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    Midweek Anime News Blitz (Updated)

    The Manga Deluge Begins

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    The big news from Manga Entertainment first... Yesterday, an eagle-eyed netizen spotted a rather appealing product listing on Amazon. The last time this sort of thing happened with Dragon Ball Z, there was a lot of red faced denial and poor handling.

    This time however, after a brief pause, and a quickly convened Manga podcast, the announcement was made official, and it made loud and unequivocally.

    The United Kingdom is getting One Piece. The epic shonen action series featuring everyone’s favourite rubber-limbed pirate is coming to the UK. It’s coming this year. The first four DVD collections, 103 episodes worth are being released from May, and the plan is to release 4 such collections each year going forward.

    UK fans wanted it, and boy did they make sure Manga Entertainment knew it, and they’ve filled their end of the bargain. It’s now up to fandom to keep their end, and buy the show.

    Part 1 comes on May 27th on 4 DVDs, with an S.R.P. of £34.99, and will be available early at the MCM Comicon, with subsequent volumes paced two months apart. And you can place your pre-orders now, at ShopManga and Amazon.

    The Manga Deluge Continues

    To think, the week began with the announcement that Manga Entertainment will be releasing Deadman Wonderland on DVD and Blu-ray in July. This blood and guts sci-fi show set in a privately run penitentiary of the future is pure Manga Entertainment. It has their name written all over it.

    At the time of writing, the US has released the show on DVD only, and no other English speaking territory has a Blu-ray in the works. This is a UK exclusive.

    The Manga Floodwaters Inundate

    Quite frankly, a podcast about One Piece alone would have satisfied many an anime fan, but Manga Entertainment used the time to deliver their Q2 release schedule as well... which follows hence.

    April 1
    Full Metal Alchemist Movie 1 & 2 Blu-ray
    Full Metal Alchemist: The Conqueror of Shamballa Blu-ray
    Persona 4 Part 2 (Kazé)

    April 8
    Nura Rise of the Yokai Clan DVD (Kazé)
    Okami-san and her Seven Companions DVD

    April 15th
    Fractale DVD
    Loups=Garous DVD and Blu-ray/DVD combo

    22nd April
    King of Thorn DVD and Blu-ray/DVD combo
    Tiger & Bunny Part 2 (Kazé)

    29th April
    Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood Volume 3 Blu-ray

    6th May
    Cat Planet Cuties DVD
    Mawaru Penguindrum DVD (Kazé)

    13th May
    Black Rock Shooter DVD
    Bleach Complete Series 10 DVD
    Dragonball Z Collection 7 DVD
    Streetfighter II The Movie Blu-ray (Kazé)

    20th May
    Hellsing Ultimate 5-8 Blu-ray DVD
    K-On!! Season 2 Part 1 DVD

    27th May
    Halo: Forward Unto Dawn - Anchor Bay Blu-ray DVD and Limited Edition
    Bakuman Season 1 DVD (Kazé) subtitle only
    Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood Volume 4 Blu-ray
    High School of the Dead - Drifters of the Dead Edition, DVD Blu-ray

    Most of those titles have been previously announced and now get firm dates. But note that K-On!! Season 2 is a new licence announcement, previously only just teased, and now made firm, with the intention of getting the series out before the film that follows its story in summer.

    Also note that the Drifters of the Dead Edition of High School of the Dead now contains the OVA episode on a separate DVD disc in both versions. There is at this time no way to buy this disc separately except if you attend the MCM Comicon in London on the weekend just prior, where Manga will be selling it from their booth.

    And Then MVM Comes And Breaks The Dam

    Just when you thought that the news couldn’t get any better, MVM come and make my day. My favourite anime show of last year was Kids on the Slope, which reunited director Shinichi Watanabe and composer Yoko Kanno (Cowboy Bebop), in a period show about school kids loving jazz music in the sixties. When MVM announced its licence last year, I was over the moon. Today they only just went and added the Blu-ray release as well. Place your pre-orders. You know it makes sense. (You can find One Piece there as well for pre-order).

    Update: And MVM go and add that a couple of titles move up a month earlier on the schedule. You can now get Vampire Princess Miyu on the 15th of April, while Mayo Chiki will now be available on the 13th of May.

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