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
Hot off the heels of MCM Glasgow Comic Con it's time for the latest edition of the Anime Limited Newswire. There's a fair amount of news to catchup on if you missed any from over the weekend in addition to lots of new notes we can share with you. Read on below for details.
~ First of all a big thank you to everyone who came out to MCM Scotland Comic Con and stopped by our booth and/or attended our panels over the weekend. It was great to speak to so many of you. In case you missed them over the weekend we made a few announcements. They were:
~ In an update to the news of the Gundam The Origin II World Premiere, ticket information will be coming soon but we want to reiterate that the MCM Loves Anime event taking place on Saturday 24th October is an entirely separate event to MCM London Comic Con. You will have to buy a ticket to MCM Loves Anime to gain entry into the event. Once again there will be more information about how to purchase tickets and such soon. By the end of the week all going well.
~ Speaking of MCM London Comic Con, that is the next convention we will be at. You can expect details on our activity at the event across the weekend soon. However before is Scotland Loves Anime, that we (Anime Limited) are the official sponsor of this year.
The lineup is jammed packed and it includes the UK Premiere of our forthcoming title, Miss Hokusai, that will see director, Kechii Hara in attendance and will be taking part in a post-screening Q&A session too. You can get your tickets today HERE.
If you planning to attend the festival in either Glasgow or Edinburgh that includes the likes of the Attack on Titan films, Project Itoh's Empire Of Corpses and the new Ghost In The Shell movie to name a few. Click on the links below for details.
~ Staying on Miss Hokusai, over the weekend we posted an interview with Director, Kechii Hara. In case you missed it you can read it HERE.
~ Our next release is the highly anticipated Tokyo Ghoul Blu-ray Collector's Edition. It's available from next week, 5th October. If you want to see what you can expect from this check out our full unboxing HERE. A reminder that the DVD version will be following on 28th October.
~ Focusing on a title we know lots of you are excited about, Mobile Suit Gundam Part 1 of 2 on Blu-ray, we wanted to share with you a provisional image (pictured left), and we want to stress it's provisional and not final, of what the case that will house the two Blu-ray discs of Part 1 will look like. We're still waiting to completely sign off on this, but as you'll likely start to see this particular image appear on certain retailer sites (if you haven't already) so we wanted to bring it to your attention now.
We can also confirm that the sleeve will be a reversible cover too! We expect the extras to be clean opening and tending title sequences along with commercials for the original DVD release. (This is the same as in the US release.)
We'll be releasing Mobile Suit Gundam Part 1 on 30th November.
~ If you haven't got your copy already Sword Art Online II: Part 1 is available now on both DVD and Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD. You can check out a full preview of our Limited Collector's Edition release HERE.
~ Speaking of Sword Art Online II, Part 2 on both DVD and Collector's Edition Blu-ray will now be getting released on 23rd November as things stand. We're hoping to have details of what you can expect from our release soon, so please stay tuned for that. The reason for the date change is because we're waiting for the authoring to be completed for this title.
~ In addition to this we also want to make people aware that Ping Pong will now be released in the first quarter of 2016. We're hoping to have more details that we can share with you soon about this. We are waiting to receive the video assets for this title and that is what has caused the delay.
~ We also wanted to give you some updates on a few of our other forthcoming releases. You'll be happy hear that both Baccano and Samurai Flamenco Part 1 are on track. Packaging designs have been signed off for both titles and the QC process for both is ongoing as I type this.
Focusing on Baccano specifically, here's a look at the final visual for our release:
This is slightly different to a visual we shared a while ago where there was going to be an o-card/slip cover around the rigid case, but admittedly we like the artwork so much that we decided we wanted that to be on display from the get go. So in similar style to what we've done with our Sword Art Online II: Part 1 and Kill la Kill Part 3 releases, there will be a plastic wrap around the box and the information stuck to the plastic wrap.
For those wondering, the extras on our Baccano release will be Clean Opening and Ending title sequences, Promotional Videos and the Japanese featurette "Baccano! - The Complete Guide".
When it comes to Samurai Flamenco Part 1 (pictured right), we want to throw out a quick reminder that this is a subtitle-only release. This is because there has been no English language dub produced for the series. Our release of Part 1 includes episodes 1-11 of the series and has clean opening and ending title sequences as on-disc extras. It will also come with a 20 page booklet.
~ If you were interested in getting hold of Mobile Suit Gundam Origin I: Blue-Eyed Casval Blu-ray Collector's Edition [Export Version] earlier this year but weren't able to when we were taking pre-orders, we're happy to report that we can now take orders for this once again through our web shop.
We have come to an arrangement with our friends at RightStuf in the USA as they have stock of this. So we're taking some off of their hands and making them available for the UK once again. As a note, it will cost £10 more as each will be shipped from the USA. if you're worried about possible customs charges, don't be as there still won't be any. More details at our web shop HERE.
~ Speaking of updates to our web shop, if you've been looking to try and get hold of a copy of our original Cowboy Bebop Part 1 Limited Edition Blu-ray release we've just had some retailer returns and have a few copies available to purchase! Stock is very limited for this so if you're looking to grab a copy this might be you best shot as it is now an out-of-print title and no more have been made since it was released. Get the details HERE.
The current simulcast season has all but come to a close. As things stand, our simulcast lineup for the forthcoming season includes the returning Seraph Of The End: Vampire Reign and (as announced this past weekend) K: Return of Kings, but we can confirm there will be more to add that very soon. So please keep eye out for announcements as well as details of where you'll be able to watch K: Return of Kings.
Forthcoming Season lineup:
Seraph Of The End Vampire Reign (2nd Season) - Simulcasting at Viewster.com
K: Return of Kings - Simulcast details TBA
The final episode of Blood Blockade Battlefront - Simulcasting at Viewster.com
But wrapping the current season, our lineup was:
The Heroic Legend Of Arslan (continuing from previous season)
Aoharu x Machinegun (aka Aoharu x Kikanjuu)
Castle Town Dandelion
Blood Blockade Battlefront
Episode 25 of The Heroic Legend of Arslan can be watched HERE.
Episode 12 (from last week) was the final episode of Aoharu x Machinegun. It can be watched HERE.
Episode 12 (from last week) was the final episode of Castle Town Dandelion. It can be watched HERE.
Episode 12 of GANGSTA. can be watched HERE.
Episode 12 of Chaos Dragon are available now on Viewster HERE.
The first 11 episodes of Blood Blockade Battlefront are available to watch at Viewster HERE. The air date for the final episode in Japan has been set as October 3rd. Viewster will be airing the final episode and it should be available shortly after the Japanese broadcast all going well.
Durarara!! Limited Edition
The latest round of confirmation messages were sent later this week / early next week. As we mentioned last week we were waiting for a new delivery of replacement discs. We have received this delivery and we're aiming to get the next round of replacement discs sent this week. If you’ve yet to apply for discs please follow the steps of filling out the survey AND emailing us your proof of purchase. (Simply doing one of the two steps is not enough.)
We ask that applicants awaiting for confirmation message please wait a little longer. With MCM Scotland Comic Con this past weekend we're working to catchup on this as quickly as we can. if you haven't received a confirmation message by Wednesday of next week (7th October) please email Jeremy on Jeremy@AllTheAnime.com
If you have questions or concerns about your replacement request please feel free to email Jeremy on Jeremy@AllTheAnime.com. If you have yet to apply for replacement discs please follow all the guidelines HERE.
Kill la Kill Part 1 [for units purchased at MCM London Comic Con in October 2014 only]
As mentioned on our latest podcast (HERE) we will shortly be launching a replacement scheme for Kill la Kill Part 1. This only applies to units purchased at MCM London Comic Con in October 2014. (Following the event the products general retail release was delayed and the error of the English dub being out of sync by 0.4 seconds during one of the episodes was corrected.)
We are planning to have details on how this replacement scheme will be handled within the next week or two. Please keep an eye out for this information.
Here’s the list of upcoming events we’ll be attending. More specific information will be posted closer to the events themselves.
Here is the most up-to-date version of our release schedule.
OUT NOW: Space Dandy Season 2 [Collector’s Edition] (DVD, Blu-ray)
OUT NOW: Space Dandy Complete Season 1 & 2 Set (DVD only)
OUT NOW: 009 Re:Cyborg (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray/DVD combi)
OUT NOW Sword Art Online II: Part 1 (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray/DVD combi, DVD)
OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2015
5th October: Tokyo Ghoul Season 1 (Limited Edition Blu-ray)
26th October: Tokyo Ghoul Season 1 (DVD)
2nd November: Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad – The Complete Collection (DVD)
2nd November: Fate/kaleid liner Prisima Illya (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, DVD)*
16th November: Samurai Flamenco: Part 1 (Blu-ray **subtitle-only release**)
23rd November: Sword Art Online II: Part 2 (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD combi, DVD)*
30th November: Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD combi)
30th November: Mobile Suit Gundam: Part 1 of 2 [tentative title] (Blu-ray)*
[TBC November/December] Baccano! (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray)*
[TBC December] Mobile Suit Gundam: Part 2 of 2 [tentative title] (Blu-ray)*
7th December: Full Metal Panic Ultimate Edition [Season 1 + Fumoffu + The Second Raid] (Blu-ray)
7th December: A Letter To Momo (Blu-ray, DVD)
14th December: Sword Art Online II: Part 3 (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD combi, DVD)
14th December: Gankutsuou: The Count Of Monte Cristo (Blu-ray)
21st December: Gundam: Reconguista In G Part 1 (Blu-ray **subtitle-only release**)
January (TBC)*: Ping Pong The Animation (Blu-ray, DVD)
We should be able to confirm specific dates soon for those marked as tentative.