By Jasper Sharp.
The clammy deathly-blue pallor, the single drooping eye leering through lank, matted black hair, the white cotton smock, the slow, spasmodic, Butoh-esque movements: there must be few out there unfamiliar with the imagery of the Japanese ghost since the shuffling form of Sadako first seeped into Western consciousness in Hideo Nakata’s Ringu (1998), gathering mass in a torrent of similar J-horror spook fests and the short-lived cycle of diluted Hollywood remakes. Since then, there has been no shortage of Western pundits springing forth to explain the origins and iconography of Japan’s distinctive brand of the supernatural, but none have been as far-reaching as Zack Davisson in his rigorous Yurei: The Japanese Ghost. Continue Reading
It's time for latest edition of our Newswire! Bringing you the latest updates direct from Anime Limited HQ. Read on below for all the details.
~ First of all in case you missed it earlier this week we posted a big update about our Fullmetal Alchemist Ultimate Edition set that included pictures of the prototype of our resin replica of The Gate. You can read all about this HERE.
If you're interested in ordering this set, all the details are in the link above.
~ Let's get onto some upcoming releases. Last week we touched on our provisional release schedule for the fourth quarter of the year, but today we're going to touch on how things are standing on a variety of titles set to come out over the next month.
5th September - Samurai Flamenco Part 2
12th September - Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad
26th September - Assassination Classroom Season 1 Part 2
26th September - Free! -Eternal Summer-
You'll notice a few titles that have been listed for release in August have shifted back. Both Assassination Classroom Season 1 Part 2 and Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad were shifted back due to delays in BBFC Certification. The delay to Free! -Eternal Summer- has come about due to a production delay.
You can now pre-order each of the above mentioned titles from our web shop HERE.
Early-Bird Pre-order Special Offer @ AllTheAnime.com
Until Friday 19th August you can pre-order Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray of
Free! -Eternal Summer- from our AllTheAnime.com web shop for only £34.99. (SRP is £59.99)
~ You may also have noticed that The Empire of Corpses is not mentioned above. Unfortunately we've had to move this back with no new date set at this time. This also being down to a production delay. We're hoping it will be released within the next month or two, but until we have a new date firmly locked in we're holding off on announcing a new date.
~ Following on from us revealing details of what to expect from our release last week, another title that has been hit with an unexpected production delay is Psycho-Pass The Movie. This is now set for release a month later than what was mentioned last week and will now arrive on 3rd October.
~ Also not listed above is Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam Part 1. This is another title of ours that has been hit with an unexpected delay, and in this instance a longer delay compared to others. This now means it won't be getting released until 31st October.
You'll start to see all of these amendments appear on retailers listings shortly.
Stay tuned next week as we'll likely have some more release dates to tell you about.
~ In some positive Gundam related news, we have details about our release of Gundam Reconguista in G for you! Originally this was set to be released over two parts but today we can confirm that the series will be getting released as one complete set on the 3rd of October. So as not to break the mould that was established with our Mobile Suit Gundam release, Reconguista in G will come packed in a box to store two Blu-ray amaray cases. Across these two cases will be the whole series over three Blu-ray discs.
In addition to this there will also be 9 art cards included that will fit inside the box along with the two amaray cases. You can check out a visual of our release below. Continue Reading
By Hugh David.
Few mediums have been so conducive to a genre as anime has been to steampunk. Where live-action ventures are stalled by budget, requiring both the costs of a period drama (costumes, locations, props) and a sci-fi actioner (special effects blended with action scenes), anime can create convincing worlds based on modified technology from the past. The latest example of these is The Empire of Corpses, adapting the late author Project Itoh’s final work (completed by his friend Toh Enjoe) into a spectacular feature film entertainment. Continue Reading
Hi everyone! Hope you've all had a lovely weekend and are ready for the week ahead. We're kicking off the week ourselves with an update on our highly anticipated release of Fullmetal Alchemist Ultimate Edition.
First of all, if you're not familiar with our most ambitious release to date, CLICK HERE and read our Newswire from early June to be brought up to speed.
You can also find these details compiled in a handy site we've created fullmetal.alltheanime.com which also includes the links to both our web shop and Zavvi to pre-order this. Don't forget, pre-orders for this are taking place exclusively at AllTheAnime.com and Zavvi.com. If there are any of the 1000 units being produced still available once this has been released at the end of October, then you'll be able to order it from other retailers.
Don't forget you can still take advantage of the pre-order offer that's valid at both AllTheAnime.com and Zavvi.com of £149.99 until 1st October, the SRP for this set is £299.99, after that it will be up to respective retailer discounts being applied (as previously mentioned, that's assuming there are any units remaining.)
For those of you still on the fence about pre-ordering this, we can now confirm we've sold nearly 70% of the 1000 units being produced.
If you haven't already be sure to check out our exclusive trailer below.
So the latest update is that "The Gate" resin replica that will house the series is officially 100% approved and we can share with you a first-look at a prototype of this.
A reminder, here's the concept image you've seen floating around for a while.
And now here's the prototype of the actual resin Gate set to be included in our Fullmetal Alchemist Ultimate Edition. (You can click on the images to enlarge them.) Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
“You may marry him, murder him, or do what you like with him.” So declared Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, when actor William Gillette asked if it would be acceptable to have the Great Detective fall in love in a stage play. Doyle’s comment probably reflected his weariness with Sherlock, whose popularity had come to rule the author’s reputation. Doyle would have preferred to be known for his historical novels like The White Company.
A century later, Doyle’s words still animate the character. People, indeed, do whatever they like with Sherlock, who’s become one of the busiest, most multitudinous, fictional heroes in the world. Examples just from recent weeks include a new multiplatform game, Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter, with extensive mocap animation; a London stage play, Sherlock Holmes and the Invisible Thing; and an endless stream of books with titles like Warlock Holmes – A Study in Brimstone and alt.Sherlock Holmes – New Visions of the Great Detective.
Holmes is especially active in Japan, where the stories were first translated in 1894, less than a decade after his British debut. Japan devours detective and mystery fiction as eagerly as it does images of slender, long-limbed men with penetrating gazes and intimate male relationships. Sherlock’s not always a man in Japan, though. He’s been turned into dogs – both in the Sherlock Hound 1980s anime, involving a young Hayao Miyazaki (amusingly mashed up here), and in the manga Sherlock Bones, which reincarnates the detective as a crime-solving pooch. Sherlock is also a puppet, in a recent NHK TV series where he’s voiced by famed actor Koichi Yamadera (Spike in Cowboy Bebop). In this puppet version, Holmes and Watson are teenagers at London’s Beeton boarding school – Holmes fans should get the joke. You can marvel at the first episode here. Continue Reading