By Andy Hanley.
For all of the abject horrors that World War II brought to bear, it’s hard not to be fascinated by the war machines that were so instrumental in the fighting. While the First World War was largely won and lost by weight of numbers and boots on the ground, with a smattering of mostly clumsy or abortive attempts to use cutting-edge technology, the Second was a whirlwind of technological progress that became a vital part of the very fabric of its conflict – in the seas, the skies, and of course on the ground where tanks took on a pivotal role across almost every theatre of war.
It’s no secret that there’s a substantial crossover between anime fans and otaku of other different stripes, and a fascination with military technology amongst both fans and production staff has led to a number of projects that looked to leverage this. Strike Witches was arguably the first successful progenitor here with its anthropomorphism of WW2 aircraft and characters based around famous pilots, which led the way for a similar treatment of naval craft in Kantai Collection, while most recently High School Fleet also took to the seas in imagining a world of all-female crews piloting well-known ships.
While all of these franchises have boasted impressive successes in their own right, they pale in comparison to Girls und Panzer, and particularly its theatrical outing – Girls und Panzer der Film – which arrived off the back of an already successful TV series and continues to screen in Japanese cinemas even after its home video release, with takings of well over £17 million. Continue Reading
Hi everyone! It's been a big weekend for Your Name. In Japan the film is now on the cusp of matching the Japanese box-office record set by the Studio Ghibli film Ponyo. If that wasn't enough, Your Name received its UK Premiere at the world renowned London Film Festival this past weekend! Director Makoto Shinkai was in attendance to celebrate the film being the first-ever animated film to be in competition at the festival! And now following this history making weekend we are moving full steam ahead to November!
Since we announced we had licensed the new Makoto Shinkai film 'Your Name' and revealed it will be having exclusive cinema screenings in UK & Ireland in November, a recurring question we've had is "which cinemas will be screening the original subtitled version and which will be screening the English dubbed version?"
Today the wait is over for an answer on that! We can now tell exactly which cinemas will be showing the film in which language. We can also confirm there have been some new locations have been added as well, with Odeon cinemas now screening the film too!
In case you haven't see it before, you can watch the trailer for film below.
Before we go any further a quick reminder that you can book tickets to see Your Name in November right now at YourNameTheMovie.co.uk
Cinemas below listed in alphabetical order with language information next to it. Continue Reading
By Jeremy Clarke.
Lucis is a peaceful and prosperous kingdom based on magic. This being a Final Fantasy film it should come as no surprise that the magic derives from a crystal. Lucis possesses this crystal and has used it to construct a wall around its main city of Insomnia in which its monarch resides. This wall resembles a transparent globe surrounding the metropolis and in any other SF property would be described as a force field. Regis Lucis Caelum, the old king, wields this crystal-based magic himself and deploys it during fights and battles. So too does his trusted cohort of soldiers the Kingsglaive which includes Nyx Ulric the rebellious hero and Libertas Ostium the pal Nyx often needs to rescue. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
After storming the Japanese box-office in recent weeks, Makoto Shinkai’s film Your Name set another milestone by becoming the first anime to play in competition at the London Film Festival. Its national cinema release in the UK and Ireland will be on 24th November (if you want to see the film, there’s an official website for venues and tickets). Shinkai was present to launch the film in Blighty, arriving hotfoot from the Busan Film Festival in South Korea (doubtless dodging zombies). I joined a round table press interview with the director at Leicester Square, then saw him quizzed by an audience at the ‘Embankment Gardens’ cinema, erected for the festival, where Your Name had its UK premiere. “I wondered, did you enjoy the film?” asked Shinkai shyly as the credits rolled. The audience responded resoundingly. Continue Reading
By Tom Smith.
Music and anime often go hand-in-hand. Watched Pokémon? Then it’s your destiny to know the theme song, instinctively. Been keeping up-to-date with PSYCHO PASS or Tokyo Ghoul? Chances are that “Ling tosite sigure” means something to you, even if you are unsure how to pronounce it. Then, it is not too surprising that Studio Trigger chose a record label’s YouTube channel to premiere the trailer for its latest production; Ninja Slayer From Animation.
The anime started life as a science fiction novel series penned by American authors Bradley Bond and Philip Morzez, and found its way to Japan via the wonders of the internet – or more precisely, Twitter. The duo was propositioned (using a mere 140 characters!) to have their work translated into Japanese. After accepting, Ninja Slayer was swiftly picked up by publishing supremoes Enterbrain in September 2012, the magazine house behind the highly respected video game publication Weekly Famitsu. Since then Ninja Slayer has spawned three manga adaptations and now a 26-episode anime from Trigger, best known here for their gloriously zany series about school uniforms, Kill la Kill. Continue Reading