By Andrew Osmond.
The Art of Castle in the Sky may be the final large-format Ghibli art book to be translated into English… at least for a while. Over the years, the art books for all Miyazaki’s films from Totoro onward have been published by VIZ Media (the Wind Rises book came out in 2014). The Japanese Art of Nausicaa hasn’t been done, but VIZ chose to translate the lovely Nausicaa Watercolor Impressions instead, adding “The Art of” to the cover of the English edition.
Of course, it’s possible that having done all the Miyazaki titles, VIZ may turn to other Ghibli films. So far, it’s only tackled Arrietty, but several more films have had sturdy art books in Japanese, including Oscar nominees Princess Kaguya and When Marnie Was There. Less likely (but we can dream), there are the Japanese “Roman Album” books for the Ghibli films. They’re not as picture heavy as the Art Books, but are full of staff interviews and other invaluable info. Continue Reading
by Jeremy Clarke.
In the middle of Martin Scorsese’s new film Silence, a Japanese is made to dig a pit in the middle of a rainstorm. “How long will he be doing that?” asks Jesuit priest Father Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) imprisoned nearby. “’Til he’s finished,” comes the reply.
The speaker might be describing the film itself. Once Father Rodrigues and Father Garupe (Adam Driver) arrive in seventeenth century Japan, their journey of discovery as they search for the missing Father Ferreira (Liam Neeson) slowly and painstakingly proceeds towards its destination. Garupe disappears part way through the story leaving Rodrigues alone. A measured pace gives us time to observe the effect upon the two men as well as the ‘Hidden Christians’ they seek to serve. Neither priest is afraid to die for his faith, both have reckoned without the authorities’ plans to make them either renounce Christ or cause Japanese Christians to be tortured to death “This is easily done,” someone is told when asked to apostatise by stepping on a representation of Jesus. “It’s just an image.” Continue Reading
Anime Limited Podcast #21 - 24th December 2016 - The End of Year Xmas Special~!
[Recorded on 21st Dec. 2016] Join Jeremy, Keith and Andrew for about an hour of fairly informal chatter in our Christmas special episode of the podcast!
Featuring a variety of topics covered including how this year has been for us (Anime Limited) overall, from various titles we’ve releases to events we’ve been to, and we also get away from anime based talk and touch on things away from anime we’ve like in 2016 such as films, books and music!
*HEADS UP* There is some very brief talk on the new Rogue One Star Wars film . There is what could constitute a minor spoiler depending on if you have seen the most recent trailers or not. So we’re giving a SPOILER WARNING for 10 seconds between 26:26 - 26:36 of the Podcast.
Then, following the success of the 2015 Xmas Special Pub Quiz between the various Anime Limited team members, Jeremy surprises both Keith and Andrew by bringing it back with a ‘back of the box’ based twist!
It’s a fun show as always and up for your listening pleasure now!
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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By Jonathan Clements
Readers of the 25th December 1880 issue of the London Illustrated News were treated to a seasonal gift – a full-page account of the mysteries of an English Christmas, as drawn by a Japanese artist. Its highlights include a Christmas pantomime, rendered in kabuki style, an impressionistic rendering of the making of a Christmas pudding, two solitary bachelors dining alone and an old lady with her cat; a children’s Christmas party and a family knees-up, ending in the final panel with the family hungover and the worse for wear, visited by a disapproving doctor.
It’s the location of this panel in the lower right corner that gives the game away. Surely a real 19th-century Japanese artist would have imagined a Christmas tableau that ran from right to left? Nobody explained who “Kru-shan-ki” was, but the arch tone of the article that introduced him for the first and only time to readers of the Illustrated London News implied that he didn’t exist at all. Instead, Kru-shan-ki’s account of an English Christmas, supposedly based on the addled recollections of local ex-pats, may well be the first true pseudomanga – a work purporting to be Japanese, but actually drawn by a Western artist.
Japan and the Illustrated London News – Complete Record of Reported Events 1853-1899 is published by Global Oriental.
[UPDATED: 18th Jan. 2017. See F.A.Q. section below for details.]
One of the most recurring questions we've been receiving since Your Name arrived in UK cinemas a month ago was 'where/when can I pre-order it?' Well we are delighted to tell you that can pre-order it right now from Amazon.co.uk
NOTE: The date listed on Amazon is strictly a placeholder.
But PLEASE make sure you read the important information below.
Now we want to point out that at the time of writing it is very early days when it comes to planning our release. So we want to take a moment to highlight some important details about the release, as things stand today (Wednesday 21st December 2016). So here is a quick F.A.Q. for you -
At this time we can't confirm this. The date in the listings highlights October 2017. This is due to holdbacks in Japan as part of the terms of our licensing agreement. However, we want to stress now that we do not anticipate this to be available before October 2017 and it could even be potentially later than that.
Obviously once we know more we'll make it known, but we to highlight this from the get go.