Escaflowne is a classic that is going to be getting the Blu-ray treatment for the first time in the United Kingdom on 14th November and we (Anime Limtied) have gone all out on our release as we are bringing you an Ultimate Edition set that is truly the definitive Escaflowne collection! There's a lot to talk about, so sit back, relax and have a look at what's on offer.
Synopsis: Hitomi Kanzaki is a typical high school girl, with typical problems, but when a vision of a young man battling a dragon becomes a reality, her life changes forever. Drawn into a strange vortex with the swordsman, Van, Hitomi is thrust into the strange world of Gaea.
Van must learn to master the suit of armor, Escaflowne, before he and Hitomi are crushed by the ambitions of the Empire of Zaibach. Van and Hitomi will encounter both allies and enemies in an effort to unlock the secrets within Escaflowne, and Hitomi's heart, stirred by love and adventure, will, at times ache with sorrow. But why was she sent to this world? Find out in a classic tale of fantasy and adventure!
This Ultimate Edition comes with a a heck of a lot of stuff. It has:
A must have for any fan of the Escaflowne franchise! Limited to 1000 units only!
So, with everything above in mind it's time to show you photos of the finished product. You can click on them to enlarge them too! Continue Reading
Since we released the remastered version of the series on DVD a regular question we have received is "when's the Blu-ray out?" Before it's simply been a case of us only having the DVD rights but on 5th December that changes as we are releasing the first English language Blu-ray release of Outlaw Star anywhere in the world!
Before we show and tell you everything about our release, you can pre-order your copy right now from the likes of Amazon UK, Zavvi (an exclusive version that comes with a bonus print), Anime-on-Line and our web shop.
Synopsis: Gene Starwind always dreamed of a life as an outlaw and his wish seems to be granted when hired to be bodyguards for the mysterious Hilda. As the job goes from bad to worse, Gene finds himself the proud owner of the galaxy's most advanced spaceship - the Outlaw Star. Unfortunately for all involved the Outlaw Star is stolen goods and its owners want it back! Along with his partner Jim Hawking as well as the lovely Melfina - Gene must fight his way through pirates, aliens and assassins as he attempts to unravel the secrets of his new spaceship.
From the people that brought you Cowboy Bebop, discover this classic anime swashbucklers tale full of aliens, androids, pirates, female assassins and hot-tempered, very hungry catgirls! Could space action get any more interesting?
You can watch the opening sequence to the series taken from our Blu-ray release below.
We've left the subtitles on so you can see how they look with the video. It's worth noting that a streamed clip such as this can't replicate the experience of watching the actual Blu-ray disc itself, but certainly gives you a good indication of what to expect. Also worth noting that the video assets used on our release are identical to the Japanese Blu-ray release.
Our release comes packaged in a rigid case with a digipack to hold the four Blu-ray discs. The entire series is included across the four discs in both English and Japanense with English subtitles.
Also included is a 100-page art book focusing on the world of Outlaw Star.
On-disc extras wise, you get the following: Clean Opening and Closing title sequences, Character Design Galleries, Mechanical Design Galleries, Character Color Setting Gallery, TV Commercials and the Pilot Film.
And now the moment you've been waiting for. What more needs to be said, have a look at our Limtied Colelctor's Edition Blu-ray release below! Continue Reading
It's been a long wait for the next part of our Gundam collection, but the wait is nearly over with the arrival of the series Gundam Reconguista in G. This is coming to Blu-ray as a Limited Edition complete series collection and today we can show you what to expect from our release when it arrives on 7th November.
Synopsis: The Universal Century, an era of historic migration into space and space wars has ended, and some time has passed.
It's now Regild Century Year 1014 (R.C. 1014) where the creation of humanoid mobile suits of war is now taboo and Earth is connected to space via the sacred orbital elevator, Capital Tower, which humanity uses to bring energy in the form of Photon Batteries to the surface.
Bellri Zenam is a cadet in the Capital Guard, the protectors of the tower. During a training exercise pirates attack the tower and Bellri crosses paths with the G-Self, a mobile suit with unknown technology. Bellri is successful in capturing the suit and it's pilot, Aiida Reihanton, and soon discovers the G-Self, which should only be operable under certain conditions, will now move under his own hand. Now Bellri must pilot the G-Self to uncover the mysteries behind the space pirates, the G-Self and his own destiny. These truths will shake the entire Regild Century to it's core and this is just the beginning of Reconguista.?
You can watch the trailer for the series below. (You can adjust the quality by clicking on the settings button in the player.)
Following in the style of our Gundam Collection, you get a box to store the entire series. With this release it's the entire series at once. The entire series if 26 episodes and these are split over three Blu-ray discs. These are contained over two amaray cases, and you also 9 Art Cards with this release too.
On the disc themselves, you get all 26 episodes which are in Japanese with English subtitles only - this is because no English language dub has been made for the series.
And now it’s time for for photos of the finished product itself! Check them out below and as a note you can click on the photos to enlarge them too. Continue Reading
Jeremy Clarke on a low-key movie about takeaway food and suburban life.
Early morning. A man (Masatoshi Nagase) tramps heavily up fire-escape steps to look at the view from his rooftop, then down again and along the street. He goes through a little door into a small restaurant kitchen where he dons a chef's hat and apron to prepare food. Elsewhere in the urban sprawl, an old lady (Kirin Kiki) gazes at the cherry blossoms on the trees.
The chef carefully pours just the right amounts of pancake mixture onto a hotplate to make dorayaki – two small, burger bun sized pancakes with a filling of sweet bean paste in the middle. The old lady peers in. She saw the sign for part time work and wants to know if the post is still vacant. When she admits she's in her mid-seventies he becomes quite keen to get rid of her and offers an outrageously low hourly rate. She proposes to work for half that and introduces herself as Tokue. His name is Sentaro. He makes excuses as to why it won't work. “Thanks,” she says, “I'll come again,” and disappears. Thus begins director Naomi Kawase's Sweet Bean, a bittersweet tale of suburban life across the generations, based on a novel by Durian Sukegawa, who starred in Kawase’s earlier Hanezu.
It's a deliberately slow piece set in a picturesque suburbia where the noise of passing trains that no-one ever boards interrupts the peace and quiet at regular intervals. Swathes of cherry blossoms are visible whenever the narrative ventures outside, and much is made of the preparation of food. Where movies such as Denmark's Babette's Feast and Taiwan's Eat Drink Man Woman present mouth-watering meals to the eyes, Sweet Bean opts to show the preparation process of just one element of dorayaki: the bean paste. Tokue, it transpires, has been making this for 50 years, and leaves Sentaro a mysterious paper package which he later tastes and finds to be rather better than his usual efforts.
Before long, Sentaro confesses that he’s never got the hang of making bean paste. It either gets burned or comes out too thick, so he buys it in ready-made. The horrified Tokue resolves to start making it herself, bossing around the boss as she lectures him about the need to rinse the beans, the way to run off the froth, and the two hours of faffing it takes to cook them to the right level of sweetness. As the camera lingers on the food in preparation the viewer's taste buds drool. The preparation makes it look mouth-watering. But there are also questions. Why is a man who claims “not to have a sweet tooth” wasting his time running a sweet shop? And why is Tokue leading such an isolated life?
The reason is a shock to Sentaro and to his business, setting off a chain of events that unearth various unexpected truths about the characters, and suddenly expands this small, gentle film into the world of social commentary, exposing one of the scandals of modern Japan. The ubiquitous cherry blossoms appear to stand for an otherworldly optimism. Kawase's odd use of imagery may not resonate that strongly with Western viewers, yet it chimes with her singular vision. Sukegawa wrote the character of Tokue with Kirin Kiri in mind. Like the writer Sukegawa, Kiri had been in the cast of Hanezu and her intelligence on the set had impressed the director. Watching the completed film it's impossible to imagine Tokue played by a different actress. Kiri embodies the character so perfectly that the screen lights up whenever she appears.
Sweet Bean is out on both Dual Format BluRay/DVD and VoD courtesy of Eureka Video.
Psycho-Pass is a franchise that everyone at Anime Limited loves so much and following on from our release of Season 2 earlier this year [full details on our Season 2 release can be found HERE] we are fast approaching the arrival of the next chapter in the franchise with Psycho-Pass The Movie! We bring the movie to DVD and Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD on 31st October.
It's also worth noting that if you're coming to the MCM London Comic Con event between 28-30th October, we'll this available to purchase from our stand while stock lasts. You can also meet the director the Psycho-Pass The Movie at the event as well! You can find details about this HERE.
Synopsis: In a futuristic Japan, the Sibyl System is charged with keeping the peace. Using extensive surveillance and biological monitoring to gauge the likelihood that individuals will commit a crime, the police are able to use weapons called Dominators to remove potential criminals from the population before they become a problem. Confident with the success of the System within their own borders, the Japanese government has begun to export the technology to other countries, planning to ultimately spread the System across the globe.
When the state of SEAUn brings the Sibyl System in to test its effectiveness, it becomes a haven of peace and safety for a time. Eventually, terrorists from SEAUn begin appearing in Japan, somehow slipping through the Systems security and attacking from within. Desperate for answers, Inspector Akane Tsunemori is sent overseas to bring the terrorists to justice. But when her investigation forces her into a standoff with an old ally, will she be able to pull the trigger?
Check out the trailer for the film below.
Our release comes packed in a rigid case with a digipack to hold the two discs (1 x Blu-ray and 1 x DVD.) Also inside the rigid case is a 32-page booklet that includes lots of art from the film as well interviews translated from the original Japanese release. These interviews being:
- Character art and information with comments from the Character Designer, Naoyuki Onda
- An interview with the Tomokazu Seki and Kana Hanazawa, the Japanese voices of Shinya Kogami and Akane Tsunemori
- An interview with Character Designer Naoyuki Onda
- An interview with the writers of the screenplay for Psycho-Pass The Movie, Gen Urobuchi and Makoto Fukami
- An interview with the director of Psycho-Pass The Moive, Naoyoshi Shiotani
In addition that, on disc extras (exclusive to the Blu-ray disc only) includes a U.S. Staff & Cast Commentary and Japanese trailers for the film.
And now it's time for for photos of the finished product itself! Check them out below and as a note you can click on the photos to enlarge them too. Continue Reading