By Andrew Osmond.
Gundam is a big franchise, encompassing nearly 40 years of anime, and leaving even some seasoned fans lost amid, say, G Gundam and Gundam 00. Zeta Gundam comes from 1985, when the franchise was in its early days. It’s the sequel to the original 1979 Mobile Suit Gundam, which Anime Limited released as a two-part Blu-ray. Set eight years later, Zeta deals with a new war on Earth and in space, fought by warriors in new versions of the giant “Gundam” robot suits. The early episodes introduce many new characters, including a troubled teen boy piloting the famous mecha. But as the series progresses, it drops in many old faces from the first Gundam; this is less a ‘next gen’ than a ‘cross-gen’ story. Continue Reading
It was back in December of 2015 that we brought the classic series Full Metal Panic to the UK & Ireland for first-time on Blu-ray in a now officially out-of-print Ultimate Edition release that collected all three seasons of the series along with an exclusive hardback artbook showcasing lots of art from the franchise.
On 6th March 2017 we will be releasing standard edition Blu-rays of the first season and 'The Second Raid' season of Full Metal Panic. (Full Metal Panic Fumoffu will be getting a standard Blu-ray release at a later date.)
But as the Ultimate Edition is out-of-print and it's been over a year since it's release, today we are announcing a special collection of all three seasons of the series that is exclusive to our AllTheAnime.com web shop and strictly limited to 300 units.
Before we tell you about this AllTheAnime.com exclusive set, for those not aware here's a quick introduction to Full Metal Panic.
Synopsis for first season: "Kaname Chidori’s one of the most popular girls at her high school – unfortunately, it’s her growing popularity off campus she should be worrying about. Unbeknownst to Kaname, terrorists are plotting her abduction, believing she possesses the rare and coveted abilities of “the Whispered.”
That’s where Sousuke Sagara enters the picture.
Now onto our AllTheAnime.com exclusive collection. This set will feature all three seasons of the series - Season 1, Fumoffu and The Second Raid - and will be collected in a Limited Edition Art Box to house them. You can check out the visual below. (You can click on the picture to enlarge it.)
And best of all you don't have to wait very long for this release, as it arrives on 6th March - the same day that the individual releases of Season 1 and The Second Raid are released.
Until Tuesday 21st February pre-order this AllTheAnime.com Exclusive set for only £39.99. (Keep in mind the regular price for this collection at our site will be £49.99, and that's also the price it will be at events we exhibit at too.)
By Andrew Osmond.
Vacationing in Washington DC, college grad Saki meets an extraordinary youth with no memories, killer rivals and a “magic” phone that can provide anything. Adopting the name Akira Takizawa, our unexpected hero slowly learns he’s in the middle of an incredible game. Its goal: to transform Japan forever…
Like much Japanese animation, Eden of the East animates what we’d normally think of as live-action material – in this case, a romantic comedy-action-thriller. It begins on a good-naturedly absurdist note. Saki is unwisely trying to throw a coin in the White House fountain. A run-in with security is interrupted by the appearance of Akira, who’s cheery, amnesiac and stark naked! He only has a gun and the aforementioned phone, connecting him to a chirpy mystery woman called Juiz, who can seemingly give him everything (and we mean everything) he needs. Meanwhile, Tokyo has been battered by missile attacks – though these have done surprisingly little damage – while our hero isn’t the only person with a special phone... Continue Reading
By Jasper Sharp.
It was only last year that the Japan Foundation UK began including documentaries in its annual touring film season, with Aya Hanabusa’s intimate depiction of a family of butchers descended from the stigmatised buraku class, Tale of a Butcher Shop (2013), the first to be included in the line-up. This year, we move onto seafood, with Naotaro Endo’s Tsukiji Wonderland (2016), an account of a year in the life of the world’s largest and most famous fish market. It is, nevertheless, a very different proposition, matching its subject matter in terms of scale and sprawl. Continue Reading
So, it's been a few weeks since our last Newswire. It's been incredibly busy at Anime Limited HQ but we wanted to make sure there was an update for you of some kind before the weekend.
As a note, we know a lot of you are wanting to know details about upcoming releases of ours in March. Next week we're going to have a Newswire that will have a big update when it comes to release date of forthcoming titles of ours. So please keep an eye out for that next week.
Right, with that being said, there's a lot to get to. So sit back and have a read.
When it comes to upcoming cinema activity from us, we're currently focusing on A Silent Voice. So our update today will be in relation to that only. But please know Sword Art Online news will be coming within the next few weeks.
Since our last update we know a lot of you have been patiently waiting for more information about when the film will be getting screened in March. Today we can confirm the date for your calendars is Wednesday 15th March. This will be the day you can catch the film in cinemas, though we will add there will be further screening in select cinemas from Friday 17th March.
There will be a dedicated website, similar to the one we had for Your Name screenings, that will correlate all the screening locations and times. We'll share the details of this site once all is finalised and locked in.
As announced last week (SEE THIS) the director of A Silent Voice Naoko Yamada will be attending the screening of A Silent Voice at the 2nd biggest film festival in the United Kingdom, the Glasgow Film Festival! GFF for short, on 23rd February.
Following this announcement we want to take the opportunity to highlight a few notes about her appearance as well as lay down some very important ground rules about attending this screening. So have a read of the F.A.Q. below
~ Why is there only one screening with her attending?
This screening has been organised by the Glasgow Film Festival itself and not us (Anime Limited.) So there is only one screening of the film as part of their stacked lineup for the festival in general. Also worth noting that her schedule only permits her to be able to attend this screening.
~ Will there be a signing session opportunity with Naoko Yamada?
No there won't be. This is due to time constraints and the fact that she will have other engagements to attend to that day.
~ Will be there be the opportunity to get a photo with Naoko Yamada?
No there won't be. Again, much like the case with there being no signing session this is due to time constraints and other engagements she will attend to that day.
~ I'm attending the screening and Q&A session. Can I record this or take photos?
It’s not often we have to be strict about this when it comes to unique opportunities such as these, but this event will have a strict no audio and/or video recording of any kind during this event. Photography of any kind – including any photos from mobile phones – is strictly prohibited as well.
The reason for this is at the request of Kyoto Animation - and based off experiences of her previous UK appearance at the 2012 Scotland Loves Anime Film Festival.
There will be strict enforcement of these rules and regulations during her appearance. If any attendee is caught or suspected of violating any of these they will be subject to ejection from the event.
~ I can't get to the event. Will this be Q&A be streamed or archived in anyway?
It's something we're looking into, but it's highly unlikely that this event will be able to recorded by ourselves let alone the Glasgow Film Festival. Obviously if we can archive this in any way, we will try our best to do so.
As we mentioned above, with our focus being on A Silent Voice at the moment, there is no update for you when it comes to Sword Art Online. However, please stay tuned as we expect to be able to share concrete info of when are where you can see it in the next few weeks.
In case you missed our last update, you can read that HERE.