By Paul Browne.
It’s a tough life when all you want to do is pootle away on your anime blog – but then real life comes knocking on your door. Welcome to the world of Junichiro Kagami, a gifted genius who once had papers published in academic journals aged just 17, but has since become absorbed by anime, manga and games. He’s your typical NEET (not in education, employment or training) and is determined to stay that way – except his sister has other ideas.
Angry at Junichiro’s shut-in tendencies, Suzune Kagami arranges a job for him as a substitute teacher at Icho Academy. Suzune is incensed by her brother’s initial reluctance to take the post. In his defence, Kagami explains that he suffers from “YD” – a condition in which he cannot do anything that he doesn’t actually yearn to do. But the benefits of employment finally win him over (assisted by Suzune waving a baseball bat in striking distance of his prized anime figurines). Continue Reading
By Meghan Ellis.
From the very first trailer, Gangsta has promised heavy themes, heavy violence and heavy music, and it’s a show that delivers on those promises with relish. In a welcome challenge to Summer 2015’s saccharine sweet anime line-up, Gangsta delivers everything you could want from a show with a criminal slant: two “handymen” who take on all the jobs that the Mob… and the police… can’t handle themselves.
Directed by Shukou Murase of Ergo Proxy and Samurai Champloo fame, it shows a careful concern with style and substance, juxtaposing musical aesthetic with time period and setting. There’s also deliberate cultivation of an underground feel: even the theme song (performed by STEREO DIVE FOUNDATION) is called “Renegade”, and features distinctly 18-rated graphics. But what’s really made the show stand out so far are the characters. From our first encounter with prostitute Alex, to Nic’s cleverly-revealed deafness, these aren’t your typical lowlives. Add Worick, a one-eyed blonde man with an unusual day job, and you have the show’s handymen – bodies for hire who are just as likely to work for the city’s mafia as the local authorities. Even the traditional shady doctor and aging detective, so common in criminal shows, are made likeable at the same time they’re made morally suspect. Continue Reading
After a busy weekend at MCM Manchester Comic Con our weekly Newswire is back with the big 30th edition! Read on below for all our latest news and follow up information to what was announced over the weekend.
~ First of all we want to give a big thank you to everyone who came to visit our booth and/or attended our panel at MCM Manchester Comic Con last weekend. It was great event and it was wonderful speaking to so many passionate anime fans!
The next events we'll be attending will actually be this coming weekend as Team Anime Limited is splitting in two, so to speak, as we'll be at both Nom Con in Ireland and Kitacon in Birmingham. (More details on what you can expect from us at each event in the Upcoming Events section.)
~ In case you missed what we announced over the weekend, here's a summary for you. (click on the links below to read more.)
The response to our announcements has been wonderful to see and with that in mind we wanted to follow up with a some new details stemming from questions asked following the announcements. Continue Reading
By Andy Hanley.
Although the creation of Miku Hatsune has spawned a wealth of merchandise, figurines and video games, it’s easy to forget that her existence came about simply as one of a number of characters designed to promote Yamaha Corporation and Crypton Future Media’s Vocaloid software. Beyond the marketability of its well-known mascots, Vocaloid has created something of a bedroom revolution in the Japanese music industry, offering a powerful and easy-to-use way of adding vocals to your musical creations without having to worry about expensive recording studios or, perhaps more importantly, actually finding a talented vocalist capable of doing your renditions justice.
Since the popularity of Vocaloid (and of course Ms. Hatsune in particular) exploded in 2007, we’ve seen notable musical acts come to prominence, and the opening of an avenue of creativity that has been celebrated across the spectrum of anime, manga and beyond. Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of this growth of budding individuals using Vocaloid as a creative tool has come in recent years, as notable works move beyond mere albums or places in the Project Diva series of video games and actually gain light novel and anime adaptations in their own right.
It’s a small-scale resurrection of music as a story-telling device – a welcome return to the halcyon days of “rock opera” like Tommy and Quadrophenia with great music while that also weaves a compelling narrative into their tunes. Continue Reading
We conclude our slew of announcements from the MCM Manchester Comic Con weekend (in case you missed them you can find our previous announcements HERE and HERE.) with a brand new license announcement! We're happy to reveal that we (Anime Limited) have licensed the series Blood Blockade Battlefront (aka Kekkai Sensen) for the United Kingdom.
Another trippy series from Studio BONES ... this time about a giant, impenetrable bubble over New York City where normal people co-exist with paranormal creatures from other dimensions. Known as Jerusalem's Lot, the bubble is a thriving metropolis full of mystery, monsters, and mayhem. But now, the bubble is facing a threat that could unleash chaos across all dimensions. Enter Leo, a man with a supernatural gift, who runs the Libra Organization, comprised of a gang of super-humans—each with their own unique powers. It will be up to Leo and his ragtag group to save Jerusalem's Lot!
We are happy to confirm we have partnered with Viewster.com to simulcast the series to the United Kingdom & Ireland and the episodes that have aired to date are available to watch right now HERE. In addition to this there will be a home video release from us in the future (TBC 2016.)
"I've mentioned in passing a few times before in various circles but I'm a very big fan of Blood Blockade Battlefront and I'm delighted we've been able to add it to our catalogue" says Andrew Partridge, President of Anime Limited. "The blend of action and comedy combined with the soundtrack have made it one of my favourite shows in recent memory. I strongly encourage any anime fan to give it a try."
So what are you waiting for? Head on over to Viewster.com and check out Blood Blockade Battlefront today!
We want to extend a big thank you to everyone who has come by our booth and attended out panel at MCM Manchester Comic Con this weekend. You can expect some follow up to news from the weekend in the coming days in our next Newswire, so please stay tuned.