By Jonathan Clements.
The latest book in the Asia Pop! Series, Teri Silvio’s Puppets, Gods and Brands, is a surprising, vivacious and convincing anthropology of animation, which places animation ideals and fannish philosophies at the very centre of modern times. For Silvio, the idea of imparting life into inanimate objects – of animating them – is not merely a concern for people making cartoons and puppet shows, but of anyone working in cybernetics and indeed in modern social media. People today are far more actively involved in animating their lives than they are in performing them, and that this is a function of the technologies we work with and watch. Continue Reading
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion is a perennial favourite of many people - ourselves included! - and we know a lot of you have been waiting patiently for news of our releases of the second and third films in the trilogy celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the classic series! Well today we're (finally) excited to be able to share details with you on what you can expect from our releases of them to complete your collection!
Have a read on below for the details.
To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the franchise in Japan, three films were created that condense the story of the two seasons of the TV series and additionally add brand-new footage included as well.
The first film in the series, Initiation, was screened in cinemas by ourselves in early 2018 and then released on Blu-ray towards the end of the same year.
You can watch a trailer for the first film below -
And you can also watch a clip from the first film below -
Synopsis: This updated theatrical presentation of SUNRISE’s classic mech-infused series continues with the thrilling second instalment of the saga.
Having racked up numerous miraculous victories against the odds in his quest to end their tyrannical reign across the globe, Lelouch Lamperouge - via his anonymous public persona of Zero - has shocked the empire of Britannia to its core. From humble beginnings, Zero is now the leader of the Black Knights, an increasingly powerful para-military organisation with the equipment and tactical nous to match even Britannia’s finest.
However, there are still plenty of hurdles in Lelouch’s path... not least close friend turned rival Suzaku Kururugi, whose own abilities also appear to be reaching their zenith. With more unexpected arrivals and appearances as the conflict between Britannia and the Black Knights intensifies, the ability of Lelouch to navigate this increasingly complex game of chess - and the sacrifices he’s willing to make - will be tested to the limit.
Product: Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion II: Transgression
Format: Blu-ray Ltd Collector's Edition
Release date: 9th December 2019
Cat. No.: ANI0344
Suggested Retail Price: £34.99
With the second film in the trilogy, we're keeping with the theme which started with our release of the first first film! So it'll all come packed in a rigid case (pictured left) and inside that you'll find an Amaray case that will hold the Blu-ray disc, and additionally inside that you'll find 8 art cards depicting a mixture of moments from the film as well as some of the great art created for it. And if that wasn't enough, there's even an A3-sized poster featuring the awesome artwork from the rigid case.
As was the case with the first film, the only language option on this set is Japanese with English subtitles. The reason for this is that although the original TV series was dubbed into English, this film trilogy was not.
You can see a full visual of this set below -
Look forward to adding this set to your collection come December!
We're happy to say we're taking orders from today (Friday 18th October 2019) at our AllTheAnime online shop! And we've got a limited time special offer on that along with our release of film 1 as well!
~ AllTheAnime.com Special Offers~
--Until 24th October 2019 pre-order the upcoming release of Code Geass II: Transgression Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray for £19.99
(Regular Price: £24.99 | SRP: £34.99)
--Until 24th October 2019 save on ordering Code Geass I: Initiation Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray! Order it for £19.99
(Regular Price: £24.99 | SRP: £34.99)
You can watch a trailer for the second film below -
And of course you'll likely be wondering when you can expect the third film in the trilogy to arrive. We're happy to say it won't be too long after movie 2!
Synopsis: This updated theatrical presentation of SUNRISE’s classic mech-infused series comes to its shocking climax in the final film of the trilogy.
With his spell of impressive successes seemingly behind him, Lelouch Lamperouge’s hopes of destroying the Britannian Empire presided over by his father are crumbling at an alarming rate. With his sister kidnapped, his former friend Suzaku ignoring his pleas for help, and his organisation the Black Knights losing their faith in him, the man behind Zero’s mask is left with nowhere to turn. With his power waning and betrayals around him rising, the only option left on Lelouch’s board in this all-or- nothing game of political chess is to take on the Britannian Empire - and his father - from the inside.
Product: Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion III: Glorification
Format: Blu-ray Ltd Collector's Edition
Release date: 13th January 2020
Cat. No.: ANI0350
Suggested Retail Price: £39.99
And so we come to the final film of this trilogy. As you might expect now you've seen our release of film two, we're continuing the theme we've established for this series in that the contents will come packed in a rigid case (pictured left) and inside that you'll find an Amaray case housing the Blu-ray disc. Additionally there'll be 8 art cards this time showing off a few moments from the movie, the three original key arts created for the films, and then finally two more showing other art created for the film.
Again, there will be an A3-sized poster of the artwork featured on the rigid case too!
But wait, there's more! We know lots of you out there love to be able to store your completed collection of a series inside a stunning box wherever possible. We've been able to do this on select releases of ours in the past, and given that we're massive Code Geass fans ourselves we wanted to explore what options there might be to create a box to store the three films in. So, we're delighted to say our production team have worked some magic and we've been given clearance to bring you a box as part of our release of Glorification that you can store all three films within, utilising the three original key art designs that were used to unveil the films in Japan!
Check out the visual below -
We're some of you will want to have a better look at the box itself, so here you go -
Also to note, the storage box will come with all copies of this Limited Collector's Edition set of Film 3.
Pre-orders for film 3 will begin at our AllTheAnime online shop around mid-late November time most likely. But obviously once we are taking orders for it we'll make it known via the usual channels!
-- Will you be releasing the film Code Geass Lelouch of Re;surrection?
We know a lot of people are hoping for a release of this, but we do want to make to make it clear that at this precise moment we only hold the rights specifically to these three films (Initiation, Transgression and Glorification.) If the opportunity were to come about to release Lelouch of the Re;surrection it's certainly something we'd explore.
For those reading this not aware, there is a recent new Code Geass film call Lelouch of the Re;surrection which is set after the events of the story of these films / the original TV series.
-- For the first film you authored your own disc. Have you done the same with these two films?
For films 2 & 3 we have not created our own disc master. Instead we are utilising the disc master created for each for the North American release. As a result the disc menu presentation and layout will differ to how it was presented on film 1. Additionally the discs being used for films 2 & 3 will also only include 5.1 audio.
-- Will these films ever get dubbed? If they were would you go back and release them?
As far as we're aware there are no plans for these films to be dubbed into English, but hypothetically if they were, it's not something we can guarantee. We would at least explore the possibility of that though.
-- Are there any plans to release this trilogy of films on DVD?
In short, no. There aren't any plans for a DVD release at this time.
That's all you need to know about our releases of these films! We hope you're finally looking forward to completing your collection of this great trilogy!
By Andrew Osmond.
Tokyo already has a Poo Building, unofficially at least. It’s the long-standing nickname for the Asahi Beer Hall at Asakasa, where the big yellow lump on top is meant to represent a frothy head of beer, but people just won’t see it that way. But now there’s a rival to the title, a Tokyo “museum” that sets out to make poop cute. It’s in Odaiba, a waterfront area (actually an artificial island) that’s linked to the main city by the arching Rainbow Bridge. Odaiba is already home to such miscellany as Tokyo Big Sight, the massive conference centre which hosts the Comiket events; Tokyo Joypolis, an indoor amusement park; a massive Ferris wheel; and a beachfront where some of the Olympic swimming events will take place next year. Continue Reading
If you're anything like us, you'll grab any opportunity to catch some new anime for the first time, and love nothing more than a new season rolling around so that you can immerse yourself in a fountain of new titles. So, what if we were to tell you that attendees to MCM London Comic Con next week will get to catch the first couple of episodes of two forthcoming anime series several months before they air in Japan?
Today we're happy to confirm that our good friends at Crunchyroll will be offering up just such an opportunity at MCM London Comic Con on the evening of Friday, 25th October 2019, as they bring the opening episodes of two new titles to the event for UK fans to see for the first time prior to them airing on the streaming service in January 2020.
What's more, this special premiere event will be introduced by none other than celebrity anime fan himself, Jonathan Ross! All in all, it's a terrific opportunity the likes of which we've never really seen before, so be sure to come along so that you can boast to your friends about having your finger well and truly on the pulse of new anime! If you don't want to miss out, please note that you do need a valid ticket to enter MCM London Comic Con itself to attend this event, so make sure you've booked your tickets to the show using the link below.
With that said and done, here are some more details on the event, and the series premiering within...
Time: 5PM - 7PM
Location: Centre Stage, MCM London Comic Con
Media personality and well-known anime fan Jonathan Ross will be on-hand to host and introduce the UK premiere of not one but two new anime series, months prior to their TV broadcast and streaming debuts in January 2020. This event will allow to sample the first two episodes of the following series:
Based on a supernatural mystery novel series penned by Kyo Shirodaira, this anime adaptation of In/Spectre is produced by Brain's Base (Durarara!!, Princess Jellyfish), written by Noboru Takagi (Durarara!!) and directed by Keiji Gotoh (Kiddy Grade, Uta Kata).
Synopsis: What do you get when you cross romance and mystery with the supernatural? The new mystery thriller with a romantic edge from the creator of Blast of Tempest and The Record of a Fallen Vampire!
Both touched by yokai spirits, Kotoko and Kuro have gained unique superhuman powers. But to gain her powers, Kotoko has given up an eye and a leg, and Kuro’s personal life is in shambles. So when Kotoko suggests they team up to deal with renegades from the spirit world, Kuro doesn’t have many other choices, but Kotoko might just have a few ulterior motives...
You can view a trailer for the series courtesy of Crunchyroll below:
Based on a fantasy manga written by Yako Gureishi, Somali and the Forest Spirit is produced by Satelight (Cannon Busters, Symphogear XV) and directed by Kenji Yasuda (Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens, Macross Delta).
Synopsis: The world is ruled by a diversity of inhuman beings, who persecuted humans and drove them to near-extinction.
One day, the forest guardian Golem meets a human girl.
This is a chronicle of a journey that would bind a member of the dying "human" clan to the forest guardian Golem, as father and daughter.
A trailer for this title from Crunchyroll can be found below:
We really hope you're able to make it to this awesome event, and show just how strong the appetite of UK fans is for this kind of premiere! A reminder that you can still book tickets to MCM London Comic Con on the official web site. Hopefully we'll see you there!
By Andrew Osmond.
The first thing to stress about Gundam 00 is that newbies can most definitely start here. While it’s technically part of the venerable Gundam franchise, it’s also a “new” series, with a new world and characters. Indeed, 00 was perhaps made deliberately to draw in viewers, Japanese and foreign, who hadn’t seen a Gundam show before.
At the same time, 00 has some of Gundam’s franchise fundamentals – young pilots fighting each other in giant robot suits, an epic human conflict between umpteen cultures and ideologies. It also has a clutch of Easter Eggs for fans who have seen other Gundams (for a broader account of the franchise, see here). Continue Reading