By Anthony Thomas
Durarara!! series one followed the crazy misadventures that can be found in the back streets of Tokyo’s Ikebukuro district (from kidnapping gangs to headless bikers!). Series two, entitled Durarara!! x 2 Shou, takes place six months after all that madness, and sees things return to relative normality. But things can only remain calm for so long, and gradually the chaos we came to love makes a return.
One band also currently causing chaos in Japan is series two openers OKAMOTO’S. They’re no strangers to Ikebukuro, performing there countless times. They even formed their radical, shaggy-haired rock band a few miles down the road in a part of Tokyo that’s home to many more crazy stories and urban legends; Shinjuku, setting for the Yakuza games and loads of Japanese crime films.
OKAMOTO’S are good boys, though – no dodgy dealings or headless guitarists between them. After all, they have had no less than THREE songs featured in Naruto so far, hardly a series known for its gritty portrayal of Japan’s underworld (mind you, I wouldn’t fancy meeting Orochimaru down a dark alley).
This week we bring you confirmation on a few release dates, publish the dates of events we'll be at in some capacity this year, and touch on a few details you may have missed over the last week. Continue Reading
It's been a long time coming but as mentioned on our first podcast last week, it's the return of the Anime UK Sales Charts! The last one posted detailed September 2013's chart - yes it's been that long since the last one was posted.
Over the course of the next week or two we're going to be catching up in the form of posts combining certain time periods, for example one particular quarter of the year, while retaining the rankings for each month. Today we're focusing on the period between October 2013 - December 2013. It was quite a while ago, but here's how things shaped up. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond
One of the century’s great philosophers sang that everything you know is wrong, black is white, up is down and short is long. Patema Inverted, by director Yasuhiro Yoshiura, confines itself to Weird Al’s middle axiom, that up is down. The heroine Patema begins in an underground world, falling ‘down’ a chasm to the surface. Once there, she must hang on desperately to anything she can, or plunge into the clouds beneath. A surface dweller appears, and the picture rotates one-eighty degrees to show what he sees; an upside down girl, being yanked up into the sky. “Don’t fall!” she shrieks at him. “Fall where?” he asks reasonably.
It’s a wonderfully fresh starting point for a film, though of course there are precedents. Gravity reminded us there’s no up and down in space. In fantasy cinema, David Bowie strode around an Escheresque castle in Labyrinth (an idea extended in the third Night at the Museum), while Paris rolled up on itself in Inception. A much closer film to Patema was Upside Down. Made around the same time as the anime, this was a French-Canadian live-action film whose leads, played by Kirsten Dunst and Jim Sturgess, are kept apart by competing gravities.
It was close enough to give Yoshiura the heebie-jeebies. “When I was making Patema Inverted, the producer came to me and said there’s a film with the same concept, which was a shock!’ Yoshiura told me. ‘I looked at the poster, then I put it away… I haven’t seen the trailer because I didn’t want to be influenced.” Luckily for Yoshiura, Upside Down was a squib, getting poor reviews and scant distribution.
On this inaugural edition of the programme the theme is very much an introduction to Anime Limited. So with that in mind Jeremy Graves (Anime Limited's Marketing Executive) essentially interviews Andrew Partridge (President of Anime Limited) and Kerry Kassim (Head of Marketing for Anime Limited) looking at back at the how the company first came about, how things have gone along the way and give you an idea of where things will be going over the next year too.
On top of that there's also talk on our latest film acquisition, Miss Hokusai, and time to answer some questions from the community as well!
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As things stand the podcast is available through Soundcloud only. (Should it help you can find our Soundcloud page HERE.) We are looking to make this available through other services such as iTunes too, but we wanted to get the ball rolling with the podcast sooner rather than later, so in short other platforms will follow.
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