expo the Black Lagoon Blu-ray Boxset is expected to be released on the 9th July in the UK, however pre-orders have yet to appear online.

Well today one curious Anime fan, Simonm094 tweeted to Manga Entertainment asking if the release date was correctly printed in the Magazine and Manga UK replied stating that the date printed in the MCM Expo Magazine was indeed correct. Thus confirming that Black Lagoon Collection will be released on Blu-ray in the UK on 9th July 2012.

So UK Fans, not only are we getting the Bleach Movie Trilogy on Blu-ray this coming monday which fills out the rest of May, but we will also be getting Roujin Z and Angel Beats in June and now confirmed is Black Lagoon Blu-ray Boxset. Looks like the UK Anime Blu-ray Market is starting to pick up.

Friday, 11 May 2012

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - OVA Collection (Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack) Unboxed

FUNimation will shortly be releasing the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood OVA Collection into America and since i have recieved mine earlier i have decided to take some pictures of the set unboxed.

The Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood OVA Collection will be available, in stores, in America from 22nd May 2012, however if you order it online you may have recieved it early, like i did.

This particular Blu-ray  / DVD Combo pack consists of 1 Blu-ray Disc and 1 DVD Disc, each containing the same material with 4 15 Minute long OVA's and 16 2-3 Minute long digital comic therater episodes making up the entire OVA Collection.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - OVA Collection (Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack) - REGION LOCKED

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - OVA Collection (Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack)

BD Region: A (Confirmed NOT Playable in the UK)

DVD Region: 1 (Confirmed NOT Playable in the UK)

--Confirmed via Disc tests on UK PS3 and UK Blu-ray Player (Boxart states Region A/1 Only)

Price: $12.96 / £8.05 (Excludes Postage)

Episodes: 1 - 4 + 16 Digital Comics (2 Disc Set)

Plot: Amazing secrets and startling facts are exposed for the first time in the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood OVA Collection, a new assortment of stories set in never-before-seen corners of the FMA universe.

Join Ed and Al as they chase rumors of successful human transmutation into a web of shocking family drama and lies. Sneak a glance at hidden sides of Winry and Hawkeye's personalities. Survive the frigid north with a young Izumi Curtis as she fights to gain a deeper understanding of alchemy. Explore the legendary friendship shared by Mustang and Hughes and watch them grow from military school rivals into hardened brothers transformed by the horrors of the Ishvalan War.

You thought you knew the whole story. You thought all the tales were told. The Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood OVA Collection offers proof: You were wrong.


Manga Entertainment UK has recently confirmed that they will be releasing this Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood OVA Collection into the UK on Blu-ray on 22nd October 2012. A Price for the UK Set has yet to be revealed.

Squid Girl: Complete Season 1 Collection - REGION FREE

Squid Girl: Complete Season 1 Collection

Region: A and B (Confirmed playable within the UK)
--Boxart states Region A Only (however EeepersChoice has confirmed it Region B Compatible)

Price: $43.64 / £26.42 (Excludes Postage)

Episodes: 1 - 12 + OVA (2 Disc Set)

Plot: Foolish land-born air breathers: behold the terror from the depths, the tentacled conqueror of humanity - Squid Girl! With your pollution and stuff you really deserve it, so prepare for menacing, inky doom!

Squid Girl has come from the depths of the sea to conquer humanity for its pollution of the ocean. Within moments of arriving on the surface world, our easily distracted little invertebrate is promptly bullied into working for the Aizawa sisters as a waitress, supplying their restaurant with squid ink. If poor Squid Girl can't handle two pushy Japanese girls, how will she ever subjugate the human race?

Tsubasa: OVA Collection (S.A.V.E. Edition) - REGION FREE

Tsubasa - OVA Collection (S.A.V.E. Edition)

Region: A and B (Confirmed Playable in the UK)
-- Boxart states Region B Compatible

Price: $15.93 / £9.92 (Exclude Postage)

Episodes: Tokyo Revelations 1 - 3
                 Spring Thunder 1 - 2
                 (1 Disc Set)

Plot: Tokyo Revelations: After visiting countless realities, Syaoran, Sakura, Fai, and Kurogane finally learn the truth behind their shared fate. The shadowy villain responsible for scattering Sakura's memories is exposed, and the four friends endure twists and turmoil unlike any they've ever encountered. Impossible sacrifices, both emotional and physical, must be made.

Spring Thunder: When Fai is dealt an incredible wound, Kurogane takes shocking steps to save the wizard from death. The warrior's efforts will connect them forever. In a savage urban wasteland, Sakura's survival is far from guaranteed as she boldly takes action like never before. Indeed, nobody is safe - and the quest's noble hero is in the greatest danger of all. Syaoran must face his fiercest foe yet: himself. One Syaoran is a clone. The other is real. When a brutal battle erupts between the two, it is Sakura who suffers most. Prepare for the unexpected. Nothing is as it seems. Everything you know about Tsubasa changes now.

Guin Saga: Complete Collection - REGION LOCKED

Guin Saga: Complete Collection

Region: A (Not Playable within the UK)
-- Boxart states Region A Only

Price: $50.95/£31.68 (Excludes Postage)

Episodes: 1 - 26 (4 Disc Set)

Plot: On the run from an army that destroyed their kingdom, the twin heirs to the Parros throne must avoid a magical land filled with incredible dangers.

They are surrounded on all sides-by warring armies, an apelike tribe of desert creatures called the Sem, and the ruthless Langon clan. Giant sandworms, glowing, malevolent creatures, and powerful wizards mastering in the dark arts threaten them at every turn. If they were alone, they would surely perish.

But in a dark forest, they are discovered by a mysterious stranger, a powerful warrior wearing a cursed leopard mask he cannot remove. His name... is Guin. He becomes their protector and companion, though he remembers nothing of his life before meeting these young runaways.

Together, they begin a treacherous quest to find safety for the royal twins-and the answers to Guin's secret origins. Based on the bestselling novels, this magical, animated epic is now available in one complete, sweeping set!

Infinite Stratos: Complete Collection - REGION LOCKED

Infinite Stratos: Complete Collection

Region: A (Not playable within the UK)
-- Boxart states Region A Only

Price: $39.96 / £24.85 (Excludes Postage)

Episodes: 1 - 12 + OVA + Music CD (3 Disc Set)

Plot: Ten years ago, the development of the revolutionary Infinite Stratos powered exoskeleton changed the world's balance of power overnight.

Unfortunately, while the distribution of IS systems to every nation on Earth HAS ushered in a new era of peace, the fact that only women have thus far been able to pilot the Stratos systems has sent the relationship between the XX and XY-chromosomed halves of the human race into a spiraling tailspin!

So when fifteen-year-old Ichika Orimura is suddenly discovered to be the first male with the ability to control an IS, whatever plans he might have had for his own future are tossed out the window even as he's thrown to the wolves and enrolled at the otherwise entirely female Infinite Stratos Academy by order of the Japanese government! It's One Boy Vs. All the Girls as Ichika get taken for a ride on some serious heavy metal in INFINITE STRATOS - The Complete Collection!

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Manga UK Confirms Blu-ray Release of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood OVA Collection

Manga Entertainment UK has today confirmed that the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood OVA Collection, which consists of four different OVA Episodes and a Digital Comic Collection, will be released into the UK later this year.

The News comes direct from MangaUK's official Twitter account, stating that not only will the OVA Collection be released in the UK, but it will also be released as part of a Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack.

At the same time as the Twitter announcement MangaUK Shared more details about the OVA Collection's content on its official Facebook page:
We are happy to announce that we will be releasing Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood OVA and Digital Comic in the UK as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack in October. Aiming for 22-Oct street date. Will be online to pre-order by end of May we hopefully. This is the same release as the Funimation version in the US. Includes 2-discs, 4 x OVAs and the entire digital comic series.
The Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood OVA Collection consists of four different and unique episodes that fill in gaps left over from the TV Series, such as an episode that explains how Izumi (aka Ed and Al's Teacher) survived on the cold harsh mountains for a month during her training.

The OVA Collection will contain the following Episodes:

- OVA 1: The Blind Alchemist
- OVA 2: Simple People
- OVA 3: Tales Of The Master
- OVA 4: Yet Another Man's Battlefield

In Addition to these 4 Episodes a Digital Comic Collection, which can be viewed on the disc, will also be included.

The Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood OVA Collection will be released on DVD as well as a Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack on 22nd October 2012

Okami-san and Her Seven Companions: Complete Collection - Limited Edition (Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack) - REGION FREE

Okami-san and Her Seven Companions: Complete Collection - Limited Edition (Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack)
BD Region: A and B (Confirmed Playable in the UK)

DVD Region: 1, 2 and 4 (Confirmed Playable in the UK)

-- Boxart states Region B and 2 Compatible

Price: $34.99 / £21.67 (Excludes Postage

Episodes: 1 - 12 (2 Blu-ray & 2 DVD)

Plot: Ookami Ryouko is a spunky and, by some accounts, rather manly high school girl. She is tall, speaks in a traditionally masculine way and is very proficient in fighting. Ookami-san's best friend is the small and high-pitched voiced Akai Ringo.

Ookami and Ringo are members of the Otogi Bank, a club in Otogi High School that assists students with their problems in return for their assistance on a different problem at a later date. The Otogi Bank is able to solve any problem and will go to any lengths to do so, often leading the members to danger or mayhem.

Since most of the members of the club are female, another male is needed for the more dangerous assignments. Thus, the scopophobic (the fear of being looked at) Morino Ryoushi is inducted as a member, right after he confesses his love for Ookami...

The Legend Of Legendary Heroes - Part 2 (Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack) - REGION FREE

The Legend Of Legendary Heroes - Part 2 (Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack)

BD Region: A and B (Confirmed Playable in the UK)

DVD Region: 1, 2 and 4 (Confirmed Playable in the UK)

-- Boxart States Region B and 2 Compatible

Price: $35.99 / £22.24 (Excludes Postage)

Episodes: 14 - 25 (2 Blu-ray & 2 DVD)

Plot: The dynamic partners Ryner—a remarkable magician feared as an unstable monster—and gorgeous swordswoman Ferris return home after abandoning their original mission to save a child bearing the Alpha Stigma curse.

While the citizens of Roland faithfully follow King Sion, a darkness begins to consume him. Unexplained abductions, murders and whispers of human experiments haunt the kingdom while the mystery of Ryner’s enigmatic power unfolds. An inevitable conflict between two friends erupts as an evil force commands one to destroy the other.

All the while, a distant country with crucial knowledge of the ancient legends prepares to attack. Will Ryner be able to save his best friend—or himself—from the black

The Legend Of Legendary Heroes - Part 1- Limited Edition (Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack) - REGION FREE

The Legend Of Legendary Heroes - Part 1- Limited Edition (Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack)

BD Region: A and B (Confirmed Playable in the UK)

DVD Region: 1, 2 and 4 (Confirmed Playable in the UK)

-- Boxart States Region B and 2 Compatible

Price: $34.99 / £21.62 (Excludes Postage)

Episodes: 1 - 13 (2 Blu-ray & 2 DVD)

Plot: Ryner is not your typical soldier. Cursed with a mysterious, deadly power - the Alpha Stigma - he has been called a monster his entire life. His beautiful partner, Ferris, is a lethal warrior with wits as sharp as her blade.

Together they search for the Hero Relics - mystical artifacts that give their owners devastating supernatural abilities - to help their king give hope to a country plagued by political corruption. When they cross arms with a pair of dangerous hunters who wield several of the ancient armaments, Ferris faces Ryner in his most volatile state.

As enemies wait in the shadows and blood is spilled amidst a constant threat of mutiny, for these heroes, one more could spark a war.

Black Butler: Complete 2nd Season - Limited Edition (Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack) - REGION FREE

Black Butler: Complete 2nd Season - Limited Edition (Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack)

BD Region: A and B (Playable in the UK)

DVD Region: 1 (Confirmed NOT Playable in the UK)

-- Boxart States Region B Compatible

Price: $41.99 / £25.90 (Excludes Postage)

Episodes: 1 - 12 (2 Blu-ray & 2 DVD)

Plot: When last we saw dear Sebastian, he was poised to feast on the ripened soul of his young master. Unfortunately for the debonair demon, there’s a new butler in town…
Enter Claude Faustus, a malevolent manservant uninspired by the drab flavor of his own contracted master, Alois Trancy. This pedestrian lad holds no allure for Claude, so the bespectacled butler sets his sights on a finer delicacy from the menu of the damned. None other than Ciel Phantomhive. And so begins a devilish dance of death starring crow and spider.

The demonic duel rages beyond the limits of good taste, culminating in a debaucherous maze of madness pitting butler against butler. Sebastian and Claude: two ravenous rakehells filled with the power of darkness and locked in a macabre battle for the soiled soul of the young master they so long to savor/devour.

Black Butler: Complete 1st Season (Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack) - REGION FREE

Black Butler: Complete 1st Season (Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack)
BD Region: A and B (Playable in the UK)

DVD Region: 1 (Confirmed NOT Playable in the UK)

-- Boxart States Region B Compatible

Price: $41.99 / £25.90 (Excludes Postage)

Episodes: 1 - 24 + 2 Bonus Episodes
                (2 Blu-ray & 3 DVD)

Plot: Ciel Phantomhive is the most powerful boy in all of England, but he bears the scars of unspeakable suffering.

Forced to watch as his beloved parents were brutally murdered, Ciel was subsequently abducted and violently tortured. Desperate to end his suffering, the boy traded his own soul for a chance at vengeance, casting his lot with the one person on whom he could depend: Sebastian, a demon Butler summoned from the very pits of hell.

Together, they’ll prowl the darkest alleys of London on a mission to snuff out those who would do evil. They’re a rare sight, these two: the Butler who dismembers with dazzling cutlery – and the Young Master who carries the devil’s marking. Rest assured that wherever they may be headed, it’ll be one hell of a ride.

Monday, 30 April 2012

Sekirei - The Complete Series (Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack) - REGION FREE

Sekirei - The Complete Series (Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack)
BD Region: A and B (Confirmed Playable in the UK)

DVD Region: 1 (Confirmed NOT Playable in the UK)

-- Boxart states Region B Compatible

Price: $28.99 / £17.86 (Excludes Postage)

Episodes: 1 - 12 (2 DVD's & 2 Blu-ray's)

Plot: Minato had no luck with the ladies until the day a well-rounded warrior babe named Musubi fell into his life and crushed his face with her ginormous cleavage.

Hunted by a stunning pair of twin sisters, Musubi was searching for the right guy to give her a squeeze and unlock the hidden powers lurking beneath her ample assets.

Minato fit the bill, and now he’s caught in the middle of a supernatural slugfest where voluptuous vixens take turns beating each others’ clothes off!

Only one of these bodacious brawlers will come out on top, but the unbridled excitement of watching them go at it makes this utterly-fulfilling series the breast action-harem anime of all time!

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - Collection One - REGION LOCKED

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - Collection One

Region: A (NOT Playable in the UK)
-- Boxart states Region A Only (via Unboxing Video)

Price: $36.99 / £23.08 (Excludes Postage)

Episodes: 1 - 33 (4 Disc Set)

Plot: Edward and Alphonse Elric's reckless disregard for alchemy's fundamental laws ripped half of Ed's limbs from his body and left Al's soul clinging to a cold suit of armor. To restore what was lost, the brothers scour a wartorn land for the Philosopher's Stone, a fabled relic which grants the ability to perform alchemy in impossible ways.

The Elrics are not alone in their search; the corrupt State Military is eager to harness the artifact's power. So too are the strange Homunculi and their shadowy creator. The mythical gem lures exotic alchemists from distant kingdoms, scarring some deeply enough to inspire murder. As the Elrics find their course altered by these enemies and allies, their purpose remains unchanged - and their bond unbreakable

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - The Sacred Star Of Milos (Blu-ray / DVD Combo) - REGION LOCKED

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood: The Sacred Star Of Milos (Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack)

BD Region: A (Confirmed NOT playable in the UK)
-- Boxart States Region A Only (via Unboxing Video)

DVD Region: 1 (Confirmed NOT playable in the UK)
-- Boxart states Region 1 Only (via Unboxing Video)

Price: $19.99 / £12.47 (Excludes Postage)

Episodes: 1 Feature Length Movie + Extras

Plot: Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos, a new feature-length adventure into the world of an international anime sensation.

A fugitive alchemist with mysterious abilities leads the Elric brothers to a distant valley of slums inhabited by the Milos, a proud people struggling against bureaucratic exploitation. Ed and Al quickly find themselves in the middle of a rising rebellion, as the exiled Milos lash out against their oppressors. At the heart of the conflict is Julia, a young alchemist befriended by Alphonse. She’ll stop at nothing to restore the Milos to their former glory – even if that means harnessing the awful power of the mythical Philosopher’s Stone.

Friday, 6 April 2012

.Hack // Quantum: Complete OVA Series (Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack)

.Hack // Quantum: Complete OVA Series (Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack)

BD Region: A and B (Confirmed Playable in the UK)
-- Boxart states Region A, however it has been confirmed working on UK PS3 & Blu-ray Player

DVD Region: 1 (Confirmed NOT playable in the UK)
--Boxart states Region 1, DVD Did not play on UK PS3 or Blu-ray Player

Price: $15.99 / £10.08 (Excludes Postage)

Episodes: 1 - 3 (1 Blu-ray & 1 DVD)

Plot: Tobias, Mary, and Sakura are way into the The World. Together, they form an inseparable group, grinding toward the break of day and running dungeons in search of the artifacts of adventure. But when the trio becomes lost in this virtual labyrinth, a chance encounter with the mysterious entity known only as Hermit will change their lives forever. There’s an eerie darkness spreading across The World, and once you stumble in, you may never make it out.

Pokemon Collection (4 Movie Bundle) - REGION LOCKED

Pokemon Collection (4 Movie Bundle)

Region: A (Confirmed NOT Playable in the UK)
-- Tested myself on Region B PS3 & Blu-ray Player

Price: $18.99 / £11.98 (Excludes Postage)

Episodes: 4 Feature Length Movies (90 Minutes Each)

Audio: Movie 4 & 6 = English 5.1 DTS HD
Movie 5 & 7 = English 2.0 Stereo

Plot: ----

Pokemon 4Ever: 40 years ago, a Celebi was being attacked by a Pokemon Hunter. Luckily, a young boy named Sammy saved Celebi. Using its Time Traveling power, Celebi transported himself and Sammy 40 years into the future. There, Ash, Misty, and Brock assist Sammy to the healing lake in the forest so they can heal the wounded Celebi. Unfortunately an evil Team Rocket member, Viscious a.k.a. "The Iron Masked Marauder", tries to capture Celebi using his technology. As Ash and Co. try to get away from Viscious, they also run into Jessie, James, and Meowth, who also want to capture Celebi. Soon it becomes a race against time to get Celebi and Sammy back to the forest before Celebi is caught and is used to destroy the forest and themselves.

Pokemon Heroes: Long ago, on an island called Altomare, there lived an old man and woman. One day, the couple found two small children lying on the shore, badly wounded. The couple took them in and took care of them, and the children quickly recovered. But then, the island was attacked by monsters. Within moments the island fell into the monsters' wrath. But then...Before the old man and lady's eyes, the children who they had taken care of transformed into the Eon Pokemon, Latios and Latias. They called their family from the sky. They came, and carried a stone with them containing the power to force the monsters away. This gem was known as the "Soul Dew". Peace returned to the island. However, later in the present, a criminal duo - Zannā and Rion - are seeking Latios and Latias in order to take control of the Soul Dew. Taking a short break in Altomare, Ash befriends Latias and is now dragged into the situation helping to save Altomare from becoming swallowed up by destruction again.

Pokemon Jirachi Wishmaker: Ash and friends come upon the festival of the Wishing Star of Seven Nights. During their enjoyment, the legendary pokemon, Jirachi, decends from the heavens and befriends Masato. Jirachi, with the power to grant any wish, is sought after by many people wanting to claim its power. One man seeks to use its legendary power to revive an ancient pokemon known as Groudon, unaware of the dangers hidden within Jirachi's powers.

Pokemon Destiny Dexoys: Ash and his friends travel to LaRousse, where they meet a boy named Tooi who is afraid of Pokemon due to an incident that happened four years earlier. Meanwhile, Deoxys, a Pokemon from space, has reappeared, putting a barrier around the city and kidnapping people. Rayquaza, a Pokemon that lives in the atmosphere, comes to fight it.

*****BLU-RAY NOTES*****

All Four movies only contain English Audio, with Pokemon 4Ever (Movie 4) and Pokemon Jirachi Wishmaker (Movie 6) featuring English 5.1 DTS HD Audio. Pokemon Heroes (Movie 5) and Pokemon Destiny Dexoys (Movie 7) only feature English Stereo 2.0.

No extra features, such as Pikachu's mini-movie, are included - its just the main movies and an interactive main menu on one blu-ray disc.

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Pokemon Forever & Pokemon Heroes UK Blu-ray Boxart Revealed

The Official boxart for the upcoming UK Pokemon Blu-ray Movie double pack, featuring Pokemon Movie 4 (Pokemon Forever) and Pokemon Movie 5 (Pokemon Heroes) has finally been revealed.
Similar to what was released in America last year, both films will be released onto one blu-ray disc. Hopefully though this bundle will feature 5.1 Surround Sound (instead of Stereo 2.0) and maybe some extra features, but obviously we won't know that until its released later next month.

This particular Blu-ray bundle will be released into the UK on Monday 2nd April 2012 and is currently available for pre-order from Amazon UK , HMV and Play UK.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Three Pokemon Movies Coming to Blu-ray in UK

Amazon UK have recently listed three Pokemon Movies for sale on Blu-ray, with a current release date set for the 2nd April 2012.

According to Amzon UK the Three Pokemon Movies will be released in Two Seperate Packages, with Pokemon Movie 4 (Pokemon 4Ever) and Pokemon Movie 5 (Pokemon Heroes) being released together in one Blu-ray set, while Pokemon Movie 7 (Pokemon: Destiny Dexoys) released on its own, with all three films being released in the UK by Studiocanal.

Additionally the BBFC Website has recently rated Pokemon: Destiny Dexoys and given it a U Rating and is currently one of the few Pokemon films that has not been officially released in the UK, Once more the film was submitted to the BBFC by Studiocanal, who is the studio that are releasing the films in the UK on Blu-ray.

Pokemon Movies 5 and 7 had previously been released as a single package in the USA, which was released by Miramax Entertainment. The picture quality was surprisingly good, considering how old the film is - the only downside to the Blu-ray was that it only featured English Stereo 2.0 (when the DVDs had Surround Sound) and it did not have any extra features, so heres hoping that Studiocanal's version improves upon Miramax's version.

Both Pokemon Blu-ray sets are available to pre-order from Amazon UK for £17.99 and are scheduled for release on the 2nd April 2012, a week before the Pokemon Black & White Double Film Pack is released on DVD in the UK.

Sengoku Basara 2 - The Complete Series (Blu-ray / DVD) - REGION FREE

Sengoku Basara 2 - The Complete Series (Blu-ray / DVD)

BD Region: A and B (Confirmed Playable in the UK)

DVD Region: 1 (Confirmed NOT Playable in the UK)

--Boxart states Region B

Price: £26.70 (Excludes Postage)

Episodes: 1 - 12 + OVA's ( 2 Blu-ray & 2 DVD)

Plot: Feel the rush of non-stop, over-the-top battlefield action in Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings 2! Japan’s toughest warlords are on the move, leading massive armies against their rivals in a thrilling quest for total domination.

Wielding insane weaponry and unleashing the elements to boost their already awesome power, these warrior generals roar into the fray atop turbo-charged stallions, slicing through the enemy with six blades at once.

They brandish explosive shotguns and swing swords the size of men. They crush the opposition with rolling battle fortresses and incinerate their foes with solar death rays. Hordes of ninja assassins and samurai fight to vanquish every adversary in their sight. As loyalties crumble and new alliances are forged in the scorching heat of battle, heroes become conquerors and conquerors become legends in Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings 2! This is war!

B Gata H Kei - Yamada's First Time - Complete Series (Blu-ray / DVD) - REGION FREE

B Gata H Kei - Yamada's First Time - Complete Series (Blu-ray / DVD)

BD Region: A and B (Confirmed Playable in the UK)

DVD Region: 1 and 4 (Confirmed NOT Playable in the UK)

--Boxart States Region B

Price: Standard - £26.62 (Excludes Postage)
Limited - £29.13 (Excludes Postage)

Episodes: 1 - 12 (2 Blu-ray & 2 DVD)

Plot: She can't give it away! Did you hear about Yamada? You know the chick: pretty face, nice body, wears a plaid skirt every day? Well, I heard from my lab partner that "Little Miss Vaughn" wants to have sex with a hundred different dudes before she graduates. I'm not even kidding! That hot mess totally thinks she can devirginize a hundred guys even though she's never even French-kissed! She must be in heat. I even saw her flirting with that dork Kosuda at lunch today. No joke. She was smiling and winking and rubbing her lady bumps all against his shoulder. It was pathetic! I mean - don't get me wrong - I'd probably let her sex me up and stuff, but she'd have to practice first. I like my ladies experienced, and she can't even give it away.

Phantom - Requiem For The Phantom (Blu-ray / DVD) - REGION FREE

Phantom - Requiem For The Phantom (Blu-ray / DVD)

BD Region: A and B (Confirmed Playable in the UK)

DVD Region: 1,2 and 4 (Confirmed Playable in the UK)

--Boxart states Both Region B and 2

Price: £30.35 (Excludes Postage)

Episodes: 1 - 26 (3 Blu-ray & 6 DVD)

Plot: A young man with no memories fights to salvage his humanity when he's forced into a life of murder by a dangerous crime syndicate called Inferno. The organization gives him a new name, Zwei, and molds him into a perfect killing machine, a meticulous instrument of death created to obey his masters' every deadly command.

Zwei's not the only puppet controlled by Inferno; Ein is a girl as beautiful as she is brutal, as lethal as she is lost. While mafia violence escalates around them, the two assassins grow closer, and Zwei begins the struggle to reclaim his past and save Ein from a blood-soaked future.

MVM to Release Broken Blade on Blu-ray

MVM Entertainment announced last october that it had acquried the license to release the 6-Episode-Long OVA Broken Blade into the UK. Well recently on MVM's official Facebook page MVM Entertainment revealed that they will be releasing Broken Blade on Blu-ray in the UK.
Plans are to give [Broken Blade] a go on Blu Ray and if it sells well we might release some of our older, popular titles on Blu Ray. As usual it's all down to sales. We're planning on releasing it late summer, no fixed date or price yet - when I know it'll be on the site available for pre-order."

Up until now MVM Entertainment have only released Anime on DVD and recently they have only re-released individual volumes into DVD Boxsets, but other the course of the past week MVM Entertainment have revealed several new anime titles, so it looks like MVM are back in the Anime Industry.

Broken Blade features Six 50 Minute Long OVA Styled Episodes and features Animation by Production I.G and it currently unclear whether MVM Entertainment will release it as a Complete Collection or individual volumes, similar to that of Gundam Unicorn.

Fairy Tail - Part 3 (Blu-ray / DVD) - REGION FREE

Fairy Tail - Part 3 (Blu-ray / DVD)

BD Region: A and B (Confirmed Playable in the UK)

DVD Region: 1, 2 and 4 (Confirmed Playable in the UK)

--Boxart states Region B and 2

Price: $28.99 /£18.27 (Excludes Postage)

Episodes: 25 - 36 (2 Blu-ray & 2 DVD)

Plot: Across the Fiore Kingdom, wizards join guilds and make their pay by filling magical needs - but one guild has a reputation as the roughest, rowdiest, most dangerous of all: Fairy Tale!

The guild-on-guild mayhem continues as Fairy Tale struggles to fend off Phantom Lord - whose Element 4 must be defeated in order to disable a massive magic cannon aimed at guild headquarters! With a never surrender attitude, Natsu and his friends push their powers to the limit to protect Lucy and save Magnolia from total annihilation! Then, Erza's tortured past returns to haunt her when estranged friends ambush a well-deserved vacation. Her team tracks them down to a looming tower where a possessed wizard close to Erza's heart puts them in a sinister game of life or death!

Monday, 13 February 2012

UK Customs Import Value lowered to £15 / 15 GBP

It has recently been pointed out to me by a few followers on Twitter that on the 1st November 2011 HM Revenue & Customs lowered the import value from £18 (around $25.50) to £15 (around $23).

Basically what this means is that if you were to purchase something from America (or from outside the EU) that is over £15 then you are subject to Customs Tax

So if you are going to buy something from Amazon USA that is over £15 and you do not pay the Custom Tax despoit then you will likely be charged by Customs when the item arrives through the mail. Some website such as Planet Axel post the item directly into Royal Mail (or your countries postal method) so you will not be charged.

Additionally if the item was purchased privately, such as on eBay, you can request the seller to send it as a GIFT, which then allows a Customs value of up to £40 - yet again if the item is marked higher than £40 on the box then you will be subject to customs charge.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Viz Media Europe licenses Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below for Blu-ray Release

KazeUK has recently tweeted to confirm that Viz Media Europe have licensed, and will be releasing in partnership with Manga Entertainment UK, Makoto Shinkai's latest film, Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below, in the UK on DVD and Blu-ray.
Have a cool announcement time - Viz Media Europe has acquired the rights to Makoto Shinkai's new film - The Children Who Chase Lost Voices!

This means in the UK we'll be releasing it on DVD and Blu-Ray later this year, more details to follow!
Viz Media Europe have licensed the film, with Manga Entertainment UK distributing it in the UK on DVD & Blu-ray, which is a similar story to what Manga is doing with its other Blu-ray Releases.

No Release date has been given, but it is expected to be released within the year.

Monday, 6 February 2012

Star Driver - Part 2 - REGION FREE

Star Driver - Part 2

Region: A and B (Confirmed Playable in the UK)
-- Confirmed via PlanetAxel
-- No Region Info stated on Boxart

Price: £20.14 (Excludes Postage)

Episodes: 13 - 24 (2 Disc Set)

Plot: The Kiraboshi Order of Cross continues to search for the other shrine maidens using the cybody Ayingott s special ability.. One by one, the Western and Eastern Shrine Maidens are revealed

and their seals are unlocked, bringing Vanishing Age closer to their ultimate goal, unleashing the king Cybody, Samekh, from zero time into the real world. In order to stop them, Takuto will have to finally confront his father and battle his own best friend, Sugata!.

Star Driver - Part 1 - REGION FREE

Star Driver - Part 1

Region: A and B (Confirmed Playable in the UK)
-- Confirmed via Planetaxel
-- Boxart does not list Region Info

Price: $27.49 / £17.37 (Exclude Postage)

Episodes: 1 - 12 (2 Disc Set)

Plot: On the southern edge of Japan, the inhabitants of Southern Cross Island lead seemingly normal lives but far beneath the surface of this quiet island lies an ancient secret that lays dormant until Takuto Tsunashi washes ashore one night.

Upon enrolling in Southern Cross Island High School, Takuto and his friends become embroiled in a conflict with a clandestine society to control giant machines, called Cybodies, sealed under the island and whose powers are bound by special shrine maidens. What secrets will Takuto dig up and how will he deal with the obstacles that lie ahead of him as this struggle will threaten to tear apart the entire island?!

Friday, 3 February 2012

MangaUK Confirms a selection of Blu-ray Releases

Manga Entertainment UK has today confirmed, via a pre-order list on Anime-On-Line, a selection of Blu-ray titles that will be released during the spring/summer season of 2012.

Titles Include:

- Angel Beats (Complete Collection)
- Bleach - Movie 1: Memories Of Nobody
- Bleach - Movie 2: Diamond Dust Rebellion
- Bleach - Movie 3: Fade To Black
- Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Solid State Society (Double Play)
- Mardock Scramble: The First Compression
- Naruto Shippuden: Double Movie Bundle (Movies 1 & 2)
- Roujin Z
- Welcome To The Space Show (Double Play)

Additionally Both Fullmetal Alchemist movies will also be released on Blu-ray within the next year.

Some of the above titles, such as Angel Beats & Ghost In The Shell had been mentioned on Twitter in the past, but confirmation had not been definate - but now with this list all of the above titles will be released in the UK at some point this year.

Monday, 30 January 2012

New Anime Blu-ray UK Release (30/01/12)

This week's first Anime Blu-ray Release of the year is none-other than Samurai Girls, which is being brought to us in the UK by both Manga Entertainment UK and Kaze UK.

I believe (correct me if i am wrong) KAZE UK are funding the Disc's while Manga UK are distributing it within the UK, a similar story of whats going to happen with the upcoming Bleach and Naruto Blu-rays.

The Samurai Girls Collection Blu-ray is a 2 Disc Set which features all 12 Episodes from the series. The harem comedy-action series is set in an alternate Japan where the Tokugawa shogunate never lost its power and all hell breaks loose when two people start fighting for this power.

Samurai Girls: Complete Collection -> £32.99 (Amazon UK / HMV UK / Play UK)

Plot: The story takes place in Japan in the early 21st century, in an alternate reality where the Tokugawa Shogunate has remained in power. In this reality, student councils are tasked with oppressing schools. Yagyuu Muneakira is a high school student who rebels against his student council with the help of girls who've had the names of famous samurai heroes passed on to them.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Manga UK Confirms New Blu-ray Releases for 2012

Manga Entertainment UK has recently tweeted confirming a selection of Blu-rays that will be released during the 2012 year, some of which we already knew and some that come as a surprise.

In a reply to a tweet from @Punisher720 Manga Entertainment UK replied that Naruto Shippuden: Bonds and Bleach: Fade To Black would be coming to Blu-ray in the UK, which we already knew about. However it was the second part of the tweet that revealed that Fullmetal Alchemist: Conqueror of Shamballa and Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos will be released on Blu-ray in the UK during this year.

Manga Entertainment UK have previously mentioned at the MCM Expo in London last October that both Naruto Shippuden Movies would be released on Blu-ray as a double pack, and most recently in a statement regarding the cancellation of the K-ON Blu-ray boxset, Manga UK stated that they would be working with KAZE UK to release the entire Bleach Movie collection on Blu-ray.

2011 Might have been a poor year for Manga Entertainment UK in terms of Blu-ray releases and sales, but if the above turns out to be true we could be looking at seven popular anime movies coming to Blu-ray this year.

via: Anime Focus

Friday, 13 January 2012

Anime Blu-ray UK is 1 Year Old

The Anime Blu-ray UK Blog is today 1 year old and i'd like to thank everyone that has viewed or commented on the website, i hope that you have found it helpful and i hope you will find it helpful in the future.

As you may have noticed this blog isn't the most refreshed or updated blog - but as soon as i have the information (or checked it myself) regarding a particular title then i will post it up.

Top 3 Viewed Articles:

These are the top three most viewed articles in the past year.

1) Dragonball Z Kai Part 4 (Region Check)
2) MangaUK Confirms UK Release of Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D Blu-ray
3) UK Bank Holiday Anime Movie Listings Guide

The Past year has been a lot of fun and i hope the next year gets even better, if you want to get in touch with me then feel free via twitter, leave a comment below or contact me via ZOMGPlay.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Kaze UK To Release Black Lagoon Collection on Blu-ray in the UK

Kaze UK has recently confirmed via Twitter that they will be bringing the entire collection of Black Lagoon on to the Blu-ray disc platform into the UK during the 2012 calendar year.

Previously Black Lagoon had been released into the UK on DVD by MVM Entertainment, but now Kaze UK has revealed that they will be bringing the complete collection, including the Roberta's Blood Trail OVA to the UK on Blu-ray.

Apparently Season 1 and 2 of Black Lagoon will be released onto Blu-ray in May 2012, with the OVA (Roberta's Blood Trail) to be released on Blu-ray seperately later in the year. Additionally Manga Entertainment UK will be distributing the collection in the UK, with Kaze UK publishing it.

via: UK Anime Network

K-ON! - Volume 4 - REGION LOCKED

K-ON! - Volume 4

Region: A (Confirmed NOT Playable in the UK)

Price: £12.24 (Excludes Postage)

Episodes: 12 - 14 (3 Episodes)

Plot: The school festival is here again but Yui is out sick. The girls try to make do with Azusa on lead guitar and suddenly Yui shows up.

But her guitar playing is just too perfect and she's seems to be too polite to everyone. What has happened to Yui and will she be make it to the performance in time?.

Sekirei - Pure Engagement - Season 2 (Blu-ray / DVD) - REGION FREE

Sekirei: Pure Engagement - Season 2 (Blu-ray / DVD)

BD Region: A and B (Confirmed Playable in the UK)

DVD Region: 1 (Confirmed NOT playable in the UK)

-- Boxart states Region B Compatible

Price: £27.16 (Excludes Postage)

Episodes: 1- 13 (3 DVD & 2 Blu-ray)

Plot: Minato and his sexy army of Sekirei are back for more nosebleed–inducing action in this full-figured follow up to the breast action harem anime of all time!

A clandestine organization known as the MBI has issued an edict that threatens to end the lives of Minato and his luscious companions once and for all! The cutthroat organization’s Sekirei Plan will force all busty brawlers and their masters to engage in a flesh-baring fight to the finish. Only one amazing pair will be left standing when this curvaceous cavalcade of carnage has come to a conclusion. Does Minato have what it takes to survive the bombastic barrage of breast-jiggling blows coming his way in this titillating sequel? Only one thing is certain: the booby traps abound and the measurements are mesmerizing in Sekirei Pure Engagement!

Fairy Tail - Part 2 (Blu-ray / DVD) - REGION FREE

Fairy Tail - Part 2 (Blu-ray / DVD)

BD Region: A and B (Confirmed Playable in the UK)

DVD Region: 1, 2 and 4 (Confirmed Playable in the UK)

--Boxart states Region B and 2 Compatible

Price: $27.99 / £18.14 (Excludes Postage)

Episodes: 13 - 24 (2 Bluray & 2 DVD)

Plot: In the Kingdom of Fiore, powerful wizards make their living by joining magical guilds and contracting out their services to become "wizards for hire". Harnessing the forces of Dragon Fire, Ice, Weaponry, and the Zodiac, four young wizards of the infamous guild Fairy Tail team up to seek their fortunes.

Growing stronger with every mission, they travel the countryside helping people and battling rival guilds, but with personalities as different as their magic skills, this team may end up doing more damage than good.

Heavens Lost Property - Season 1 (Blu-ray / DVD) - REGION FREE

Heavens Lost Property - Season 1 (Blu-ray / DVD)

BD Region: A and B (Confirmed Playable in the UK)

DVD Region: 1 and 4 (Confirmed NOT Playable in the UK)

-- Boxart states Region B Compatible

Price: $38.99 / £25.27 (Excludes Postage)

Episodes: 1 - 14 (2 Blu-ray & 3 DVD)

Plot: Tomoki's life was normal until a wish-granting angelic android named Ikaros fell from the sky and started calling him master! Of course, thanks to his raging teenage hormones, most of Tomoki's wishes have something to do with panties. And that makes things pretty complicated, because one simple wish can lead to a rampaging robot made out of frilly undergarments.

One tiny wish can turn bloomers into bombs capable of blowing up entire neighborhoods! If Tomoki doesn't learn to control his impulses around Ikaros, and be more careful with his wishes, the chaos will only get crazier. Luckily, even with such a dirty mind, Tomoki's heart is in the right place. His hands, however, are a completely different story.

Slayers: Season 4 and 5 (Blu-ray / DVD) - REGION LOCKED

Slayers: Season 4 and 5 (Blu-ray / DVD)

BD Region: A  (Confirmed NOT Playable in the UK)

DVD Region: 1 (Confirmed NOT Playable in the UK)

--Boxart states only Region A Compatible

Price: $35.99 / £23.33 (Excludes Postage)

Episodes: 26 (4 Blu-ray & 4 DVD)

Plot: Lina Inverse is on the run from a government inspector who's ready to put her away for good. Her crime? Just being Lina! The guy's hot on her tail, but a tiny creature that actually has a tail might be Lina's biggest problem.

Pokota's a powerful little furball, and his path of destruction is getting pinned on Lina. With so much explosive magic between them, you know things will go boom when they face off. But there's more to Pokota than anyone knows, and if Lina's gang can get to the bottom of his habit of blowing stuff up, they could end up with an awesome new ally.

Friday, 6 January 2012

Manga UK Cancels Blu-ray Release of K-ON Boxset & Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya

Manga Entertainment UK has confirmed this morning that the UK Blu-ray release of the K-ON Boxset, which featured all 12 episodes of Season 1 in High Definition and The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya Movie will now be officially cancelled.

The reason for the delay is due to the Economic climate with the cost of remastering and manufacturing the titles being excessively high, with little return and low sales.

Additionally Madman Entertainment who release the disc's in Australia, and who author the disc's for Manga Entertainment UK will still be releasing the Blu-rays in Australia, and since Australian discs are Region B they will work fine over here.

Via: UK Anime Network


Since the Confirmation of the Blu-rays being cancelled, Jerome Mazandarani, Head of marketing & acquisitions for Manga Entertainment UK, has released the following statement (and its an extremely good read).

On behalf of Manga I wanted to apologize to all of those UK-based customers who have been left bitterly disappointed by our decision not to release these titles on Blu-Ray after publicly suggesting on this forum that we were planning on doing so. Please allow me to explain our decision.

I will start with K-ON first. My original plan was to release K-ON as a complete season set on double disc DVD and Blu-Ray at the same time. However, we were reliant on Bandai US supplying us their English dub and when they announced they would release K-ON as 4 individual DVD and BD volumes in America we had to agree to follow suit if we wanted to release K-ON around the same time as them. I made the decision to delay our 2-disc BD release until Spring 2012 rather than copy Bandai and produce 4 very expensive single disc BD releases. Once we got to the end of 2011 we learnt that the cost of access to the dubs plus the high cost of accessing the HD master, authoring and mastering of the discs and manufacturing was prohibitively expensive. In addition, we also realised that we would not be able to break even on the production of the Blu-Ray.

With regards to the Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya we were meant to release a Blu-Ray in November and found out that the BD disc replication master we were sharing with Madman and which was supplied by Bandai USA did not work on Region B Playstation 3 consoles, so we had to scrap it and start again. Once again, we had to pay high access fees for the dub, and would have to pay a very steep access fee for the HD master (we cloned Madman's PAL DVD replication master for our DVD) and that, combined with new authoring and mastering fees, left us with another release that was going to lose Manga money. If Manga keeps losing money we go out of business and everyone loses!

I spend all of my time at the Manga office fighting tooth and nail for you guys, the British anime fans, to ensure that we pick up the best new series and movies and get them out here as soon as possible. I listen to your comments; every last one of them, every day here on Twitter and Facebook and I answer most of them too. No-one should doubt how much I and my colleagues here at Manga UK care about you, the customer. We do not take decisions like this lightly. I personally fought to maintain these Blu-ray releases against stiff opposition from my superiors, but the commercial considerations of running a successful company overruled my objections about the damage to our brand's credibility should we not release these titles.

In summary, I would say that while we have made a sensible commercial decision, we have created a situation that is alienating to a good deal many of you and I sincerely hope that over time we can make it up to you.

So, there you have it. Straight from the horse's mouth. I cannot apologize enough to the customers we have disappointed with this decision. I hope that with time you can appreciate us for what we tend to get right, more than what we tend to get wrong. I am personally looking forward to 2012 and you have my assurance that any new BD releases announced for this year will be released. We already have Samurai Girls, Bleach Movies 1,2 and 3, Mardock Scramble and Roujin Z confirmed by @KazeUK plus a whole heap more to confirm later in the year. We have learnt a lot from 2011, particularly when it comes to Blu-Ray and I am confident we will start making better decisions that benefit both the business and you, our valued customers going forward.

Yours sincerely,

Jerome Mazandarani
Head of marketing & acquisitions
Manga Entertainment Ltd (UK)

via: UK Anime Network