By Ellis Tinios.
Under the sea a living woman — full-bodied and entirely naked — lies back amid rocks. A large octopus is pressing his beak into her crotch. One of his tentacles has moved under her thigh and up across her belly, parting her pubic hair. He has entwined other tentacles around her arms and right shoulder to draw her closer to him. The woman responds by half-closing her eyes and throwing back her head in pleasure. At the same time, she grasps firmly onto two of his tentacles with her hands in a gesture devoid of any suggestion of resistance. A smaller octopus fastens onto her mouth with his beak, coils the tip of one tentacles around her left nipple while extending others around her neck to embrace her.
When this untitled image — a double-page spread in a colour woodblock-printed erotic book illustrated by Hokusai — arrived in Paris in the 1870s it shocked and thrilled collectors, connoisseurs and writers on the art of Japan. For well over a century it was the subject of intense scrutiny and feverish speculation. Many readings were imposed on it: terrifying nightmare; repellent violation; macabre fantasy; lurid rape. Whatever the interpretation they imposed on it, the commentators all agreed that it was an extraordinary manifestation of Hokusai’s fecund imagination. They praised it as an image without precedent in Japanese or world art. These fantasists were wrong in their readings of the scene and their claims that it lacked precedent. The image represents a woman enjoying exquisite sexual pleasure and has clear precedents in Japanese art. The key to the image lay in the lengthy text that fills the entire background. Generations of Western commentators, confronted with a text they could not decipher, simply ignored it, erased it from their discussion of the the image with which it was inextricably linked. They behaved as thought the scene were being enacted against a blank ground even though artist and author collaborated closely to produce a coherent and satisfying conjunction of text and image. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
It starts with a grieving girl on a boat on Japan’s Inland Sea, travelling unhappily to a new island home, while three strange-looking raindrops fall on her head. By the climax, the girl is racing against time, rushing through a torrential storm in the company of wondrous magic creatures. This is the story of eleven year-old Momo, a youngster on a tiny island beset by troubled feelings and three mad goblins.
However, its director Hiroyuki Okiura says his family film coalesced from several separate elements. One was a person close to Okiura who lost her father young and had a hard childhood. Okiura was also inspired by Japan’s “goblin” folklore. Both in Britain and Japan, goblins often lurk in old picture books. “About seven years ago, I started to get interested in antique picture books dedicated to Japanese goblins, of which we had a rich tradition here in Japan,” says Okiura. The great British fairy tale illustrator Arthur Rackham would have approved. Continue Reading
It's been a busy week so no better time than now to bring you our latest Newswire. Read on below
~ First of all a quick reminder that Kill la Kill Part 3 and Tiger & Bunny: The Rising are both available to add to your collection now! Kill la Kill Part 3 contains the final 5 episodes of the series plus the bonus OVA episode along with an art book and our UK Exclusive Collector's Box to store the entire series!
~ For those of you attending MCM Manchester Comic Con this month it has been revealed that there will be an Anime Guest Of Honour for the first time at the event. Scriptwriter Kimiko Ueno (perhaps best known to western fans as scriptwriter for many episodes of Space Dandy) will be in attendance all weekend. There will be signing sessions and on-stage panel focusing on how anime screenplays developed. A truly unique opportunity for anime fans! And of course given that the event takes place just few weeks before the UK Blu-ray/DVD release of Space Dandy Season 2 we will be celebrating that as well. Continue Reading
As many of you recall earlier in the year we announced we were working with our partners at Bandai Visual in Japan to give UK fans the opportunity to own (the now sold out) Gundam The Origin I: Blue-Eyed Casval Blu-ray Collector's Edition. We are happy to announce that we will be giving UK fans the same opportunity with the sequel OVA Gundam The Origin II: Artesia's Sorrow Blu-ray Collector's Edition [Export Version].
As was the case before our pre-order scheme in conjunction with Bandai Visual allows UK fans to pre-order this upcoming release knowing that it will be sent from our offices here in the UK (once stock arrives.) Though please note this is a Japanese product. The main feature itself will include the English language dub and English subtitles to accompany the original Japanese audio but any additional features on the disc itself and/or the physical items included in the package itself will be in Japanese only.
We (Anime Limited) are now taking pre-orders for this Gundam The Origin II: Artesia's Sorrow for the UK and European customers through our AllTheAnime.com web shop. The deadline to pre-order this by is 12pm on Monday 15th September. Continue Reading
It's been a long time coming but the wait is nearly over as Tiger & Bunny: The Rising is now available on Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD combi now.
The sequel to Tiger & Bunny: The Beginning takes fans on a entirely unique experience with a completely original story set following the events of not only The Beginning, but also the events of the TV series. (But don't worry, if you haven't seen the series you won't be put out as only mild references to the series are made near the start of the film.)
Our Limited Edition release comes with both the Blu-ray and DVD disc versions included. As well as the main feature (that is both dubbed and subbed) you get a disc packed with content from Japan. The content being:
Our release comes packed in a rigid case, inside that a digipack containing both the Blu-ray and DVD discs. But in addition to that there 4 exclusive art cards featuring the heroes of Sternbild City.
Check out the images below for a up close look of what you expect when you get your copy.
And that concludes this unboxing post. We hope you're looking forward to the release of Tiger & Bunny: The Rising as much as we are! You can order your copy today from Amazon UK HERE, Base.com HERE, Zavvi.com HERE and through our web shop HERE.
We hope you enjoy our release of Tiger & Bunny: The Rising