By Andrew Osmond.
Scotland Loves Anime in 2016 welcomed a first-time guest to Glasgow, Japanese animator and director Yoshimi Itazu. Since 1998, Itazu has worked on a wide range of anime, including such classics of the 2000s as Paranoia Agent and Denno Coil. On the period feature film Miss Hokusai, Itazu was both the character designer and supervising animator.
That led on to Itazu’s directorial debut, the 28-minute film Pigtails, screened at Scotland Loves Anime and due to be released by Anime Limited at a later date. The film begins with a girl who lives alone in a house by the sea after an unnamed disaster. Released in 2015, Pigtails’ real-life background is the catastrophic Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Fantasia Film Festival called Pigtails a “quietly powerful fable for a nation haunted by enormous loss.”
We took the opportunity to interview Itazu about his past career and his new work. Continue Reading
The wait is over! Today is the day that 'The Works of Mamoru Hosoda' exhibition opens in central London for a limited time - just one week! Doors open in just under an hour (at time of writing) so now is the perfect time to give you a quick refresher on the details you need to know if you planning to visit it!
Read on below for the details
The exhibition runs from today (Saturday 13th October 2018) to Saturday 20th October 2018.
Daily opening hours for the event are 10AM until 6PM.
You'll be able to find the exhibition at the following address: Noho Studios, 46 Great Titchfield Street, London, W1W 7PZ. The venue is located just few minutes walk from Oxford Circus London Underground station.
Nothing! It's 100% free to enter!
In case you missed it, you can read our original announcement about the exhibition HERE.
We don't want to give everything away on what you can expect, but at the same time we want to give a teaser of what you can look forward to.
At the exhibition itself you are going to have the opportunity to see a variety of exhibits and experiences relating to Mamoru Hosoda's works that have never been on display outside of Japan before and there's something for people of all ages to enjoy! So here's a little preview of a few things that will be inside the exhibition:
If you're a fan of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, you'll have the chance to have a photo with a life size statue of Chiaki from the film. Hot off the heels of the UK Premiere of the film at the London Film Festival, you'll be able to see storyboards from his latest film, Mirai, in the form of a chandelier. Nope, not even joking when I write that. You'll have to come along and see for yourself.
Did you love the virtual avatar filled world of Oz in Summer Wars? You can become part of that world through special augmented reality technology and you'll even be able to have something to share with friends and family members to show off after the fact! If you enjoyed the antics of young Ame and Yuki in Wolf Children you'll even be able to become part of the film itself with a special photo opportunity where you become part of a scene from the film.
But that's not all as we'll even have a special gift shop too!
We're delighted to say that we're going to have a selection of official merchandise directly from Japan based on a variety of works by Mamoru Hosoda available in a gift shop that you will find within the exhibition. You'll be able to get your hands on framed posters, mugs and glasses, stamps, notebooks, towels, stickers, pouches, pass holders, folder files, phone charms, even a set of Mamoru Hosoda Animation Works Playing Cards!
The pictures you see here is of just some of the items we will have available; there's a variety of designs based on different films for various types of items. You'll need to come to the exhibition itself to see what else is available! And all items in the gift are only available while stock lasts. So once an item is gone, they are gone!
The gift shop will be open during opening hours of the exhibition itself - from Saturday 13th October 2018 to Saturday 20th October 2018. Daily opening hours for the event are 10AM until 6PM.
And there you have it! Don't miss out on the chance to experience this exhibition! Be sure to keep an eye on our social media platforms (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram) for updates throughout the coming week.
And be sure to share your experience at the exhibition with us! We'd love to hear your thoughts.
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By Shelley Pallis.
Killy is climbing. He is walking up the stairs. He is heading outward, ever outward towards the edge of a seemingly infinite city, having already crossed six thousand levels. Killy, as the manga series and movie Blame! eventually reveals, is just one inhabitant of an ever-growing metropolis – a sentient city designed to create and build upon itself, intended as the ultimate paradise for humanity. Unfortunately, at some unspecified earlier date, an accident caused the City to forget its allegiance to its human creators, and it turned upon them.
Humans are now vermin to be eradicated. As the City grows out beyond the orbit of the Moon, out beyond the asteroid belt, becoming a veritable Dyson Sphere, the scattered remnants of the human race are separated by ever widening gulfs of urban space. They develop cunning hacks to fool the City’s self-defence mechanism. They subsist on “slime” from the many supply pipes that ferry organic materials to the Builders, and they try to avoid the deadly Exterminators tasked with hunting all life. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
Let’s get the obligatory disclaimer out of the way. Despite its alarming title, I Want to Eat Your Pancreas has nothing to do with gut-munching cannibalism. (If you want that kind of thing, we’d direct you to the Edinburgh SLA screening of Calamity of a Zombie Girl.) Pancreas is actually one of a growing line of anime films that are highly emotional teen dramas, set in modern Japan with few or no “magic” elements.
As such, Pancreas follows the likes of A Silent Voice and Anthem of the Heart, as well as two trailblazers by Makoto Shinkai, 5 Centimeters per Second and The Garden of Words. Pancreas’ subject will also remind many viewers of a certain high-profile TV anime of the 2010s which involved music; like Pancreas the story appeared in manga and live-action form as well as anime. However, it would be a spoiler to name the series. Continue Reading
As the month of October rolls on so do our upcoming releases. Over the course of the next month we're going to be releasing the second and third chapters in the K anime franchise, the film K: Missing Kings and the series K: Return of Kings.
K: Missing Kings arrives next week (Monday 15th October) and K: Return of Kings will be available to add to your collection just a few weeks later on Monday 29th October.
Today we're going to be taking a look at our Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray release of the film K: Missing Kings, which is the theatrical sequel to the original 'K' TV series. (So in short, the second chapter of the franchise.)
Synopsis: "Silver Clan members Kuro and Neko are on a mission to find their king, Shiro, who went missing after the battle on the School Island involving four of the seven coloured kings. During their search, the two discover that Red Clan member Anna Kushina has become the target of the mysterious Green Clan, which intends to use the girl’s special power to track down Shiro. Now the Silver and Red Clans find themselves joining forces to protect Shiro and Anna from this new threat. But will this unexpected alliance be enough to counter the Green Clan’s top fighters, as well as its king?"
Studio: GoHands (the Mardock Scramble movie trilogy, Coppelion)
Director: Shingo Suzuki ('K', Coppelion)
You can watch a promotional video for the film below:
The Ltd. Collector's Edition set comes packed in a rigid case. The case itself utilises a spot-uv finish on the to really make the certain elements of the imagery pop-out in the light. Inside the rigid case you get a digipack to hold the two discs (1 x Blu-ray and 1 x DVD). Also inside you get 5 art cards, showcasing characters you see in the film and a as if that wasn't enough, you even get a poster included (dimensions: 34cm x 41cm.)
On the discs themselves you get:
You can order your copy of the film right now from retailers including the following:
And now for photos of the finished product itself! As a random note, you can click on the images to enlarge them if you want. Continue Reading