Yep! I'm personally shocked too - we're pleased to announce on the 1 year anniversary of Kill la Kill's broadcast that we will be releasing Kill la Kill Part 1 three weeks earlier now! So expect it out on November 17th (a day after Auchinawa in Glasgow ends) - retailers will advise of the change soon too.
Thanks Aniplex of America for letting us move the date slightly - and for the better too!
That's right - Anime Limited's own Kat has cut a new English language trailer as we felt having listened to Eps 1-9 that the quality really was good and that may not have come across in the initial trailer released quite as well given it was a repeat of the original Japanese trailer. So sit back and enjoy:
Amazon (£36.00): http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kill-Part-Collectors-DVD/dp/B00MAKQXD6
AlltheAnime's store (coming soon!)
Who knows too - if folks are lucky we may even have some advanced copies at MCM Expo...
El Presidente, Anime Ltd
Check out Episode 1 below in SD free of charge!
If you want to see it in HD or see Episode 2 now then you can buy it today at www.vimeo.com/ondemand/gundam too! Enjoy!
Yes - it's true - we've licensed the new Gundam show and are about to start the simulcast of it! A few things are different about this quarter's plan so I figured I'd hop on and explain what's going on this season...
The Universal Century, an era of historic migration into space and space wars has ended, and some time has passed.
It's now Regild Century Year 1014 (R.C. 1014) where the creation of humanoid mobile suits of war is now taboo and Earth is connected to space via the sacred orbital elevator, Capital Tower, which humanity uses to bring energy in the form of Photon Batteries to the surface.
Bellri Zenam is a cadet in the Capital Guard, the protectors of the tower. During a training exercise pirates attack the tower and Bellri crosses paths with the G-Self, a mobile suit with unknown technology. Bellri is successful in capturing the suit and it's pilot, Aiida Reihanton, and soon discovers the G-Self, which should only be operable under certain conditions, will now move under his own hand. Now Bellri must pilot the G-Self to uncover the mysteries behind the space pirates, the G-Self and his own destiny. These truths will shke the entire Regild Century to it's core and this is just the beginning of Reconguista.
We'll update this as other platforms go live. For us it will be 2 hours after Japanese broadcast - which this week is episodes 1 & 2. So expect to watch them to be available at 9PM tonight and 8PM every Thursday after!
We'll confirm if there are any delays too :).
Right now we'll be putting the whole thing up week by week on a number of platforms first off - starting with our own website tonight and we'll announce others in the next few days.
As a side note, all simulcasts arranged via Anime Limited will be restricted to the UK and Republic of Ireland of course too!
Powered by Vimeo on Demand (were you can also view it at www.vimeo.com/ondemand/gundam), you'll be able to watch the first episode there free of charge both on our site and on Vimeo on Demand at the link above. From there you can either buy or rent episodes weekly or all in one go. Prices work out at:
Buy per episode: $2.40 (£1.49 GBP)
Buy whole series: $48.00 (£29.78 GBP aka £1.20 / EP)
Rent per episode: $1.28 (£0.79 GBP)
We've also got 25 x 10% off buying the whole series now using the following code: ALLTHEGUNDAM
Don't worry - other platforms will be doing streaming as per normal and we'll talk about that more shortly :).
This is a quirk of Vimeo, we're not entirely cool with it but we'll make do with it and hopefully folks will stick with us during it!
Wakanim are pretty considerate and caring folk - they've taken the feedback they got seriously. While they're not going away anytime soon, they do want to make some changes and upgrades to the site. To this end they're taking a break from new simulcasts while they take on board what everyone has said.
We're running content on Vimeo on Demand and other platforms in the meantime so you don't get left out though! Should you like what we're doing we'll of course keep doing it too powered by Vimeo going forwards.
Looking forward to seeing what they come up with but for now all previously simulcasted shows should remain available on Wakanim.co.uk!
Yes. No. Maybe. Can you repeat the question?
I think you can guess the answer there though, so watch this space for more details ;)!
No doubt we'll have follow up questions so we'll try to cover them in subsequent articles about this season - until then, roll on the new Gundam series! It's been years since I got involved with a Gundam series (last one being Gundam 00 at Beez Entertainment) so both I and the rest of the team here are pretty psyched for this one :D.
El Presidente, Anime Ltd
We have a treat for folks today - Bandai just signed off on our designs for Space Dandy along with approval for a little something else we didn't want to talk about until it was confirmed.
What episodes does it have?
– Complete season 1, Episodes 1-13
Extras on the discs?
– Clean opening sequence
– Clean closing sequence
– Digital artwork gallery
Audio on disc:
– English dub – 2.0 track
– Japanese audio – 2.0 track
– French audio – 2.0 track
– English subtitles
– French subtitles
Collector's Edition Blu-Ray: £59.99 -> Amazon (£50.50) | Zavvi (£49.99) | AlltheAnime (£49.99)
Collector's Edition DVD: £49.99 -> Amazon (£36.00) | Zavvi (£33.95) | AlltheAnime (£33.95)
Standard Edition Blu-Ray: £39.99 -> Advanced stock @ MCM October, pre-order links for January to folllow.
WHAT DOES THE COLLECTOR'S EDITION HAVE THAT THE REGULAR DOESN'T?
- Collector's packaging (think Cowboy Bebop sized box)
- 200 page art booklet with a broad set of design works from the show. We'll post some previews soon!
As we've always stated - we do understand that not everyone wants a Collector's Edition set and usually what we do is release one as soon as we can (which is usually about 17-18 months after broadcast ends). This means we can release a Collector's Edition sooner to fill the void that normally piracy or EST only would fill in the meantime but we're not usually physically able to release any sooner due to contractual or approvals holdbacks.
That said - we were faced with a real opportunity here! The Collector's Edition is on target for it's November release but stock would not be ready in time for London Comic Con in October, where Space Dandy's director (Shinichiro Watanabe) is attending. So we pitched a regular edition to the licensors for pre-sale at MCM London in October, to be followed by a general release in January.
Being the Dandy guys and gals they are, the licensor agreed! So the standard edition will hit main retail on January 12th but in honour of Shinichiro Watanabe coming to visit MCM London Comic Con - I'm pleased to say we'll have advanced copies on sale at MCM Comic Con London and a very limited time on the All the Anime shop as alas we won't have finished stock of the Collector's edition in time for MCM.
If you're just curious about Dandy but really don't want to fork out for a book you may have no interest in - then the regular edition is totally for you! However if you've watched Dandy on simulcast (or after simulcast as it's soon to be available on at least one more platform) then you'll know this is a special show!
The 200 page booklet contains design works and translations from the Japanese books about the Lore of Dandy. You can see some low res snaps of the topics here to whet your appetite:
Pre-ordered the Collector's Edition and are coming to MCM Comic Con? Fear not for we'll have an exclusive signing item for you too so watch this space for a post later in the week!
President, Anime Limited
Our friends at Scotland Loves Anime have posted a piece on Giovanni's Island and as their key sponsor, they have allowed us to re-print their coverage here & on the Giovanni's Island site including a mini-interview with Mr Nishikubo - who will be attending both the BFI London Film Festival for the UK premiere and Scotland Loves Anime for the Scottish premiere. Enjoy and you can check out other screenings on the main site too (London runs at the same time and there's more to go)!
If you like what you see - you can buy tickets for each weekend below. Keep in mind the director, Mr. Nishikubo himself is coming to the Glasgow and London screenings:
- It won Jury Distinction at Annecy Film Festival 2014
- It won the Satoshi Kon award for anime at Fantasia Film Festival 2014
- It won the Audience award for anime at Fantasia Film Festival 2014
- It played in many festivals including Moscow (which is pretty important for the film).
- It's playing in BFI London Film Festival 2014 at the same time as us.
"It’s a brave choice that works much as “The Book Thief” or “The Diary of Anne Frank” have done, offering young viewers a window of understanding into incomprehensible events." - Variety
"Little Junpei and Kanta and the rest of the cast of well-drawn characters offer rare insight into a fascinating and little-documented period of the war, in this affecting and deeply moving film." - Twitch Film
"Giovanni’s Island is a heartbreaking tale of what happens to normal people after a war is over. It explores friendship, diversity, and the innocence of children, and still never makes anyone “evil” despite the nature of the setting. And while I didn’t really get into it in the review proper, the hand-drawn animation is downright beautiful. If you are a fan of films like Barefoot Gen orGrave of the Fireflies—or historical drama—you should definitely give Giovanni’s Island a watch." - Kotaku
How did you get involved into this project?
Nishikubo: Personally, I’ve always been very interested in the historical period from the 30s onward, when Japan relentlessly throws itself into that conflict one step after another. I confess I had always wanted to confront myself with a story set in that period. Then this project suddenly came across my desk. But it was about a part of that war that I did not really know. And even most Japanese don’t. It was not set on the Asian continent or in the Pacific, but on a remote island up in the north, told through the fate of a family and two brothers in particular, Junpei and Kanta. To me, this project started as an opportunity to depict a forgotten episode in our history as seen through the eyes of two children. At the same time, I felt it had a very universal theme despite its very specific geographical and historical coordinates.
What was your number one concern creatively when it came to adapting this material?
Nishikubo: In this movie we see historical events unfolding as seen through the eyes of a 10-year-old boy. All we know is what Junpei sees and experiences. Therefore I adopted a more realistic animation style for present-day sequences, while Junpei’s memories are drawn in a much simpler style against Santiago’s backdrops. But then I thought that I wanted to add a fantastic element to the story, to be rendered with another different style, and this came from Kenji Miyazawa’s novel, Night on the Galactic Railroad. Original author Shigemichi Sugita had already indicated the novel as a recurring motif in the movie, but I decided to expand it. The novel and its world are a sort of psychological driving force for the two brothers, it’s what sustains them in face of hardship and provides a little escape from the chaos around them, but it is also the key to interpret what’s happening. The movie’s story is obviously linked to one of the novel’s themes, epitomized by the line “What is true happiness for all?” But the novel allowed me to enrich the movie visually, by interrupting an otherwise very realistic context with sudden, colourful sparks.
What would you like audiences to take away from this movie?
Nishikubo: I tried to depict the historical backdrop to this story as much accurately as possible, avoiding any biased interpretation of those events. You won’t find good or bad guys. There’s no specific message or political agenda in exposing facts. I could even say that the geographical location is purely accidental. I only wanted to allow the viewer to experience, through Junpei’s eyes, how it feels to be caught in historical events that are bigger than you and on which you absolutely have no control.
Mizuho Nishikubo Born in 1953. A longtime and most trusted collaborator of Mamoru Oshii, Nishikubo has worked as animation director under his real name of Toshihiko Nishikubo in most Oshii's animated films, including Ghost in the Shell (1995), Palme d'Or-nominee Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004) and Golden Lion-nominee The Sky Crawlers (2008). It is said that Oshii's movies wouldn’t look the same without his contribution. His credits as director include, Video Girl Ai (1992, OVA), Otogi Zoshi (2004, TV series) and Atagoal: Cat’s Magical Forest (2006, movie). He also directed the music clip Tsepi i kol'tsa / Chains & Rings (2003) for Russian rock star Linda, and the internationally praised NEXT A-Class commercial film for Mercedes-Benz (600,000 views on YouTube in 3 days). His latest feature film, Musashi: The Dream of the Last Samurai (2009), written by Mamoru Oshii, screened in Locarno, Sitges, Warsaw, Stockholm and Vladivostok. [/subsection]