Andrew Osmond on the first lady of Japanese pop.
Hikaru Utada is one of the most famous singers in Japan, eighteen years since she first burst into the pop scene with her album First Love, which became Japan’s highest selling album ever. Outside Japan, Utada is still little-known, except to certain groups – fans of Japanese media and music, obviously, and also to gamers and Evangelion fans.
Two of Utada’s best-known songs outside Japan are “Simple and Clean” (Utada’s adaptation of her Japanese song “Hikari”) and “Sanctuary” (based on the Japanese song “Passion”). “Simple and Clean” was the theme of the first 2002 Kingdom Hearts game for the PlayStation 2, which united the universes of Disney and Final Fantasy. “Sanctuary” was the title theme of the sequel, Kingdom Hearts II, released in 2005. Continue Reading
We're delighted to announce we are bringing the classic series Outlaw Star to Blu-ray!
After previously releasing the series as a remastered DVD set in June 2014, we know a lot of you were asking if a Blu-ray release might be possible. At the time we only had the DVD rights and since we released looking in a Blu-ray release is something we have been doing. The time is now!
"Outlaw Star was one of the initial titles Anime Limited licensed and is a classic series that continues to act as a fun viewing experience for anime fans old and new." says Andrew Partridge, President of Anime Limited. "It's a great gateway into the world of anime for new fans and we're so proud to be bringing the series to Blu-ray for the first-time in English speaking territories."
Outlaw Star will be released as a Limited Collector's edition Blu-ray set from 5th December. Expect to see listings appearing on retailer sites very soon.
The set will coming in Collector's packaging, with the entire series (26 episodes) contained over four Blu-ray discs. (For those of you who like the technical information, it's four BD50 discs.) Also included in the set will bea 100-page "Building a Universe" art book, that has not been produced in English anywhere before. It contains Line Arts, Image Boards and Mecha & Props.
On-disc content includes:
And now for a glimpse at what the set will look like when it arrives on 5th December. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
Makoto Shinkai’s film Your Name, to be released in British cinemas on 24th November, is news in Japan already. As of writing, Your Name is poised to become the most successful non-Ghibli anime film ever released in cinemas. It’s fabulous news for the industry, and a leap up for Shinkai, whose past films were feted by fans but were commercially marginal at the box office. If Shinkai’s feat isn’t quite on the scale of Steven Spielberg in the 1970s, rising from Sugarland Express to Jaws, then Your Name still looks like a film Spielberg might have made himself, albeit in live-action with an American setting. Continue Reading
With MCM Scotland Comic Con happening this weekend, it's time for your latest edition of our weekly Newswire, bringing you up to speed on the latest news from Anime Limited HQ.
~ First of all this weekend in the MCM Scotland Comic Con in Glasgow this weekend and we'll be their in full force with our All The Anime shop and more! Here's what you expect from us this weekend:
- All The Anime / Anime Ltd Stand
Our All The Anime stall (stand #441) will be packed with a large range from our catalogue including our latest releases Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad and Samurai Flamenco Part 2. We'll also have some MCM Scotland Comic Con exclusive pre-sales of Project Itoh: The Empire of Corpses, Assassination Classroom Season 1 Part 2 on both Blu-ray and DVD, Free! -eternal summer- on Blu-ray and DVD, Blood Blockade Battlefront on DVD and we'll also have the Funimation title Gonna Be The Twin-Tail!! Blu-ray/DVD combi pack too. All of these being available in limited quantities and strictly while stock lasts.
- The Anime Guest of Honour Reo Kuruso
The Anime Guest of Honour Reo Kuruso, producer of the new Berserk series as well as the Fullmetal Alchemist film 'The Sacred Star of Milos', will be in attendance and will be involved in a special on the Saturday of the event discussing producing an anime. It's going to be a very insightful talk and one that's not be missed! The panel will be on Saturday at 2pm in the MCM Theatre.
He will also be taking part in two signing sessions across the weekend. These will be on Saturday at 15:30 and Sunday at 12:00 in the MCM Guest Signing Area. You can bring an item to get signed, or there will be a Berserk signing card present to get signed and best of all, this signing is free of charge.
- Scotland Loves Anime Panel
There will be a panel at 13:30 on Saturday in the MCM Theatre discussing the Scotland Loves Anime the film festival. Be sure to come along to hear all about what you expect from the festival taking place in both Glasgow and Edinburgh in October.
- AllTheAnime Panel
We will be having our AllTheAnime panel on Sunday at 13:30 in the MCM Theatre discussing all sorts of things relating to upcoming titles of ours including details on something that's being announced over the weekend! Be sure to keep an eye on us over the weekend for details on some exciting we're excited to be sharing with you.
If you haven't booked your tickets for the event yet, you can do so at the official website of MCM Scotland Comic Con HERE.
The time is nearly here! Project Itoh: The Empire of Corpses arrives this coming Monday on Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Steelbox and today we're going to show what our release will look when you have your copy in your hands!
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 read more about the film in an article we publushed at our site HERE
Check out the trailer below.
Our release is presented as a Limited Edition Steelbox. Inside you will find to discs, 1 x Blu-ray and 1 x DVD. In addition to that you will also find Art Cards and a booklet that explores the world of Empire of Corpses and has an interview with the Director and Screenwriter of the film.
The film itself is presented in English and the original Japanese audio with English subtitles.
On-disc extras, exclusive to the Blu-ray disc only, include Promo Videos, Original Trailer and the Funimation Short: Empire of Corpses.
And now onto photos of the finished product. Check out of the photos below and as a note you an click on them to enlarge them too. Continue Reading