By Jonathan Clements.
In Stockholm, Hayao Miyazaki had been awake since before dawn, watching the carpenters heading to their studios with their tin lunchboxes, and young mothers in the morning, strolling proudly with their babies. In Visby, he stared in mute amazement at the gingerbread houses and medieval stone walls, as if a fairy tale had come to life. Only allowed on the island for three hours, he pounded the pavements for a desperate 60 minutes, before collapsing in a café and staring up at the scenery. He did not notice the swarm of mosquitoes until his arms and legs were thoroughly bitten. He amassed reams of sketches, and logged every available moment in his memory. Many of these images are now preserved in the Japanese-language book The Phantom Pippi Longstocking – an account of the anime that never was, and the shadow it would cast over the later works of the animators. Continue Reading
It's a Friday, and it's also the last Friday of April! Yes we're practically in May already. This year is flying by but that doesn't mean we haven't got a new Newswire for you. In fact this is big one. There's A LOT of updates today. Read on below for details.
-- First of all a massive thank you to everyone who went to the cinema to catch Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale on the big screen. It was great being able to see so many of you had such a great time watching it! We know many of you are wanting to know if there will be anymore screenings of the film. Simply put we're not able to confirm any more screenings as things stand. But please know that if there are any more screenings to come they will be listed at the ticket website saothemovie.co.uk.
We've also had a number of people reach out about the possibility of screening the movie with the new English dub; as we talked about before we were not able to gain access to the dub in time for our screenings this month. And as things stand it's unlikely we will be able to hold screenings for the dub version of the film. Now to put this out there, this doesn't mean there won't be, because we all know things can change at a moments notice in this world, but that's literally where things stand on this. If there is any news to the contrary we can share we promise we'll let you know.
-- But looking ahead, the next film we're bringing to the big screen is the highly anticipated Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry on 17th May. You can book tickets for this right now at fairytailthemovie.co.uk
A quick reminder that there is no English dub for the film, so all screenings are in Japanese with English subtitles only. If you haven't already please make sure YOU READ THIS PAGE as there is more info about the screenings there.
Also, a quick notice to our friends in Ireland that we are working to get screenings arranged for the film, however we're in the process of getting IFCO certification sorted. So once that's all done and dusted there will be screening confirmations and such confirmed.
It's that time of the year again. We are literally under a month away from MCM London Comic Con at Excel London and we wanted to put it it out there we will be at the event in full force once again! We're happy to confirm today that we are once again partnering with Crunchyroll who will be on hand to bring subscribers some exciting opportunities!
And of course our AllTheAnime shop will be back once again and is ready for you bolster up your anime collection. We'll have a wide selection of our catalogue available and it's entirely possible we'll have a few MCM London Exclusive pre-sale opportunities on select titles as well. We'll also be celebrating Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry being in the cinemas during the event as well! More details will be forthcoming over the next few weeks so be sure to keep an eye out for updates.
We also want to put it out there as well that will be two panel AllTheAnime panels across the weekend; exact dates and times to be confirmed but the plan as it stand is for one to be on Friday and one on Sunday. As I said, more updates to follow soon!
Book your tickets to attend the show today at http://www.mcmcomiccon.com/london/
-- First of all, if you haven't already there are under 24 hours remaining (at time of writing) on STUDIO4°C's Kickstarter for Mind Game on Blu-ray! If you haven't backed it already, you can do so HERE.
-- In case you haven't got yours yet, our Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray+DVD set of Evangelion 1.11 is available now! Check out our full unboxing for this release HERE.
Also wanted to touch base on the subject of Evangelion in general. To remind everyone, we only have the rights to the Evangelion 1.11 film specifically. We had so many nice comments come in about our release of the film coupled with questions of when the others will be available, but that's literally where things stand as far as possible other Evangelion releases. Unless we gain the rights we're not able to release them.
I'm really not trying to be a downer on this, we just wanted to reiterate where things stand in case there was anyone not aware.
-- Looking to next week, we bring Escaflowne to DVD! You might recall that we had previously mentioned this had gone back a week to 8th May, turns out things were working in our favour after all and this is in fact out next week, from Monday 1st May.
Speaking of Escaflowne we uploaded a trailer for the series onto our YouTube channel this week. You can watch it below.
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-- Speaking of Your Lie in April, in case you missed it earlier this week we launched a replacement scheme for Your Lie in April Part 1 Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray. READ ABOUT THAT HERE.
--Also arriving on 8th May is our release of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam Part 2! We'll have more info to share with you next week but at time of writing we've literally just received a sample unit at our HQ. Check out the picture below. We'll have more pics to share with you next week, but I wanted to share this with you today! Continue Reading
It's been a while since we released the first part of Your Lie In April but the wait is nearly over for our release of the second half of the series as it arrives in just over a week on 8th May! Today we're very excited to show you what to expect from our release.
Until Monday 1st May order our Ltd Collector's Edition Release of Your Lie In April Part 2 at our AllTheAnime.com web shop for £34.99. (SRP: £59.99)
NOTE: Any information and/or images displayed below may contains spoilers for the series. you have been warned.
Synopsis: "Summer passes and Kaori spends more time in the hospital than school. After much struggling, Kousei comes to realize that he’s onstage now because of the people who support him. Playing the notes that they all gave him, Kousei pours his entire soul into his performance so that it will reach Kaori."
You can can dubbed and subtitled trailers for the series, published prior to our release of Part 1, below.
Our release Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray release of Your Lie In April Part 2 comes packed in a rigid case with a digipack to store the two Blu-ray discs. Also included is a special collector's artbook showcasing various art and imagery from the series.
Across the discs themselves you get -
-- Episodes 12-22 of the series with both the English language dub and original Japanese with subtitles.
-- Textless Opening and Closing title sequences
-- Audio commentary on episode 22
And now for photos of the finished product itself. You can click on them to enlarge them too. Continue Reading
By Jonathan Clements.
“Who will make anime now?” asks Tadashi Sudo in his new book, just published in Japan. His subtitle, “The quiet revolution in Chinese capital and Net distribution”, plays most of his hand before the book is even open, citing these two factors as the most disruptive and, potentially, lucrative elements to strike Japanese animation over the last 20 years. They are, however, far from the only factors that he considers. Continue Reading
by Jeremy Clarke.
Originally released to international acclaim in 1952, this live-action drama chronicles the slow decline over a lifetime of an imperial lady-in-waiting, step by horrible step, to the level of a street prostitute. It’s based on the novel The Life of an Amorous Woman by Ihara Saikaku, first published in 1686 and set in the urban, red-light district culture of its day in such cities as Edo (Tokyo), Osaka and Kyoto -- the same author's Life of an Amorous Man would be turned into an anime, The Sensualist, in 1991. Continue Reading