Anthony Thomas on an educational app with a difference
The Chinese language is notoriously difficult to learn. A colleague of the man behind A Dictionary of the Chinese Language, one of the first important works of its kind, noted that learning Chinese required “bodies of brass” and “heads of oak”. Yet, he managed to grasp the lingo enough to introduce the printing press in several Chinese-speaking states, as well as convert locals to Christianity in the 1800s. These days, if you want to conquer Chinese, all you really need is a single finger of pointiness and an iPad, at least as far as new app Hanzi Hero is concerned.
Created by Somerset start-up Three Tall Cranes, Hanzi Hero aims to make the mammoth task of remembering hanzi (Chinese characters) that little bit more fun. The app presents “lessons” in the form of chapters in an on-going comic. The story follows the bizarre adventures of a teenager who’s recently moved to Beijing and has a basic grasp of Mandarin and hanzi. When he bumps into two mysterious natives slugging it out in the streets, he’s suddenly enrolled in a crash course in China’s written language, whether he wants to or not! Continue Reading
Continuing our exciting announcements this weekend we are now happy to announce that we are bringing the sequel to the very popular series Durarara!!, Durarara!! X2 to the UK on both Blu-ray and DVD formats starting later this year.
Durarara!! x2 is set 6 months following the events at the conclusion of the original Durarara!! series, reuniting the wonderful cast of characters and introducing new ones (including some that were at least referenced in the first season) along the way. All is peaceful in Ikebukero, but you know that won’t last long (and it doesn’t!) From a serial killer named “Hollywood” terrorising the streets, to there being a bounty on the headless rider with what remains of the local gangs getting involved, even Izaya’s sisters (first introduced in episode 25 of the original series) are now in the the mix!
"Durarara!! is a personal favourite series of mine and I'm thrilled we're able to bring the sequel to the UK" said Andrew Partridge, president of Anime Limited. "We know a lot of people will be excited to get their hands on this series and this us being able to share this news not on the heels our recent release of the first series is great! It's the perfect time to become a fan of the series and be ready for the second season when we release it later this year."
Anime Limited have previously released the first series of Durarara!! on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK. As per the release of the first season, the release of Durarara!! x2 will include both the original Japanese language audio (with subtitles) and English language dub as well.
We will have more details about our release of the Durarara!! X2 in the coming months. Please stay tuned to our website and our social media channels for more details as they become available.
We happy to announce that we will be bringing the feature film Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress to Blu-ray and DVD in in August 2015. The film Directed by Masayuki Miyaji who has previously directed the series Xam’d: Lost Memories and has been involved with the likes of Space Dandy, Spirited Away and Spirited Away tells the story of Hamaji, a strong willed girl who has lived in the mountains, being asked to move to Edo by his brother to help rid the city of half-human half-dog creatures known as fusé.
The film will be available in Collector’s Edition Blu-ray/DVD combi and Standard Edition DVD formats (tentatively scheduled for release) in August 2015. We will have more details about our release of the film in the coming months.
Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress
Collector’s Edition Blu-ray/DVD combi: SRP £34.99
Standard Edition DVD: SRP £19.99
Release date: Autumn 2015 (TBC)
Hamaji, a young huntress from the mountains, stumbles into the middle of a shogun's vendetta against a group of human and dog hybrids, the Fusé. Rumors of Fusé murdering innocent people in the bustling city of Edo have sparked a bounty for their heads. Along with her brother, Hamaji joins the hunt for this dangerous quarry, but after accidentally befriending one of them, Hamaji is torn between two worlds: her life as a self-reliant huntress, and the young woman her new friend has helped her to uncover.
Stay tuned for more details on this.
It's a very big weekend for everyone here at Anime Limited. As we post this not only are things underway in East London at the MCM London Comic Con where we're exhibiting, presenting panels and getting to speak to the fans directly. We also have some big announcements across the weekend to share with you! We're kicking things off things in a big way with the announcement that we will be releasing the hit series Sword Art Online II in the UK on both Blu-ray and DVD.
It’s time for our announcement of the weekend and it’s a big one! We’re delighted reveal that we will be releasing the series #SwordArtOnline II on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK! Get the details at our website http://blog.AllTheAnime.com #SAO #anime #manga #SAOII
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The series will be coming to the UK in 4 parts (total) - in Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD combi and Standard Edition DVD formats with Part 1 of 4 tentatively set for release August 2015. We'll have more details on content info and release information for the other parts at a later date. Continue Reading
NOTE: Since this post was published the release date of Kill la Kill Part 3 has been shifted 29th June 2015. Please see HERE for details.
The wait is nearly over as in just a few weeks time (8th June) Kill la Kill Part 3 is set for release on Collector's Edition Blu-ray and Collector's Edition DVD. Though if you're at MCM London Comic Con this weekend we will have some early pre-release copies on each format available at our booth (#1741). Today we wanted to give you a sneak peek at what you can expect when you open your copy of this release.
The contents of our release of Part 3 are as follows:
The content on the disc is as follows: (NOTE: Content regardless whether it's the DVD or Blu-ray version is identical)