The Beginner’s Guide to Anime, No. 1-150 – Updates and Corrections

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Since starting this column three years ago, there have been many changes. Series have been re-commissioned, some have ended and others have been made viewable elsewhere. This column is a quick list of updated information.

Re-commissioned and ending series

Here is a full list of series re-commissions either yet to be aired or new to the column. This section ignores serial series that always have new episodes made, normally every week.

  • Junjo Romantica (No. 5) – A third series was be aired in July 2014.
  • Black Butler (No. 10) – In July 2014 a new series entitled Book of Circus was broadcast, followed by a two-part OVA (Original Video Anime) called Book of Murder in October 2014. A new anime film, Book of the Atlantic, is scheduled for 2017.
  • Attack on Titan (No. 11) – Two compilation films have been made. The first, Crimson Bow and Arrow was released in Japan in November 2014. The second, Wings of Freedom, was released in June 2015. A two-part prequel OVA called No Regrets began in December 2014, with the second part to be released later in April 2015. These OVA are being released on Region 1 DVD with limited edition volumes of the print manga. A live-action Japanese film is also in production, scheduled to be released in two parts, in August and September 2015.
  • The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (No. 14) – A new spin-off anime called The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan began in April 2015.
  • Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club (No. 17) – Following a successful second series last year, a new prequel film entitled High Speed! – Free! – Starting Days was released in Japan in December 2015.
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers (No. 26) – A sixth online season has been broadcast.
  • Sword Art Online (No. 34) – A new movie, Ordinal Scale, will be released in 2017.
  • Strike Witches (No. 72) – A three part OVA is in production, which started in September 2014 and will finish in May 2015. A third season has been commissioned.
  • Girls und Panzer (No. 81) – A new movie was released in November 2015.
  • Lupin III (No. 90) – A new TV series starts in April 2015.
  • World Trigger (No. 114) – The anime series has been cancelled and will finished at the end of this month.
  • Food Wars! (No. 115) – A second series is scheduled for July 2016.
  • Haikyu!! (No. 116) – An announcement concerning the series is to be made on 19th March. EDIT: a third series has been commissioned, to be broadcast in Autumn 2016.

DVD and Blu-Ray releases

Some series previously unreleased on DVD and Blu-Ray in the UK and USA have now become available. Here is a list.

  • Mobile Suit Gundam (No. 2) – Available in two parts on Blu-Ray and DVD from All the Anime.
  • Attack on Titan (No. 10) – New collections of the entire first series to be released on DVD and Blu-Ray by Manga Entertainment on 27th June 2016.
  • Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club (No. 17) – The second series, Eternal Summer, will be released later in the year by All the Anime. Currently no word on if there will be a British release of the first series of the prequel film.
  • IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix (No. 20) – Has been re-released in the USA by Discotek Media, on Region 1 DVD.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion (No. 21) – The third film in the “Rebuild” series, Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not), is now available in the UK on DVD and Blu-Ray.
  • Code Geass (No. 22) – The film Akito the Exiled will be released by Kaze, but the date is currently unknown.
  • Sword Art Online (No. 34) – The second series, Sword Art Online II, is currently being released on DVD and Blu-Ray in the UK by All the Anime.
  • Danganronpa (No. 44) – Series now released on DVD and Blu-Ray in UK by Manga Entertainment.
  • Baccano! (No. 45) – Series now released in the UK on Blu-Ray by All the Anime.
  • Durarara!! (No. 48) – The second series is being released by All the Anime, with the first story arc being available on DVD and Blu-Ray on 25th April 2016.
  • DRAMAtical Murder (No. 66) – Series released on DVD and Blu-Ray in the USA by Sentai Filmworks.
  • Humanity Has Declined (No. 71) – Series to be released in UK on DVD and Blu-Ray by Animatsu.
  • Blue Exorcist (No. 77) – New collections of the entire series to be available on DVD and Blu-Ray from Manga Entertainment on 6th June 2016.
  • Ghost in the Shell (No. 83) – Rest of Arise series now available on DVD and Blu-Ray in the UK from Manga Entertainment. Film The New Movie to be released by Manga later in the year.
  • Wicked City (No. 96) – Film to be re-released on DVD in the USA by Discotek.
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (No. 110) – Series to be released on DVD and Blu-Ray by Animatsu later in the year.
  • Haikyu!! (No. 116) – Series being released in the UK on DVD and Blu-Ray by Animatsu. First part of the first series available now.
  • Love Live! (No. 123) – Second series to be released by MVM Films on DVD and Blu-Ray in June 2016.

Online Streaming

There are plenty of anime currently available via online streaming in the UK. Here are the main websites. Please note that these website might not stream all the episodes and some series are split over more than one website.

  • Crunchyroll: currently streaming at least some episodes of Black Butler (No. 10), Attack on Titan (No. 11), Bleach (No. 15), Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club (No. 17), Sword Art Online (No. 34), Durarara!! (No. 48), Fairy Tail (No. 52), BTOOOM! (No. 54), Cuticle Detective Inaba (No. 65), DRAMAtical Murder (No. 66), Humanity Has Declined (No. 71), No Matter How I Look At It, It’s You Guys Fault I’m Not Popular! (No. 85), Love Stage!! (No. 87), Yu-Gi-Oh! (No. 88), Cardfight!! Vanguard (No. 89), Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! (No. 94), Naruto (No. 95) and Moyashimon (No. 98), Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (No. 110), Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches (No. 111), Gintama (No. 113), World Trigger (No. 114), Food Wars! (No. 115), Haikyu!! (No. 116), Sekai-Ichi Hatsukoi: The World’s Greatest First Love (No. 118), ERASED (No. 145) and Noblesse (No. 150).
  • Animax: currently streaming at least some episodes of Death Note (No. 8), Bakuman (No. 9), Attack on Titan (No. 11) Bleach (No. 15), Code Geass (No. 22), Black Lagoon (No. 32), Durarara!! (No. 48), Fairy Tail (No. 52), Magi (No. 67), Vampire Knight (No. 75), Soul Eater (No. 76), Nisekoi (No. 117), Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions (No. 120), One-Punch Man (No. 129), Beyond the Boundary (No. 141), Hidamari Sketch (No. 143) and World Conquest Zvezda Plot (No. 144).
  • Netflix: currently streaming at least some episodes of Death Note (No. 8), Black Butler (No. 10), Attack on Titan (No. 11), Fullmetal Alchemist (No. 13), Pokemon (No. 25), Black Lagoon (No. 32), Sword Art Online (No. 34), Fairy Tail (No. 52), Magi (No. 67), Vampire Knight (No. 75), Blue Exorcist (No. 77), Ghost in the Shell (No. 83), Yu-Gi-Oh! (No. 88), Blood Lad (No. 92), Space Pirate Captain Harlock (No. 107), Tokyo Ghoul (No. 108) and The Seven Deadly Sins (No. 142).
  • Funimation: The Funimation streaming service, previously only available in the USA, is now going to become available in the UK some time later this month. Some series that they have confirmed they will stream include Ouran High School Host Club (No. 3), Attack on Titan (No. 11), Hetalia: Axis Powers (No. 26), Fairy Tail (No. 52) and Ghost in the Shell (No. 83).
  • YouTube: You can find legal streaming channels for Manga Entertainment and Funimation. There you can find UK legal streaming for at least some episodes of Astro Boy (No. 1), Ouran High School Host Club (No. 3), Junjo Romantica (No. 5), Fullmetal Alchemist (No. 13), Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club (No. 17), Martian Successor Nadesico (No. 23), Hetalia: Axis Powers (No. 26), The Irresponsible Captain Tylor (No. 30), Aria (No. 35), Strike Witches (No. 72), Baka and Test (No. 78) and Ghost in the Shell (No. 83).
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