By Roxy Simons.
Ichie Minami (Miki Nakatani) doesn’t want anything to change. She’s determined to keep everything in her grandmother’s dress shop the way it was when the old lady was alive. The room looks the same, the clothes are all made from designs made years before, and she still uses the traditional pedal sewing machine. People say she’s starting to look like her grandmother, and she’s happy to be compared in such a way.
In contrast to the fashionable outfits that Ichie sees young girls wear on the streets, Ichie’s creations are as stuck in the past as she is, but Fuji (Takahiro Miura) is determined to see her create her own clothing line. He’ll do anything to get her to agree to sell the clothes in his department store, including sitting in Ichie’s shop for hours eating mochi balls until the fashionista actually notices him, but Ichie is equally as determined not to change. As time goes by, though, his reasoning starts to make sense to her, and this leads Ichie to re-evaluate everything she believes in. Continue Reading
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 email@example.com 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