By Anthony Thomas
I can still remember the first time I saw UNISON SQUARE GARDEN live – they made me miss lunch. It was Rock in Japan festival, a three-day extravaganza that took place in a 470-acre public park about an hour-and-a-half north-east of Tokyo. There were six stages, over 150 acts, and unlike Japan’s more famous festivals such as Fuji Rock or Summer Sonic, there wasn’t a single foreign band on the line-up. It’s a great place to go for fans of Japanese music, who don’t particularly want to see Mumford and Sons or the likes of Muse, again.
There was a gap between Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and ONE OK ROCK on the main stage, the perfect time to tear myself away and sample some much-needed festival grub. From the get-go, the line-up had been great but relentless. There was [Champagne] at 10:30, OKAMOTO’S from 11:05, followed by stage hopping to catch a bit of Coldrain, PUFFY and BiS before Kyary began. No time for food, no time for beer, until now. Except, I didn’t end up with either.
On a stage directly behind the JD bar, the crowd were going wild. Taking a look to see what the fuss was about, I noticed a shaggy-haired bass player bouncing around on stage as if possessed by a spirit on a sugar rush. It was mesmerising to watch, the contrast between his performance, and the audience, who were more concerned with following every word of the soft lyrics. It turned out the band was UNISON SQUARE GARDEN, and they were in the middle of performing their big hit of the moment, Linear Blue wo Kikinagara, a track made popular as the ending theme to Tiger & Bunny the Movie: The Beginning. You can see a sample of the bassist going crazy in the video to the single behind this link. Continue Reading
This week the newswire brings you news on our upcoming simulcasts, our new releases, details on upcoming events we'll be at and more.
~ First of all, the wait is over as Kill la Kill Box 2 is now available on Collector's Edition Blu-ray and DVD! It contains episodes 10-19, comes in a rigid box, with a digipack to hold the discs and as if that wasn’t enough also has an over 200 page art book too! You can order your copy from Amazon UK HERE and through our web shop HERE.
~ Also our this week is the standard edition of HAL coming to DVD and Blu-ray. You can order your copy from Amazon UK HERE.
~ For those of you missed them over the past week, we made two announcements of series we'll be simulcasting during the forthcoming spring season. First of all there's Seraph Of The End, an adaptation of the popular manga of the same name (also known as Owari no Seraph.) You can read our announcement HERE and be sure to check out the trailer below. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond
Garden of Words reminded us that a small anime can be beautiful in all ways; visually gorgeous, emotionally intimate, celebrating the real scenery of Japan. HAL has the same blend, though with an SF element. Like Garden, it’s a self-contained short story, only an hour long, but full of exquisitely-detailed images.
Once more, boy meets girl. But this boy is a robot and he’s been made to look like the girl’s dead boyfriend, to help her through her grief. The setting for their tale is not some future city, but a very old-world Kyoto that’s escaped Blade Runner makeovers. It’s all elegant wooden houses and stone waterways, where people sew and dye by hand. The climax happens during the Gion Matsuri, a centuries-old festival held each July, when giant floats trundle through the city.
HAL’s production studio is famed for another SF anime in an old-fashioned city, one threatened by man-eating giants! Yes, HAL is by the same folks as the anime Attack on Titan. Their studio is WIT, an independent offshoot of Production I.G. In recent years, I.G has used woman artists to add a feminine touch to material once stereotyped as “for boys.” There was CLAMP’s work on the horror Blood-C, for example, and Chica Umino (Honey and Clover) creating character designs for the action-comedy Eden of the East. Continue Reading
Glasgow, UK March 21, 2015 - Anime Limited are pleased to announce the release of The Heroic Legend of Arslan for simulcast in the UK.
Directed by Noriyuki Abe (Bleach; Black Butler: Book of Circus) Anime Limited will simulcast The Heroic Legend of Arslan from April 2015, with platform(s) TBA.
About The Heroic Legend of Arslan
In the prosperous kingdom of Pars lies the Royal Capital of Ecbatana, a city of splendor and wonder, ruled by the undefeated and fearsome King Andragoras. Arslan is the young and curious prince of Pars who, despite his best efforts, doesn't seem to have what it takes to be a proper king like his father. Continue Reading
The name Keiichi Hara is synonymous with anime - Colorful being one project in particular that stands out to us - and this week he has been honoured at the Tokyo Anime Award Festival 2015 with the Anime d'or Award for his achievements as a director.
This award was presented to him for his achievements throughout his career rather than one particular project, and this award adds more excitement to the fact that we will be releasing his forthcoming film, Miss Hokusai, in the UK. (You can read the announcement of us licensing Miss Hokusai HERE.)
You can read the press release of this wonderful news below. Continue Reading