by Paul Browne.
If you’re unfamiliar with the ‘idol pop’ tag, it’s a genre of popular music that’s found its heart in Japan. Often put together by talent agencies, most idol groups feature young women keen to develop their performance and singing skills. Meanwhile, a devoted fanbase fill concert venues swirling their glow sticks (often in the colour of their favourite member) while urging the group to do their best. Groups such as AKB48, Momoiro Clover Z and Babymetal perhaps show the dizzying heights that some idol outfits can aspire to. Continue Reading
With so many major releases coming your way over the coming months, we've been offering you first glimpses at a number of our big titles - including a surprise or two - to whet your appetite recently. However, one big forthcoming release we haven't let you take a peek at yet is our home video release of Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry, which we know many of you loved when we brought it to UK cinemas last year.
So, how about we right that wrong here and now, and let you take a look at what we have in store for Fairy Tail fans when it comes to adding this great movie to your collection?
First up though, let's talk about the film itself in case you're not up to speed with Dragon Cry and what it's all about.
Synopsis: “The Dragon Cry is a magic artefact with enough power to destroy the world. Enshrined within a temple in the Kingdom of Fiore, the Dragon Cry is stolen by Zash, a traitor of Fiore, and delivered to Animus, the ruler of the Kingdom of Stella.
The task of recapturing the Dragon Cry falls to Natsu and the Mages of the Fairy Tail Guild. During their mission to track down Zash, they infiltrate the Kingdom of Stella, and it is here they meet Animus’ magician, Sonya…
What does Animus plan to do with the Dragon Cry? Sonya wants to save her country, but what secret is she hiding? Within the interlacing ulterior motives, Fairy Tail fights against the danger that is the menacing world!
And in the middle of this heroic battle, Natsu’s instinct awakens…“
Check out a subtitled trailer from our theatrical release of the film below -
Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry will be coming to the UK as a Blu-ray+DVD Limited Collector's Edition, as well as via Standard Edition Blu-ray and DVD editions, all of which will be available from Monday, 28th May 2018. On the disc itself you'll find the film in full (featuring both English and Japanese 5.1 audio with English subtitles), alongside trailers and promotional videos for the movie on the Blu-ray.
The Ltd Collector's Ed. Blu-ray version will also come packed in an eye-catching rigid slipcase (which uses a spot UV effect to make the characters and logo upon it stand out), within which you'll find:
You can pre-order your copy of the film from many retailers including the following -
When it comes to our AllTheAnime.com web shop, we'll start taking orders from Friday, 18th May 2018. In the interim you can see the listing in the link below:
If you are planning to order Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry from our own online store, then you should read on for news of an exclusive - and strictly limited - bonus item that we'll be providing alongside this release.
For those looking to pre-order our Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray, we'll be offering the first fifty (and only fifty) customers who place a pre-order for Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry a copy of the official Japanese storyboard book for the film - this very same book was also distributed to some attendees of the film's original theatrical release in Japan.
This book totals 200 pages and is packed with draft storyboards from the original creator of the Fairy Tail manga, Hiro Mashima. It's full of fascinating insight into the creative process around Dragon Cry and is a must-have for fans of the film, or indeed of Fairy Tail as a whole.
As we noted previously, pre-orders for our Collector's Edition will open on Friday, 18th May at around 5PM, so be sure to check the shop listing below then to be amongst the first to pre-order and ensure you nab a copy of the film which includes this bonus item!
Stock of this storyboard will be allocated strictly on a first-come, first-served basis as orders are received, so when it's gone, it's gone.
And that's that for our look at Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry on home video! We hope to see you around on May 18th when pre-orders open, and as a final reminder all of our editions of the film will be hitting retail stores on Monday, 28th May 2018.
Until next time, take care!
~ Andy H
By Andrew Osmond.
Mind Game is a trip. Struggling to describe it in my book 100 Animated Feature Films, I called it “spectacular, spontaneous, confusing, kooky and hilarious.” It’s also dense, packed with so many dizzying visual ideas screaming for a rewatch. Its visual style is freehand, lopsided, a virtuoso exercise of virtuous sloppiness.
Its story is a crazy fantasy about one man and his thrown-together companions discovering themselves, finding the meaning of their lives. But the film starts – after a typically giddy montage of “random” scenes to be pieced together over several viewings – as a kind of romcom. Our hero is a loser, twenty-something comic artist who happens to bump into his old school sweetheart on a rainy Osaka night. He ends up in the bar she runs with his sister, fuming over “his” girl’s handsome boyfriend like the epitome of all sad losers. And from that point… Chaos reigns. Continue Reading
Thus far, 2018 is shaping up to be another great year for anime in the cinema, and it's fair to say that we've already screened some great films this year in the form of fan favourites Attack on Titan and Code Geass, while we're looking forward to bringing you some excellent original film experiences via both Mari Okada's directorial debut Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms (for which you can book tickets now) and Mamoru Hosoda's Mirai.
Such is our drive to bring the best of Japanese animation to the cinemas however, we're already making plans for our 2019 line-up, which brings us to today's announcement, as we here at Anime Limited are very proud to announce that we've acquired the UK rights to Penguin Highway.
This film marks the first feature-length film from animation Studio Colorido (Typhoon Noruda), produced in conjunction with Fuji Television. The film's story is based on a novel written by Tomihiko Morimi, who you might recognise as the author of Night is Short, Walk on Girl, The Tatami Galaxy and The Eccentric Family, while the movie is directed by an exciting young upcoming director in the form of Hiroyasu Ishida and character designs are provided by Yojiro Arai (whose animation credits include Napping Princess and Flip Flappers).
The film premieres in Japanese cinemas in August 2018, while the UK theatrical release is currently scheduled for an as-yet undetermined date in 2019 - however, don't be surprised if we provide some other opportunities to catch the film on the big screen before 2019 rolls around!
For more on the film - as if the prospect of animated penguins isn't enough in itself - read on...
Synopsis: "Aoyama is a serious 10 year-old boy who records all of his day-to-day experiences in his notebook. One day in May, penguins inexplicably appear in his home town, despite being located a long way from the sea. When Aoyama sees "Big Sis" - a young woman who works at a dentist's office - drop a soft drink can which inexplicably turns into a penguin, he decides to investigate and resolve the mystery behind these strange events.
Together with his classmates, Aoyama happens upon a strange phenomena which is surely the key to these goings-on. Will their investigation bear fruit, and just how is "Big Sis" linked to these occurrences?"
You can view an (unsubtitled) Japanese trailer for the film below:
Born in 1988 in Aichi Prefecture, Hiroyasu Ishida graduated from the Animation Department of Kyoto Seika University. He has independently produced various animated shorts since his high school days.
In 2009, his short movie entitled Fumiko's Confession drew world attention as it won several awards such as the Japanese YouTube Video Award and a Special Mention at Ottawa International Animation Festival.
In 2011, his graduation work Rain Town also won numerous awards including the New Artist Prize of the Japan Media Arts Festival.
In 2013, he directed the critically acclaimed short movie Sonny Boy & Dewdrop Girl.
Founded in 2011 by Hiroyasu Ishida and Yojiro Arai, formerly of Studio Ghibli, Studio Colorido gathers young and dynamic creators. Although using only digital animation techniques, their works are characterised by a warmth and gentle expression.
In 2013, Studio Colorido released its first theatrical short movie, Sonny Boy & Dewdrop Girl, the animation quality of which was highly praised and perceived as very promising.
Since then, the studio has worked on various projects including a short animated web sites for YKK in collaboration with the J-pop group Perfume; a TV commercial for the game PUZZLE & DRAGONS, and the theatrical short film Typhoon Noruda.
Needless to say, we'll be sharing more news as and when we have it around Penguin Highway, but it's all set to be another beautiful, engaging and entertaining addition to our theatrical line-up, so we hope you're as excited about it as we are!
Until next time, take care.
We know it's been a while in coming, but at last it's nearly here, as the second half of the thrilling series ERASED is just days away from arriving on retail shelves here in the UK on April 30th 2018! Before a copy lands in your own hands however, we wanted to take a little time out of our day to give you a quick tour over our subtly beautiful Limited Collector's Edition release of ERASED Part 2, so join us as we join hands and wander through this sleek edition of the series.
Before we start though, be warned that some of the contents of this unboxing - and in particular our look at the included book - may contain spoilers, so if you're completely new to the series then beware!
Also, if you're impressed by what you see below, allow us to remind you that you can currently purchase our ERASED Part 2 Limited Collector's Edition from the AllTheAnime.com web shop at a great Early Bird price of just £19.99. This offer is only available until Thursday 26th April, so time is running out to grab a copy of this release at our discounted price - you can even pick up ERASED Part 1 on a discounted cost too if you want to buy the full series!
Synopsis: "Erased is a sci-fi thriller series based on the award winning manga series (2014 Manga Taisho Award) by Kei Sanbe. The dream production team includes director Tomohiko Ito (Sword Art Online), character designer Keigo Sasaki (Blue Exorcist), composer Yuki Kajiura (Sword Art Online), Fate/Zero, Madoka Magica), and animation studio A-1 Pictures (Sword Art Online, Your Lie in April, Blue Exorcist).
The series finale that ends with a shocking yet emotional twist..."
You can watch the trailer for this release below:
--- Want to know more about the series? Have a read of the piece at our blog HERE
--- For some insight into the music of ERASED, check out the blog article HERE
--- Finally, you can read a comparison of the animated and live-action iterations of ERASED at THIS blog article
While the theme of our Collector's Edition released of Part 1 of ERASED was as white and pure as the snow, so Part 2 Collector's Edition matches the darkness which envelops its story as we switch to a striking black colour scheme for all of the elements of this package.
In keeping with our release of Part 1 of the series, our Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD set of ERASED Part 2 comes in a rigid case with a soft touch finish, giving it a unique texture and feel. Inside that you will find a digipak to store both the Blu-ray and DVD discs, along with a comprehensive 40-page booklet that is filled with fascinating and revealing information about the series and its production.
On the discs themselves you’ll find:
Episodes 7-12 of ERASED in both English and original Japanese with English subtitles.
On-disc extras include Audio Commentaries for episodes 7, 8, 11 and 12, as well as textless opening and ending title sequences.
In the 40-page booklet you will find –
Aside from the Early Bird offer outlined earlier in this post, you can also order both the Limited Collector's Edition DVD+Blu-ray version that we're showing you today, as well as the standard DVD version, ahead of its release now from retailers including the following -
Now, on to the part you've been waiting for - the unboxing of the product itself! Again, we remind you that there may be some spoilers on view here, so beware - click on images to enlarge them for a better, full-sized look. Continue Reading