Some of you eagle-eyed folks likely got wind of this news late last week, but we're happy to confirm that we (Anime Limited) have licensed the series by 8-Bit Studio, Comet Lucifer, for the UK.
The official UK/Ireland simulcast of the series is taking place at Viewster.com with episode 1 available to watch now HERE.
On the planet Gift there are precious crystals called Giftjium buried in the earth. A young man named Sōgo lives in Garden Indigo, a prosperous mining town. Sōgo's hobby is to collect rare crystals. One day, he gets wrapped up in a riot caused by his classmates Kaon, Roman, and Otto, and he loses his way until he finds a lake deep under the ground's mining ruins. There, he meets a mysterious girl with blue hair and red eyes that gaze straight ahead. The story follows the adventure of what happens after this meeting.
"One of the things we love at Anime Limited is watching an original work by a studio or specific person. In this instance Comet Lucifer is the first original work by 8-Bit Studio" says Andrew Partridge, President of Anime Limited. "The style of the series is something that really caught my eye. It reminded me a lot of Eureka Seven, which I'm a big fan of. I'm really looking forward to seeing what people think of it."
We can confirm that this will be receiving a home video release in 2016. More details will be forthcoming on this.
You can watch a few preview of the series below.
If you’ve ever touched a games console there’s a good chance you’re at least familiar with Shigeru Miyamoto, one of the industry’s genius game designers and the man responsible for everyone’s favourite athletic plumber, Mario. But did you know that his design process comes from a thoroughly Japanese appreciation of nature; and that despite his eccentric looks and artistic tendencies, he’s actually qualified in Industrial Design?
Reading Influential Video Game Designers – Shigeru Miyamoto by Jennifer deWinter is more than an education on the man himself; it’s an in-depth, scholarly look at his game design credentials, his influences, business relationships and design process. As the first book in a new series on the people behind the industry’s most beloved franchises, Influential Game Designers has to work hard to distinguish itself from other games criticism, but in focusing wholly on one person, it does so with aplomb.
I can now deeply appreciate how much of Miyamoto’s game design inspiration comes from the concept of “play”, or “asobi”, an idea that playing is not only for children but adults, too: basically, any non-serious work that an adult does is considered play in worlds of Miyamoto’s designs. It really makes you think about all Mario and Luigi’s princess-rescuing, mushroom-stomping escapades (skives?) in a whole new light. And if a book can make that particular age-old franchise seem fresh and exciting, it’s definitely doing something right. Continue Reading
By Hugh David.
If there are two live-action English-language movies of the early 1980s that had an enduring effect on Japanese animation beyond all others, they would be Blade Runner (1982) and Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981). Of course, Blade Runner was already influenced by the look of Tokyo of the period, but Mad Max 2 was a true original, coming out of Australia like a rocket and blowing the minds of those who saw it the world over (especially if they had not seen Mad Max, which as a small-scale Australian independent film saw less of a wide release than its follow-up). As such, when one sees its influence somewhere, it stands out as tapping George Miller and Byron Kennedy’s screen visions. Continue Reading
As announced this past weekend, the World Premiere of Gundam The Origin II: Artesia's Sorrow will be held at The Crystal just a stones throw away from Excel London, site of the upcoming MCM London Comic Event.
Before we go any further we want to direct your attention to the official hub site of the MCM Loves Anime event, cinema.alltheanime.com, this will be updated over the coming weeks with all the details you need. So please bookmark this page for when the updates start rolling out. But in the interim, read on below.
MCM Loves Anime is a standalone event brought to you by Anime Limited and MCM Comic Con and will featuring screenings across the day on Saturday 24th October. One of these screenings will see a double of the world famous Gundam franchise with the UK Theatrical Premiere of Gundam The Origin I: Blue-Eyed Casval and the World Premiere of Gundam The Origin II: Artesia's Sorrow.
We can now confirm more information on this event for you. Please read on below for everything you need to know about the event.
In total across the day there will be 4 screenings with the first being shown at 1pm at The Crystal.
Here is an initial breakdown of how the screenings will (currently) work out.
Movie 1: Mystery Film #1
Movie 2: Gundam The Origin Double Bill
This screening will see the UK Theatrical Premiere of Gundam The Origin I: Blue-Eyed Casval followed by the World Premiere of Gundam The Origin II: Artesia's Sorrow.
We should also note that following this screening a representative of Sunrise, the Japanese licensor of Gundam, will take to the stage along with Andrew Partridge, President of Anime Limited to tell attendees about some exciting UK related Gundam news.
Movie 3: Mystery Film #2
Movie 4: Mystery Film #3
MCM Loves Anime is a separate event to the MCM London Comic Con event, so you will need to buy a ticket to MCM Loves Anime in order to gain entry. One day pass ticket gains you entry into each screening that day. Tickets can be purchased starting from midday on Monday 5th October at cinema.AllTheAnime.com
A Day Pass Ticket will be at early-bird pricing of £20 until 12th October. From 13th October tickets will be priced at £25.
NOTE: Only day pass tickets will be available for this event. However, subject to availability nearer to the event itself individual screening tickets may be put on general sale. So unless otherwise noted, only day passes are available for MCM Loves Anime.
We know you might have a few questions stemming from the information above or perhaps because it's not mentioned above. So we've made this handy F.A.Q. section to provide such answers:
What language will the films be screened in?
Unless otherwise noted, all the films are being screened in Japanese with English subtitles.
I bought a day pass but I want to leave the venue and return later. Is this ok?
Yes! We full appreciate that some people may only want to attend a select number of screenings, perhaps pop back into MCM London Comic Con inside Excel London as an example, so have no fear you will be able to enter/exit the venue without issue. It'll simply be a case of you needing to hold onto you ticket and you will be allowed entry back into the venue.
I bought a ticket to MCM London Comic Con, why doesn't that count as my ticket?
MCM Loves Anime is a separate event being run by Anime Limited in conjunction with MCM. Because of this separate tickets need to be purchased. (This is not negotiable.)
Is seating allocated?
No. Seating is on a first come first served basis for each screening.
Do we need leave the screen after screening?
Yes. Following each screening, the screen will need to be vacated to allow staff to inspect the screen and clean where needed. (This is not negotiable.)
I'm travelling to MCM Loves Anime from outside of London, what time will the event end?
We've created this event with this exact thought in mind. So you'll be happy to hear that proceedings should be completed with the final film of the day by no later than 10pm.
Can I bring food/drink into the screenings?
This is ultimately at the discretion of the venue itself. But as things stand, yes, food and drink can be brought into the venue. However we ask that any rubbish be removed by yourselves after each screening.
Is it ok to wear cosplay inside the screen?
Yes! However if you have some elaborate form of cosplay that could impede the viewing enjoyment or comfort of others we'd prefer for you change as appropriate prior to the screening.
Are there any discounts for this event? For example, with an NUS card?
No. The pricing for MCM Loves Anime is fixed but we would like to not that the day pass get you access to 4 screening across the day, not just one.
[Information correct as of 2nd October 2015]
We'll have more information on this event for you soon but as mentioned tickets go on sale at midday this coming Monday 5th October.
by Jonathan Clements.
There are, famously, more Christians in Iraq than there are in Japan. That’s in spite of a flourishing of interest among the samurai lords after 1549, some of whom converted to Christianity, took Christian names like Francisco and Augustin, and welcomed the exotic foreign contacts of “barbarian” missionaries. For a time, Nagasaki was a Jesuit enclave, the “Donation of Bartholomew”, handed over to the foreign order by a local ruler, and theirs for as long as the exotic foreign trade goods – Chinese silk and Portuguese guns – kept arriving.
However, by the 1630s, Japan’s love affair with Christianity was dramatically shut down. Christian domains were on the wrong side of Japan’s civil war, and pushed punitively into the front lines of Hideyoshi’s invasion of Korea. After some unwise words about conquest from an angry Spanish sea captain, Christianity was banned and many faithful were martyred. The last hurrah came in the form of the Shimabara Rebellion, a peasant uprising in Japan’s old Christian heartland, led, it was said, by a teenage messiah. After 1638, Christianity went underground, passed on by word-of-mouth, for 200 years. Continue Reading