By Hugh David.
And so the twin evolutions of sports and ecchi anime reach an apotheosis of sorts in new show Keijo!!!!!!!! aka Hip Whip Girl from XEBEC. Everything about this show at first seems perfectly in keeping with the sports show tradition, as well as the studio's usual quality thresholds. Former Judo champ Nozomi turns 18 and is now eligible to join the new all-female sport (and source of national betting) Keijo, the classic "sensation sweeping the nation" that sports show/film narratives are traditionally made up of. A typically cheerful, motivated, friendly lead, we learn a lot about her as she and we meet the more experienced players and fellow newcomers. The sport itself is a child's party game akin to sumo making contact only with specific body parts, where the players need to knock each other off the "road" or out of the "ring", in this case It’s a Knockout-style floats in a swimming pool. It's those body parts that have caused controversy, and the ecchi rears its head (so to speak) – the rules require only buttocks or breasts to make the strikes... Continue Reading
By Andy Hanley.
Just the opening notes of a song can put a smile on your face, while a few bars can similarly reduce you to tears. But when it comes to playing classical music at a competitive level, technical proficiency is just as important as recreating the emotional resonance of a piece. That, however, is where musical prodigy Kousei Arima excels, to the point where he has been nicknamed “The Human Metronome” for his unerringly accurate piano recitals.
All is not well in Arima’s world. Having spent his young life in relentless piano practice at the instigation of his pushy mother, he is left directionless when she dies after a long illness. Unable to bring himself to practice any more, his career seems over, and he seems to have lost his reason to live. That is, until Kaori Mizuno comes along. Her outlook on life couldn’t be more different to his own. While his obsession has been winning competitions and perfect timing, Kaori is simply interested in bringing the joy of music – and her own free-spirited interpretation of it –- to whomever will listen. As Arima himself sees it, this meeting is an event which returns colour to his life – but is it enough to teach him to find enjoyment in music? Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
There are some anime whose best advert is their pedigree. Tatami Galaxy is a series by Masayuki Yuasa, the director of the extraordinary anime Ping Pong (already available from Anime Limited.) It’s based on a novel by Tomihiko Morimi, whose delightful The Eccentric Family has inspired one anime series and will receive a sequel soon. Additionally, Tatami Galaxy has a brashly bravura title song by the alt-rock band Asian Kung-Fu Generation, who also created the opening song for Erased and (probably!) the best Fullmetal Alchemist title song - “Rewrite,” on the last episodes of the original series. Continue Reading
How's it going everyone! I (Jeremy) am back from my travels so it's time to wrap up your week with a Newswire bringing you up to speed on all things to do with Your Name in cinemas, along with AllTheAnime and Funimation titles. This is very much a quick catchup edition of the Newswire ahead of the weekend, so expect a bigger edition next week.
We don't usually get in on the Black Friday/Cyber Monday shenanigans that go on at around this time, but we have decided to have a couple of weekend specials for a few upcoming releases of ours both until this Monday (28th Nov) at AllTheAnime.com
Firstly you can pre-order our upcoming (and much delayed) DVD release of Nerima Daikon Brothers! This was originally schedule to come out in 2013, so to commemorate the fact it arrives in just a few weeks time on 12th December, you can pre-order until Monday for only £20.13!
And secondly, on 5th December we release the classic series Ouran High School Host Club on Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray. Until this Monday you can pre-order it for £34.99.
Get all the details on both of these offers in the special offer section at our web shop in the link below
Well, the time is now. Your Name is officially in cinemas across UK & Ireland! It's been fantastic for us to see how many of you have been going to see and don't forget that you can still catch it in some cinemas in both Japanese with subtitles and the English language version! Make sure you head on over to YourNameTheMovie.co.uk to see if there are more screenings in your area.
~ In case you missed it there is now an English dub trailer for the film available to view! Check it out below.
~ Since our last Newswire there have been quite a few releases that are now available to add to your collection! These being
Gundam Reconguista In G (Blu-ray)
Miss Hokusai (Ultimate Edition Blu-ray/DVD, Blu-ray, DVD)
Your Lie In April Part 1 (Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray)
Fullmetal Alchemist Part 1 (Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray)
Fullmetal Alchemist Ultimate Edition Blu-ray
Outlaw Star (Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray)
Lucky Star (Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray)
The Place Promised in Our Early Days + Voices of a Distant Star (Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD)
Click on the links above for more details on each title!
~ This coming Monday sees the release of The Tatami Galaxy as a Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray set and the DVD version of Your Lie In April Part 1. (The Blu-ray version was released a few weeks ago.) You can find more details on each release at our web shop HERE.
~ We'll have a full unboxing of The Tatami Galaxy along with other recent releases of ours for you next week.
~ Speaking of unboxings, did you see the unboxing of Fullmetal Alchemist Ultimate Edition? If not be sure to check the video version below, or see THIS POST HERE.
A quick note that our annual 12 Days of Christmas one-day sales will be starting from 1st December. As is the case in the past there will be a new deal launched each day from 1st - 12th December starting at 9am at AllTheAnime.com. There will be a dedicated section for our 12 Days of Christmas offers, so it will be very easy to keep track of what they are.
A few additonal details for you:
~ All offers will be for UK & Ireland residents only. No exceptions.
~ There will be a mixture of offers on already released titles and pre-orders for upcoming releases.
~ Any offer for an already released title will have a set amount of units avaialble - this will be made clear in the listing itself - on a first come first served basis.
~ We know some of you may want to try and budget for these offers, so we thought we'd give you a little helping hand. If you were wanting to partake in every single offer we have over the 12 days, if you're wanting to purchase Blu-rays you would be spending a total of £405.00, and if you're wanting DVD you'd be spending £120. On average you're saving 50% of retail price across the board.
~ We can also tell you that one of the offers will be a special "Staff Picks Mystery Box~!" There will be a DVD and a Collector's Edition version, each including a hand-picked title by each member of the AllTheAnime team. What will you get? It's a mystery, but will be well worth it especiallty as you will be adding 5 titles to your collection that will only cost you £24.99 for the DVD Mystery Box, and £39.99 for the Mystery Collector's Edition Box! [NOTE - Every title included in the Mystery Box offer will not be part of any other offer as part of our 12 Days of Christmas promotion.]
~ There will be no title on offer that will have been released after April 2016.
~ The next release heading your way is the long awaited arrival of Fairy Tail Part 10 on DVD from 5th December! Just over a week away. It includes episode 109-120 in both English and Japanese with English subtitles. Check out a picture of the finished product below.
~ We're going to more details on other upcoming releases over the next few weeks for you, but in the interim you can pre-order some of the upcoming release right now from the AllTheAnime.com web shop HERE.
And that wraps up this quick catchup edition of the Newswire. Stay tuned for more info next week and have a good weekend!
By Andrew Osmond.
The Guest of Honour for the Edinburgh leg of this year’s Scotland Loves Anime was a specimen of professional who’s often overlooked by anime fans: the anime producer. Kohei Kawase hails from Warner Brothers Japan and was at Edinburgh to support Accel World: Infinite Burst, the film of the Accel World TV series which Kawase executive produced. With nearly twenty years of industry experience, Kawase’s other production credits include Shirobako, A Certain Scientific Railgun, A Certain Magical Index and Food Wars.
As well as appearing on the Scotland Loves Anime stage, Kawase delivered a talk on producing anime at the Edinburgh College of Art. He described his responsibilities as finding money for an anime, choosing its staff and figuring out how to promote it. He added, though, that he’s also closely involved in the production itself. “I enjoy getting into the creative side.” Continue Reading