By Andrew Osmond.
At last year’s Scotland Loves Anime event, the festival judges had to decide which of the films was the best (you can listen to their comments here).The prize went to Your Name, but only by a narrow margin – the votes split almost equally between Shinkai’s blockbuster and a very different film which opened in Japan at nearly the same time. That was A Silent Voice, by the famed Kyoto Animation studio, but Kyoto Animation as you’ve never seen it before.
True, A Silent Voice sounds familiar in broad terms. It’s an emotional (very emotional) drama about a group of Japanese youngsters, girls and boys. But few anime dramas are so intense. Whereas A Silent Voice has humour, and some charming characterisation of the kind you’d expect from the studio behind K-ON! and Free!, it foregrounds darker emotions. It’s a film about guilt, resentment, hate and self-loathing. And its story is triggered by an act of bullying; by children who bully a more vulnerable child. Continue Reading
By Andy Hanley.
It’s become a truism that successfully adapting a video game into another medium is incredibly hard – after all, the main pull of any game is the agency that it grants the player, be that shooting, hacking and slashing your way to victory or choosing the dialogue and narrative paths of a visual novel to reach your desired goal. In the transition to a passive medium, any deficiencies of the underlying story are likely to come to the fore even before you start to grapple with which story path to adapt.
Of course, there are exceptions to every rule, and one of the more notable of recent times has been the Persona series. Admittedly, even this franchise hasn’t always been a guarantee of success, with Persona 3 spin-off Trinity Soul arriving in 2008 as a forgettable anime addition to that story, but it wasn’t until 2013 that we saw Persona 3’s mainline game story given the animated treatment as a series of big-screen theatrical films. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
The Animated Oscar nominee list was announced yesterday and – in the main headline for most anime fans – Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name wasn’t on it. It was a disappointment, though not very surprising. While the film’s astonishing box-office in Japan and China got it some press coverage in America, it’s unlikely many Oscar voters have been inclined or able to see it. It played at the Sitges and London festivals, winning Best Animated Film at the former. But it didn’t play at (for example) Cannes, unlike two non-Hollywood animations that were nominated this year. We’ll get to them below.
Maybe it’s just bad timing. If Your Name had had its American cinema run in the last few months, as it did in Britain, and gained glowing reviews from the US equivalents of Mark Kermode (who placed it in the ten best films of 2016), then maybe more Oscar voters would have paid attention. Ironically, Your Name’s world premiere was in America, at Anime Expo last July. But since then it’s only had a one-cinema, one-week Oscar-qualifying run at Los Angeles. The film’s North American release, on over 200 screens, will be on 7th April, long after the Oscars themselves are over. Continue Reading
By Hugh David.
Fans of Berserk and Fullmetal Alchemist will find a lot to like in this epic twenty-six-part saga from 2007, which adapts the first eleven volumes of Norihiro Yagi’s manga, published from 2001 to 2014 across several magazines in the Jump family. But what sets Claymore apart from the run-of-the-mill fantasy/swords-and-sorcery manga and anime that preceded it? For starters, despite the female warriors who bear the series title, there is a distinct lack of comedy and overt fan-service – no sexed-up D&D sitcom this. Second is the particular blend of European and Japanese mythological elements, pitting Japanese-style Yoma (in this series demon/human hybrids) against Western-looking characters in a European medieval-style landscape complete with Christian churches and priests. Third, and most discussed about the show, is the combat: this is one of the best action shows to come out of Japan this century. Continue Reading
It's time to bring up to speed on all things Anime Limited and Funimation titles with your latest edition of our Newswire. It's gonna be a long read on below for all your latest updates.
We know a lot of you have asking about updates on our upcoming screenings of A Silent Voice and the Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale movie. While there aren't many concrete updates on both we can give you at this time, there are a few things we can tell you -
First of all, with regard to A Silent Voice, plans have had to change slightly with this for a variety of reasons so now our planned theatrical screenings across the UK will now be in late March. These screenings will be in Japanese with English subtitles only - as there is no English dub, more on that in a moment.
However, in coordination with the annual Japan Foundation Touring programme, there will be special preview screenings of A Silent Voice in select locations over between February and early March, prior to our main theatrical screenings in late March. So there will still be opportunities to catch the film next month. There will be 13 opportunities to see the film; please keep an eye on the Japan Foundation Touring programme website HERE for more details.
Regarding an English dub, there is currently no English language dub for this film. So all of our screenings will be in Japanese with English subtitles only. But, as confirmed by our company president during our recent Podcast (SEE HERE), we are planning to dub the film in time for our future home video release. We don't have an eta on when that will be at this time, but as soon as we know more we'll be sure to share it with you.
Now, onto Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale. We are now planning for these screenings to be in mid-late April. The reason they are taking place in April is simply because we had to shuffle A Silent Voice screenings to March, and as we are a very small team here at Anime Limited we want to make sure each film gets the attention they both deserve. But don't worry, the screenings are definitely coming and once we have more concrete info we can share, we will do so.
A reminder that as there is no English language dub of Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale, all screenings of the film will be in Japanese with English subtitles only.
One final note, in case you haven't seen it doing the rounds online, here (see right) is the latest main visual for the film.
Some of you might not have seen it, but a new trailer for the film launched over the past few weeks. You can watch it, courtesy of our friends at Madman Entertainment below. Continue Reading