Anime Limited have announced four biggies that they’ll be distributing in the UK steadily throughout the year. First, after the confirmation came that the US would be getting the Collector’s Edition of the Gundam Thunderbolt compilation movie December Sky, we’re now assured we’ll be getting the director’s cut compilation ourselves. The additional scenes and extras will all be included, except, as it’s a Japanese export, the bonus features won’t be subtitled.
Their announcement says: “This pre-order scheme in conjunction with Bandai Visual allows UK fans to pre-order this upcoming release knowing that it will be sent from our offices here in the UK (once stock arrives – expected July 2016.) Though please note this is a Japanese product. The main feature itself has both English and Japanese language audio and will have English subtitles, but any additional features on the disc itself and/or the physical items included in the package itself will be in Japanese only… This is a Japanese product we’re making available for UK fans to pre-order, this is not an Anime Limited produced release. ”
They’re now accepting pre-orders, priced at £74.99, from the UK, Ireland and Scandinavia. But don’t wait too long, as the deadline for pre-orders is 11:59pm on Sunday May 22nd.
Anime Limited have also announced that they’ll be releasing the Project Itoh films Empire of Corpses and Harmony, adapted from the novels of the late Satoshi Ito. Empire of Corpses will be released on July 11th, and according to the announcement, “We will be doing something special for this as it will be presented in steelbox packaging, that will be limited to 1000 units across all retailers. The set will include the film on both Blu-ray and DVD and there also will be a booklet included too.”
For now, Harmony is more tentatively scheduled for release in the fourth quarter of this year, but Anime Limited have said “we’ll be confirming the date soon.” As with Empire of Corpses, it’s set to release as a steelbook, limited to 1000 units and including a booklet. If you want the big-screen experience for either or both, you may be in luck, as they’re showing during the Anime Weekend at BFI Southbank in June.
And finally, they’ve confirmed a Collector’s Edition release of the 2007 Kyoto Animation slice-of-lifer Lucky Star, perhaps even with a little something extra. Anime Limited stated in their announcement, “We’ll be releasing the series as a Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray set on 5th September. We’re also looking to include something special for our release, but until we have an all-clear on it we’re not going to talk about it just yet.”