In mid-August last year we were delighted to bring you the film Napping Princess in cinemas across the UK. Since then we know a lot of you have been excited for the prospect of being able to add this lovely film to your anime collection and today we're excited to show you what to expect from our release that will be arriving on 19th March! Today we'll be showing you the Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray+DVD set specifically.
But before we show you the finished product itself, if you're not familiar with the film let's give you a quick introduction to it.
Director: Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Eden of the East)
Synopsis: "Kokone should be diligently studying for her university entrance exams, but she just can't seem to stay awake. Aside from stealing precious study time, her napping is even more distracting, as it brings on strange dreams with warring machines that hint at family secrets that have been dormant for years.
She can't ask her father, a hipster mechanic more talented and artful than his job requires, as he's always busy modifying motorcycles and cars in flights of fancy. What are these visions that lead Kokone at once closer to and farther away from her family? "
Check out our trailer for the film below:
You can order your copy right now from retailers including the following:
and you can also order a special bundle of the Ltd Collector's Ed. version that's exclusive to our AllTheAnime.com web shop where you'll also get an A4 Japanese Clear File (while stock lasts)
Our Ltd Collector's Edition release (pictured above) comes presented inside a rigid case with a digipack to hold the two discs (1 x Blu-ray & 1 x DVD). Also inside is 40-page booklet showcasing character art, concept and background art. And there's also a specially numbered art card too!
On the discs themselves you'll get:
And now it's time for photo of the finished product. You can click on the photos to enlarge them too. Continue Reading
We've officially reached the first Monday in the month of March and that means we have a new release available to add to your collection! Plus we've got some tidbits about upcoming releases both on home video and in the cinema.
Read on below for details.
FORMAT: Standard edition Blu-ray
(Previously available on Ltd Collector's Ed. Blu-ray and standard DVD)
EPISODES: 1-10 [end]
BBFC CERT.: 15
SRP: Standard ed. Blu-ray: £34.99
Language: English, Japanese with English subtitles only
Synopsis: "In Black Butler, Book of Circus, Ciel and the demon butler Sebastian are summoned by the Queen to investigate multiple reports of missing children. When their underworld contacts reveal the disappearances increase when the mysterious Noah’s Ark Circus comes to town the demonic duo must impress an enigmatic ringmaster in order to go undercover as performers-to Sebastian’s delight and Ciel’s disgust. At the core of the circus is a troupe of unique performers from Dagger the knife thrower to Beast, the beautiful tiger tamer. All are connected by someone who changed their lives, someone who raised them from the gutters of London to the heights of the big top - but at a price."
Watch the trailer for the series below:
You can get your copy today from retailers including the following:
We wanted to take a few moments to highlight to what you can expect over the next few weeks.
Worth noting that you an pre-oder all of the release listed below right now at AllTheAnime.com! The only exception to that being Durarara!! x2 Part 3: Ketsu which we'll be taking pre-orders for at AllTheAnime.com from 9th March.
Next week, Monday 12th March, sees the release of the standard edition Blu-rays of the series Blood Blockade Battlefront and the film Project Itoh: Harmony.
The week after on 19th March we have a busy week for you! We have
We are now taking orders for our next Ultimate Edition release, Wolf's Rain, at AllTheAnime.com! You can read more about our Ultimate Edition release HERE.
Until 2nd April we're having a special pre-order offer on this. Get the details at our web shop in the link below
In case you missed the news on Friday last week [SEE HERE] we're bringing the first of the three films as part of the 10th Anniversary Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion film project to cinemas in UK & Ireland!
We'll be screening it in ODEON, Showcase, Cineworld and Vue cinemas for one night only on 21st March 2018.
See where it's being screened at http://codegeassfilm.co.uk/
And that concludes this post! Lots to take in there but we hop you're excited for all of this, because we certainly are!
By Jasper Sharp.
If nothing else, Tom Mes’ Unchained Melody: The Films of Meiko Kaji is a timely reminder that in the ever-burgeoning field of books on Japanese cinema, there has been precious little on the stars and sirens who have provided such a large part of the onscreen magic. Only two previous such book-length studies immediately spring to mind. Daisuke Miyao’s Sessue Hayakawa: Silent Cinema and Transnational Stardom (2007) was a scholarly tome that positioned its Japanese-born subject, who spent much of his acting life in Hollywood and made just a handful of films in Japan in the 1930s, within the wider context of non-white performers in silent and pre-war American cinema. Stuart Galbraith’s The Emperor and the Wolf: The Lives and Films of Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune (2002) explored the dynamics between Japan’s best-known director and the larger-than-life presence at the centre of his best-known films. Continue Reading
Our recent screenings of the Tokyo Ghoul Live-Action film and Attack on Titan: The Roar Awakening, plus the International Premiere of Maquia: Where The Promised Flower Blooms taking place at Glasgow Film Festival this coming weekend - DETAILS ON THAT HERE - have proved you (the fans) still have a hunger and appetite for more films in the cinema.
Well today we're delighted to announce that we (Anime Ltd.) have acquired the rights to the 10th Anniversary three film project of Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion.
We will be bringing the first film of this project, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion I - Initiation, to selected cinemas in the U.K. very soon; this month in fact for one night only! Yes that's right, get the date in your diary because Wednesday 21st March 2018 is when you get your first taste of the Code Geass on the big screen in the United Kingdom.
This is one of our favourite franchises here at Anime Ltd and this will give you the chance to experience the classic story on the big screen nearly a decade after it first broadcast in Japan!
We're happy to confirm this will be getting screened in Showcase Cinema, Cineworld, Vue and ODEON cinemas across the UK. & Ireland. More locations may be added in the coming days so keep checking back. You can get the details on where it will be getting screened at our dedicated site for the film at http://codegeassfilm.co.uk/
*NOTE: At time of writing not all listings for the cinema chains mentioned above are being shown on the site, but expect those listing to appear in the coming days.
If you're not familiar with this fan favourite anime, read on below for details.
From the studio that brought you Mobile Suit Gundam and Cowboy Bebop
Synopsis: "In a world dominated by the Holy Empire of Britannia, most of the globe has been conquered and forced into submission by this behemoth of a superpower. Japan, now renamed Area 11 after its defeat at the hands of the Empire, continues to harbour pockets of seemingly futile resistance that seems powerless in the face of the might before them. Enter Lelouch Lamperouge, an exiled Britannian prince hidden away under a false name in Area 11 - harbouring a deep hatred for the empire which has forsaken him, he grabs the chance to fight back when a mysterious power known as “Geass” is bestowed upon him, and begins working from the shadows to bring Britannia to its knees as the faceless leader of Area 11’s resistance."
Duration: 135 mins
Language: Japanese with English subtitles
It's worth noting this film project has reunited the staff of the original series to bring the story to the big screen. There are some newly added scenes and the voices have been re-recorded as well to truly make this a unique experience for all fans.
Also worth noting the film is in Japanese with English subtitles only, as there is no English dub for the film.
Check out the trailer for the film below:
It's worth noting that while we have acquired the rights to all three films, we don't know if there will be an opportunity to bring the second and third films to the cinema - it's too early to tell and there will be many factors to weigh up as well.
But we didn't want to pass up on the chance to bring fans the first film is being screened for one night only, on Wednesday 21st March 2018. Head on over to http://codegeassfilm.co.uk/ to see where it's being screened!
We hope your excited to see this as much as we are!
Signing out ~!
By Jonathan Clements.
Maquia doesn’t have any real problems. She weaves at her loom; she dyes the Hibiol cloth; she hangs the sheets to dry in the tall halls of her people, the elfin Iolf race. She’s not as assertive or brave as Leilia, the girl she idolises, but that probably explains why Leilia, not her, has attracted the attention of Clear, a local boy. Maquia watches them in a secret midnight tryst, lit by the firefly-like pollen of magical flowers, and wishes for such a life for herself.
Instead, she is whisked away from everything she holds dear. Dragon-riding bandits attack her village, intent on dragging away the women. Legend has it that Iolf girls never age, making them valuable prizes. But Maquia escapes the fate of her fellow villagers, dragged into the sky on a rogue dragon and dumped in a faraway forest with no friends.
Maquia has been warned about the outside world. There is a price for the Iolf’s immortality, and it is that they are forbidden from finding love in the outside world. Instead, they are supposed to stay at their looms all their lives, weaving the Hibiol (“Cloth of Days”) a fabric that preserves memories. When Maquia finds an orphaned baby, however, she is unable to leave it to die. She takes him into her care, naming him Erial, and tries to raise him herself, initially untroubled by the fact that he will age at a human rate, whereas she never will.
We’ve been here before. This is the forbidden love of The Little Mermaid and the time abyss of the Japanese folktale Urashima Taro. However, Mari Okada’s directorial debut, Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms, confounds the expectations of its audience by focussing not on romance, but on a different kind of love. In a throwaway scene on a rainy night, Maquia says the same words to Erial that Andy’s mother says to her grown-up little boy in the tear-jerking Toy Story 3 – “I wish you could stay like this forever.” Continue Reading