By Andrew Osmond.
Here’s a funny thing; there aren’t many out-and-out anime comedy films. Of course, there are plenty that have comedy – some of anime’s best comic characters are from films, like the indomitable trans heroine Hana in Tokyo Godfathers and the clingy BFF Tomohiro in A Silent Voice. But these films aren’t comedies; at most they’re comedy-dramas. For that matter, try to think of quality Western cartoon films that are primarily comedies. There are some, like Minions and Shrek, but not as many as you’d think.
Of course, spinoffs from comedy TV anime are often comedies too, but even they can be more serious on the big screen. Night is Short, Walk on Girl, however, is a comedy through and through – maybe too sophisticated to be called wacky, but certainly madcap, screwball and frequently insane. It’s also a TV spinoff of sorts. The film is a companion piece, though not sequel, to the series The Tatami Galaxy, and both were directed by the inimitable Masaaki Yuasa, who also brought us Mind Game and Ping Pong. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
Early on in Mamoru Hosoda’s new film The Boy and the Beast, a child is whisked – dare we say spirited? – to a world of strange, magical beings. As the terrified boy rushes pell-mell through bright lights and food stalls, anime fans will think of a certain Ghibli film, and wonder if Hosoda is claiming Miyazaki’s mantle. Well, no. After this fleeting moment, the film quickly goes down its own road. Much of it’s a double act between the kid and a rumbustious bear-man, between our world and Wonderland, and a story that’s funny and serious in ways that are different from how Miyazaki films were funny and serious. Continue Reading
By Jasper Sharp.
Japan’s biggest global hit just got even bigger this year, as Your Name became the first ever anime to receive the IMAX treatment. The new giant-screen version premiered in Tokyo back in January, extending the theatrical shelf-life of a film that had already long ridden high at the domestic box office since its original release in August 2016. The second coming of Makoto Shinkai’s body-swapping fantasy on IMAX screens across the UK presents a good opportunity to consider what exactly is signified by this brand name, Japan’s own part in the format’s history, and the role of technology in animation more generally. Continue Reading
We’re officially into the month of September and what better way to start the month than with a new episode of the AllTheAnime Podcast! Join Jeremy, Lauren and Andy they as they bring around 40 minutes of talk that actually includes a lot of anime discussion for a change!
In this episode we tell you about the AllTheAnime.com Exclusive Tokyo Ghoul OVA Ltd Edition set that’s available to pre-order now, the fact that Lu Over The Wall is being screened at the world renowned BFI London Film Festival, the UK Premiere events of Night is Short, Walk on Girl in Glasgow and London that will feature director Masaaki Yuasa in attendance!
Then, along with some brief Game of Thrones talk, we get onto some actual anime discussion as we give you quick preview of how the English dub for A Silent Voice is shaping up, then it’s time for Jeremy and Andy to talk about a bunch of anime they’ve watched recently as they go old school with some chatter about the new Blu-ray of Riding Bean, then some discussion about the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations series, and then go even more old school with discussion on the old UK VHS of Fist of the North Star!
Who would have thought that actual anime discussion on a podcast by a UK anime distributor was possible! We'll be back next week with our next episode! Enjoy the 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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In case you haven't figured it out by now, we love being able to see anime on the big screen. This year we've managed to present lots of unique opportunities for fans in the United Kingdom to catch some of the latest anime from Japan in the cinema and our next theatrical outing Night is Short, Walk on Girl will continue that trend nicely! But in a change from the norm you'll have a very special chance to see the film ahead of it arriving in cinemas on 4th October.
We're delighted to announce the UK Premiere of Night is Short, Walk On Girl will be taking place on Saturday 9th September at the Glasgow Film Theatre and will feature a Q&A with the director of the film, Masaaki Yuasa!
That's right, the director himself will be attending this event and will be talking about the film immediately afterwards! It's a rare opportunity to hear from the man himself about this film and other works including The Tatami Galaxy and another film of his that will be getting screened in the UK this December, Lu over The Wall - which it's today been announced the film will be screened at the world renowned annual BFI London Film Festival.
This event is being presented by Scotland Loves Anime and the Glasgow Youth Film Festival and begins at 5:30pm - the Q&A session will follow immediately after. Tickets are on sale right now -
But wait, there's more! Due to popular demand for these types of unique event, we're also delighted to announce that just a few days after the UK Premiere in Glasgow, there will be a special event on the evening of Monday 11th September 2017 at Picturehouse Central in Piccadilly, London where the film will be screened and director Masaaki Yuasa will also be attending to take part in a Q&A session as well.
UPDATE: 7TH SEPT. - Due to phenomenal demand the venue has been upgraded and more tickets for the London event are on sale now! Click the link above to book tickets.
For those of you wanting to get a glimpse of the film, here is a Japanese trailer for you. (NOTE: We'll have our own trailer coming soon prior to our theatrical release, so stay tuned for that.)
We're incredibly excited about these events and we hope you are too! And don't forget that Night is Short, Walk On Girl will be screening in cinemas on 4th October 2017. Ticket information for our October theatrical run coming soon.
Synopsis: "Gracefully yet violently, The Girl with Black Hair (Kana Hanazawa) swirls through the abstract Kyoto night a joyful tempest. Blowing through pub crawls, festivals and book fairs, her youthful glee infects parties of increasingly eccentric characters, but amongst the debtors, existentialists and the God of the Old Book Market, can she be convinced “coincidental” encounters are fate and will she notice the Senpai (Gen Hoshino) in pursuit of her love?
Whether the hands on your clock move fast or slow, Night is Short, Walk On Girl."
Language: Japanese with English subtitles
Duration: 93 minutes
Masaaki Yuasa (Director): "Making his debut in 1999 with a pilot for Production I.G’s “Vampiyan Kids”, Masaaki Yuasa helmed his first major release “MIND GAME” in 2004, earning acclaim from industry icons such as the late Satoshi Kon.
Yuasa’s filmography has since expanded to include works such as short film “Kick Heart”, critically acclaimed series like “Kaiba”, “Ping Pong: The Animation” and even an episode of Cartoon Network’s “Adventure Time”. His most recent feature, “Lu over the Wall”, was awarded the prestigious Cristal for a Feature Film award at Annecy Film Festival."
UPDATE: 5TH SEPT. 2017 - Ticket booking link for London event added, venue location clarified; At Picturehouse Central in Piccadilly.