After a huge year packed with theatrical anime over the course of 2017, we've been hard at work here at Anime Limited to provide you with even more fantastic films and unique experiences in 2018, and today we're very proud to announce a perfect confluence of these two goals.
With today seeing the launch of the programme for the 2018 Glasgow Film Festival, we can confirm that the festival line-up will include an international premiere screening - the first outside of Japan - for a major new anime film, directed by one of the industry's most exciting female talents.
As a result, we can now announce that just one week after it opens in Japanese theatres, you'll be able to catch the premiere of Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms at the Glasgow Film Theatre, with the screening taking place on Sunday 4th March at 1:30PM.
You can book tickets for the screening - which features Japanese audio with English subtitles - to GFF members from noon on Thursday, 25th January from the Glasgow Film Festival web site. Tickets go on general sale on Monday, 29th January at 10AM.
The film marks the directorial debut of Mari Okada, previously best known as a notable anime screenwriter with credits including Anthem of the Heart, Kiznaiver and Nagi no Asukara: A Lull in the Sea. The film's animation is handled by P.A. Works, themselves making their first foray into an original theatrical film production after making a name from their stunning works in television anime via titles such as Angel Beats, Charlotte and SHIROBAKO. Meanwhile, the film's soundtrack is provided by Kenji Kawai, the composer on a number of well-known anime including Ghost in the Shell.
Following this international premiere, Anime Limited will also be releasing the film theatrically across the UK and Ireland this March - more details will follow on our full release plans as soon as possible.
Japanese title: Sayonara no Asa ni Yakusoku no Hana o Kazarou (Let's Decorate the Promised Flowers in the Farewell Morning)
Synopsis: "Acclaimed screenwriter Mari Okada makes her directorial debut in this animated fantasy feature.
The people of Iolph have a lifespan of hundreds of years and maintain their teenage appearances for life, but when the peace of this town is shattered by those who want the secret to their longevity for themselves, a young girl named Maquia is forced to escape. Wandering the land alone, upon finding an orphaned baby she chooses to raise him, but as this boy grows up so the difference in their lifespans is thrown into ever-sharper relief."
Official English subtitled trailer:
We'll have plenty more information, imagery and trailers to share about the film over the coming weeks in the build-up to this premiere and subsequent UK theatrical release, but for now make sure you don't miss out and book a ticket to be amongst the first people outside of Japan to see this exciting new anime feature film!
It's also worth noting that this isn't the only exciting screening we're hosting during the Glasgow Film Festival, so check back over the coming days for full details of another thrilling event, and another addition to our UK theatrical line-up for 2018.
Until then, take care and get to booking!
By Andrew Osmond.
The 2010s have been the decade of dark transformations in anime. There were monstrous metamorphoses in the decade’s most iconic manga franchise, Attack on Titan, but such elements have also motored three more horror stories, fables of extreme alienation, which all start the same way. A youth living a normal life in modern Japan is horrified to undergo a terrible transformation. His body turns monstrous, predatory, carnivorous, instantly alienating him from humanity. In all three stories, he can “pass” as an ordinary human, but the authorities are forever hunting him down. And he walks in a second world, a hidden society of beings that are terrifying, nightmarish… and now his kin.
The three stories are Parasyte, Ajin: Demi-Human and Tokyo Ghoul. All three originated as popular manga; they’ve all spawned TV anime series, made by different studios in contrasting styles; and they’ve been made into live-action cinema films. The Tokyo Ghoul and Ajin movies opened only a couple of months apart in Japan, enjoying strong reviews and box-office. Now Tokyo Ghoul hits British cinemas for one day only on 31st January, courtesy of Anime Limited. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
“Yes, but they were Japanese.”
In the late 1980s, two unusual animated films were released aimed at adults; both had images of nuclear apocalypse, and both had Japanese or Japanese-American directors. One was Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira. The other was When the Wind Blows, a British animation, directed by Jimmy Murakami. Continue Reading
It's a series we know you've been excited about and today we're happy to bring you a full unboxing of our release of Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions, which will be available as a Blu-ray Ltd. Collector's Ed. set and on standard DVD from 5th February 2018.
Today we'll be showing the Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray set. Have a read on below for all the details regarding out release.
Synopsis: Take an introspective look at RPG anime with this beautifully animated tale of adventure and loss from A-1 Pictures (Fairy Tail, Sword Art Online) and the director of Psychic School Wars.
"After waking up in a strange new world surrounded by people who can't remember who they are or where they came from, Haruhiro finds himself drafted into the service of the Volunteer Soldiers. Together with a ragtag party, he must set out to make a name for himself in a world where magic and monsters are part of everyday life. But danger waits around every corner, and the small group soon discovers how quickly a life of adventure can be cut short. Faced with the reality of their situation, each member will have to choose how far they're willing to go, and how hard they're willing to fight to survive in the world of Grimgar."
Additional information -
You can pre-order this right now from the likes of
**AllThAnime.com Special Pre-order Offer** Until Monday 22nd January order the Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray set of Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions for £29.99
(Regular price: £41.99 | SRP: £59.99)
The Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray release comes packed in a rigid case with a digipack to hold the two Blu-ray discs. Also housed inside the rigid case is a hard back 40-page booklet that features character and location art.
On the discs themselves you get -
And now time for some photos of the finished product. You can click on them to enlarge them too! Continue Reading
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Assuming you’ve made it through to the end of Keiji Gotoh’s Assassination Classroom’s first series in one piece, you’d be forgiven for needing some time to regain your composure after the tumultuous events that closed it.
Having seen the octopus-like alien Koro-sensei come close to defeat at the hands of his students, and with Class 3-E almost coming a cropper at the hands of some particularly nefarious assassins, season two continues their summer holiday on an Okinawan island, with the pressure of those incidents now behind them. However there are still new challenges to find on these sunny beaches, as love is in the air, and it’s coming from a most unexpected individual… Continue Reading