Since we announced details of our upcoming release of the first Persona 3 movie we know a lot of you have been excited to see how the finished product turns out. Well today is that day as hot off the production line we can show you our Persona 3: Movie #1 Spring of Birth Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray+DVD release!
Synopsis: “If I told you that there’s more than 24 hours in a day, would you believe me?”
The “Dark Hour”—the time which exists between each day. During those hours, the town stands still, the people are transformed into mere objects, and countless monsters called “Shadows” run rampant through the town.
Only the Personas, beings with special powers, are able to combat these creatures.
Makoto Yuki, a transfer student at Gekkoukan High School, is suddenly awakened with the powers to control a Persona. Yuki is recruited to join other Persona summoners of his school in the “Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad.”
As they continue to investigate the situations surrounding the Dark Hours, they all come face to face with their shocking fate…”
You can check out the trailer for the film below
Our Limited Collector’s Edition set will come packed with a rigid case and inside that will be a digipack to hold the two discs (1 x Blu-ray + 1 x DVD) along with a 36-page booklet.
Each disc itself contains the film, Persona 3: Movie #1 Spring of Birth.
We want to reiterate that there is no English language audio for any of the Persona 3 films – no English dub was created – so each of these films including Movie #1 Spring of Birth are in Japanese with English subtitles only.
The booklet that comes with this release includes character profiles, Art settings from art boards and key animation, some preview images of the second Persona 3 movie, cast comments and ‘a special Persona 3 Movie Edition of ‘Tartarus Theatre’ – 4-panel comic. There’s even a roundtable discussion interview with Jun Kumagai (Screenplay), Tomohisa Taguchi (Series Director, Persona 3 Movie 2 director) and Kazunori Adachi (Producer).
And now onto photos of the finished product. You can click on these to enlarge them too if you want. Continue Reading
Glasgow, UK January 31, 2017 - Anime Limited are excited to announce the attendance of A Silent Voice director Naoko Yamada at this year’s Glasgow Film Festival. She will be attending the screening of the film on Thursday, 23 February.
As part of this rare trip abroad to promote her film, Ms Yamada will also be taking part in a Q&A session following the screen of the film at the Glasgow Film Theatre hosted by Scotland Loves Anime veteran MC and anime expert, Jonathan Clements.
Andrew Partridge, President of All the Anime, says: “We are extremely privileged and excited to be able to bring a director of such vision as Ms Yamada to the Glasgow Film Festival alongside the GFF. It’s a great opportunity to see one of the top anime films of 2016 in the cinema with the director and an excellent chance to ask questions about this touching and sensitive film. It really is not to be missed, and I am personally looking forward to it.”
Shoya Ishida starts bullying the new girl in class, Shoko Nishimiya, because she is deaf. But as the teasing continues, the rest of the class starts to turn on Shoya for his lack of compassion. When they leave elementary school, Shoko and Shoya do not speak to each other again… until an older, wiser Shoya, tormented by his past behaviour, decides he must see Shoko once more. He wants to atone for his sins, but is it already too late…?
A graduate in oil painting from the Kyoto University of Art and Design, Naoko Yamada’s first job was decorating cakes at a local bakery. She started work for Kyoto Animation as an inbetweener on InuYasha, before being promoted to key animation on Air. Her directorial debut came on K-On!, a manga adaptation about a high-school rock band, for which she gained a reputation as a an empathetic director who treated her characters as if they were real people. She followed this success with the TV series Tamako Market, a magic-realist account of life in a candy shop, and its feature sequel Tamako Love Story.
The thirteenth annual Glasgow Film Festival will run from 15–26 February 2017. The full programme is online now at glasgowfilm.org/festival.
Notable guests visiting the festival in recent years have included Richard Gere, Alan Rickman, Joss Whedon, Terry Gilliam, John C Reilly, Saoirse Ronan, Richard Dreyfuss, Jonathan Glazer, Richard Johnson, Gemma Arterton, Ben Wheatley, Cliff Curtis, David Robert Mitchell, Carol Morley, Gemma Jones, Jason Priestley, Neil Jordan, agnés b., Armando Iannucci, Jack O’Connell, Dexter Fletcher, Peter Mullan, George Sluizier, Peter Capaldi, Ty West, Richard Ayoade, Eli Roth and Jean-Pierre Jeunet. The twelfth annual festival, in 2016, opened with the UK premiere of the Coen Brothers' star-studded Hail, Caesar!. Over 42,000 admissions were logged for GFF16, cementing its position as the third-largest film festival in the UK.
Based out of Glasgow, Scotland Anime Limited brings a fresh approach to distributing the best in anime direct from Japan. As an independent company the emphasis is both breathing new life into much loved classics and introducing the cutting edge of theatrical offerings. With a focus on bringing more anime to the big screen, releasing beautifully packaged collector’s editions and trying new ways to reach fans digitally, Anime Limited is committed to offering a wide range of experiences for UK audiences.
A Silent Voice will be released theatrically across the UK on 15 March.
By Andrew Osmond.
At last year’s Scotland Loves Anime event, the festival judges had to decide which of the films was the best (you can listen to their comments here).The prize went to Your Name, but only by a narrow margin – the votes split almost equally between Shinkai’s blockbuster and a very different film which opened in Japan at nearly the same time. That was A Silent Voice, by the famed Kyoto Animation studio, but Kyoto Animation as you’ve never seen it before.
True, A Silent Voice sounds familiar in broad terms. It’s an emotional (very emotional) drama about a group of Japanese youngsters, girls and boys. But few anime dramas are so intense. Whereas A Silent Voice has humour, and some charming characterisation of the kind you’d expect from the studio behind K-ON! and Free!, it foregrounds darker emotions. It’s a film about guilt, resentment, hate and self-loathing. And its story is triggered by an act of bullying; by children who bully a more vulnerable child. Continue Reading
By Andy Hanley.
It’s become a truism that successfully adapting a video game into another medium is incredibly hard – after all, the main pull of any game is the agency that it grants the player, be that shooting, hacking and slashing your way to victory or choosing the dialogue and narrative paths of a visual novel to reach your desired goal. In the transition to a passive medium, any deficiencies of the underlying story are likely to come to the fore even before you start to grapple with which story path to adapt.
Of course, there are exceptions to every rule, and one of the more notable of recent times has been the Persona series. Admittedly, even this franchise hasn’t always been a guarantee of success, with Persona 3 spin-off Trinity Soul arriving in 2008 as a forgettable anime addition to that story, but it wasn’t until 2013 that we saw Persona 3’s mainline game story given the animated treatment as a series of big-screen theatrical films. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
The Animated Oscar nominee list was announced yesterday and – in the main headline for most anime fans – Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name wasn’t on it. It was a disappointment, though not very surprising. While the film’s astonishing box-office in Japan and China got it some press coverage in America, it’s unlikely many Oscar voters have been inclined or able to see it. It played at the Sitges and London festivals, winning Best Animated Film at the former. But it didn’t play at (for example) Cannes, unlike two non-Hollywood animations that were nominated this year. We’ll get to them below.
Maybe it’s just bad timing. If Your Name had had its American cinema run in the last few months, as it did in Britain, and gained glowing reviews from the US equivalents of Mark Kermode (who placed it in the ten best films of 2016), then maybe more Oscar voters would have paid attention. Ironically, Your Name’s world premiere was in America, at Anime Expo last July. But since then it’s only had a one-cinema, one-week Oscar-qualifying run at Los Angeles. The film’s North American release, on over 200 screens, will be on 7th April, long after the Oscars themselves are over. Continue Reading