By Andrew Osmond.
Based on a red-hot manga by Gamon Sakurai, Ajin is part of the resurgence of horror anime which began with the world-beating Attack on Titan. The protagonist is Kei Nagi, a withdrawn Japanese schoolboy. He lives in a present-day Japan, but with a tweaked history; seventeen years ago, a number of ‘Ajin’ (Demi-Human) demonic beings appeared in the world. They can’t die, whatever injuries they suffer, and they can summon tattered monster mummies to destroy their enemies.
But here’s the thing; the Ajin look like us. While some have been captured by the authorities – there are gruesome video clips floating around the net – there might be other Ajin anywhere, even in Kei’s class. Not that the self-absorbed Kei pays that any heed, right until he steps into a road, into the path of a speeding truck. His classmates see it all; Kei’s body shattered, horribly mangled under the wheels… and then regenerates under a black miasma and coming back to life. Continue Reading
A few weeks ago we brought you the first details on what expect from our upcoming release of AJIN: Demi-Human season 1. Today we're delighted to bring you a full unboxing of what to expect from our Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray set due for release
in a few weeks time on 27th November. (Due to delay in receipt of materials, the date of release has been pushed back by a few weeks to 11th December.)
You can pre-order your copy right now from the likes of
And we can also tell you that it will be available to pre-order from our AllTheAnime.com web shop during the week commencing 13th November. (You never know there might even be a special pre-order offer too ;) )
UPDATE: On Friday 17th November we announced there would be an AllTheAnime.com exclusive bundle that come with an A3 poster. DETAILS HERE
Due for release on 27th November, AJIN: Demi-Human Season 1 will be available as a Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray set and on standard DVD as well. Content across the discs themselves is identical.
The Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray set (pictured above) comes packed in a rigid case with a digipack to store the three Blu-ray discs. Also included is a 64-page materials book that is divided into four sections: Characters, IBMs, Backgrounds and Artworks.
On the discs themselves you get -
Check out the subtitled trailer for the series below -
And now it's time to show you photos of the Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray version. You can click on the images below to enlarge them. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
This June an eye-catching TV advert debuted in Japan, promoting the humble cup noodle. The advert reinterpreted, of all things, Kiki’s Delivery Service. Technically, that’s not the same as a reworking of Studio Ghibli’s Kiki. Kiki was a book before it was Miyazaki’ed, and it’s had non-Ghibli incarnations as a live-action film and an acclaimed London stage play (returning to the boards this August). Nonetheless, most viewers of the ad would see it as a riff on Miyazaki’s film, especially as the commercial is animated.
One obvious thing about the ad is how un-Ghibli it is. Its ravishing visuals look nothing like the Ghibli style. It relies more on effects work (fireworks, scattered blossoms, raindrops) which don’t suggest an artist’s presence, though many gifted artists must have slaved on them. Rather than a Joe Hisaishi tune or a retro song (like Yumi Matsutoya’s née Arai’s songs in Ghibli’s Kiki), the advert uses the alt-rock of Bump of Chicken, as heard on Blood Blockade Battlefront. Continue Reading
The month of November is now well and truly upon us, meaning that we've been graced with fireworks over the weekend, have some very different Fireworks to look forward to next week, and in-between all of that we have easily the year's most explosive anime release to look forward to. Yes, that's right, today is the day that Your Name arrives in the UK on DVD and Blu-ray!
FORMAT: DVD, Blu-ray, Collector's Ed. Blu-ray+DVD+CD Steelbook
SRP: £17.99 (DVD), £19.99 (Blu-ray), £34.99 (Collector's Ed. Steelbook)
BBFC CERT.: 12
Language: English, Japanese with English subtitles
Synopsis: "Mitsuha and Taki are total strangers living completely different lives. But when Mitsuha makes a wish to leave her mountain town for the bustling city of Tokyo, they become connected in a bizarre way. She dreams she is a boy living in Tokyo while Taki dreams he is a girl from a rural town he’s never visited.
What does their newfound connection mean? And how will it bring them together? Find out in the latest film from the acclaimed auteur Makoto Shinkai."
Order any of the editions of this title at:
NOTE: Don't forget that we're also bringing you a beautiful Deluxe Edition of the film - this will be released and ships on 27th November 2017, but you can find out more about it elsewhere on our blog and also order it from our web shop.
-- See a full unboxing of out Collector's Edition Steelbook release HERE
-- Read more about the English cast of the film HERE
-- Read about RADWIMPS, the group behind Your Name's soundtrack, HERE
-- Read more about the works of director Makoto Shinkai HERE
-- Read about the success of Your Name HERE
We alluded to it at the top of this post, but consider this a formal reminder that tickets for SHAFT's wonderful new film based on a story by Shunji Iwai, Fireworks, is coming to UK cinemas on Wednesday, 15th November 2017. You can book tickets for the screenings taking place at selected cinemas across the country right now, so don't delay and book today!
You can read more about the film elsewhere on our blog, but here's a quick synopsis and trailer to whet your appetite:
“Production studio Shaft (Madoka Magica, Monogatari) adapts and modernises Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom? – originally a TV special written by Shunji Iwai (The Case of Hana and Alice) – adding sci-fi elements to its tale of teenage life.School children Norimichi, Yuusuke, and Junichi want to know if fireworks look round or flat from the side. They make a plan to find the answer at a fireworks display, while classmate Nazuna schemes to run away with whoever wins a swimming race at the pool.”
Book your tickets for Fireworks at cinemas across the UK & Ireland right now at fireworksmovie.co.uk
That's it for new releases this week - we're only releasing one of the biggest anime films of all time today, as it turns out - but be sure to let us know how excited you are to add Your Name to your anime collection!
Until next time, take care of yourselves.
By Andrew Osmond.
In the afterword to his Your Name novel, now available in English from Yen On in hardcover and on Kindle, Makoto Shinkai says the book isn’t just an adaptation of his film. Rather, it was part of the film’s production process. The novel was written while Your Name was being animated, with Shinkai composing it at home and in the production studio, “about half in each location”. Continue Reading