By Andy Hanley.
Although the creation of Miku Hatsune has spawned a wealth of merchandise, figurines and video games, it’s easy to forget that her existence came about simply as one of a number of characters designed to promote Yamaha Corporation and Crypton Future Media’s Vocaloid software. Beyond the marketability of its well-known mascots, Vocaloid has created something of a bedroom revolution in the Japanese music industry, offering a powerful and easy-to-use way of adding vocals to your musical creations without having to worry about expensive recording studios or, perhaps more importantly, actually finding a talented vocalist capable of doing your renditions justice.
Since the popularity of Vocaloid (and of course Ms. Hatsune in particular) exploded in 2007, we’ve seen notable musical acts come to prominence, and the opening of an avenue of creativity that has been celebrated across the spectrum of anime, manga and beyond. Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of this growth of budding individuals using Vocaloid as a creative tool has come in recent years, as notable works move beyond mere albums or places in the Project Diva series of video games and actually gain light novel and anime adaptations in their own right.
It’s a small-scale resurrection of music as a story-telling device – a welcome return to the halcyon days of “rock opera” like Tommy and Quadrophenia with great music while that also weaves a compelling narrative into their tunes. Continue Reading
We conclude our slew of announcements from the MCM Manchester Comic Con weekend (in case you missed them you can find our previous announcements HERE and HERE.) with a brand new license announcement! We're happy to reveal that we (Anime Limited) have licensed the series Blood Blockade Battlefront (aka Kekkai Sensen) for the United Kingdom.
Another trippy series from Studio BONES ... this time about a giant, impenetrable bubble over New York City where normal people co-exist with paranormal creatures from other dimensions. Known as Jerusalem's Lot, the bubble is a thriving metropolis full of mystery, monsters, and mayhem. But now, the bubble is facing a threat that could unleash chaos across all dimensions. Enter Leo, a man with a supernatural gift, who runs the Libra Organization, comprised of a gang of super-humans—each with their own unique powers. It will be up to Leo and his ragtag group to save Jerusalem's Lot!
We are happy to confirm we have partnered with Viewster.com to simulcast the series to the United Kingdom & Ireland and the episodes that have aired to date are available to watch right now HERE. In addition to this there will be a home video release from us in the future (TBC 2016.)
"I've mentioned in passing a few times before in various circles but I'm a very big fan of Blood Blockade Battlefront and I'm delighted we've been able to add it to our catalogue" says Andrew Partridge, President of Anime Limited. "The blend of action and comedy combined with the soundtrack have made it one of my favourite shows in recent memory. I strongly encourage any anime fan to give it a try."
So what are you waiting for? Head on over to Viewster.com and check out Blood Blockade Battlefront today!
We want to extend a big thank you to everyone who has come by our booth and attended out panel at MCM Manchester Comic Con this weekend. You can expect some follow up to news from the weekend in the coming days in our next Newswire, so please stay tuned.
It's time for yet more news from MCM Manchester Comic Con this past weekend, this time a new license announcement that sees a popular return to the UK.
New License Announcement - BECK: MONGOLIAN CHOP SQUAD
From Madhouse, the studio who brought you Satoshi Kon's Perfect Blue, Cardcaptor Sakura, Black Lagoon and Death Note comes the series about a group people looking to find fame in the music world.
Tanaka Yukio, better known by his nickname Koyuki is a 14 year old who feels disconnected from life in general. Through the act of saving a mismatched dog, he meets guitarist Minami Ryuusuke, and becomes involved in Ryuusuke's new band BECK. Koyuki's life starts to change as the band struggles towards fame.
Synopsis source: ANN
We're happy to confirm that we'll be bringing the entire series of Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad as a complete series set to DVD tentatively schedule for November 2015. It will include both the English dub and original Japanese audio with subtitles. (Complete contents and pricing TBC.)
"When it comes to Beck it's had a unique history in the UK" says Andrew Partridge, President of Anime Limited. "It has had a previous DVD release but it wasn't actually ever finished. So we're delighted to be able to bring this great series in its entirety to these shores. There really aren't many anime that cover the concept of forming a band and going to America to try and make it big. This series does it so well that it really is worth checking out. The soundtrack to the series is amazing too."
You can check out a dubbed trailer for Beck below. For those wondering the series was animated in 4:3 which is why the trailer is not presented in 16:9.
Expect more details on our release of Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad in the coming weeks.
Ping Pong The Animation (Blu-ray, DVD)
Sword Art Online II: Part 2 (Collector's Edition Blu-ray+DVD combi, DVD)
Mobile Suit Gundam: Part 1 of 2 [tentative title] (Blu-ray)
Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad (DVD)
Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress (Collector's Edition Blu-ray+DVD combi **subtitle-only release**)
Samurai Flamenco: Part 1 (Blu-ray **subtitle-only release**)
Mobile Suit Gundam: Part 2 of 2 [tentative title] (Blu-ray)
Gundam: Reconguista In G: Part 1 (Blu-ray **subtitle-only release**)
Gankutsuou: The Count Of Monte Cristo (Blu-ray)
Sword Art Online II: Part 3 (Collector's Edition Blu-ray+DVD combi, DVD)
A Letter To Momo (Blu-ray, DVD)
Full Metal Panic [Season 1 + Fumoffu + The Second Raid] (Blu-ray)
We will add that we that there might be a few additions to the lineup listed above, so stay tuned for updates on that.
Following our announcements of Ping Pong The Animation (SEE HERE) we have more exciting news for you this time stemming from our panel at MCM Manchester Comic Con this past weekend. We're happy to announce that we (Anime Limited) have launched a partnership with Sunrise to bring Gundam titles the to the UK.
New Release Announcement - MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM on Blu-ray
Coming to Blu-ray for the first-time ever in the UK will be the series that started it all when it comes to Gundam, Mobile Suit Gundam. We will be releasing this over two half-season sets on Blu-ray starting with Mobile Suit Gundam: Part 1 (tentative title) in October and followed by the second part soon after. (Final dates and pricing are TBC at this time.) Our release will include both the English dub and original Japanese audio with subtitles.
In the year Universial Century 0079, humanity lives in space colonies called Sides. Side 3, the Principality of Zeon, has declared war on the Earth Federation. After the intial fighting, an 8-month stalemate occured. However that stalemate breaks when Amuro Ray stumbles into the Gundam, the Earth Federation's secret weapon. Now Amuro and the crew of White Base must stand up to Zeon in order to end the war.
Synopsis Source: ANN
"I'm very excited to be able to finally bring UK fans the original Mobile Suit Gundam series in its entirety" says Andrew Partridge, president of Anime Limited. "The fact we're able to bring the series on Blu-ray to these shores is the extra icing on the cake. Being able to see this classic in the highest possible quality is going to be a real treat for everyone. Plus for those who have never experienced the original Mobile Suit Gundam before there will be no more a perfect time to do so than now."
We will have more details on what we have planned for our release of Mobile Suit Gundam soon.
By Andy Hanley.
Much like any successful franchise, the Fate/stay Night universe has expanded from its original roots, as its success took hold to become something of an industry behemoth – its starting point as an adult visual novel has begat a number of anime adaptations which have bolstered and added notably to its popularity, in turn giving rise to a dizzying array of prequels and spin-offs spanning anime, video games and (in the case of the source material adapted for the series in question here) manga.
If you were to imagine the recent anime adaptation of Fate/stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works as some kind of blockbuster video game, then Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya would be its smartphone game spin-off, stripping away the grandiose conceit of a “Holy Grail War” present within the original series and paring down its concept of summoning Heroic Spirits to compete in battle. Continue Reading