By Meghan Ellis.
Continuing the trend of people telling us all about the untold history of Japanese things, The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers by John Szczepaniak sets out to educate Western readers on the pitfalls and practices of the games industry in Japan. Taking the form of a collection of interviews following a loose chronology of the interviewee’s creations, it attempts to present a “wealth of untold anecdotes” from the people involved in video games. It also claims to be free from the spectre of PR that’s so prevalent in other interviews on the same subject. Continue Reading
Day two of MCM London Comic Con weekend has been and gone, and that's means there's some announcements of forthcoming titles of ours to tell you about.
Please note that we will have more details on each of these in the coming weeks.
It's true! We're going to be giving the first in the "Rebuild of Evangelion" project of films the Anime Limited Collector's Edition treatment in early 2017!
Synopsis: Tokyo-3 still stands after most of civilisation was decimated in the Second Impact. Now the city endures the ceaseless onslaught of the deadly Angels, bizarre creatures bent on eradicating the human race. To combat this strange and ruthless enemy, the government agency NERV constructs a fleet of towering humanoid machines the Evas and Shinji Ikari is called into action, reluctantly taking his place at the controls of Eva Unit 01.Living a life of loneliness and questioning his existence, Shinji struggles to accept responsibility for mankind's battle for survival in this visually striking rebuild of one of the most important anime of all time. Shinji will fight the Angels alongside the only person who might understand his plight Rei Ayanami, the elusive and frail pilot of Eva Unit 00.
In this film experience not to be missed, Shinji and Rei will struggle to learn a simple truth: when carrying the burden of humanity's survival on your shoulders, you are not alone.
Synopsis: Confined in the castle tower by her father, princess Arete spends her days watching the world outside her window. While she looks out at the common people working, the knights of the kingdom compete for her hand in marriage by searching for powerful magical items from a race of long-dead sorcerers.
When a sorcerer called Boax comes to the castle, he sets about persuading the King to let him marry the princess. But he secretly fears a prophecy which foretells Arete ending his life – leading him to imprioson her the minute she’s in his castle!
Based on the 1983 feminist fairy tale “”The Clever Princess”” by Diana Coles, this is a chance to see a story that fascinated Japan on the big screen.
FromStudio 4C and directed by Sunao Katabuchi.
Synopsis: In autumn of 1937, as the coals of World War II are beginning to smolder, Lt. Col. Yuuki of the Imperial Army secretly establishes a spy training organization called the "D Agency." Those chosen as members of the agency, in opposition to the national trend toward reverence of native-born soldiers in the army, are civilian university graduates who pass the superhuman selection test with flying colors. Under the resourceful Lieutenant Colonel Yuuki, they learn not only how to work with gunpowder, wireless communications, vehicles, and airplanes, but also various skills essential for spies...
Currently streaming at Crunchyroll (subtitled) and the SimulDub is airing through FunimationNow.
Synopsis: Adapted from the popular video game franchise, Ace Attorney follows rookie lawyer Naruhodo Ryuuichi (Phoenix Wright) and his assistant Mayoi (Maya) as he defends his clients in a court of law.
With limited evidence and logic as his only weapon, can Naruhodo turn the case around when all the odds are stacked against him?
Currently streaming at Crunchyroll.
And finally, we are delighted to announce we are bringing the highly anticipated Sword Art Online movie "Ordinal Scale" to the UK! We will be bringing it to cinemas in March 2017.
Synopsis: “Ordinal Scale,” an ARMMO-RPG that was designed exclusively for “Augma.”
Following its release, it has become the most discussed game due to its advanced technology. In this game, players can raise their rank by collecting items that appear in various places in the real world and by defeating monsters. This “Ranking System” is the main feature of the game, and in this system, each player’s status is determined by their rank which is indicated by an ordinal number instead of a cardinal number.
As the result, high ranking players are given overwhelming power and often rank has become a major factor in deciding the outcome of a PvP battle.
We will have more details on this for you soon, but in the mean time check out the trailer for the film below.
That concludes the round up for the second of announcements we're making over this MCM London Comic Con weekend. Stay tuned for news on the Day 3!
Day 1 of MCM London Comic Con has come to a close and it’s time to roundup what we (Anime Limited) have revealed throughout the day!
First of all, yesterday (Thursday) evening we revealed on our social media channels that we will be bring the first season of Free! Iwatobi Swim Club to Blu-ray and DVD in 2017!
Free! Iwatobi Swim Club
Synopsis: When you're ten, they call you a prodigy. When you're fifteen, they say you're a genius. Once you're twenty, however, you're just ordinary. Haruka Nanase has just three more years to go until he's normal, but until then, he's got an unusual obsession with water. In the morning, he soaks in the tub. For breakfast, he eats fish. And of course, he's always wearing his swimming trunks - no matter where he goes! That's pretty strange, given that he doesn't swim much any more. Despite meeting his friends - Nagisa, Makoto, and Rin - in a swimming club in elementary school, he's never shown interest in joining a new swimming club.
The reason lies in the past, with a trophy buried underneath a condemned building, and in Rin, who left to train overseas. The past isn't so far away, however, as the four friends reunite - with Rin throwing their trophy away, and challenging Haruka to a race! What's become of their friend, and why is it that even when Rin wins, he loses?
There’s no more info that that at this time, but please know it is coming and as soon as we have more details we can share, we will.
Then today (Friday) we made 5 announcements! First of all we revealed that we will be bringing the following series to the UK in 2017:
Synopsis: Kageyama Shigeo, a.k.a. "Mob," is a boy who has trouble expressing himself, but who happens to be a powerful esper. Mob is determined to live a normal life and keeps his ESP suppressed, but when his emotions surge to a level of 100%, something terrible happens to him! As he's surrounded by false espers, evil spirits, and mysterious organizations, what will Mob think? What choices will he make?
The anime based on the original story by ONE, the idol of the webcomic world and creator of One-Punch Man, is coming your way with animation by leading animation studio Bones!
Assassination Classroom Season 2
Synopsis: Class 3E is about to begin their second semester! And while some things have changed, the class assignment is still the same: kill their teacher before the end of the year! Easier said than done since Koro Sensei’s made it clear he won’t go down without a fight. Will these students be able to take down the tentacled monster that moves at Mach 20 before he can destroy the world?
Kiss Him, Not Me
Synopsis: Kae Serinuma is what you'd call a "fujoshi." When she sees boys getting along with each other, she loves to indulge in wild fantasies! One day her favorite anime character dies and the shock causes her to lose a ton of weight. Then four hot guys at school ask her out, but that isn't exciting to her at all — she'd rather see them date each other!
One quick additional details about Kiss Him, Not Me though. We are working on getting this available to view on a simulcast platform in the Unitd Kingdom and Ireland. There should be additional news on this coming soon so please stay tuned for details on that.
Synopsis: This is a gentle tale about people trying to regain something. And it is a tale of battle. The main character, Rei Kiriyama, lost his family in an accident when he was young. Now he is a 17-year-old pro shogi player who is burdened with deep loneliness. Rei lives alone in an old town in Tokyo, but after becoming acquainted with three sisters, Akari, Hinata and Momo, he begins to change little by little…
We haven’t got any more details on these at this time, but please know as soon as we have more details we’ll be sure to share them.
And finally, we confirmed that we will be bringing the highly anticipated film A Silent Voice to the UK.
Synopsis: Shoya Ishida starts bullying the new girl in class, Shoko Nishimiya, because she is deaf. But as the teasing continues, the class starts to turn on Shoya for his lack of compassion.
When they leave elementary school, Shoko and Shoya do not speak to each other again… until an older, wiser Shoya, tormented by his past behaviour, decides he must see Shoko once more. He wants to atone for his sins, but is it already too late…?
Directed by festival favourite Naoko Yamada, best known for K-On.
We're happy to confirm there will be coming to limited cinemas in either December or January - we're still ironing out the details which is why we can't say more right now. We will have more details on this in the coming weeks so please stay tuned for those.
And that wraps up Day 1. We’ve got lots more to share to with you over the weekend so check back tomorrow evening and we’ll have another round up of news for you!
Escaflowne is a classic that is going to be getting the Blu-ray treatment for the first time in the United Kingdom on 14th November and we (Anime Limtied) have gone all out on our release as we are bringing you an Ultimate Edition set that is truly the definitive Escaflowne collection! There's a lot to talk about, so sit back, relax and have a look at what's on offer.
Synopsis: Hitomi Kanzaki is a typical high school girl, with typical problems, but when a vision of a young man battling a dragon becomes a reality, her life changes forever. Drawn into a strange vortex with the swordsman, Van, Hitomi is thrust into the strange world of Gaea.
Van must learn to master the suit of armor, Escaflowne, before he and Hitomi are crushed by the ambitions of the Empire of Zaibach. Van and Hitomi will encounter both allies and enemies in an effort to unlock the secrets within Escaflowne, and Hitomi's heart, stirred by love and adventure, will, at times ache with sorrow. But why was she sent to this world? Find out in a classic tale of fantasy and adventure!
This Ultimate Edition comes with a a heck of a lot of stuff. It has:
A must have for any fan of the Escaflowne franchise! Limited to 1000 units only!
So, with everything above in mind it's time to show you photos of the finished product. You can click on them to enlarge them too! Continue Reading
Since we released the remastered version of the series on DVD a regular question we have received is "when's the Blu-ray out?" Before it's simply been a case of us only having the DVD rights but on 5th December that changes as we are releasing the first English language Blu-ray release of Outlaw Star anywhere in the world!
Before we show and tell you everything about our release, you can pre-order your copy right now from the likes of Amazon UK, Zavvi (an exclusive version that comes with a bonus print), Anime-on-Line and our web shop.
Synopsis: Gene Starwind always dreamed of a life as an outlaw and his wish seems to be granted when hired to be bodyguards for the mysterious Hilda. As the job goes from bad to worse, Gene finds himself the proud owner of the galaxy's most advanced spaceship - the Outlaw Star. Unfortunately for all involved the Outlaw Star is stolen goods and its owners want it back! Along with his partner Jim Hawking as well as the lovely Melfina - Gene must fight his way through pirates, aliens and assassins as he attempts to unravel the secrets of his new spaceship.
From the people that brought you Cowboy Bebop, discover this classic anime swashbucklers tale full of aliens, androids, pirates, female assassins and hot-tempered, very hungry catgirls! Could space action get any more interesting?
You can watch the opening sequence to the series taken from our Blu-ray release below.
We've left the subtitles on so you can see how they look with the video. It's worth noting that a streamed clip such as this can't replicate the experience of watching the actual Blu-ray disc itself, but certainly gives you a good indication of what to expect. Also worth noting that the video assets used on our release are identical to the Japanese Blu-ray release.
Our release comes packaged in a rigid case with a digipack to hold the four Blu-ray discs. The entire series is included across the four discs in both English and Japanense with English subtitles.
Also included is a 100-page art book focusing on the world of Outlaw Star.
On-disc extras wise, you get the following: Clean Opening and Closing title sequences, Character Design Galleries, Mechanical Design Galleries, Character Color Setting Gallery, TV Commercials and the Pilot Film.
And now the moment you've been waiting for. What more needs to be said, have a look at our Limtied Colelctor's Edition Blu-ray release below! Continue Reading