By Andrew Osmond.
The film Princess Arete is the tale of a little girl growing up in a castle, refusing to resign herself to being married to a hunky Prince Charming. Then a sorcerer, frightened by a prophecy about the girl, effectively buys her from her father and imprisons her in his remote castle… but Arete has friends and her wits, and sets about winning her freedom.
Most anime fans, looking over Arete’s credits, will clock two names. One is the director, Sunao Katabuchi, who has made anime ranging from the lurid Black Lagoon to the lyrical Mai Mai Miracle. He’s now enjoying acclaim for In This Corner of the World, an anime film about a Japanese woman’s life in World War II. You may also recognise Arete’s animation team, Studio 4°C, which made Tekkonkinkreet, the Berserk film trilogy and much of Animatrix. But anime fans may not recognise the source story, a British children’s book called The Clever Princess. Continue Reading
By Hugh David.
The time: 1928. The place: New York. The threat: demons called Sinners. The defence: an exorcist wing of the Catholic Church, the Magdalene Order, sworn to protect the seven ‘apostles’, super-powered humans who have been appearing since the traumatic events of WWI. The only heroes who can save them are a gun-toting nun and a pro-human demon whose destinies are intertwined. Continue Reading
If you're anything like us, we suspect you spent a hefty chunk of last weekend watching the latest hot anime title to arrive on Netflix's UK streaming service: Kakegurui. Similarly, if you're anything like us you probably found yourself wishing you could hold a copy of the series in your hand, and place it lovingly onto a shelf in the midst of your anime collection.
Well, if you were gambling on someone acquiring this series for a UK home video release then you're in luck, as we can today confirm that Anime Limited have indeed acquired the home video rights to Kakegurui for the UK and Ireland!
This sexy, sassy title is adapted from a manga of the same name penned by Homura Kawamoto, and is brought to life in anime form by production studio MAPPA (In This Corner of the World, Yuri on Ice) with a soundtrack provided by TECHNOBOYS PULCRAFT GREEN-FUND (Trinity Seven, Witch Craft Works). If you're a fan of Yuri on Ice or the opening credits to the Persona 5 video game then you'll also easily recognise Kakegurui's eye-catching opening credits as the work of the incredibly talented Sayo Yamamoto.
Synopsis: "Hyakkaou Private Academy is no ordinary school. Forget academic studies, this is a school where the key to success is proficiency and nerves of steel in the no-holds-barred gambling around which the entire societal structure of the academy resides. Win big and the world is your oyster; fall into debt and be doomed to a school life of subservience and abuse from those more fortunate than you.
Into this ruthless world steps Yumeko Jabami - a wide-eyed, innocent transfer student who seems like easy pickings for her classmates. However, there's more than meets the eye to this newcomer: little do they know that Yumeko is a young woman whose passion for gambling and risk-taking knows no bounds, and whose desire to experience the thrills of putting everything on the line will pose a direct threat to the student council that sits atop the academy's power structure."
For a better glimpse at the title, take a look at this English-subtitled trailer released by Netflix:
Our current intention is to release the first season of Kakegurui on Collector's Edition Blu-ray in the first quarter of 2019, so bear in mind that it'll be a while before you hear any more news from us on this title. Needless to say we don't have any more details to share at this time, but we'll be sure to update you closer to that release date. For now though, Netflix UK subscribers can watch the entire first season - complete with both Japanese and English audio and English subtitles amongst the language options available - and get their gambling freak on right here and now!
We hope you're as excited as we are about this news - until next time, take care!
~ Andy H
Hi folks! As some of the more eagle-eyed amongst you might have noticed, last week we updated our official release schedule page to add a provisional schedule for our line-up across the second quarter of the year. Now that the information is out in the open, let's take some time to explore some of the highlights of our plans between April and June!
Before that though, a few quick housekeeping notes to bear in mind:
- All release dates are subject to change due to a variety of factors. We've tried to be as conservative and realistic as possible with the dates that we're setting for titles in 2018 to avoid disappointment, but factors beyond our control can still cause releases to slip for unforeseen reasons.
- While this is our provisional line-up for Q2, it certainly isn't our final line-up - there are a number of other titles that haven't yet been confirmed or dated, simply because we want to make sure they're 100% locked in and likely to hit those release dates before we unveil them. In short, stay tuned as we're likely to have some very exciting additions to the quarter that we'll be talking about over the coming months.
- Images shown in the post are not final cover designs - these are merely placeholders until finalised, approved designs are available.
With that in mind, let's move on to the good stuff...
Following on from its successful release in cinemas across the UK last year, from May 28th you'll finally be able to own Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale on DVD and Blu-ray to view in the comfort of your own home. And yes, before you ask it is uncensored.
We're still in the stages of confirming exactly what we'll be able to include within our release, but expected a Blu-ray+DVD Limited Collector's Edition alongside regular DVD and Blu-ray editions of the film.
Here's some more on the film if you missed it in the cinema:
"The NerveGear, the world’s first dedicated full-dive device developed by the genius programmer, Akihiko Kayaba in 2022…a revolutionary machine that opened up infinite possibilities for the world of VR (Virtual Reality). 4 years later…. A next-generation, wearable multi-device called the Augma has been released to compete with the NerveGear’s successor, the Amusphere. A cutting-edge machine boasting the ability to enhance AR (Augmented Reality) to the maximum, the Augma offers a safe, user-friendly experience, as it can be used while the player is awake, making it an instant hit. Its most popular title is an ARMMORPG developed exclusively for the Augma, “Ordinal Scale (a.k.a. OS).”
Kirito is about to join Asuna and the others as an Ordinal Scale player, but they’re about to find out that it isn’t all fun and games…"
In a similar vein, another of our theatrical releases from 2017 is getting a home video release in 2018, as Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry arrives on 23rd April. Much like Sword Art Online, we're still finalising the exact contents of our UK release of the film, but we can tell you to expect a Shop Exclusive extra for a select few people who wants to purchase the film's Limited Collector's Edition from our own online store - stay tuned for more on that closer to release!
Again, if you need to know more about the film, here's a quick rundown for you:
"In Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry, in the Kingdom of Fiore lies a terrible weapon. Enter the Dragon Cry, a magical staff rumored to possess power capable of destroying the world. For years, it’s been safely guarded and kept away from those tempted by its power. But everything changes when a traitor named Zash manages to steal it away. Now, in the hands of Animus—the cruel ruler of the Kingdom of Stella—a plot begins to form with the fate of the world at their mercy.
Luckily, a simple recovery task is nothing for the wizards of Fairy Tail! Together, Natsu and his friends will go undercover to infiltrate Stella Kingdom in hopes of getting answers and restoring safety to the realm. But they’ll quickly find there’s more to this staff than the stories claim. What power really dwells within the Dragon Cry, and is the gang strong enough to fight ultimate destruction?"
Last May, we announced at MCM London Comic Con that we'd be bringing the Studio BONES classic Wolf's Rain back to the UK - as a show we all love here in the Anime Limited office we wanted to do it justice and make the best use of the materials available to us, and we're now happy to report that we've managed to create a stunning Ultimate Edition set that we'll be offering up to you on 25th June.
We'll be revealing more about this Ultimate Edition offering in due course, but expect something similar to our recent Eureka Seven Ultimate Edition, complete with a fantastic artbook compiling all manner of imagery from the series as well as some wonderful posters that capture some truly beautiful artwork created to promote the series. We can't wait to show you more of this edition closer to its release, so stay tuned!
If you're new to the world of Wolf's Rain, here's an introduction to what it's all about:
"Paradise - a legend, a myth, and a hopeless dream in a world that has become a wasteland. It is not meant for everyone, only the wolves, thought to be extinct yet still roam the lands. When the Flower Maiden awakens, the path to the end will open.
Kiba, a lone wolf, wanders into a poverty-stricken city on a quest. The scent of Lunar Flowers and the will to find Paradise is all he has. Along the way, he runs into other outcast wolves - Tsume, High, and Toboe, each with their own story and troubles. Fate bringing them together, they seek out the Flower Maiden, Cheza, and their way to Paradise. But, doing so is no simple matter. Up against a world that fears them and a man with mysterious abilities, their journey is overrun with challenges and worse - sacrifices. With limited time, they must fight to protect Cheza against everyone who seeks her and discover the hidden path to their destiny.
This group of broken souls will form a pack and take their journey to the doors of Paradise. But is it worth the end of the world?"
It was one of the biggest TV anime hits of 2016, and later this year we're thrilled to be bringing the first half of Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World- to the UK on home video! Needless to say, we're planning a Blu-ray Limited Collector's Edition release of the series to show off the fantastic world and characters from the series, and we're also working on seeing if we can offer customers at our shop some very cool additions to the release into the bargain, so fingers crossed they come to fruition!
You can watch the series in full via Crunchyroll right now, but here's a brief synopsis for you:
"Natsuki Subaru, an ordinary high school student, is on his way home from the convenience store when he finds himself transported to another world. As he's lost and confused in a new world where he doesn't even know left from right, the only person to reach out to him was a beautiful girl with silver hair. Determined to repay her somehow for saving him from his own despair, Subaru agrees to help the girl find something she's looking for..."
It's no surprise that the works of Makoto Shinkai have been in great demand since the stellar success of Your Name, leaving our Limited Collector's Edition Makoto Shinkai Twin-Pack containing Voices of a Distant Star and The Place Promised in our Early Days out of print. Of course, neither of these works deserved to be left unwatched, and thus on 9th April we'll be releasing Standard Edition Blu-ray and DVD editions of this twin-pack so that you can enjoy these early Shinkai works in your own home once again.
There's plenty more we could talk about here - Hyouka - Part 2 will arrive during the second quarter complete with an art book, Tokyo Ghoul's live-action outing will also appear on home video, and another of our theatrical properties is set to arrive on DVD and Blu-ray in the form of Lu Over the Wall.
Meanwhile, Kiss Him Not Me will arrive in the UK in standard edition form, while we'll be ensuring you can complete your collection of Persona 3 movies as Standard Editions too. Last but not least, Assassination Classroom Season 2 Part 2 is set to arrive, bringing Koro-sensei's story to a close.
As mentioned earlier, you can keep tabs on our full release schedule on this page of our web site, and we'll be keeping you updated on our more comprehensive plans for each of these titles over the coming months. For now though, be sure to let us know what you're looking forward to over the second quarter of 2018!
Until next time, take care.
We have officially arrived in February and we're kicking thing off with the release of a series we know a lot of you have been excited about! Read on below for details.
FORMAT: DVD, Ltd Collector's Ed. Blu-ray (PICTURED RIGHT)
EPISODES: 1-12 [end]
SRP: DVD £29.99 | Blu-ray £59.99
BBFC CERT.: 15
Language: English, Japanese with English subtitles.
Synopsis: "Take an introspective look at RPG anime with this beautifully animated tale of adventure and loss from A-1 Pictures (Fairy Tail, Sword Art Online) and the director of Psychic School Wars.
“After waking up in a strange new world surrounded by people who can’t remember who they are or where they came from, Haruhiro finds himself drafted into the service of the Volunteer Soldiers. Together with a ragtag party, he must set out to make a name for himself in a world where magic and monsters are part of everyday life. But danger waits around every corner, and the small group soon discovers how quickly a life of adventure can be cut short. Faced with the reality of their situation, each member will have to choose how far they’re willing to go, and how hard they’re willing to fight to survive in the world of Grimgar.”
Additional Information -
--- Want to know more about the series? We have a blog post giving you a preview of what to expect HERE
--- See a full unboxing of our release HERE
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ALSO WORTH NOTING -
Attack on Titan: The Roar of Awakening is coming select cinemas on 21st February! CLICK HERE for details on where it's being screened. You can also check out the trailer for the film below.
And don't forget the International Premiere of Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms, the new film from Mari Okada (writer of The Anthem of the Heart, Anohana and Hanusaka Iroha) will be at the Glasgow Film Festival on Sunday 4th March! Tickets on sale now HERE
And that concludes this post!