by Jeremy Clarke.
Japan’s Taisho era runs from the period 1912-1926 when the Taisho Emperor held power. He was preceded by the Meiji Emperor in the Meiji era 1867-1912 and followed by the Showa Emperor a.k.a. Emperor Hirohito in the Showa era 1926-1989. We are now living in Emperor Akihito's Heisei era, ever since 1989. The Meiji era corresponds roughly to Britain’s Victorian era and the Taisho to its Edwardian.
The Taisho has also been called Japan’s Jazz Age. Following the modernising of the Meiji it was characterised by the phrase ‘ero-guro-nonsensu‘ — eroticism, grotesquerie, nonsense. Tokyo spawned its own café society, literacy was on the up and men and women achieved more political and personal freedom than ever before. The period also took in such momentous events as siding with the Allies in WW1, the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 and the vote being given to all males over twenty-five in 1925. This was a time of tumultuous change.
Fast forward to the new Blu-ray release of three films set in this period by cult director Seijun Suzuki, best known for Nikkatsu gangster exploitation fare Tokyo Drifter (1966) and Branded To Kill (1967). He died earlier this year and Jasper Sharp’s obituary provides a helpful overview. Sharp also contributed to the booklet which accompanies the discs’ first pressing. Continue Reading
Tokyo Ghoul fans we know you've been waiting patiently to get your hands on our AllTheAnime.com Exclusive Ltd Collector's Edition set of the Tokyo Ghoul OVAs "Jack" & "Pinto" and the time has nearly arrived! We've received some units at our HQ so today we're very excited to bring you an unboxing of this release!
As it's worked out that we have some units available in time for MCM Scotland Comic Con in Glasgow this weekend, we're happy to say we will have limited quantities of this release at our AllTheAnime stall at the event (while stock lasts) throughout the weekend. (You wont be able to get this anywhere else as it's exclusive to us and our web shop.) So that'll be the first opportunity to add this to your collection.
But if you're not at MCM in Glasgow this weekend, don't worry as you can order your copy from our AllTheAnime.com web shop at the link below
If you've already ordered your copy, orders for these will begin shipping next week - our fulfilment house is currently waiting on their delivery of stock.
Never before released in English speaking territories, we are the first company to make these two OVA prequel episodes available to add to your collection. As neither have had an English dub created for them; both episodes are in Japanese with English subtitles only.
Our release comes packed in a rigid case, with a digipack to hold the two discs (1 x Blu-ray + 1 x DVD) and also comes with 6 Art Cards too.
In case you haven't seen it already, check out our official subtitled trailer for the Tokyo Ghoul "Jack" OVA below
Below you'll find photos of the finished product! You can click on them to enlarge them too. Continue Reading
By Jasper Sharp.
Reference books have had to fight their corner harder than most in the internet age. For the subject of film in particular, online sources such as Wikipedia, Rotten Tomatoes or the IMDb (and dare I mention for Japanese film, Midnight Eye) allow instant access to facts or opinions about specific titles you might be looking for. But there’s the rub – how do you look for information about something you don’t know exists?
In this respect alone, Salvador Murguia’s Encyclopedia of Japanese Horror Films is certainly a welcome reminder of the advantages of the printed word. Browsing through its 406 pages, you’ll find yourself coming across a host of titles you might never have heard of before, from the All Night Long rape-revenge series to Zombie Self-Defense Force by way of titles such as Teruo Ishii’s Blind Beast vs. Killer Dwarf, Godzilla-director Ishiro Honda’s manic mushroom movie Matango and Shion Sono’s Suicide Circle. The bulk of the entries are on individual films or film series, although there is also a smattering of biographies for salient directors, writers and manga artists, sub-genres such as “erotic grotesque nonsense”, and even one for the Scream Queen Filmfest Tokyo. Continue Reading
With MCM Scotland Comic Con taking place this weekend you've probably been wondering who the Anime Guest of Honour will be? Well we're delighted to confirm Takashi Okazaki will be coming to Glasgow.
Character designer Takashi Okazaki, creator of the iconic franchise Afro Samurai and character designer on anime including Mamoru Hosoda’s Summer Wars - where he designed King Kazma; the fan favourite fighting rabbit avatar - and Marvel’s X-Men series produced by the world famous Madhouse studio, is coming to MCM Scotland Comic Con in Glasgow this weekend.
Mr Okazaki is also likely to speak about upcoming projects he’s working on including the Autumn anime series Vanishing Line, which is the next chapter in the Garo franchise, during his panel on Saturday that will look over his career to date.
In addition to this panel you will have the chance to meet the man himself when he participates in two free (meaning no additional charge to your price of entry) signing sessions over the weekend.
Takashi Okazaki events during MCM Scotland Comic Con Weekend -
NOTE ABOUT SIGNING SESSIONS: These are free events where there will be an item provided that can be signed by Mr Okazaki. Alternatively you can bring one item of your own to be signed. Posed photos with Mr. Okazaki are at his discretion on the day of the event.
As we're talking about MCM Scotland Comic Con this weekend, we also want to make mention that immediately before the Anime Guest of Honour panel on Saturday will be the Scotland Loves Anime panel, from 1-1:30pm, that will be a preview of the upcoming Scotland Loves Anime Film Festival.
It's a new week and that brings you two new releases to add to your anime collection. Today we bring you the second half of the series Charlotte plus Escaflowne The Movie. Read on below for details.
Ltd Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD,
SRP: £34.99 | £19.99
BBFC Cert.: 15
No. of discs:
1 x Blu-ray + 1 x DVD | 1 x DVD
Synopsis: "To save every ability-wielder on Earth, Yu makes a certain decision. It is a choice that provides salvation to all of them, but at the same time, it is a choice that makes him pay a huge price in return."
Content on the discs themselves:
[NOTE: content is identical on both discs.]
-- Want to know more about Charlotte? We published a piece previewing the series ahead of the release of Part 1 HERE
-- Want preview of Part 2 of Charlotte? Have a read of the piece we published at our blog recently HERE
-- See a full unboxing of both the Ltd Collector's Ed. and standard DVD versions of Charlotte Part 2 HERE
FORMAT: Standard Ed. Blu-ray
BBFC Cert.: 15
No. of discs: 1 x Blu-ray
Synopsis: "Hitomi Kanzaki is depressed. She feels isolated from her friends and family, and wants nothing more than to disappear. From her melancholy, the otherworldly presence of Lord Folken is summoned, and she is spirited away to the foreign world of Gaea. On Gaea, Hitomi is both feared and worshipped as the legendary Winged Goddess: a powerful being who can call to life the mystical Dragon Armor, Escaflowne. Hitomi is bewildered by the strange new world, where ships fly through the air, cat women walk and talk, and her apparent role as a goddess makes her a prized possession for several nefarious organizations.
Hitomi finds a kindred spirit in the vengeful and headstrong King Van, who has sworn an oath of revenge against the Black Dragon Clan, who destroyed Van's kingdom. Now, Van lives by the sword. And with Hitomi by his side, Van and Escaflowne will either lead the world of Gaea to harmony, or destruction."
An amaray case with the Blu-ray disc inside. On the disc you get the film with three language options for viewing: original Japanese with English subtitles, the original (Bandai) English langauge audio and the recent new English dub produced by Funimation that was funded by Kickstarter.
-- Not familiar with Escaflowne? We published a piece (last year) at our blog introducing you to the franchise HERE.
-- We have previously released the TV series of Escaflowne on Blu-ray and DVD. Both are available now.
-- The is the first standalone release of Escaflowne The Movie. It has previously been available in our Ultimate Edition release of Escaflowne.
-- Escaflowne The Movie is also available on DVD. It is part of our DVD release that also includes the TV series.
And before we conclude a quick mention that the next film we're bringing to selected cinemas will be Masaaki Yuasa's Night is Short, Walk On Girl on 4th October. Our dedicated site correlating all listings will be launching very soon - keep an eye on thenightisshortmovie.co.uk - but if you want to get in early VUE Cinemas have published some of their listings HERE and ODEON Cinemas have listed some of their screenings HERE.
In the interim if you want to know more about the film, definitely take a few minutes to read the piece we published at our blog previewing the film and more. You can read that HERE.
And that concludes the round-up of our new releases for the week commencing 18th September 2017. We hope you’re looking forward to adding these to your collection.