Jasper Sharp crunches the numbers.
On 25th January, the Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan, or Eiren, released the Japanese box office figures for 2016, affording us our regular annual opportunity to cast our eyes back with an anime-centric overview of the trends and developments over the past twelve months and predict what they might mean for the future (as I’ve reported in 2013, 2014 and 2015). And indeed, animation continues to dominate at Japan’s cinemas, taking up six of the top ten places for domestic earners, while the 3DCG American productions of Zootopia, Finding Dory and The Secret Life of Pets occupy positions two, three and four in the top-grossing foreign productions.
The runaway success story of the year was, of course, Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name, which has now out-grossed Spirited Away, making it not just the top anime earner of all time, but the highest-grossing Japanese film ever. If the Ghibli maestro’s announcement of his retirement in 2013 prompted a host of articles along the lines of “Who is the next Miyazaki?”, one wonders if in a couple of years we might be asking “Who’s Miyazaki?” Continue Reading
There are many shows we get asked about pretty regularly and whether there is a chance we will release them. There's one show in particular that some us here at Anime Limited have been longing for there to be a Blu-ray release of and that is Martian Successor Nadesico. Well today is the day that we are delighted to announce we will be bringing the series to the United Kingdom and Ireland for the first-time on Blu-ray! And it will happen this year!
For those of you not aware of the series, here's a little background info for you -
Synopsis: "Akito Tenkawa doesn't want to fight. Despite a childhood spent as a fan of the anime Gekiganger 3, a mecha show, he'd rather cook than pilot a mecha. Fate intervenes when his home on Mars is destroyed, and he is mysteriously transported in an instant to the Earth. He has questions no one can fully answer, but follows a girl from a chance meeting in the hope of discovering what has happened to him. The girl, Yurika Misumaru, is captain of the private battleship Nadesico, and in order to follow her, he enlists as the ship's cook. Possessing the nanite implants that allow him to control mecha, he's a handy backup pilot for the tactical mecha of the Nadesico, the Aestivalises. He joins a crew bent on avenging Mars and composed of misfits, otaku, and ditzes, but who are in reality handpicked experts. They take their own private war back to Mars to face the harsh reality that life may not always be like a giant mecha series."
(Synopsis from Anime News Network)
To make it known from the outset, we're still locking down the info on when it will be released. So as soon as we know more we'll be sure to make it known, but tentatively we're aiming for summer time.
Check out the trailer for below for a taster.
When it comes to contents and design of our release, we do not have these locked in yet as they are in the approvals phase of things. Until they are finalised we cannot confirm a release date. But with that in mind, to keep you going until we can share more information here's a little F.A.Q. we've prepared on what details we can tell you so far:
(Information below correct as of 1st February 2017)
*Content may be subject to change.
Until we have more concrete information to share with you about our release it's very likely won't be many (if any) updates on this. We know many of you will be very excited about this but we ask for your patience on this and please know as soon as we have any more updates we'll be sure to share them ASAP.
But if you have any questions on what we've said please feel free to ask through Twitter & Facebook or by posting in the comments below and we'll do our best to answer them. (We will also update the F.A.Q. section above accordingly if there is any more information we can share.)
Since we announced details of our upcoming release of the first Persona 3 movie we know a lot of you have been excited to see how the finished product turns out. Well today is that day as hot off the production line we can show you our Persona 3: Movie #1 Spring of Birth Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray+DVD release!
Synopsis: “If I told you that there’s more than 24 hours in a day, would you believe me?”
The “Dark Hour”—the time which exists between each day. During those hours, the town stands still, the people are transformed into mere objects, and countless monsters called “Shadows” run rampant through the town.
Only the Personas, beings with special powers, are able to combat these creatures.
Makoto Yuki, a transfer student at Gekkoukan High School, is suddenly awakened with the powers to control a Persona. Yuki is recruited to join other Persona summoners of his school in the “Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad.”
As they continue to investigate the situations surrounding the Dark Hours, they all come face to face with their shocking fate…”
You can check out the trailer for the film below
Our Limited Collector’s Edition set will come packed with a rigid case and inside that will be a digipack to hold the two discs (1 x Blu-ray + 1 x DVD) along with a 36-page booklet.
Each disc itself contains the film, Persona 3: Movie #1 Spring of Birth.
We want to reiterate that there is no English language audio for any of the Persona 3 films – no English dub was created – so each of these films including Movie #1 Spring of Birth are in Japanese with English subtitles only.
The booklet that comes with this release includes character profiles, Art settings from art boards and key animation, some preview images of the second Persona 3 movie, cast comments and ‘a special Persona 3 Movie Edition of ‘Tartarus Theatre’ – 4-panel comic. There’s even a roundtable discussion interview with Jun Kumagai (Screenplay), Tomohisa Taguchi (Series Director, Persona 3 Movie 2 director) and Kazunori Adachi (Producer).
And now onto photos of the finished product. You can click on these to enlarge them too if you want. Continue Reading
Glasgow, UK January 31, 2017 - Anime Limited are excited to announce the attendance of A Silent Voice director Naoko Yamada at this year’s Glasgow Film Festival. She will be attending the screening of the film on Thursday, 23 February.
As part of this rare trip abroad to promote her film, Ms Yamada will also be taking part in a Q&A session following the screen of the film at the Glasgow Film Theatre hosted by Scotland Loves Anime veteran MC and anime expert, Jonathan Clements.
Andrew Partridge, President of All the Anime, says: “We are extremely privileged and excited to be able to bring a director of such vision as Ms Yamada to the Glasgow Film Festival alongside the GFF. It’s a great opportunity to see one of the top anime films of 2016 in the cinema with the director and an excellent chance to ask questions about this touching and sensitive film. It really is not to be missed, and I am personally looking forward to it.”
Shoya Ishida starts bullying the new girl in class, Shoko Nishimiya, because she is deaf. But as the teasing continues, the rest of the class starts to turn on Shoya for his lack of compassion. When they leave elementary school, Shoko and Shoya do not speak to each other again… until an older, wiser Shoya, tormented by his past behaviour, decides he must see Shoko once more. He wants to atone for his sins, but is it already too late…?
A graduate in oil painting from the Kyoto University of Art and Design, Naoko Yamada’s first job was decorating cakes at a local bakery. She started work for Kyoto Animation as an inbetweener on InuYasha, before being promoted to key animation on Air. Her directorial debut came on K-On!, a manga adaptation about a high-school rock band, for which she gained a reputation as a an empathetic director who treated her characters as if they were real people. She followed this success with the TV series Tamako Market, a magic-realist account of life in a candy shop, and its feature sequel Tamako Love Story.
The thirteenth annual Glasgow Film Festival will run from 15–26 February 2017. The full programme is online now at glasgowfilm.org/festival.
Notable guests visiting the festival in recent years have included Richard Gere, Alan Rickman, Joss Whedon, Terry Gilliam, John C Reilly, Saoirse Ronan, Richard Dreyfuss, Jonathan Glazer, Richard Johnson, Gemma Arterton, Ben Wheatley, Cliff Curtis, David Robert Mitchell, Carol Morley, Gemma Jones, Jason Priestley, Neil Jordan, agnés b., Armando Iannucci, Jack O’Connell, Dexter Fletcher, Peter Mullan, George Sluizier, Peter Capaldi, Ty West, Richard Ayoade, Eli Roth and Jean-Pierre Jeunet. The twelfth annual festival, in 2016, opened with the UK premiere of the Coen Brothers' star-studded Hail, Caesar!. Over 42,000 admissions were logged for GFF16, cementing its position as the third-largest film festival in the UK.
Based out of Glasgow, Scotland Anime Limited brings a fresh approach to distributing the best in anime direct from Japan. As an independent company the emphasis is both breathing new life into much loved classics and introducing the cutting edge of theatrical offerings. With a focus on bringing more anime to the big screen, releasing beautifully packaged collector’s editions and trying new ways to reach fans digitally, Anime Limited is committed to offering a wide range of experiences for UK audiences.
A Silent Voice will be released theatrically across the UK on 15 March.
By Andrew Osmond.
At last year’s Scotland Loves Anime event, the festival judges had to decide which of the films was the best (you can listen to their comments here).The prize went to Your Name, but only by a narrow margin – the votes split almost equally between Shinkai’s blockbuster and a very different film which opened in Japan at nearly the same time. That was A Silent Voice, by the famed Kyoto Animation studio, but Kyoto Animation as you’ve never seen it before.
True, A Silent Voice sounds familiar in broad terms. It’s an emotional (very emotional) drama about a group of Japanese youngsters, girls and boys. But few anime dramas are so intense. Whereas A Silent Voice has humour, and some charming characterisation of the kind you’d expect from the studio behind K-ON! and Free!, it foregrounds darker emotions. It’s a film about guilt, resentment, hate and self-loathing. And its story is triggered by an act of bullying; by children who bully a more vulnerable child. Continue Reading