By Andrew Osmond.
In Japan, mobile games are big business. Blame it on the commute – on Tokyo trains, the jam-packed passengers are asked not to talk on their phones, and remarkably nearly all of them don’t talk. So instead they use their phones and tablets for browsing, texting and playing games. And they can be all kinds of games, from epic networked RPGs to dating sims with pigeons (yes, it’s a thing). According to a report on the Kotaku website, Japanese gamers spend far more money on pay-to-progress mobile games than Westerners do.
Show By Rock originated as a rhythm mobile game in 2013 – that is, a game to test your ability to keep in time and/or play an instrument, like Guitar Hero and Rock Band. Show By Rock was made by the games company Geechs in collaboration with the world-famous Sanrio, home of Hello Kitty, My Melody and many more characters. Sanrio is usually seen as purveying products for girls (and women), but the company specified that Show By Rock is targeted more at boys. That doesn’t stop the game having an abundance of cute, furry and fluffy characters, as you can see on this official promo video. Continue Reading
Good afternoon everyone! It's time for a rare Sunday edition of the Newswire. So, I'm going to get right the point. There's A LOT to talk about this Newswire. We've got an update on Sword Art Online The Movie, release dates, announcements from late last week and more. So sit back, relax and read on below.
It's not long to go now until the this very special event at the Glasgow Film FIlm Festival! (SEE THIS) The director of A Silent Voice Naoko Yamada will be attending the screening of A Silent Voice at the 2nd biggest film festival in the United Kingdom, the Glasgow Film Festival, GFF for short, this Thursday (23rd February.)
We want to take the opportunity to remind everyone about some important ground rules about attending this screening. So do have a read of the F.A.Q. from our last Newswire HERE.
As mentioned last week, the date for your calendars is Wednesday 15th March. This will be the day you can catch the film in cinemas, though we will add there will be further screening in select cinemas from Friday 17th March.
There is a dedicated website, similar to the one we had for Your Name screenings, that will correlate all the screening locations and times. We’ll share the details of this site once all is finalised and locked in. Expect more news on this within the next week!
We know a lot of you have been patiently waiting for details on this, and today we can confirm that the Sword Art Online Movie will be screening in the UK & Ireland on Wednesday 19th April!
As will be the case for A Silent Voice, there will be a dedicated website that will correlate all screening locations and times for Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale - this should be coming in the next week or so please stay tuned for that.
Also, we want to make a quick note that there's actually another very good reason to keep an eye on our screenings of Sword Art Online The Movie. We can't tell you what it is today, but expect this reason to become clear very soon.
~ First of all, available to add to your collection now is
-- *Zavvi.com Exclusive* Gurren Lagann Collector's Edition Blu-ray set
-- Persona 3: Movie #1 Spring of Birth on Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray+DVD and standard DVD
-- Blood Lad Blu-ray standard edition
All three of these are available and ready to add to your collection now!
~ Looking ahead to tomorrow (20th February) it's a very packed week for new releases as we bring you the following -
-- Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam Part 1 (Blu-ray)
-- Eden of the East (TV series + Movies) Ltd Collector's Edition (Blu-ray)
-- Escaflowne TV Series (Blu-ray)
-- Gurren Lagann Movie Collection (Blu-ray)
~ So, we've had a fair few things to announce this week; on Friday especially. In case you missed them here's quick a recap -
--- Exclusive to our AllTheAnime.com web shop we're releasing a Full Metal Panic Blu-ray Collection that comes in a box limited to 300 units only. Read more about this HERE.
We're also having an early-bird pre-order special offer on this Full Metal Panic Blu-ray collection until Tuesday! Details in the link above.
--- We are bringing the classic film Sword and the Stranger to Blu-ray and DVD this year! Read more about this HERE.
--- We will be releasing the two Tokyo Ghoul OVAs "Jack" & "Pinto" on Blu-ray and DVD. You can read more about it HERE.
~ So with these in mind, here's how our release slate is currently looking over the next few months.
But before we get to that, I have a few notes I want to highlight about the list below:
NOTE: I want to stress now that when it comes to some titles after March, we are still in the process of locking in a number of dates. We know that some retailers may be listing specific dates for certain titles not mentioned below, but we ask to take those with a grain of salt until we have confirmed them through our own channels - that's not to say they aren't final, they could well be. But we don't want to highlight them here until they're 100% locked in.
NOTE 2: If you don't see a title listed below, it's more than likely it won't be getting released until after June 2017. When there are details for those titles, we will say accordingly :)
NOTE 3: Please note that for all titles listed below due for release in April onwards that have a Collector's Edition version, they're all currently in the approvals process so we're not able to share details on the design and/or contents. But as soon as we can, we will share those details :) Continue Reading
Glasgow, UK February 17, 2017 - Anime Limited are excited to announce partnering with Crunchyroll to simulcast Studio Khara’s latest work Dragon Dentist. It will be amongst the first platforms to stream the work practically simultaneously with the Japanese broadcast - and only available on Crunchyroll.
Dragon Dentist will be available to watch on Crunchyroll not only in the UK and Ireland, but also in Iceland, Finland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway. Anime Limited is also excited to announce all rights for Dragon Dentist for the UK and Ireland and will release it on home video at a later date. Anime Limited also expect to release it theatrically later this year as well. More details to follow.
The story takes place in Dragon Country.
Nonoko, the heroine, is a newly appointed dentist who protects the dragon, the guardian of the country, from tooth cavity bacteria.
One day, amid increasingly fierce battles against the neighboring country, she finds an unconscious boy soldier from the enemy country on the dragon’s tooth. His name is Bell, and he has been “resurrected” from within the tooth by the dragon, a supernatural phenomenon that legend says occurs before a major disaster.
Bell is confused about his situation. Nonoko cheers him up and takes him on as a dragon dentist. Suddenly the two face an unexpected and tremendous explosion that gives rise to countless tooth decaying bacteria.
As they face a series of fierce battles, Nonoko and Bell eventually learn to accept their fate.
This fantasy adventure, created on an epic scale like never before, will keep viewers thrilled and enamored!
Andrew Partridge, President of Anime Limited says: “I’m very excited to be able to bring Dragon Dentist to anime fans here in the UK, Ireland & Scandinavia. Ever since I first saw the short film as part of Studio Khara’s Japan Animator Expo at Scotland Loves Anime, I’ve wanted to see this expanded into a feature. And now, we get to follow this story over two 45 minute features! We’re very excited to partner with Crunchyroll to bring this exciting feature to fans day and date with the Japanese broadcast. I am very much looking forward to watching it this weekend!”
The first part of Dragon Dentist will be available to enjoy on Crunchyroll on Saturday 18, February at 21:45 GMT.
If our catalogue is anything to go by, we at Anime Limited we love having the opportunity to bring films to the United Kingdom and Ireland. Be them lesser known works, new films and even established classics. Today we're delighted to announce we will be bringing the classic Sword of the Stranger to Blu-ray and DVD in 2017.
Directed by Mashiro Ando (Snow White with the Red Hair, Under The Dog, Blast of Tempest) and animation from Studio BONES (Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, Eureka Seven, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, Wolf's Rain) comes a films that focuses on a nameless samurai ("Nanashi") and the boy he vows to protect from pursuing feudal factions.
Synopsis: "Hunted by the Mings from China, young Kotaro and his dog meet a nameless samurai ("Nanashi") who is constantly being haunted by dreams of the past which lead him to seal his sword. Among the Mings is a fiercesome Western fighter named Rarou, who desires only to find a worthy opponent.
When both groups clash with a Sengoku-era feudal lord, a proud general, and monks torn between faith and survival, the reason behind the Mings' pursuit tests the bond between Kotaro and Nanashi."
We can confirm there will be a Collector's Edition style release that will include both the English language audio and original Japanese with subtitles. We will have more details on what to expect from our release in the coming months - we are currently in the approvals phase of our release, so until we have that 100% confirmed we're unable to comment on what will be included.
This will be arriving on 5th June 2017 and for those of you wanting to get in early, you can pre-order this right now at Amazon UK in the link below:
Sword of the Stranger has been released in the United Kingdom by Beez Entertainment in the past, but that release has long since been out-of-print. We are very excited to be able to bring this film back to the United Kingdom so fans can watch it. It will be well worth the wait!
Having released the first two seasons of the very popular Tokyo Ghoul franchise on Blu-ray and DVD, a recurring question we have been asked not only online but at every event we've exhibited at has been "will you release the OVAs?"
For the benefit of those not aware, there were two additional OVA episodes made and released in Japan that cover different aspect of the Tokyo Ghoul universe linking into the two seasons. These OVA episodes being "Jack" and "Pinto" respectively.
Well today we're delighted to announce that we will be bring both of these OVA episodes as an individual release to Blu-ray and DVD this year! It's worth noting from the outset that there is no English language dub for either OVA, so both are in Japanese with English subtitles only.
In fact you won't have wait very long for them as they will be available in May 2017 - more details including exact date to follow in the coming months so stay tuned.
This is an adaptation of the Tokyo Ghoul Jack manga, acting a prequel to the Tokyo Ghoul anime and giving a glimpse into the past of the CCG's early days, along with delving into the past of the CCG's feared God of Death.
Synopsis: "An incident involving a human-devouring Ghoul occurs in Tokyo's 13th Ward. To seek the truth behind what happened to his friend, the rebellious high school boy Taishi Fura pursues the Ghoul named Lantern with the young ace investigator Kishō Arima. The story follows how the ace investigator Arima and the talented 7th Ward investigator Taishi Fura first met"
Synopsis source: Anime News Network.
Tokyo Ghoul: Pinto is an adaptation of the third in the spin-novel series "Tokyo Ghoul: Piinto (Days) about the lives of human and Ghouls. This story specifically focuses on the past of one of the most memorable characters on the vast cast Tokyo Ghoul, Shuu Tsukiama and how he came to meet high school student and budding photographer, Chie "Little Mouse" Hori.
We're very excited to be able to bring more of the Tokyo Ghoul universe to the UK & Ireland and we hope you're excited to be able to add these to your collection too! We'll have more details in the coming months about this release of ours so please stay tuned for updates as we can bring them.
For those wanting to get in early with pre-ordering, the DVD version is available order now at Amazon UK. (Update. 22nd Feb 2017 - Blu-ray version now listed)
NOTE: Images used in this post are for reference only and do not reflect design of actual product.