We're very excited to be releasing the series Kiznaiver later this month (on 24th September) and hot off the production line we're delighted to show you what you can expect from our Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray set, along with the AllTheAnime.com Exclusive Deluxe Hardback Art Book! (If you're not familiar with what that is, have no fear, all will be explained below.)
So sit back, relax, grab a drink and have a look at what we've got for you!
An original TV anime series by acclaimed animation studio TRIGGER (Kill la Kill) and the renowned writer Mari Okada (Maquia: When the Promised Flowers Bloom, The Anthem of the Heart).
Synopsis: "Even within the confines of the futuristic Sugomori City, Katsuhira Agata is a very unique high school boy - someone who simply cannot feel any pain whatsoever. Bullied and isolated, his world is set to shift seismically when he meets a strange girl named Noriko Sonozaki.
Before he knows it, Agata has been linked to a number of his classmates as part of a group created to share any pain each of them feels via a system known as “Kiznaiver”. Tasked with various trials by Sonozaki as they serve as guinea pigs under the Kiznaiver system, could Agata and his new comrades’ experiences be the key to their own self-discovery?"
Check out a subtitled trailer for the series below.
Our Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray set comes packed in a rigid case that has an image design wrapping around the box sporting a special spot UV finish on it, making it really pop out in the light. Inside the case you'll find a digipack pack to hold the two Blu-ray discs, and a 40-page art book focusing on artwork from the series. Worth noting here is that an element of the digipack has a spot UV effect on it too!
On the discs themselves you get -
If you're wanting something a little more when it comes to this series, we have a special bundle exclusive to our AllTheAnime online shop!
While the basic format of the Collector's Edition itself remains the same regardless of where you purchase it, this Shop Exclusive bundle will also ship with a substantially expanded, comprehensive white cover art book alongside the black cover 40-page book within the box itself - it's bigger (B5 in size, to be precise, so it will sit on your shelf or coffee table separate to the rest of the package), and contains a vast amount of additional character artwork and illustrations totalling 116 pages overall! The additional book created for this Shop Exclusive release is, in effect, a full-blown artbook similar to those you'll often find sold in Japan, and it's the first and most comprehensive collection of Kiznaiver artwork for a western audience you'll find.
Again, this Deluxe Hard Cover Art Book can only be purchased as part of the bundle available to order now at AllTheAnime.com.
You can order your copy right now from the following retailers:
**AllTheAnime.com Exclusive Bundle**
Exclusive to our AllTheAnime.com online shop, you can order a bundle that will include the Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray and a Deluxe Hard Cover 116-page Art Book! Order your bundle today -
Now it's time for photos of the finished product. This will be split into two sections: first the Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray set, and then the AllTheAnime.com Exclusive Deluxe Hard Cover Art Book. You can click on all the photos to enlarge them too if you want.
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By Andrew Osmond.
Sound! Euphonium might be subtitled This is not K-On!, and not just as a joke. This series really isn’t another K-On!, though the parallels are obvious. Both shows focus on schoolgirls in music clubs; both were animated by the feted Kyoto Animation with the same broad “look” and palette, and they share numerous staff. But whereas K-On! was a happy ode to meandering, a celebration of daily details rather than a cumulative “plot,” Sound! Euphonium is very different indeed. Continue Reading
The month of September has officially arrived and with that we're kicking things off with an unboxing of a title we know a lot of you are interested in checking out, Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution #1.
Today we're happy to bring you an unboxing of what you can expect from our Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray+DVD set that's available from 10th September - just over at week away!
Read on below for all the details.
After it first stunned anime fans a decade ago, Eureka Seven returns for the first instalment in a new movie trilogy from Studio Bones.
Ten years before the events which saw young Renton join the crew of the Gekko came the so-called Summer of Love - the cataclysmic world-changing event enacted in no small part by his father, Adroc Thurston, in conjunction with the mysterious girl known only as Eureka.
Unaware of the full impact of his forebear many years previously, can Renton follow in his father's footsteps and also find a way to bring much-needed change to the planet? First, however, he needs to learn a lot about himself and the world around him, which means facing up to difficult decisions surround both Renton and his adoptive family.
You can watch a subtitled trailer for the film below:
Our Ltd Collector’s Ed. Blu-ray+DVD set comes packed in a rigid case that houses a digipack to store the two discs (1 x Blu-ray + 1 x DVD). The artwork on the front of the rigid case has a spot-uv finish, making really pop out in the light. Also included is a 52 page hard back artbook.
On the discs themselves you get the main feature with options to watch it with the original Japanese audio (with English subtitles) as well as the English language audio. (Both of those options being in 5.1)
On the Blu-ray disc specifically, you'll also find some extras in the form of:
Focusing on the 52-page art book for a moment, that is divided into multiple sections: Characters, Settings and Rough Designs.
You can order your copy right now from the following retailers:
And now it’s time for photos of the finished product itself. As a note, you can click on them enlarge them too if you want. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
It’s said that bad books make good films (and vice versa). Perfect Blue makes that case forcibly. Satoshi Kon’s film version is a landmark in animated horror, subjecting a vividly sympathetic protagonist to fiendish mind-games. But the source book is plain bad, descending into infantile guignol that’s less perverted than pre-potty trained. Going from Kon’s film to the book is like going from Psycho to Blood Feast.
Written by Yoshikazu Takeuchi, the book was originally published in 1991. More than a quarter-century later, it’s now available in English from Seven Seas Entertainment. Its English title is Perfect Blue: Complete Metamorphosis, though its Japanese subtitle, Kanzen Hentai, can also be read as Total Pervert.
In interviews, Kon and his scriptwriter Sadayuki Murai stressed how much they changed the book. Kon never even read it; he was given a script adaptation by its author, Yoshikazu Takeuchi, which the Madhouse studio let Kon and Murai change as they wished. They were only required to use the elements of an idol singer and a stalker, and keep it a horror story. Madhouse was good at selling horror anime abroad; its Wicked City and Doomed Megalopolis were both book adaptations.
The Perfect Blue book is indeed very different from the film. True, the main character is still Mima Kirigoe, a Tokyo-based idol singer with a cutesy persona. As in the film, she’s harassed by a demented fan and stalker who’s outraged that she’s perverting her wholesome image. Certain other elements remain in the film, such as Mima doing a heavily sexualised photo-shoot, and a climactic encounter on a dark studio stage.
But so much else is vastly different. In the book, Mima is a lone singer, not part of a group. She doesn’t act in a TV series called Double Bind, and the book has none of Kon’s edifice of mirrored realities, mixing and collapsing. Mima has no mental breakdowns; she never doubts her identity, sanity or reality. There are no phantom Mimas appearing to her or anyone else. Today, the book reads like a version of Psycho without mother complexes, or a Jekyll and Hyde where the title characters are different people. Continue Reading
It's all set to be the year's biggest theatrical anime experience, and we know that many of you simply can't wait for your chance to see Mamoru Hosoda's latest film Mirai for yourselves. While the film is being screened widely across the UK, with subtitled screenings on Friday, 2nd November and English dubbed screenings on Sunday, 4th November, if you simply can't wait that long then we're thrilled to announce that the BFI London Film Festival will be the home of Mirai's UK premiere in October!
What's more, the film will head up the London Film Festival's prestigious Family Gala, wherein you'll have two opportunities to catch the film in Japanese with English subtitles.
The UK premiere of Mirai takes place on Saturday, 13th October at 3:30PM at the BFI Southbank's NFT1 cinema, while the film's second screening can be enjoyed the following day on Sunday, 14th October at 5:45PM and takes place at the BFI IMAX cinema.
Please note that tickets for both screenings go on sale to the public from 10AM on Thursday 13th September - you can find more details from the BFI themselves at the link below.
Commenting on the announcement, President of Anime Limited Andrew Partridge says:
“All of us here at Anime Limited fell in love with Mirai the moment we first saw the film. It’s a beautiful and charming work with themes that will be recognisable to anyone, and to have it premiere in the UK as the Gala film for Family at the BFI Film Festival London is a dream come true for us.”
If you haven't heard about the film yet, here are some more details for you to get you up to speed:
Ingenious and heartfelt, Mamoru Hosoda’s charming fantasy was received with a standing ovation at its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. The truest definition of a family film, “Mirai” will inspire the imaginations of young and old alike.
Synopsis: "The birth of a sibling is a joyous time for many, but not for Kun. Four years old and spoilt rotten, he sees the arrival of baby sister Mirai as competition for his parents’ love. That is, until magical encounters with an older Mirai and family past, present and future send the siblings on an intimate journey through time and space, to confront Kun’s uncertain feelings and prepare him to become the big brother he needs to be."
If you can't make it to either of these gala screenings of the film, then don't fret - as mentioned above you'll be able to watch the film across the country just a few weeks after the UK premiere on November 2nd (with English subtitles) or November 4th (with an English dub) - all of the details and ticket booking links you need can be found on the official Mirai web site.
Whether you can make it to the gala screenings at the BFI or are planning to enjoy the film in November, we look forward to hearing your thoughts on this incredible film from Mamoru Hosoda, and we simply can't wait for all of you to see it! We'll also have more exciting news relating to Mamoru Hosoda over the coming weeks, so stay tuned...
Until next time, take care!