It’s 2014! The previous year is now behind us and it’s time to look ahead to the future – and that’s what MVM Entertainment are doing, by kicking off the New Year with three new license announcements of anime goodness fans in the UK can expect this year.
The first and probably the biggest of these three new reveals is a series that comes from the same mind as Sword Art Online, which has been in the news a fair bit recently. That’s right! Sunrise’s anime adaptation of Reki Kawahara’s Accel World will be released in the United Kingdom from this June. A release format has yet to be confirmed, but as Hanabee’s Australian release is currently slated to be DVD-only, it is likely that our release will too. Hanabee’s official description of this cyberpunk action-drama series is as follows:
Are you prepared to accelerate beyond your world?
In the near future our lives will be organised and played out through devices known as Neurolinkers. Utilising it enables access to a virtual reality where there are no limits on an individual, for Harayuki Arita, this is freedom.
Neither rich, popular nor particularly attractive, Harayuki spends his time building his ideal self here. He dominates this space until it is cruelly taken away from him from his high school bullies. However salvation is at hand when Kuroyukihime, the school’s most popular girl, offers him another chance to escape and become the person he’s always wanted to be. Except this offer has a catch and it deals with his life.
Delving into the virtual reality known as Accel World, Haru will need to learn quickly how to fight if he wishes to uncover the secrets of this world and become Kuroyukihime’s knight.
Yen Press also recently revealed that they will begin releasing the original light novels in English later this year too!
The second title announced this morning is Studio Nomad’s 2011 adaptation of visual novel We Without Wings, which will also be released sometime this year. Australian licensor Madman Entertainment’s description of the series is as follows:
Timid Takashi wants to escape to an alternate world where he is a heralded knight, but is held back by thoughts of his younger sister and his girlfriend. Part-timer and all around upbeat guy Shuusuke has a disastrous first encounter with a woman who turns out to be his new co-worker. Handyman Hayato is a hard-boiled loner that has random encounters with two gangs and a girl with a uniform fetish. Throw in plenty of fan-service, random humour, an alternate medieval world, and your narrator DJ Condor, and you get “We Without Wings – Under the Innocent Sky”.
And the third and final announcement of this slate is a post-apocalyptic fantasy series from Studio Zexcs, 2009’s Chrome Shelled Regios:
After the world has fallen into a state of disrepair, humanity has retreated to huge mobile cities named Regios. With the Earth now populated by contanimated life-forms, humanity must defend itself by using weapons called DITE. One young man trying to forget his past arrives in the Regios named Zuellini, but soon catches the attention of those who would use his considerable skills for their own ends.
So, will you be picking up any of these new licenses?