By Andrew Osmond.
Like or hate it, last year’s live-action Ghost in the Shell performed a service in reminding many people of the Japanese original. But many people probably thought of one Ghost only. At least in Britain and America, it does seem that the 1995 cinema anime film, directed by Mamoru Oshii and co-produced by Britain’s Manga Entertainment, overshadows all other Ghosts – a bit like Wizard of Oz being eternally defined by the MGM musical. (Sorry, Wicked fans.)
This did the Hollywood Ghost no favours. On the one hand, the film lifted umpteen images and set-pieces from the Oshii film, highlighted in the trailer (discussed here). But it altered the characters and story so completely that many fans were more offended than gratified. It’s easy to forget how many Ghosts there had already been, taking the characters, world and themes in numerous different ways, reflecting the outlooks of umpteen artists.
The new book Ghost in the Shell ReadMe: 1995-2017, available in English from Kodansha, attempts to redress the balance. It’s a guide to all the anime versions of Ghost, starting with the Oshii film and moving through his Innocence sequel, Stand Alone Complex and Arise, and ending with the misleadingly named Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie (which is a cinema continuation of Arise). Continue Reading
A new week brings you new releases to add to your collection! The final volume of a popular series, and the second film of a four film project on Blu-ray!
Read on below for the details.
FORMAT: Ltd. Ed. Blu-ray (pictured left), Standard DVD
BBFC CERT.: 15
SRP: Ltd Ed. Blu-ray - £59.99 | Standard DVD - £29.99
Language: English, Japanese with English subtitles
Includes episodes 14-25 [end] of the second season of the series.
Synopsis: "It's time for second term, and the assassination classroom is ready for a semester filled with intense training, studying, and new ways to kill their teacher. But things aren't all that they seem and this new semester is proving to hold more secrets than answers. And the biggest question they have to face: do they save the world, or save the world's greatest teacher?"
You can watch the trailer for this (originally published when our Collector's Ed. version was being released) below
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FORMAT: Standard ed. Blu-ray
(Ltd Collector's Ed. Blu-ray+DVD (now out of print) and standard DVD previously released.)
BBFC CERT.: 15
SRP: Standard Blu-ray - £24.99
Language: Japanese with English subtitles only
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 fulfilment 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.
Check out a preview for the film, originally published prior to our release of the (now out of print) Ltd Collector's Ed. Blu-ray+DVD version:
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-- Want to read more about Persona3 movie #2? Have a read of this piece published at our blog HERE.
We're big fans of board games here at Anime Ltd., so we wanted to take a moment to make it known that you can order the official board game based on the Attack on Titan franchise, Attack on Titan: Titan The Last from our AllTheAnime.com web shop! Check out the video preview below and order yours today!
In case you missed it last week we announced a new title we (Anime Ltd.) have acquired the rights to! This being the latest series in the Full Metal Panic franchise, Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory. Fans in UK & Ireland can watch it every week on Crunchyroll! You can read our announcement HERE!
And a reminder that over the last few weeks we've announced other titles too! The first was Lupin the 3rd: Part 5 which we're also simulcasting to the UK & Ireland through Crunchyroll each week when a new episode airs! Read our announcement HERE for more details.
The second was Tokyo Ghoul:re, the brand-new season in the Tokyo Ghoul franchise, which we're also simulcasting to the UK & Ireland each week when a new episode airs. Read our announcement HERE.
And finally, recently we announced PERSONA5 the Animation! Read our announcement for this HERE. Though we don't hold the simulcasting rights to this title, fans in UK & Ireland are still able to watch each week on Crunchyroll! (Read our announcement for more details.)
It's the weekend and we've got some exciting details to share with you! It's been a long time coming. We know a lot of you have been patiently waiting for details on our release of Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Part 1 and today we can bring you some details on what to expect when it arrives in the UK in under a couple of months time on 25th June 2018.
But before we get to telling you what to expect in our release, for those unfamiliar with it, a quick introduction to the series -
From the studio brought you Akame Ga Kill, Steins;Gate, Jormungand and The Devil is a Part-Timer!
Synopsis: "Natsuki Subaru, an ordinary high school student, is on his way home from the convenience store when he finds himself transported to another world. As he's lost and confused in a new world where he doesn't even know left from right, the only person to reach out to him was a beautiful girl with silver hair.
Determined to repay her somehow for saving him from his own despair, Subaru agrees to help the girl find something she's looking for..."
Check out a subtitled preview (originally published when the show was airing) below -
Part 1 of Re:Zero will be getting released on standard DVD and Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray (pictured) on 26th June 2018. It will include episodes 1-12* of the series with both English and original Japanese with English subtitles language options.
*This includes the double length first episode (aka episodes 1A & 1B)
The Ltd Collector's Ed. Blu-ray version will come pack in a rigid case with a digipack to hold the two Bu-ray discs. Inside will also be 52 page book. Inside the book will be -
A unique aspect of this book is that it combines lots of data from the original Japanese releases, but is split into two distinct sections, this in essence being the first two story arcs of the series. The first covering events that take place in the first three episodes (four technically, if you consider that episode 1 aired as episode 1A & 1B), then the second section covering events between episodes 4-11. It's a great companion piece to watching the series and one we're sure you'll be happy to have in your collection.
You can pre-order your copy of this right from many retailers including the following -
When it comes to our AllTheAnime.com web shop, we'll start taking orders closer to the date of release. (There will be details on when that will be soon.) But in the interim you can see the listing in the link below
Those of reading above will have noted we mentioned there will be English audio included. That's correct and below you can find the cast list -
As we mentioned, Part 1 of Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- will be available on Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray and standard DVD from 25th June 2018. We hope you're looking forward to adding this to your collection!
Each entry in Atlus’ Persona series has an identifiable theme, and Persona 3 sees ancient Greek mythology take centre stage. Persona 3 Movie #2: A Midsummer Knight’s Dream introduces us to a new slew of Persona, each of which reflects the state of their user’s hearts. Continue Reading
The All The Anime Podcast is back to bring you another dose of anime related chatter to wrap-up your week and take you into the weekend.
This week Jeremy and Andy are joined by Lauren and Keith (who is back from his travels in Japan) to delve into a variety of topics!
We discuss the exciting news that we (Anime Ltd.) have acquired the rights to PERSONA5 the Animation and Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory, we talk about we've been watching including Steins;Gate 0, Megalobox, Mary and the Witches Flower and the original series of Full Metal Panic. Plus there's some random topics that come up in between and then Keith gives us a few tidbits from his experiences in Japan!
A fun shows as always. We'll be back next week with another show! Be sure to keep an eye out on our social media channels for requests for questions. Have a good weekend everyone!
NOTE: As always please note this podcast may contain strong language and any views expressed by individuals in this podcast do not reflect those of Anime Limited.
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