The distribution company Anime Limited opened MCM Comic Con in style on Friday with a flurry of announcements about their upcoming releases. Marketing executive Jeremy Graves and product manager Kat Hall took to the Platinum Suite stage to give fans the good news during the first panel of the day, and provided information about 14 new anime titles that will be distributed by the company.
Describing their products as the “anime version of the Criterion collection”, Graves and Hall first discussed the products that will already be available for fans to purchase at Comic Con ahead of their general release later this year. A remastered HD release of the 1979 Mobile Suit Gundam Part 1, as well as collectors’ editions of Full Metal Panic!, Baccano, and Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya are all on sale at their booth in the main hall.
Designed by Hall to provide the best possible product for fans, each of the collectors’ editions will come with exclusive art books and other extras, such as tarot cards in the Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya box.
Fans rejoiced at the prospect of new products to buy, but it was the discussion about Anime Limited’s 2016 releases that really grabbed the audience’s attention. Ninja Slayer From Animation, Expelled From Paradise and Tokyo ESP were the first series to be announced. Expelled From Paradise is set to be released on 25 January, while Tokyo ESP will be out in February, and Ninja Slayer From Animation will be sold in 2016.
The pair also announced the HD Blu-ray release of The Disappearance Of Haruhi Suzumiya, which has previously not been available to buy in the UK. While both Ping Pong and Fusé Memoirs Of A Huntress are set to be released in January, with a special collector’s edition available for the first series. Makoto Shinkai’s The Place Promised In Our Early Days and Voices Of A Distant Star will also be sold by Anime Limited, and an exclusive steel book of the film will be available.
The panel then announced that series two of Durarara are being licensed by the company, and part one of the anime, and both will be sold in February. Graves and Hall also revealed that, following its theatrical release in early 2016, Miss Hokusai will come out on DVD and Blu-ray in March.
Finally, the panel also brought some light to the slightly delayed release of Shinichiro Watanabe’s Terror In Resonance, which was originally slated for distribution earlier this year. The series will now be available in March or April of 2016, and will come in an “ultimate package”, which will include a DVD and Blu-ray version of the series, as well as an art book inside. Anime Limited is set to make more announcements of their upcoming releases on Sunday at MCM Comic Con, so keep a lookout for more news on their latest products.