By Andrew Osmond.
“I want to see more relaxed animation coming from Japan,” Ping Pong director Masaaki Yuasa told twitch.com. “Animation where everything is not so perfectly drawn. The strict way it looks now, it sometimes seems like working on anime is more pain than pleasure! I prefer to have joy in making animation.”
Ping Pong features a maverick, joyous table tennis player, as depicted by a maverick, joyous anime director. Masaaki Yuasa has had followers for the last decade now, though many fans don’t know his name. But even in mainstream animation, you may have seen his hyper-inventive work. Recently, he directed an episode of Space Dandy’s second season (“Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Baby”) in which the title character meets a lovelorn talking fish… and you have no idea how odd that looks till you see it animated.
Last year, Yuasa guest-directed an episode of the American cartoon Adventure Time (“Food Chain”); he also got attention as director of the twelve-minute Kick-Heart, the first crowdfunded studio anime. But these gigs came from a reputation that Yuasa had built with his earlier anime, despite their patchy distribution. You might have caught a cinema screening of his extraordinary feature Mind Game (2004), in which the protagonist is killed by yakuza, swallowed by a whale… and that’s the start of his adventures. In my book 100 Animated Feature Films, I called Mind Game “spectacular, spontaneous, confusing, kooky and hilarious… an anti-realist bricolage.” Continue Reading
It's time for the latest edition of your weekly Newswire. We're knee deep in Scotland Loves Anime along with preparation for MCM London which is under two weeks away! Read on below for details and latest updates from us.
~ First of all, as we've been talking about the past few weeks, Anime Limited is the official sponsor of Scotland Loves Anime this year and this past weekend was a real treat for attendees that included the UK Premiere of Miss Hokusai with Director Keiichi Hara in attendance.
This week Scotland Loves Anime moves to the Edinburgh Filmhouse with a stacked lineup of films. If you haven't got your tickets already you should really think about booking fast! More details HERE.
~ Looking ahead to the end of next week, MCM London Comic Con returns to Excel London and in case you missed it the Anime Guest of Honour for the event has been announced. It's Shigeto Koyama who has been involved in a whole host of anime including being the Art Director of Kill la Kill. Get the details HERE.
~ Speaking of MCM London Comic Con, we're going to have lots of details to share with you about our activity next week with you but in the interim we want to make note of a few tidbits now:
~ For those of you interested in panels over the MCM weekend, there will be an Anime Guest of Honour Panel with Shigeto Koyama on the Saturday of the event. (Time TBA.) In addition to this, there will also be not one but two Anime Limited panels over the weekend. The first on Friday and the second on Sunday. (Times TBA.) And we mentioned last week there will also be a Sunrise panel to talk about the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise on the Sunday of the event, the day after the MCM Loves Anime Event featuring the World Premiere Outside of Japan of Gundam The Origin II. (Time TBA.)
~ Speaking of MCM Loves Anime, yesterday we were able to confirm that Love Live! The School Idol Movie is one of the mystery titles as part of the lineup. All the details on the MCM Loves Anime event (including ticket details) can be found HERE.
~ Have you picked up your copy of our Tokyo Ghoul Limited Edition Blu-ray yet? If not we want to reiterate that this title is now out-of-print. So if you happen to find it at a retailer we strongly urge you pickup your copy because no more are being produced. But if you're not able to get hold of one and are coming to MCM London Comic Con we are happy to confirm we will have limited stock of it available at our booth across the weekend. (While stock lasts obviously.)
~ Staying on Tokyo Ghoul, last week we announced that there will be a Standard Edition Blu-ray of Tokyo Ghoul coming. Today we can confirm that we are planning to make this available by mid-late November. You can see the initial visual of the Standard Edition (right) and we will have more details in the coming weeks on this.
~ You might remember a while ago that we noted the DVD version of Kill la Kill Part 3 was nearly sold out, well today we can confirm that it is officially out-of-print. So whatever stock is in retail of the DVD version is what is left. We are currently discussing with the licensor what may be possible when it comes to trying to bring a DVD of Part 3 back into circulation in some form, but we can't comment any further about that at this time. Obviously as soon as there's any update on this we'll be sure to make it known.
If you're coming to MCM London Comic Con, we will have DVD versions of Part 3 available at our booth across the weekend, again while stock lasts.
~ Staying on the MCM London Comic Con theme, all going well we're hoping to have to some pre-sale stock of select titles from our Q4 lineup. Expect more on this much closer to the event.
~ We also want to make it known that our 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 anime, video games and more and have them available at their booth. If you're interested in finding out more about them we suggest visiting their Facebook page HERE.
~ Also at MCM London Comic Con, we can announce that we've teamed up 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. It won't just be a case of having the manga versions of various anime we distribute either. More details on this next week.
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 1 HERE.
Episode 2 of K: Return Of Kings can be watched HERE
Episode 2 of Comet Lucifer can be watched HERE
The first 11 episodes of Blood Blockade Battlefront are available to watch at Viewster HERE. There will be a simulcast of the final episode coming shortly. Please stay tuned for details as appropriate.
Durarara!! Limited Edition
You'll be happy to hear we've managed to get a lot of UK replacements shipped out this week. At the same time we're in the process of going through applicants requests and will be sending confirmation messages accordingly.
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:
You will receive an email back from Jeremy within 24-48 hours confirming that you replacement request has been logged in. 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.
Scotland Loves Anime – Edinburgh, 12th-18th October
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.
By Jonathan Clements
It’s 24 April 2072 and you’re listening to Radio Free Mars, a pirate radio station broadcasting in ten languages to independent operatives all over the red planet. Our mad European-accented DJ Mr Martian is at the ready with traffic reports, complaints about the chair-warmers at city hall, some old-time tunes and handy public announcements. He’ll keep going until the police arrive – which is, in case you’re wondering, just under 45 minutes – and that makes just enough time for a bit of chat and eight tracks of golden oldies by the 21st century band Seatbelts.
Seatbelts, of course, is the jazz band put together by composer Yoko Kanno to produce songs for Cowboy Bebop, and this slice of late 21st century life is part concept album, part radio drama – a true obscurity for the Cowboy Bebop completist. Mr Martian’s script was penned by Bebop director Shinichiro Watanabe and scenarist Dai Sato, who also works with the London-based localisation troubleshooters Frognation. And that ought to explain a lot, because Frognation seem to have called in favours all over the UK club scene to get remixes of Bebop tracks from the likes of Fila Brazillia, Ian O’Brien, and Mr Scruff.
Through the middle of it all, Mr Martian witters on, building an enchantingly well-realised picture of life on Mars during the events of the Cowboy Bebop series, taking time out for gags at the expense of the movie business (“Man, I wish they’d unfreeze Lucas”) and Mars’ rising crime rate. He takes several potshots at corporate life – not only the Frognation crew but also director Watanabe are freelancers, and make a point of dedicating ‘Forever Broke’ to themselves. Radio Free Mars also pokes loving fun at original composer Yoko Kanno, describing her as “a former pro wrestler and a stellar babe.” Continue Reading
MCM Loves Anime is only a few weeks away and today we are happy to be able to reveal one of the other three mystery films in the lineup! Joining the lineup at The Crystal along side the UK Theatrical Premiere of Gundam The Origin I and the World Premiere of Gundam The Origin II will be the hotly anticipated Love Live: The School Idol Movie!
Tickets for MCM Loves Anime were launched last week and can be purchased HERE. (NOTE: Early-bird pricing in effect until 1:30pm tomorrow, Tuesday 13th October) Please click on the link above for full details on the event.
Please find your updated lineup below:
13:00, Mystery Film #1
15:00, UK Theatrical Premiere of Gundam The Origin I: Blue-Eyed Casval + World Premiere Outside of Japan of Gundam The Origin II: Artesia's Sorrow
17:15, Mystery FIlm #2 - CONFIRMED AS Love Live: The School Idol Movie
19:15, Mystery Film #3
Check out the trailer for the film, courtesy of our friends at Madman Entertainment in Australia.
If you're a fan of Kill la Kill and are coming to MCM London Comic Con, you're going to want to pay attention to this news! As revealed last week, the Art Director of Kill la Kill, Shigeto Koyama, is the Anime Guest Of Honour at MCM London Comic Con later this month at Excel London!
Koiyama-san's credits, along with being the art director for Studio Trigger's Kill la Kill, also include the recent Disney film, Big Hero 6, the rebuild of Evangelion movies, Gurren Lagann and Eureka Seven. In addition to those, Koyama-san was also involved in Heroman (pictured left), Space Dandy, Ghost In The Shell SAC: Solid State Society, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, Mitchiko & Hatchin and was even mecha and weapon designer on the Suda51 video game, No More Heroes.
Tickets for MCM London Comic Con are available now HERE.