By Ellis Tinios.
Hokusai (1760-1849) is the best-known Japanese artist on the world stage and enjoys equal renown in his homeland. The appetite for his art appears to be insatiable — ‘Hokusai’ exhibitions invariably draw huge crowds. His print image ‘The Great Wave’ is firmly established as a global icon. The Hokusai manga (Hokusai's sketchbooks) are widely if erroneously cited as precursors of modern-day Japanese comics.
His working life spanned 75 years. His output as painter, print designer and book illustrator was prodigious. His creativity and productivity remained undiminished through the closing decades of his long working life: his very greatest achievements were produced in the last 25 years of his career, following on from his 65 birthday.
Hokusai’s primary occupation was that of painter. His paintings were brushed onto paper or silk and range from the briefest sketches on a scrap of paper to elaborate pairs of standing six-panel room screens. They encompass a wide range of subjects. Most characteristic are his depictions of beautiful women and of legendary figures from China and Japan. His animal paintings are also often startling in pose and composition. His finest landscapes are sublime. His paintings were highly regarded in his lifetime and remain so today but they were expensive products aimed at a more restricted audience of wealthy connoisseurs unlike his printed works on paper, which were created to delight a mass market. Continue Reading
By Paul Browne
The series explores the lives of a group of friends on the streets of Ikebukuro, in particular Mikado Ryūgamine and Masaomi Kida, friends since childhood reunited when Mikado transfers to school in Ikebukuro.
Masaomi warns Mikado about some of the people he doesn’t want to cross in the city, including a street gang known as The Dollars. Meanwhile, Mikado witnesses his own bizarre side of the city in the form of a mysterious motorcyclist clad in black, rumoured to actually be headless beneath her helmet…
Based on a series of light novels by Ryohgo Narita and Suzuhito Yasuda, the adaptation of Durarara!! was produced by anime studio Brain's Base, known for titles such as Princess Jellyfish, Penguindrum and Baccano! The series also proved popular enough to spawn its own manga series and video game spinoffs.
The involvement of Theatre Brook, meanwhile, seemed to be an unusual choice. Originally formed back in 1986 as a trio, currently, the outfit consists of founder-member Taiji Sato (vocals & electric guitar), Takashi Nakajo (bass), Takashi Numazawa (drums), and Emerson Kitamura (keyboards). Continue Reading
Today Anime Limited's Andrew Partridge and Jeremy Graves ventured to Northern Ireland and specifically to the MCM Belfast Comic Con event. One of the main points on the agenda for the day was the Anime Limited Panel and stemming from said panel there is some news we can share with you!
~ First of all we are happy to announce that Anime Limited will be bringing the series Plastic Memories to the UK on both Blu-ray and DVD formats in 2016. (Yes we're already looking ahead to next year.) We can't share any other details than that at this time but once we can we'll be sure to do so.
~ We can also confirm some details in relation to our upcoming release of 009 Re:Cyborg. Tentatively scheduled for release in July (exact date is still TBC at this time) it will be available as a Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD combi package and as a Standard Edition DVD. Each version will include the film with an English dub and the original Japanese audio with English subtitles. Continue Reading
It's the end of the month so it's a perfect time to bring you the latest edition of the Anime Limited Podcast! Join Jeremy Graves, Kerry Kasim and Andrew Partridge for another dose of Anime Limited related news but also discussion on variety of other topics including (but limited to) MCM Comic Con plans, the Benny Hill theme in video games (yes you did read that correctly), Kerry inventing a new anime genre and more! A fun show as always. Continue Reading