By Jonathan Clements.
Partway through the Glasgow screening of A Silent Voice, its director Naoko Yamada has sunk low in the chair next to me, hugging her bulky coat to her like a blanket. Watching a Japanese film with its director is not necessarily a common experience. Some have wanted to sit in with the Scottish crowd for the sheer novelty of observing a foreign audience’s reactions, but in many cases, by the time a film makes it out of Japan, its makers are thoroughly sick of it. They watched it so many times that now all they can see is the bits they wish they had more time to redo. But Yamada is reliving her own film as if it is the first time she has ever seen it. She sniffs and I realise that she is holding back a sob.
“Did I actually see you crying in there?” I ask her later.
“No!” she lies. Continue Reading
By Jonathan Clements.
Kaori Chiba’s recently published Japanese-language book The Day Heidi was Born is a long-overdue account of one of Japanese animation’s landmark works. Made in 1974 in an attempt to cash in on the children’s literature niche suggested by the Japanese success of The Moomins, Heidi: Girl of the Alps brought together a dream-team of future anime greats. It offered a vital escape route for Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki, who had fled Toei Animation for the ill-fated Pippi Longstocking project, and would match its rival Space Cruiser Yamato viewer-for-viewer in the ratings. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
Before Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry opens in Britain on 17th May, your humble correspondent decided to check it out in Tokyo. Yes, the film is so brand spanking new that it’s playing in London and Tokyo cinemas at the same time. I saw it at the Toho cinema in Kabukicho, part of a building adorned by Godzilla’s snarling head, where I’d interviewed Yoshiyuki Tomino a couple of years ago. Continue Reading
It's been a very long wait for our release of Selector Infected WIXOSS, but the time has nearly arrived to add to this to your collection! We're releasing the series as a Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray set on Monday 22nd May - just over a week away!
Before getting to all the juicy details a quick reminder that this is available to pre-order at retailers now along with our AllTheAnime.com web shop.
Synopsis: "In the popular game WIXOSS, there are special cards called LRIGs that few players know about - cards that possess personalities and wills of their own. Ruko is a teenage girl who just found one of these rare cards. Now, she can use her LRIG to battle in a strange, dark plane of existence. If she wins, her wishes will be granted - but what happens if she loses?"
If you're not familiar with the series, be sure to have a read of THIS POST that acts a great introduction to the universe of the series.
Check out the trailer for the series below.
Our Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray set comes packed in a rigid case and inside that is a digipack to house the two Blu-ray discs and a 36 page booklet.
The 36-page art booklet featuring character information, a special column from a representative of Takara Tomy in Japan talking about developing the game, and two round table interviews. One with the Sound Effect staff and the other with Producers.
On the discs themselves you'll get the entire series (12 episodes) in both English and original Japanese with subtitles.
Also on the discs are Episode commentaries on episodes 1 & 12 along with Textless Opening and Ending title sequences.
And now here are photos of the finished product! You can click on them to enlarge them if you want. Continue Reading
By Jeremy Clarke.
This so-called ‘Noodle Western’ always sounded somewhat off-the-wall. It impressed when it first appeared in 1985 and viewing it again on Criterion’s new Blu-ray, Tampopo has stood the test of time well. “This’ll be famous in the history of cinema” says cast member Fukumi Kuroda in director Juzo Itami’s 90-minute edited diary of making the film, one of many excellent extras on the new disc. Continue Reading