By Jonathan Clements.
Deborah Shamoon’s Passionate Friendship: The Aesthetics of Girls’ Culture in Japan traces the development of a niche in entertainment that is barely a century old, and yet forms a crucial sector within modern media. She investigates a whole series of tropes and traditions, that themselves form the bedrock of today’s Japanese comics for female readers of all ages.
In hard-nosed financial terms, Shamoon observes that it only became economically profitable for families to send a girl to school in the late 19th century. It’s this, in particular in the wake of the standardised national curriculum introduced in the 1899 Girls’ High School Law, which created the true shojo – a term that means “girl”, but might be better parsed as an evolving term for a teenager, a threshold between childhood and adulthood that nobody had really thought about before. It’s this that creates the first glimmerings of Japan’s shojo subculture – a world of entertainments, obsessions and media designed to reflect and shape this new world of teens. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
Anime Limited is releasing Satoshi Kon’s classic Perfect Blue in a new “Ultimate” edition, with fresh revelations about the film’s genesis. Spoiler warning: this article assumes familiarity with the film; for an introduction to Perfect Blue, see here. Continue Reading
by Jeremy Clarke.
You watch a short, scary video on the VCR. Then your phone starts to ring... you have a week to show the video to someone else – or die! That’s the premise of Ring (1998), the horror film which took first Japan, then the world, by storm. It’s also the key title of the J-Horror cycle of the late 1990s and early 2000s, being even more widely seen than the likes of Pulse/Kairo. Appropriately enough for a film about a videotape which transmits like a virus, the film spawned a number of sequels and tie-ins at home prior to foreign language remakes in first South Korea as Ring/The Ring Virus/Hangul (1999) then Hollywood as The Ring (2002).
The 1998 movie was based on Koji Suzuki’s novel Ring (1991), the first part of a trilogy with Spiral/Rasen (1995) and Loop (1998). Suzuki went on to write other books based on the series: Birthday (1999), S (2012) and Tide (2013). Ring had already been filmed in Japan as the TV movie Ring: Kanzenban/Ring: The Complete Edition (1995) but it was the first cinema film three years later that turned the franchise into an international phenomenon. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
Satoshi Kon’s Perfect Blue, which Anime Limited is releasing in a new “Ultimate” edition, is a slasher film, a psycho-thriller, and a riddle which may have no answer. In my book Satoshi Kon: The Illusionist, I wrote, “No matter which Kon film, you start with” – which for many fans would be Perfect Blue, Kon’s director debut in 1997 – “each takes you in and around what feels like the director’s private funhouse, a warped maze that look different depending on which entrance you choose.”
(Warning: the second half of this article has spoilers for the end of the film.)
The bad news: It's Monday.
The good news: It's new release Monday, meaning that we have another great Standard Edition Blu-ray release coming your way and available to buy right now!
FORMAT: Standard Edition Blu-ray (also available on Collector's Edition Blu-ray and Standard Edition DVD)
BBFC CERT: 15
SRP: Standard Edition Blu-ray - £34.99 | Collector's Edition Blu-ray (with bonus art book) - £79.99 | Standard Edition DVD - £29.99
LANGUAGE: English and Japanese with English subtitles
Synopsis: “An original TV anime series by acclaimed animation studio TRIGGER (Kill la Kill) and the renowned writer Mari Okada (Maquia: When the Promised Flowers Bloom, The Anthem of the Heart).
Even within the confines of the futuristic Sugomori City, Katsuhira Agata is a very unique high school boy - someone who simply cannot feel any pain whatsoever. Bullied and isolated, his world is set to shift seismically when he meets a strange girl named Noriko Sonozaki. Before he knows it, Agata has been linked to a number of his classmates as part of a group created to share any pain each of them feels via a system known as “Kiznaiver”.
Tasked with various trials by Sonozaki as they serve as guinea pigs under the Kiznaiver system, could Agata and his new comrades’ experiences be the key to their own self-discovery?”
Contents: Contains all 12 episodes of the series in English and original Japanese with English subtitles.
You can watch an official trailer for the series below:
Why not buy the series right here, right now from our own AllTheAnime.com web shop? As well as this new Blu-ray Standard Edition, you can still purchase the AllTheAnime.com shop exclusive version of our Blu-ray Collector's Edition, which features not only a 40-page art book and Collector's Edition packaging, but also a full-size 116-page deluxe art book too, showcasing a huge amount of incredible artwork from the show.
Our Standard Edition of Kiznaiver is also available from the following retailers:
You can also purchase the Collector's Edition (without our shop exclusive deluxe art book) from:
- Learn more about the series
- See a full unboxing of our Blu-ray Collector's Edition set
As well as the above, don't forget to check out last week's new release post, where we gave you details of our Amanchu Standard Edition Blu-ray release alongside a reminder of our edition of Pigtails and Other Production I.G Shorts.
In case you missed the news last week, our upcoming Ultimate Edition of Perfect Blue, featuring a brand new remaster of this classic film by directed by Satoshi Kon as well as a 384-page storyboard book, is set to arrive on 29th April is available to pre-order exclusively from Zavvi.com and our AllTheAnime.com online shop right now!
CLICK HERE to read lots of information on what top expect from this very special release, plus get a preview of the remastered film footage too!
We'll be back with another new title next Monday, so until then, take care!