Good news and bad news ahoy!
Main packaging has been approved, enough to show images! So without further ado - here's a delicious exploded packshot of what will be the final Ultimate Edition:
USUAL DISCLAIMER: WE'RE STILL TWEAKING APPROVALS SO THINGS MAY YET CHANGE A BIT, BUT THE OVERALL FLAVOUR WILL REMAIN THE SAME.
Packaging + Physical information:
- O-CARD around box (not pictured) with BBFC, Anime Ltd logo and different artwork on it.
- Clean box using deluxe edition artwork.
- 4-tray digipack
- Art card certifying the number your release is out of.
- 100 A5 page artbook
What's on the discs?
- TV Series, Episodes 1-27 in delicious HD
- TV broadcast version of Episode 6
- Film 1: Childhood's End
- Film 2: The Lights in the Sky Are Stars
- Parallel Works (split over Film 1 & 2's discs)
Extras on the discs?
- Yoko goes to Gainax bonus feature
- Sazigen 3DCG Test Animation Footage
- From storyboard to animation - animated storyboards.
- Clean Opening 1
- Clean Ending 1
- Clean Opening 2
- Clean Ending 2
- Music montage from end of the first half of the show
Audio on disc:
- English dub - 5.1 track
- Japanese audio - 2.0 track
- French audio - 2.0 track
- English subtitles
- English song/sign tracks
- French subtitles
As you can guess - we have two pieces of bad news. Keeping it sharp:
We've got the basic packaging (O-CARD, Rigid box, Digipack, art card) approved - however for 100 pages, the artbook is proving very difficult due to the nature of the files delivered to us. When Golden Week ends (next week) we hope for a resupply of artworks the licensor approves of but we're currently in limbo there for this month.
The biggest issue is that the delays slow when we can print the artbook too. It takes a bit of time to do the print too so we're definitely running late.
I'd say latest of August 25th just now - but this one's not on us - we started approvals back in March and it's just one of those projects where the committee really cares about the final product. We can respect that and they want the best for you guys too in terms of packaging!
While listed initially as having "My Gurren is Shiny" from the Nintendo DS game, we've been told after asking for the Japanese script to translate it that the licensor has not approved it's use on any other international release. It also was not translated on the version released in America so it's unfortunate but not a surprise.
Any missing extras vs the Ultimate Edition were to our knowledge also not translated - but I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong!
Hopefully more good news than bad here - things are moving and there's not been any hiccups on our side! What we are looking for are for some brave souls to help us out in QC'ing the Gurren Lagann release though - as the English version of the discs are almost ready to go now! If you have time to check it out in HD and feedback within the next month then please could you email us at kerry AT alltheanime DOT com (replace capped words with symbols as appropriate) to discuss.
We're dedicated to delivering the best format possible to you though so watch this space! Look forward to hearing people's thoughts!
And on a final note, don't forget - you can currently pre-order Gurren Lagann Ultimate Edition here.
El Presidente, Anime Ltd
Patema Inverted’s theatrical is round the corner - we’re touring the UK both with family and regular screenings, with some very interesting reviews and coverage in the works it seems here. We couldn’t be happier so far with the support everyone has had for this!
I’ve something else very cool to discuss though today - which is we’ve an amazing opportunity to deliver a Definitive edition for the film on schedule for no later than October MCM Expo. I’d like to talk a bit more about what we have in mind for that and why we’d like to ask for your support for the first ever Kickstarter(.co.uk) campaign for an anime.
HOW DEFINITIVE IS THE DEFINITIVE EDITION?
It’s fair to say we generate Critereon-esque releases often - but in this case what makes it so much more definitive that it requires a Kickstarter to run it?
Well so far we’ve negotiated and factored into the Deluxe edition:
- All the video and commentary extras from the Patema Inverted, Japanese Deluxe Edition. We’ll be translating those and including them on all editions. That’s just part of the job!
- The data from the Japanese booklet, a smaller version of which will go in the Collector’s Edition (26 pages). The full A5 booklet will be produced for the Deluxe edition.
- We’ve secured the right to use the same replica letter from Lagos that comes with the Japanese edition.
- The right to translate, print and include the full Official Design Works for Patema, as covered on Parka Blogs in Japanese.
- We’re designing larger form packaging to hold the Official Design Works, the Letter and the DVD + BD combination pack.
What we’re discussing already with Japan too [as stretch goals if we break the initial target]:
- Fresh, exclusive, illustrations for the Definitive Edition from the original character & background designers.
- The soundtrack as released in the Japanese Collector’s Edition.
- Additional written content if possible.
Basically - we loved this film so much we want you to get the absolute max out of the edition.
WHAT’S THE CATCH - WHY KICKSTARTER?
Basically this is the kicker - printing a book isn’t cheap, nor is large form packaging or putting everything in the box! It costs actually more than a set like Durarara!! which had 4 x BD50s (which are expensive++)!
This would mean a retail price on Amazon would be £84.99 as a minimum - which as we all know could mean massive discounts, or it could mean you get £4.99 off the amount.
Simply put - we can’t take the risk on that as this kind of release is a lot of time, effort and cost so to leave it up to chance is a very bad idea. So we’re opening the idea up as a Kickstarter instead to give everyone their chance to support the idea (or not) as you please and give you the chance to buy it at £40 via Kickstarter (or £35 to 200 very lucky early birds…).
This means - if you help us make it happen, you get the benefit of it exceptionally cheap even vs what retailers would offer it at. Plus you get it before it hits retail!
DOES THIS IMPACT ON MAI MAI MIRACLE AT ALL?
We’re a product company - so it doesn’t impact at all on Mai Mai Miracle. Separate product managers - I’m taking this project on personally as it’s actually pretty close to me so you don’t have to worry there.
WHEN WILL WE GET IT?
We’re shooting for end of summer or early Autumn - so September is pretty realistic on this front! Depends on how long translation of the book takes us though - but definitely before the year is out!
WHEN CAN WE SEE WHAT THE REWARD TIERS WILL LOOK LIKE?
Take a looksee now at this URL! You can even have it remind you when the campaign goes live!
All feedback and questions welcome! Plan is to launch on May 2nd alongside the theatrical launch!
Firstly - thank you to anyone who has supported the Durarara!! release so far - it's greatly appreciated and we know a lot of you have been looking forward to this.
As many of you know - the discs for this release were authored in Australia by the distributor there for their release and we piggy-backed on it for this project. By the time they were delivered to us, the project had been completed for some time with no reports of errors reaching us from there. So we went ahead to press discs - which is when we receive final checks usually (as stock is being made).
Since it hit reviewers, we've been made aware of a litany of problems though including some pretty important ones with subtitles dropping. Also a lack of signs track despite there being one on the original US release.
IN DEFENCE OF AUSTRALIA - QC'S A PAIN IN THE BEHIND!
To defend Australia - how most studios (even small ones) work is that they pay the authoring house to QC the work and they normally flag any problems. This works 95% of the time and is pretty understandable as a full QC takes 2 x the run of the show.
From sore experience, Anime Ltd actually pays for one QC and we do a full QC in house too. The benefits are twofold nowadays - the biggest of which is we catch serious errors (Tiger & Bunny and Garden of Words being good examples of cleared product and Outlaw Star we caught the errors). Secondly it means if our team hasn't seen a show (not everyone's been in the anime business for 10+ years like I have) then they get a chance to watch it which helps them talk to you all about them!
For materials too - you have to keep in mind you can only work with what you have and as the project was so old, they had to source the materials again. Now some studios will only accept subtitles in the correct file formats - which also explains the lack of signs track.
WHY NOT JUST FIX IT AND ISSUE REPLACEMENTS?
Well the standard would be - we return to our authoring house hacked off at the errors that passed QC, they'd fix it and we'd put it on the next print run. No extra cost from the authoring house but extra cost for replication and new glass masters obviously - but problem fixed (about to be that with Cowboy Bebop).
The issue is - as this project was done and dusted last year for Siren with no real notes, it's passed by. This means it will cost even more to re-author the discs again.
SO WHAT IS ANIME LTD GOING TO DO?
We've taken the decision to re-author the discs for fans in the UK! We don't want anyone feeling unhappy and anyone who orders it will get replacement discs per show from us that needs them as soon as it's done.
Nobody likes a broken product on the market and we're not happy about that, nor is Siren in Australia for that matter.
In the meantime, as it makes sense to use the same materials to create the DVD - we'll wait and post a new release date for the DVD as soon as it's done. Tentatively it'll be all good to go in time for Durarara!! Season 2 though.
While we're there - we'll also work to add signs tracks to each disc as well. Can't say fairer than that really!
Hope this helps and in the meantime - if you're eager to support us (or a fan of the dub who is unaffected by the biggest issues with the subtitles) you can knowing you'll be first in line for revised copies towards the end of this year.
Glasgow, UK March 24, 2014 - Anime Limited are excited to announce the second season of Space Dandy to be broadcast from July 2014.
Season 2 follows the crew of the Aloha Oe as they continue their adventures across space while seeking their fortunes hunting for unregistered aliens. Details on the second season, including episode count, are yet to be confirmed.
Andrew Partridge, founder and president of Anime Limited says: ‘We’ve really been enjoying Space Dandy here at Anime Limited HQ so the news of a second season is really exciting. We’re thrilled to be part of it and cannot wait to see what season 2 has in store’.
Space Dandy will be streamed in the UK - with English sub and dub - in July via Wakanim.co.uk and will be available on home video via Anime Limited. Details on the home video release date are still to be confirmed.
About Space Dandy:
Space Dandy is a dandy in space! This dreamy adventurer with a to-die-for pompadour travels across the galaxy in search of aliens no one has ever laid eyes on. Each new species he discovers earns him a hefty reward, but this dandy has to be quick on his feet because it's first come – first served! Accompanied by his sidekicks, a rundown robot named QT and Meow the cat-looking space alien, Dandy bravely explores unknown worlds inhabited by a variety aliens. Join the best dressed alien hunter in all of space and time as he embarks on an adventure that ends at the edge of the universe!
With the release of the Tiger and Bunny: The Beginning collector's edition upon us (March 17th), I thought I'd take a little time out to offer my thoughts and review of the film as someone who comes from a zero-knowledge about Tiger and Bunny standpoint. Stick with me kids, it's ok - I put the words together pretty well sometimes. If you are brand new to Tiger and Bunny or heard about it but haven't watched the show, this is the post for you!
Tiger and Bunny: The Beginning is a film that introduces the world of Tiger and Bunny the series, and succinctly rounds up the first few episodes all the while throwing in a bunch of new story lines making it interesting, engaging and fun for both fans of the show and newbies (as I was when I checked it out). We are stylistically introduced to a world in which superheroes are sponsored, corporations are in charge and fighting crime is televised in a competition-cum-reality show. It's a crazy mixed up world where a (relatively) ageing superhero (Tiger) is just trying to stay afloat in the competitive world of sponsors, heroing and public support or rather, popularity. He's a bit tired, bit worn out and enjoys fairly mediocre success but, as with everything, it must all come to an end - his setup begins to look to be on shaky ground. His shaky ground is made even shakier thanks to a merger and the arrival of a young, sponsor-less yet ever so flash upstart (Bunny). Through a series of events that I won't go into, they are teamed up as a pair of crime fighting superheroes - but things don't go so smoothly.
The film itself, especially coming from someone who's never seen the series, is a fun enjoyable romp of a film that introduces the world and the characters pretty well. You get sucked into the story and gain a pretty decent understanding of character motivations, capabilities, depths and emotions. You can definitely tell it's setting up for a sequel (and the eagle eyed of you would have noticed that we have indeed licensed the second film, Tiger and Bunny: The Rising), but it doesn't feel like it's to its detriment - or that it's filler content. Instead, it feels like a film that stands on its own - with its own story and adventures, it's a good, fun way to spend 90mins. So, is Tiger and Bunny: The Beginning worth watching - say all your T&B fans and newbies alike? Well, I think so - I mean, I didn't feel like I've missed out on anything by not having seen the series. It's a good, fun crime caper of a film and has some pretty solid animation. I especially enjoyed the cynical commentary on the role of corporations and sponsors in what is now daily life - how the ethics and aesthetics of reality shows and the desperate chase for ratings have permeated every aspect of our lives. Crime fighting and superheroing are no longer noble pursuits but have fallen prey to this beast hungry for attention and ratings. Sure it's cynical, but it is also an interesting reflection of where we are as humans in our 24 hour news cycle/entertainment consumption.
Tiger and Bunny: The Beginning is available for pre-order on Amazon at the moment. It's a combi-pack Collector's Edition release so get it while it's hot!