Madman Announcements at Manifest 2011
Madman announced some new Anime licences at this years Manifest, Melbournes’ Annual Anime Festival. In addition to the successful premiere screening of Last Exile: Fam, The Silver Wing, Otaku in Melbourne were treated to a great lineup of upcoming anime announcements such as;
Patlabor TV Series and OVA
Patlabor was directed by the then rookie director Mamoru Oshii, you know the big-headed dude that directed movies like The Sky Crawlers and the Ghost in the Shell Movies. Patlabor was created in 1989 and was animated by Studio Sunrise. I have seen the first two episodes of the Tv series and while it didn’t blow me away it had an interesting and unique enough premise to keep me interested. It’s just a regular Cop show and I’m not too fond of those so I think I will enjoy the Movie more than the series.
Rosario+Vampire Seasons 1 & 2
It’s a an Ecchi Harem from GONZO. There is really nothing more I can add to that.
Last Exile: Fam The Silver Wing (Streaming)
Madman announced that they will stream the second season of Last Exile on their website. The popular Steam Punk anime had a two successful screening at Manifest so its only fitting that we will be able to watch this show as it airs for free on Madmans Screening room.
The very Popular Shounen anime series recently got released in the states so it was only a matter of time before Australian fans would get the chance to own this series themselves. It got a FUNimation dub so we can expect A+ performance from the cast. The series will be on shelves early next year so we can all look forward to watching that before the apocalypse hits.
Some Extra Aussie Anime News
I also saw something very interesting recently. My local anime store had To (2001) movie slips that stated that a Blu Ray and DVD combo pack was soon to be released. The picture on the litle slip was of a FUNimation release so you could say that was a mistake but everything else was typed. Does this mean Madman is testing this new format? I also noticed that the High School of the Dead Blu ray was selling for the exact same price that the DVD was, this pleases me because it means Madman is embracing the fact that Blu Ray is the superior format and hopefully the anime fans will get it as well.
If you have not seen any Anime on Blu Ray yet, try it out it, the picture quality is 1080 times better than you are used to and some titles even have 7.1 surround sound.