Glasgow, UK October 09, 2013 - Anime Limited, the Glasgow-based anime licensing company and parent company of All the Anime, will be attending the MCM Comic Con in London this October 25-27th.
WHAT’S GOING ON?
Anime Limited’s presence at this October’s MCM Comic Con in London will include not only blu-ray and DVD offerings from Anime Limited, our friends at 101 Anime and others but will also act as the launchpad for Wakanim.co.uk - our simulcast partners for the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.
The Anime Limited booth will include information and an introduction to the Wakanim service for the UK. The booth will also showcase the two series featured by the service - Kill la Kill and Samurai Flamenco. In addition to all the information and promotion for the series, there will be some goodies available to hand out for visitors to the booth (while stocks last)!
Over the weekend Anime Limited will be helping out with the guests from Studio WIT - so expect Anime Limited’s President, Andrew Partridge to be chairing the WIT Studio panel on the Saturday and the HAL panel showcasing their latest work on the Sunday.
Anime Limited will also take part in the industry panel at MCM Expo and will look forward to telling you more about Wakanim at both!
WHAT GOODIES DO ANIME LIMITED HAVE GOING?
Giveaways over the weekend will include:
COME GET THE LATEST ANIME LIMITED PRODUCTS AT THE EVENTS!
Don’t forget, Collectors editions Cowboy Bebop Parts 1 & 2 on blu-ray will also be available to purchase as well as Perfect Blue on DVD among a range of other products from partners
So, we gather you had a few problems last night on streaming Kill la Kill both with the player and loading the website. Firstly let me offer my apologies for any inconvenience caused - ironically it's not a reflection of the service itself but the fact our website is long overdue a renovation…
This is in progress but keep in mind alltheanime.com is not designed to be a streaming site - we're just temporarily hosting the streams so you can view the show for free and legally until the beta Wakanim.co.uk launches as we approach next week. If you're experiencing image problems I can assure you it's not actually the that’s file the problem but our website garbling it on the way to you. Again, we can only apologise for this and promise it's an exceptionally short term thing!
Hang in there and hopefully if you have any feedback or suggestions you'll fire them to us via the contact us page or Facebook or Twitter at any stage during the process!
President, Anime Limited
We've been mulling over how best to manage properties digitally in the UK for a while now. While we're strong supporters of subscription based offerings and are open to all different kinds of models including subscription ones as offered by old friends www.anime-on-demand.com and crunchyroll.com - but what we spent ages thinking about was that there had to be a better way to manage Download for TV series than was currently available. This led us to look through other models out there until we found one in France that was super cool!
WHAT DID WE FIND?
In France, there's this platform called Wakanim which shares a lot of the ethics we have always dreamed of aspiring to. In a flurry of activity recently we realised we had the perfect synergy too and their model may be familiar in some ways to anyone who is familiar with iPlayer.
WHY IS IT DIFFERENT TO WHAT'S THERE NOW?
For one month after broadcast in Japan:
- Free streams in SD and 720p, with up to 1 minute of advertising total per video.
- Free Download to Rent offline, files with DRM and valid for 4 days.
There are also premium options:
- Paid streaming rental - at one price regardless of HD or SD, £0.69 / ep
- DRM-free download - MP4, .h264 codec - playable on most systems - £1.25 / ep
No subscriptions - just a chance to support legally and then pay for the shows you want to support - easy!
WAIT...DID YOU SAY DOWNLOAD?
Yes we did and download, as you can see, is very important to this platform and it's built very much on trust on the users. Instead of punishing users from Day 1 - you the user gets a chance to be treated as a responsible user. Isn't that a nice change? Even better - as there are free streams too - you can try before you buy and then vote with your wallet if you love the show!
How does it work? Well Wakanim invests its money in tracking down piracy instead of punishing fans for wanting to show support for shows legally.
Of course as with any model - in the UK not every title will be available on DTO / DTR initially because we need to demonstrate to Japan that this model is something people want outside of France too. So I urge you - give some love to this and support titles as they come up - don't let the effort be in vain there!
On launch all titles, barring Kill la Kill which will be available as streaming only for now, will have the full package of options available for users to choose from, including Samurai Flamenco. We have one or two neat surprises for this season too that will also have the full package of options for people to choose from too!
ARE YOU COMPETING WITH CRUNCHYROLL OR ANIME ON DEMAND?
Short answer – no! Longer answer – no, we’d never dream of it! When we made the decision of how to manage simulcast content - it didn’t come easily. We asked ourselves two core questions:
1. Are there existing models that we gel with and can generate adequate revenue for the Japanese studios and to keep the acquisitions viable.
2. Is there anything missing from the market? An itch that isn’t being scratched if you will.
We came to the conclusion that the answer to #1 was clear – you have both Anime on Demand and Crunchyroll to cater to your needs so no point creating another subscription service. Why create an extra rival for rights and audiences if you can avoid it? The answer to the #2 was far more interesting – we asked around and the one common thing lacking was a download service, something we thought was a distant dream until we saw how Wakanim worked in France.
What we want to do is very simple – offer you the chance to support the series you love directly and have a file you can keep forever. No authenticating on other machines, no tricky proprietary formats – just a simple file you can use as you please so long as you use the same common sense you’d do with a DVD or BD you owned. Even better, by buying on a series-by-series basis – you know the money you pay is going back to the creators in Japan for that show only. No confusion or wondering where your subscription money actually goes each month!
OK, SO YOU’RE A DIFFERENT SERVICE – WILL I BE ABLE TO WATCH YOUR SHOWS ON CRUNCHYROLL OR ANIME ON DEMAND?
We would like to see any title licensed by Anime Limited – either for digital only or all rights to be available to as many people as possible – so if you don’t care about download then there is a viable channel for you to enjoy the titles too. For now we hope the free soon to be ad-supported streaming on our site is a good halfway house, but we know there are a lot of people who’d like to see it on other services too.
Rest assured, we’re currently talking to a wide variety services about what can be done from simulcast onwards in partnership with them. Hopefully we will have good news in the near future and certainly for upcoming seasons!
Glasgow, UK September 27, 2013 - Anime Limited are thrilled to announce the acquisition of Garden of Words for the UK, Ireland and the Isle of Man.
Garden of Words is the latest film offering from the talented up-and-coming Makoto Shinkai, director of Voices of a Distant Star and The Place Promised in Our Early Days. Released in Japan earlier this year (2013), Garden of Words will be making its UK debut as part of the Scotland Loves Anime festival and on home video. The film follows the story of a young high school student, Takao, who wants to follow his dream of designing and making footwear.
While absconding from school, he encounters and befriends a young woman name Yukari. As the story unfolds, we soon discover that as their friendship deepens, the consequences will put their friendship to the ultimate test. Beautifully shot and with a tremendous amount of fine detail, Garden of Words really stands out as one of the most visually stunning anime films of the year.
In addition to the limited theatrical release, Garden of Words will be released digitally and on homevideo alongside Shinkai’s other titles licensed by Anime Limited (Voices of a Distant Star and The Place Promised in Our Early Days).
Andrew Partridge, founder and president of Anime Limited says: ‘Makoto Shinkai’s work has gone from strength to strength over the years and remains one of the top must-watch directors coming out of Japan. Garden of Words is an excellent example of this strength and is a sweet and beautiful film. We’re very happy to be able to introduce the UK to such a new director. We expect to see great things from Shinkai-san in the future’.
Earlier in the week, we posed a question on our Facebook & Twitter accounts and it was a big one - how do you all feel about blu-ray and DVD combo packs? The results were a mixed bag - as you can imagine.
It seems the biggest problem a lot of people have in the 'Nay' camp is the whole feeling of waste that comes with combo packs - as many confirmed that they would only use the discs of one format over the other. It seems a lot of you 'Nays' are more upset about the waste of unused discs than just the general annoyance at the extra materials.
The other area of concern for the 'Nay' camp was the potential (or perceived) increase in cost of a combo pack vs a single-format standalone version. While some combo packs do come with an increase in price, this is not always necessarily the case.
From the response on both Facebook and Twitter, there were quite a few of you in the 'Yay' camp. Many were of the opinion that combo packs offered a more 'Complete Collection' of a TV series or film - as in, being able to own it on multiple formats. Just having the option of watching it on blu-ray or DVD seems to be a huge bonus in terms of buying such a set.
However, we do have to break the numbers down and it seems that the 'Nay' camp won out - but not by as much as you would think. Granted, this wasn't a hugely scientific poll and the sample size was fairly small - but those who did respond (and there were many!) were passionate in their arguments. And it seems to us that it's fairly representative of the attitude in general around combo packs with a 29% difference between the Nay and Yay camps, with Nay winning out.
This result offers us here at Anime Limited HQ plenty food for thought.