By Andrew Osmond.
When we think of anime, we tend to think of long stories: sprawling TV series running for tens or hundreds of hours, or feature films longer than Hollywood animations – just compare the run times of Ghibli and Pixar films. Short stories are harder to market in commercial anime, though they keep on bubbling up. Some TV series operate as strings of short stories with mostly changing casts, such as Mushishi and Paranoia Agent. There are anthologies composed of short stories; classic cases include Robot Carnival, Memories and Animatrix, while the Genius Party films have been acquired by Anime Limited. Not forgetting the online Japan Animator Expo films by Studio Khara; the later ones are here.
Anime Limited has already released two excellent short stories, Garden of Words and HAL. Both are standalones, running under an hour each, though they’re produced to a cinema level; and they’re both stories of young love between a man and a woman. The same is true of Anime Limited’s new offering, Tokyo Marble Chocolate, though it’s much more of a comedy and has a sly trick of its own. Animated by Production I.G, Tokyo Marble Chocolate is split into two parts, each of which tells basically the same tale, but from two different points of view; namely, those of the man and the woman. Continue Reading
It'a hard to believe but we are literally a week away from MCM London Comic Con at Excel London! *Screams internally* So now is as good as time as any to divulge what you can expect from us across the weekend! We're going to split this in particular categories to make it nice and easy to keep track of -
As has become tradition at MCM London, there will be Anime Guests of Honour in attendance across the weekend and you'll have the opportunity to meet them both and attend their Guest of Honour panel!
Here's what you need to know
~ Anime Guest of Honour Panel
When: Saturday @ 2pm
Both of the Anime Guests of Honour will be on stage to discuss the brand-new film Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry that has just hit cinemas in the UK. But talk won't just be limited to that as there'll be discussions on their respective careers and more. A unique opportunity to hear from two people who have been involved in of the biggest franchises in anime!
~ Free Signing Sessions
Where: MCM Signing Area, South Hall
When: Saturday 27th May @ 3:15pm - 4:45pm and Sunday 28th May @ 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Your chance to meet both of the Anime Guests of Honour and get something signed by them! You can bring one item to get to signed but don't worry if you don't have anything to bring with you as there'll also be an item on hand they can sign for you! This signing session is completely free of charge to attendees, but the only condition is that it's one signature by each guest per person. No posed photographs will be allowed.
~ Free Photo Op. with Director of Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry, Tatsuma Minamikawa
Where: At the the AllTheAnime booth (#1921) in the south hall.
When: Saturday 27th May @ 1:15pm - 1:45pm, and on Sunday 28th May @ 2pm - 2:30pm.
There will be a special area Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry themed display at our AllTheAnime stand that will act as the perfect backdrop to having a photograph with the director of the film!
Please make sure you bring a camera (be it an actual camera of phone) as we'll be taking the photos on device you bring with you. This photo op on each day will be done on a first-come first-served basis, and the duration of each session is subject to change.
PLEASE NOTE: Times listed above are subject to change, but we don't anticipate there being any movement on these, Any changes will be noted on this page.
UPDATE, 24th May - Panel times officially announced and confirmed by MCM. Times listed above, as stated previously are correct and unchanged.
Where: The AllTheAnime stand (booth #1921) in South Hall.
When: The entire weekend!
Our AllTheAnime shop is back and is your opportunity to stock up on recent releases of ours and all going well you'll also have the first opportunity to pickup upcoming releases before they go on general sale! We can also tell you there will be MCM London Comic Con exclusive special offers exclusive to our AllTheAnime stand! So make sure you stop by.
We'll be sure to update this section over the coming week once, so keep an eye on it!
UPDATE, 22nd MAY: Noragami Aragoto will be available ahead of general release on our stand! DETAILS HERE
UPDATE, 24th May: Overlord will be available ahead of general release on our stand! DETAILS HERE
UPDATE, 25th May: Attack on Titan Junior High will be available ahead of general release on our stand! DETAILS HERE
We also want to make it known at our AllTheAnime stand you'll be able to pickup the first ever edition of the official AllTheAnime Magazine! This is magazine that has been specially curated with articles on a variety of anime, films, music and more that will be available for free to attendees of MCM London Comic Con while stock lasts.
How do you get a copy, you ask? Well it's simple, come to our AllTheAnime shop at MCM London Comic Con, make a purchase, and you get one! It's as simple as that. It's a wonderful freebie that has had a lot of care and love poured into it, with great reading material to boot!
Where: AllTheAnime stand (booth #1921) South Hall
When: The entire weekend!
Seeing anime on the big screen has been a very welcoming addition to the every anime fan's plans in recent years, and already in 2017 alone there has been a packed lineup of films you can catch on the big screen no just from us, but other distributors as well. So we devoting part of our stall at MCM London Comic Con to celebrating anime on the big screen! You'll be able to look back on what has been on the big screen so far this year and you'll also get details on upcoming films you'll be able to see too!
Where: AllTheAnime stand (booth #1921), South Hall
When: The entire weekend!
If you're familiar with this, before you do anything else watch this video (below)
Now that you've watched this, how would like the see this little guy in person? Well you will that very opportunity as Cerevo are bring the smart TACHIKOMA from Ghost In The Shell to MCM London Comic Con and you be able to see this wonderful creation in action all weekend long on the first stop on it's promotional world tour! We're massive fans of Ghost In The Shell and we're delighted to be able to give attendees this unique experience. And that's not all, there'll also be the opportunity to win some goodies from the Cerevo team too! Make sure you stop by our booth early on each day. As if that wasn't enough they'll even be bringing one their Special Edition Dominator replicas (from Psycho-Pass) so you see that in person too!
Where: AllTheAnime stand (booth #1921), South Hall
When: The entire weekend!
Our good friends at Crunchyroll are coming back to MCM London Comic Con next week and you will be able to find them at our stand all weekend long! But their upping the ante as there will be exclusive freebies for Premium Members of their subscription service, giveaways (including one that involves a 4K TV!!!!!) and more! Make sure you stop by Crunchyroll for more information!
We know there's a large portion of attendees who like to chill out and watch some panels. Well don't you worry because the AllTheAnime panels will be back in full force at MCM London Comic Con, this time on the Silver Stage. Exact times will be getting published by MCM themselves soon - keep your eyes peeled - but we can tell you there will be one on Friday and another on Sunday.
What can you expect from the panels? A good question. We don't want to spoil the surprise - and great fun if you've attended them before, particularly the Sunday panel from last October - but what we will say is you can expect discussion on what to expect from us (AllTheAnime) over the remainder of the year, relating to both home video releases and anime coming to cinema. There will also be an anything goes Q&A section - a personal highlight for us as we're never sure what you're going to ask - and overall they'll be just be a good laugh!
UPDATE, 24th May - Panel Times confirmed!
AllTheAnime Panel #1, Friday, 12pm @ MCM Silver Theatre (North Hall)
AllTheAnime Panel #2, Sunday, 11am @ MCM Silver Theatre (North Hall)
Oh don't you worry, we'll have some news to share with you but we're not spilling the beans just yet on how and when. We're changing things up again a little, so don't go thinking it'll be the same as it has been before. Stay tuned for info!
And that everyone (at time of writing on Friday 19th May) is what you can expect at MCM London Comic Con next week! We'll be updating this page over the coming week leading up to the event so be sure to keep checking back for updates and we look forward to seeing you at the show!
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