By Jonathan Clements.
As its subtitle suggests, Wu Weihua’s book Chinese Animation: Creative Industries and Digital Culture delves into two specific elements of cartoons in China – the effects of disruptive transitions on a struggling business, and the massive transformations wrought by computers. Both these areas are under-represented in previous studies of the medium, and Wu draws upon his own 2006 doctoral dissertation for a concise and thought-provoking examination, rich in citation and commentary. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
If you saw the film title Sword of the Stranger without knowing anything else about it, you might guess it was a no-nonsense action flick, perhaps with a Man With No Name hero and a great many bladed weapons. And you’d be right.
It’s also an anime by the Cowboy Bebop studio, but rather than being set in outer space, this is a pic set in medieval Japan. Like many samurai adventures, it may remind viewers of the celluloid Wild West. Apart from the no-name hero, its main characters are a perky little boy and a dog, but don’t go thinking the film will be soft. It has limb-loppings, geysers of blood and a body-count to impress Tarantino. Continue Reading
Howdy folks! We hope you've all been enjoying our 12 Days of Christmas deals, and are suitably prepared for our twelfth and final deal tomorrow, the much-vaunted "Mystery Box". Please don't ask us what's in it though because, y'know, it's a mystery.
Anyhow, there's far more going on that just our Christmas offers this week, as Monday once again brings with it some exciting new titles vying for a place within your anime collection. So, if you haven't been keeping up, here's our opportunity to lay out what's coming your way this week.
FORMAT: Standard Edition DVD, Collector's Ed. Blu-ray
SRP: £29.99 (DVD), £59.99 (Collector's Ed. Blu-ray)
BBFC CERT.: 15
Language: English, Japanese and Spanish with English and Spanish subtitles
Synopsis: "When you have an infinite number of lives ahead of you, death is only the beginning.
When the truck slammed into Kei Nagai's body he should have died instantly. Instead, the high-school student finds himself resurrected, with all of his wounds somehow healed. However, Kei's real problems are just starting. Now revealed to be an Ajin, one of a mysterious new breed of demi-human that have begun appearing around the world, he's been marked with an international bounty, and in the eyes of the world's governments, Kei is a specimen to be contained by any means possible.
On the run and unable to trust anyone except his closest friend. his only hope is to discover the terrifying secrets behind his new abilities before he's forced to use them in battle!"
Order this title at:
-- Read about our shop exclusive Collector's Edition poster bundle HERE
-- See a full unboxing of our Collector's Edition Blu-ray release HERE
-- Read about Ajin: Demi-Human HERE
FORMAT: AllTheAnime.com Exclusive Collector's Ed. Blu-ray , Standard Edition Blu-ray
SRP: £39.99 (Collector's Ed. Blu-ray), £29.99 (Standard Edition Blu-ray)
BBFC CERT.: 15
Language: Japanese with English subtitles
Synopsis: "An anthology anime produced by Studio 4C. Featuring a collection of eclectic shorts from 12 acclaimed directors. Those directors are Atsuko Fukushima, Shoji Kawamori, Shinji Kimura, Yoji Fukuyama, Hideki Futamura, Masaaki Yuasa, Shinchiro Watanabe, Mahiro Maeda, Koji Morimoto, Kazuto Nakazawa, Shinya Ohira, and Tatsuyuki Tanaka."
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Order the Standard Edition Blu-ray at:
-- We'll have a full unboxing of our exclusive Collector's Edition coming very soon!
-- Read about Genius Party HERE
FORMAT: Standard Edition Blu-ray
SRP: £49.99 (Blu-ray)
BBFC CERT.: 12
Language: English, Japanese with English subtitles
Synopsis: "Renton is a teenager trapped working as a mechanic in a backwater town. He dreams of joining up with a daredevil group of pilots known as Gekkostate and following in his father's heroic footsteps.
When a mysterious beauty named Eureka shows up asking for a tune-up, Renton soon finds himself drawn into a high-flying mecha dogfight that makes him a target of the military. When the dust settles on the spectacular battle, Renton is invited to join Gekkostate, but he soon discovers that even a dream come true has a dark side."
Order this title at:
-- Read about Eureka Seven HERE
-- Eureka Seven is also available in ULTIMATE EDITION BLU-RAY FORM
That's us done for another week of new releases, with plenty to keep you busy over the coming days. Until next time, take care of yourselves.
By Andrew Osmond.
If you follow Anime Limited’s releases, you’ll know short is beautiful in animation. Titles such as Garden of Words, HAL and Tokyo Marble Chocolate do more in 40 or 50 minutes than most anime series manage in hours. Shorts present genre stories without formula fat, leaving lean tales swinging unusual ways without undue elaboration. Or the short films can leave genre behind and strike off in really weird directions, trusting that enough viewers won’t say, “I don’t get this, so it sucks”, but rather “I don’t get this, but I’ll watch it again and see if it makes more sense.”
Genius Party & Beyond is a collection of twelve short films, mostly between ten and twenty minutes each, amounting to a three-hour package. In Japan, the films were released in two feature-length blocks, Genius Party in 2007 and Genius Party Beyond in 2008. Unlike many anthology films, animated or otherwise, there’s no linking theme or framework. The films are just opportunities for creators to express themselves however they want. Continue Reading
We've been pretty quiet on what we have planned for this classic film, but today we're delighted to bring an unboxing for our release of Sword of the Stranger which will be available as a Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray+DVD set from 18th December!
Read on below for all the details.
With breathtaking animation that keeps you at the edge of your seat, this classic tale from Studio BONES is a hidden gem of its time.
Synopsis: "Set in feudal-era Japan, a young boy named Kotaro and his faithful dog Tobimaru are caught in the turmoil of a grim prophecy. At the request of the Ming Dynasty's aging emperor, the boy is pursued by a band of formidable Chinese assassins. After escaping the destruction of the temple that took him in, he runs into a mysterious stranger who gets pulled into the chase.
When Kotaro's dog is poisoned, the nameless stranger reluctantly accepts payment to escort them to a temple in Shirato. The unlikely companions form a bond over saving Tobimaru's life, but unrest is brewing all around them. The Chinese assassins clash with the local lord as they build a religious tower, and a blond-haired, bloodthirsty swordsman among them seeks a worthy opponent. Chaos erupts when the assassins find Kotaro, and the Stranger must face his past before a horrible fate is met again."
You can pre-order this from the following retailers now -
As part of our 12 Days of Christmas 1-Day Only deals today (8th December) only we're giving you the opportunity to pre-order this for only £14.99! (Regular price: £24.49 | SRP: £34.99)
This release comes packed in a rigid case with a digipack to store the two discs (1 x Blu-ray and 1 x DVD). Also included is a 40-page materials booklet, showcasing character art and concept art.
On the discs themselves you get -
And now for photos of of the finished product! You can click on them on enlarge them too.
POTENTIAL SPOILER WARNING - Some of these photos may contain spoilers if you haven't seen the film. You have been warned!
We hope you're looking forward to adding this to you collection!