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Manga UK Goes on Haruhi Spree
Licensing
Friday, 29 October 2010 21:28

Manga UKLondon Expo's October edition is now underway, and while there are no anime-related panels until tomorrow, licensing news is already beginning to flow. Manga UK are first out of the blocks, with their poster promoting Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya being fairly good proof that they'll be releasing it. A later tweet from the company confirmed a DVD & Blu-ray release in Summer 2011. To add to the fun, there's also now confirmation that they'll be releasing Season 2 of the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya TV series (the first season was released by Beez, so nice steal there, Manga) and the The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya shorts as well, in association with Kadokawa Pictures. No dates for those yet, though. Haruhi's star has waned somewhat since the first season aired, and while the Endless Eight arc didn't help the second season's reputation the movie has been generally well-received - so looking forward to these ones, whenever they appear.

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Crackle Streams Astroboy, Ruroni Kenshin to the UK
News and Events
Tuesday, 26 October 2010 12:29

Sony-backed streaming video service Crackle seems to be dipping its toes into the UK streaming video market, and of particular interest to anime fans will be their streams of Astroboy (the 2005 edition) and Ruroni Kenshin (under the horrible Samurai X name). Both shows are being streamed in their English dub versions, and with the site being ad-supported there's no subscription required.

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Sentai Nab Kampfer, Koihime Muso and 11eyes
Licensing
Thursday, 21 October 2010 21:24

Sentai FilmworksSentai Filmworks issued their new title solicitations for January 2011 today, and as usual there are a few new titles included: Kampfer, Koihime Muso, and 11eyes . Koihime Muso is based on the visual novel of the same name, which in turn is inspired by the classic tale Romance of the Three Kingdoms; Kampfer is a girls, guns and traps show; while 11eyes falls into the horror category. All three come as complete collections. Can't claim to have seen any of them, though, so no recommendations from me.

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Manga UK to Release TO
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Tuesday, 19 October 2010 06:44

Manga UKManga UK slipped another license announcement into their Twitter feed over the weekend, quietly enough that I almost missed it. The title is TO (which rhymes with "no", I'm told), a two-episode OVA series adapted from Yukinobu Hoshino's hard sci-fi manga series 2001 Nights. The series appeared in Japan in late-2009 - no word on its UK release date, as Manga are waiting on the dub.

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Casshern Sins Heads for Manga
Licensing
Sunday, 10 October 2010 20:04

Casshern SinsAnother Twitter guessing game, and another license announcement from , this time for end-of-the-world robot, Casshern Sins. The series is pencilled in to get a DVD release in May/June 2011 - sadly for Blu-ray fans there are no plans for a Blu-ray release at this stage, although the possibility hasn't been ruled out.

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Manga UK to Release Highschool of the Dead
Licensing
Sunday, 10 October 2010 15:10

High School of the DeadManga UK have confirmed via their Twitter feed that they'll be releasing zombie survival horror / fanservice series Highschool of the Dead on both DVD and Blu-ray. To quote:

We are planning a June/July 2011 DVD and BD release. Hope to work with Sentai on the BD.

That's one Blu-ray release that's made it straight onto my must-buy list...

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Crunchyroll to Simulcast Tantei Opera Milky Holmes, Announces 'Crunchyroll Library'
Licensing
Saturday, 09 October 2010 23:02

CrunchyrollAt their New York Comic Con panel earlier this evening, Crunchyroll announced another simulcast title for the current season: Tantei Opera Milky Holmes. The series is set in the future, where people use Toys to gain superhuman abilities - which of course can be used for both good and evil. Opera Koyabashi runs a detective agency, Milky Holmes, that investigates the more evil uses.

Perhaps more interestingly, they also announced the 'Crunchyroll Library' service, which will see them acquiring streaming rights for older titles. Today's announcement was apparently just a teaser, and named several shows that will feature: Cosplay Complex, Demonbane, Macademi Washhoi! and a selection of Gundam titles. A formal announcement for the service will follow in the near future, and will apparently name further titles.

UPDATE: Lucky Star is apparently the one title from CR's Kadokawa slate that is not available to the UK.

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Crunchyroll Adds Hayate Season One
Licensing
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 20:00

Hayate the Combat ButlerCrunchyroll have added season one of Hayate the Combat Butler, to supplement season two which has been on the service for a while already. The series was added for North American users towards the end of August, but CR have now extended their rights to include European countries as well - so the UK can get in on the act. Season two of the show is already available for UK users.

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Nozomi Streams Boogiepop
News and Events
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 11:20

Boogiepop PhantomNozomi Entertainment's traditional Tuesday night YouTube update brought with it a surprise - the first episode of supernatural mystery Boogiepop Phantom, which Nozomi are describing as a "Halloween treat". The show is available to UK users, and the second episode of the series will go live next Tuesday (12th October) - but the appearance of subsequent episodes will depend on the response to the first two, so if you want to see the full series then don't hang about, go and watch it now. Nozomi don't appear to have created a series page for the show yet, but you can find episode one (English dub) here.

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Crunchyroll Add Otome Yokai Zakuro
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Thursday, 30 September 2010 20:05

Otome Yokai ZakuroCrunchyroll have added another title to their simulcast list for the coming season: Otome Yokai Zakuro, which takes place during the Meiji Westernization Movement in an alternate world where humans and spirits coexist as young half-spirit girls team up with army officers to battle against spirits who would do wrong. I note distinct nekomimi in the promotional art, which may give you an idea of what sort of audience this is going for. The first episode goes live for paid subscribers at 7pm UK time on Monday (4th October), with freeloaders getting access a week later.

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