Manga UK and Animatsu’s Jerome Mazandarani and Andrew Hewson revealed their plans for the company’s future anime and Japanese live action releases at MCM Comic Con this weekend.
Following their successful run of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ in cinemas, which saw the film earn a space in the top 10 anime releases of all time and come second at the UK box office only to The Martian, the duo began their panel detailing their upcoming theatrical releases.
Fans were ecstatic as Mazandarani and Hewson revealed the release of Boruto: Naruto The Movie on 10 November, while the announcement of the cinematic release of Attack On Titan on 2 December also excited the audience. Although the film has received criticism since its release in the east, Animatsu is very happy to be bringing the film to the UK. The pair also revealed they would be bringing Yakuza Apocalypse, Takeshi Miike’s latest film about Yakuza vampires, to cinemas on 2 January 2016.
The panel then moved on to Animatsu’s upcoming home video releases, and revealed the line-up for 2016. The first, and arguably the most anticipated film, Evangelion 3.33: You Can (not) Redo, was the first film to be revealed. Receiving uproarious applause from the audience, Mazandarani and Hewson announced that a collectors’ edition would be available alongside a DVD and Blu-ray release on 7 March.
They also presented a trailer for Mamoru Oshii’s English-language live-action film Garm Wars to the audience before announcing that it will be released on 14 March. The Anime OVA for Code Geass: Akito The Exiled was also discussed, and is set to be licensed on 21 March, while anime series My Teen Romantic Comedy Snafu, Haikyuu!, Food Wars and One Punch Man were slated for 2016 releases. In addition to these series, popular shows Is It Wrong to Pick Up A Girl In A Dungeon?, School Live and My Love Story will also be distributed in 2016.
But the anime announcements didn’t stop there as Mazandarani and Hewson continued, revealing that Amagi Brilliant Park, Humanity Has Declined, and Blade Dance Of The Elementalers would also be released in 2016. They then discussed the DVD release for Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, which has been pushed back to 25 January from 26 October because of its success in cinemas. Despite this, Mazandarani and Hewson announced that a collectors’ edition of the film will be available for fans upon its new release date. They finally also talked about Persona4 and Akame Ga Kill’s DVD releases, and the pair ended the panel with the news that Animatsu would have a special announcement regarding the latter’s release on October 30.