By Jonathan Clements.
Although the title of Sean Macdonald’s new book is Animation in China: history, aesthetics, media, it keeps largely to an account of the group of animators and facilities that formed the nucleus of the Shanghai Animation Film Studio in 1957. He has plainly realised that a little coverage of the pre-war Wan brothers, and a little more about the animation output of animators in Manchuria, allows him to spend his 272 pages essentially writing about a single company, as SAFS dominated the Chinese industry until 1992. Thereafter, events of the last generation are crammed into a single closing chapter, which is still informative but necessarily brief.
Many writers on Chinese animation cut it far too much slack, but Macdonald pays it the compliment of treating it with critical objectivity. He’s not afraid to describe the voice-over in the iconic Where is Mama? as “precious, even grating.” But he is ready to argue the case for Chinese films that have been largely overlooked, even by the animation community, such as the stop-motion Princess Peacock (1963), the Oscar-nominated Dreams of Jinsha (2010), and the online serial Miss Puff (2012). He also reveals why Tsui Hark’s animated Chinese Ghost Story is so often left out of Chinese accounts – released in 1997, just 26 days after the Handover, it wasn’t “Chinese” when it was in production, because at the time Hong Kong wasn’t either!
So... it's been a while hasn't it? It's been quite a while since our last podcast but to keep you going until we kick the summer off properly with new Podcast audio - be on the lookout for that in the coming weeks. I (Jeremy) explain this at the start of the show, but what you have here are extracts from our two panels at MCM London Comic Con back in May. You get sections from the panel on Friday where we reveal and go into detail about our Fullmetal Alchemist Ultimate Edition Blu-ray set, plus one or two questions from the Q&S portion of that panel, and then you get the complete Sunday panel which was very much a live edition of the Podcast featuring Jeremy, Andrew, Kat and Keith.
All manner of topics were discussed during this panel, so sit back, relax and enjoy the the ride. But do keep in mind the audio you're about to hear was originally recorded back in May, so a few details mentioned might have changed since then.
As we mentioned, the podcast will be coming back proper (and all going well more regularly) very soon, so be on the look out for that.
(To download the podcast as an mp3, click on the arrow pointing down in the top right corner of the player above.)
We look forward to hearing your thoughts.
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We're only days aways from the start of the Summer simulcast season getting underway and today bring you some very exciting news! Get your glow sticks out as we're delighted to announce that we will be bringing the series Love Live! Sunshine!! to the United Kingdom.
Love Live! Sunshine!! is the sequel to the phenomenon that was Love Love! Having had two seasons of anime and a follow-up movie, Love Live! Sunshine!! is the next generation in the franchise.
Synopsis: Uranohoshi Girls’ High School, a private school in the seaside neighborhood of Uchiura at Numazu city, Shizuoka prefecture.
A small high school in a corner of Suruga Bay, it is home to nine teens, led by second-year student Chika Takami, driven by one seriously big dream:
To become the next generation of bright, sparkling “school idols”! As long as we don’t give up, any dream can come true...
All we have to do now is keep pushing hard for fame and glory!
Now their “School Idol Project” begins to make their dreams come true!
We're delighted to confirm that we will be bringing this series to both Blu-ray and DVD in the United Kingdom. The only details we can share with you right now is that this will be happening next year. So it's TBC 2017 until you hear otherwise.
But the show hasn't even aired yet so how are you going to see it during the summer season? We're also delighted to confirm we have partnered with Crunchyroll to simulcast the series exclusively to the UK & Ireland.
"Nobody can deny the impact that Love Live! has had on anime fandom around the world" says Andrew Partridge, President of Anime Limited. "Being able to bring the next generation of Love Live! to the United Kindgom is something I'm very excited about as we know there are lots of passionate fans of the franchise in the UK. At the moment we can only confirm we'll be bringing the series to Blu-ray and DVD and that will happen next year."
You can watch a subtitled trailer for Love Live! Sunshine!! below.
We also want to take a moment to mention that if you've not seen Love Live! before, our good friends at MVM Entertainment have released both seasons on Blu-ray and DVD. Crunchyroll streamed both seasons as it was airing.
Stay tuned for more details on this as we can bring them.
It's been a long time coming since we first announced we would be bringing Expelled From Paradise to the UK and the wait is nearly over as this Monday (4th July) we release the film as a Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD set and on standard DVD. Today we're going to be showing you the Limited Collector's Edition set.
If you wanting to order your copy you can do so through the likes of Amazon UK, Zavvi, Base, HMV Online, Anime-On-Line and our AllTheAnime.com web shop. We can also confirm that HMV stores across the UK will be stocking this on day of release.
Synopsis: "With Earth now left in ruins following the "Nano Hazard," most of humanity has abandoned the planet they once called home along with their physical bodies and rebuilt their digitalized minds into a society within the cyber universe of "DEVA."
A.D. 2400, DEVA's central council detects an incident of unauthorized access into their mainframe. Someone on Earth was trying to hack into the system. The only information DEVA was able to retrieve was that the hacker referred to himself as "Frontier Setter."
To investigate the mysterious hacker's motives, the high officials of DEVA dispatch System Security Third Officer Angela Balzak to the Earth's surface. Equipped with a prosthetic "material body," Angela attempts to make contact with a local agent Dingo, but what awaited her instead was a swarm of Sandworms now infesting the Earth's surface. Angela intercepts the gruesome pests with her exoskeletal powered suit Arhan.
Will Angela and Dingo be able to find Frontier Setter on this devastated planet? Their journey to explore the secrets of the world begins now...!"
Check out this trailer courtesy of our friends at Aniplex
Our release comes packed in a rigid case and inside that there's a digipack to hold the two discs, 1 x Blu-ray and 1 x DVD. In addition to that there are art cards and a 40-page art booklet.
On-Disc Content: (Identical on each format)
And now it's time for photos of the finished product. You can click on them to enlarge them too if you want. Continue Reading
By Tom Smith.
An impenetrable bubble encases New York, trapping locals and monsters inside. The latter have been warped in from other dimensions and it’s down to a secret society known as Libra to try and keep the confined chaos under control. Thankfully, at the end of every 20-or-so minute outing in Hellsalem’s Lot, the new name for the city, a bit of light, aural relief is blasted courtesy of UNISON SQUARE GARDEN’s tenth single “Sugar Song and Bitter Step”. Continue Reading