By Tom Smith.
The hype behind Eden of the East was huge before its original release in 2009: a series directed and written by Kenji Kamiyama – whose CV includes the likes of the Ghost in the Shell series, Blood: The Last Vampire and Patlabor – and produced by Production I.G. So, imagine being that band chosen to provide the opening theme of such a show. Some might say it’s guaranteed success amongst a portion of Japan’s anime-watching population. For five lads from humble beginnings, this opportunity would be theirs. Going by the name of Oasis (pronounced Oh-Ah-Shish), they would roll with it and land their very first anime tie-in – and it would be their last ever single.
This isn’t a story of a band being dropped from their label after failing to reach expected sales, though. Their demise, if you can call it that, was mostly down to sibling bickering between its vocalist and guitarist. But then, you don’t need me to tell you who Oasis are and why Noel and Liam Gallagher went their separate ways. But the story of their final single “Falling Down” is an interesting one. Especially because it left Anime Limited in an unusual position when licensing Eden of the East. Continue Reading
by Jeremy Clarke.
Pulse aka Kairo (2001) has long been considered one of the key J-Horror films of the last generation, along with Ring (1998) and The Grudge (2002). It remains one of the two films for which director Kiyoshi Kurosawa is most highly regarded, along with his earlier Cure (1997). Continue Reading
Andrew and Jessica are once again on assignment, so the podcast this week is brought to by the C-Squad of Anime Limited; Jeremy, Kat and Keith as they bring a fun (what somehow ended up being nearly) 80 minutes of discussion on a bunch of topics relating to anime and not.
Topics covered include (but not limited to) are our pitch for the next Mission Impossible film, a few things that excited us from the utter deluge of announcements at Anime Expo in Los Angeles last week, the live-action movie of Bleach [NOTE from Jeremy: only the teaser image had been published at time of recording], some chatter on what we’ve been watching including Haikyu!!, My Hero Academia - and it’s parallels to Naruto - and Attack on Titan Season 2. Also talk on the most recent season of Berserk and Jeremy’s new absolutely insane and possible life threatening drinking game while watching it. There’e even some Doctor Who chatter too.
Then the random topic generator returns with submissions from you, the listeners, included! As if that wasn't enough there's also some updates to our website to tell you about, including how you can keep updated on when a title is close to being out of print, plus an update on our release of Charlotte Part 2.
A fun podcast as always! We hope you enjoy listening to it and we'll be back next Friday with another episode for you - and more than likely we'll be covering questions you've all been sending on that show.
NOTE: As always please note this podcast contains strong language and any views expressed by individuals in this podcast do not reflect those of Anime Limited.
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By Andrew Osmond.
Takashi Nakamura has worked in the anime industry for more than three decades, starting as an animator before moving into direction. Younger fans may know him as co-director (with Michael Arias) of the shocking, cerebral science-fiction film Harmony. But long before that, Nakamura was Animation Director on Katsuhiro Otomo’s iconic Akira, and animated on other 1980s landmarks like Nausicaa and Mysterious Cities of Gold. Since then, his film director credits have ranged across the board. from Catnapped to A Tree of Palme.
As Nakamura visited Edinburgh to screen his latest work, a CGI short film called Ylion and Callysia, I took the opportunity to quiz him on his career. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
The new cinema film Genocidal Organ is rather unfortunately named. Many people may assume it’s some sex-and-violence exploitation anime with precious few brain cells. A few old-school fans may wonder if it’s linked to Detonator Orgun (sic), a mecha miniseries from 1991.
Actually, Genocidal Organ does have fleeting sex, and intense, shocking violence. In the early scenes, you may expect it to turn into a hardboiled techno-thriller. Instead, it becomes something more subversive and a whole lot darker. As blood and brains spatter the frame, you may be reminded of Michael Haneke’s Funny Games, taunting you for sympathising with the on-screen characters. Continue Reading