By Eija Niskanen.
Makoto Shinkai, a 42-year old anime director has built a notable career as a central figure of the Japanese post-Ghibli generation of animation directors. The difference is that Shinkai is labeled with any studio name, but has built his name by working alternatively alone, later with with a few other colleagues, mostly composer Tenmon. His favorite anime is Castle in the Sky by Hayao Miyazaki, and many reviewers have noted on Miyazaki-type of elements in Shinkai’s work. Here such a thing would be the interesting airplane the protagonists build in order to reach the mysterious Ezo Tower. Another well-known reference to previous masters is the poem on of the protagonists reads in the beginning, by Kenji Miyazawa – better known to most readers here for the appearance of his work in Giovanni’s Island.
Alternative Japanese post-war history has been the setting of several anime films including Jin-Roh. Here the setting is formed with reference to WWII, since the ending of which Japan has been divided into two parts, with the main island Honshu and other southern-parts belonging to the U.S. zone and the northern-most island Hokkaido, here called Ezo being part of the never quite spelled out coalition called the Union, perhaps referring to the Soviet bloc. Continue Reading
Our second announcement of the day comes by way of the Scotland Loves Anime panel at MCM Scotland Comic Con today. As many of you know, Anime Limited is the official sponsor of the Scotland Loves Anime film festival taking place in Glasgow and Edinburgh in just a few weeks in October (details on that HERE) but with the help of Anime Limited there will be a special event taking place during the weekend of MCM London Comic Con in October, specifically on Saturday 24th October, with MCM Loves Anime.
Taking place at The Crystal, just a stones throw away from Excel London, MCM Loves Anime will be an event taking place separate to MCM London Comic Con, so you won't need a Comic Con ticket to be a part of it, where there will be four screenings of anime across the day.
Today we are delighted to announce that one of those screenings will be a double bill that sees the UK Theatrical Premiere of Gundam The Origin I: Blue-Eyed Casval followed by the World Premiere of Gundam The Origin II: Artesia's Sorrow! Yes you read that correctly, it's the World Premiere of Gundam The Origin II in London, meaning you'll get the chance to see before its release in Japan!
What's more, representatives from Sunrise will be coming to London to celebrate this with the fans and following the World Premiere of Gundam The Origin II: Artesia's Sorrow there will be a post-screening talk that will include some exciting news for UK Gundam fans!
"Given my long history with the Gundam franchise in the UK going back to when I worked at Bandai, when the opportunity came up to have a World Premiere in London I jumped at the chance to make this happen" said Andrew Partridge, President of Anime Limited & Festival Director of Scotland Loves Anime.
"The event itself, MCM Loves Anime, is an extension of Loves Animation but is only possibly because Anime Limited are the official sponsor of Scotland Loves Anime this year.
"This World Premiere will be at a time suitable for people travelling and you'll have plenty of time to travel back home - we're very conscious of the fact that many fans will want to travel to this event if they're not already in the area for MCM London Comic Con. So we want to make sure as many people as possible have the opportunity to make plans to attend.
"In total that there will be four screenings across the day at MCM Loves Anime, one of them is the Gundam double bill that includes the World Premiere, and while I can't share details on what the other screenings may be just yet, I will say one of them may involve 'Love' and might make people quite lively."
Ticket information for this event will be posted early this coming week. But we encourage you to keep an eye on cinema.AllTheAnime.com, as that is the hub site for the event. We will of course keep people updated with postings here at our blog and through our social media channels.
We want to stress that MCM Loves Anime is separate event to MCM London Comic Con being handled by Anime Limited. So you will need to purchase tickets to this MCM Loves Anime event to gain entry to it. However tickets will be priced keeping in mind that people will already be attending MCM London Comic Con or will be travelling in to attend MCM Loves Anime.
Expect more details this coming week! Stay tuned.
It's MCM Scotland Comic Con weekend and we decided we get the ball rolling a day early with the first of our announcements for the weekend. We're delighted to announce that we (Anime Limited) have licensed the series The Rolling Girls. It's a very timely announcement as WIT Studio's Kotomi Deai, the Director of the series, and Hiroshi Shimizu, Mechanical Designer for the series, are in attendance at MCM Scotland Comic Con this weekend.
Gun your engines and get ready for the full-throttle adventure of The Rolling Girls, the first original anime from WIT Studio, the studio that brought you Attack on Titan, HAL and Seraph Of The End!
In the wake of the Great Tokyo War, Japan, as the world once knew it, no longer exists. What remains is a fragmented network of independent nations ruled by heroes known as Bests. Each Best commands an army made of the Rest as they seek to conquer anyone in their path. Enter Nozomi, Yukina, Ai, and Chiaya. These four intrepid and adorable girls are ordered by their Best to travel across the country by motorcycle, keeping a watchful eye on the field of battle wherever they encounter violence between warring nations!
"The Rolling Girls is a very interesting project and one I've had my eye on since it was first brought to my attention" says Andrew Partridge, President of Anime Limited. "There were many elements that got that my attention but a few I'd like to specifically put focus on are that it's WIT Studio's first original anime. It also has a Kotomi Deai as the director, who has previously directed Silver Spoon and also co-directed Kids On The Sope; I'm big fans of both shows. Knowing she was at the helm combined with the fact the series is what I would describe as Mad Max meets K-On!! with elements of Kill la Kill, what's not to love?"
We can confirm the series will be receiving a UK Blu-ray and DVD release in 2016. More details on this will be forthcoming.
You can watch some Japanese previews of the show below.
Stay tuned over this weekend as we'll have some more details to share with you!
The director of Miss Hokusai talks of his aims and inspirations
KEIICHI HARA As a matter of fact, I love all Sugiura’s works, and Sarusuberi in particular. When I was working on Summer Days with Coo, there was this scene with a huge dragon flying in the night sky near Tokyo Tower. I recall bringing to the staff a page from Sarusuberi, and telling them: this is how I want it to be done! This is why this movie is a dream come true for me. It was a lot of pressure, too, as I really loved this manga: it portrays reality but it is visionary, it touches various aspects of life, still the supernatural is always lurking behind the thin veil of reality. With such wonderful material, I felt I could make it into a visually entertaining movie. Period dramas tend to be overly stylish, and yet Sugiura succeeds in delivering both a realistic historical rendering, and convincing, lively characters. This film is a story about people, rather than a biopic. We did our research, as I must confess I was certainly not an expert in the Edo period, but Miss Hokusai is basically an adaptation of Sugiura’s comic and worldview. Continue Reading
MCM Scotland Comic Con Preview Edition
It's time for the latest edition of our weekly Newswire. A few days later than normal but partly because we've been very busy in the run up to MCM Glasgow Comic Con this weekend. Read on below for updates on Tokyo Ghoul, Sword Art Online II and more.
~ First of all Sword Art Online II: Part 1 is available now and the reaction to our release has been great to see! If you haven't got your copy yet and you're on the fence about doing so, check out our full unboxing of the Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD version HERE.
~ Our next release will be Tokyo Ghoul Season 1 Limited Edition Blu-ray. It will now be released on 5th October (one week later than intended.) Earlier today we actually posted an unboxing of this release. You can check it out HERE.
~ We released our latest podcast yesterday (SEE HERE) which includes discussion on Sword Art Online II: Part 1 (including comments on the reaction to the product following its release), Tokyo Ghoul Season 1 Limited Edition Blu-ray (including why it is now being released one week later than planned), MCM Glasgow Comic Con this weekend and so much more! It's a bumper 90 minute edition of the programme.
~ MCM Scotland Comic Con is this weekend in Glasgow and Team Anime Limited will be there in full force. First of all, here's a map of the show floor for you. (Our booth is circled in red.)
Read on below for a preview of what you can expect from us:
Our booth is #441and we will be there all weekend with a plethora of our titles for you to purchase including some limited advanced copies of our Tokyo Ghoul Season 1 Limited Edition Blu-ray set. In addition to this we'll also have Sword Art Online II: Part 1 on both DVD and Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD, all three parts of Kill la Kill available on Blu-ray and DVD, 009 Re:Cyborg Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD set, both seasons of Space Dandy Collector's Edition on DVD and Blu-ray, and much more! You'll have to swing by our booth to see what's on offer.
As if that wasn't enough with every purchase at our booth you will get this (pictured right) Tokyo Ghoul bag! Or if you buy a lot and that bag isn't big enough, then we can offer one of these (pictured below) Seraph Of The End: Vampire Reign bags from Japan!
The Anime Guests Of Honour, WIT Studio's Kotomi Deai and Hiroshi Shimizu
Both Kotomi Deai and Hiroshi Shimizu will be taking part in their panel on Saturday (noted in the next section below) but there will be the chance to meet them at two free signing sessions across the weekend. Both will take place in the Guest Signing area (please see floor plan above.) The first will be on Saturday from 16:00-17:00 and the second on Sunday from 13:00-14:00, both in the MCM Signing Area.
Both of these are free signings, so you will not need to pay a penny to get an item signed. If you don't have anything to bring you with to get signed, fear not as we will signing cards there that they can sign for you!
We will be involved in three panels across the weekend, all of them in the MCM Theatre (marked in the floor plan above as "MCM Theatre Comic Con" on the left side)
First of all both Andrew and Jeremy will be bringing you the inaugural Scotland Loves Anime panel on Saturday at 12pm where they'll be discussing the upcoming Glasgow and Edinburgh film festival and will also have some exciting news to share with you too.
Then the Anime Guests Of Honour, WIT Studio's Kotomi Deai and Hiroshi Shimizu, will take to the stage for the traditional Anime Guest Of Honour Panel at 2:30pm also on Saturday. They will be talking about their experience working on the popular series The Rolling Girls, Kotomi Deai was the Director and Hiromi Shimuzu was involved in the design of the motorbikes, and more.
And if that wasn't enough, on Sunday Andrew and Jeremy will be back with the Anime Limited Panel on Sunday at 12:30pm where they'll be discussing news relating to Anime Limited from the weekend and will also have more exciting news share.
We've mentioned that the Scotland Loves Anime and Anime Limited Panels will both have announcements, but those won't be the only the only times we'll be announcing things so you'll need to keep an eye out here on blog and on social media channels for updates! You never there might be an announcement before the event too...
~ It's coming around really quickly, but we're now only a few weeks away from Scotland Loves Anime in Glasgow! If you haven't got your tickets yet there's still time to do so. The entire lineup has been announced and tickets for all the screenings are available now! Details on each of the films can be found at LovesAnimation.com
Looking at our simulcast lineup for this season as a whole it stands at:
The Heroic Legend Of Arslan (continuing from last season)
Aoharu x Machinegun (aka Aoharu x Kikanjuu)
Castle Town Dandelion
Blood Blockade Battlefront
Episode 24 of The Heroic Legend of Arslan can be watched HERE.
Episode 12 of Aoharu x Machinegun is now live at Viewster. Watch it HERE.
Episode 12 of Castle Town Dandelion can be watched HERE.
Episode 11 of GANGSTA. can be watched HERE. Episode 12 airs this week in Japan.
Episode 12 of Chaos Dragon are available now on Viewster HERE.
The first 11 episodes of Blood Blockade Battlefront are available to watch at Viewster HERE. The air date for the final episode in Japan has been set as October 3rd. Viewster will be airing the final episode and it should be available shortly after the Japanese broadcast all going well.
Durarara!! Limited Edition
The latest round of confirmation messages were sent earlier today. We’re currently waiting on a new delivery of replacement discs, so once we have that the next wave will be sent. If you’ve yet to apply for discs please follow the steps of filling out the survey AND emailing us your proof of purchase. (Simply doing one of the two steps is not enough.)
If you have questions or concerns about your replacement request please feel free to email Jeremy on Jeremy@AllTheAnime.com. If you have yet to apply for replacement discs please follow all the guidelines HERE.
Kill la Kill Part 1 [for units purchased at MCM London Comic Con in October 2014 only]
As mentioned on the podcast (see details above) we will shortly be launching a replacement scheme for Kill la Kill Part 1. This only applies to units purchased at MCM London Comic Con in October 2014. (Following the event the products general retail release was delayed and the error of the English dub being out of sync by 0.4 seconds during one of the episodes was corrected.) We are planning to have details on how this replacement scheme will be handled within the next week or two. Please keep an eye out for this information.
Here’s the list of upcoming events we’ll be attending. More specific information will be posted closer to the events themselves.
MCM Scotland Comic Con, 26th-27th September
– Anime Guest Of Honor Panel (Saturday @ 2:30pm)
– Anime Limited Panel (Sunday @ 12:30pm)
– Scotland Loves Anime Panel (Saturday @ 12pm)
Here is the most up-to-date version of our release schedule.
OUT NOW: Space Dandy Season 2 [Collector’s Edition] (DVD, Blu-ray)
OUT NOW: Space Dandy Complete Season 1 & 2 Set (DVD only)
OUT NOW: 009 Re:Cyborg (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray/DVD combi)
OUT NOW Sword Art Online II: Part 1 (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray/DVD combi, DVD)
OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2015
5th October: Tokyo Ghoul Season 1 (Limited Edition Blu-ray)
26th October: Ping Pong The Animation (Blu-ray, DVD)
26th October: Sword Art Online II: Part 2 (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD combi, DVD)
26th October: Tokyo Ghoul Season 1 (DVD)
2nd November: Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad – The Complete Collection (DVD)
2nd November: Fate/kaleid liner Prisima Illya (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, DVD)*
16th November: Samurai Flamenco: Part 1 (Blu-ray **subtitle-only release**)
30th November: Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD combi)
30th November: Mobile Suit Gundam: Part 1 of 2 [tentative title] (Blu-ray)*
[TBC November/December] Baccano! (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray)*
[TBC December] Mobile Suit Gundam: Part 2 of 2 [tentative title] (Blu-ray)*
7th December: Full Metal Panic Ultimate Edition [Season 1 + Fumoffu + The Second Raid] (Blu-ray)
7th December: A Letter To Momo (Blu-ray, DVD)
14th December: Sword Art Online II: Part 3 (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD combi, DVD)
14th December: Gankutsuou: The Count Of Monte Cristo (Blu-ray)
21st December: Gundam: Reconguista In G Part 1 (Blu-ray **subtitle-only release**)
We should be able to confirm specific dates soon for those marked as tentative.