It's that time time of the week again. Time for your latest Anime Limited Newswire.
~ First of all, we're six days away from two releases being available to add to your collection. First up is the highly anticipated Kill la Kill Box 2 on Collector's Edition Blu-ray and Collector's Edition DVD. It contains episodes 10-19, comes in a rigid box, with a digipack to hold the discs and as if that wasn't enough also has an over 200 page art book too! You can pre-order your copy from Amazon UK HERE and through our web shop HERE. Continue Reading
It's a title we know a lot of you have been patiently waiting for (and believe me when I say we have been too) but today we are delighted to be able to give you a photo tour - all going well we're intending to make a video version at a later date - of Kill la Kill Box 2 Collector's Edition. Set for release this Monday (23rd March) on DVD and Blu-ray.
Read on below to see what it looks like and for all the details. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond
Giovanni’s Island is a blend of history, fiction and fantasy. The main story is about two young brothers, and what happens to them when their home, an island to the north of mainland Japan, is occupied by Russians at the end of World War II. But mixed into the drama are the boys’ fantasies about a steam train which travels through the stars, searching for the True Heaven. These fantasies aren’t just about escaping the world’s hardships. They’re a way for kids to understand the world, to fight through it, to transform fear, pain and even death.
It’s not the first film to use this device. Guillermo del Toro’s celebrated live-action film Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) interwove the historical violence of Franco’s Spain with a young girl’s terrifying fairy-tale adventures (two words: Pale Man ). An earlier film, 1973’s Spirit of the Beehive, was also set against Franco’s Spain, where another girl dreams of the Frankenstein Monster, turning it into a benign woodland spirit not unlike Miyazaki’s Totoro.
It’s easy to enjoy Giovanni’s Island without knowing the real book which inspires the boys’ dreams. But if you want to know why it’s left such an impression on Japanese kids, read on…
Racing from the void, golden against the blackness, a square of light fills the universe. “It’s a field of corn!” exclaims one of the child adventurers, who happens to be a human-sized cat. Their steam train pulls in at a deserted, sun-drenched platform. Overheard, suspended from nothing, is a clock from which a gleaming pendulum swings, crisply clacking like a heartbeat. Music throbs softly through the cornfield from an invisible orchestra. A human girl leans forward. “That sounds like the New World Symphony...” Continue Reading
It's time for the second ever Anime Limited Podcast! On this episode Jeremy Graves is joined by Andrew Partridge, Kerry Kassim and (for the first time) Kat Hall to talk all manner of subjects in a fun filled 43 minutes of audio goodness.
Topics discussed (but are not limited to) include the Anime Japan event in Tokyo next week, what constitutes a title of ours getting an 'Ultimate Edition' release, seasonal ice cream, releasing soundtracks, Arabic dubbed programmes and much more (including some exclusive tidbits on an upcoming release of ours.) Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond
What’s it like to be a commercial animator? Take a furious, crazy-seeming animation like Space Dandy - can the experience of making it ever resemble that of watching it? Most times, probably not. Don’t trust those jolly ‘making-ofs.’ We know commercial animation can be a soul-destroying production-line, as in the “Banksy” opening of The Simpsons, or that Paranoia Agent story where the animators are so exhausted and stupefied that they don’t notice a head-bashing killer.
Space Dandy, though, feels different. It’s a real effort to give freedom to the staff who worked on it, lifted rather than smothered by the show’s big star. That star, of course, is Shinichiro Watanabe, director of the landmark Cowboy Bebop nearly twenty years ago. Since then he’s burnished his reputation with the hip-hop historical Samurai Champloo, and a couple of segments of the bestselling Animatrix. More recently, Kids on the Slope was notable for its vision of artistic creation, where teen musicians jam joyfully together. It’s the opposite of the psychotically competitive jazz battles in the recent live-action film Whiplash. Continue Reading