By Andy Hanley.
We’ve probably all heard – or perhaps even used – disparaging remarks around an anime series that refer to it as a “glorified trading card commercial” or “blatant toy advertisement”. It’s an accusation that can have some merit at times, but it also forgets that the very foundations of anime are its ability to market various goods, be it the source material in the form of a manga, light novel or game, or other merchandising goods such as model kits, figures or card games.
This kind of cheap shot also ignores the fact that you can build an anime merchandising powerhouse while still creating works that hold up to critical scrutiny – Mobile Suit Gundam is more than just an advert for model kits to those who watch it, as a prime example of a franchise that juggles marketability with decidedly grown-up ideas and narratives. Continue Reading
We said we had some more news to share with you and we weren't joking as today we are happy to announce that we (Anime Limited) are bringing the popular series Eureka Seven to the UK.
The series been out-of-print in the UK for some time, we're very excited to be giving UK fans the chance to own the entire series for the first time on Blu-ray as well as DVD, all 50 episodes of it.
Synopsis: Renton Thurston is a 14-year-old boy who lived with his mechanic grandfather in a backwater town. Every day he dreamed of being with the mercenary "Light Finding Operation (LFO)" aircraft pilot group "Gekkostate" and riding "Trapar" particle waves-- a sport called "reffing"-- with their charismatic leader Holland, especially when faced with his father's acclaimed past or his grandfather's desire to protect him. When a young girl named Eureka riding the original LFO, the "Nirvash typeZERO", asks his grandfather for a tune-up, she inadvertently brings the attention of the military to the garage; as a result, the garage is destroyed and Renton is forced to deliver a new type of interface-- the "Amita Drive"-- to the Nirvash.
After a heated fight in which the Nirvash destroys the military LFOs by unleashing an immense amount of power, Renton is invited into Gekkostate. However, he quickly realizes that behind the facade of a traveling group of mercenaries is a very bitter reality.
"What's not to love about Eureka Seven?" says Andrew Partridge, President of Anime Limited. "It's a great coming of age mecha anime that shows real growth. It's one of the great shows from Studio Bones of that era. The same studio that brought the world Escaflowne, Fullmetal Alchrmist and Wolf's Rain. I'm really happy we're getting the chance to make this available to fans in the UK, and especially on Blu-ray. I am also excited to confirm that we are planning an Ultimate Edition release for the series."
Eureka Seven will be getting released in the UK on both Blu-ray and DVD in 2016. More details on our release will be forthcoming.
You can watch a trailer released by Bandai Entertainment back around the time of it's original DVD release below.
For our French fans, we can also confirm we will also be releasing the series in France as well. You can find the announcement from our French team HERE.
Be sure to stay tuned as we'll likely have some more news to share with you soon.
After a week off we're back with a double packed edition of our Newswire! Have a read on below for the latest updates direct from Anime Limited HQ.
~ First of all we have two new releases this week. Full Metal Panic Ultimate Edition Blu-ray featuring all three seasons (Season 1, Fumoffu and The Second Raid) along with the Standard Edition DVD of Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya are both available to add to your collection now.
~ Looking ahead our next release will be on 21st December with the arrival of our Samurai Flamenco Part 1 Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray. Here's a glimpse (left) of the finished product for you. We'll have a full unboxing and more details on what you can expect with our release later this week.
~ Following Samurai Flamenco we round off the year with Sword Art Online II: Part 2 on 28th December that includes the conclusion of the Phantom Bullet arc, episodes 8-14, as well as episode 14.5. This will be available as a Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray, coming in a rigid case with a digpack to hold the discs and a book, to go along side part 1 inside the shiny box that came with Part 1, and as a standard DVD.
~ Looking ahead to January, we wanted to give you an update in relation to a film we're very excited to be bringing to the UK, Fuse - Memoirs of the Hunter Girl. (We've previously referred to this as Fuse - Memoirs of a Huntress, but from hereon it will be referred to as Fuse - Memoirs of a Hunter Girl.)
We're happy to confirm what you can expect from our Limited Edition Collector's Blu-ray/DVD set when it's released on 25th January.
The set will come packed in a rigid case (pictured top centre) that will hold a digipack (pictured right) containing both the Blu-ray and DVD discs. Also inside that is a 36 page art book. To go around the rigid case there will be a card sleeve, also known as an o-card (pictured far left.) We want to reiterate that this film is in Japanese with English subtitles only as there was no English language dub produced for the film.
~ In case you missed them we've made a few announcements since our last Newswire. First of all we are bringing Genius Party and Genius Party Beyond to the UK on both Blu-ray and DVD. You can read about his more HERE.
And yesterday we announced that we are bringing the series Buddy Complex to the UK on both Blu-ray and DVD. You can read our announcement for this HERE.
We'll say now, keep an eye on us as we may have more cool news to share with you during the week ;)
~ For those of you looking forward to our Blu-ray release of Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, we have an update for you. The QC process on the Blu-ray has been completed so we are now moving ahead with the production of this. One detail we haven't announced yet, but we want to do so now, is that it's going to coming special steel box-style packaging and that there will also be a 16 page colour sketch book included.
This is our first steel box-style release and I must admit that we're delighted with the design and how it's turned out. If you've seen the series before you know how visually unique it is compared to other anime so we really wanted to take full advantage of that with this release. Please see the image below.
A detail that some of you may have noticed from the outset is that there is French text on the front of the box. This is completely intentional as the source material, The Count Of Monte Cristo, and this anime adaptation, Gankutsuou, is set in France. As we (Anime Limited) will also releasing this in France we decided we should take advantage of this and retain the French-style logo for our release. For those wondering there will be a card wrapped around the box with the English title and the content information.
Our release will include all 24 episodes of the series with both the original Japanese audio with subtitles and the English language dub produced by BangZoom. On-disc extras will be the clean opening and closing title sequences. We should be able to confirm the final release date in January soon, the date retailers are currently listing is a tentative one, but in the interim you can pre-order your copy from the likes of Amazon UK, Zavvi and Base today.
Here’s our lineup of titles this season:
Seraph Of The End Vampire Reign (2nd Season) – Simulcasting at Viewster.com
K: Return of Kings – Simulcast at Viewster.com
Comet Lucifer – Simulcasting at Viewster.com
The final episode of Blood Blockade Battlefront – Simulcasting at Viewster.com
Seraph Of The End: Vampire Reign (2nd Season) episode 7 can be watched HERE.
Episode 10 of K: Return Of Kings can be watched HERE
Episode 10 of Comet Lucifer can be watched HERE
The final episode of Blood Blockade Battlefront is available to watch at Viewster HERE.
Durarara!! Limited Edition
The next round of confirmation messages were sent last week. Anyone who has applied for replacement discs over the past week since then and has yet to have a response can expect one before 16th December at the latest.
As a note we are currently waiting for a new batch of discs to be delivered to our HQ. Once we have these the next wave will be getting sent. We appreciate people's patience with this.
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.) We ask that applicants awaiting for confirmation message please wait a little longer. If you haven’t received a confirmation message within to weeks of applying please email Jeremy on Jeremy@AllTheAnime.com – he’ll get back to you as quickly as we can about this.
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]
NOTE: 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.)
To apply for a replacement we ask that everyone who purchased this at MCM London Comic Con in October 2014 please do the following:
Due to all of Team Anime Limited being in London for MCM Comic Con from tomorrow through Monday, Jeremy will respond to requests for this, confirming that you replacement request has been logged in, by mid-next week at the latest. Either way you can expect your replacement to sent to you before the end of October.
NOTE: We appreciate that some people may have sent emails to other Anime Limited personnel regarding wanting a replacement, but due to the length of time that has passed we ask that everyone who will have previous enquired about a replacement please send a new message to Jeremy. We apologise for any inconvenience, but this is to ensure we can fulfil these as quickly as possible.
We have officially completed our 2015 events lineup! We’re busy planning our 2016 event lineup and as soon as we can share information we’ll be sure to do so.
With all of the above in mind, here is the most up-to-date version of our release schedule focusing on the remainder of 2015 and the first quarter of 2016.
OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2015
OUT NOW: Tokyo Ghoul Season 1 (Limited Edition Blu-ray, Standard Ed. Blu-ray, DVD)
OUT NOW: Fate/kaleid liner Prisima Illya (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, DVD)
OUT NOW: Baccano! (Limited Edition Blu-ray)
OUT NOW: Mobile Suit Gundam: Part 1 of 2 (Blu-ray)
OUT NOW: Full Metal Panic Ultimate Edition [Season 1 + Fumoffu + The Second Raid] (Blu-ray)
OUT NOW: Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya (Standard DVD)
21st December: Samurai Flamenco: Part 1 (Limited Collector's Ed. Blu-ray **subtitle-only release**)
28th December: Sword Art Online II: Part 2 (Limited Ed. Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD combi, DVD)
11th January: Ping Pong (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD set)
25th January: Fuse – Memoirs of the Hunter Girl (Limited Collector’s Blu-ray+DVD set, Standard DVD) **Subtitle-only release**
25th January: Noein (Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray)
25th January: Expelled From Paradise (Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD set, Standard DVD)
[January, TBC]: Gankutsuou: The Count Of Monte Cristo (Blu-ray)*
[January, TBC]: Mobile Suit Gundam: Part 2 of 2 (Blu-ray)*
15th February: Durarara!! x2 - The First Arc: Shou [Episodes 1-12] (Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, Standard DVD)
22nd February: Letter To Momo (Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD set, Standard DVD)
29th February: Selector Infected WIXOSS (Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, Standard DVD)
29th February: Tokyo ESP (Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, Standard DVD)*
29th February: Lord Marksman and Vanadis (Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, Standard DVD)*
14th March: Riddle – Story of Devil (Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, Standard DVD)*
14th March: Brothers Conflict – Complete Series Collection (Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, Standard DVD)*
31st March: Miss Hokusai (Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD set, Standard Blu-ray, Standard DVD)
April (TBC): Terror In Resonance (Ultimate Edition Blu-ray+DVD, Standard DVD)*
[TBC] Gundam: Reconguista In G Part 1 (Blu-ray **subtitle-only release**)
[TBC]: Sword Art Online II: Part 3 (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD combi, DVD)*
We should be able to confirm specific dates soon for those marked as tentative.
Our 2016 lineup is already shaping up to be our biggest year yet and today we're happy to announce that we (Anime Limited) will be bringing the series Buddy Complex to the UK in 2016.
Synopsis: Legendary Gundam studio Sunrise’s latest addition to the mech genre, Buddy Complex takes action and adventure to new heights with dynamic visuals, high-caliber animation and huge interstellar battles.
It’s shaping up to be another boring day for high school student Aoba Watase until a bright light appears in the sky and a giant robot attacks the city.
As the mechanical menace closes in on him, he’s saved by a classmate who’s piloting a mech of her own. After accepting a cryptic offer to join the alliance she’s a part of, Aoba is thrust into the future where a new world war threatens to tear the planet apart. With no other choice, Aoba must pick a side, learn to pilot a mech, and fight his way through an army of enemies as he tries to find a way back to the past he left behind.
“Buddy Complex is a series brought to you from the same studio behind Cowboy Bebop, Escaflowne and Outlaw Star, so if you're a fan of great action, and this case more often than not mecha based action, you're sure to enjoy this" says Andrew Partridge, President of Anime Limited. "It’s also the directorial debut of Tasuhiro Tanabe, who has previously directed episodes of various anime including Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere, but this is the first series he has directed. As has been documented in the past we love being able to bring new director’s work to the forefront and Buddy Complex is no different. "
We can confirm that we will be bringing the series to Blu-ray and DVD in 2016. More details on our release will be forthcoming.
Check out the Japanese promotional trailer below:
Stay tuned for more announcements throughout the week.
By Hugh David.
With Star Wars: The Force Awakens on the immediate horizon, it is worth remembering how important the original Star Wars was in widening the Western audience for Japanese storytelling and action. American filmmaker George Lucas drew on a wide range of influences in bringing his third feature to the screen, including 1930s American SF “cliff-hanger” episodic film serials such as Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, WW1 And WW2 “dogfight” movies and Japanese period samurai films. The most notable of these in relation to Star Wars: A New Hope was maverick Japanese director Akira Kurosawa’s 1958 film The Hidden Fortress, a debt openly acknowledged by Lucas himself time and again (including in a lengthy interview on the U.S. Criterion Collection edition of Fortress) and repaid when Lucas produced Kurosawa’s epic Kagemusha. Obvious elements such as the bickering comedy characters used to tell the story and the main arc of a samurai general (the great Toshiro Mifune, whom Lucas approached about playing Obi-wan Kenobi before Guinness) and young princess behind enemy lines have been much remarked upon (for those wanting the short version there’s a YouTube video that juxtaposes relevant shots), but perhaps at this date the most important thing is not what Lucas borrowed, but what effect his borrowings had on the huge and often very young audience that became entranced with his magpie cinematic vision. Continue Reading