By Andy Hanley.
When Sting sung about being a legal alien in his song Englishman in New York, he was in fact alluding to the story of gay icon Quentin Crisp’s experiences in the city. However, the broader sentiment of feeling completely lost and adrift in a place which seems so far removed from the comforts of your own is one that will resonate with many, and for historical reasons and has often become the centrepiece for tales which focus on bewildering melting pots of civilisation at the core of their narrative.
You certainly won’t find a melting pot that runs much hotter than the New York imagined by Blood Blockade Battlefront, for this is a city that has a portal to another dimension. The result has been an outpouring of weird and wonderful creatures that have made the city their home in an area which has now become known as Hellsalem’s Lot, and with no option to turn them away, these interlopers have instead been allowed to integrate. In short, think Men in Black meets Space Dandy, and never mind whether they take coffee or tea, the dietary requirements of these legal aliens don’t bear thinking about. Continue Reading
Later in the week than usual (moving new staff into Anime Ltd HQ - exciting but also time consuming alas), but it's time for your weekly Newswire. Read on below for the latest tidbits on the likes of Tokyo Ghoul, Mobile Suit Gundam and more! Plus details on our Q4 lineup. Read on below for all the info.
~ As was revealed earlier this week on our social media channels, we have had confirmation from the BBFC this week that Tokyo Ghoul has been given a 15 certification and has passed uncut meaning that both our upcoming DVD and Collector's Edition Blu-ray releases in September will be uncut and uncensored. You can pre-order your copy today. Here's the listings on Amazon UK.
We also want to take the opportunity to make it known that our Collector's Edition Blu-ray version of Tokyo Ghoul is limited strictly to 1000 units. So if you're wanting to order that version you might want to think about doing so sooner rather than later.
~ During last weekend listings appeared on Amazon UK for many of our upcoming releases for the remainder of the year. You can find them below. (We've also added some notes about listings as appropriate below.) Continue Reading
By Paul Browne.
Shirayuki is an ordinary citizen of the kingdom of Tanbarun, aside from one unique feature – her distinctive red hair. Pursued by a prince of Tanbarun because of her unusual hair colouring, Shirayuki instead cuts her hair and escapes to the neighbouring kingdom of Clarines. Befriending Zen, a prince of Clarines, Shirayuki demonstrates her medical skills and agrees to become court doctor.
Adapted from manga series for girls, this anime comes courtesy of popular studio Bones (notable for the likes of Angelic Layer, Ouran High School Host Club, Fullmetal Alchemist and Space Dandy among others). The main protagonist, Shirayuki, is voiced by Saori Hayami – who also performs vocal duties on the acoustic melodies of opening theme 'Yasashii Kibou'.
Based in Tokyo, Saori enjoys a varied career between voice-acting, singing and hosting her radio show Free Style. Growing up, Saori was lucky enough to be exposed to all sorts of different music genres in the family house, from funk to classical. Even with this broad musical background however, she favoured rock music as her genre of choice. Taking up piano practice, Saori was also a big fan of classic anime series Fruits Basket, asking her piano teacher how to play the opening theme. Continue Reading
By Paul Browne.
It’s a tough life when all you want to do is pootle away on your anime blog – but then real life comes knocking on your door. Welcome to the world of Junichiro Kagami, a gifted genius who once had papers published in academic journals aged just 17, but has since become absorbed by anime, manga and games. He’s your typical NEET (not in education, employment or training) and is determined to stay that way – except his sister has other ideas.
Angry at Junichiro’s shut-in tendencies, Suzune Kagami arranges a job for him as a substitute teacher at Icho Academy. Suzune is incensed by her brother’s initial reluctance to take the post. In his defence, Kagami explains that he suffers from “YD” – a condition in which he cannot do anything that he doesn’t actually yearn to do. But the benefits of employment finally win him over (assisted by Suzune waving a baseball bat in striking distance of his prized anime figurines). Continue Reading
By Meghan Ellis.
From the very first trailer, Gangsta has promised heavy themes, heavy violence and heavy music, and it’s a show that delivers on those promises with relish. In a welcome challenge to Summer 2015’s saccharine sweet anime line-up, Gangsta delivers everything you could want from a show with a criminal slant: two “handymen” who take on all the jobs that the Mob… and the police… can’t handle themselves.
Directed by Shukou Murase of Ergo Proxy and Samurai Champloo fame, it shows a careful concern with style and substance, juxtaposing musical aesthetic with time period and setting. There’s also deliberate cultivation of an underground feel: even the theme song (performed by STEREO DIVE FOUNDATION) is called “Renegade”, and features distinctly 18-rated graphics. But what’s really made the show stand out so far are the characters. From our first encounter with prostitute Alex, to Nic’s cleverly-revealed deafness, these aren’t your typical lowlives. Add Worick, a one-eyed blonde man with an unusual day job, and you have the show’s handymen – bodies for hire who are just as likely to work for the city’s mafia as the local authorities. Even the traditional shady doctor and aging detective, so common in criminal shows, are made likeable at the same time they’re made morally suspect. Continue Reading