On the week of MCM London Comic Con it's time for our latest Newswire! It's going to be a very MCM focused newswire this week, but there are also update on the general running of things the next week, Durarara!! replacements and more.
~ Our new release this week the Standard Edition Blu-ray (that includes our reauthored discs) and DVD of Durarara!!. You can get full details about this set in a post of ours from a few weeks HERE.
~ Speaking of Durarara!! in case you didn't read it in our Newswire last week fulfilment for our Limited Edition Blu-ray replacement programme is ongoing. The latest update on this can be found below in the Replacement Update section.
~ This week is MCM London Comic Con, one of the biggest events we attend every year, and with that it means general running of things from us (both on the likes of social media and behind the scenes) will differ from normal running, so we wanted to make you aware of a few tidbits:
By Andy Hanley
With Liden Films and Sanzigen’s anime adaptation of The Heroic Legend of Arslan now airing in Japan (and streaming to the UK courtesy of Anime Limited of course), no doubt we’ll see some increased interest in the show’s source material, that being Hiromu Arakawa’s manga itself adapted from Yoshiki Tanaka’s on-going series of novels. The good news is that this manga is itself available legally in digital form on Crunchyroll’s manga service, with over twenty chapters available in English at the time of writing, so this seems like a prescient time to build on Andrew Osmond’s discussion of the origins and outline of The Heroic Legend of Arslan and take a look over the manga itself.
Hiromu Arakawa is also the author of Fullmetal Alchemist, although even the briefest of looks at The Heroic Legend of Arslan will probably tip you off as to that fact – Arakawa’s style and character designs are a perfect fit for this story based in a fictionalised 19th century, and if we’re honest the titular lead character of the series wouldn’t have to work too hard to cosplay as Edward Elric if he so desired! Continue Reading
By Andy Hanley
For fans of the works of light novel author Ryohgo Narita, 2015 is turning into an exciting year – his original Durarara novels are getting an official English release from Yen Press, a second season of the anime adaptation of that series – Durarara x2 – is airing over the next twelve months split into three blocks of twelve episodes, and of course UK anime fans have the first season of Durarara available to purchase, with the anime adaptation of Narita's other major work Baccano also on the way on Blu-ray.
In terms of the growth of western fandom for both of these series however, there's no shortage of credit that should be steered towards another individual – Takahiro Omori, the man responsible for directing both Baccano and Durarara's animated outings and someone with a notable career within the industry spanning thirty years and a variety of impressive works.
Omori's work can be traced back to the mid-1980s, where (like many directors) he began his career as an animator, with his most notable work of that time involving key animation duties on the final two episodes of GAINAX's classic OVA Gunbuster, as well as Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water.
Having turned his attention towards directorial duties in the 1990s, it's not until 2002 that Omori appeared on the radar of western fans courtesy of Haibane Renmei, where he served as assistant director while also involving himself with storyboards and episode direction. Given the quiet, dramatic and intensely character-driven focus of that series, it could certainly be argued that Omori's work here served him in good stead as a precursor to his later works and a trademark style which often relies heavily on that exact same set of values. Continue Reading
This award from the Future Film Festival marks the 15th prize Giovanni’s Island has received so far, making it the most awarded film in Production I.G’s history! The FFF jury had this to say about the film:
"For the scriptwriting quality, the twist between private emotions and greater historical events, the elegance, the poetic touch and the epic scale. Animation visuals are perfectly functional to the story, and have the strength to convey great emotions to adults and children alike."
We are thrilled to hear that Giovanni’s Island continues to rack up the awards from its various premieres and festival showings. We here at Anime Limited HQ extend our warmest congratulations to director Mizuho Nishikubo and Production I.G!
In case you missed it, here is a list of awards won by Giovanni’s Island: Continue Reading
We're already in middle of May and things are just getting started for us! But in just over a week it's MCM London Comic Con so we have lots of info to share with you about our activity at the event! Read on below for all the details.
~ A reminder that our next release is out this coming Monday (18th May) with the arrival of our Standard Edition Blu-ray and DVD of Durarara!!. You can get full details about this set in a post of ours from last week HERE.
~ Speaking of that, the first wave of replacement discs for Durarara!! were sent yesterday! Please read the replacement update section below for details.
~ For those of you who listened to our most recent podcast (details on that HERE) you'll recall we mentioned that our friends at Viewster are bringing over a special guest with them from Japan to MCM London Comic Con. We wanted to make it known that we're anticipating this special guest to be announced imminently. So keep an eye out for updates.
UPDATE - Just moments after we published the newswire the anime Guest Of Honour was confirmed! Hidetaka Tenjin will be attending MCM London Comic Con Next week. Get the detail over at the MCM Comic Con website HERE.
~ In case you missed it over the weekend we revealed what our release of Kill la Kill Part 3 will look like. (See image below.)
The picture is the Blu-ray version, but the only difference between this the DVD version is the colour of the discs. (The DVD disc being a Red background.) But a reminder that no matter where you purchase our release of Kill la Kill Part 3 on either Blu-ray or DVD it will come with the UK Exclusive Collector's Box to store the series. (So whether you order it from the likes of Amazon UK, Base.com, our web shop... anywhere basically, you will receive the box with your order. Some retailers may not show the box in their preview images, but we can assure on day of release it will include the box.) Continue Reading