By Andy Hanley.
Much like any successful franchise, the Fate/stay Night universe has expanded from its original roots, as its success took hold to become something of an industry behemoth – its starting point as an adult visual novel has begat a number of anime adaptations which have bolstered and added notably to its popularity, in turn giving rise to a dizzying array of prequels and spin-offs spanning anime, video games and (in the case of the source material adapted for the series in question here) manga.
If you were to imagine the recent anime adaptation of Fate/stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works as some kind of blockbuster video game, then Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya would be its smartphone game spin-off, stripping away the grandiose conceit of a “Holy Grail War” present within the original series and paring down its concept of summoning Heroic Spirits to compete in battle. Continue Reading
It's MCM Comic Con in Manchester this weekend and we have slew of news to share with you as the weekend unfolds. Though the event begins tomorrow we wanted to start sharing our news with you today kicking things off with a glimpse at our release lineup for October & November that includes Sword Art Online II: Part 2 and a new license announcement! Let's get started with the reveal of that new license announcement.
New Licence Announcement - PING PONG THE ANIMATION
First up is a series that we've had our eyes on for a quite a while. Ping Pong The Animation is from the creator of the Eisner Award-winning Tekkonkinkreet and directed by Masaaki Yuasa (The Tatami Galaxy and the Emmy award-winning "Food Chain" episode of Adventure Time) this series is sure to blow you away with it's breathtaking animation and poignant storytelling all coming together to make it can't miss addition to your collection.
Childhood friends Makoto "Smile" Tsukimoto (ironically, he seldom smiles) and Yukata "Peco" Hoshino are capable and aspiring table tennis players of Katase High School. Coach Jō "Butterfly" Koizumi has high expectation to both of them, but when Peco gets decisively defeated by a Chinese student he becomes so devastated and stops practicing. Meanwhile, Koizumi discovers Smile's potential and tries to motivate him to overcome his psychological obstacle.
Synopsis source: ANN
"Ping Pong is a title I've had my eyes on for a quite for a while" says Andrew Partridge, President of Anime Limited. "It's unique animation style coupled with the quality of story telling and the actual playing of Table Tennis itself, keeping in mind I'm really not that well versed in the sport at all, makes this show something that everyone should really go out of their way to see. I'm delighted we've been able to add this to our ever-expanding catalogue."
We'll be releasing Ping Pong The Animation as a complete series set on both Blu-ray and DVD in October (date TBC). Our release will include both the English dub and the original Japanese audio with subtitles.
On disc content:
You can watch a trailer for Ping Pong The Animation below.
With the above information in mind we would also like to take a moment to tell you about some of our releases for fourth quarter of the year. Specifically during October and November. We know a lot of you have been wondering what we have planned so here is a brief glimpse into some what you can expect.
Ping Pong The Animation (Blu-ray, DVD)
Sword Art Online II: Part 2 (Collector's Blu-ray, DVD)
Fusé: Memoirs Of A Huntress (Collector's Blu-ray+DVD combi)
Samurai Flamenco: Part 1 (Blu-ray **Subtitle-only release**)
[More titles plus December releases to be announced soon]
You can expect these titles to be available to pre-order through online retailer sites within the next week or two. Be sure to keep an eye on us over this weekend as more of our fourth quarter release lineup will be revealed.
By Andrew Osmond.
Pixar’s new film, Inside Out, has had some localised changes in Japan, where it opened a week ago under the name Inside Head. In the English version, for example, there’s a gag that turns on kids’ dislike of the noble vegetable broccoli, which is rather popular in Japan. (Japan, remember, is the country which made the daikon radish into a demigod.) Reportedly, there’s been some digital altering to turn the broccoli into bell peppers in Japan, although it’s too late for the Japanese trailer. Warning: this trailer is rather spoilery, though it exemplifies Japan’s tendency to play up a cartoon’s drama over its comedy.
As most readers must know by now, Inside Out depicts of the mind of an eleven year-old girl, and in particular her emotions. Pixar turns them into five cartoon characters: effervescent Joy, turtle-necked blue beanbag Sadness, sardonic mean girl Disgust, neurotic sprout Fear and volcanic short-fuse Anger. This quintet pilot Riley through her life, which has an anime resonance straight off. You could see Inside Out as a metaphysical robot show, in which (contra Voltron) all five pilots form the ‘head.’ Continue Reading
It's time for your latest update on all things Anime Limited! Read on below for the latest details.
~ First of all a quick reminder that this weekend is MCM Manchester Comic Con. We'll be there all weekend with our booth (#531), which is in good proximity to the main entrance, see map below, where you can buy a plethora of our releases including recent titles such as Kill la Kill Part 3 and Tiger & Bunny: The Rising. A few other details you should know about our activity during the weekend:
Team Anime Limited will be heading down to Manchester for setup on Friday so expect to start seeing updates from us that day.
~ It was a very busy week for us last week. There were some release date amendments announced in our Newswire published last Thursday. You can read that HERE. But in addition to that we had two exciting announcements on Friday.
First of all we have licensed the series GANGSTA. for the UK and it will be getting simulcast at Viewster.com. (Details HERE.) The first three episodes are available at Viewster.com now and new episodes will be airing weekly on the site.
In addition to that we have licensed the series Chaos Dragon for the UK and that will be getting simulcast at Viewster.com. (Details HERE.) The episode have aired in Japan will be getting added to Viewster ASAP and then new episodes will be available weekly from then on.
~ A quick reminder that our web shop Deal Of The Month is Tiger & Bunny: The Beginning for only £8.99. Get all the details on that HERE.
~ In case you missed it over the weekend a new trailer for Gundam The Origin II: Artesia's Sorrow launched. You can watch it HERE.
Looking at our simulcast lineup for this season as a whole it stands at:
The Heroic Legend Of Arslan (continuing from last season)
Aoharu x Machinegun (aka Aoharu x Kikanjuu)
Castle Town Dandelion
There was a delay with subtitles being delivered on time so at time of writing episode 15 of Arslan should be available soon.
Episode 3 of Aoharu x Machinegun is now live at Viewster. Watch it HERE. (Don't forget the previous two episodes are also available.)
The first two episodes of Castle Town Dandelion went live this past weekend. You can watch them HERE.
As mentioned earlier in the newswire, the first 3 episode of GANGSTA. are available on Viewster HERE. Episodes Chaos Dragon will be available on Viewster soon.
The next wave of replacements will be getting sent next week. Please note if you have applied over the past week that the next round of confirmation messages will be sent towards the end of this week. If you haven’t received confirmation of your application by Wednesday 29th July, please email Jeremy@alltheanime.com
If you have yet to apply for replacement discs please follow all the guidelines HERE.
Here’s the list of upcoming events we’ll be attending in some capacity. More specific information will be posted closer to the events themselves.
MCM Manchester Comic Con, 25th-26th July
– Anime Limited Panel (Saturday, 11am @ MCM Theatre)
– Anime Guest Of Honour, Kimiko Ueno panel. (Saturday, 2pm @ MCM Theatre)
– Anime Guest Of Honour, Kimiko Ueno signing sessions. (Saturday & Sunday,3:30-4:30pm @ Guest Stars Signing Area)
NOM Con, 31st July-2nd August
KITACON, 31st July-2nd August
MCM Scotland Comic Con, 26th-27th September
Scotland Loves Anime – Glasgow, 9th-11th October
Scotland Loves Anime – Edinburgh, 12th-18th October
MCM London Comic Con, 23rd-25th October
MCM Birmingham Comic Con, 21st-22nd November
And so with the above information in mind here’s the most up-to-date version of our release schedule. (We will of course continue to update this in each and every Newswire accordingly.)
OUT NOW: Wings Of Honneamise (DVD, Collector’s Edition DVD+Blu-ray combi)
OUT NOW: Durarara!! Complete Series [Standard Edition] (Blu-ray, DVD)
OUT NOW: Kill la Kill Part 3 [Collector’s Edition] (DVD, Blu-ray)
OUT NOW: Tiger & Bunny – The Rising (Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD)
24th August: Space Dandy Season 2 [Collector’s Edition] (DVD, Blu-ray)
24th August: Space Dandy Complete Season 1 & 2 Set (DVD only)
31st August: Sword Art Online II: Part 1 (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray/DVD combi, DVD)
August (TBC): 009 Re:Cyborg Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray/DVD combi)*
28th September (TBC): Tokyo Ghoul Season 1 (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, DVD)*
28th September: Fate/kaleid liner Prisima Illya (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, DVD)
Q4 Releases (coming soon)*
*Tentative date – not final.
And that concludes this bumper edition of the Newswire. If you have any questions on any of the above please feel post them in the comments below or via our social media channels. (Links below.)
By Tom Smith.
Oscar Wilde wrote, “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life”, but for Japanese group Sayonara Ponytail, it could be said that their art imitates manga far more than life. In fact, when this mysterious band first appeared, via the ancient medium of MySpace, its members were said to exist solely as a series of illustrations by its mononymous leader (referred to as “God”) Yuritan, and any members that didn’t quite fit in would be simply erased…!
Ironically, only one member has so far been touched by the great eraser in the sky; Yuritan herself! Now, an even more mysterious figure is running things, going by the name of Chiitan. Mind you, I call into the question the validity the band’s extensive 12-member line-up, as well as if Yuritan, Chiitan and the rest of them are real people or the imagination of one or a few. Continue Reading