This week’s DVD releases: Berserk – The Golden Age Arc II: The Battle for Doldrey (DVD and blu-ray), ef ~ A Tale of Melodies, Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan Season 1 Part 2, Tiger & Bunny Part 4 (BD+DVD combo)
- The lineup for this year’s Scotland Loves Animation has been revealed! The event will be running at the Glasgow Film Theatre on October 11-13th and at the Edinburgh Filmhouse on October 18-20th, and includes Steins;Gate the Movie, Evangelion 3.0, an enticing “mystery film” and more. Jonathan Clements will be a guest on both weekends and the Edinburgh leg will be host to special guest Makoto Shinkai (5 Centimetres Per Second, Journey to Agartha etc.). You can now check out the full schedule of films at Glasgow and Edinburgh and tickets will be on sale shortly.
- If you’re hungry for more Scotland-based anime events to sink your teeth into then why not check out the online show guide for MCM Glasgow which launched this week? The convention will be taking place this weekend on Saturday 7th and will include a Manga UK panel on the main stage from 12pm. More details on the con can be found on the official website here.
- Further to last week’s news post we can now confirm that whilst Love Lab will indeed be coming to the UK via Crunchyroll, Rozen Maiden will be limited to the US and Canada. Why not check out the first couple of episodes of Love Lab live on Crunchyroll here now?
- Manga UK have released yet another unboxing video, this time for the Blue Exorcist Definitive Edition blu-ray which comes out next week. You can watch the video on YouTube here.
- Saddening news came out of the Venice Film Festival this week as the president of Studio Ghibli (Koji Hoshino) announced that Ghibli co-founder and beloved household name Hayao Miyazaki is retiring from feature films and as such The Wind Rises is his last full-length movie. No news on whether or not we will see work of any other variety from him in the future.
- We see another delay in the world of UK anime releases, this time from Manga UK’s Naruto Shippuden Box Set 14. Due to a delay in the title’s BBFC certification the release has been pushed back by a week to September 23rd. You can see the announcement made on the Manga UK Twitter here.
- Somewhat controversial news from Nintendo this past week as they introduced their unexpected new console – the Nintendo 2DS. For more information see our full article on the announcement here.
- The latest in the Harvest Moon series, A New Beginning on the 3DS, has been given a release date – September 20th. The game promises more customisation than ever before and an expanded world of exciting locations, and the Hama Bead preorder mentioned in a previous news roundup is still available. You can watch the trailer for A New Beginning here.
- This Saturday Charles Martinet, the voice of Mario, Luigi and many others in the Nintendo family, will be attending a special Mario-themed event at the John Lewis on Oxford Street, London. Martinet, along with costume characters, will be available for autograph and photo opportunities between 11am and 1pm and 2pm and 4pm on September 7th. The event will run from 9:30am to 8pm and the general public will be able to play an array of Mario games for Wii U and 3DS, and there will be an hourly Mario Kart 7 competition where the winner can earn a trophy. The event will also be running on Sunday 8th from 12:30pm to 6pm though Martinet will not be present.
- Fans of the Tales series may be interest in the new DLC for Tales of Xillia which includes new costumes for the 6 main characters that are taken from the characters of previous Tales titles, e.g. Jude is dressed as Leon Magnus from Tales of Destiny and Alvin is wearing a Kratos outfit from Tales of Symphonia. Whenever one of these costumes is worn in combat the battle music will change to that of the game that the outfit is from. You can see the features of the DLC in this trailer. School Uniform costume DLC is also available for the game, the trailer for which is now up here.
- In the wake of the finale of its associated anime, Devil Survivor 2 is getting a European release after a successful campaign by Ghostlight Games to garner sufficient preorders from the community to go ahead with manufacturing. This Nintendo DS game is a tactical RPG in the Shin Megami Tensei series that chronicles humanity’s last stand against mysterious invaders. You can view the trailer for the release here and can still preorder the game from the official site.
- Nintendo held a special Nintendo Direct on the upcoming Pokemon X & Y games today. You can watch the full video on YouTube here. Announcements included the fact that players will receive 2 starter pokemon at the beginning of the game – the 2nd being one of the three original starters from Blue/Red, each with their own mega evolution – the ability to import your Black & White pokemon, special edition X & Y versions of the 3DS XL and more. See the games’ official website here.
- The Xbox One has received a UK release date at last. The console will be on sale here from November 22nd, a week before the launch of the PS4.
- For manga fans, the US digital version of Shonen Jump has become international – the weekly manga magazine including giant titles such as Naruto and One piece is now available in a series of countries including the UK. Monthly subscriptions (£1.99/month) or single issues (69p) are available for purchase through the Newsstand App, iTunes store or Android app. You can read the full news post from Weekly Shonen Jump here.
- Hatsune Miku V3 English vocaloid software is out now! As detailed in a previous news roundup the program has now launched and is available for European customers here for just under £120. To accompany the release a special page on MIKUBOOK has been launched for users of the English software to share their songs with the world.