By Andrew Osmond.
Magic schools won’t go out of fashion in anime for a while yet. Harry Potter surely helped the proliferation of ‘magic school’ anime, and Absolute Duo tips its hat back towards England. One of its school’s main features is a massive clock tower that’s the spitting image of Big Ben, while the support cast includes an English girl called Lilith Bristol, with a love for tea and a girl butler. Okay, so that’s not a name you’ll find on many school registers, but it’s no more contrived than, say, Motoko Kusanagi in Japan.
Absolute Duo is set in a version of Japan, though it’s a fantasy mash-up where the main action takes place in a modern-seeming world, with monorails and shopping malls, while the hero’s flashbacks look more like a samurai drama. As usual with these stories, we start with the hero’s enrolment, as schoolboy Thor, or Tor, arrives at Koryo Academy High School in a shower of cherry blossoms. This is a school with a special curriculum – it teaches martial arts skills to a minority of youngsters who are capable of receiving a device called a “Lukifer.” Continue Reading
By Meghan Ellis.
If you enjoy your breakfast with a side of restless dread, you should pick up a copy of the remastered Perfect Blue vinyl soundtrack. I say “breakfast” as that’s how my first listen went; a dark January morning over a bowl of New Year’s Resolution, with the film’s songs of madness accompanying my soggy bran and skimmed milk. Another creation by retro OST powerhouse Tiger Lab Vinyl, Masahiro Ikumi’s eerie soundtrack of Mima’s conflict against her idol-self seems perfect for the turntable, evoking as it does the heyday of Japan’s controversial idol culture in the 1970s and 1980s. Continue Reading
Ahead of it's intended release next week (Monday 27th February) we wanted to inform everyone that a printing error has been discovered on units that have been shipped to retailers on the release of Fairy Tail Part 12. As a result all stock that has presently not been sent to retailers has been quarantined and this will now be having its general retail release date shifted back to mid-March (exact date TBA) while we get this corrected.
We are very sorry this has happened but we are not leaving Fairy Tail fans high and dry when it comes to this. We will be replacing any sleeves impacted by this. Please read on below.
The error is do with the reversible cover sleeve design specifically. The reverse cover features an alternate sleeve design and usually there is text to accompany this, however this is not present on copies impacted by this.
We are to understand all copies that have been sent to retailers at time of writing (including those sent from our own web shop fulfilment house) have been impacted by this. So if you receive / purchase one your copy will likely be impacted.
We are working to get remaining units of this impacted version out of circulation.
Of course! Everyone who receives any of these impacted copies is entitled to a replacement sleeve, no questions asked!
To get one all you need to do is the following -
Please note if you ordered from our AllTheAnime.com web shop you will be automatically added to the list of replacements; so you don't need to worry about emailing us.
As soon as the corrected stock has been manufactured - estimated to be completed in early-mid March - we will be working getting the new sleeves out to you ASAP. Please note we will email you to let you know when it's been sent.
Once again we're very sorry to all fans of Fairy Tail that this has happened. But If you receive one of these copies at least you know the discs aren't impacted and that you can watch it and enjoy it! To everyone who has yet to order this release, we hope you don't mind waiting a few extra weeks while we get this corrected ASAP.
If you have any questions about this please feel free to drop me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll get back to you as soon as possible. Alternatively please feel free to message us through our Facebook and Twitter profiles.
By Roxy Simons.
Bank teller Rika (Rie Miyazawa) leads a conventional life. She goes to work, meets clients about their accounts and possible future investments, and then goes home where she prepares food for her distracted husband. Frustrated with her humdrum existence, she succumbs to the seductions of a younger man. Finding happiness for the first time in years, Rika wants to provide for her debt-ridden lover, but what starts as an attempt to revitalise her life soon turns sour, as she is forced down a dark path of lies and embezzlement, in Daihachi Yoshida’s Pale Moon. Continue Reading
We know a lot of you have patiently waiting for details on when you'll be able to catch A Silent Voice in cinemas across UK & Ireland. Well today is the day we can tell when and where you'll be able to see it!
The date for your calendars is Wednesday 15th March 2017, with further select cinemas from Friday 17th March, and the film will be screening in Showcase Cinemas, PictureHouse, ODEON, VUE, Cineworld and other independent locations in UK & Ireland. You can visit our official website for the film - http://asilentvoice.co.uk/ - to see exactly where you'll be able to catch the film.
For those of you unfamiliar with the film -
Synopsis: "A heart-wrenching romantic anime drama, A Silent Voice follows a youngster named Shoko. After moving to a new school, Shoko is taunted because of her hearing impairment, principally by Shouya, who leads the class in teasing her. When Shoko is eventually forced to transfer to another school, Shouya’s classmates in turn ostracise him for his cruel behaviour.
Years later, as a young adult, Shouya is riddled with guilt over his humiliation of Shoko. Living an aimless life with no friends, he determines to find her and try to atone. But is it too late, and what might her reaction be?"
Check out out exclusive trailer for the film below -
~ What language will the film be screened in?
In Japanese with English subtitles only. There is currently no English language dub, which is why there are only screenings in Japanese with subtitles.
~ I don't see a screening listed in my area? Will there be one added?
We're working closely with our partners to have screenings available in as many locations as possible, however we should stress that ultimately the locations it will be screened in are chosen by the cinemas themselves and not us (Anime Limited / AllTheAnime). So if it is not being listed in your area we encourage to make your cinema aware that you'd really like to see it.
~ How long will it be in cinemas for?
At this stage it's very difficult to tell. This will depend on the demand to see the film based on how well it performs on 15th March and the select cinemas on 17th March. So if your on the fence about going thinking it might be shown later, we can't promise that. We strongly encourage you to watch this the first chance you have as it might be your only opportunity to do so.
~ Which cinema chains will be showing the film?
Showcase Cinemas, Picture House, ODEON, VUE, Cineworld and other independent locations in UK & Ireland will be screening the film in various locations.
[Information above correct as of: 22nd Feb. 2017]
And that's all for now! Stay tuned for more updates on A Silent Voice being screened at cinemas in UK & Ireland.