Hot off the heels of A Silent Voice screenings taking place in cinemas across the UK this week - with more screenings being added; check asilentvoice.co.uk for listings - we want to tell you about our next theatrical screening of anime, this being Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale.
This will be screening in UK & Ireland with previews on 19th April and further selected cinemas from 21st April. You can book tickets now at http://saothemovie.co.uk/
We also exclusively reveal to you that all screenings in UK & Ireland will be the uncensored version of the film. For those not aware, there were two versions created, a censored version and an uncensored version. We opted to screen the uncensored version of the film as we knew fans would want to see that version if at all possible. And that's exactly what you're getting!
Synopsis: "“Ordinal Scale,” an ARMMO-RPG that was designed exclusively for “Augma.”
Following its release, it has become the most discussed game due to its advanced technology. In this game, players can raise their rank by collecting items that appear in various places in the real world and by defeating monsters. This “Ranking System” is the main feature of the game, and in this system, each player’s status is determined by their rank which is indicated by an ordinal number instead of a cardinal number.
As the result, high ranking players are given overwhelming power and often rank has become a major factor in deciding the outcome of a PvP battle."
You can watch the trailer for the film below.
By Andrew Osmond.
This month, nostalgia’s really not what it used to be; it’s been tweaked. Two huge Hollywood movies are rolling out with lavish effects and female stars (Scarlett Johansson, Emma Watson). Both are remakes of 1990s films that gained iconic stature. In particular, the trailers for both new films feature numerous shot-for-shot recreations of moments from the originals. YouTubers have been busy making side-by-side comparisons – try this and this, er, side by side. The twist, of course, is they’re both live-action remakes of animated films: Ghost in the Shell and Beauty and the Beast. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
Kyoto Animation’s film A Silent Voice comes to British cinemas this week; to learn about its story and characters, see our previous article. However, you don’t need to have seen the film to know the story. At the British premiere at Scotland Loves Anime, the audience was asked how many had read the Silent Voice manga by Yoshitoki Oima. At least half the crowd raised their hands. Continue Reading
Tom Smith doesn’t forget the joker.
Anime Limited come up trumps again with selector infected WIXOSS, a series from Steins;Gate director Takuya Satou and Fate/Stay Night writer Mari Okada that’s based around a fictional card game craze with a twist.
Like all good card games, WIXOSS packs its fair share of rarities. Yet, unlike a £7.5k shiny Charizard, these bad girls (these cards are all female) come not only with a will of their own (heaven forbid you get a grumpy one), they also have the power to grant wishes. Winning battles gives the player a chance to have a wish granted, while losing just three battles will activate the proverbial trap card, and the wish becomes a curse.
The series also comes with a card themed opening song, entitled “killy killy JOKER”. The track is written and performed by Kanon Wakeshima, and is part of a very small selection of the artist’s music available in the UK on iTunes and Spotify. Continue Reading
By Jonathan Clements.
Takashi Tsumura saw it coming. He suggested that the “computer line” and the television might one day be combined. Moreover, in a “somewhat radical hypothesis” that the Japanese broadcast and phone companies might also combine, he suggested the “net” such a merger produced would have all the power and invasive persuasion of wartime state propaganda. It might all sound like a statement of the obvious to you, but Tsumura said it in 1973, in a journal of Japanese broadcast theory. His comments are impressively prescient, seemingly even running a little ahead of the prevailing trends in science fiction, which usually gets to all the good ideas before academia. The anime historian might observe he wrote them when the industry was already setting up think-tanks to deal with the onrush of computer technology before it had even been invented. Marc Steinberg and Alexander Zahlten, in their just published collection Media Theory in Japan, would just like readers to notice that Japanese pundits have had some interesting things to say over the years. Continue Reading