Hi folks! We're now moving deeper into what is proving to be a very exciting spring season for new anime, and in addition to some fantastic titles we're simulcasting in conjunction with our friends at Crunchyroll we also have some thrilling early news about other spring 2018 titles we've acquired the UK home video rights for!
For the first of these announcements, we're confident you'll never see it coming, but we suspect this news might just take your heart... that's right, Anime Limited are today proud to announce that we've acquired the UK home video and digital rights to PERSONA5 the Animation!
This latest iteration in the hugely popular Persona video game franchise from ATLUS is getting an animated outing courtesy of A-1 Pictures, in a series directed by Masashi Ishihama (From the New World, Garakowa ~Restore the World~). Music for the series is, of course, provided by Shoji Meguro's stunning soundtrack from the original game.
Needless to say it's going to be quite some time before we have any news on the specifics of our home video release for PERSONA5, but we were simply too excited about the series to keep this quiet! For now though, here are some more details about the show for your perusal.
Synopsis (provided courtesy of Crunchyroll): The series is an anime adaptation of best-selling JRPG, Persona 5, by game developer, ATLUS, first released in Japan in 2016 and subsequently worldwide in 2017. Set in modern Tokyo, PERSONA5 the Animation chronicles the adventures of an eclectic group of teenagers who call themselves the “Phantom Thieves of Hearts.” Together with their metaphysical manifestations known as their Personas, the group seeks to solve crimes by reforming the source of corruption within people’s hearts.
Key creators of the original game reunite for the highly anticipated series, including sound composer Shoji Meguro providing the stylized and jazz-themed soundtrack, Katsura Hashino credited for the Original Concept, and ATLUS’s own Shigenori Soejima providing the series’ Original Character Design. Critically acclaimed animation studio A-1 Pictures (Sword Art Online, Blue Exorcist) will produce the series with Director Masashi Ishihama (ERASED, Your lie in April) bringing the game to the TV screen. The series also features an all-star voice cast who also voiced the game, including super star voice actor Jun Fukuyama (DURARARA!!, Blue Exorcist, WAGNARIA!!) as protagonist Ren Amamiya, Mamoru Miyano (Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, DURARARA!!) as Ryuji Sakamoto, Nana Mizuki (Blast of Tempest, VALVRAVE the Liberator, WWW.WAGNARIA!!) as Ann Takamaki, Tomokazu Sugita (The irregular at magic high school, The Asterisk War, March comes in like a lion) as Yusuke Kitagawa, and Ikue Otani, the legendary voice of Pikachu, as Morgana.
You can check out an English subtitled trailer for the series - provided by Aniplex USA - below:
While our rights to the series only extend to a future home video release as mentioned, it's worth noting that you don't have to wait to start watching the series, as the lovely people at Crunchyroll are simulcasting the show weekly on their service in conjunction with Aniplex USA, so UK viewers can check it out from today!
We hope you're as excited about this news - and the series - as we are, and be sure to take your time in staying tuned to all of our usual channels for future announcements once we're ready to unmask our home video release plans for PERSONA5 the Animation!
Until next time, take care.
~ Andy H
The All The Anime Podcast is back to bring you another dose of anime related chatter to wrap-up your week and take you into the weekend.
This week Jeremy and Andy are joined by Lauren and El Presidenté Andrew (who is totally not potentially suffering from jet lag after just getting back from Japan) to delve into a variety of topics!
There’s talk on the fact that we (Anime Ltd.) have acquired the rights to the brand new series Tokyo Ghoul:re and Lupin the 3rd Part 5, details on two very special screenings of Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms later this month and more including news from around the anime globe the past week including the passing of Isao Takahata, co-founder of Studio Ghibli.
They also find time to plough through some of the remaining questions sent in for last weeks show that sees us talk about what shows we’re excited for this Spring Season and what characters would make the best/worst flatmates!
NOTE: As always please note this podcast may contain strong language and any views expressed by individuals in this podcast do not reflect those of Anime Limited.
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To many people, Isao Takahata will be remembered as the man who directed Grave of the Fireflies, the saddest Japanese animation ever made. Yet his work brims with the joy of life, from Heidi frolicking in the Alps with Peter in Takahata’s landmark 1974 series, to a gang of mischievous children calling “Li’l Bamboo!” to a wide-eyed toddler in the Oscar-nominated The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, Takahata’s last anime. Continue Reading
By Helen McCarthy.
The whimsical, colourful Cool Tokyo Guide by Abby Denson is bright, light, appealing and accessible. American cartoonist Denson, with help from her husband, Japanese friend Yuuko and mascot character Kitty Sweet Tooth, guides you through the process of visiting Tokyo from the point at which you start to plan your visit to the moment you pack your souvenirs for the flight home.
Denson’s second travel guide for Tuttle – following from last year’s Cool Japan Guide -- covers some of the same ground. A good deal of that was about Tokyo, often the Westerner’s first or only port of call in Japan. The sections on trip preparation have a good deal in common. Kamakura’s purple sweet potato delicacies and Japanese pharmacies get similar rave reviews in both books. The same, of course, could be said of any travel guide, but be aware that if you have the first book you’ll find the second overlaps.
Treated as a stand-alone guide to Tokyo, this has some very useful aspects. It goes wider than Gianni Simone’s Tokyo Geek’s Guide, reviewed last year, covering more general tourist attractions. The breezy style and enthusiastic approach will make it particularly appealing to teenagers, although parents planning a trip with younger teens should be aware that it also features information on bars and other establishments that they might prefer their children not to visit.
The comic-book format means that Denson can show first-timers how to navigate the control panel on a hi-tech Japanese toilet, devote a page to the different kinds of napkins and their uses, or convey the meaning of the crossed-arm “batsu” gesture (the physical equivalent of the Ghostbusters “no ghost” sign, used against the author to deter unwanted photography or incorrect recycling.) It also makes the book a fast, easy read. Continue Reading
We have officially reached the month April and we kick off the month with two very different releases that are available to add to your collection.
Read on below for the details.
FORMAT: Ltd. Collector's Ed. Blu-ray, standard DVD
BBFC CERT.: 18
SRP: Ltd Collector's Ed. Blu-ray - £59.99 | Standard DVD - £34.99
Language: English, Japanese with English subtitles
Synopsis: From the studio that brought you Castle Town Dandelion and Gonna Be The Twin-Tail!!
When a pair of sexy girls, Maria and Mio, come to live with high school student Basara Tojo, his life changes forever. The two girls have a secret that they don't keep for long - Maria is a succubus, and Mio is a future Demon Lord. But Basara has a secret of his own - he's the last descendant from a clan of demon-fighting heroes.
To make things even more complicated, the girls force Basara into a master-servant contract, and Basara ends up becoming their master!
What happens when you put a succubus, a demoness, and a demon-fighting hero under the same roof? They form a bond that will help them to take on anything!
You can watch the trailer for this below
-- Want to know more about the series? Have a read of the piece at our blog HERE
FORMAT: Ltd. Collector's Ed. Blu-ray+DVD
BBFC CERT.: 15
Language: Japanese with English subtitles
Synopsis: Momotaro, Sacred Sailors played a major role in setting the stage fo the rise of anime and was Japan’s first feature-length animated film. A notable accomplishment for its time, the project was funded by the Navy Ministry of Japan during World War II.
This infamous 1945 black-and-white propaganda film that saw Japanese fairy tale hero Momotaro leads a squad of heroic animal soldiers against evil British demons, was funded to promote recruitment and Japan’s military agenda in the South Seas. Believed destroyed after Japan’s surrender, the film was rediscovered in a warehouse in 1983 and digitally restored from the sole surviving negative.
Along with another early masterpiece, Spider and Tulip, these films have been restored into HD so a whole new audience can see the milestones of the industry and historical artifacts from World War II.
Our release also includes the 128-page book "Sacred Sailors: The Life and Work of Seo Mitsuyo" written by Dr. Jonathan Clements (Author of Anime: A History, co-author of the Anime Encyclopedia)
You can watch a preview for the film below
In case you missed it late last week, there are going to be two special screenings of Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms this month! They're special as the director of the film, Mari Okada will be in attendance to take part in a Q&A session!
First of all for anime fans in Ireland we're happy to say that the Irish Premiere of the film will be taking place at the Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin on Saturday 14th April at 6pm as part the annual Japan Film Festival!
Then a few days later Monday 16th April, we bring the film to England for the first time as there will be a special screening of the film at the Prince Charles Cinema in the heart of London at 6pm that evening.
Book your tickets for both events featuring a Q&A with director Mari Okada now:
And that concludes this post! We hope you're excited to add these releases to your collection, for the special screenings of Maquia this month!