By Andrew Osmond.
Takeshi Honda is an animator’s animator. When we interviewed Aya Suzuki earlier this year, she highlighted Honda for mastering both ends of the craft: huge, muscular action animation and emotionally subtle human acting. Honda has drawn gigantic, charging Evangelions, and delicately human figures for Satoshi Kon, Mamoru Hosoda and Hayao Miyazaki. “His action is very emotional,” says Suzuki. “I think anime often tends to be a little bit cold, a little bit plastic, whereas his acting is so real.”
Honda has contributed fine moments to anime as diverse as Evangelion 2.22, The Boy and the Beast and Perfect Blue… though you may also know him for the outrageous transformation scenes in Kill la Kill. Here’s an NSFW example; Honda said the scenes embarrassed him, but animation director Toshio Ishizaki, professionally called “Sushio,” insisted he take the job. Continue Reading
With the new year approaching it's a great time to give you a detailed look at an upcoming release of ours, The Case of Hana & Alice. Ahead of its release on the 9th January, we're bringing this film to the United Kingdom as a Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray+DVD set, as well as a standard DVD. Today we're showing you what to expect from our Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray+DVD set.
Before we get to the the details of what's included, a quick note to say that you can pre-order your copy of this right now from Amazon UK, Base.com, Anime-On-Line and now our AllTheAnime.com web shop.
~ AllTheAnime.com Early-Bird Pre-order Special ~
Until close of play on Sunday 1st January 2017 pre-order the Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray+DVD set for a special price! Details in the link below.
Synopsis: "Alice, a transfer student to Ishinomori Middle School, hears a strange rumour that one year ago, ""Judas was killed by four other Judas"" in Class 1. While investigating, Alice discovers that the only person who may know the truth, Alice's classmate Hana, lives next door to her in the ""Flower House"" that everyone is scared of...
Eager to know more about the ""Judas"" murder, Alice sneaks into the Flower House to ask the reclusive Hana for more information about the Judas murder and why shes a recluse. The chance meeting of Hana and Alice sets them off on an adventure to solve the mystery of the ""smallest murder in the world."" "
You can read more about The Case of Hana & Alice in this piece by Jonathan Clements (co-author of the Anime Encyclopedia and author of Anime: A History) HERE.
And if you want to familiarise yourself with other works of the director Shunji Iwai, see THIS PIECE AT OUR SITE by Anime News Network's Justin Sevakis.
Our release comes packed in a rigid case with an o-card (slipcover) around it. Inside the rigid case itself is a digipack that will hold the two discs (1 x Blu-ray + 1 x DVD), art cards and a booklet that contains the Making Of... the film.
On the discs themselves you find -
And now the part you have likely been waiting for. Photos of the finished product itself. Check them out below. Continue Reading
It has been a very busy month for Anime Limited and that resulted in it being a good few weeks since we last brought you a newswire. So we decided during this festive break it would be a good time to check-in and bring you up to date on a variety of titles.
Read on below for details.
NOTE: If there isn't an update on an upcoming title of ours listed below, that means there aren't any new details we can bring you at this time.
~ It has officially been over a month since Your Name hit cinemas across the UK & Ireland! You can still catch it in select cinemas if you haven't already - we heard from one person who has been to see it ten times! - or perhaps want to see it for the first time. You can see where it's still screening in both English and original Japanese with subtitles over at YourNameTheMovie.co.uk
~ In case you missed the news, you can also now pre-order our upcoming home video release of Your Name at Amazon.co.uk! We made a specific post about this that includes an F.A.Q. section. If you haven't already please do give this a read HERE.
~ First of all a quick note that Anime Limited HQ is currently closed and will be open again from Thursday 5th January 2017. Although it is noted at the top of our web shop, any orders placed at our AllTheAnime.com web shop after 19th December won't be shipped until 5th January 2017 at the earliest.
~ Our final release of the year is the complete series of the wacky show, Nerima Daikon Brothers and it's available to add to your collection now! If you're not familiar with the series check out this trailer below -
For those wanting to see of pics of the release. Here you go! Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
The Art of Castle in the Sky may be the final large-format Ghibli art book to be translated into English… at least for a while. Over the years, the art books for all Miyazaki’s films from Totoro onward have been published by VIZ Media (the Wind Rises book came out in 2014). The Japanese Art of Nausicaa hasn’t been done, but VIZ chose to translate the lovely Nausicaa Watercolor Impressions instead, adding “The Art of” to the cover of the English edition.
Of course, it’s possible that having done all the Miyazaki titles, VIZ may turn to other Ghibli films. So far, it’s only tackled Arrietty, but several more films have had sturdy art books in Japanese, including Oscar nominees Princess Kaguya and When Marnie Was There. Less likely (but we can dream), there are the Japanese “Roman Album” books for the Ghibli films. They’re not as picture heavy as the Art Books, but are full of staff interviews and other invaluable info. Continue Reading
by Jeremy Clarke.
In the middle of Martin Scorsese’s new film Silence, a Japanese is made to dig a pit in the middle of a rainstorm. “How long will he be doing that?” asks Jesuit priest Father Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) imprisoned nearby. “’Til he’s finished,” comes the reply.
The speaker might be describing the film itself. Once Father Rodrigues and Father Garupe (Adam Driver) arrive in seventeenth century Japan, their journey of discovery as they search for the missing Father Ferreira (Liam Neeson) slowly and painstakingly proceeds towards its destination. Garupe disappears part way through the story leaving Rodrigues alone. A measured pace gives us time to observe the effect upon the two men as well as the ‘Hidden Christians’ they seek to serve. Neither priest is afraid to die for his faith, both have reckoned without the authorities’ plans to make them either renounce Christ or cause Japanese Christians to be tortured to death “This is easily done,” someone is told when asked to apostatise by stepping on a representation of Jesus. “It’s just an image.” Continue Reading