Neo Tokyo is about to E-X-P-L-O-D-E… into your Face in 4K at a Cinema Near You!

“Akira remains the benchmark Anime movie, and, for my money, the greatest of all time”

Manga Entertainment have confirmed that the new 4K restoration of Akira will screen in cinemas across the UK and Ireland from October 7. Katsuhiro Otomo’s towering 1988 classic has been given the 4K treatment for 2020. It will undoubtedly look better than ever. The film will screen in over 200 locations, including selected IMAX venues. There are previews taking place October 7 and 8, with the full opening on October 9. All screenings will be in the original Japanese with English subtitles.

Darcy Giles, Manga’s PR and Social Media Manager says:

 Prepare your eyeballs! We’re thrilled to announce that Akira is coming to IMAX this October for a very limited time only. Grab your tickets as soon as possible – you don’t want to miss this.

Need help finding your nearest screening? The majority of locations are on the website now, and expect the rest to be made available shortly. Over in the US, Funimation will be showing in selected locations from September 24with a 4K UHD Blu-Ray release this December. Find your nearest screening here.

Akira is the one of the world’s most treasured and revered animated movies. Its post-apocalyptic, cyberpunk outline of a world-away-from-ours in 2019 is one of animation’s most iconic productions. It tells the story of Kaneda, a leader of a bike teenage bike gang whose childhood friend, Tetsuo Shima, acquires escalating telekinetic powers after a motorcycle accident. In a world already ignited by chaos and violent protests, Tetsuo’s untapped power threatens to destroy it all.

Akira was the movie that kicked off the western Anime revolution of the 90’s. In the United Kingdom, it was the basis for the Manga Video brand, Manga Entertainment in its current UK form. Over 30 years later, Akira still remains their most important asset, with Manga ensuring each of its restorations reach UK shores. It remains the benchmark Anime movie, and, for my money, the greatest of all time.

Will you be seeing Akira in its latest restoration? Will this be your first time seeing Akira? Let me know your views!

Superman: The Man of Tomorrow – The New DC Animated Movie Ushering in a New Era

“it is time for the DC animated movies to get a fresh start themselves. And this time, they’re doing it with the hero that began the DC Animated Original Movies line: Superman.”

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If there’s one thing DC loves, it’s a reboot. Usually a tactic reserved for comic books, as the continuity is “reset” every few years, this has now become a thing in comic book movies. There have been “reboots” for both Superman and Batman in Hollywood. The former began with Man of Steel, now part of the DC Extended Universe, while the Batman franchise, now also part of the same universe, is about to venture into its second reboot in less than 20 years. Now it is time for the DC animated movies to get a fresh start themselves. And this time, they’re doing it with the hero that began the DC Animated Original Movies line: Superman.

The release of Justice League Dark: Apokolips War last month marked the end of the 6-year, 20-movie DC animated movie universe that began with Justice League: War. It was a universe within a universe, with the full series of original movies truly beginning with Superman: Doomsday in 2007. Now, with Butch Lukic at the helm as the new Supervising Producer, a new continuity begins with Superman: Man of Tomorrow.

Warner Bros have already dropped the trailer and debuted the box art and release date for the upcoming movie:-

As usual, there are several special features included. They have been revealed as:-

  • Lobo: Natural Force of Chaos Featurette
  • Martian Manhunter: Lost and Found Featurette
  • Look Back: Justice League vs. The Fatal Five Featurette
  • Look Back: Superman/Batman: Public Enemies Featurette
  • From the DC Vault: Superman: The Animated Series, “The Main Man, Part I”
  • From the DC Vault: Superman: The Animated Series, “The Main Man, Part II”
  • Movie trailers for Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge, and Superman: Red Son.
  • A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe Movie — An advanced look at the next animated film in the popular DC Universe Movies collection.

The voice cast includes Darren Criss (Glee) as Clark Kent/Superman, Zachary Quinto (Heroes) as Lex Luthor, Alexandra Daddario (San Andreas) as Lois Lane, Brett Dalton (Agents of SHIELD) as Parasite/Rudy Jones, Ryan Hurst (The Walking DeadSons of Anarchy) as Lobo, Ike Amadi (Mass Effect 3Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge) as Martian Manhunter, Neil Flynn (The MiddleScrubs) as Jonathan Kent, Bellamy Young (ScandalProdigal Son) as Martha Kent, Cristina Milizia (DC Super Hero Girls) as Maya, Petey & Kaylie, Eugene Byrd (BonesLEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures) as Ron Troupe, April Stewart (South Park) as Mrs. Ross, and Piotr Michael (The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle) as Perry White, as well as Cissy Jones (Firewatch) and David Chen (Gotham).

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The movie will be directed by Chris Palmer, who has previously directed several episodes of Voltron: Legendary Defender, and written by Tim Sheridan, the scriber of The Death of Superman and Reign of the Supermen. The official synopsis is as follows:-

“It’s the dawn of a new age of heroes, and Metropolis has just met its first. But as Daily Planet intern Clark Kent – working alongside reporter Lois Lane – secretly wields his alien powers of flight, super-strength and x-ray vision in the battle for good, there’s even greater trouble on the horizon. Follow the budding hero as he engages in bloody battles with intergalactic bounty hunter Lobo and fights for his life to halt the attack of power-hungry alien Parasite. The world will learn about Superman … but first, Superman must save the world!”

Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Senior Vice President, Originals, Animation and Family Marketing, said of the movie:-

Superman: Man of Tomorrow is an inspiring retelling of the DC Universe Movies’ backstory for The Man of Steel, taking the audience to his early days as an intern at the Daily Planet – and his beginnings as a learning-on-the-job DC Super Hero. Darren Criss and Zachary Quinto have wholeheartedly embraced their roles as Superman and Lex Luthor for this film, and the end result is a special addition to canon of films that every Superman fan will want to add to their collection.”

Having Lukic at the helm will bring a new visual aesthetic to Superman: Man of Tomorrow that departs from the animation styles of previous producers Bruce Timm (23 films) and James Tucker (17 films), thus far represented in the DC Universe Movies.

Superman: The Man of Tomorrow hits digital on August 23, before the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack arrives on September 8. In the UK, HMV has it listed for September 7.