by Chris Perkins.
Not so long ago the dream of the average British anime fan was a 24-hour TV channel dedicated to nothing but Japanese animation. Today, thanks to the streaming revolution, we have something even better. Fans from the four-episode DVD single era (or the three episodes – if you were lucky – VHS era) would have never dared to dream that the majority of currently airing TV anime would be freely available in English within hours of broadcast – and legally to boot. Streaming anime is available from so many sources that it can be all too easy to get confused or stumble upon a less-than-legit site. A standard Google search for a big series like Naruto will throw up a confusing array of options, including numerous pirated stream sites. But fear not, because we’re here today to fill you in on all the legal anime streaming or digital options currently available to UK fans. It will allow you to support the shows and creators you love, often without spending a penny. Continue Reading
By Chris Perkins
Arriving just months after the first season wrapped up, Space Dandy season 2 landed in July 2014. Thanks to a deal with the US broadcaster Toonami, fans in the west got to see it even before fans in Japan. Although fans have begun to take simulcasts for granted in today's anime scene, Dandy broke new ground. It even arrived complete with a quality English language dub courtesy of US Licensor FUNimation, produced alongside the Japanese version. All this gives off the overall impression that the series is, in many ways, Shinichiro Watanabe's thank-you gift for all the love showered on his earlier Cowboy Bebop by western fans.
The true joy of Space Dandy however, remains in its astonishing variety. Both visually and in terms of storytelling, almost every episode is distinct. Although loosely hung over an 'alien of the week' premise, the series is essentially an excuse for the writers, directors and design team to let their imaginations run wild. Watanabe has again assembled an enviable ensemble of talent and let them loose in Dandy's colourful universe. Continue Reading
It's the time for your latest edition of the Newswire! Read on below for the latest update on all things Anime Limited.
~ First of all, a quick reminder that our next releases are Kill la Kill Part 3 and Tiger & Bunny: The Rising, both on 29th June. Just one week away for both!
~ For all the details of our Kill la Kill Part 3 release, you can view our unboxing post HERE.
~ We're hoping to be able to share an unboxing of Tiger & Bunny: The Rising with you this week! Stay tuned for that.
~ Looking forward to our release of Sword Art Online II: Part 1? Check the trailer for our release below.
~ For all of you Tokyo Ghoul fans out there, last we we shared a big update on our social media channels! Our French Anime Limited team shared pictures of their upcoming release of Tokyo Ghoul. Why is this significant you're wondering? It's because we will be following the same template for our release in September! (But obviously with some minor changes such as text and contents being in English.) Check out the images below (click them to enlarge) for a preview of what you can expect with our Blu-ray Collector's Edition release. You can pre-order your copy today at Amazon UK HERE and through our web shop HERE.
~ In case you missed it, check out our exclusive trailer for 009 Re:Cyborg!
~ A quick reminder that the deal of the month at Space Dandy Season 1 Collector’s Edition Blu-ray for only £24.99! With the release of Season 2 drawing closer it’s the perfect time to get your Dandy on! More details HERE.
You can watch the latest episodes of Seraph Of The End, Plastic Memories and The Heroic Legend Of Arslan right now at the links below. Please note that this week was the last episode of Plastic Memories. So if you haven't checked it out before you can now watch the entire series!
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 Tuesday 30th June, 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
NOM Con, 31st July-2nd August
KITACON, 31st July-2nd August
MCM Ireland Comic Con (Dublin), 29th-30th 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 every Newswire accordingly.)
April – June 2015
OUT NOW: Wings Of Honneamise (DVD, Collector’s Edition DVD+Blu-ray combi)
OUT NOW: Durarara!! Complete Series [Standard Edition] (Blu-ray, DVD)
29th June: Kill la Kill Part 3 [Collector’s Edition] (DVD, Blu-ray)
29th June: Tiger & Bunny – The Rising (Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD)
July onwards [COMING SOON*]
27th July: 009 Re:Cyborg Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray/DVD combi)
27th July: 009 Re:Cyborg Standard Edition (DVD)
3rd August: Space Dandy Season 2 [Collector’s Edition] (DVD, Blu-ray)
3rd August: Space Dandy Season 2 [Standard Edition] (Blu-ray only)
3rd August: Space Dandy Complete Season 1 & 2 Set (DVD only)
17th August (TBC): Sword Art Online II: Part 1 (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray/DVD combi, DVD)
September (TBC): Fate/kaleid liner Prisima Illya (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, DVD)
28th September (TBC): Psychic School Wars (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray/DVD combi, DVD)
28th September (TBC): Tokyo Ghoul Season 1 (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, DVD)
TBC: Nerima Daikon Brothers (DVD only)
TBC: Baccano Complete Series [Collector’s Edition] (Blu-ray only)
TBC: Makoto Shinkai The Place Promised In Our Early Days / Voices Of A Distant Star Twin Pack (DVD, Blu-ray)
TBC: Fusé: Memoirs Of A Huntress
TBC: Durarara!! x2
*Tentative date – not final.
By Andrew Osmond
Should space be serious? It’s a question which worries Hollywood, because space operas become preposterous very easily; maybe it’s best to play them for laughs to be safe. Last year’s hit Guardians of the Galaxy was full of distanced, mixtape-scored knowingness. But any film with a talking racoon as a main character instantly disarms accusations of silliness. More recently, Jupiter Ascending was a dismal flop, with critics arguing the only way to enjoy it was as a camp comedy.
One interesting thing about Outlaw Star is that it blithely goes both ways, sometimes playing for straight space adventure, sometimes for ludicrous farce. Its hero is Gene Starwind, which sounds like the set-up for a joke, but Gene turns out to be a dimensional hero, with phobias and demons which he covers with bravado and a well-notched bedpost. Unlike the hero of the recent Space Dandy, Gene doesn’t need to frequent a joint called ‘Boobies’ to find pretty women!
As Neo magazine noted, Gene is a stereotypically cocky hero “…with abandonment issues and a fear of space flight. Let’s say that again; a space hero with a fear of space fight.” Even Gene’s main sidekick is interesting; a no-nonsense little boy, effectively a little brother who keeps Gene grounded. Rather than the anodyne space kids in Star Trek and the like, the character feels like a forerunner for Al in Fullmetal Alchemist a few years later. Continue Reading
.By Tom Smith.
The first series of Durarara!! was a journey through the madness of Ikebukuro’s backs streets. The bands fuelling its soundtrack were just as crazy and outlandish, and the second series is no different, not least because of chiptune-abusing electro-metallers THREE LIGHTS DOWN KINGS.
Thankfully, the relatively new band is also go by the much shorter “San-Eru” in Japan, meaning “3L” in English, so I’ll refer to them as that from here on out. The group joins Brit-rock inspired rockers OKAMOTO’S, who are London-bound for their first UK gig courtesy of JAPAN NIGHT on 10th July. Whilst OKAMOTO’S take care of the ace opening theme “HEADHUNT”, 3L take up responsibility for the bouncy ending song “NEVER SAY NEVER”. Continue Reading