It's a new week and that means there are new releases to add to your anime collection! Today it's time to add another element to your Gundam collection, as the first-part of another series from the historic franchise sees its release for the first-time ever in the UK!
NOTE: First 1000 units, not exclusive to any one retailer, comes with a Ltd Edition art box to store the entire series. The version with the art box is the only version that is available currently. There currently no way to purchase this without the box included.
Synopsis: "A direct sequel to Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, set in the aftermath of the Gryps Conflict.
It is the year 0088 of the Universal Century. The badly damaged assault cruiser Argama docks at the run-down space colony of ShangriLa for much-needed repairs. While the Argama is in drydock, a young junk dealer named Judau Ashta sneaks aboard in an attempt to steal the Zeta Gundam. He wants to sell it in order to help his sister, but instead he finds himself coerced into joining the Argama's crew. Unfortunately for Judau, the Argama is being pursued by a dedicated Neo Zeon officer named Mashymre Cello.
In order to protect both his sister and himself, Judau must master the Argama's newest mobile suit, the ZZ Gundam."
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---- Want to know more about Gundam ZZ? Have a read of the piece by Andrew Osmond published at our blog HERE.
And to conclude a quick reminder that tickets are on sale now for the 20th Anniversary screenings of Perfect Blue we're holding at cinemas across UK & Ireland at the end of this month, with exclusive screenings at Cineworld cinemas on 27th & 28th October, then elsewhere on 31st October. You can book tickets now at perfectbluemovie.co.uk
Read more about this HERE
By Jonathan Clements.
Alexander Zahlten’s new book begins with an entertainingly awkward scene at the Tokyo premiere of Akira Kurosawa’s Kagemusha, when a photo opportunity went horribly wrong. Big-name producer Haruki Kadokawa came over to shake Kurosawa’s hand, but the superstar director turned away and refused to speak to him. Kadokawa had transformed Japanese cinema, but in the eyes of Kurosawa and his contemporaries, he had ruined it. As Zahlten outlines in The End of Japanese Cinema: Industrial Genres, National Times and Media Ecologies, just published by Duke University Press, Kurosawa’s idea of what Japanese cinema was had already been ruined for a generation. Kagemusha itself had only got off the ground with foreign support. Japanese audiences were watching something else.
Zahlten examines three types of film that flourished in the late 20th century, but which are often dismissed in narratives of Japanese cinema – the independently produced, low-budget erotica of the “Pink” genre, Kadokawa’s “media mix” blockbusters, and the world of straight-to-video, or as the Japanese insist on calling it, “V-cinema”. He argues, much like Ramon Lobato’s Shadow Economies of Cinema, that such films are ignored by critics, historians and analysts, even though they constitute a massive proportion of the market. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
Gundam ZZ is a shocking series. It follows on from the original Mobile Suit Gundam serial and its sequel Zeta Gundam (both available from Anime Limited), which had taken viewers through a hugely tragic space opera. Gundam fans had seen heroes perish, casts of thousands obliterated, and a central conflict whose warring sides bewilderingly shifted and re-permutated; war has no happy endings, and indeed never really ends. And after nearly a hundred TV episodes of this, fans might have felt they’d seen everything.
And then Gundam ZZ comes along and does the unthinkable; it makes Gundam wacky. Continue Reading
On this edition of the podcast it’s the first of a three part special focusing on the Scotland Loves Anime film festival. Join Jeremy, Andy, Lauren, Keith, Andrew and special guest Jonathan Clements to discuss and preview various elements of Scotland Loves Anime that kicks off today (Friday 13th October).
We talk about films we’re each looking forward to being screened such as Fireworks, Lu Over the Wall and Venus Wars. There’s even time for Jonathan to give a preview of what attendees can expect from the Q&A session with Masao Maruyama in Edinburgh and to regale in tails from past festivals including experiences with guests, unexpected occurrences that have come up and more!
A fun show as always! We’ll be back next week with the second part of our Scotland Loves Anime 2017 series of podcasts.
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It's a very special anniversary this year for an all-time classic anime film, Perfect Blue. Directed by the late Satoshi Kon, Perfect Blue is a film that has stood the test of time and continue to wow and shock fans both new and old. In celebration of the fact it's the film's 20th Anniversary, we are bringing Perfect Blue to the big screen over the Halloween period!
There will be exclusive screenings at select Cineworld cinemas in UK & Ireland on Friday 27th & Saturday 28th October.
Then the likes of Showcase, VUE, ODEON, Picturehouse and independent cinemas will be screening it on the scariest night of the year, Halloween night! (Tuesday 31st October.)
You can book your tickets for Perfect Blue right now at perfectbluemovie.co.uk
Synopsis: Leaving the world of J-pop behind her, Mima Kirigoe begins life as an actress on a crime drama show called Double Blind. When offered a lead role in the show as a rape victim, Mima accepts the role despite reservations from her manager. However, the backlash from fans over her career change and a strange website called ‘Mima’s Room’ written by a fake Mima begin to worry her. When a stalker appears and people involved in Double Blind begin turning up dead and all the evidence pointing to her, Mima is thrown into a state of confusion, madness and paranoia.
Directed by the late Satoshi Kon and critically acclaimed as one of the finest examples of an animated thriller, Perfect Blue will leave you shocked and more than a little spooked.
Language of all screenings: Japanese with English subtitles only
Book your tickets to see this classic anime in the cinema today at perfectbluemovie.co.uk
If you're interested in reading more about Perfect Blue, check out this piece by Andrew Osmond published at our site HERE. (Warning though: may contains spoilers.)