By Andy Hanley
If you wanted to sum up Baccano in a single sentence, then this quote from its opening episode is as succinct a description of the series as you could hope for. At its core, much of Baccano revolves around a single incident – an ever-more complex web of conflicting groups and interests aboard the Flying Pussyfoot (no giggling at the back), a train travelling from Chicago to New York – but such is the variety of characters involved or inadvertently caught up in events that there are myriad stories to be told and woven into a richer narrative from this single train journey.
The first episode of the series also sets the scene for what to except from the show in other senses, as a reporter and his assistant discuss the strange events which they’re investigating – the very same events we’re about to see play out before us. Where does this story begin exactly? Who is the main character? These topics are playfully discussed to give at least some hints as to the kind of sprawling story-telling to expect from this adaptation of Ryohgo Narita’s light novels. Continue Reading
After a week break today is a what we're calling double edition edition of the Newswire, bringing you up to speed on all things Anime Limited from the past few weeks. Read on below for all the latest updates.
~ First of all our latest release is the Limited Edition Blu-ray of Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya. It contains all ten episodes of the inaugural season, plus a bonus OVA episode, an art booklet and 4 tarot cards. You can see a full preview of our release with our unboxing HERE.
~ Speaking of Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya, for those of you waiting patiently for the Standard DVD version of this it will be arriving on 28th December. Today we can give you a glimpse of what the finished product will look like. (You can click on the images below to enlarge them.)
~ Our next release is just a few days away with our Baccano! Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray set! Yes it's out this Monday! You can expect a full unboxing of this here at our blog before the end of the week. By the way, we published an HD vs. SD comparison of Baccano! earlier this week. You can see this HERE.
~ A quick reminder that our Limited Edition Blu-ray of Tokyo Ghoul Season 1 is now officially out-of-print. So if you happen to find it in a retailer we strongly urge to pick it up while you can as there are no more. However, if you missed out on the Limited Edition version don't forget that we are releasing a standard edition Blu-ray of Season 1 from this coming Monday (16th November.)
~ Over the last week some of you eagle eyed people may have noticed a few additions to our upcoming release lineup on some retailer websites. We can confirm we will be releasing the following titles:
With the above in mind we can now confirm our Q1 2016 lineup is currently shaping up as follows:
We will have more specific details on what you can expect from each release in the coming weeks and months. Please stay tuned for those accordingly.
~ Speaking of dates, and more specifically for titles to be released this quarter, we have a few date amendments to make you aware of. Some of you likely already noticed this last week with some retailer listings but we can confirm that both Samurai Flamenco Part 1 and Sword Art Online II: Part 2 are now set for release in December. We'll have more updates on these including the new confirmed dates for both soon.
However in light of the date shift noted above for Sword Art Online II: Part 2, we can now share with you the confirmed designs for both the Limited Collector's Edition and Standard DVD releases with the visuals below. Please note the BBFC certificate for this title is still TBC at this time.
As mentioned in our last Newswire, the on-disc extras for this are:
~ With regard Sword Art Online II: Part 3 and Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, the dates that had been listed for both were tentative and we can now confirm that both will be coming to the UK in the new year. We'll have more updates on both these in the coming weeks so please stay tuned for those.
As a note, all of the dates listed above will be summarised in our Release Schedule section at the conclusion of this Newswire.
~ Did you catch our latest podcast released this past weekend? It was our Scotland Loves Anime special. You can get all the details on this HERE.
~ Did you pre-order Gundam The Origin II: Artesia's Sorrow Blu-ray Collector's Edition [Export Version] from our web shop earlier this year? Well we have an update for you. We have received the stock and are currently getting them all packed up and ready for shipping. You will receive a notification via email as to when it's been dispatched, but we're hoping to have every single order for this sent out by the weekend or by early next week at the latest.
Here’s our lineup of titles this season:
Seraph Of The End Vampire Reign (2nd Season) – Simulcasting at Viewster.com
K: Return of Kings – Simulcast at Viewster.com
Comet Lucifer – Simulcasting at Viewster.com
The final episode of Blood Blockade Battlefront – Simulcasting at Viewster.com
Seraph Of The End: Vampire Reign (2nd Season) episode 5 can be watched HERE.
Episode 6 of K: Return Of Kings can be watched HERE
Episode 6 of Comet Lucifer can be watched HERE
The final episode of Blood Blockade Battlefront is available to watch at Viewster HERE.
Durarara!! Limited Edition
Anyone who has applied for replacement discs over the past weeks and has yet to have a response can expect by mid-next 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. If you haven’t received a confirmation message within to weeks of applying please email Jeremy on Jeremy@AllTheAnime.com – he’ll get back to you as quickly as we can about this.
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]
NOTE: 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.)
To apply for a replacement we ask that everyone who purchased this at MCM London Comic Con in October 2014 please do the following:
Due to all of Team Anime Limited being in London for MCM Comic Con from tomorrow through Monday, Jeremy will respond to requests for this, confirming that you replacement request has been logged in, by mid-next week at the latest. Either way you can expect your replacement to sent to you before the end of October.
NOTE: We appreciate that some people may have sent emails to other Anime Limited personnel regarding wanting a replacement, but due to the length of time that has passed we ask that everyone who will have previous enquired about a replacement please send a new message to Jeremy. We apologise for any inconvenience, but this is to ensure we can fulfil these as quickly as possible.
Here’s the list of upcoming events we’ll be attending. More specific information will be posted closer to the event.
MCM Birmingham Comic Con, 21st-22nd November
[List of 2016 events coming soon]
With all of the above in mind, here is the most up-to-date version of our release schedule focusing on the remainder of 2015 and the first quarter of 2016.
OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2015
OUT NOW: Tokyo Ghoul Season 1 (Limited Edition Blu-ray, DVD)
OUT NOW: Fate/kaleid liner Prisima Illya (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, DVD)*
16th November: Baccano! (Limited Edition Blu-ray)
16th November: Tokyo Ghoul Season 1 (Standard Edition Blu-ray)
30th November: Mobile Suit Gundam: Part 1 of 2 (Blu-ray)
7th December: Full Metal Panic Ultimate Edition [Season 1 + Fumoffu + The Second Raid] (Blu-ray)
28th December: Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya (Standard DVD)
TBC December: Sword Art Online II: Part 2 (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD combi, DVD)
TBC December: Samurai Flamenco: Part 1 (Blu-ray **subtitle-only release**)
11th January: Ping Pong (Collector's Edition Blu-ray+DVD set)
25th January: Fuse - Memoirs of a Huntress (Limited Collector's Blu-ray+DVD set, Standard DVD)
25th January: Noein (Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray)
25th January: Expelled From Paradise (Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray+DVD set, Standard DVD)
15th February: Durarara!! x2 Shou (Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray, Standard DVD)
22nd February: Letter To Momo (Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray+DVD set, Standard DVD)
29th February: Selector Infected WIXOSS (Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray, Standard DVD)
29th February: Tokyo ESP (Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray, Standard DVD)*
29th February: Lord Marksman and Vanadis (Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray, Standard DVD)*
14th March: Riddle - Story of Devil (Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray, Standard DVD)*
14th March: Brothers Conflict - Complete Series Collection (Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray, Standard DVD)*
31st March: Miss Hokusai (Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray+DVD set, Standard Blu-ray, Standard DVD)
April (TBC): Terror In Resonance (Ultimate Edition Blu-ray+DVD)*
[January, TBC] Mobile Suit Gundam: Part 2 of 2 (Blu-ray)*
[TBC] Gundam: Reconguista In G Part 1 (Blu-ray **subtitle-only release**)
[TBC]: Sword Art Online II: Part 3 (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD combi, DVD)*
[TBC]: Gankutsuou: The Count Of Monte Cristo (Blu-ray)*
We should be able to confirm specific dates soon for those marked as tentative.
Coming to the UK for the first time on Blu-ray this Monday (16th November) will be the much loved series, Baccano!. We'll be bringing it to Blu-ray in the form of a Limited Collector's Edition set that has all thirteen episode of the series plus the three bonus episodes over three Blu-ray discs and there's even a booklet that comes inside the rigid case along side the digipack holding the discs. The booklet is packed full of great content including interviews with those involved in the show. You can expect a full unboxing of our set later this week but today we wanted to put the focus on the series itself and more specifically how the show looks.
The series has previously received a DVD release and one of the things we're most excited about is how the footage has been cleaned up for viewing in HD on Blu-ray. Sometimes the best way to showcase this is side-by-side screenshots and that's exactly what we're going to do.
To give you full disclosure, one of the extras included on our Blu-ray is a behind-the-scenes featurette called Baccano!: The Complete Guide. This was originally included in the Japanese DVD release and includes some moments from the anime itself. As this extra is in standard definition, there is no HD version, we've taken a number of screenshots from that featurette, specifically of moments from the anime itself that are shown, and have put them next to screenshots from the series as seen on our Blu-ray release.
The screenshots below marked with SD at the top are from the featurette, those marked with HD at the top are from the HD version of series.
The majority of the screenshots below are from the first episode, so if you've not seen the series before you have nothing to worry about in terms of spoilers and such. We've aimed to keep them as out of context as possible.
In terms of what you'll notice differences wise, the key details will be how the picture has been cleaned up; so sharpness, the colour and overall brightness being some key examples. You'll also notice a difference in the overall clarity of the series as well. In some of the cases below you'll likely notice bigger differences than in others but all of these elements really do have a positive impact on the overall viewing experience of the show making it a real treat.
For those wondering, the masters used for our release are the same as seen on the now Aniplex of America release. However the discs in our set have been created and authored specifically for our release.
Click on the images below to enlarge them, so you can get a better view of the differences. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
In her book Anime from Akira to Princess Mononoke, the author Susan Napier recounts a strange story. In 1993, a Japanese critic called Toshiya Ueno visited the city of Sarajevo in Bosnia, during its ghastly four-year siege by the Serbians. Wandering through the bomb-blasted buildings, Ueno came across a wall on which three images were painted. One showed China’s former Chairman Mao, with Mickey ears. Another showed the slogan of a liberation group. The third showed an image from Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira. In Ueno’s words, “Against the crumbling walls of the collapsing group of buildings, that mighty juvenile delinquent Kaneda was saying, ‘So it’s begun!’” Continue Reading
Anime Limited Podcast #10: When the Soul Dies, You Can Have Fun
The Scotland Loves Anime 2015 Film Festival Special
Better late than never, it’s the return of the Anime Limited Podcast and this particular episode a big change from the norm as this is our Scotland Loves Anime special!
Podcast running order
00:03:51-1:10:00: Scotland Loves Anime 2015 discussion including the jury discussing the four films in competition for the Judges Awards, thoughts on the festival as a whole and more.
1:10:00-end : Discussion with Justin Sevakis about his career and the anime industry in general.
[NOTE: 1:16:30-1:29:00 is NSFW discussion. See below for details]
Welcome to our inaugural Scotland Loves Anime special episode of the Anime Limited Podcast. This is a very different podcast from what we normally bring you but one that's definitely worth listening to.
Recorded during the Edinburgh leg of Scotland Loves Anime 2015, the first 70 minutes of this podcast focuses is very much on the four films that were in competition for the Judges award Scotland Loves Anime. These being Expelled From Paradise, Miss Hokusai, Empire Of Corpses and The Case of Hana & Alice. You'll get to hear Jonathan Clements joined by the four judges, Justin Sevakis (of Anime News Network and Media OCD), Claire Copping, Animation Director Gary Marshall and John Noel (writer of the ChaosTangent blog) discussing all four films in as spoiler-free ways as possible, so you can get detailed insight into how the judges came to decide their winning film for in that category.
Following that, the second section of the show sees us put the focus on Justin Sevakis and his career in the anime industry to this point. We cover his experiences in the industry, the various companies he's worked for, titles he's worked on and how the industry has evolved over the years. There's some very, very insightful discussion and we're sure you'll enjoy it!
As a heads up, when it comes discussion on titles that Justin has worked on, it does include the fact he worked on Hentai DVD releases in the USA. We didn't just want to gloss over this fact so we do into detail on some of what he had to work on. This section does has contain some graphic detail, as you can probably imagine, so we're making it known now that between 1:16:30-1:29:00 there is very Not Safe For Work/NSFW material discussed.
We'll also make it known that this edition of the podcast is completely uncensored. After the fact we all made a collective decision to leave it as it was on this occasion.
A very different podcast from us but is a very interesting one to listen to. For those wondering, all going well our next regular episode of the podcast will be available within the next few weeks.
(To download the podcast as an mp3, click on the arrow pointing down in the top right corner of the player above.)
We look forward to hearing your thoughts.
Past Podcasts episodes: