Andrew Osmond takes a step into the past.
Thanks to cinema and TV, some long-ago places can feel closer to us than most present-day countries. For British people, one of the closest is Victorian England, specifically Victorian London, home to Dickens dramas, Sherlock mysteries, Martian invasions and the gory mythos of Jack the Ripper.
This spring, though, has given us the chance to explore another 19th-century city through two different anime films. Miss Hokusai and Fuse: Memoirs of the Hunter Girl both take place in Edo – that is to say Tokyo, before the city was so named in 1869. Edo became Tokyo after the Meiji Restoration, a watershed in Japanese history. Before then, Japan was ruled by the Edo-based Tokugawa Shogunate, a feudal government that had been in power since the 1600s. The Meiji Restoration marked the time when the Shogun gave way to the Emperor in 1868. The following year, the Meiji Emperor moved from Kyoto to Edo and renamed it Tokyo, the new capital city. Continue Reading
Jasper Sharp uncovers some animated treasures streaming for free.
The word ‘anime’ only really entered the English lexicon at the beginning of the 1990s, whereas the history of Japanese animation taken as a whole stretches back at least 70 years earlier, its beginnings usually pinpointed to 1917. However, the immediate problem for curious viewers wishing to trace its lineage from such early pioneers as Oten Shimokawa and Sanae Yamamoto to Hayao Miyazaki and Mamoru Oshii remains one of access.
In terms of English-subbed releases, there is the Japanese Anime Classic Collection box-set released by Digital Meme in Japan in 2007, containing some 55 early works, while the US-based Zakka Films gave us the slightly more affordable 8-film collection The Roots of Japanese Anime: Until the End of WWII in 2008. There’s really been nothing more since then, largely due to the number of films ripped from these disks and stuck on YouTube making it an unattractive proposition for small distributors to go through the trouble of sourcing and subtitling them for release.
Nevertheless, these DVD releases represent a mere fraction of the animation produced in Japan in the first half century of the medium. Crucially, with their focus on the pre-war product, there is a significant blind spot in terms of what local animators were up to in the decade or so before television opened up as a new major outlet for producers in the 1960s, which in turn imposed its own commercial demands that shaped the form and content of what subsequently became the anime we know and love today.
Fortunately a number of such forgotten works have recently been made freely available online that should help shed some light on this relatively obscure interim period, although they certainly don’t fit the conventional mould associated with Japanese animation. The enterprise responsible is Gakken, a company founded in April 1946 by Hideto Furuoka (according to its website “with the conviction that education is the key to Japan's postwar reconstruction”) to distribute books, magazines, toys and other educational materials across Japan and, more recently, a number of other countries in Asia. Continue Reading
Anime Limited Podcast #14 - 2nd March 2016 "Whatever happened to M2M?"
Team Anime Limited is back to bring you another episode of the Anime Limited Podcast! On this episode you can expect discussion on some movement date wise for a couple of our upcoming releases, some big discussion on our upcoming release of Escaflowne following the announcement of a Kickstarter to produce a new English dub by Funimation in the U.S.A., plus questions from the community on a variety of topics of including the possibility of a Paris Loves Anime style of programme in the UK and Pokémon's 20th anniversary.
A fun show as always and we hope you enjoy it. We’re going to aim to a record another podcast later this month, so be on the lookout for that.
As always please note this podcast contains strong language and any views expressed by individuals in this podcast do not reflect those of Anime Limited.
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We look forward to hearing your thoughts.
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Our release of the film Fusé: Memoirs of the Hunter Girl arrives as a Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD set and as a Standard DVD this Monday (7th March.) Today we're we're excited to show you what you can expect in our Limited Collector's Edition set. A quick reminder that you can pre-order this today from the likes of Amazon, Zavvi, Base and even our web shop today. We can also confirm that this will be available in HMV stores across the UK too.
But before we proceed, let's bring you up to speed on what this is about, as we appreciate there's likely a number of you reading this who have not heard of the film before.
First of all check out this trailer for the film by our friends at NIS America, who released the film under the title Fusé: Memoirs of the Huntress.
Synopsis: 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 Fuse. Rumors of Fuse murdering innocent people in the bustling city of Edo have sparked a bounty for their heads. Hamaji joins the hunt for this dangerous quarry along with her brother, 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.
Our Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD set will come packed in a rigid case and inside that a digipack to hold the two discs (1 x Blu-ray + 1 x DVD) plus a 36-page artbook.
On the disc themselves, where the content is identical we should note, you will get:
And now the moment you've been waiting for, what does the finished product look like. You can click on the images below to enlarge them too!
And for those of you looking to get the Standard DVD version, here's what you can expect from the final product. You can click on these images to enlarge them too.
And that concludes our unboxing of Fusé: Memoirs of the Hunter Girl, available from this Monday (7th March). We hope you're looking forward to adding this to your collection!
It's time for your latest edition of the Newswire featuring updates on Fusé: Memoirs of the Hunter Girl, Escaflowne and Lords Marksman and Vanadis, including a special offer on the latter. Read on below for the details.
~ First of all the wait is nearly over as Fusé: Memoirs of the Hunter Girl is released this coming Monday (7th March.) We're going to have a full unboxing of release for you here at our blog tomorrow. So be sure to check back tomorrow lunchtime and check it out. In the mean time here's a glimpse (left) of the Limited Collector's Blu-ray/DVD for you.
~ So, time to address the big news story of the weekend, Escaflowne. For those of you not aware over the weekend Funimation announced that have launched a Kickstarter for a new English language dub of the series. For all the details on that, please see THIS. Pretty much immediately we began receiving questions but weren't able to make a comment as the office was closed over the weekend. Now that we have discussed where things stand internally on this we want to address the question of will our release be impacted by this news.
The short answer is no, it won't affect our release as we will be releasing our Ultiamte Edition Blu-ray and standard DVD sets of Escaflowne in 2016. We are not going to be delaying it any longer than it already has been. But, this new "2016 dub", as we're calling it, does pose some very interesting questions, assuming it does get funded. We're going to be releasing our next podcast tomorrow where we talk about this in lots of detail, including what work have done so far, so we encourage you to stay tuned for that. It will be available tomorrow afternoon/early evening.
~ Looking ahead to another of our releases, Lords Marksman and Vanadis. We're going to be bringing the series to the UK as a Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD set and as a standard edition DVD as well. Today we give you a glimpse of what to expect from our release. First of all, let's look at the Limited Collector's Edition version.
Our release will come packed in a rigid case, and inside that will be a digipack to hold the two Blu-ray discs and a 40-page booklet that will contain background information on the world the series is set in and the characters from the show as well. Trust when we say if you want a great companion to help with details of the world and how provinces within the show are affiliated with each other, it's a very good read.
In terms of on-disc content, there will be the complete series, all 13 episodes, with both the English dub and original Japanese audio with subtitles. Also on the discs will be episode commentaries, the "Tigre and Vanadish" chibi theatre, a preview for the first episode, a promotional video for the series, and the textless opening and closing title sequences.
Until 12pm this coming Monday (7th March) pre-order our Limited Collector's Edition of Lord Marksman and Vanadis for only £34.99. You can find the listing at our web shop HERE.
A reminder if you've not ordered from our shop before that payment is taken within 72 hours of the order being placed. Please read our FAQ section HERE for more details.
For those of you looking to get your hands on the standard DVD version or Lord Marksman and Vanadis, here's a glimpse of what it will look like (right.)
~ Time for an update an important update on the availability of our certain titles of ours. First of all Tiger & Bunny: The Beginning Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD is officially out-of-print. This means there are no more in our warehouse, and only what is available at retailers, be them online or in shops, is what is available in the wild.
Also our Baccano Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray is also officially out-of-print. Again meaning that we have no more units in our warehouse so whatever is available through retailers is what is available. We will however be releasing a standard edition Blu-ray of Baccano. This will be coming on 11th April. You can expect to see listings for this to beginning surfacing on online retailer sites soon.
And finally, we are down to about the last 30 units in our warehouse of Mobile Suit Gundam Part 2 with the Limited Edition Art Book. Once we have no more units in our warehouse there will be only be stock without the book being produced. This DOES NOT mean that the version with the book will be sold out right away. We have no control over how many units retailers have in their respective warehouses. But obviously with all three titles listed above, not just Gundam, if you wanting to get hold of the Limited Edition versions, we suggest acting sooner rather than later.
~ Excited for our release of Tokyo ESP? Be sure to check out the trailer for it below.
Durarara!! Limited Edition
This replacement scheme closes on Thursday 31st March 2016.
The next wave of discs will be getting by the end of this week. The next round of confirmation messages will be getting sent later this week week. If you have applied for discs since then your application will be processed soon. 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.) 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:
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.
Here you’ll find a list of events we’ll be attending during 2016. The looks small at the moment, but trust us when we say it’ll start looking packed very soon.
And that concludes this edition of the Newswire. Be sure to keep an eye both here at our blog and on our social media channels for the latest news regarding Anime Limited along with some great reading material too.