By Andy Hanley.
Author Nisio Isin has worked on many prominent titles over his career, from spin-off novels based on Death Note and xxxHOLiC to the popular Shonen Jump manga Medaka Box. However, for most fans he’s likely to be associated primarily with one-thing – the Monogatari series.
By Andrew Osmond.
Whether they’re from the east or west, animation studios know you can’t beat a good mascot. It could be a giant mouse, a plasticine dog, or a box-shaped robot trash compactor. It’s the same story in Japan. Studio Ghibli has Totoro; Production I.G. has the cyber-warrior Kusanagi; Gainax has the Evangelion.
The Bones studio, meanwhile, has two of the best-loved anime characters of all. They’re two brothers, a short-statured chap in a red cloak, and a looming but oddly gentle-looking suit of armour. There’s a hint of Asterix and Obelix about them, though their story is more high tragedy than punch-up farce.
Okay, Bones didn’t create Edward and Alphonse Elric. That was the manga artist Hiromu Arakawa. It was she that wrote the nine-year, twenty-seven book manga about the brothers’ journey through an increasingly rich world of steampunk and sorcery. But the Bones studio was more than an animator-for-hire. Its Alchemist serial, made in 2003, overtook the strip and had to make up its own story. It’s as if Warner Brothers invented Harry Potter’s last adventures when Rowling fell behind. Continue Reading
By Hugh David.
In the future, humanity has invested in public health as the key way to offer individual citizens their best life experience, reducing the sort of concerns that lead to unrest. This includes constant monitoring, alerts and reminders by way of embedded biotech and retinal displays, as well as offering whatever treatments are needed as and when. Japanese Helix Agent Tuan Kirie, from the World Health Organisation’s operations agency, attempted to rebel when young as part of a suicide pact with two friends. One balked, and saved her, but the third, the instigator of the pact, died. Now, their mutual past may be key to a lethal cyber outbreak in the present, one that causes mass suicide and is claimed by a group citing very familiar-sounding rhetoric…
The first of the three posthumous feature adaptations of works by late SF author Project Itoh, Harmony adapts the novel with style, even as it cuts it back to the core in order to tell the story in a sweeping cinematic manner. Directors Michael Arias (Tekkonkinkreet) and Takashi Nakamura (A Tree of Palme) take Itoh’s ideas seriously, as much as any live-action adapter of any classic work of literature. Fans of the novel will see immediately the incorporation of ideas like the Emotional HTML, or the flashbacks from the earlier part of the book, even as the film works to convey the narrative without the novel’s first-person perspective. There’s a fair bit of action for the commercial crowd, with production outfit Studio 4°C offering the sort of animation quality one expects from Production I.G whenever they do a new Ghost in the Shell. The opening in particular stands out in this regard, as does a nifty chase sequence in a future Baghdad that in part resembles a hi-tech version of its former imperial glory. Continue Reading
The wait is over as Free! -Eternal Summer- is available to add to your collection on DVD and Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray. Today we're going to show you what to expect from our Limited Edition Blu-ray release!
Synopsis: The boys of summer are back!
The cherry blossoms are blooming, the sun is shining, and it’s the perfect time to hit the pool! Haruka, Makoto, Nagisa, and Rei are anxious to get into the water and warm up their winter muscles ASAP, but things aren’t all flip-turns and finish lines. Haru’s passion for swimming is drying up, which dashes Rin’s hope for a true rivalry. With their futures after high school looming over them, Makoto and Haru are having a hard time focusing. And a gruff new Samezuka student, Sosuke, appears just in time to jeopardize Iwatobi’s chance at nationals.
From Kyoto Animation comes the internet phenomenon that’s making a splash! Free! -Eternal Summer- is full of lovable characters, beautiful animation, and of course, MUSCLES!
Read more about the series in an article we published HERE AT OUR SITE
Check out the trailer below.
Our release comes packed in a rigid case and inside that you'l find a digipack to hold the two Blu-ray discs as well as the 64-page art book, stickers and art cards.
On the disc themselves you'll find:
And now for photos of the finished product! Check them out below and as a note you can click on the photos to enlarge them too. Continue Reading
By Jasper Sharp.
Who would have thought that one of the talking-point animated releases of the year would be an obscure title made in Japan over 40 years ago? Hailed as “One of the great lost masterpieces of Japanese animation”, Belladonna of Sadness (also known as Tragedy of Belladonna) was originally released in 1973 as the third and final of the adult-oriented Animerama series launched by Astro Boy-creator Osamu Tezuka’s Mushi Production. The trilogy, which had begun with One Thousand and One Arabian Nights (1969) and continued through Cleopatra (1970), coincided with, and indeed many would say contributed to, the company’s bankruptcy that same year.
The film hasn’t exactly lain in limbo since then. In 1979 it was re-issued in Japan in a re-edited version and was available in the country throughout the VHS era, and a German DVD appeared from Rapid Eye Movies back in 2008. However, its eye-popping new 4K digital restoration has seen Belladonna reappraised as a cult classic, an unearthed obscurity that has gained critical traction in no lesser publications than the New York Times, albeit attracting an equal measure of controversy. Continue Reading