By Jasper Sharp.
It was only last year that the Japan Foundation UK began including documentaries in its annual touring film season, with Aya Hanabusa’s intimate depiction of a family of butchers descended from the stigmatised buraku class, Tale of a Butcher Shop (2013), the first to be included in the line-up. This year, we move onto seafood, with Naotaro Endo’s Tsukiji Wonderland (2016), an account of a year in the life of the world’s largest and most famous fish market. It is, nevertheless, a very different proposition, matching its subject matter in terms of scale and sprawl. Continue Reading
So, it's been a few weeks since our last Newswire. It's been incredibly busy at Anime Limited HQ but we wanted to make sure there was an update for you of some kind before the weekend.
As a note, we know a lot of you are wanting to know details about upcoming releases of ours in March. Next week we're going to have a Newswire that will have a big update when it comes to release date of forthcoming titles of ours. So please keep an eye out for that next week.
Right, with that being said, there's a lot to get to. So sit back and have a read.
When it comes to upcoming cinema activity from us, we're currently focusing on A Silent Voice. So our update today will be in relation to that only. But please know Sword Art Online news will be coming within the next few weeks.
Since our last update we know a lot of you have been patiently waiting for more information about when the film will be getting screened in March. Today we can confirm 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 will be 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.
As announced last week (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, on 23rd February.
Following this announcement we want to take the opportunity to highlight a few notes about her appearance as well as lay down some very important ground rules about attending this screening. So have a read of the F.A.Q. below
~ Why is there only one screening with her attending?
This screening has been organised by the Glasgow Film Festival itself and not us (Anime Limited.) So there is only one screening of the film as part of their stacked lineup for the festival in general. Also worth noting that her schedule only permits her to be able to attend this screening.
~ Will there be a signing session opportunity with Naoko Yamada?
No there won't be. This is due to time constraints and the fact that she will have other engagements to attend to that day.
~ Will be there be the opportunity to get a photo with Naoko Yamada?
No there won't be. Again, much like the case with there being no signing session this is due to time constraints and other engagements she will attend to that day.
~ I'm attending the screening and Q&A session. Can I record this or take photos?
It’s not often we have to be strict about this when it comes to unique opportunities such as these, but this event will have a strict no audio and/or video recording of any kind during this event. Photography of any kind – including any photos from mobile phones – is strictly prohibited as well.
The reason for this is at the request of Kyoto Animation - and based off experiences of her previous UK appearance at the 2012 Scotland Loves Anime Film Festival.
There will be strict enforcement of these rules and regulations during her appearance. If any attendee is caught or suspected of violating any of these they will be subject to ejection from the event.
~ I can't get to the event. Will this be Q&A be streamed or archived in anyway?
It's something we're looking into, but it's highly unlikely that this event will be able to recorded by ourselves let alone the Glasgow Film Festival. Obviously if we can archive this in any way, we will try our best to do so.
As we mentioned above, with our focus being on A Silent Voice at the moment, there is no update for you when it comes to Sword Art Online. However, please stay tuned as we expect to be able to share concrete info of when are where you can see it in the next few weeks.
In case you missed our last update, you can read that HERE.
By Andrew Osmond.
Pieta in the Toilet is the oddest-titled film in the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme, now running in selected cinemas through February and March. No, it’s not a gross-out comedy; instead, it’s a very human drama about an extremely sombre topic, but shot through with humour and low-key spirituality. While Pieta’s not based on an anime or manga, it is connected to the work of “God of Manga” Osamu Tezuka; to Your Name; and to When Marnie was There. Continue Reading
We're just days away from our release of the first of the four Persona 3 movie releases - see the full unboxing of our Movie #1 release HERE - and there's no better time than now to tell you about what to expect from our upcoming release of the second movie, Persona 3: Movie #2 Midsummer Knight's Dream.
A quick reminder that we release the first Persona 3 movie this coming Monday (13th February). This post is specifically focusing on our release of the second movie, due on 13th March.
Synopsis: “I wish it would stay like this every day…” Following his transfer to Gekkoukan Private Academy, Makoto Yuki is suddenly attacked by a strange monster called Shadows and is awakened to a power which allowed him to summon a Persona. Seeing Makoto’s potential, the members of the Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad approach him to join them in their battle against these creatures. Makoto, initially feeling detached from the situation accepts their invitation indifferently, but as he learned more about the “Dark Hour,” and engaged in many harsh battles, he began feeling a strong bond with his teammates. And so the season turned from spring to summer… the battle was far from over for the SEES team, now joined by a new member, but they all felt a sense of fulfillment even as they faced these abnormal circumstances.
The wheels of fate began to turn… as they were about to learn of the new trials they must face."
You can watch the trailer for the film below -
NOTE: This trailer will likely feature *SPOILERS* for Persona 3: Movie #1.
As is the case with the first movie, we will be releasing this as a Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD set and as a standard DVD.
The Collector’s Edition set will come packed with a rigid case and inside that will be a digipack to hold the two discs (1 x Blu-ray + 1 x DVD) along with a 36-page booklet.
Once again we'll note that there is no English language audio for any of the Persona 3 films – no English dub was created – so each of these film including Movie #2 Midsummer Knight's Dream are in Japanese with English subtitles only.
So now here’s a look at our release for you. Check out the visual below –
Inside the booklet are character profiles, Art settings from art boards and key animation, some preview images of the second Persona 3 movie, cast comments and the next instalment of the 'special Persona 3 Movie Edition of ‘Tartarus Theatre’ – 4-panel comic. If that wasn’t enough following on from the interview featured in the booklet of our Movie #1 release, there's a roundtable discussion interview with Jun Kumagai (Screenplay), Tomohisa Taguchi (Series Director, Persona 3 Movie 2 director) and Kazunori Adachi (Producer) focusing on this second Persona3 movie.
Until Tuesday 14th February pre-order the Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray+DVD set of Persona 3: Movie #2 from AllTheAnime.com for only £19.99 (SRP: £34.99)
For those of you planning to purchase the DVD version, the release will come with the DVD discs inside an amaray case.
And that concludes this preview of Persona 3: Movie #2 Midsummer Knight's Dream release! A reminder that our release of Movie #1 is out this coming Monday (13th February.) We're hope you're looking forward to having both films - and obviously the final two films too - in your collection.
NOTE - For reference please see the original post we made back in November as to what this replacement scheme is related to HERE.
NOTE 2 - This replacement scheme only applies those who purchased the Ultimate Edition Blu-ray set of Escaflowne. Our upcoming TV series standard edition Blu-ray set will have the re-authored third disc included by default.
The re-authored discs have been finalised and we are taking delivery of them this week! We're anticipating them to arrive at our office any day now.
For everyone who purchased this set from our AllTheAnime.com web shop, your will have received an email last week asking to please check your shipping address is the same as it was when your order was originally shipped. If you want it sent to a new address and haven't responded to that email please do ASAP.
If you have applied for the replacement scheme by following the instructions noted back in November [see below as well for reference] your details have been logged and they will be getting sent out as soon as possible too.
In short, all going well we're hoping to start sending out discs as soon as later this week / early next week.