A lot of you have been very excited about AllTheAnime.com & Zavvi.com release of Castlevania: Season 1 as Blu-ray Ltd. Collector's Edition set - so much so that's it's pretty much out-of-print already! - and have been looking forward to receiving it and seeing how the final product turned out.
Well today the wait is over we're delighted to bring you a full unboxing of this set!
If you need a quick primer about the series before we get to the unboxing proper, we've got you covered. Read on below.
Inspired by the classic video game series, Castlevania is a dark medieval fantasy following the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, trying to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hand of Vlad Dracula Tepes himself.
SEASON ONE SYNOPSIS: "Trevor Belmont, embittered and excommunicated, finds himself drawn into a battle for the survival of Europe–a region that has brought doom upon itself by taking away the one thing its greatest monster loved."
Adapting the story of the hit game "Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse" the series written by renowned writer Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan, Astonishing X-Men) is a fantastic viewing experience for fans of the franchise and those completely new to it as well. The success of the first season on Netflix led to a second being produced and a third season also being green lit for production!
You can watch a preview of this below
The Blu-ray Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray set that's exclusive to AllTheAnime.com and Zavvi.com is available right now! But as I mentioned above, it's pretty much out of print - meaning sold out - already, so if you want it, you better act fast.
But, this also gives us the perfect opportunity to make it known that a standard edition Blu-ray of Castlevania: Season 1 is going to be released in just a few weeks time on 27th May! You can order this right now from our AllTheAnime.com online shop below
and at retailers including the following
This Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray set that's exclusive to AllTheAnime.com and Zavvi.com comes packed in a rigid case with a digipack to hold the Blu-ray disc.
But that's not all - with so much fantastic artwork on show within this series, we've collected a wealth of it into a 92-page art book featuring character designs from the series, monsters and background art aplenty. It's exactly the kind of definitive collection of material you've come to expect from us and we haven't let you down - if you want to know what character feature caused the designer to apologise to the animation team for making their lives difficult, this is where you'll find it!
Last but not least, on the disc itself you'll get the entire first season of Castlevania (all 4 episodes) with English audio and optional English subtitles; in addition to that you'll also find some bonus features in the form of storyboards and production animatic galleries.
And now it's time for photos of the finished product! You can click on the images to enlarge them too if you want.
And that concludes this unboxing of Castlevania: Season 1 Blu-ray Ltd Collector's Edition. Available now!
Jeremy & Andy
By Jasper Sharp.
The robustly-designed and impressively laid-out new tome On Kurosawa: A Tribute to the Master Director by Peter Tasker inevitably prompts the same questions I raised a year ago in my review of Paul Anderer’s Kurosawa’s Rashomon. Does the world really need another book on this director, and what exactly is it about Kurosawa that keeps authors coming back again and again? Continue Reading
The time is nearly here! The long awaited second part of the (literal) death defying series Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- is arriving on Blu-ray and DVD from 20th May! And today we're delighted to be able to bring a full unboxing of what to expect from the Blu-ray Ltd Collector's Edition version of this release.
Before we get to the beautiful details, a quick refresher/introduction to the series for you.
From the studio that brought you Goblin Slayer, Akame Ga Kill, Steins;Gate, Jormungand and The Devil is a Part-Timer!
Synopsis: “Natsuki Subaru, an ordinary high school student, is on his way home from the convenience store when he finds himself transported to another world. As he’s lost and confused in a new world where he doesn’t even know left from right, the only person to reach out to him was a beautiful girl with silver hair.
Determined to repay her somehow for saving him from his own despair, Subaru agrees to help the girl find something she’s looking for…”
Check out a dubbed preview trailer for Part 1 of the series below –
Before getting onto the details of Part 2, a quick reminder that you can see a full unboxing of Part 1 HERE
Keeping in the theme set with our release of Part 1, Part 2 has a similar design presentation so it'll look wonderful next Part 1 on your shelf.
It comes in a rigid case and inside that you'll find a digipack to hold the two Blu-ray discs. Additionally inside that you'll find the 52-page hard back companion book that includes information and artwork of characters you encounter during the second half of the series, examples of key frames of animation used in the series and also collection of backgrounds artworks showing locations as seen in the series with some information about them as well.
Over the two Blu-ray discs you'll get the remaining episodes of the series, 13-25 with both English and original Japanese with English subtitles viewing options. There's also some extra content in the form of the "Re:PETIT -Re: Starting Life in Another World From PETIT-" shorts, as well as the Clean Opening an Closing Title sequences.
You can order this from our AllTheAnime.com online shop from the link below
or alternatively you can also orders from retailers including
Okay, I know I've been keeping you waiting long enough. Have a gander at the photos below. (You can can click on them to enlarge them too if that helps.)
But wait there's more...
If you were able to order the AllTheAnime.com & Zavvi.com Exclusive version of this release - that came with the bonus limited edition storage box to hold both parts - before it sold out, you'll likely be wanting to see how that's turned out. Well here's a glimpse at that for you. (Again, you can click on the photos to enlarge them.)
*Bonus storage box was a limited edition item exclusive to AllTheAnime.com & Zavvi.com while stock lasted. This bonus has sold out.
**Part 1 shown in video sold separately
And that concludes this unboxing for our release Re:ZERO Part 2! We hope you're excited to complete your collection.
by Jeremy Clarke.
Teenage high school movie Blue Spring (2001) centres on the leader of a violent boys' gang in their final year at school. The nonchalant Kujo (Ryuhei Matsuda) has befriended Aoki (Hirofumi Arai in his debut role) since the latter first joined his class in their infancy: these days Aoki is Kujo’s number two. The gang now comprises eight boys and periodically restages a terrifying ritual. In the opening scene, four of the boys chicken out while the other four including Kujo and Aoki take part.
Their flat school roof has a one storey tower accessible by metal fire escape type stairs. On the roof’s edge is a metal railing overlooking the open ground in front of the school building. The four boys climb over the railing so that their backs are facing the several storey drop below and hold on to the railing with their hands. Then they count from one upwards. On one, they let go the railing and clap their hands once, on two twice and so on. As the numbers go up, the danger of falling increases. On this occasion, they get up to seven. No one falls... this time.
The twenty-minute Making of reveals that the tower was built by the crew on top of the building so it could be moved back from the drop, with mattresses to catch the actors if they fell. Even with that in mind, the scene doesn’t feel at all like screen trickery: these boys really do appear to be playing on the edge of a huge drop. It’s pretty terrifying to watch. Continue Reading
Makoto Ogino, who died of renal failure on 29th April, spent his whole life preoccupied with the wheel of karma. On the day of his very first sale, his father, an education officer responsible for censuring unsuitable books, pleaded with him not to become the sort of manga creator whose works would get denounced in public, only for Ogino to embark upon several decades drawing graphic nudity, violence and exorcisms.
His best-known creation was Kujaku, a handsome, youthful Buddhist monk, unapologetic about his indulgences in sins of the flesh, whose demon-hunting abilities turn out to be the result of multiple past-life accomplishments. As later chapters of Kujaku-Oh (1984) reveal to readers of Young Jump magazine, our hero is the reincarnation of important figures from world religions, all of which struggle to describe the true nature of the spirit world. Kujaku is both a demon hunter and a demons’ prey, since the right combination of holy artefacts – his blood poured into the skull of Christ, for example – could form the correct ritual to summon a Buddhist death god. Continue Reading