By Tom Smith.
Fashion and music often go hand-in-hand (Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and 6%DOKIDOKI, Kanye West and Yeezus, Lady Gaga and steak), but Black Butler end theme provider AKIRA takes it one step further by being involved in anime, too; the holy trifecta of Japan’s entertainment industry. She’s appeared on the cover of alternative fashion magazine KERA eight times, she was the front-lady of a visual kei band named DISACODE, and she starred as the military master Kenshin Uesugi in Sengoku Basara’s stage adaptations (yes, there’s more than one), along with a string of other TV and radio dramas based around anime.
Black Butler: Book of Circus marks the next step in AKIRA’s career. It’s the third series of the Black Butler anime and this time round the show’s demonic twosome Ciel and butler Sebastian are trying to crack a case involving missing children. Using their contacts in the underworld, the pair narrow their sights on a mysterious travelling circus and set off to investigate.
The entire series is spread across two discs and features an opening song by the J-rock group SID, and a closing song by AKIRA. That closer is entitled Aoki Tsuki Michite (“The Blue Moon Becomes Full”) and it marked an important point in her career; she was going solo for the first time.
We're fast approaching December and today is the perfect time to tell you about (and show you) an upcoming release of ours. That being the Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray set of the series GANGSTA. that will be released on 4th December. Just a few weeks away!
From the studio that brought you Samurai Champloo!
Synopsis: "In the city of Ergastulum, a shady ville filled with made men and petty thieves, whores on the make and cops on the take, there are some deeds too dirty for even its jaded inhabitants to touch. Enter Nic and Worick, who take care of the jobs no else will handle...
...until the day when a cop they know on the force requests their help in taking down a new gang muscling in on the territory of a top Mafia family. It seems like business (and mayhem) as usual, but the handymen are about to find out that this job is a lot more than then bargained for…"
You can watch a trailer for this below -
Our Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray comes packed in a rigid case with a digipack to hold the two Blu-ray discs. Also included is a 40-page booklet (not pictured below) featuring information about various locations seen in the series, storyboards & key art, and a look at the sign language used in the series.
On the Blu-ray discs themselves you get the following -
You can pre-order your copy now from the following retailers -
And our AllTheAnime.com web shop will begin taking pre-orders during the week commencing Monday 20th November.
If you're the MCM Birmingham Comic Con event this weekend, we'll also have limited advance copies available at our stall (while stock lasts.)
And now to show you photos of the finished product! You can click on them to enlarge them too. Continue Reading
Over the past month we've been telling you about our upcoming release of AJIN: Demi-Human season 1 on Blu-ray and DVD! (In case you missed, you can see the unboxing we published last week HERE).
Today we're very happy to announce that while stock lasts if you pre-order the Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray set of AJIN: Demi-Human season 1 from our web shop starting today (Friday 17th Nov.) you will also receive an AllTheAnime exclusive A3 sized poster in addition to the actual product! It's a bundle offer that is exclusive to our AllTheAnime.com web shop.
And we're happy to say that we're taking pre-orders for this exclusive bundle right now!
Until Monday 27th November you can pre-order this AllTheAnime.com Exclusive bundle for £34.99
(Regular price: £41.99 | SRP: £59.99)
In terms of release, we've previously announced this would be arriving on 27th November however due a delay in receipt of materials - as it's the Christmas season, the entire entertainment industry on high alert getting products ready in time for the holidays - the release itself has been pushed back by a few weeks to 11th December.
But as is always the case, once our fulfilment house has received finished stock they will be getting those sent out as soon as possible.
A few additional notes for you about this bundle offer -
--- How long is the bundle offer available for?
As is the case with other AllTheAnime.com exclusive products/bundles, this is available to order while stock of the poster lasts. Once the the listing appears as "Sold out" it means there are no more posters.
--- How will this bundle be shipped?
The poster and the product will be shipped separately. It's entirely likely that one will arrive before the other. So don't be surprised if that happens :)
--- How will the poster be sent?
It will be sent in a poster tube.
--- Aside from the poster, what's different about this?
Nothing to be honest. The product itself is the same Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray set that can order from the likes of Amazon, Zavvi, Base and HMV, except ordering from us directly means you'll receive an A3 poster too!
--- I ordered this from another website? Can I still get the poster?
The only way you can get poster is by ordering this through our AllTheAnime.com web shop.
--- If I were to purchase this set from you at an event in the future, an MCM Comic Con for example, will I get the poster?
As things stand, you can only get the poster when it ordering from our AllTheAnime.com web shop specifically. We have no plans to have the poster the available at any event we exhibit at. Whether that might change in the future or not is not known.
There you go everyone! We hope you're looking forward to adding this to your collection.
Since we announced details earlier this week on what you can all expect from our upcoming release of Durarara!! x2 (Part 2: Ten) last week, it's been great to see so many of you excited to (finally) be able to add this to your collection! Today we've had some advanced production sample copies arrive at our HQ so we're very happy to be able to bring you an unboxing of the finished product.
A quick reminder that until Monday (20th November) we're having a special offer on pre-ordering Part 2 and also on Part 1 at our AllTheAnime.com web shop! Get the details on that in the link below
and don't forget that retailers are also taking pre-orders for this now including the following -
We can also tell you we'll have limited copies (while stock lasts) available from our stall at the MCM Birmingham Comic Con event this weekend! Details on the event HERE.
Following in similar style to our release of Durarara!! x2 (Part 1: Shou), our release of Part 2: Ten continues the look and presentation, with a similar design that means both releases will sit nicely next to each other on your shelf.
The release comes packed in a rigid case with a digipack to store the two Blu-ray discs. Also included is a 32-page booklet, and 6 art cards.
On the discs themselves you get -
And now time for photos of the actual product itself, you can click on them to enlarge them too. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
In April 2005, Japanese viewers turning on their TVs on Sunday morning were greeted by a boy on a flying board, soaring above clouds and leaving a trail of green fire, set to exuberant music. Viewers of different generations could make a range of connections. Youngsters might have linked the image to Disney’s recent film Treasure Planet, whose hero Jim Hawkins flies in a similar manner.
Older anime fans might remember Gainax’s 1992 epic Nadia, which also starts with clouds and flying. And really old-school fans might have linked the image to a seminal 1928 painting of a flying man by Frank R. Paul, which graced the pulp magazine Amazing Stories and defined science-fiction at its most optimistic.
Perhaps Gainax’s Nadia is the most fitting comparison Like Nadia, Eureka Seven was a serial for youngsters (who’d be watching animation at 7 a.m. on a Sunday morning), and it starts as a bright, cheerful adventure. In a contemporary interview, Eureka’s main writer Dai Sato specified “the series was aimed at children, but there are subtexts for viewers who aren’t children.” Continue Reading