By Andrew Osmond.
It’s been about two decades since the birth of MMORPGs – that’s Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games, for anyone who doesn’t know. Hollywood has seen these monster Middle Earths both as a threat – they’re among the greatest media rivals to the movies – and as a property to exploit; witness last year’s divisive Warcraft film. Over in Japan, MMORPGs have inspired a whole anime sub-genre, with a Tron tendency to put players in gamelike worlds, led by Sword Art Online.
But there are loads of other ways to adapt MMORPGs to anime, and Overlord rings changes on the SAO template. First, it centres on just one character from our world, Momonga. We learn next to nothing about his non-fantasy life – just that he had no offline family or friends, and cared nothing for his job. Whereas most Sword Art Online-type shows have at least a glimpse of the boring “real” world, Overlord starts immersed in fantasy, and fantasy is where it stays. Continue Reading
Welcome to the first episode of season 2 of the AllTheAnime Podcast! ... Yeah, it's been a while hasn't it. Sorry about that, but we're back now and have a big podcast for what we've decided will be the first episode of our second season.
On this show join Jeremy, Andrew, Kerry, Kat, Keith and the latest edition to the Anime Limited team, Jessica, as they discuss all sorts of topics both related to anime and not! We introduce Jessica to you all, we talk about things we've been watching, playing and reading recently. This may includes such things as Overwatch, Scum's Wish and American Gods. We talk about anime we're bringing to the big screen through the remainder of the year - including some clarification about the upcoming Your Name IMAX screenings being subtitle only, upcoming home video releases and of course we delve into your questions!
We cover where things stand with certain upcoming home video releases certain titles like Your Name, titles we would like to see get a full release if it only ever got a partial release before, politics, and more!
Worth noting that when it comes to questions we try to tackle as many of what we received as we can, but as we received so many what we're going to do is save more of them for our show next week!
It's a fun show to kick off the new season - and the majority of the team is totally not powered by alcohol during this. So if you hear lots of ridiculous and in some cases not safe for work banter, it's totally not the fact it's end of the week and we're chilling out having a laugh...
Anyway, enjoy the show!
NOTE: As always please note this podcast contains strong language and any views expressed by individuals in this podcast do not reflect those of Anime Limited.
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This is a mini-spoiler for the end of the show, but as I (Jeremy) said I want all of us (Team Anime Limited) to start watching an anime each week so that we can chat about it on the show. I had a couple of ideas in that it can be a currently airing show where we would watch an episode each week from episode 1, or perhaps a first episode of different anime each week, or we look ahead and plan it to be a show for the forthcoming summer season.
The only thing you have to keep in mind is that any suggestion needs to be available to the U.K. through a legal streaming platform such as Crunchyroll, FunimationNow, Amazon Prime or Netflix. This is so we can watch it.
Would love to hear your feedback on this idea in general as well as any shows you think would be good fun for us to talk about on the show. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below or let us know through our Facebook & Twitter pages.
Both specifically relating to the question at around the one hour six minute mark of the podcast.
--- Here is the picture that I asked Kat to send me, so you could all see what it was :)
--- And HERE is a YouTube link to the opening song to Kerry referenced about being Arabic.
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By Roxy Simons.
Black Butler has had an interesting history when it comes to adaptations. The first series was released in Japan almost nine years ago, and since then two more series, several straight-to-video releases and, later this year, a film have been followed. The original Black Butler series saw A-1 pictures adapt and go beyond the manga at the time, taking Ciel Phantomhive and his demon butler Sebastian down a more fatal path than expected. Their Faustian contract came to a head and Ciel was left with no choice but to accept his grim fate. The second instalment was released a year later and featured an off-kilter original story that desperately pandered to fans, introducing new characters only to throw them aside in favour of Ciel and Sebastian. The series disappointed fans and critics alike, and A-1 Pictures did not return to the franchise for another four years.
Going back to the series’ origins, the new season Black Butler: Book of Circus follows the fourth arc of Yana Toboso’s manga and is almost exactly the same onscreen as it is on the page. In it the Queen’s guard dog is tasked with investigating a series of child disappearances which occur whenever the mysterious Noah’s Arc Circus comes to town. After visiting the show, Ciel and Sebastian decide the best way to find the children would be to infiltrate the establishment and the pair pretend to be new recruits so they can come into contact with those running the show. Once there, they meet ringmaster Joker and his team of skilled performers who seem pleasant at first, but it’s clear that something is hidden beneath the surface and the sinister plot has more in store for Ciel than he realises. Continue Reading
By Andy Hanley.
How do you stand out in the sea of comedy anime fare churned out every season? While Prison School’s animated adaptation was never going to have too much trouble making its presence felt visually thanks to its in your face presentation and premise, the answer from a broader perspective is a surprising one: Prison School refuses to outwardly present itself as a comedy at all. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
Mai Mai Miracle may be set in 1955, but it’s about the endless now of childhood: summer days that last forever, liminal worlds of the imagination. For the kids in the film, a wheat field is the sea; all caves hide monsters; fish are magic and the coolest friends are the ones in your head. Nine-year-old Shinko is a merry country girl intrigued by a new transfer pupil at her school, a sad-faced girl called Kiiko. For Shinko, Kiiko seems from another world. She wears perfume, she has coloured pencils, and her house has stairs. Nonetheless, the girls become fast friends, with other kids collecting around them as they seek adventure in the countryside.
Mai Mai Miracle is also about the distant past. The film’s lovely trick is to show how a child’s imagination intersects with history, finds kinship with it, and brings it to glorious life. Shinko is fascinated by the traces of a town that bestrode her region a millennium ago, and envisions a lonely little princess, yearning for a friend of her own. The princess weaves in and out of the film, which also shows the 1955 kids trying to comprehend the future: adulthood. Grown-ups are so confusing, first seeming to be one way, then another. The kids sneak into the cinema and watch a romantic film: do adults really kiss like that? Continue Reading