This post was updated on 11th October 2018 to add the following information:
A couple of weeks ago, we revealed the exciting news that Mamoru Hosoda's forthcoming film Mirai would be receiving its UK premiere at the London Film Festival, where it would head up the prestigious Family Gala for the festival with screenings on Saturday 13th (which has now sold out) and Sunday 14th of October - you can read more details regarding that on this page of our blog.
As part of that announcement, we also promised more exciting news relating to Mamoru Hosoda, and so today we're thrilled to announce something very special indeed - the first of its kind in the UK, no less!
From Saturday 13th October through to Saturday 20th October 2018, we'll be bringing an exhibition of The Works of Mamoru Hosoda to London, showcasing this incredibly talented auteur's work across all of his well-known films - The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, Wolf Children, The Boy and the Beast and, of course, Mirai. From artwork and storyboards through to fun interactive elements, there's something for everyone at the exhibition whether you're an anime fan interested in the production process or a family looking to explore the imaginative, enchanting worlds crafted by this renowned director.
Entry to the event, located just a very short walk from Oxford Circus tube station, is absolutely free, and the exhibition will of course include a gift shop offering up exclusive merchandise covering all of the director's major films - whether it's something for yourself or a loved one, we'll have you covered.
For all of the specific details, read on below:
Anime Limited and Noho Studios are partnering to bring an immersive and interactive visual event experience of the beautiful hit films of iconic Japanese anime director Mamoru Hosoda to the West End of London.
The first such exhibition dedicated to an anime director to ever come to the UK, for one week only, from Saturday 13th October until Saturday 20th October, walk through the creative wonders that made the beloved worlds and characters of Mamoru Hosoda’s films from “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time”, up until the present day with “Mirai”, which made history as the first Japanese anime film to have its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.
The exhibition will also feature a shop, where visitors can purchase merchandise that is to be made available for the first time in the UK. Entry to the event is free.
When? The exhibition runs from Saturday 13th October 2018 to Saturday 20th October 2018. Daily opening hours for the event are 10AM until 6PM.
Where? You'll be able to find the exhibition at the following address: Noho Studios, 46 Great Titchfield Street, London, W1W 7PZ. The venue is located just two minutes walk from Oxford Circus London Underground station.
“Mamoru Hosoda has had a huge impact in the UK ever since The Girl Who Leapt Through Time - we’re very honoured to be hosting the first exhibition of this kind to showcase his work to date. There's no better time to explore the works of this incredibly talented director, when Mirai has been welcomed as the Gala film for Family at the BFI London Film Festival.” said Andrew Partridge, President of Anime Limited.
We don't want to give everything away on what you can expect, but at the same time we want to give a teaser of what you can look forward to. At the exhibition itself you are going to have the opportunity to see a variety of exhibits and experiences relating to Mamoru Hosoda's works that have never been on display outside of Japan before and there's something for people of all ages to enjoy! So here's a little preview of a few things that will be inside the exhibition:
If you're a fan of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, you'll have the chance to have a photo with a life size statue of Chiaki from the film. Hot off the heel of the UK Premiere of the film at the London Film Festival, you'll be able to see storyboards from his latest film, Mirai, in the form of a chandelier. Nope, not even joking when I write that. You'll have to come along and see for yourself.
Did you love the virtual avatar filled world of Oz in Summer Wars? You can become part of that world through special augmented reality technology and you'll even be able to have something to share with friends and family members to show off after the fact! If you enjoyed the antics of young Ame and Yuki in Wolf Children you'll even be able to become part of the film itself with a special photo opportunity where you become part of a scene from the film.
But that's not all as we'll even have a special gift shop too!
We're delighted to say that we're going to have a selection of official merchandise directly from Japan based on a variety of works by Mamoru Hosoda available in a gift shop that you will find within the exhibition. You'll be able to get your hands on framed posters, mugs and glasses, stamps, notebooks, towels, stickers, pouches, pass holders, folder files, phone charms, even a set of Mamoru Hosoda Animation Works Playing Cards!
The pictures you see here is of just some of the items we will have available; there's a variety of designs based on different films for various types of items. You'll need to come to the exhibition itself to see what else is available! And all items in the gift are only available while stock lasts. So once an item is gone, they are gone!
The gift shop will be open during opening hours of the exhibition itself - from Saturday 13th October 2018 to Saturday 20th October 2018. Daily opening hours for the event are 10AM until 6PM.
We hope you're as enthused as we are to see Mamoru Hosoda's work made available to explore in this new and exciting way, and we look forward to seeing you in London next month to wander through The Works of Mamoru Hosoda with your friends and family. It's an incredible opportunity never before seen in the UK, so make sure you don't miss it!
Finally, don't forget that you can still book tickets to Mamoru Hosoda's latest film, Mirai, at the BFI London Film Festival on October 14th, or you can find it screening across the UK from Friday, 2nd November with tickets available on the official web site. The film also receives its Scottish premiere at Scotland Loves Anime 2018.
Until next time, take care!
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With just hours left until our Early Bird deal on this title expires at the time of writing, hot off the presses our finished stock of the wonderful Angelic Layer on Collector's Edition Blu-ray has arrived prior to its 24th September 2018 retail release! What better time to take a look at what our forthcoming release of this CLAMP classic has to offer?
Firstly though, a reminder that you can pre-order up Angelic Layer from the AllTheAnime.com online store right now at the link below:
Until midnight tonight (13th September 2018), you can order our Angelic Layer Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray at its Early Bird price of just £34.99, so don't miss out! Come September the 14th, this title will be available for pre-order at its regular price of £41.99.
From the amazing minds and pens of legendary all-female creative team CLAMP, it’s the coming-of-age adventure that’s become an all-time classic!
Synopsis: "From the moment twelve-year-old Misaki Suzuhara arrives in Tokyo to live with her aunt, she finds herself swept away by the amazing world of Angelic Layer – a fast-paced, high-tech game where dolls called Angels are controlled by the thoughts of their operator.
Discovering that her new friends are as interested in Angelic Layer as she is, Misaki builds her own Angel and begins competing in battles where will and determination count far more than size and strength. Can Misaki handle the pressure of the national championships while struggling to adapt to life in an unfamiliar city?"
Check out a trailer for the series below:
Our Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray set comes packed in a rigid case sporting a spot UV finish for a heavenly look on your shelf. Inside the case you'll find a three-tray Digipak pack to hold the three Blu-ray discs, and a 40-page art book featuring a plethora of artwork from the series.
On the discs themselves you get -
You can order your copy right now from the following retailers:
With all of the business out of the way, let's get down to what you're really here for - your first in-depth look at our Angelic Layer Collector's Edition. You'll love it, we promise! Everything you want to see comes after the jump.
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A new season of anime is coming up fast once again, and this autumn promises some fantastic riches for fans to enjoy in simulcast form, not least the return of certain series some of you might be aware of called Sword Art Online. Yes, that's right, October sees the return of Sword Art Online to our screens for its third full season, covering the series' Alicization story arc - needless to say, UK fans will be able to catch the latest adventures of Kirito exclusively on Crunchyroll every week once the new series begins airing.
However, if October is far too long for you to wait, then how about an opportunity to be the amongst the first people in the UK to catch the opening, double-length, episode of Sword Art Online: Alicization before it airs in Japan or its simulcast on Crunchyroll? If that sounds like a not to be missed opportunity, then you'd be right!
Thus, we're thrilled to announce that MCM Scotland Comic Con will be hosting the UK premiere of the series on Sunday, 23rd September 2018 at 12PM on the MCM Main Stage.
This special UK premiere event will be open to any attendees with a valid MCM Scotland Comic Con ticket on the day, and will feature not only your first chance to see the opening 50-minute episode of Sword Art Online: Alicization in Japanese with English subtitles before its October broadcast date, but also an exclusive video introduction from member's of the show's voice cast.
UPDATE (13/09/2018): What's more, we can also now confirm that all attendees to this screening will receive a fantastic bonus gift as a thank you from ourselves, MCM Comic Con and our friends at Aniplex. Everyone who attends this screening event at Scotland Comic Con will receive an autograph board featuring an original piece of Sword Art Online artwork, signed by the director of Sword Art Online: Alicization Manabu Ono! It's a must-have item for Sword Art Online fans that is exclusive to this event, so you won't find it anywhere else. We can't reveal the design or look of the autograph board at this time, but rest assured it's an amazing-looking goodie that will take pride of place in your home.
If you haven't booked your ticket to MCM Scotland Comic Con yet, it's not too late! You can still book tickets to the event, which takes place at the Glasgow SEC on Saturday, 22nd September and Sunday, 23rd August 2018, at the link below:
To give you a taste of what to expect from this third season, here are some details on the new series of Sword Art Online.
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He comes upon an enormous, pitch black tree - the Gigas Cedar - where he encounters a boy. “My name is Eugene. Nice to meet you, Kirito.” Although he is supposedly a resident of the virtual world - an NPC - the boy shows the same array of emotions as any human being.
As Kirito bonds with Eugeo, he continues to teach for a way to log out of this world. Meanwhile, he remembers a certain memory deep down within him.
He remembers racing through the mountains with Eugeo as a child… A memory that he should not have in the first place. In this memory, he sees someone other than Eugeo, a young blonde girl. Her name is Alice...
If you want to catch up on the events of Sword Art Online prior to its third season, you can watch the first two seasons on Crunchyroll, and of course you can pick up both Sword Art Online II and Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale on Blu-ray and DVD from our very own online store.
We can't wait to see you at the UK premiere of Sword Art Online: Alicization! Until then, take care.