By Meghan Ellis.
One man eats Japan. That’s the basic premise of Michael Booth’s book (and, now, anime series) Sushi & Beyond. In fact, it’s called British Family Eats Japan in translation; as far as travel/cookery literature goes, there are few better places to visit if you’re a veteran foodie with a knack for writing. Booth’s three-month, sprawling adventure through the country’s major food hubs is a revelatory experience for both himself and readers, and the resulting series of vignettes is well worth the ride. Continue Reading
Following on from our news on Tuesday, we have another exciting announcement to share with you. We have licensed the series Castle Town Dandelion (also known as Jōkamachi no Dandelion) for the United Kingdom.
The Sakurada family lives normally in the middle of town, but they actually are royalty that rules over the kingdom. Furthermore, they all have special powers!Of the three boys and six girls born into such a family, the next ruler of the kingdom was to be elected by a national election. As a means to decide, multiple cameras were set up all over town, trying to televise their every move, the siblings do their best to dodge the cameras, look enthusiastic about the election, or just generally helping each other out.
Somehow, the family is still friendly to each other... but who will win out in the election!?
The slapstick comedy created by the Sakurada family begins!
"There aren't many anime where princesses with superpowers every move are being watched by citizens who will ultimately decide which one will be a monarch, so this was definitely a title that caught my eye" says Andrew Partridge, President of Anime Limited. "Another element of the show (from a behind-the-scenes perspective) that should get people excited is the fact that Noriaki Akitaya (director of the Bakuman series) is at the helm."
We are also happy to confirm that we have partnered with Viewster.com to simulcast the series to the UK and Ireland. (Start date to be announced.) It will also be released on home video for the UK (TBC 2016).
For those wanting to a preview of the series, you can watch a Japanese promotional video below.
We'll be sure to keep you posted with more updates about this as they become available.
By Andrew Osmond.
Ikebukuro, the Tokyo district that’s the setting for Durarara!!, will strike bemused Brit tourists as a cross between London’s West End and a funfair, a cornucopia of neon lights, bars, restaurants, department stores, amusement arcades, cinemas, karaoke chains, manga joints and stone owls. But it will not strike most tourists as an obvious home for headless bike riders, serial killers, teenage gangs and Hulk-sized brawls, as Durarara!! shows it to be. The most daunting thing for most visitors is the challenge of finding the way out of Ikebukuro station where Mikado, the boy from the boonies, arrives in Durarara!!’s first episode. It’s a monster of a station, as this amateur video shows, one of the busiest in the world.
So why turn Ikebukuro into a place of dark thrills and adventure? It’s not wholly baseless; Ikebukuro is the real-world home of a yakuza syndicate, called the Kyokuto-kai. Violence, while very rare, can happen. This writer has visited Ikebukuro umpteen times and always felt completely safe… but this newspaper writer wasn’t so lucky. Tokyo citizens with long memories recall a terrible double murder in 1999, though it wasn’t yakuza-related; it happened in broad daylight in front of Ikebukuro’s Tokyu Hands department store and the oversized underground entrance to the Sunshine City mall. A landmark, the same location is used as a backdrop in Durarara!! – for example in the first series, when a pivotal showdown is resolved by the spectacular use of mobile phones.
Before Durarara!!, Ikebukuro’s dangerous reputation was puffed up by a Japanese book series, Ikebukuro West Gate Park (aka IGWP) by Ira Ishida, in which a group of youths get involved in crime and murder. The books were adapted as a live-action TV serial in 2000, a year after the Tokyu Hands killing. The director was Yukihiko Tsutsumi, who later directed the live-action film versions of 20th Century Boys. Continue Reading
We have made it to July. So what better way to kick off the month than your latest edition of the Newswire! Read on below for the latest updates on all things Anime Limited.
~ First of all this week we have two new titles available! Kill la Kill Part 3 and Tiger & Bunny: The Rising are both available to add to your collection today!
~ In case you missed it yesterday, we have licensed the series Aoharu x Kikanju. And we're happy to confirm that it will be simulcast at Viewster.com. The start for the simulcast case is to be announced, but once we have more information we'll be sure to let you know.
~ For those of you looking for a good bargain our web shop Deal Of The Month for July has launched. It's Tiger & Bunny The Movie: The Beginning Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD for only £8.99. (Very timely as Tiger & Bunny: The Rising is now available.) You can order your copy from our web shop HERE.
The story sees Hotaru Tachibana, a girl disguised as a boy, finding herself drawn into the world of survival games (think of them as team battle simulations like paintballing) through strange circumstances by a host, Masamune Matsuoka. The two form a team with Tohru Yukimura, an ero-manga artist and they aim be the best team in Japan.
"The premise of the show is very interesting. I think of it like airsoft meets Ouran Highschool Host Club, one my favourite anime." says Andrew Partridge, President of Anime Limited.“This show also represents our continued support for new directors as Hideaki Nakano makes his full series directorial debut and we can’t wait to see what he does now!"
We're also happy to confirm that there will be an official UK simulcast for the series commencing in July. We have partnered up with Viewster.com to allow UK & Ireland residents to watch the show each week. (Start date to be announced.)
For those wanting a preview of the series, you can watch a Japanese promotional video below.
We will have more details on the simulcast of this series for you soon.