UK Anime Round-Up 28 May – 3 June: Sword Art Online goes off the Scale

UK Anime Round-Up 28 May – 3 June: Sword Art Online goes off the Scale

0 comments 📅30 May 2018, 12:45

What’s that coming over the hill? Not, in fact, a monster, but our weekly anime round-up, a touch delayed thanks to our gallivanting at MCM London Comic Con. We’ll be taking a look at all the upcoming anime goodness announced at the weekend’s show in a separate post, but there are plenty of tasty titles hitting shelves right now!

From Anime Limited we have a pair of feature-length fantasy adventures: Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale and Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry. Helmed by Tomohiko Ito (Erased, Silver Spoon), A-1 Pictures’ SAO flick sees Kirito, Asuna, Silica and Lisbeth dive into titular MMO Ordinal Scale only to discover that (surprise!) all is not as it seems. Also out for SAO fans this week is the standard Blu-ray edition of Sword Art Online II, Part 1.

Meanwhile, Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry follows Lucy, Natsu and chums on a quest to recover a stolen magical artefact with the power to destroy the world. Also produced by A-1 Pictures, Dragon Cry is set between the ‘Fairy Tail Revival’ and ‘Alvarez Empire’ arcs of Hiro Mashima’s hit manga – you can check out the English-dubbed extended trailer here.

The All The Anime label also gives us an ‘Ultimate Edition’ Blu-ray box set for Wolf’s Rain, Studio Bones’ heart-rending 2003 fantasy series. As well as four Blu-ray discs featuring all 26 episodes of Wolf’s Rain plus four OVA episodes and cast interviews, Anime Limited’s collector’s edition features nine art cards, three A3 posters and a100 page art book.

Manga UK hasn’t been idle this week either, with sci-fi film Blame! and the second half of Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga both out on Blu-ray and DVD. Released worldwide by Netflix last year, Polygon Pictures’ Blame! adapts Tsutomu Nihei’s manga set in a post-apocalypse future where a city’s AI has run out of control and turned against its human inhabitants.

The second instalment of Kyoto Saga concludes A-1 Pictures’ much-anticipated follow-up to its 2011 supernatural hit, Blue Exorcist. Featuring episodes 7-12 of the good-looking series, this latest releases sees teen exorcist twins Rin and Yukio Okumura continue their efforts to thwart the Impure King …and keep son-of-Satan Rin out of trouble himself!

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