Since we released the original Mobile Suit Gundam series on Blu-ray a question we've been getting questions on when will the next release be coming? Well today we can finally tell what is next, that being Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam.
To recap, we have established a partnership with the Japanese licensor of Gundam, Sunrise, to bring a variety of Gundam titles to the UK. We started with the original Mobile Suit Gundam series and next up will the Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam.
Synopsis: The Earth Federation stands victorious, but are they still on the right side?
In Zeta Gundam, we see the future world of the Universal Century through a dark mirror. Having defeated the Zeon menace, the Earth Federation has itself become cruel and oppressive. A new generation of Gundam mobile suits is created not to fight for peace, but to punish the enemies of the state, and yesterday's villains must become today's heroes in order to balance the scales of justice. When a young civilian named Kamille Bidan is caught up in the rebellion, he little suspects the price he will pay in the fight for freedom.
We will be releasing the series over two parts on Blu-ray, with Part 1 scheduled for release on 29th August. As was the case with our Mobile Suit Gundam Part 1 release, the first 1000 units of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam will come with a Limited Edition Art Box to store both halves of the series. The box is not exclusive to any one retailer. The only the version of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam Part 1 on day of release will be the version with the box. So no matter where you pre-order this you will receive the box.
Our release of Part 1 will be available from 29th August and will include episodes 1-25 of the series. Our release will feature both the English language dub along with the original Japanese audio with English subtitles for all the episodes.
We've very excited to be releasing the next part of our Gundam Collection and we hope you're excited for its release too. Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks.
The announcements keep on coming. Today we (Anime Limited) are happy to announce that we are bringing the series Lucky Star back to the UK after being out-of-print for a long time, except we're bringing it to Blu-ray for the first time!
Synopsis: What’s the best way to eat dessert? Do twins really have a psychic connection? What kind of guys are into moe girls? These are the kinds of questions that float through the inquisitive mind of anime super-fan Konata Izumi. When she’s not lost in her favourite manga or logging hours in one of her online games, she’s debating the mysteries of the universe with the best friends a girl could ask for.
And while they might not share Konata’s refined eye for anime tropes and trivia, she doesn’t hold it against them. After all, Miyuki Takara is a precious moe dream girl, and twin sisters Tsukasa and Kagami are always there when she needs a helping hand or a notebook to copy homework from (even if Kagami insists on being totally tsundere about it). At the end of the day, Konata could look far and wide, but she’d never find a better group of girls to get her through the horrors of high school!
We can confirm at this time we'll be releasing the series as a Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray set on 5th September. We're also looking to include something special for our release, but until we have an all-clear on it we're not going to talk about it just yet. We'll have visuals and more detailed information for you as soon as we can bring it to you.
For all of you movie fans out there you'll be happy to hear that today we (Anime Limited) are delighted to announce two new additions to our catalogue of titles as we will be bringing two films from Project Itoh series of films, "Empire of Corpses" and "Harmony" to the UK on Blu-ray and DVD.
For those not aware, Project Itoh is a series of films adapting particular Sci-Fi novels written by the late Satoshi Itoh. If you're interested in learning more about the books, have a read of this piece by Raz Greenberg.
From the studio that produced Attack on Titan comes a captivating historical action thriller based on a Phillip K. Dick Award winning novel by Project Itoh. In an alternate version of 19th century London, the world has been revolutionized by “corpse reanimation technology” creating armies of undead who serve the living as laborers across the globe.
Synopsis: In an attempt to revive his dearly departed friend, young medical student John Watson becomes obsessed with replicating the work of Dr. Victor Frankenstein—the legendary corpse engineer whose research produced the only re-animated corpse to possess a soul. But when his illegal experiments put him at odds with the British government, Watson is drafted into a worldwide race to find the lost research notes of Victor Frankenstein before the secrets of the human soul fall into the wrong hands.
You can watch English trailer for this, used to promote it's recent U.S. Theatrical run, below.
At this time we can confirm that we will be bringing Empire of Corpses to the UK on 11th July, yes in just a few months time. We will be doing something special for this as it will be presented in steelbox packaging, that will be limited to 1000 units across all retailers. The set will include the film on both Blu-ray and DVD and there also will be a booklet included too. We'll have more details, including visuals of what it will look like, for you soon.
Synopsis: In a future ruled by an unwavering dedication to good health, three high school girls led by the defiant Miach Mihie attempt suicide as the ultimate act of rebellion. Tuan Kirie survives, but can’t shake the hatred she has for the “perfect world” she lives in.
Years later, a simultaneous mass suicide rocks the globe and sends society into a state of shock. A small group stands up to take credit for the event, claiming they’ve hijacked the consciousness of every person on the planet. Everything about the terrorists’ message sounds too familiar to Tuan. She suspects her old friend Miach might be involved, but how could that be when she’d supposedly killed herself years earlier? Desperate for answers, Tuan launches an investigation that takes her across the globe chasing the ghost of her old friend. But what is Miach’s end game? Will she finally wake the world from its monotonous slumber? Or, end it all for good?
You can watch the trailer to promote the film's upcoming U.S. Theatrical run below.
We'll be releasing the film later this year, tentatively scheduled to be in Q4 but we'll be confirming the date soon. As is the case with Empire of Corpses, we'll also be presenting Harmony in steelbox packaging, that will be limited to 1000 units across all retailers. The set will also include the film on both Blu-ray and DVD there will be a booklet included. Again we'll have more details, including visuals soon.
Harmony will be receiving it's UK Premiere on Friday 3rd June, but to make this UK Premiere extra special there will be a very special guest, the director of the film Michael Arias (pictured left). He will be in attendance and will be also taking part in a Q&A session following the film. You can find more details HERE.
As if that wasn't enough, Empire of Corpses will also be getting screened the same day as part of the BFI Anime Weekender. You can get the details on that screening HERE.
And that about wraps up this very exciting new for you! Stay tuned as chances are there'll be some more news to share with you this week.
It's been a long time since we first announced we would be bringing the film A Letter To Momo to the United Kingdom. Since then it's been a long wait for our release but one that had been well worth it in our opinion.
A quick reminder that this will be available on Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD and standard DVD from 2nd May. You can pre-order your copy today from the likes of Amazon, Zavvi and even our own web shop. We can also confirm that HMV branches across the UK will be stocking A Letter To Momo from 2nd May.
Synopsis: The last time Momo saw her father, they had a fight. Now all she has left to remember him by is an incomplete letter penned with the words "Dear Momo," but nothing more. Moving with her mother to the remote Japanese island of Shio, Momo soon discovers three Yokai living in her attic, a trio of mischievous spirit creatures that only she can see and who create mayhem in the tiny seaside community as she tries desperately to keep them hidden. But these funny monsters have a serious side and may hold the key to helping Momo discover what her father had been trying to tell her.
Check out the trailer for the film below.
Our Limited Collector's Edition release comes packed in a rigid case, and around that an o-card. Inside the rigid case you'll find a digipack containing two discs, the DVD disc and the Blu-ray disc. In addition to that there's also a 36 page booklet, packed full of information about the film. The booklet includes a very detailed interview with the director Hiroyuki Oikiyura that spans a very large portion of the booklet itself, cast and staff profiles, production notes and a gallery section.
The content on the discs themselves is identical. You get the main feature with both the English language dub and original Japanese audio with subtitles but in addition to that also included on the discs is
And now the moment you've been waiting for, the finished product. You can click on the photos below to enlarge them if you want. A random note for you: it was quite sunny when these were taken, hence why you'll notice shadows in some of the photos below.
And that wraps up the unboxing of our Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD of the film A Letter to Momo. It's been a long wait and we hope you're as excited for its arrival as we are!
Jasper Sharp investigates the hype over “free” animation software.
Last month, a press release went out under the heading ‘TOONZ goes Open Source!’ The revolutionary 2-D animation software, developed for the professional market by the Rome-based company Digital Video in 1993 and originally distributed by Softimage as Creative Toonz, has now been placed freely within the reach of the independent and the amateur filmmaker, and it was a Japanese company that had put it there.
That company was Dwango, a “new media” specialist and video portal provider founded in 1997 which counts the Japanese video sharing site Nico Nico Douga and the games developer Spike Chunsoft among its interests. Dwango is part of the Kadokawa Dwango holding company, established in 2014 through a merger with the Kadokawa media conglomerate. It was a match made in heaven: the Kadokawa side of “content creation” coupled with Dwango’s clout in the field of online distribution.
But it was a rather more familiar Japanese name that stole the story and caused such a stir within the animation community. Most of the news pieces that proliferated in the wake of the original announcement noted that it was the TOONZ Studio Ghibli Version that was being made available under its new name of OpenToonz. Continue Reading