By Andrew Osmond
Gundam is the greatest anime franchise, 36 years of warriors duelling in giant metal suits of armour, finding death or glory across several different histories and universes. Gundam: The Origin rewinds to the first Gundam in 1979, which envisaged a space war without aliens, fought between Earthlings and off-world humans, where both sides have heroes and monsters in their ranks. The Origin starts with a spectacular 21st century re-envisioning of that conflict, as a huge spaceship armada is attacked by a few robot-suited fighters, led by a mad genius in a blood-red mecha…
… And then we rewind further still, a decade earlier, for the backstory of that genius. We meet him as a child aged eleven, growing up on an artificial space habitat (“Side 3”). His name at this point is Casval, the son of a firebrand, wild-eyed politician who dies at a podium minutes into the story, plainly murdered. From this point, Casval, his mother and little sister find themselves in the middle of a violent power-struggle between rival families. “The political situation is about to turn into a bloodbath!” snaps a clan tyrant, before he’s obliterated Godfather-style by a car bomb. Yet even with such dangers, young Casval isn’t prepared to be a meek follower of the grown-ups. In him beats the heart of an avenger, an Alexander, and the people who underestimate him will regret it… Continue Reading
It's time for the latest edition of the Anime Limited Newswire!
~ In case you missed the news over the weekend, Our Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD of Wings of Honneamise has been brought forward to Monday 20th April! That means we're 6 days away from it's release! You can order both the Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD and Standard Edition DVD from Amazon UK HERE and through our web shop HERE.
~ Speaking of the Collector's Edition version of Wings of Honneamise, we posted an unboxing preview earlier. You can see this HERE.
~ Our latest Podcast is available for you to listen to now! In this podcast we reveal some new details relating to our upcoming releases of Kill la Kill Part 3 and Space Dandy Season 2. Plus we answer a variety of questions from the community, give you some background info about our simulcasts of Seraph Of The End, The Heroic Legend Of Arslan and Plastic Memories. You can get all the details on this episode of the podcast HERE.
~ Speaking of Simulcasts, the second episode of The Heroic Legend Of Arslan, Seraph Of The End and Plastic Memories are available to watch for free right now!
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It's been a while but it's time for the latest edition of the Anime Limited Podcast! On this episode join Jeremy Graves, Kat Hall, Kerry Kassim and Andrew Partridge as they discuss many things pertaining to Anime Limited including our simulcasts of Seraph Of The End, The Heroic Legend Of Arslan and Plastic Memories, the upcoming releases of Kill la Kill Part 3 and Space Dandy Season 2 (including brand new details each to reveal to you) and questions from the community tackling such topics as possible future Kickstarter projects expensive titles that have been licensed. A fun show as always! Check it out and spread the word~! Continue Reading
This coming Monday (20th April) sees the release of our Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combi of the classic film, Wings of Honneamise. We've very excited to share with our photo unboxing of what you can expect when you open your copy of it!
The film itself has been getting some great reviews. You can read Otaku News' review HERE who describe it a "simply amazing." MyReviewer say it "is far too good a film to miss" in their review HERE. And we've also had word that MyM Magazine really enjoyed the Blu-ray release too! It promises to be a release that fans of classic anime will want to add to their collection.
Last week we posted a comparison of the original footage vs. our HD remaster of this film, and you can see this HERE.
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By Andrew Osmond
To shed light on Plastic Memories, it’s worth remembering a comment by Yasuhiro Yoshiura, who directed the android anime Time of Eve (and the gravity-defying Patema Inverted). “In the UK and US, robots are robots and they are completely different from human beings. There’s also a kind of Frankenstein complex where they are a kind of monster, standing against human beings. In Japan, robots are treated like humans; in some cases, the robots want to be human.”
Yoshiura’s comments are generalised – there are plenty of robots who want to be human in British and American SF – but they’re supported by Plastic Memories. Although the show often has a light tone, its subject is anything but light; the Japanese publicity bills it as “a story of meetings and partings.” It imagines a world where robots live with people, even as members of human families, but with very limited life-spans; they ‘die’ after nine years. The show imagines a team of professionals whose job is to supervise the androids’ passing, and collect their bodies for disposal.
The main characters are a human youth, Tsukasa, who’s just joining the Terminal Service Department, and his co-worker Isla, a petite girl android with whom Tsukasa is smitten at once. The white-haired Isla looks like Angel in Angel Beats, although she loses her composure more often; we learn androids have similar needs to humans, including toilet breaks! Continue Reading