It's the end of the week and given that next week is MCM London Comic Con we are going be knee-deep in preparation for that, so it's entirely possible there won't be another Newswire now until either during the event itself or after. So this edition of the Newswire is a quick brief catchup on things you need to know and bring up to speed on a few things to be aware of.
So, let's get to it.
-- First of all a big thanks to everyone who went to see Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry and the cinema this week! It's been wonderful to hear from so many of you who have enjoyed seeing Fairy Tail on the big screen. There still some additional screenings taking place, and you can details on said additional screenings at fairytailthemovie.co.uk
-- You're probably curious as to what;'s next on the docket when it comes to cinemas screenings from us? Might be an idea to keep an eye on us next week, particularly over the MCM London weekend, as we might have some details to share... ;)
We're officially a week away from the event... *Jeremy panics slightly, then regains composure*, and that means we have to let you know what to expect from us during the event! Well you'll be able to know what we have planned for the show later today. At around 7pm tonight we'll be publishing a separate post dedicated to highlighting what will be going down at the show. Be on the lookout for that later today!
UPDATE: The post detailing our activity at MCM London Comic Con is now live. READ IT HERE
-- First of all, next week (Monday 22nd May) sees two new home video releases and a digital release available to add to your collection.
We have the Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray of Selector Infected WIXOSS (see our unboxing for that HERE), plus the DVD and Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray+DVD set of Persona 3: Movie #3 Falling Down available. (Check out our unboxing of Persona 3 Movie 3, published earlier today HERE.)
The time has nearly arrived! We're at the up to third Persona 3 film out of the 4! (And the fourth one isn't that far away either, but more on that to come.) Today we're delighted to bring you an unboxing of our Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray+DVD set of Persona 3 Movie #3: Falling Down, available from this coming Monday (22nd May).
Synopsis: "I kind of understand it now. You're afraid of losing something, aren't you?”
The season is now autumn. The days of battling the Shadows for Makoto Yuki and the members of the Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad were nearing their end.
Determined to bring an end to the Dark Hour, Makoto and his team engage in countless life-or-death battles. As they continue to fight, some members face the death of their beloved friends and family, while some come to realize what they must fight for and others struggle to make sense out of all the bloodshed.
Then one day, Makoto encounters the mysterious transfer student, Ryoji Mochizuki. The wheels of fate begin turning as they reach the dawn of a new day…
And so begins a new battle to find their connections to one another."
Check out the trailer for the film below.
Following on from our release of the Movie 1 and Movie 2, this comes packed in a rigid case and inside you'll find a digipack to house both the Blu-ray and DVD discs. Also inside is a 40 page booklet that includes character profiles, Art Settings from art boards and key animation, cast comments and the next Special Persona 3 Movie Edition of 'Tartarus Theatre' 4 panel comic.
Both the Blu-ray and DVD discs include the third Persona 3 film, Falling Down. A reminder that all of the Persona 3 movies are in Japanese with English subtitles - as no English language dub for the films have been produced.
Below you'll find images of the finished product. You can click on them to enlarge them too if you want. Continue Reading
We're big fans of Naoyoshi Shiotani (director of the two Psycho-Pass TV series and Psycho-Pass the movie) and when we had the opportunity to bring one his earlier works to Blu-ray and DVD we jumped at the chance. This earlier work of his being Tokyo Marble Chocolate. Today we're delighted to bring an unboxing of our release that will be available from 29th May.
Synopsis: The directorial debut of Naoyoshi Shiotani (director of the Psycho-Pass series and Movie) comes to Blu-ray and DVD for the first time in the United Kingdom!
"Yuudai has difficulty expressing his feelings and his girlfriend, Chizuru, has trouble maintaining relationships. Trapped by their insecurities in a relationship thats going nowhere, they drift further and further apart. While Chizuru thinks this is the end of the road, Yuudai struggles desperately to overcome his cowardly nature before he loses what is most important to him.
There are two stories to every relationship, but can love survive if they don't meet halfway?"
You can watch the trailer for this below -
Our release comes packed inside a rigid case with a digipack to hold the two discs (1 x DVD and 1 x Blu-ray.) Also included inside the box is a 40 page booklet that includes character art & info, Director profile and even an interview with the director, Naoyoshi Shiotani himself.
On the discs you will find the two OVAs that comprise Tokyo Marble Chocolate in Japanese with English subtitles -- no English dub was ever produced for this, so this is a subtitle-only release -- and you will also find two music videos "FULL POWERED BOY" and "SEE YOU AGAIN".
And now for photos of the final product. You can click on them to enlarge them too if you want. Continue Reading
By Jonathan Clements.
Partway through the Glasgow screening of A Silent Voice, its director Naoko Yamada has sunk low in the chair next to me, hugging her bulky coat to her like a blanket. Watching a Japanese film with its director is not necessarily a common experience. Some have wanted to sit in with the Scottish crowd for the sheer novelty of observing a foreign audience’s reactions, but in many cases, by the time a film makes it out of Japan, its makers are thoroughly sick of it. They watched it so many times that now all they can see is the bits they wish they had more time to redo. But Yamada is reliving her own film as if it is the first time she has ever seen it. She sniffs and I realise that she is holding back a sob.
“Did I actually see you crying in there?” I ask her later.
“No!” she lies. Continue Reading
By Jonathan Clements.
Kaori Chiba’s recently published Japanese-language book The Day Heidi was Born is a long-overdue account of one of Japanese animation’s landmark works. Made in 1974 in an attempt to cash in on the children’s literature niche suggested by the Japanese success of The Moomins, Heidi: Girl of the Alps brought together a dream-team of future anime greats. It offered a vital escape route for Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki, who had fled Toei Animation for the ill-fated Pippi Longstocking project, and would match its rival Space Cruiser Yamato viewer-for-viewer in the ratings. Continue Reading