Jeremy Clarke on Kiyoshi Kurosawa's supernatural love story Journey to the Shore.
Mizuki (Eri Fukatsu) works as a children’s piano teacher, berated by the mother of a student who tells her that her teaching style should be more upbeat. She seems something of a loner and is spending her evening alone having just baked Shiratama cakes when her husband Yusuke (Tadanobu Asano) appears out of a dark corner into the light as if he’s just come in through a door. There doesn’t seem to be anything odd about this even though as she says, “it’s been three years”. Yusuke expresses an immediate interest in the cakes she’s made so she sits him down at the table and puts a bowl in front of him, the contents of which he devours appreciatively. “I’m dead,” he affirms. “In the sea off Toyama. My body’s been eaten by crabs. You wouldn’t find it even if you searched.”
Mizuki is a widow. Yusuke drowned at sea three years ago. He seems very much alive although as he’s quick to explain he is, in fact, dead. This is a world where the dead are to be found among the living while they not only come to terms with their newly deceased status but also help those close to them to do the same before they leave this world forever. This strange juggling act is indicative of what is to come. Many of the characters in the film are living people, but a few are in the same position as Yusuke: dead and coming to terms with their newly acquired status. As the couple travel around and meet the various people Yusuke has known, it’s not immediately obvious which are the living and which are the dead. Continue Reading
Another week brings you another edition of our Newswire! Bringing you up to speed on all thing AllTheAnime and Funimation Titles. There's a lot to tell you about this week, including updates on Gundam releases, revealing what you can expect from our releases of Blood Blockade Battlefront and The Tatami Galaxy, and more! Read on below for details.
~ First of all, this coming Monday sees the release of the Zavvi Exclusive Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray Steelbook of Satoshi Kon's classic movie Perfect Blue. There's still time to order your copy from their site HERE.
If you've never seen it before, check out our exclusive trailer for the film, originally used when we released our now out-of-print Collector's Edition version way back in 2013, below.
~ Speaking of Perfect Blue, if you're a fan of soundtracks Zavvi are currently selling a Limited Edition vinyl of the soundtrack. You can find details on it HERE.
~ Following on from Perfect Blue this week, our next release will be on 5th September with our Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray of Samurai Flamenco Part 2. After that the 12th September will bring the first complete series release of Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad in the UK on DVD.
So with all the above in mind here is how things are shaping release date wise:
~ If you haven't listened to it already we (finally) released a new episode of our Podcast over the weekend. You can get all the details on this HERE.
Some of the info we'll be covering below stems from that podcast.
~ If you've listened to our podcast you'll already know this but we have an update on Turn A Gundam for you! Been a while since we last mentioned that (SEE HERE) hasn't it? Chances are some of you have likely seen this news floating around elsewhere already, but we are delighted to confirm that we will be bringing the series to Blu-ray! We haven't got specifics confirmed at this time, but we'd say expect it to be part of our Q1 2017 lineup and there will be more details as we can bring them in the coming months.
The one crucial bit of information on this is now we are able to bring to Blu-ray we can confirm the originally planned DVD release of Turn A Gundam has been cancelled.
This is the latest update on this, so probably expect us to not mention this very much, if at all, before we have some more concrete details regarding our release to bring you. But know that as soon as we have more news we'll definitely let you guys know.
~ Elsewhere on the Gundam news front, we also confirmed on our podcast that we will be bringing Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ (aka Gundam Double Zeta) to Blu-ray in the UK! This was also a title originally set for a DVD only release. However that has changed as we'll be releasing it on Blu-ray in place of DVD. Continue Reading
By Jonathan Clements.
From its cheeky, quirky cover, to the selection of its contributors, to its unifying tone, Mark McLelland’s new anthology deserves to shoot right to the top of Japanese Studies reading lists. The End of Cool Japan: Ethical, Legal and Cultural Challenges to Japanese Popular Culture offers a vital and timely warning for all those students who think that scholarship amounts to a diary of what they did at the weekend.
The very idea of “Cool Japan” has been attractive to anyone in the field – after all, who wouldn’t like the assertion that the trend-setters were all into their specialty? But there have been gripes about the concept ever since it was first introduced. Takashi Murakami devastatingly dismissed it as “little more than ad copy to allow public funds to go to advertising companies,” while I have previously commented on the irony of multi-million yen subsidies for corporations while anime creators have to crowd-source their rent. Meanwhile, Shinji Oyama entertainingly set the cat among the pigeons at an event in Edinburgh, when he derided “Cool Japan” as a flimsy veneer of big eyes and rainbow hair, slapped inexpertly onto the same old same-old. Continue Reading
The time has arrived for the next Anime Limited Podcast! On this episode [recorded on 18th August] join Jeremy, Andrew and Keith to discuss a variety of topics relating to upcoming releases of ours as well as answering your questions. Topics range from anime in 4K, updates on upcoming Gundam releases (including Turn A Gundam), most "exotic" favours of ice cream, anime from this current season we've been watching and more!
We're going to be recorded another podcast very soon so please keep an eye out for that.
As always please note this podcast contains strong language and any views expressed by individuals in this podcast do not reflect those of Anime Limited.
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We look forward to hearing your thoughts.
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By Hugh David.
A trio of Japanese TV serials aired in the 1970s on UK TV, becoming instrumental in creating Britain’s early generation of fans of Asian popular culture. Only one, however, was actually an imported anime (Battle of the Planets); the other two were live-action Japanese versions of essential Chinese myths and legends: Monkey and The Water Margin. The latter, making its HD bow on UK Blu-ray courtesy of archive TV specialist label Fabulous Films, is also the earliest example of a live-action adaptation of a manga on UK TV, being based on the Mitsuteru Yokoyama’s 1969 manga version of the Chinese novel about 108 outlaws fighting corruption and cruelty in 12th century China. Is there a place for it now in the era of Netflix and Amazon and Chinese-friendly content? Continue Reading