MCM Manchester '15 x Otakon '15 News Thread


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Might as well have both big conventions in the same thread considering they're arriving in the same weekend and there's going to be big news on both sides (UK fans will expect something from Manga, Animatsu and Anime Limited while US fans will expect Discotek and Funimation related stuff).

Examples from last year's announcements:
MCM Manchester:
- see here
- Aniplex announced release details for the first volume of Nisekoi: False Love.
- Funimation announces Cowboy Bebop release details and more license announcements including Haruhi Suzumiya, Lucky Star, Steins;Gate movie and Strike Witches movie.
- MangaGamer announced numerous visual novel titles.

There won't be as many as there were from Anime Expo but there may be a special announcement or two. Who knows, Manga and Funimation might even announce Dragon Ball Super.

MCM Manchester Schedule:
Saturday, July 25, 2015
11:00am - 12:00pm - Anime Limited panel
11:45am - 12:00pm - Maile Flanagan photoshoot session
12:30pm - 1:00pm - Manga Entertainment and Animatsu Entertainment panel
2:00pm - 3:00pm - Kimiko Ueno panel
3:30pm - 4:30pm - Kimiko Ueno autograph session
4:30pm - 5:30pm - Cosplay Masquerade and EuroCosplay Qualifiers

Sunday, July 26, 2015
11:30am - 12:00pm - Maile Flanagan panel
2:30pm - 3:00pm - Maile Flanagan photoshoot session
3:30pm - 4:30pm - Kimiko Ueno autograph session
3:00pm - 4:00pm - Cosplay Masquerade

OTAKON Schedule: - Times below converted to BST from EST
Friday, July 24, 2015
- Viewster Industry Panel | 3:15pm - 4:15pm
- Viz Media Presents: The Classics of Shonen Jump | 3:15pm - 4:15pm
- MAPPA w/Maruyama | 4:30pm - 5:30pm
- Aniplex Industry Panel | 7:00pm - 8:00pm
- Vertical Press Industry Panel | 7:00pm - 8:00pm
- Viz Media Panel | 7:00pm - 8:00pm
- Crunchyroll Industry Panel | 8:15pm - 9:15pm
- Dark Horse Comics Industry Panel | 8:15pm - 9:15pm
- Garo: The Animation Official Panel | 9:30pm - 11:00pm
- Fullmetal Alchemist Original Blu-ray Premiere 1-4 [D] | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
- Free! Eternal Summer East Coast Premiere | 8:30pm - 9:30pm
- Aldnoah.Zero Dub Premiere | 11:00pm - 12:00am

Saturday, July 25, 2015
- MangaGamer: The Now and Future of Visual Novels | 6:00am - 7:00am
- Kodansha Comics Industry Panel | 4:30pm - 5:30pm
- Sailor Moon Official Panel | 4:30pm - 5:30pm
- Pony Canyon USA Industry Panel | 5:45pm - 6:45pm
- Robotech Industry Panel | 7:00pm - 8:00pm
- Sekai Project Industry Panel | 8:15pm - 9:15pm
- FUNimation Industry Panel | 8:15pm - 9:45pm
- Shojo Beat Panel | 9:30pm - 10:30pm
- Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F OFFICIAL | 10:00pm - 11:30pm
- Love Live TV Special Presentation | 3:30pm - 5:00pm
- Love Live Concert Movie Highlight Screening | 5:00pm - 6:00pm
- New Sailor Moon Dub Premiere | 6:30pm - 8:30PM
- Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works Dub Premiere | 9:00pm - 10:30pm
- Tokyo Ghoul S1 Dub Premiere (eps 1-4) | 12:00am - 2:30am

Sunday, July 26, 2015
- Viz Animation featuring Neon Alley | 4:30pm - 5:30pm
- Discotek Media Industry Panel | 5:45pm - 6:45pm
I really hope there is some info on the Steins;Gate movie from Otakon. Steins;Gate is one of my favourite shows and the wait for the movie is killing me. The fact it isn't even out in the US yet is not giving me any hope for a UK release any time soon.
IncendiaryLemon said:
I really hope there is some info on the Steins;Gate movie from Otakon. Steins;Gate is one of my favourite shows and the wait for the movie is killing me. The fact it isn't even out in the US yet is not giving me any hope for a UK release any time soon.
It's not very good anyway. The Japanese release has English subs too I think.
black1blade said:
IncendiaryLemon said:
I really hope there is some info on the Steins;Gate movie from Otakon. Steins;Gate is one of my favourite shows and the wait for the movie is killing me. The fact it isn't even out in the US yet is not giving me any hope for a UK release any time soon.
It's not very good anyway. The Japanese release has English subs too I think.

I'd want the dub.

- PING PONG PING PONG PING PONG. Anime Limited will be releasing Ping Pong the Animation this October on Blu-ray and DVD, same on-disc contents as the Funimation version.
- Q4 line-up is slowly unveiled. This October (TBC) to include Ping Pong and Sword Art Online II Part 2. This November (TBC) to include Fuse and Samurai Flamenco Part 1 (*Blu-ray only and subtitle only*).
Oh wow! Ping Pong!

That's a few licenses crossed off my upcoming list too with Fuse and Flamenco coming out this year. (I keep a list of upcoming licenses so I don't accidentally import something coming to the UK I want.)
I wonder what other titles they will be getting out this year. Nerima? Short Peace? FMP!?

Already announced titles:
- Sword Art Online II: Volume 2: Phantom Bullet Part 2 (September 22nd)
- Sword Art Online II: Volume 3: Caliber (November 17th)
- The Irregular at Magic High School: Volume 2: Nine Schools Competition Arc (September 15th)
- The Irregular at Magic High School: Volume 3: Yokohama Disturbance Arc (December 8th)
- The Aniplex Calendar, new mobile app
- Your lie in April English dub announcement
- Tsukimonogatari: Yotsugi Doll Arc (September 15th)
- Durarara!! x2 Shou: Volume 1 (September 29th)
- Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works: Box Set I (August 25th)

Pretty much the same as Anime Expo with some minor differences. Mahouka (Irregular at Magic High School) now has proper release dates for Volumes 2 and 3, we knew what month they would be released but not the day.


New licenses:
- Mysterious Girlfriend X
- The God's Lie
- Devil's Line

Updates on existing licenses:
- The publisher has been 'tremendous growth' in the last 2 years. Sales up 70% so far in this year.
- Nichijou has been wanted for a long time but Bandai held up the rights
- Chi's Sweet Home has kept Vertical in business for 3 years.


New licenses:
- Death Note: Blanc Et Noir ~ artbook, LIMITED RUN
- Goodnight Pun Pun ~ manga
I'm excited to try The God's Lie and Devil's Line from Vertical. They tend to get really great manga along with a few mainstream titles that seem to allow them to pick up the lesser known titles. I just can't get behind something that revolves around saliva, so a pass for Mysterious Girlfriend X from me.

It's great to her Vertical are doing better.

Sentai Filmworks won't be at Otakon but they did provide a big Q&A on Twitter.

Amagi Brilliant Park
Q: Will Amagi Brilliant Park be getting a dub and is there a release date yet?
A: We have an idea of when we can add it to the release schedule, no news on a dub...yet!

Bandai Ent. License Rescues (The Big O etc.)
Q: At the risk of redundancy, any updates for us regarding Big O and other Sunrise stuff you guys picked up?
A: As of right now, no additional news on our Sunrise stuff. Keep asking us though!

Chaika: The Coffin Princess
Q: You dubbing Chaika the coffin princess?
A: Haven't heard anything yet, but if I have anything to say about it...

Cross Ange: Rondo of Angel and Dragon
Q: Any news on Cross Ange getting a physical release?
A: Cross Ange will indeed get a physical release, but I am not sure when right now!

Gatchaman Crowds
Q: Any news on Gatchaman Crowds
A: We will have news on that franchise soon, actually.

Girls und Panzer
Q: Any plans on getting the Girls und Panzer movies?
A: We are definitely looking into more Girls und Panzer stuff!

Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb
Q: Hidamari Honeycomb BD When?
A: Soon, hopefully!

Higurashi: When They Cry
Q: So for Higurashi Season 1, is there plans on releasing the original LA dub, a re-dub or have it sub-only?
A: We haven't gotten that far into planning for our release of Higurashi, but when we do we'll let you know!

Infinite Stratos
Q: Is IS: Infinite Stratos a likely CE candidate?
A: YOU'RE a likely CE candidate. Also, we'll see.

Q: What are the chances of a K-On! CE being in the works I'll love you guys more than I do now if it happens :3
A: If there is enough of an uproar for a K-ON! CE, then we might give it a second look.

Legend of the Galactic Heroes
Q: Is Legend of Galactic Heroes in your release schedule yet or is the ink on the contract still drying?
A: The ink is still drying on the LOGH deal, but we are already planning things for our interstellar baby. ^_~

Little Busters!
Q: Do you have any plans to release Little Busters EX?
A: We are definitely looking into further releases in the Little Busters franchise.

Log Horizon
Q: Release details for Log Horizon 2?
A: Log Horizon 2 has made it onto our release schedule, so you can expect something soon!
Q: Any chance of a Log Horizon collector's edition?
A: If there enough demand for a Log Horizon CE, sure!

Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Heart Throb
Q: Are we going to get a blu-ray release of Love Chunibyo & Other Delusions - Heart Throb?
A: Eventually, I believe we will. Cross your fingers!

Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun
Q: Do you have any special release plans for Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun?
A: DING DING DING! Waiting for this question: Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun will indeed be getting a dub!

My Love Story
Q: Also please release Love Story!
A: yes we will eventually release My Love Story on BD and DVD.

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU + The Grisaia Trilogy
Q: Has there been any whispers around the water cooler of either a Yahari/SNAFU or Grisaia dub?
A: Nothing that I've heard so far, but I would love a Grisaia dub.

Q: Is Shirobako scheduled for 2015 or 2016?
A: I'm thinking 2016, but hey there's a whole month left after our November slate.

Tamako Market
Q: When is Tamako Market out on BD?
A: Not sure about Tamako Market as of yet
The issue of Sentai's Sunrise rescues really IS interesting.

Looking around online, they've apparently got dibs on some great stuff. I didn't know The Big O was one of the shows in question, but that NEEDS to be made easily available.

I'm aware that Yoshiyuki Tomino's Brain Powerd is apparently one of Sentai's rescues. It'd be REALLY cool to get some more non-Gundam Tomino anime out in the West.

I believe they also have Argentosoma as a possible rescue. I already own the Bandai Visual set of that. It's a really under-rated little show, and I'd love to see it reach more people.

There's a lot of potentially cool sstuff that could come out of this. So yes, like they say, do keep asking about it, people!
So... Anime Limited and Manga UK tweeted me back saying they've got me covered with licenses today.

I am now expecting nothing less than my most wanted titles to be announced!