welcome in 2013, which means I’m wishing all of you the best as per usual… I will be talking about the past and forthcoming year if I get the chance in the upcoming few days/weeks.. But first of all, the anime releases round-up of December 2012…
KazeUK & MangaUK brought you to Blu-Ray (and dvd):
→ [_______] ⇉⇉ Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike
→ [Unboxing] ⇉⇉ Persona 4: The Animation – Part 1
→ [Unboxing] ⇉⇉ Berserk Golden Age Arc I: Egg of the Supreme Ruler
KazeUK & MangaUK brought you on dvd-only:
→ 03 December 2012 ⇉⇉ Clannad ~After Story~ – Part 2
→ 03 December 2012 ⇉⇉ Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom
→ 10 December 2012 ⇉⇉ Hetalia – Season 4
→ 10 December 2012 ⇉⇉ Hetalia – Season 1-4
→ 17 December 2012 ⇉⇉ Freezing
→ 24 December 2012 ⇉⇉ Gintama: The Movie
→ 31 December 2012 ⇉⇉ Shiki – Part 2
→ 31 December 2012 ⇉⇉ Bleach – Series 9
I do suggest you guys getting the Clannad dvd’s now they have all been released, because a blu-ray isn’t on the charts at the moment, and to increase chances more people need to buy the dvd version… Or just bug MangaUK like I tend to do by dropping them tweets and FaceBook messages stating the wish for a blu-ray release of Clannad.
As for Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom & Freezing it is safe to assume there won’t be a blu-ray version of them coming.. The one with the greatest chance to get a blu-ray upgrade late 2013 is Shiki, because it is a highly praised title in other territories, so maybe it’ll do good enough in the UK… Let’s wait and see maybe? But I wouldn’t get my hopes up too much… ;) If Clannad can’t justify a blu-ray release there’s something very wrong in the UK anime industry in my opinion.
As for Gintama The Movie, I do see a possibility for a blu-ray re-release if the dvd sells well, and seeing it’s pretty popular it’ll depend on you guys whether or not it’ll get upgraded later in 2013 or 2014.. A Hetalia BD seems out of the blue at the moment.
Now, as for US new releases, what anime did Funimation release on Blu-Ray:
→ Region A-Only ⇉⇉ Black Lagoon – Season 1+2
→ Region A-Only ⇉⇉ Level E – Complete Collection
→ Region A & B ⇉⇉ Mass Effect
→ Region A-Only ⇉⇉ Steins;Gate – Part 2
→ Region A-Only ⇉⇉ Shakugan no Shana II – Part 1 (LE!)
→ Region A-Only ⇉⇉ Shakugan no Shana II – Part 2
→ Region A-Only ⇉⇉ Tenchi Muyo – OVA Collection
→ Region A-Only ⇉⇉ Tenchi Muyo – Movie Collection
Just like in November (and past months) most releases are region A-only which suggests there won’t be blu-ray releases of most of those titles in region B territories… Black Lagoon already got released in the UK on blu-ray, and it’s very likely Mass Effect & Steins;Gate will get the blu-ray treatment in the UK (where Australia already is receiving it). I do suggest people to hold back a few months until we know more 2013 anime releases, because Level E & Tenchi Muyo might still receive the blu-ray treatment as well.. Let’s wait and see.
As for Funimation’s dvd-only releases:
→ 11 December 2012 ⇉⇉ Is This a Zombie?
→ 18 December 2012 ⇉⇉ A Certain Magical Index – Part 1
→ 18 December 2012 ⇉⇉ A Certain Magical Index – Part 2
→ 18 December 2012 ⇉⇉ One Piece – Season 4 Part 3
I take it for very plausible that there’ll be a blu-ray upgrade later in 2013 or 2014 for both Is This a Zombie & A Certain Magical Index. ;)
And as for Section23’s brand new (region A/1) anime releases:
→ dvd + BD ⇉⇉ Ninja Scroll
→ dvd only ⇉⇉ Abenobashi Magical Shopping District
→ dvd + BD ⇉⇉ The Legend of Heroes
→ dvd only ⇉⇉ Hakuōki – Season 2
→ dvd + BD ⇉⇉ Mawaru PenguinDrum
Mawaru PenguinDrum might get released on Blu-Ray in the UK by Kaze, but because there’s only a dvd version in France it might not be happening.. As for Ninja Scroll, MangaUK already released a fancy LE steelbook, so get that one if you’re interested. There currently don’t seem to be plans for the other 3 anime, but it’s very likely that’ll change in the near future.
Okay, this was my very first blog post of 2013, there’ll be more blog posts in the forthcoming weeks, and obviously I wish you guys all the best in 2013,
check y’all later!