By Andrew Osmond.
The Animated Oscar nominee list was announced yesterday and – in the main headline for most anime fans – Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name wasn’t on it. It was a disappointment, though not very surprising. While the film’s astonishing box-office in Japan and China got it some press coverage in America, it’s unlikely many Oscar voters have been inclined or able to see it. It played at the Sitges and London festivals, winning Best Animated Film at the former. But it didn’t play at (for example) Cannes, unlike two non-Hollywood animations that were nominated this year. We’ll get to them below.
Maybe it’s just bad timing. If Your Name had had its American cinema run in the last few months, as it did in Britain, and gained glowing reviews from the US equivalents of Mark Kermode (who placed it in the ten best films of 2016), then maybe more Oscar voters would have paid attention. Ironically, Your Name’s world premiere was in America, at Anime Expo last July. But since then it’s only had a one-cinema, one-week Oscar-qualifying run at Los Angeles. The film’s North American release, on over 200 screens, will be on 7th April, long after the Oscars themselves are over. Continue Reading
By Hugh David.
Fans of Berserk and Fullmetal Alchemist will find a lot to like in this epic twenty-six-part saga from 2007, which adapts the first eleven volumes of Norihiro Yagi’s manga, published from 2001 to 2014 across several magazines in the Jump family. But what sets Claymore apart from the run-of-the-mill fantasy/swords-and-sorcery manga and anime that preceded it? For starters, despite the female warriors who bear the series title, there is a distinct lack of comedy and overt fan-service – no sexed-up D&D sitcom this. Second is the particular blend of European and Japanese mythological elements, pitting Japanese-style Yoma (in this series demon/human hybrids) against Western-looking characters in a European medieval-style landscape complete with Christian churches and priests. Third, and most discussed about the show, is the combat: this is one of the best action shows to come out of Japan this century. Continue Reading
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