This weekend London played host to the May MCM Comic Con the mecca of all things Geek and Otaku. With dealer stalls and celebrity signings Comic Con was abuzz with excitement but most importantly for many it’s the Anime announcements, so to start off we have Anime Limited’s offerings.
On Friday Anime Limited kicked of the announcements with a bang – revealing plans to release Sword Art Online II and Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress.
Sword Art Online II
Sword Art Online II is coming to the UK via Anime Limited, excitement is high with this one, the series is set to be released in four parts with the first planned for release in August of this year. There will be two version the Collector’s Edition which is dual format both Blu-ray and DVD and a Standard Edition for DVD only.
“We’re really excited to be releasing Sword Art Online II on blu-ray and DVD. We have some pretty exciting plans for the release and it’s great to be able to bring this title to fans in the UK. The collector’s edition will be a combi pack, which allows us to bring the collector’s edition to as many people as possible – which is very important to us here at Anime Limited HQ. That being said, the addition of the DVD to the set doesn’t impact the overall costs of the release so we thought that would deliver the best of both worlds. Considering it’s a 4 parter, this made the most sense to us. It’s great to have Sword Art Online II as part of the Anime Limited family of titles and we can’t wait to share this with fans later on this year.” – Andrew Partridge, President of Anime Limited
Collector’s Edition Blu-ray/DVD combi, SRP: £39.99
Standard Edition DVD, SRP: £24.99
Release date: August 2015 (TBC)
Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress
This release has a tentative release date of August this year but with more updates to follow, the current plan is much like the SAO II release with one Collector’s Edition in dual format and a Standard Edition for DVD only.
Hamaji, a young huntress from the mountains, stumbles into the middle of a shogun’s vendetta against a group of human and dog hybrids, the Fusé. Rumors of Fusé murdering innocent people in the bustling city of Edo have sparked a bounty for their heads. Along with her brother, Hamaji joins the hunt for this dangerous quarry, but after accidentally befriending one of them, Hamaji is torn between two worlds: her life as a self-reliant huntress, and the young woman her new friend has helped her to uncover. – NIS America, Inc.
Collector’s Edition Blu-ray/DVD combi: SRP £34.99
Standard Edition DVD, SRP: £19.99
Release date: Autumn 2015 (TBC)
Saturday saw the confirmation of the home video release of Durarara!! X2 during a combined panel with Viewster. Anime Limited also announced their plans to bring currently simlucasted titles from Viewster to home video including The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Seraph of the End and for the first time in HD Escaflowne.
With Anime Limited having recently released season one of Durarara!! this announcement seemed inevitable but no less awesome. Anime Limited have stated that the release will be on both Blu-ray and DVD and will also include, as with season one, original Japanese language audio (with subtitles) and an English dub. Anime Limited will be keeping us up-to-date with this release over the coming months, so make sure you stay tuned in.
“Durarara!! is a personal favourite series of mine and I’m thrilled we’re able to bring the sequel to the UK”, “We know a lot of people will be excited to get their hands on this series and this us being able to share this news not on the heels our recent release of the first series is great! It’s the perfect time to become a fan of the series and be ready for the second season when we release it later this year.” – Andrew Partridge, President of Anime Limited
We finish off the weekend with the final announcement from Anime Limited – ALDNOAH.ZERO.
This release will be a two part release coming to both Collector’s Edition Blu-ray and Collector’s Edition DVD, with part one planned for late 2015. Again more details to come from Anime Limited over the coming months so be sure to check back when we get an update.
The Knights of Mars fall from the skies.
Spurring on their giants made of steel.
In order to eradicate the humans of Earth.
This is ALDNOAH.ZERO.
Creators of overwhelming power have gathered to make this epic tale a reality.
Featuring striking action, world-building where no detail has been overlooked, and an almost palpable sense of the terror or war, and personal drama resulting from the intertwining of genuine, earnest emotion. This will be an utterly new robot anime that both sticks to the tried-and-true, yer also is unlike anything seen before. – Aldnoah.Zero USA