By Andrew Osmond
The new anime version of Heroic Legend of Arslan is underway. Our recent preview of the show went through the basics; how it’s a serious fantasy about human not magic conflicts, based on a manga by Hiromu Arakawa (Fullmetal Alchemist), which in turn comes from novels by Yoshiki Tanaka (Legend of the Galactic Heroes). Tanaka’s books date from 1986, yet Arslan has things in common with a more recent fantasy phenomenon. Yes, we mean Game of Thrones, about to start its fifth season.
One obvious common ground between the shows is that both Arslan and Thrones play down the magic and monsters. There certainly aren’t any in Arslan’s first episode, barring one licky giraffe. Both fantasies are also rooted in real history. Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin was heavily inspired by England’s Wars of the Roses in the fifteenth century, which have become newsworthy in recent weeks. Many fans argue which Thrones characters map onto which historic figures, though it’s easy to see where the warring families of Starks (Yorks) and Lannisters (Lancasters) come from. There’s a good write-up of the topic here. Continue Reading
A day late but not a dollar short, it's time for the latest Anime Limited Newswire~! We hope you had a great Easter weekend. Here's the latest update on all things Anime Limited for you.
~ Our new release this week is the DVD version of Wings Of Honneamise. (The Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combi version is being released on 27th April.) You can order both versions from Amazon UK HERE and through our web shop HERE.
~ Speaking of Wings of Honneamise we posted a comparison of older footage of the film compared to this HD Remaster we're bringing to the UK. You can find this comparison HERE.
~ As announced late last week we have partnered with Viewster to simulcast Seraph Of The End and The Heroic Legend Of Arslan. You can watch the first episodes of both of these series for free today at Viewster.com
In case you missed it you can read the announcement of our partnership with Viewster HERE.
~ Speaking of simulcasts, Plastic Memories is a title that will also be available on Viewster soon. (Keep an eye here on our website and social media channels for when it's available.) We can also confirm that Crunchyroll will also be simulcasting the series to the UK & Ireland soon. (Again, we'll post more on this as it becomes available.)
~ If you're a Kill la Kill fan you're going to want to check out what will be coming with the first print run of our Part 3 Collector's Edition Blu-ray and DVD release as there will be a UK Exclusive Collector's Box to hold Part 1-3 included! You can get all the details (including availability of the Collector's Box itself) HERE. You can pre-order Kill la Kill Box 3 today from Amazon UK HERE and at our web shop HERE. Continue Reading
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Adapted from Hiromu Arakawa's (creator of Fullmetal Alchemist) manga, this is the epic story of a man destined to rule a kingdom ... but first he must reclaim it. Arslan is the young prince of Pars who, at age 14, loses everything as his beloved homeland goes up in flames. Escaping the destruction, Prince Arslan gathers a group of five extraordinary people—a warrior, a priestess, a trickster, an artist and his attendant, to help him fight against the Lusitanian invaders—300,000 strong—lead by the mysterious Lord Silver Mask ... who has also laid claim to the throne. Let's hear it for freedom fighters!
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After a deadly virus ravages Earth, killing every human over the age of 13, society collapses. Soon, vampires emerge from hiding, enslaving mankind in a vast underground prison-city. Enter Hyakuya Yuuichiro—your typical hot blooded rule-breaking teen. Yuichiro has enlisted in the “The Moon Demon Company”, a Vampire Extermination Unit of the Japanese Imperial Demon Army. His friend Mikaela uses his connection with powerful vampire Lord Ferid to pass information to Yuichiro that will help him discover that there is still life in the human world. Filled with action, conflict and fight scenes, this is a bloody good time, indeed!
By Andrew Osmond
The Wings of Honneamise, Studio Gainax’s debut film, opened in Japanese cinemas in March 1987, just over a year before Akira. While the films are very different, they share common ground; they’re both anti-establishment SF movies which could be made in lavish style, thanks to Japan’s national prosperity in the 1980s. Those were the country’s bubble years, and Honneamise and Akira splurged on bubble money to break with Japanese animation practices. They didn’t deliver franchise tie-ins or family entertainment. Instead they served up intense visions of society and humanity, sold not by merchandise but incredible screen spectacle.
Honneamise tells the story of a young man, Shiro (short for ‘Shirotsugh,’ though his nickname is handily Japanese). He lives on a world whose culture and technology differ from ours in intricate ways, in the smallest details of costumes, tableware, street lights. Shiro’s world hasn’t conquered space; its “Royal Space Force” is regarded as a pitiful place for geeks and freaks. Yet Shiro finds himself volunteering to be the world’s first astronaut, for the most adolescent of reasons – an urge to impress a beautiful woman.
The film can be read as a grandiose statement on human nature, and on humanity’s drive to rise, to fly. It can be also be seen as a self-portrait of its creators, of fanboys who were suddenly given the resources to create their own masterwork. The team who’d make Honneamise and found Gainax came together in the early 1980s. They made stunningly elaborate fan animations for the Daicon convention in Osaka, where a bunny-suited girl fights mecha, Aliens and Darth Vader.
Another important training ground was Macross in 1982 (reworked into the first arc of Robotech). Hiroyuki Yamaga, Honneamise’s future director, designed the storyboards for Macross’s title sequence, in which a jet takes off from a carrier. The image is seemingly referenced in the pre-titles prologue of Honneamise. Hideaki Anno – yes, that Anno, future creator of Evangelion – was a Macross animator, specialising in mecha and explosions. He especially loved exploding objects, tracing the paths and patterns of debris through the air. Continue Reading