By Andrew Osmond.
March comes in like a lion resists obvious categorisation. You could call it a “slice of life” anime, but that’s a pretty useless heading these days; Wikipedia’s list of such anime covers everything from Azumanga Daioh to A Centaur’s Life via From Up on Poppy Hill.
Pinpointing March more, I’d say it’s on the dial between A Silent Voice, with its serious treatment of emotional pain, and Maison Ikkoku with its domestic warmth, though its comedy is toned down several notches from Ikkoku. It’s about an orphaned, withdrawn 17 year-old boy, Rei, living alone in present-day Tokyo, and his charming friendship with three sisters – one adult, one middle-schooler, and one boisterous infant – in the same neighbourhood. All these characters have suffered tragedy and loss, but the show highlights the continuation of their lives, their forging of new relationships. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
In the run-up to the cinema release of Mamoru Hosoda’s eagerly awaited Mirai on 2nd November (subtitled) and 4th November 4 (dubbed), I interviewed Hosoda himself about his new film. Mirai revolves around the adventures of Kun, a four year-old boy in Japan, who magically encounters family members from the past and future.
Hosoda’s past acclaimed films include The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars and Wolf Children, and we touch on these in the interview as well. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
Amanchu! is a portrait of female friendship; or, if you prefer, it’s one of the sub-genre of anime depicting “cute girls doing cute things.” It should be said that the first category of anime doesn’t collapse into the second, even if anime fans sometimes speak as if it does. You can like Amanchu! for its portrait of friendship, irrespective of how you feel about anime girls or cuteness. In recent years, we’ve had films like When Marnie was There and The Case of Hana and Alice, both fond portraits of girls bonding, which play down the cute – dare we say moe – factor. Continue Reading
By Jonathan Clements.
Mars is under siege! Just before Halloween 2071, a terrorist bomb destroys a tanker truck on Highway One, close to a densely-populated crater city. There are casualties up to half a mile from the blast – 500 killed or injured by what appears to be a biochemical weapon. The reward for the bomber’s capture is a massive 300,000,000 woolongs… and there are four humans and a dog that really need the money. Down on their luck as usual, the crew of the Bebop freighter get on the case.
Set in a universe that is partly inspired by 1970s blaxploitation, and partly inspired by Bruce Lee movies, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie takes place in a future solar system crisscrossed by teleporter freeways. Its look is deliberately designed to recall the pulpy quick-fixes of hack science fiction, with rockets stuck on big-rig trucks, and religious cults stuck in orbit to give them a sci-fi tweak. Continue Reading
It's a wet and windy Glasgow day here, so you know what would cheer us (and hopefully you) up? A good ol'-fashioned unboxing, that's what! In fact, this is one unboxing we're particularly excited about, as after a long and storied history with the title we're finally, finally releasing the first season of Kyoto Animation's magnificent Sound! Euphonium in Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray form.
Now, you'd be forgiven for not believing us until you see the finished product for yourself, but that's exactly why we're here, so let's give you a quick recap to remind you of what the show is all about, before we dig right in to take a look at our Collector's Edition offering prior to its official release on Monday, 24th September!
Synopsis: "After the disappointment of defeat in a major competition during her final year in middle school, brass band music has lost its lustre for Kumiko as she enters high school. Despite vowing to leave music behind and make a fresh start, peer pressure from her new-found friends sees Kumiko once again taking up the Euphonium for Kitauji High School’s band club.
With an ambitious new club advisor at their helm the pressure is on for the club to qualify for the national tournament, but this lofty goal only serves to highlight the fractured relationships between cliques within the group’s existing members. As Kumiko struggles to make sense of this unrest, her attention is inexorably drawn towards former classmate and current club mate, the enigmatic Reina.
Love, friendship and rivalry collide against a musical backdrop as Kumiko searches for a passion or purpose to define her, in this stunning series from Kyoto Animation."
Check out a trailer for the series below:
Our Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray set comes with an O-card sleeve, within which you'll find a rigid case sporting a spot UV finish throughout to make the characters adorning it really stand out. Inside that case you'll find a two-tray Digipak pack to hold the pair of Blu-ray discs housing the series, and a 52-page book featuring a host of characters, designs, settings and artwork from the series - more on that later!
On the discs themselves you get -
If you haven't pre-ordered your copy yet, then fear not! You can still order your copy right now from the following retailers:
As noted, our Collector's Edition is officially released on Monday, September 24th, so there isn't long to go until it reaches retail shelves.
Now that we're all in tune and singing from the same song sheet, let's purse our lips and get ready to dig into this beautiful Sound! Euphonium Collector's Edition.