By Andrew Osmond.
Now streaming on Netflix, Illang: The Wolf Brigade is the new cinema live-action remake of the 1999 anime Jin-roh: The Wolf Brigade. The original will be released shortly by Anime Limited, and there’s a certain neatness to a remake appearing now. The anime Jin-roh was a successor to Ghost in the Shell, made a few years previously by the same studio and many of the same artists. The live-action Illang came out in 2018, barely a year after Hollywood’s Ghost with Scarlett Johansson. Like the Ghost remake, Illang plays up the action spectacle at the expense of the original’s brooding poetry, and it’s another strange mix of slavishly recreated moments and outrageous story liberties. Continue Reading
Easter is almost upon us - a point you should bear in mind for later today incidentally - but before we come to that we have other important matters to discuss... the matter of another new release Monday! This week sees the theatrical instalment of the K franchise, Missing Kings, come to Standard Edition Blu-ray, with its follow-up series Return of Kings arriving at the end of the month. Let's dig into it a little deeper, shall we?
FORMAT: Standard Edition Blu-ray (also available on Collector's Edition Blu-ray and Standard Edition DVD)
BBFC CERT: 12
SRP: Standard Edition Blu-ray - £19.99 | Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD - £34.99 | Standard Edition DVD - £17.99
LANGUAGE: English and Japanese with English subtitles
Synopsis: “Silver Clan members Kuro and Neko are on a mission to find their king, Shiro, who went missing after the battle on the School Island involving four of the seven coloured kings. During their search, the two discover that Red Clan member Anna Kushina has become the target of the mysterious Green Clan, which intends to use the girl’s special power to track down Shiro.
Now the Silver and Red Clans find themselves joining forces to protect Shiro and Anna from this new threat. But will this unexpected alliance be enough to counter the Green Clan’s top fighters, as well as its king?”
Contents: Contains the film in English and original Japanese with English subtitles.
Why not buy this release right now from our own AllTheAnime.com web shop? As well as this new Blu-ray Standard Edition, you can still purchase the Blu-ray Collector's Edition, which provides you with the series in collector's packaging, a set of art cards and a poster. You can also purchase follow-up series K: Return of Kings in both Standard and Collector's Edition forms, and you'll find them all at the links below:
Elsewhere, our Standard Edition of K: Missing Kings is also available from the following retailers:
- Learn more about the film
Aside from new release, this is also an opportune moment to remind you of our current hot pre-order product, as we're now taking orders for our Season 1 Collector's Edition of hit Netflix animated series Castlevania! This product is selling like hot cakes, so don't miss out - you can pre-order now exclusively from our friends at Zavvi, or via our very own AllTheAnime.com store.
No new releases next Monday, but we have another exciting pre-order product coming your way this week, as well as some other goodies that we hope will tempt you in the run-up to Easter... Until then though, take care!
By Jonathan Clements.
Jaqueline Berndt, Kazumi Nagaike and Fusami Ogi’s new edited collection, Shojo Across Media: Exploring ‘Girl’ Practices in Contemporary Japan is another welcome addition to the expanding shelf of books specifically about Japanese popular culture aimed at female consumers.
Among the high points, Akiko Sugawa-Shimada looks at girls in anime, specifically magical girls, as empowering sights for female viewers; Masafumi Monden chronicles the uses and abuses of frilly fashions and princess poses; Sonoko Azuma revisits the ever-spangly world of the Takarazuka Revue and its all-girl musical extravaganzas, and Patrick Galbraith brings up the rear with a valuable account of male fans of what are supposedly “comics for girls.” But I’d like to focus on just four chapters out of fifteen to give a sense of some of the great work to be found here. Continue Reading
With things hotting up and our line-up for the second quarter of this year really starting to come to fruition, we wanted to pause for a brief moment and take a look slightly further ahead to one of our forthcoming titles for Q3 2019 that we've been keeping under wraps until now. It is, however, a TV anime series that we're all very excited about and simply can't wait to bring to the UK for you to enjoy for yourselves, and the series in question is Kokkoku!
Based on the dramatic horror manga of the same name, Kokkoku: Moment by Moment - published in the west by Kodansha Comics - this twelve episode series sports character designs and ending credit direction from Yasuomi Umetsu, an iconic name in the industry best-known by many as the director of Kite. The series is directed by Yoshimitsu Ohashi and animated by Geno Studio (Golden Kamuy, Genocidal Organ).
If you missed this series when it streamed on Amazon Prime Video early last year, allow us to fill you in on what the show is about, and give you a brief outline of our plans for its UK home video release.
Synopsis: "Juri Yukawa needs a timeout from her life. She's failed 19 job interviews, she's stuck living with her crazy family, and her chances of escaping to a life of her own are becoming increasingly remote. Suddenly, all of that becomes unimportant when her brother and nephew are kidnapped and held for an impossibly high ransom. That's when Juri's grandfather reveals an incredible secret: a mystical stone that allows Juri, her father and her Grandpa to enter the state of Stasis, where everyone else in the world is frozen in time! That should make rescuing their family easy, right? Wrong, because there's a sinister organization working against them who also can literally beat the clock!"
For a better look at Kokkoku, take a look at this English dub trailer for the series:
As you might expect, we'll be bringing Kokkoku to home video in the UK in our traditional Collector's Edition form, as a Complete Series Collection sporting a rigid case, a Digipak containing the series across two discs, a poster featuring a piece of key artwork from the series, and a set of five art cards. Our work on producing this edition is already well underway, so expect to see this Collector's Edition arrive on store shelves during Q3 of 2019.
We'll be able to share how our Collector's Edition looks very soon, but for now we hope you're ready to be shocked and thrilled by this tremendous series upon its release - even if you don't have the ability to freeze the world around you, we promise that it's still well worth your time!
~ Andy H
By Andrew Osmond.
Shock news at full moon! Warren Ellis, the comics titan who scripted the acclaimed animated version of Castlevania, has never played a Castlevania game. But before you grab your stakes and pitchforks, here’s some more news: the adult cartoon’s producer and showrunner, Adi Shankar, is a massive fan of the games. Shankar was such a big fan, in fact, that he refused an offer to make a live-action version of Castlevania that would have been, shall we say, a loose adaptation. In other words, he turned down a heap of money rather than desecrate an icon of his childhood. Continue Reading