Ahead of the home release of the The Legend Of Zelda Concert 2018 – Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you can catch a 4 minute plus glimpse at some of the highlights.Continue reading The Legend Of Zelda: Breath of the Wild ‘Highlights’ Package
No surprise to hear that one of the most stunning animated film’s to ever grace the silver screen, Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name, is enjoying massive success upon its home release on both DVD and Blu-Ray in Japan. The DVD release is enjoying topping the charts overall for it’s second consecutive week.
Here’s a breakdown of the releases and how they’re doing in the sales chart:
- Blu-ray collector’s edition 4K Ultra HD – 126,000 units/6,000 units (132,000 units)
- Blu-ray special edition – 94,000 units/7,000 units (101,000 units)
- Blu-ray standard edition – 202,000 units/25,000 units (227,000 units)
- DVD standard edition – 216,000 units/39,000 units (255,000 units)
The first group of numbers are first week sales while the second week are the second set of numbers. We can’t wait for the home release of Your Name in Australia and we do know that Madman will be releasing it before the end of the year. I just hope there’s a Collector’s Edition because I’ll snap that one up for sure! In case you haven’t seen it, here’s what we thought of it.
It’s that time again where we like to give stuff away and this time, to celebrate the release of Season 2 of Attack On Titan on AnimeLab, we have a copy of Attack On Titan Season 1 Collection on blu-ray. Thanks to the awesome peeps at Madman, some lucky person out there could soon have this awesome prize in their collection. The blu-ray comes loaded with a heap of extras including episode commentaries, the making of AOT, AOT at Anime Expo and loads more.
To be in the running, here’s what you have to do. Simply tell us what you would do if you came face to face with a Titan! The funniest and wittiest entry will win the Attack On Titan Season 1 Collection on blu-ray! Would you run and trip over yourself, would you stand and fight only to realise you’re in your pyjamas? It’s all up to you so get your imagination firing up because we want to read some creative entries!
Send your entries to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The giveaway will close next Sunday 30th of April, 2017. The giveaway is only open to Australian residents and the winning entry will be drawn on Wednesday 3rd of May, 2017. The winner will be notified by email and announced right here on japandaman.com so good luck to everyone and have fun with it!
Death Parade is an anime with supernatural themes, drama, love, laughs and more. The story revolves around whenever two people die, they meet up again in a bar between Heaven and the Void called Quindecim. The bartender who greets the two lost souls is Decim who we soon find out is an Arbiter who determines which of the two people continue on with reincarnation or fall into the never ending void, what we can only imagine is Hell.
The way Decim determines this is through a series of games which is selected by pushing a red button and starting a roulette wheel, picking the game in the process. The souls enter Quindecim without any memories which are slowly returned during the course of the game therefore affecting the outcome as the two players begin to remember who the other person is.
Along the way, other characters are introduced from the childlike and playful Nona, the mysterious Chiyuki and the loud, boisterous Ginti are just a few. Most of the episodes are self contained with little spill over into the next episode which is a nice touch. At only 12 episodes, the series is extremely rich with content in interesting characters, tense storylines and unknown outcomes, usually with a twist along the way.
The stories that make up these characters meeting up in Quindecim are varied and you inevitably become drawn into their lives and I felt myself feeling compassion for them when they don’t initially know that they’re dead and slowly work out the truth along the way.
It’s an anime that makes you think and will definitely create discussion if you watch it with friends as you’ll find yourself possibly disagreeing with the fate of some of the characters. I know a couple of times I was surprised where a soul ended up which started a debate with myself trying to work out the logic and motives for Decim’s decision.
Overall, a very well thought out anime with a great musical score, punchy with a dramatic tones and light hearted moments as well. One to watch when you don’t have a lot of time due to the episodes being for the most part stand alone events.
*Thanks to Madman for the review copy*
Final score: 8.5/10
The third movie in the Madoka series, Rebellion, is currently the best performing anime movie released in Japan so the anticipation for the Blu-ray home release is very high.
Junichiro Taniguchi who is the animation director and character designer has started the excitement machine by releasing a sketch he’s done of magical girl, Mami.
Clearly he’s excited for the Blu-ray and can’t wait to catch it on the April 2nd release date!
First week sales figures of hit anime, Attack on Titan, have begun to surface on the Oricon charts and it looks healthy. The Blu-ray home release saw sales of 37,000 units shooting it straight into the number one position on the Blu-ray charts.
This also means that it is now the best selling Blu-ray in Japan for 2013. Previously, Girls und Panzer held the record with 36,000 units sold. Here’s a brief PV of the anime below, if you haven’t yet tuned in, make sure you do so. It’s a great show with interesting characters and an amazing OP (Opening Theme).
One Piece does huge business in Japan with the show recently racking up episode number 600 with no signs of slowing down. During the airing of the 600th episode, viewers were treated to a surprise with the announcement of One Piece Film Z getting ready for home release on both DVD and Blu-ray.
The home release will be available in both regular and limited versions and will be able to be purchased from June 28th. The trailer that ran during the 600th show can be seen below along with some of the freebies that come bundled with the limited edition.
Dragon Ball fans waiting for the home release of the latest cinema release, Battle of the Gods, need wait just a little bit more. September to be exact.
An online retailer recently listed the home release for the movie on DVD and Blu-ray. If you’re looking to import the movie, the dates of release are below. Don’t forget, it’s due out September 13.
- BD Limited edition: ¥9,240
- DVD Limited Edition: ¥8,190
- Blu-ray Regular Edition: ¥5,040
- DVD Regular Edition: ¥3,990
With the home Blu-ray release of Puella Magi Madoka Magica movies Part 1 –Beginnings- and Part 2 –Eternal- imminent, Aniplex recently started the hype machine rolling by releasing a new trailer for it. There will two edition available for the fan, being the standard and the collector’s edition. Both editions hit the streets on the 30th of July.
Theatrical trailers will be included in both versions and special openings and endings without any text to get in the way. The import version of the Blu-ray will have six different languages available for the subtitles. The Limited edition Blu-ray will have new cover art bundled in as well as the original soundtrack cd and and a snazzy deluxe booklet.
And continuing the news around Ghost in the Shell, we now have news regarding the upcoming home release of Ghost in the Shell: Arise. It’s being reported that the home Blu Ray release will ne shipping with English subtitles as well as Chinese and Japanese.
The first part in four will be coming to Japanese cinemas on June 26th, just before the home release. Helping to promote the release is the studio, Production I.G., uploading pics via Twitter of the NAC Ghost in the Shell Arise DR Porsche from its Super GT racing tries.