by Jeremy Clarke.
Nick Park and Aardman Animations’ latest epic, out on Blu-ray and DVD, is set in a prehistoric world of cavemen, rabbits and mammoths. For good measure it also throws in dastardly Frenchmen and football. Park coaxes great voice performances out of his all-star cast, while physical animation is in the capable hands of Will Becher (who directed the Creature Comforts TV series) and Merlin Crossingham (Creative Director for Wallace and Gromit since 2009). Continue Reading
Recently we gave you the low down on what to expect from our upcoming release of the film Night is Short, Walk On Girl, a film directed by Masaaki Yuasa. Today - as promised at our MCM London Comic Con panel on Friday - we're excited to tell you about our plans for another of his recent works, Lu Over the Wall, which you may remember we screened in cinemas late last year.
Read on below for the details.
Studio: Science SARU
Director: Masaaki Yuasa
Director Masaaki Yuasa delivers a colourful and striking tale of the power of love, friendship and music in this fun-filled family film.
Synopsis: After the divorce of his parents sees him move to a sleepy rural village, middle school student Kai is left lonely and bored aside from his sole passion for creating and uploading music online. Even when two of his classmates invite him to join their fledgling band, Kai is reluctant to get involved, but when he’s dragged to a practice session on a deserted island he finds himself coming face-to-face with Hinashi Town’s most feared legend - a mermaid, shunned by the populace as a siren of despair responsible for the loss of many fisherman in years gone by.
However, the fun-loving and curious Lu couldn’t be more different than the mermaids spoken of in legend, and her infectious love of music and dancing might just be the key to not only unlocking Kai’s heart, but also saving Hinashi Town from danger.
Check out a trailer for the film (originally published prior to our theatrical screenings in 2017) below:
The first thing you need to know is that the film be getting released on 16th July 2018. There will be a Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray+DVD set (pictured below), and there will also be standard Blu-ray and standard DVD versions available the same day too.
On the discs themselves you can watch the film with both the English dub and original Japanese audio with English subtitles (both audio options being in 5.1). There's also trailers for the film and a 28 minute interview with director Masaaki Yuasa about the film included as extras on the discs.
The Ltd. Collector's Edition Blu-ray+DVD set will come packed in a rigid case and inside that you'll find a digpack that holds the two discs. But also included inside the rigid case is a 52-page art book that is divided into multiple sections:
But that's not all! In addition to three sections of art there are also two more sections:
As you can tell from above, there's a lot packed into this release!
The following retailers are taking pre-orders for this right now:
And we'll be taking pre-orders for this from 22nd June 2018 at our AllTheAnime.com web shop. You can see the listing for that in the link below
And that wraps up this preview of what to expect for our release of Lu Over the Wall. We hope you're looking forward to adding this lovely film to your collection. Let us know what you think of it!
Hi folks! As you might be aware, this afternoon we took to the stage at the MCM London Comic Con to bring you fun, frolics and - most importantly of all - a lot of important news! Of course, we know that not all of you are able to make it to the event, so for those of you who couldn't attend here's a quick run-down of what we had to talk about during our Friday panel at the show.
Don't forget, we have a second panel on Sunday, so keep your eyes peeled for further news a couple of days from now, and in the meantime, here's a reminder of all of our activities across London Comic Con weekend for anyone visiting over the course of the event.
Now, on to the news!
In case you missed it, yesterday we posted a first look at our home video release plans for Mari Okada and Studio Trigger's fantastic series Kiznaiver. Head on over to our blog post on the subject to see the full low-down, including details on our stunning AllTheAnime.com shop exclusive art book!
In a similar vein, at today's panel we also revealed our precise plans for Masaaki Yuasa's family film Lu Over the Wall on home video! We'll be revealing this in full to all and sundry in the form of a full blog post on our site tomorrow, so keep your eyes peeled for that on Saturday morning!
As well as existing titles, we also had a few brand-new titles to announce at our panel. First up, we're excited to announce that we'll be bringing Season 1 of JC Staff's beautiful, charming healing title Amanchu! to the UK on home video.
We don't have any exact plans to reveal at this particular point in time, but we can confirm that Amanchu! Season 1 will be arriving as a Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray set later in 2018.
Synopsis: "After moving from Tokyo to a small seaside town, 15 year-old Futaba is captivated by the ocean views and the vast expanse of water which she finds laid out before her. Unbeknownst to her, Futaba’s fascination is shared by Hikari, who has lived in the town her entire life, and the two girl's lives intermingle unexpectedly when the introverted Futaba meets the outgoing and exuberant Hikari as one of her new classmates.
Before she knows it, a whole new world is opened up to Futaba - a sparkling, shimmering world that exists under the sea, as her new-found friend helps her confront her fears and anxieties through the form of scuba diving.
As her circle of friends grows, and with her confidence burgeoning, so Futaba finds the strength and self-assuredness to grow and develop with the support of those around her in this quietly touching and charming tale of friendship and finding yourself, lovingly animated by Production I.G."
We know that many of you are chomping at the bit for more news on our future plans for Mobile Suit Gundam now that Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin I-IV is about to hit retail stores, and to satiate your desire for more of these seminal giant robots we've confirmed our plans to bring two more stories from the Gundam universe to the UK in 2018.
First up we have the jaw-dropping Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: December Sky, a standalone film which we'll be bringing to the UK on Limited Edition Blu-ray over the coming months. Here's the lowdown on the story:
Synopsis: "Their war has not yet ended… It is Universal Century 0079, at the end of the One Year War between the Earth Federation and the Principality of Zeon. The space colonies of Side 4, or Moore, were previously destroyed by a Zeon attack, and many colonists lost their lives. Side 4 became a shoal zone filled with the wreckage of destroyed colonies and warships, lit by constant flashes of lightning due to collisions between electrified debris. It soon came to be known as the "Thunderbolt Sector."
The Moore Brotherhood, an Earth Federation Forces unit made up of surviving citizens from Moore, set out to exterminate the Zeon forces in the Thunderbolt Sector in order to reclaim their homeland. To halt the Federation advance, the Zeon forces deployed their own Living Dead Division, which was established to collect combat data on soldiers with prosthetic limbs.
Io Fleming, though part of the Moore Brotherhood, hates being tied down by his homeland and family history. Daryl Lorenz, having lost his legs in earlier battles, is now an ace sniper of the Living Dead Division. When they confront each other on the battlefield, they will reach a mutual realization. These two are destined to kill each other."
Also on the docket for 2018 is the classic Mobile Suit Gundam 00 - we'll be bringing this part of the Gundam universe to the UK in its entirety (both seasons, film and OVA) in 2018, with more details on our precise release plans to come over the months to follow. If you're new to Gundam 00, here's the plot:
Synopsis: "The year is 2307 A.D. While the Earth's reserves of fossil fuels have been depleted, humanity has obtained a new, nearly infinite source of energy to replace them in the form of large-scale solar-powered generation systems based on three huge orbital elevators. However, the benefits of this system are available only to a handful of major powers and their allies.
These orbital elevators belong to three superpower blocs: the Union, the Human Reform League and the AEU. These confederations continue to play a grand zero-sum game for the sake of their own prestige and prosperity. Thus, even in the 24th Century, humanity has yet to unite as one.
In this world of unceasing conflict, a private armed organization steps forward, declaring their intention to eliminate war through martial force. Using the power of their mobile suits combatively, a series of four high-performance machines each dubbed "Gundam," the paramilitary organization known as Celestial Being takes the world stage, beginning armed interventions within all the world's nations."
Now, this one may be a little confusing to some of you, who may recall that we had to announce the sad news that we'd no longer be releasing Sound! Euphonium in the UK back at the October 2017 MCM London Comic Con. Such was the outpouring of sadness and frustration at that announcement that we went back to the drawing board to see if there was anything we could do. The good news is that we did manage to rectify the situation, and thus Sound! Euphonium Season 1 (and, we should note, only season one) is now back on the table for a UK Blu-ray Limited Collector's Edition release! What's more, you'll be able to pick up the series to own in 2018 - we'll confirm a precise release date as soon as we have it, but we're currently aiming to release the series sooner rather than later.
In case you're new to the show, here's the synopsis for you.
Synopsis: "After the disappointment of defeat in a major competition during her final year in middle school, brass band music has lost its lustre for Kumiko as she enters high school. Despite vowing to leave music behind and make a fresh start, peer pressure from her new-found friends sees Kumiko once again taking up the Euphonium for Kitauji High School’s band club.
With an ambitious new club advisor at their helm the pressure is on for the club to qualify for the national tournament, but this lofty goal only serves to highlight the fractured relationships between cliques within the group’s existing members. As Kumiko struggles to make sense of this unrest, her attention is inexorably drawn towards former classmate and current club mate, the enigmatic Reina.
Love, friendship and rivalry collide against a musical backdrop as Kumiko searches for a passion or purpose to define her, in this stunning series from Kyoto Animation."
Now for something entirely different... not anime itself, but a documentary about the production of anime. Not just any old production though, but the return of Studio Ghibli's Hayao Miyazaki to the limelight after previously announcing his retirement, as NHK (Japan's national broadcasting company) documents the old master learning new tricks while also returning the craft that has marked him out as a genius of the form across so many decades.
Whether you're a fan of Studio Ghibli's works or simply interested in anime production as whole, Hayao Miyazaki: Never-Ending Man is an astonishingly frank documentary which shouldn't be missed, and we'll be bringing it to home video at an as-yet unspecified future date!
That's all of the news from our Friday panel at MCM London Comic Con collected in one easy-to-read place for you - as mentioned, keep an eye out for our first look at Lu Over the Wall tomorrow, and check back on Sunday for a report from our Sunday panel at the event for even more news and announcements!
Until then, take care.
By Andrew Osmond.
The fantasy drama Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers makes a very interesting comparison with another Anime Limited release, Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions. Although they’re dissimilar in tone and characterisation, they both begin as familiar kinds of fantasy stories that we, the audience, associate with epic-length adventures. But then Rokka and Grimgar scale their stories down. In each case, the focus is on the details of the players’ relationships and rivalries, character pieces rather than epics. Continue Reading
It's a title we know a lot of you excited about adding to your collection and the wait is nearly over as Part 1 of Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- comes launching its way on Ltd Collector's Ed. Blu-ray and standard DVD from 25th June! Today we're delighted to show you how the finished product has turned out.
Read on below for all the details - including some background information on this series and our plans for the release.
MCM London Comic Con attendees: Before getting to tell you about the product itself and whatnot, we're happy to confirm that the first opportunity to get your hands on this release will be next weekend at the MCM London Comic Con event (25-27th May 2018). We will have copies of this available to purchase (while stock lasts) from our stand, stall #1600 in the South Hall.
From the studio brought you Akame Ga Kill, Steins;Gate, Jormungand and The Devil is a Part-Timer!
Synopsis: "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..."
Check out a dubbed preview for the series below -
Part 1 of Re:Zero is being released on standard DVD and Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray (pictured above) on 26th June 2018. It will include episodes 1-12* of the series with both English and original Japanese with English subtitles language options.
*This includes the double length first episode (aka episodes 1A & 1B)
On disc extras are:
-- Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Shorts #1-11 (subtitled-only), Textless Opening Title Sequence, Textless Closing Title Sequence.
The Ltd Collector's Ed. Blu-ray version will come pack in a rigid case with a digipack to hold the two Bu-ray discs. Inside will also be 52 page book. Inside the book will be -
A unique aspect of this book is that it combines lots of data from the original Japanese releases, but is split into two distinct sections, this in essence being the first two story arcs of the series. The first covering events that take place in the first three episodes (four technically, if you consider that episode 1 aired as episode 1A & 1B), then the second section covering events between episodes 4-11. It's a great companion piece to watching the series and one we're sure you'll be happy to have in your collection.
You can pre-order your copy of this right from many retailers including the following -
When it comes to our AllTheAnime.com web shop, we'll start taking orders from 1st June 2018. But in the interim you can see the listing in the link below
And now it's time to show you photos of the finished product itself. Worth noting that at time of writing we're on site at MCM London Comic Con - where it's your first chance to get your hands on this release (while stock lasts), so please excuse the guerrilla style photography you may see below - not exactly ideal conditions for being able to take photos. Continue Reading