Anime Industry Panel and Manga Podcast at MCM London Comic Con May 2013

Anime Industry Panel

Taking place at the Main Stage of MCM London Comic Con, part one of this year’s Anime Industry Panel and Manga Podcast featured Comic Con regulars Jerome Mazandarani of Manga Entertainment UKTony Allen of MVM EntertainmentKaze UK‘s Andrew Partridge and Sarah Anderson of Viz Media revealing details of forthcoming titles and anticipated releases for the forthcoming year.

Beginning with trailers for eagerly awaited series Attack on Titan – a epic tale featuring the resurgence of a terrible giant assault on a faltering human population – and live action adaptation of genre classic Space Battleship Yamato, familiar to some from its dubbed adaptation as Star Blazers and arriving on DVD on 19th August.

Following this presentation, Tony Allen of MVM covered previous announcements of further re-releases of Daphne in the Brilliant Blue and Pumpkin Scissors, GONZO‘s Red Garden as well as new releases of the studio’s Shangri-La, c-control and Heaven’s Memo Pad.

In addition to this, Allen mentioned the recently announced Kids on the Slope, directed by Shinichirō Watanabe who appeared at MCM London Comic Con yesterday and announced that sadly the popular SHAFT series, Bakemonogatari wouldn’t be released till the summer. Another SHAFT project – Ef: Tale or Memories and Ef: Tale of Melodies – will also be debuting later in the year alongside Is This a Zombie?, Night Walker, Inu x Boku Secret ServiceHideo Nakata‘s 2009 live action film Death Game and The Kick directed by Prachya Pinkaew of Ong-Bak fame.

Andrew Partridge of Kaze UK announced re-releases of Shinichirō Watanabe‘s Cowboy Bebop and newly acquired releases of Tiger and Bunny: The Beginning

On a related note, Sarah Anderson of Viz Media announced the acquisition of the Tiger and Bunny: The Beginning manga, both Side A and B, for release in October and a complete 20 volume Bakuman box set. Alongside these titles, Viz also stated that they had acquired both The Legend of Zelda manga and the new Pokémon Conquest.

Manga Entertainment announced that there would be a special MCM London Comic Con exclusive bundle of One Piece as well as an opportunity for guests to have a photo taken at a special stand.

When asked questions regarding the possible UK release of the third ‘rebuild’ Neon Genesis Evangelion 3.33: You Can (Not) Redo film there was sadly ‘nothing as yet to report’ from Manga Entertainment, but that a statement would be released by October. Also whilst MVM had yet to discuss the Fate/Zero license, Manga Entertainment announced that they would be releasing the decidedly epic Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works movie.

The final question of the brief session revealed that sadly, like Evangelion 3.33, a license deal for popular series Sword Art Online was yet to be negotiated, ending the event on a slightly downcast note but ensuring that support for the release of the series in the UK will continue until a final announcement.


Main image supplied by Sarah Tsang.

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