Here at UK Anime Network we pride ourselves on bringing you the best news, first. Having broken the exclusive news that MVM Entertainment had licensed No Game No Life Zero as part of their 2018 line-up, our spies down at MCM London Comic Con have managed to get MVM Entertainment to spill the beans about their full release schedule.
If you are just here for the new licence announcements they are as follows:
Battle Girl High School, Girl’s Last Tour, Himouto! Umaru-chan R, Land of the Lustrous, Love and Lies, Made in Abyss, Princess Principal, UQ Holder!, and Vatican Miracle Examiner - all of which are scheduled for a 2018 release.
Otherwise the full MVM Entertainment release schedule is:
Girls und Panzer: This Is The Real Anzio Battle OVA - previously scheduled for 6th November 2017, will now land on 20th November 2017.
Synopsis: A piece of spaghetti or a military unit, George S. Patton famously said, "can only be led from the front end." However, once the heat of battle has cooled and the fog of war turns as thick as minestrone, determining which end was front and who pulled on what can be difficult.
Therefore, for the enthusiasts who've puzzled over the epic tank battle between the girls of Oorai Girls' Academy and their Italian-themed rivals from Anzio High School, we present these classified videos for your eyes-only! Miho and Team Oorai will have their hands full with the impulsive attacks of Vice-Commander Pepperoni and facing the raw fury of Vice-Commander Carpaccio… but the real question is whether they can hold off Anchovy's ultra-secret secret weapons! Will they persevere? Or will their opponents end up saying "tank" you very much… for the victory!
Girls und Panzer der Film - While this one has been available from MVM’s anime-on-line store for a little while it will officially hit other retailers on 20th November 2017. You can check out our thoughts on the film here.
Synopsis: In Girls und Panzer der Film, when the Ministry of Education goes back on its promise to keep Ooarai Girls Academy open, the task of saving the five-mile-long Academy Ship from the wreckers falls to Miho and her barely-seasoned tankery team. However, things go off track almost immediately.
While the Oorai tank crew may have won the high school tournament, they're now facing a larger and more experienced university team, and if they fail, their armored vehicles will be forfeit! Will they be swapping their tanks for the memories? It's possible, but winning a tank battle is all about tactics and teamwork, and the fledgling Ooarai students have more friends and allies than anyone suspects. Get ready for another high-caliber round of the only sport where "having a blast" doesn't necessarily mean you're having a great time, as the Ooarai team puts everything on the line!
Norn9 Collection - Similar to Girls und Panzer der Film Norn9 is currently available direct from MVM, but will land at other retailers from 20th November 2017.
Synopsis: It's been so long since someone used her name that she's forgotten it. Suddenly, she's ripped away from everything she knows, chosen by a mysterious organization called The World for a secret mission. However, from the moment she steps on board the incredible spacecraft Norn, she knows that she's found home. The other young people aboard the ship are just like her: gifted with unexpected skills and abilities. Now, to protect the future of peace and harmony, they're at The World's beck and call. Maybe she'll find more than just a purpose. Maybe she's finally found a family and, possibly, even… her soul mate? Join three amazing girls, nine incredible guys, and a mysterious kid as an epic odyssey begins.
Log Horizon Season 1 & 2 Collector's Edition - Compiling both seasons of the anime based in an online fantasy game, we reviewed each part when they originally came out: Series 1 Part 1, Series 1 Part 2, Series 2 Part 1, Series 2 Part 2. The release date for this one remains unchanged, and is still scheduled for 27th November 2017. Also coming next year will be two standard editions, one for each season, which will land on 12th March 2018.
Synopsis: The online fantasy game Elder Tales is a worldwide phenomenon, immersing millions of players in its intricately conceived virtual world. However, the release of the game's twelfth expansion pack makes that immersion all too literal, as players from around the world are suddenly pulled into the game's no-longer-fictional universe!
Now, eight-year ET veteran Shiroe, his friend Naotsugu, the beautiful assassin Akatsuki, and 30,000 other players are faced with the daunting task of learning how to deal with an entirely new reality, one where the Non-Player Characters are actually alive, and the tips and tricks learned while playing with a keyboard no longer apply. Flesh and blood replace avatars and stat lists, and an entire world stands on the brink of Apocalypse in the ultimate LOG HORIZON SEASON 1 & SEASON 2 complete collection!
Fruits Basket Collector's Edition - The classic series is set for a re-release in the form of a Blu-ray collector's edition. The new set will be available from 4th December 2017. We reviewied the series' first re-release back in 2012.
Synopsis: Life for 16-year-old Tohru is turned upside down when she suddenly loses her mother. Without a home and unwilling to burden her friends, she’s stuck living in a tent. But what she doesn’t realize is she’s on Souma family property and her life is about to get even more complicated when she gets caught up in their big family secret!
Monster Musume - Collector's Collection Combi - We reported the delay to everyone's favourite monster girl series a little while ago, and that date still stands: 11th December 2017. Our catgirl correspondent
salivated over reviewed it recently.
Synopsis: No one expected the government to suddenly acknowledge the existence of demi-human species like harpies and centaurs, but when a careless Integration Agent shows up on Kimihito Kurusu's doorstep with an attractive Lamia in tow, he suddenly finds himself designated as a "Host Family". This might not be so bad, except that while Miia's top half is all girl and quickly develops a crush on her new human host, her snakelike bottom half makes that crush literal with a tendency to squeeze the life out of him! Plus, there's also the little problem that it's illegal for humans and non-humans to have THOSE kinds of relationships.
With woman-in-black Agent Smith always sniffing about for improprieties, things only get more hectic in the Kurusu household when bird-brained Papi the harpy and master-seeking centaur Centorea need places to roost and stable. As the house gets crowded with even more captivating cuties, can any human male survive under such tempestuous and tempting conditions?
GATE - Collection (Blu-ray) - Even the JSDF forces can't stop this one being delayed, with the collection now set to land on 2nd April 2018. We reviewed it in streaming form.
Synopsis: When a mysterious gate suddenly appears in Tokyo's Ginza district and begins spewing armed warriors and flying monsters, the world is thrown into turmoil. Although the deadly attack is thrown back by Japan's Self Defense Force, there's now a new and entirely unknown land on the other side of the portal, and Japan is effectively at war with a nation on the other side.
Determined to secure peace, the JSDF must send an armed force into the Gate, but ogres, dragons and a ruthless Empire populated by elves, humans, and half-animal warriors aren't the only dangers they'll face. With the resources of two worlds at stake, the balance of power on both sides of the Gate is destabilizing, and betrayal can come at any time, from any quarter. There, trapped right in the middle of the ensuing firestorm, stands officer Yoji Itami and the JSDF's Third Reconnaissance Team as they plunge into the GATE.
The following licenses haven't yet been given a release date, but are due some time in 2018:
Armed Girl's Machiavellism - Originally announced during May's London MCM Comic Con, this series is now scheduled for a 2018 release.
Synopsis: Nomura Fudo is a young man who was recently expelled from his old high school as the result of a massive, violent brawl. He wants a normal life, but the new school he transferred to is Private Aichi Symbiosis Academy, where the female students have been violently oppressing their male classmates out of misguided paranoia ever since the school became co-ed. A five-member vigilante group called the "Supreme Five Swords" led by Rin Onigawara holds Nomura at sword-point to concede to the rules or leave the school. At this point, Nomura challenges the Supreme Five Swords for his own right and prove true morality despite the brutal force.
Battle Girl High School - This one streamed on HIDIVE as part of the Summer 2017 season.
Synopsis: In the year 2045, the world has been contaminated by Irōsu (mysterious invaders who suddenly appeared), and humans find themselves restricted and contained. Standing boldly against these invaders are ordinary girls everywhere, without a powerful army or even weapons. The Shinjugamine Girls Academy is a school for these "Hoshimori" (Star Guardians) destined to fight the Irōsu.
Girlish Number - Another series originally announced back in May, this one streamed on Crunchyroll as part of the Autumn 2016 season.
Synopsis: University student Chitose Karasuma dives into the voice acting industry full of dreams, hope, and ambition - but what is the reality that awaits her? Young women with wildly different personalities and backgrounds find themselves friends and competitors at the same time, but may need to join together to find the fame and fortune they all crave in this entertaining look into voice acting industry featuring a number of original pop songs.
Girl’s Last Tour - Currently streaming on HIDIVE as part of the Autumn 2017 season.
Synopsis: Civilization is dead, but Chito and Yuuri are still alive. So they hop aboard their beloved Kettenkrad motorbike and aimlessly wander the ruins of the world they once knew. Day after hopeless day, they look for their next meal and fuel for their ride. But as long as the two are together, even an existence as bleak as theirs has a ray or two of sunshine in it, whether they're sucking down their fill of soup or hunting for machine parts to tinker with. For two girls in a world full of nothing, the experiences and feelings the two share give them something to live for.
Grimoire of Zero - The third on our list originally announced back in May.
Synopsis: Zero is a witch who is ignorant of the world and travels with a half-beast half-human mercenary who longs to be human. Witches who practice sorcery exist in the world, however, in this era no one knows how about the art and study of witchcraft. Zero is going on a journey to search for a magical tome called "The Book of Zero" that hides a power that can destroy the world. The mercenary travels with her as her guard.
Himouto! Umaru-chan R - Another series currently streaming on HIDIVE, with the second season airing as part of the Autumn 2017 season.
Synopsis: Umaru Doma has a secret: in public, she's a reserved and perfect beauty. At home, she devolves into a junk food connoisseur whose talents include video games, reading manga, watching anime, and annoying her big brother, Taihei. This season reunites Umaru with her friends: busty country girl Nana, quiet Kirie, and close nerd Sylphynford. What adventures await Umaru-chan now?
Initial D Movie Trilogy - Yet another announcement from back in May, which should be joining us in 2018.
Land of the Lustrous - You may have spotted a theme by now... Currently streaming on HIDIVE as part of the Autumn 2017 season. This series sports unconventional but gorgeous character designs, which have raised more than a few eyebrows.
Synopsis: In the distant future, a new life form called "hōseki" (gems) is born. The 28 gems must fight against the "tsukijin" (moon people) who want to attack them and turn them into decorations, so each gem is assigned a role such as a fighter or a medic. Though she hopes to fight the moon people, Phos is a gem who is given no assignment until the gems' manager Adamantine asks her to edit a natural history magazine.
Love and Lies - Streamed on HIDIVE as part of the Summer 2017 season.
Synopsis: Lies are forbidden. Love is even more forbidden. The time is in the not-so-distant future. In Japan, your marriage partner is selected by the government when you turn 16. Yukari Nejima is a 15-year-old boy who lives in a corner of Japan and has never made much of himself. In grades as well as sports, he ranks below the middle of the pack. However, he conceals a passionate love in his heart.
Made in Abyss - The wonderful and, at times, harrowing tale of Rico's decent into the Abyss. Streamed on HIDIVE as part of the Summer 2017 season.
Synopsis: An enormous pit and cave system called the "Abyss" is the only unexplored place in the world. Strange and wonderful creatures reside in its depths, and it is full of precious relics that current humans are unable to make. The mysteries of the Abyss fascinate humans, and they head down to explore. The adventurers who venture into pit are known as "Cave Raiders." A little orphan girl named Rico lives in the town of Ōsu on the edge of the Abyss. Her dream is to become a Cave Raider like her mother and solve the mysteries of the cave system. One day, Rico starts exploring the caves and discovers a robot who resembles a human boy.
No Game No Life Zero - We broke the news of this one ourselves, a little earlier in the week. MVM today confirmed it will be coming as part of their 2018 line-up.
Synopsis: Six thousand years before Sora and Shiro were even a blink in the history of Disboard, war consumed the land, tearing apart the heavens, destroying stars, and even threatening to wipe out the human race. Amid the chaos and destruction, a young man named Riku leads humanity toward the tomorrow his heart believed in. One day, in the ruins of an Elf city, he meets Shuvi, a female exiled "Ex-machina" android who asks him to teach her what it means to have a human heart.
Princess Principal - Streamed on HIDIVE as part of the Summer 2017 season.
Synopsis: Five girls live in 19th century London, a city within the Albion Kingdom divided into east and west by a large wall. The girls serve as undercover spies enrolled as students at the prestigious Queen's Mayfair school. The girls make use of their individual abilities to remain active in the underground world of disguise, espionage, infiltration, and car chases.
Sagrada Reset - Another title previously announced in May, now set for a 2018 release.
Synopsis: In a town filled with super powers, Asai Kei is a boy who forgets nothing. One day he meets Haruki MIsora, a girl who can reset time. After discovering that Kei's memories aren't affected by a reset, together they try to help the people of Sagrada with their unique problems.
Sword Oratoria: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side - This spring 2017 show is another that was announced by MVM back in May, and will see a 2018 release.
Synopsis: Sword princess Aiz Wallenstein. Today, once again, the strongest female swordsman heads to the giant labyrinth known as the "Dungeon" along with her allies. On the 50th floor where mysteries and threats such as a decayed dragon's corpse that crumbles to ash and an irregularity that creeps ever closer to the party loom, Aiz calls for the wind and heads deeper into the darkness of the Dungeon. Eventually, she finds herself meeting a boy for the first time. In the Labyrinth City of Orario, the contrasting stories of the boy and the girl intersect.
UQ Holder! - Currently streaming on HIDIVE as part of the Autumn 2017 season.
Synopsis: Negi Springfield, the boy wizard, fought and won many battles. Now it is decades later and Negi's grandson, a little boy name Tōta, dreams of leaving his quiet village and heading to the City to climb to the top of the space elevator and make a name for himself. But first he must defeat his teacher, the immortal vampire, Evangeline.
Vatican Miracle Examiner - Streamed on HIDIVE as part of the Summer 2017 season.
Synopsis: To detect lies, refuse fakes, and reach the miracle of God - that is their mission as Vatican Miracle Examiners. Hiraga, a scientific genius and Roberto, an expert on the decryption of cryptography and ancient documents are not only good partners but also "Miracle Examiners" working for the Vatican. They are secret examiners, who are requested to examine and identify the authenticity of miracles from all over the world.
Fate/Grand Order: First Order - This 72 minute special entry in the Fate universe was first announced by MVM back in May, but will appear on shelves in 2018.
Synopsis: The Chaldea Security Organization was founded to focus on preserving the continuation of human history. They observe a world which magecraft couldn’t observe, and science couldn’t measure, all to prevent the certain extinction of humanity. But one day, the future that Chaldea continued to observe disappears and humanity’s extinction in 2017 becomes clear. Based on the assumption that Fuyuki, a provincial town in Japan, is the reason for humanity’s extinction, Chaldea issues an order to explore, investigate, and possibly destroy this singularity – a quest for the Holy Grail, the Grand Order.
Granblue Fantasy - Based on a successful mobile game, this series aired back in Spring 2017 and was first announced by MVM back in May, but will be released as part of their 2018 schedule.
Synopsis: Katalina, a Lieutenant of the Empire, seeks to escape one of their airships with the experimental subject Lyria. An accident results in them landing on an island, where Lyria is discovered by Gran, a young local who has trained with the sword. As he fights off the Empire soldiers pursuing Lyria, he's eventually joined by Katalina. When the opposition becomes too fierce to handle, Gran dies at the claws of a hydra, only to be brought back to life by Lyria, who combines her effort with Gran's to summon a dragon that drives off the Imperial forces. Now Gran's life force is split with Lyria, so he must go where she goes. That's not a problem for him, since he was planning to go on a journey to seek out his absent father anyway.
Source: MVM Entertainment, some synopses from ANN.