It's time to bring up to speed on all things Anime Limited and Funimation titles with your latest edition of our Newswire. It's gonna be a long read on below for all your latest updates.
We know a lot of you have asking about updates on our upcoming screenings of A Silent Voice and the Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale movie. While there aren't many concrete updates on both we can give you at this time, there are a few things we can tell you -
First of all, with regard to A Silent Voice, plans have had to change slightly with this for a variety of reasons so now our planned theatrical screenings across the UK will now be in late March. These screenings will be in Japanese with English subtitles only - as there is no English dub, more on that in a moment.
However, in coordination with the annual Japan Foundation Touring programme, there will be special preview screenings of A Silent Voice in select locations over between February and early March, prior to our main theatrical screenings in late March. So there will still be opportunities to catch the film next month. There will be 13 opportunities to see the film; please keep an eye on the Japan Foundation Touring programme website HERE for more details.
Regarding an English dub, there is currently no English language dub for this film. So all of our screenings will be in Japanese with English subtitles only. But, as confirmed by our company president during our recent Podcast (SEE HERE), we are planning to dub the film in time for our future home video release. We don't have an eta on when that will be at this time, but as soon as we know more we'll be sure to share it with you.
Now, onto Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale. We are now planning for these screenings to be in mid-late April. The reason they are taking place in April is simply because we had to shuffle A Silent Voice screenings to March, and as we are a very small team here at Anime Limited we want to make sure each film gets the attention they both deserve. But don't worry, the screenings are definitely coming and once we have more concrete info we can share, we will do so.
A reminder that as there is no English language dub of Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale, all screenings of the film will be in Japanese with English subtitles only.
One final note, in case you haven't seen it doing the rounds online, here (see right) is the latest main visual for the film.
Some of you might not have seen it, but a new trailer for the film launched over the past few weeks. You can watch it, courtesy of our friends at Madman Entertainment below. Continue Reading
A long time ago we were all exposed to the dark medieval demon filled world that was Claymore and it fast became a fan favourite show in the UK! But later this month on 30th January we're bringing the series to Blu-ray for the first-time in the form of a Limited Collector's Edition set. Today we're giving you a full preview of what to expect from our release!
Synopsis: "A brutal scourge stalks the land. Yoma, monsters driven by a hunger satisfied by only one quarry – Humanity. The dark breed knows but a singular foe: Claymore. Human-Yoma hybrids of extraordinary strength and cunning, the Claymores roam from skirmish to skirmish delivering salvation by the edge of a blade.
Thus begins the twisting tale of Clare, one such sister of the sword driven by pain in both victory and defeat. A child silent and suffering hidden in her past, Clare’s march toward vengeance unfolds along a path marked by violence, solitude and scorn. In a land where even the predator is prey, the haunted hearts of hunter and hunted alike wear the scars of the age."
You can watch the trailer for the series below
Our Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray release comes with the entire series (26 episodes) with both English and Japanese with English Subtitles language options over three Blu-ray discs. The set itself comes packed in a rigid case, with a digipack to store the discs, Also included is a 100-page art book showcasing lots of art of the series. There are also art cards included in this set too.
On-disc content wise, you get the following -
And now the part you have been waiting for. Check out the images below to see what it looks like. (You click on them to enlarge them too if that's any help.) Continue Reading
By Jasper Sharp.
The Japan Foundation’s annual touring film programme rolls out in venues across the country from 3rd February to 29th March 2017, presenting a glimmer of sunshine at the end of another gloomy British winter for film fans. This year’s season is even more welcome than most, given the distribution prospects for Asian cinema in the UK at the moment, something highlighted in an article by Anton Bitel for the BFI website last October entitled ‘Why is it so hard to see East Asian films in UK cinemas?’ – one could say the problem stretches further, to all non-English-language fare, but we’re a long way away from where we were about ten years ago, when you’d get the likes of Lust, Caution or the latest Zhang Yimou title playing across the nation’s multiplexes… unless it has space lizards in it.
Japanese cinema has suffered more than most from a lack of exposure recently. With the Terracotta and Asia House film festivals now gone and a smaller selection than usual at London Film Festival and Raindance, it was left to London East Asia Film Festival to pick up the slack of last year’s best releases in the capital, although it is important not to overlook the efforts of those in other regions in cultivating tastes, notably the wonderful work of festivals such as Leeds, Edinburgh and Scotland Loves Anime. Continue Reading
We're all big fans of the Persona franchise here at Anime Limited and when we had the opportunity to bring the four Persona 3 films to the UK on Blu-ray and DVD we jumped at the chance to do so! We know a lot of you have been wondering to expect from our release (and we know some of you might been getting a little concerned we hadn't mentioned much about them for a while) but fear not, as now is the time to tell about our release of Persona 3: Movie #1 Spring of Birth, set to arrive on 13th February 2017.
But before we get to our release, an introduction for those unfamiliar with Persona 3.
Synopsis: "If I told you that there’s more than 24 hours in a day, would you believe me?”
The “Dark Hour”—the time which exists between each day. During those hours, the town stands still, the people are transformed into mere objects, and countless monsters called “Shadows” run rampant through the town.
Only the Personas, beings with special powers, are able to combat these creatures.
Makoto Yuki, a transfer student at Gekkoukan High School, is suddenly awakened with the powers to control a Persona. Yuki is recruited to join other Persona summoners of his school in the “Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad.”
As they continue to investigate the situations surrounding the Dark Hours, they all come face to face with their shocking fate…"
You can check out the trailer for the film below
We'll be releasing this as a Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray+DVD set and as a standard DVD.
The Collector's Edition set will come packed with a rigid case and inside that will be a digipack to hold the two discs (1 x Blu-ray + 1 x DVD) along with a 36-page booklet.
It's worth noting that there is no English language audio for any of the Persona 3 films - no English dub was created - so each of these film including Movie #1 Spring of Birth are in Japanese with English subtitles only.
So now here's a first look at our release for you. Check out the visual below -
For those of you wondering, inside the booklet are character profiles, Art settings from art boards and key animation, some preview images of the second Persona 3 movie, cast comments and 'a special Persona 3 Movie Edition of 'Tartarus Theatre' - 4-panel comic. If that wasn't enough there's even a roundtable discussion interview with Jun Kumagai (Screenplay), Tomohisa Taguchi (Series Director, Persona 3 Movie 2 director) and Kazunori Adachi (Producer).
For those of you planning to purchase the DVD version, the release will come with the DVD discs inside an amaray case.
Until Tuesday 24th January pre-order the Ltd Collector's Edition of Persona 3: Movie #1 Spring Of Birth for £19.99 (SRP: £34.99)
And that concludes this preview of Persona 3: Movie #1 Spring of Birth release! We hope you're excited to start your Persona 3 Movie collection!
Gurren Lagann is a series that we know many of you out love. For some it was a gateway into anime, for others it's simply one of the your favourite anime. But either way anyone who has seen the series knows how much of a fun, emotional, action-packed thrill-ride it is which is why we're happy to say there will be a Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray set containing the entire series along with the two movies.
This set is coming in February and is exclusive to Zavvi.com for a particular period of time - it will be available through other retailers once this timed window has passed.
But before we get to telling you all about the this new set, first an introduction to the series for those not familiar with it.
Synopsis: From the director Kill la Kill, Hiroyuki Imaishi, comes the cult classic tale that kicks reason to the kerb in an action packed adventure!
"This is the story of a man who has yet to realize what destiny holds in store for him….
In the distant future, mankind has lived quietly and restlessly underground for hundreds of years, subject to earthquakes and cave-ins. Living in one such village are 2 young men: one named Simon who is shy and naïve, and the other named Kamina who believes in the existence of a “surface” world above their heads. The destiny of these two starts moving drastically when the ceiling of their village falls in, and a gigantic “Gunmen” and a beautiful girl named Yoko, wielding a superconductive rifle, come from the surface. Together, Kamina, Simon and Yoko ride the mecha “Lagann” that Simon digs out of the ground, and fly up to the surface!"
You can watch our trailer for Gurren Lagann, first published when we originally released the series back in 2014, below
This new Limited Collector's Edition set comes with the entire series (27 episodes) in both English and Japanese with subtitles plus the two movies (in Japanese with subtitles only). If that wasn't enough there's also the Parallel Works collection and a 40-page booklet.
Worth noting that the Movies & Parallel Works collection were previously only available on Blu-ray as part of our now out-of-print Ultimate Edition set, released in 2014.
All of this comes packed inside a rigid case to house two amaray cases (one for the series, and the other for the movies+Parallel Works). You can see a visual for it below.
We're sure some of you might have a few questions about this set and how it may/may not differ from our original releases back in 2014. Please see this F.A.Q. section below which answer those questions for you -