With another MCM over, it's time for us to announce what we have coming up in the next 12 months, and boy do we have some amazing titles!
Here are our latest releases, hot off the presses. With thanks to Dan Rhodes for compiling all the synopses on the UK Anime Network.
Synopsis: Flip Flap is an agency that specialises in retrieving wish-granting shards from other dimensions, and thanks to a chance encounter, Cocona is the latest recruit!
Along with her new partner, Papika, she is granted special powers that, when activated, transform her into a magical girl who must slay inter-dimensional creatures to retrieve the shards - not an easy task when she has to contend with rival agencies!
Fruits Basket Collector's Edition - The classic series is set for a re-release in the form of a Blu-ray collector's edition. The new set will be available from 4th December 2017. We reviewied the series' first re-release back in 2012.
Synopsis: Life for 16-year-old Tohru is turned upside down when she suddenly loses her mother. Without a home and unwilling to burden her friends, she’s stuck living in a tent. But what she doesn’t realize is she’s on Souma family property and her life is about to get even more complicated when she gets caught up in their big family secret!
Armed Girl's Machiavellism - Originally announced during May's London MCM Comic Con, this series is now scheduled for a 2018 release.
Synopsis: Nomura Fudo is a young man who was recently expelled from his old high school as the result of a massive, violent brawl. He wants a normal life, but the new school he transferred to is Private Aichi Symbiosis Academy, where the female students have been violently oppressing their male classmates out of misguided paranoia ever since the school became co-ed. A five-member vigilante group called the "Supreme Five Swords" led by Rin Onigawara holds Nomura at sword-point to concede to the rules or leave the school. At this point, Nomura challenges the Supreme Five Swords for his own right and prove true morality despite the brutal force.
Battle Girl High School
Synopsis: In the year 2045, the world has been contaminated by Irōsu (mysterious invaders who suddenly appeared), and humans find themselves restricted and contained. Standing boldly against these invaders are ordinary girls everywhere, without a powerful army or even weapons. The Shinjugamine Girls Academy is a school for these "Hoshimori" (Star Guardians) destined to fight the Irōsu.
Synopsis: University student Chitose Karasuma dives into the voice acting industry full of dreams, hope, and ambition - but what is the reality that awaits her? Young women with wildly different personalities and backgrounds find themselves friends and competitors at the same time, but may need to join together to find the fame and fortune they all crave in this entertaining look into voice acting industry featuring a number of original pop songs.
Girl’s Last Tour
Synopsis: Civilization is dead, but Chito and Yuuri are still alive. So they hop aboard their beloved Kettenkrad motorbike and aimlessly wander the ruins of the world they once knew. Day after hopeless day, they look for their next meal and fuel for their ride. But as long as the two are together, even an existence as bleak as theirs has a ray or two of sunshine in it, whether they're sucking down their fill of soup or hunting for machine parts to tinker with. For two girls in a world full of nothing, the experiences and feelings the two share give them something to live for.
Grimoire of Zero
Synopsis: Zero is a witch who is ignorant of the world and travels with a half-beast half-human mercenary who longs to be human. Witches who practice sorcery exist in the world, however, in this era no one knows how about the art and study of witchcraft. Zero is going on a journey to search for a magical tome called "The Book of Zero" that hides a power that can destroy the world. The mercenary travels with her as her guard.
Himouto! Umaru-chan R
Synopsis: Umaru Doma has a secret: in public, she's a reserved and perfect beauty. At home, she devolves into a junk food connoisseur whose talents include video games, reading manga, watching anime, and annoying her big brother, Taihei. This season reunites Umaru with her friends: busty country girl Nana, quiet Kirie, and close nerd Sylphynford. What adventures await Umaru-chan now?
Initial D Movie Trilogy
Land of the Lustrous
Synopsis: In the distant future, a new life form called "hōseki" (gems) is born. The 28 gems must fight against the "tsukijin" (moon people) who want to attack them and turn them into decorations, so each gem is assigned a role such as a fighter or a medic. Though she hopes to fight the moon people, Phos is a gem who is given no assignment until the gems' manager Adamantine asks her to edit a natural history magazine.
Love and Lies
Synopsis: Lies are forbidden. Love is even more forbidden. The time is in the not-so-distant future. In Japan, your marriage partner is selected by the government when you turn 16. Yukari Nejima is a 15-year-old boy who lives in a corner of Japan and has never made much of himself. In grades as well as sports, he ranks below the middle of the pack. However, he conceals a passionate love in his heart.
Made in Abyss
Synopsis: An enormous pit and cave system called the "Abyss" is the only unexplored place in the world. Strange and wonderful creatures reside in its depths, and it is full of precious relics that current humans are unable to make. The mysteries of the Abyss fascinate humans, and they head down to explore. The adventurers who venture into pit are known as "Cave Raiders." A little orphan girl named Rico lives in the town of Ōsu on the edge of the Abyss. Her dream is to become a Cave Raider like her mother and solve the mysteries of the cave system. One day, Rico starts exploring the caves and discovers a robot who resembles a human boy.
No Game No Life Zero
Synopsis: Six thousand years before Sora and Shiro were even a blink in the history of Disboard, war consumed the land, tearing apart the heavens, destroying stars, and even threatening to wipe out the human race. Amid the chaos and destruction, a young man named Riku leads humanity toward the tomorrow his heart believed in. One day, in the ruins of an Elf city, he meets Shuvi, a female exiled "Ex-machina" android who asks him to teach her what it means to have a human heart.
Synopsis: Five girls live in 19th century London, a city within the Albion Kingdom divided into east and west by a large wall. The girls serve as undercover spies enrolled as students at the prestigious Queen's Mayfair school. The girls make use of their individual abilities to remain active in the underground world of disguise, espionage, infiltration, and car chases.
Synopsis: In a town filled with super powers, Asai Kei is a boy who forgets nothing. One day he meets Haruki MIsora, a girl who can reset time. After discovering that Kei's memories aren't affected by a reset, together they try to help the people of Sagrada with their unique problems.
Sword Oratoria: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side -
Synopsis: Sword princess Aiz Wallenstein. Today, once again, the strongest female swordsman heads to the giant labyrinth known as the "Dungeon" along with her allies. On the 50th floor where mysteries and threats such as a decayed dragon's corpse that crumbles to ash and an irregularity that creeps ever closer to the party loom, Aiz calls for the wind and heads deeper into the darkness of the Dungeon. Eventually, she finds herself meeting a boy for the first time. In the Labyrinth City of Orario, the contrasting stories of the boy and the girl intersect.
Synopsis: Negi Springfield, the boy wizard, fought and won many battles. Now it is decades later and Negi's grandson, a little boy name Tōta, dreams of leaving his quiet village and heading to the City to climb to the top of the space elevator and make a name for himself. But first he must defeat his teacher, the immortal vampire, Evangeline.
Vatican Miracle Examiner
Synopsis: To detect lies, refuse fakes, and reach the miracle of God - that is their mission as Vatican Miracle Examiners. Hiraga, a scientific genius and Roberto, an expert on the decryption of cryptography and ancient documents are not only good partners but also "Miracle Examiners" working for the Vatican. They are secret examiners, who are requested to examine and identify the authenticity of miracles from all over the world.
Fate/Grand Order: First Order
Synopsis: The Chaldea Security Organization was founded to focus on preserving the continuation of human history. They observe a world which magecraft couldn’t observe, and science couldn’t measure, all to prevent the certain extinction of humanity. But one day, the future that Chaldea continued to observe disappears and humanity’s extinction in 2017 becomes clear. Based on the assumption that Fuyuki, a provincial town in Japan, is the reason for humanity’s extinction, Chaldea issues an order to explore, investigate, and possibly destroy this singularity – a quest for the Holy Grail, the Grand Order.
Synopsis: Katalina, a Lieutenant of the Empire, seeks to escape one of their airships with the experimental subject Lyria. An accident results in them landing on an island, where Lyria is discovered by Gran, a young local who has trained with the sword. As he fights off the Empire soldiers pursuing Lyria, he's eventually joined by Katalina. When the opposition becomes too fierce to handle, Gran dies at the claws of a hydra, only to be brought back to life by Lyria, who combines her effort with Gran's to summon a dragon that drives off the Imperial forces. Now Gran's life force is split with Lyria, so he must go where she goes. That's not a problem for him, since he was planning to go on a journey to seek out his absent father anyway.