By Andrew Osmond.
This month, the Titans are exploding into British cinemas and home formats, with the release of Season two of Attack on Titan, which was simulcast last spring. Next Wednesday, 21st February, there’ll be a one-day release of the feature film edition, Attack on Titan: The Roar of Awakening, at selected cinemas. Continue Reading
Most likely you'll already have seen our continued efforts to bring the best new theatrical anime this year with our announcement of Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms last month, but we're not stopping there and are still hard at work building an incredible slate of films for 2018 to bring to cinemas around the UK, and today we're proud to announce another such film - the latest work from a director we're sure you'll all recognise.
Thus, we can confirm that the fourth quarter of 2018 will see us bring the exciting new film from Mamoru Hosoda (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, Wolf Children) tentatively titled Mirai - or Mirai From the Future as an alternate working title - to the UK and Ireland.
The film saw its first key visual and teaser trailer unveiled in Japan at the end of last year, and you can see that visual right here alongside our own English subtitled teaser trailer at the bottom of this post.
Needless to say, we're still some way from the film arriving in cinemas so we don't have any further specific details to share at this time, but we have plenty of exciting plans in the works to celebrate what we're anticipating to be another classic film from Mamoru Hosoda, one of anime's most well-known and recognisable directors.
The film's story is created, written and directed by Mamoru Hosoda at his own production studio, Chizu. Hiroyuki Aoyama returns as animation director alongside Ayako Hata, both of whom worked on The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars and The Boy and the Beast. Both Takashi Omori and Yohei Takamatsu return as art directors from their previous work on The Boy and the Beast, while that film's producer Yuichi Saito also returns to his role for this new film.
Synopsis (courtesy of Variety): “Mirai” follows a 4-year old boy who is struggling to cope with the arrival of a little sister in the family, until things turn magical. A mysterious garden in the backyard of the boy’s home becomes a gateway allowing the child to travel back in time and encounter his mother as a little girl and his great-grandfather as a young man. These fantasy-filled adventures allow the child to change his perspective and help him become the big brother he was meant to be.
On the announcement, Anime Limited president Andrew Partridge says: "Mamoru Hosoda is one of the most talented and accessible directors in the anime industry, and Mirai looks set to be another wonderful addition to his hugely impressive body of work. We're incredibly excited to be able to bring the joy and beauty of this director's latest film to a broad audience around the UK in 2018".
As mentioned, here's an initial English teaser trailer for the film:
Stay tuned to all of our usual channels over the coming months, as we share more about our plans for Mirai and when and where you'll be able to see this wonderful new film across the UK. Until then though, take care!
~ Andy H
By Andrew Osmond.
Princess Mononoke: Understanding Studio Ghibli’s Monster Princess is published by the Bloomsbury Academic imprint, with the kind of academic price-tag this blog has often complained about. But most of the anthology’s authors are doctoral candidates or university lecturers, and the book’s main readership will surely be university students who can access the book for free at their library, or as photocopied handouts for assigned reading.
It functions as a 20th anniversary collection on one the most important anime of the late 20th century... but “important” to whom? Twenty years ago, Hayao Miyazaki’s film became an anime blockbuster, at least in Japan. In America and Britain, it had extremely limited cinema releases – indeed, its British cinema “release” was at a single venue, London’s Barbican Centre. Alas, Mononoke opened too soon to benefit from the Animated Oscar category, which debuted in 2001 and boosted Miyazaki’s Spirited Away the next year. Continue Reading
We love being able to bring something special with our releases, and none more so than when we're able to pull out all the stops for an Ultimate Edition release. We know a lot of you have been wondering what to expect from us next when it come to an Ultimate Edition release. Today we're delighted to bring you details on the next member of the Ultimate Edition family: Wolf's Rain.
Before we get to the nitty gritty on what's going to be included with our release, here's quick introduction to the series -
From Studio Bones, the studio that brought you Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, Sword of the Stranger, Blood Blockade Battlefront, and Eureka Seven.
Directed by Tensai Okamura (The Seven Deadly Sins, Darker Than Black, Blue Exorcist)
Synopsis: "Paradise-a legend, a myth, and a hopeless dream in a world that has become a wasteland. It is not meant for everyone, only the wolves thought to be extinct yet still roam the lands. When the Flower Maiden awakens, the path to the end will open.
Kiba, a lone white wolf, wanders into a poverty stricken city on a quest. The scent of Lunar Flowers and the will to find Paradise is all he has. Along the way, he runs into other outcast wolves: Tsume, Hige, and Toboe, each with their own story and troubles. Fate bringing them together, and together they seek out the Flower Maiden, Cheza, and their way to Paradise. But, doing so is no simple matter.
Up against a world that fears them and a man with mysterious abilities, their journey is overrun with challenges and worse-sacrifices. With limited time, they must fight to protect Cheza against everyone who seeks her and discover the hidden path to their destiny. This group of broken souls will form a pack and take their journey to the doors of Paradise. But is it worth the end of the world?"
Check out the trailer below for the series -
As we've developed the concept of out Ultimate Edition releases over the years, we've taken lots of feedback on board and combined that with our own thoughts to help mould them into what they are today! Our most recent Ultimate Edition release, Eureka Seven (at time of writing), was a great amalgamation of all that feedback and has helped shaped the future direction of what our Wolf's Rain release will be ultimately (no pun intended) be and contain.
First of all, here's a visual showing you the complete contents, and then we'll get to specifics underneath that - Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
The film Princess Arete is the tale of a little girl growing up in a castle, refusing to resign herself to being married to a hunky Prince Charming. Then a sorcerer, frightened by a prophecy about the girl, effectively buys her from her father and imprisons her in his remote castle… but Arete has friends and her wits, and sets about winning her freedom.
Most anime fans, looking over Arete’s credits, will clock two names. One is the director, Sunao Katabuchi, who has made anime ranging from the lurid Black Lagoon to the lyrical Mai Mai Miracle. He’s now enjoying acclaim for In This Corner of the World, an anime film about a Japanese woman’s life in World War II. You may also recognise Arete’s animation team, Studio 4°C, which made Tekkonkinkreet, the Berserk film trilogy and much of Animatrix. But anime fans may not recognise the source story, a British children’s book called The Clever Princess. Continue Reading