Anime Limited have recently announced the next batch of pre-orders and updates to their release date for the month of October via their latest newswire blogpost.
In addition, there have been a few other updates over the past few weeks.
Release Date Pushbacks:
There have been a number of delays as many UK anime fans have noticed, caused by production issues or supply issues beyond the distributor’s control, which lead to a number of collector’s edition releases planned throughout the Summer delayed until mid-September for various retailers.
Unfortunately it was also revealed in the past few weeks that it is also affecting their newer releases for various reasons. One of them has yet to receive stock so there’s a potential delay there as well.
- Ascendance of a Bookworm Seasons 1 & 2 – Moved from 25th September to 27th November
- Burn the Witch – Moved from 25th September to 30th October
- Gundam Build Fighters Part 1 – Moved from 18th September to 13th November
- Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water – Listed for 2nd October but they have yet to receive stock at the time of this write-up
- Tower of God Season 1 – Moved from 25th September to 27th November
More Standard Edition Blu-rays Incoming:
More listings have appeared for standard edition releases coming from the distributor throughout this month and from the past few weeks. You can now order or soon to be available the following:
Re:cycle of the Penguindrum:
Also, in case you have missed it, the early bird offer for Re:cycle of the Penguindrum is still available until this Thursday if you want to order this at a discounted price of £29.99 (£26.99 for members of Anime (Un)Limited).
The collector’s edition Blu-ray release (SRP £44.99) is scheduled to be released from Anime Limited’s store on 6th November 2023.
Re:cycle of the Penguindrum is a two-part film compilation for the television series Mawaru Penguindrum by studio Brain’s Base and director Kunihiko Ikuhara (Revolutionary Girl Utena). Part 1: Your Train is the Survival Tactic (Kimi no Ressha wa Seizon Senryaku) released in Japanese theaters in April 2022, followed by Part 2: I Love You (Boku wa Kimi o Aishiteru) in July 2022.
Audio options include Japanese audio with English subtitles and the Sentai Studios English dub (which features a different voice cast compared to the television series).
Included in the collector’s edition contents are a Rigid Box with an Amaray case and a 32-page Booklet.
“What would you do to save someone you love? All brothers Shoma and Kanba know is that, after collapsing in an aquarium and apparently dying, their terminally ill sister Himari was somehow revived by a Penguin hat that she had wished for. Now they’re on an impossible mission, because the price of keeping Himari alive is to find a mysterious object called the Penguindrum, and they’ll do anything to save their sister. Anything. As they travel separate paths in their search, they’ll have to unravel complex riddles, make alliances with strangers they know they shouldn’t trust, and question the very fabrics of time and destiny. In two spectacular feature films combining elements from the acclaimed TV series plus dazzling new scenes and characters, the Penguinture begins again in RE: CYCLE OF THE PENGUINDRUM, PTS. 1 & 2!”
This month’s early bird features one surprise announcement and three home video updates for their existing licenses scheduled for release later this year!
Release Date: 27th November 2023
A couple years ago, distributor Manga Entertainment (before they got bought by Funimation, who then bought Crunchyroll, and then rebranded as Crunchyroll UK) released Digimon Adventure Tri for the United Kingdom. Now a few more years later, UK Digimon fans can finally watch the next instalment called Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna, set after both the events of the original Digimon Adventure series and the Digimon Adventure Tri film series, which will be released by Anime Limited this time around and presented in a collector’s edition Blu-ray & DVD package.
The collector’s edition Blu-ray & DVD release (SRP £39.99) is scheduled to be released from Anime Limited’s store on 26th November 2023. Pre-orders will begin on Thursday 5th October (EB: £29.99, EB w/discount: £26.99).
Audio options include Japanese audio with English subtitles and the STUDIOPOLIS, Inc. English dub.
Included in the collector’s edition contents are a Rigid Box with an Amaray case, a 24-page Booklet, 4 Art Cards and an A3 Poster.
Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna (デジモンアドベンチャー Last Evolution 絆) is a 2020 theatrical anime film directed by Tomohisa Taguchi (Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War) and produced by studio Toei Animation (The First Slam Dunk) and Yumeta Company (Digimon Adventure 02: The Beginning). Staff credits also include writer Akatsuki Yamatoya (To Love Ru), character designer Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru (Digimon Adventure), and music composed by Harumi Fuuki (The Deer King).
“Tai is now a university student, living alone, working hard at school, and working every day, but with his future still undecided. Meanwhile, Matt and others continue to work on Digimon incidents and activities that help people with partner Digimon. An unprecedented phenomenon occurs and the DigiDestined discover that when you grow up, your relationship with your partner Digimon will come closer to an end. As a countdown timer activates on the Digivice, they realize that the more you fight with their Partner Digimon, the faster their bond breaks.
Will you fight for others and lose your partner? The time to choose and decide is approaching fast. There is a short time before “chosen children” will become adults. This is the last adventure of Tai and Agumon.”
Release Date: 30th October 2023
During a US convention, Anime Limited announced they were expanding into the United States more by revealing a few more releases, most of their announcements were Crunchyroll sub-licenses, and one of them is now finally scheduled for home video – To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts.
The collector’s edition Blu-ray release (SRP £69.99) is scheduled to be released from Anime Limited’s store on 30th October 2023. Pre-orders will begin on Thursday 12th October (EB: £39.99, EB w/discount: £35.99).
Audio options include Japanese audio with English subtitles and the STUDIOPOLIS, Inc. English dub commissioned by Crunchyroll.
Included in the collector’s edition contents are a Rigid Box with an digipack case, a 20-page Booklet, and 4 Art Cards.
To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts (かつて神だった獣たちへ) is a 2019 television series based on the manga of the same name written & illustrated by Maybe (Tales of Wedding Rings). The anime adaptation was directed by Jun Shishido (The Princess and the Pilot) and produced by studio MAPPA (Jujutsu Kaisen). Staff credits also include writer Shigeru Murakoshi (Zombie Land Saga), character designer Daisuke Niinuma (sub-character designer for Attack on Titan: The Final Season), and music composed by Yoshihiro Ike (Tiger & Bunny).
“The democratic nation of Patria was created on the continent of Patria. Because of economical disputes, the country split north and south, creating the Northern Union of Patria and the Southern Confederation of Patria and they waged a long civil war. With their numbers dwindling, the North decides to use forbidden technology in order to defeat the South. This technology turns humans into monster-like soldiers, giving them almost godlike powers. And with those powers, the long war came to an end and peace was restored.”
Release Date: 6th November 2023
A surprise license announcement for the UK anime fans. Anime Limited will be releasing Hula Fulla Dance for home video. The film had previously screened at Scotland Loves Anime last year, but some eagle-eyed viewers may have figured out they had the rights when Crunchyroll added it to their streaming service with no availability for the UK as well as the staff involved whom Anime Limited are big fans of.
The collector’s edition Blu-ray release (SRP £39.99) is scheduled to be released from Anime Limited’s store on 6th November 2023. Pre-orders will begin on Thursday 19th October (EB: £24.99, EB w/discount: £22.49).
Audio options include Japanese audio with English subtitles only.
Included in the collector’s edition contents are a Rigid Box with an Amaray case and a 48-page Booklet.
Hula Fulla Dance (フラ・フラダンス) is a 2021 theatrical anime film directed by Shinya Watada (Gundam Build Divers) and produced by studio Bandai Namco Pictures (Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun). Staff credits also include chief director Seiji Mizushima (Fullmetal Alchemist), writer Reiko Yoshida (Liz and the Blue Bird), character designer Hiroko Yaguchi (Aikatsu!), and music composed by Michiru Oshima (Little Witch Academia). This film is also part of the Zutto Ōen Project 2011 + 10… project alongside The House of the Lost on the Cape (which Anime Limited recently released earlier this year).
“Hiwa Natsunagi is a high school student living in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture. Worried about what to do with her life after graduation, she spots a poster for Spa Resort Hawaiians – the “Hawaii of Tohoku”, a place where her sister used to work – and applies to their hula dancer campaign on a whim.
Despite her lack of experience, Hiwa is accepted for the job, and starts on the path towards becoming a Hula Girl with her classmates Kanna, Ranko, ‘Ohana and Shion. However, unable to keep in step with one another due to their differing personalities, the first stage ends in disaster. Called the “most pitiful rookies ever”, the girls are disheartened, but they learn to share the good and bad, and strengthen their bonds despite the occasional fumble. With their hearts and minds firmly set, the girls grace the stage once more…”
Release Date: 20th November 2023
An interesting addition to the collection is a television short series that was released in the theaters as a double-bill with Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko by Anime Limited and GKIDS. “Deiji” Meets Girl is going to be released on home video by Anime Limited in a collector’s edition package.
The collector’s edition Blu-ray release (SRP £39.99) is scheduled to be released from Anime Limited’s store on 20th November 2023. Pre-orders will begin on Thursday 19th October (EB: £24.99, EB w/discount: £22.49).
Audio options include Japanese audio with English subtitles only.
Included in the collector’s edition contents are a Rigid Box with an Amaray case and a 16-page Booklet.
“Deiji” Meets Girl (でーじミーツガール) is a 2021 television short anime series by director and character designer Ushio Tazawa (character designer for The Heroic Legened of Arslan) and produced by studio Liden Films (Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun). Staff credits also include writer & original character designer Akane Malbeni and music composed by Hiroshi Nakamura (Tonari no Seki-kun: The Master of Killing Time).
“Maise is stuck spending the summer after her first-year of high school helping out at her family’s hotel in a sleepy seaside town, but things become a little less sleepy once Ichiro, a mysterious young man, checks into the hotel. It seems as if only Maise and Ichiro can see the strange, sudden apparitions: the hotel lobby and the room transforming into an aquarium, a giant tree erupting from the floor or the rowdy monsters laying claim to the hotel restaurant. Maise vows to figure out not just what’s causing these odd occurrences but why Ichiro has come to this remote town in the first place.”
That concludes the latest news and updates from Anime Limited. They have teased another potential early bird offer for the end of the month, with suggestions that it may be related to Great Pretender!
Here’s a recap on their unreleased licenses thus far:
- Bleach (announced earlier this year)
- Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War (announced earlier this year)
- Cardcaptor Sakura: The Sealed Card (announced in 2018)
- Comet Lucifer (announced in 2015)
- EUREKA: Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution (announced in 2017)
- The First Slam Dunk (announced earlier this year)
- Gakuen Basara: Samurai High School! (announced in 2018)
- Great Pretender (announced earlier this year)
- High School Fleet (announced in 2016)
- InuYasha Season 2+ (teased this year)
- Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club Season 2 (announced in 2022)
- Love Live! Sunshine Season 2 (announced in 2022)
- Lupin the Third Part 6 (announced in 2021)
- Macross Plus + Macross Plus Movie Edition (announced in 2022)
- Mobile Suit Gundam: The Movie Trilogy for 4K Ultra HD (announced earlier this year)
- A Place Further Than the Universe (announced in 2022)
- The Tunnel to Summer, the Exit of Goodbye (announced earlier this year)
- TONIKAWA: Over the Moon for You Season 1 (announced in 2022)
- We Rent Tsukumogami (announced in 2019)
Konosuba: Legend of Crimson was mentioned for home video, but Crunchyroll UK recently submitted the film for home video to the BBFC.
And don’t forget they will be attending MCM London Comic Con which will introduce more announcements as per usual during their panels.
Source: AllTheAnime Newswire