By Jasper Sharp.
As January brings its usual critics’ polls, award nominations and box-office rankings, the annual statistics review by the Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan (Eiren) of provides us with our traditional glimpse over the trends and developments of another year.
But with no domestic hard-hitters such as Your Name or a new offering from Studio Ghibli, there’s not much to shout about. The usual anime franchises that have dominated the top spots for over a decade continue their reign uncontested. The roll-call of the year’s highest-grossers show the usual faces: Detective Conan: The Crimson Love Letter at number one, followed by Doraemon the Movie: “Kachi-Kochi” Nobita’s Great Adventure in the Arctic at number two, Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! at number four, and Yo-kai Watch the Movie: A Whale of Two Worlds at number 7. All these films were distributed by Toho, which continue unabated to dominate Japan’s exhibition market. One can’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of déjà vu, compounded by the fact that the year also saw Hayao Miyazaki announcing he’s coming out of retirement (again) for just one last film. Continue Reading
You've watched and loved it in the cinema (perhaps even in IMAX!), you've relived your enjoyment of it on home video courtesy of our DVD and Blu-ray releases, and as of today we're thrilled to announce that you can now catch Makoto Shinkai's smash hit film Your Name on a plethora of popular video on demand services for UK viewers. In short, it's the perfect way to ensure that you can watch Your Name wherever you go and no matter where you are, whether it's at home or on the move.
From today, Monday 29th January, you can now find the film to enjoy in both English dubbed or Japanese audio with English subtitled forms, with the services listed below offering the movie to be purchased and viewed at your leisure. We've also provided links to the film on each service wherever possible below.
- PlayStation Video
Japanese audio with English subtitles:
- PlayStation Video
We're sure that we don't need to tell you any more about Your Name at this juncture, but just in case you've somehow missed all of the buzz around the movie here's the English dub trailer for your perusal.
Now that you have even fewer excuses not to catch Your Name, we'll leave you to enjoy the film!
Until next time, take care.
Can you believe we've already reached the end of the first month of 2018? And in a weird sort of way that timing makes our new release for this week somewhat appropriate as it's the final volume of the Fairy Tail series that arrives on DVD.
It's been a long road for Fairy Tail fans in the UK to get to this point, but we hope you're happy (not the character...) that you've finally been able to complete your collection of the series in some form after a prolonged period of time where there were no releases of them at all. Once we revealed we would be distributing the remainder of the series on DVD for Funimation, we've heard from so many fans expressing their delight at this. It's been an absolute pleasure to fill the void that was left for many fans wanting to complete their collection.
It's also worth noting though that there is still another Fairy Tail release from us to come in 2018, as we'll be bringing the movie Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry to Blu-ray and DVD. No further details on that to share at this time, but stay tuned and once all is locked in we'll be sure to share the info.
But anyway, let's get back onto the regular format for these New Release posts. Read on below for details.
BBFC CERT.: 12
Language: English, Japanese with English subtitles.
Synopsis: "With the battle of Tartaros still raging on, the wizards of Fairy Tail may have finally met their match. The threat of three thousand Faces hangs over them, and the power of the Demon Gates takes their breath away when they reveal their true Etherious Forms.
Right when things begin to look up, an even bigger threat appears-Acnologia! Beaten and exhausted, can the wizards find the strength to take on Tartaros and this monstrous dragon? When the fire inside Natsu erupts, he will have a startling and unexpected reunion. But the time for catching up and seeking answers will have to wait-E.N.D. and the ready-to-detonate Faces are moments from destroying the magical world as they know it!
The final battle for the magical world happens now!
Includes episodes 253-265 in English and original Japanese with English subtitles."
*Note: This is a Funimation title being distributed by Anime Ltd. / All The Anime
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And that concludes this post! A quick reminder that next week sees the release of Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions. You can see a full unboxing for our release HERE.
By Jonathan Clements.
Hapless slacker Tianyin (Jing Boran) inadvertently becomes the surrogate father of Wuba, an orphaned monster prince fated to be the ruler of his race. Accompanied by Xiaolan (Bai Baihe), a hunter initially only interested in the bounty on their companion, he runs for the big city, unaware that Wuba is wanted not only by murderous rebels of his own tribe, but also by the ruling class of China, who hope that a new-born monster messiah will prove to be the tastiest morsel at a high-class banquet. Continue Reading
After a huge year packed with theatrical anime over the course of 2017, we've been hard at work here at Anime Limited to provide you with even more fantastic films and unique experiences in 2018, and today we're very proud to announce a perfect confluence of these two goals.
With today seeing the launch of the programme for the 2018 Glasgow Film Festival, we can confirm that the festival line-up will include an international premiere screening - the first outside of Japan - for a major new anime film, directed by one of the industry's most exciting female talents.
As a result, we can now announce that just one week after it opens in Japanese theatres, you'll be able to catch the premiere of Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms at the Glasgow Film Theatre, with the screening taking place on Sunday 4th March at 1:30PM.
You can book tickets for the screening - which features Japanese audio with English subtitles - to GFF members from noon on Thursday, 25th January from the Glasgow Film Festival web site. Tickets go on general sale on Monday, 29th January at 10AM.
The film marks the directorial debut of Mari Okada, previously best known as a notable anime screenwriter with credits including Anthem of the Heart, Kiznaiver and Nagi no Asukara: A Lull in the Sea. The film's animation is handled by P.A. Works, themselves making their first foray into an original theatrical film production after making a name from their stunning works in television anime via titles such as Angel Beats, Charlotte and SHIROBAKO. Meanwhile, the film's soundtrack is provided by Kenji Kawai, the composer on a number of well-known anime including Ghost in the Shell.
Following this international premiere, Anime Limited will also be releasing the film theatrically across the UK and Ireland this March - more details will follow on our full release plans as soon as possible.
Japanese title: Sayonara no Asa ni Yakusoku no Hana o Kazarou (Let's Decorate the Promised Flowers in the Farewell Morning)
Synopsis: "Acclaimed screenwriter Mari Okada makes her directorial debut in this animated fantasy feature.
The people of Iolph have a lifespan of hundreds of years and maintain their teenage appearances for life, but when the peace of this town is shattered by those who want the secret to their longevity for themselves, a young girl named Maquia is forced to escape. Wandering the land alone, upon finding an orphaned baby she chooses to raise him, but as this boy grows up so the difference in their lifespans is thrown into ever-sharper relief."
Official English subtitled trailer:
We'll have plenty more information, imagery and trailers to share about the film over the coming weeks in the build-up to this premiere and subsequent UK theatrical release, but for now make sure you don't miss out and book a ticket to be amongst the first people outside of Japan to see this exciting new anime feature film!
It's also worth noting that this isn't the only exciting screening we're hosting during the Glasgow Film Festival, so check back over the coming days for full details of another thrilling event, and another addition to our UK theatrical line-up for 2018.
Until then, take care and get to booking!