[Updated on 3rd Sept. with new examples]
As we announced a few weeks ago our upcoming release of Tokyo Ghoul on DVD and Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray (pictured left) will be released uncut and uncensored on 28th September. (You can pre-order it now from the likes of Amazon UK, Base.com, Zavvi and through our own web shop.) Some of may be wondering what exactly uncut and uncensored means in the context of the show and our release, so we thought we highlight that very subject.
This post is going to show you examples of the differences between the original TV broadcast version that aired in Japan that in turn was simulcast to the UK (which for the purposes of this post we will now refer to as the "censored" version) and then the version that everyone wanted to see, the 'uncut' version, as it will be on our release. Sometimes there may only be a little of bit of censorship or it could be a lot. But either way it was enough to warrant being censored for the original broadcast. In the case of Tokyo Ghoul, censorship appeared on parts of the screen being hidden by a black shadow. The images below highlight the differences, but trust us when we say there's some proper gory stuff that was censored as the show progresses.
A heads up now: expect some potentially gory images to follow.
To to be safe we're throwing a Not Safe For Work (NSFW) warning.
Also to save us from possibly spoiling parts of the series for those who haven't seen the show before, we have tried to keep pictures as ambiguous as possible, but we still need to show you examples of the differences so all the images below are taken from episode 1 specifically.
You can click on the images to enlarge them. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond. Pictures by Carlos Nakajima.
The towering Roppongi Hills complex in Tokyo is the kind of structure that you could imagine being blasted into orbit to become a space habitat for some wide-eyed anime space opera. Not yet, alas, but until September 27 it’s playing host to “The Art of Gundam,” an extensive tribute to the original TV series, and an excellent overture to the upcoming Blu-ray.
It’s notable that this huge exhibition is very specifically about the first Gundam. At the end, it acknowledges the many Gundams that have come since, with some character art from the current Gundam – The Origin and a funky projected montage of the whole franchise. But the exhibition suggests that the first 1977 series sank far deeper into the Japanese psyche, into the pop-culture mainstream, than any of its successors. In that way, you could compare the first Gundam to the 1960s Star Trek with Kirk, Spock and McCoy. Perhaps that’s because of Gundam’s epic space-opera vision (far less cheery than Star Trek, yet still with room for thrills and heroes); or its provocative notion of the next human evolution, the Newtypes; or perhaps it’s all down to the endless duelling between Char Aznable and Amuro Ray. Continue Reading
By Tom Smith.
The young star behind Sword Art Online II’s first ending theme had a difficult choice to make. Whilst in her second year of high school, Haruna Luna had to juggle her homework and revision time with being a popular model in Japanese street fashion magazine KERA – a gig that led to her modelling for brands and companies, including Tokyo-based department store chain Marui. The tough choice she faced was not which company to work with next, but rather, if she should put modelling on hold while she concentrated on other aspirations.
Luna had always been a huge anime fan. In fact, she ventured into modelling almost entirely because of fantasy series D.Gray-man’s gothic lolita icon, Road Kamelot – it was her experimentations with Road’s style that got Luna noticed in KERA. However, all that progress as a fashion model changed upon witnessing the epicness of Gundam SEED. Continue Reading
Another week brings us another Newswire, but this week with some details on a forthcoming release of our that lots of you have been chomping at the bit to get some details about. Read on below for the details.
~ First of all the wait is finally over as this week saw the release of our Space Dandy Season 2 Collector's Edition set on both DVD and Blu-ray, plus our Space Dandy Season 1 & 2 DVD set. Both are available to add to your collection now. You can get the full lowdown on our Collector's Edition release HERE.
If you're interested in checking out Space Dandy Season 2, as we mentioned in the Newswire last week we've been sharing some clips online. Over the weekend we shared a new clip on our Facebook page that can be watched HERE. Check out our two previous clips below.
~ We mentioned at the top of the Newswire that we have some details on a forthcoming title of our we know lots of you have been chomping at the bit to get your hands on. Today we can reveal some details including for the initial visuals for our upcoming Baccano! Collector's Edition Blu-ray release.
First of all there will be an o-card (aka slip cover) around the box itself. That will look like this image below.
Underneath the o-card you'll find a rigid case with a digipack to hold the 3 Blu-ray discs and a booklet inside too. (Page count of the booklet is TBC at this time.)
We're looking to lock down a firm release date for Baccano!, all going well we're hoping it will be available in late November/early December. You read that right we're planning on getting in your hands before the end for the year. (This information has been reflected as such in our upcoming releases section below.) You can pre-order your copy of Baccano Blu-ray Collector's Edition from the likes Amazon UK and Zavvi today.
You an expect to see the image above appearing on online retailer listing shortly.
~ A quick note relating to our Instagram account, this past week our handle changed from AllTheAnimeUK to simply AllTheAnime. If you're interested in following us on Instagram you can do so HERE.
~ Speaking of social media, our company president is currently in Japan on business and has been sending back some great photos from his trip. We've been sharing the photos across all of our social media channels but if you want them all in one place, we've made a gallery on our Facebook page HERE. From Attack On Titan, to Gundam, even Evangelion you'll find lots of cool pics in the gallery.
~ For those of you planning to attend the Glasgow and/or Edinburgh lineups of Scotland Loves Anime, a reminder that the complete lineup for the festival is being revealed later this week.
~ A reminder for those of you planning to come to the Glasgow leg of Scotland Loves Anime in October, there is a Season Pass available for the weekend. This entitles you attend all seven screenings with the Scotland Loves Anime Pass, plus a special screening on Monday 5th October available to pass holders only. There’s only 60 of these total and are available now from the Glasgow Film Theatre site HERE.
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 20 of The Heroic Legend of Arslan is available to watch HERE.
Episode 8 of Aoharu x Machinegun is now live at Viewster. Watch it HERE.
Episode 8 of Castle Town Dandelion is available to watch HERE.
Episode 8 of GANGSTA. is available to watch HERE.
Episodes 8 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 has not been set yet.
Durarara!! Limited Edition
A big wave of replacements were sent earlier this week. We've managed to work through a big backlog of replacement requests but if you have yet to receive yours don't worry it will be on its way to you soon. (If you haven't received a confirmation by Tuesday 1st September or 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.
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
Scotland Loves Anime – Glasgow, 9th-11th October
Scotland Loves Anime – Edinburgh, 12th-18th October
MCM London Comic Con, 23rd-25th October
MCM Birmingham Comic Con, 21st-22nd November
And so with the above information in mind here’s the most up-to-date version of our release schedule. (We will of course continue to update this in each and every Newswire accordingly.)
OUT NOW: Space Dandy Season 2 [Collector’s Edition] (DVD, Blu-ray)
OUT NOW: Space Dandy Complete Season 1 & 2 Set (DVD only)
14th September: 009 Re:Cyborg (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray/DVD combi)
21st September: Sword Art Online II: Part 1 (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray/DVD combi, DVD)
28th September (TBC): Tokyo Ghoul Season 1 (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, DVD)*
28th September: Fate/kaleid liner Prisima Illya (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, DVD)
OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2015
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)
2nd November: Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad – The Complete Collection (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. Also there is a possibility there might be a few additions to the lineup.
By Jonathan Clements.
In the 13 years since I curated a season of Chinese animation at the Udine Film Festival (the programme is reprinted in Schoolgirl Milky Crisis), I still occasionally get asked about it. Producers, who fret that the Japanese mother lode has been mined out, want to know if I am sitting on some secret stash of new, exciting things, particularly if they turn out to be cheap. Is there a big New Wave of Chinese material, poised to crash on our shores? Are those thousands of animators graduating each year from Chinese colleges making anything more than Flash logos and gaming sprites? Is there, as even the Chinese ask themselves, a putative “next Miyazaki” somewhere in Shanghai or Jilin, just about to take the world by storm?
Chinese Animation: A History and Filmography 1922-2012 is Rolf Giesen’s attempt to shove everything he knows about Chinese animation between two covers, and as of this moment, it’s the best source you’ve got if you can't read Chinese. It’s a bit of a shambles, but, frankly, so is Chinese animation. Giesen reveals that the Chinese broadcaster CCTV is only prepared to pay a pound a minute for animation that costs £1500 a minute to produce – a shocking statistic which does much to prepare the newcomer for the state of the art. No wonder the Chinese continue to labour as subalterns on other countries’ cartoons, in-betweening for the Americans and colouring in for the Japanese, when their own countrymen offer such paltry support.