by Chris Perkins.
24th August 2010 was a dark day for anime, and indeed for fans of quality cinema in general. On that day Satoshi Kon, one of the brightest lights in the animation scene, passed away at the tragically young age of 46. He left behind a small but perfectly formed filmography comprising just four features and one TV series. Now, five years after his passing Dark Horse Comics bring us the English language version of The Art of The Satoshi Kon. This book was originally released in Japanese back in the year he died, but is only now making its English debut.
It’s a lavish tome, a beautiful coffee-table hardback book that would be a fine addition to any collection. The volume spans Kon’s too-short career, featuring beautiful artwork selected from his best known works, but also previously unseen and rare material from his work in manga, shorts and games.
The book lives up to its title in that this is all literally the art of Satoshi Kon. If you pick up an art book for a film by Ghibli for example, you’ll typically find art not only by the director, but by numerous other artists on the production. Here though this is exclusively artwork produced by Kon himself, showing off just what an amazing artist he was. Generally the pieces are not artwork from the films themselves, but more often concept art or promotional materials – which is, again, distinct from other art books.
MCM LONDON COMIC CON PREVIEW EDITION
It's that time of the week already. it's time for the latest edition of the Anime Limited Newswire! Featuring full details on our activity at MCM London Comic Con this weekend and more! Read on below for details.
~ First of we want to extend a big thank you to everyone who attended the Scotland Loves Anime 2015 film festival in Edinburgh this past week, as noted previously Anime Limited were the official sponsor of the event. We're also delighted to say that Miss Hokusai narrowly won the Judges award in quite the debate that you'll be able to hear all about in an upcoming edition of the Anime Limited Podcast coming (hopefully) within the next week.
~ Looking ahead to this coming weekend it is MCM London Comic Con this weekend, there is A LOT of activity from us both at the event and online. So we're going to break this down in specific sections so you know exactly what's going on with Anime Limited and such.
Anime Limited Booth
Here's a map of the event for you and we've circled where you can find our stand
That is where you'll find our booth, pretty much in the centre of the hall along the main walkway very close to the Memorabilia Guest Signing Area. (See map above). As we've previously mentioned, our booth will not just be an Anime Limited shop, but we've also partnered with a manga distributor where we'll have a curated selection of titles from the likes of Vertical, Dark Horse and Kodansha available to purchase at our stand. But we want to reiterate it won't just be a random selection of manga, it will be a curated range of manga that will include
and more! Be sure to stoop by to stock up on your manga!
As mentioned there will also be the Anime Limited Shop that will be packed with lots of our titles including some titles that will be available ahead of their general release. These being
Yes you read that correctly, you'll have the opportunity to purchase all of these titles ahead of their release this weekend at MCM London Comic Con exclusively at our booth.
In addition to those we have some cool things at our booth (all while stock lasts):
~ Spend over £40 and get a free Patema Inverted mug
~ Get either a Mobile Suit Gundam or Tokyo Ghoul themed bag with any purchase
~ Get a free set of Kill la Kill 'Goku Star pin badges' with any purchase
~ If you get one of the MCM goodies bags, you'll find a fortune cookie! There's a special message from various anime in them. See if you guess what they're from.
Anime Guest Of Honour: Shigeto Koyama
As previously noted (see here) Shigeto Koyama is the Anime Guest of Honour for MCM London Comic and will be involved in the traditional Guest Of Honour panel and two free signing sessions, both 90 minutes on Saturday and Sunday. Today we can confirm the timings for each of those:
Anime Limited Panels
We will be involved in some panels across the weekend. You can find the details of these below:
Anime Limited Panel #1: Friday, 3pm @ Platinum Stage
This panel will see Jeremy and Kat take to the stage to discuss upcoming releases, announcing some brand new titles and more! Be sure not to miss this.
Sunrise 'Mobile Suit Gundam' Panel: Sunday, 12pm @ Platinum Stage
Eri Suzuki from the International Team from Japanese licensor, Sunrise and the President of Anime Limited, Andrew Partridge will take to the stage to discuss Gundam related things! There'll be some announcements here so if you're a Gundam fan be sure not to miss this.
Anime Limited Panel #2 feat. Viewster: Sunday, 12:30pm @ Platinum Stage
In a change from what's being advertised in the MCM Show Guide (as there were print deadlines that had to be met before this was fully confirmed) we're happy to say that this panel will feature Jeremy joined by the team at Viewster to discuss their Omakase box and much more!
At each panel you can expect exciting news on future Anime Limited titles and more! We'll also note that we won't just be making announcements at the panels. We'll be making announcements across the weekend in general. So keep you eyes peeled on our social media channels and then here at our blog at the end of each day for details.
We also want to take a moment to highlight that out friends Tamashii Nations, the Japanese producer of high quality figurines, will be returning to MCM London Comic Con. They’ll be bringing a variety of great figurines from the likes of Dragon Ball Z, Super Mario, Godzilla, Sailor Moon, Attack on Titan and more available at their booth. They're even going to have this amazing Star Wars Samurai General Darth Vader Figure (pictured left) available! We won't lie, we want to get one ourselves.
Their booth will be situated by the MyM/MCM Buzz area, so make sure you pop on by to visit them.
They'll also be giving away SH Figurarts 1UP Mushrooms from Super Mario at their booth simply by filling in a survey and like their facebook page! If that wasn't enough, the goodie bags for attendees there will be flyers for Tamashii Nations included but 10 of them will be a special Golden Ticket version (with gold on the flyer itself) that means you get a free prize! You can claim the prize on at the stand all weekend. The first four people will to claim a prize will receive an SH Figurarts of Golden Frieza or Super Saiyan God Goku from Dragon Ball Z Resurrection F, and the remaining 6 winners can claim a free Tamashii Buddies from what's available at the stand.
Of course there's a separate event that we're running happening the same weekend just a stones throw away from Excel London is our MCM Loves Anime event at The Crystal. The entire lineup has been confirmed as is follows:
A reminder that only day passes are available for this event. They can be purchased now at cinema.alltheanime.com
Please do take a moment to scroll to the bottom of cinema.alltheanime.com page to read the F.A.Q. regarding the event.
IMPORTANT: While we appreciate that everyone attending MCM Loves Anime simply wants to enjoy watching anime on the big screen, we also have to make a note now, and this will be reiterated before the start of each film on the bill, that should any attendees be caught attempting to record the anime being screened or taking photos while the film is being screened there is strong chance you could be ejected from the venue and be denied re-entry. Recording any film in a cinema is a law-breaking offence, and this event is no different to any other cinema experience. It's a very unique opportunity us being able to present this MCM Loves Anime event and we are taking a very strong stance on this.
We also want to encourage fellow attendees to please make it known if they believe they've seen someone doing actions such as this.
The fall simulcast season has official begun! Here’s our lineup of titles this season:
Seraph Of The End Vampire Reign (2nd Season) – Simulcasting at Viewster.com
K: Return of Kings – Simulcast at Viewster.com
Comet Lucifer – Simulcasting at Viewster.com
The final episode of Blood Blockade Battlefront – Simulcasting at Viewster.com
Seraph Of The End: Vampire Reign (2nd Season) started this past weekend. You can watch episode 2 HERE.
Episode 3 of K: Return Of Kings can be watched HERE
Episode 3 of Comet Lucifer can be watched HERE
The final episode of Blood Blockade Battlefront are available to watch at Viewster HERE.
Durarara!! Limited Edition
The latest update is that many of the UK based replacement requests have been sent - only a handful are left to be sent at time of writing. We are working our way through the backlog of international replacements too and most likely they will all be cleared come the end of next week.
Once again, we know some of you have been waiting a while for your replacements and we apologise for that, but we are working as hard as we can and as quickly as we can to fulfil the requests.
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.) We ask that applicants awaiting for confirmation message please wait a little longer. 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:
Due to all of Team Anime Limited being in London for MCM Comic Con from tomorrow through Monday, Jeremy will respond to requests for this, confirming that you replacement request has been logged in, by mid-next week at the latest. Either way you can expect your replacement to sent to you before the end of October.
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’s the list of upcoming events we’ll be attending. More specific information will be posted closer to the events themselves.
MCM London Comic Con, 23rd-25th October
– Anime Limited Panels on Friday & Sunday
– Anime Guest Of Honor Panel on Saturday
– Sunrise ‘Mobile Suit Gundam’ Panel Sunday
MCM Birmingham Comic Con, 21st-22nd November
Here is the most up-to-date version of our release schedule.
OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2015
OUT NOW: Tokyo Ghoul Season 1 (Limited Edition Blu-ray)
26th October: Tokyo Ghoul Season 1 (DVD)
2nd November: Fate/kaleid liner Prisima Illya (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, DVD)*
16th November: Samurai Flamenco: Part 1 (Blu-ray **subtitle-only release**)
23rd November: Sword Art Online II: Part 2 (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD combi, DVD)*
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**)[TBC 2015] Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD combi)*
January (TBC)*: Ping Pong The Animation (Blu-ray, DVD)
[TBC] Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad – The Complete Collection (DVD)*
We should be able to confirm specific dates soon for those marked as tentative.
Earlier this year we had the pleasure of announcing that we have launched a partnership with Sunrise in Japan to bring various Gundam releases to the UK starting with the original Mobile Suit Gundam series! This will mark the first time series is getting released in the UK and to make the opportunity extra sweet for fans we're able to do this on Blu-ray!
Since then we know a lot of you have been wanting a preview of what to expect with our release. A few months ago we revealed that the first 1000 units of Part 1 (out from 30th November) will come with a UK Exclusive box to store both parts of the series. Again we want to reiterate that this UK Exclusive box is NOT limited to any one retailer. No matter where you pre-order it you will receive the box - this version will be the only version available on day of release.
And if you're coming to MCM London Comic Con we're happy to confirm you'll have the first opportunity to own this set as we'll have advance copies available at our booth across the weekend. And yes, it will be with the Collector's Box as well!
Today we want to give you a preview of what will be on the discs themselves, provide with you a few little tidbits you should be aware of and show you the finished product.
First of all, let's give you some tidbits about this release in general.
~ This is a remastered release of a series first broadcast in the 1970s
With any anime we are delighted to see when it's possible to have a series or film showcased in the best quality quality and HD remasters are something we're big fans of, but Mobile Suit Gundam is a slightly different animal. Most HD remasters that made it to the UK have been of far more recent properties, for example a series that was made in the last 15-20 years, but the original Mobile Suit Gundam first aired on Japanese television back in April of 1979. The style of animation has developed so much in the decades following Mobile Suit Gundam that for a first time viewer it can almost be a sort culture shock. Also the way animation was preserved back in the 70s was far different to how it done today.
~ This is a dual language release.
Our release of the series contains both the original Japanese audio with subtitles and the English language dub. Yes, some of you might be surprised to hear this but the series did have a brief run on television in the USA so the entire series was dubbed into English. You get both that and the original Japanese audio included in our release.
~ The original Mobile Suit Gundam series was NOT animated in 16:9
As the original Mobile Suit Gundam aired in the late 70s, this series was not animated in widescreen (16:9). This means that when watching the series will be pillarboxed, meaning it will be displayed with black bars at the side of the screen to retain the original aspect ratio (4:3) rather than stretching the image or using other techniques to make it into widescreen.
We appreciate there are a generation of fans who might not be as aware of this fact so we like to make mention of it. Pillarboxing was also utilised for our release of Cowboy Bebop and is also the case for the Season 1 and Season 2: Fumoffu episodes of Full Metal Panic in our Ultimate Edition release.
~ One episode is omitted
We've made no secret about this but we do want to take time to reiterate that for international releases of the series there is one episode that has been omitted. This has been the case for all English language releases of the series in other territories as well. You'll be happy to hear this will not effect your enjoyment of the show whatsoever.
~ On-disc Extras
As well as episodes 1-21 of the series our Blu-ray release of Mobile Suit Gundam Part 1 does contain some extras. It includes the clean opening and closing title sequences along with some Japanese DVD commercials for the series.
With our preview of what you should knew about our release concluded we now want to give you a glimpse of the finished product.
Full disclosure, we're currently waiting for the Limited Edition Box component to be delivered. As mentioned we WILL have them to accompany the copies of Mobile Suit Gundam Part 1 purchased at our booth this weekend, so if you want to purchase it at our stand don't worry you won't miss out. (Obviously we'll share pictures of the box as appropriate.)
With the above in mind here's a glimpse of our Mobile Suit Gundam Part 1 release:
UPDATE: The Collector's Box
We're now happy to bring you picture of the Collector's Box that will come with the first 1000 units of Mobile Suit Gundam Part 1, including those purchased at MCM London Comic Con this weekend. You can find some pictures of the box below!
Full disclosure, the lighting where these pictures were taken wasn't ideal. We did the best we could with the lighting available and will try to share more pictures with you soon.
You can click on the images to enlarge them.
And that concludes our preview. A reminder that Mobile Suit Gundam Part 1 is released from 30th November on Blu-ray. You can pre-order your copy today from the likes of Amazon UK, Zavvi, Base.com and even our own web shop. And yes no matter where you pre-order it from, it will come with the box.
NOTE: Screenshots from the series in this post are taken from our Mobile Suit Gundam Part 1 Blu-ray release.
This coming weekend sees the MCM London Comic Con return to Excel London and Team Anime Limited will be there in full force with a wide range of our titles available to purchase including some pre-sale stock in advance of their release dates! Today we're delighted to confirm that Full Metal Panic Ultimate Edition will be available at our stand this weekend!
You'll recall we recently gave your an in-depth preview of what to expect from our Full Metal Panic Ultimate Edition release, in case you missed it SEE HERE, and today we can show exactly what the finished product looks likes with our unboxing of it! Check out the photos below. (You can click to zoom on them too.)
Stay tuned for more previews of what you can expect from us at MCM London Comic Con this weekend throughout the week!
By Raz Greenberg.
It's been five years since the shocking news of Satoshi Kon's death, and the animation world is still mourning. The news that there's nothing more coming from one of the man who directed innovative works as Perfect Blue and in his short lifetime managed to influence significant works by leading directors as Darren Aronofsky and Christopher Nolan was indeed shocking. But for the non-Japanese audience there was still a whole body of Kon's works waiting to be discovered beyond his anime filmography: his early works as a manga artist. English-speaking readers got their first taste of Kon's manga with vertical's collected edition of his short series Tropic of the Sea, a mythological tale set in a modern Japanese beach resort which featured beautiful artwork but also a rather uninspired story. Continue Reading