By Roxy Simons.
A new century approaches, and the whole world waits in anticipation to see what the New Year will bring. Having suffered through not one but two magical wars, the god-like governing group the Novus Orbis Librarium (NOL) want to maintain their power, but the existence of the powerful warrior Ragna the Bloodedge, aptly nicknamed the Grim Reaper, puts everything at risk with his powerful “Azure Grimoire” ability. To stop him from getting in the way of their plans they put the largest bounty they’ve ever had on his head, and soon a ragtag group of fighters all line up to take a shot at him.
Starting its life as a 2D arcade fighting game by Arc System Works, the Blazblue franchise has been a consistent hit since it was first released in 2008. Blazblue: Alter Memory is the game’s only adaptation on the small screen and is a compact retelling of its first two outings: Calamity Trigger and Continuum Shift. Following Ragna the Bloodedge on his quest through the town of Kagutsuchi, it quickly becomes apparent that he’s plagued by his traumatic past and the dark presence of the NOL and trickster Terumi. Desperate to find out what happened to him, and why his brother betrayed him and let his sister be taken away, he’ll go to any lengths to find out the truth, no matter who he has to fight. Continue Reading
The All The Anime Podcast is back to bring around 50 minutes of fun that includes anime discussion to wrap-up your week! Join Jeremy, Andy and Keith as they talk about a variety of anime they’ve been watching while also having a few moments to make reference to Overwatch, Tekken, XCOM and more!
This week anime discussion includes chatter on the Netflix original movie Blame! plus currently airing series Tsuredure Children, Made in Abyss, Princess Principal and following on from our last episode there’s some more brief chatter on Boruto: Naruto Next Generations. Plus Jeremy gives some thoughts on Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ too, ahead of our release Part 1 Blu-ray release in October. This discussion then creates a fair bit of overall Gundam chatter too!
We'll be back next week with our next episode! Enjoy the show!
NOTE: As always please note this podcast may contain strong language and any views expressed by individuals in this podcast do not reflect those of Anime Limited.
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Following on from the news that the VICELAND TV channel (Sky Channel 153 & NOW TV) would be screening the likes of Cowboy Bebop, Tokyo Ghoul and Eureka Seven we're delighted to announce that more anime will be airing on their station starting this month in form of movie screenings! Yes anime movies are coming to VICELAND! Here's what you can expect to be broadcast during the month of September.
NOTE: All anime shown on VICELAND will be shown with English language audio unless otherwise noted.
UK TV Premiere date: Tuesday 12 September @ 9pm on VICELAND
Synopsis: "Patema has lived her whole life underground. Following a catastrophic attempt to harness alternative power sources, her community were driven to settle in a dark, cramped network of tunnels below ground. She roams them by torchlight, dreaming of adventures on the surface.
Age does not fit in comfortably in school or society as a whole. The world he lives in is known as ‘Aiga’, controlled by the tyrant Izamura’s family for generations.
Together – the pair are about to be pulled into something much bigger that will turn their worlds upside-down!"
Check out the trailer below, worth noting this is subtitled trailer but VICELAND are screening the English dub of the film
UK TV Premiere date: Tuesday 19th September @ 9pm on VICELAND
Synopsis: "The last time Momo saw her father, they had a fight. Now all she has left to remember him by is an incomplete letter penned with the words "Dear Momo," but nothing more. Moving with her mother to the remote Japanese island of Shio, Momo soon discovers three Yokai living in her attic, a trio of mischievous spirit creatures that only she can see and who create mayhem in the tiny seaside community as she tries desperately to keep them hidden. But these funny monsters have a serious side and may hold the key to helping Momo discover what her father had been trying to tell her."
"Full of magic and emotion" - The Guardian
Check out the trailer below
VICELAND Channel Premiere Date: Tuesday 26th September @ 10pm
As part of the 20th Anniversary of the film celebrations we're having that includes the opportunity to catch the film in cinemas on 31st October, Perfect Blue will be getting screened on VICELAND!
Synopsis: "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.
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"
Check out the trailer below
Worth noting that these are the premiere dates we've highlighted on the channel, but be sure to keep checking your Sky Guide to see other times you'll be able to catch the films as well.
After the wonderful response there has been to the anime broadcast on VICELAND so far we couldn't be happier that these films will be getting aired on UK television! We'll say right now that there are already more things in the works when it comes to anime being shown on VICELAND. So probably expect more news relating to this in the coming weeks.
By Andrew Osmond.
Here’s a funny thing; there aren’t many out-and-out anime comedy films. Of course, there are plenty that have comedy – some of anime’s best comic characters are from films, like the indomitable trans heroine Hana in Tokyo Godfathers and the clingy BFF Tomohiro in A Silent Voice. But these films aren’t comedies; at most they’re comedy-dramas. For that matter, try to think of quality Western cartoon films that are primarily comedies. There are some, like Minions and Shrek, but not as many as you’d think.
Of course, spinoffs from comedy TV anime are often comedies too, but even they can be more serious on the big screen. Night is Short, Walk on Girl, however, is a comedy through and through – maybe too sophisticated to be called wacky, but certainly madcap, screwball and frequently insane. It’s also a TV spinoff of sorts. The film is a companion piece, though not sequel, to the series The Tatami Galaxy, and both were directed by the inimitable Masaaki Yuasa, who also brought us Mind Game and Ping Pong. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
Early on in Mamoru Hosoda’s new film The Boy and the Beast, a child is whisked – dare we say spirited? – to a world of strange, magical beings. As the terrified boy rushes pell-mell through bright lights and food stalls, anime fans will think of a certain Ghibli film, and wonder if Hosoda is claiming Miyazaki’s mantle. Well, no. After this fleeting moment, the film quickly goes down its own road. Much of it’s a double act between the kid and a rumbustious bear-man, between our world and Wonderland, and a story that’s funny and serious in ways that are different from how Miyazaki films were funny and serious. Continue Reading