Jonathan Clements remembers the creator of Dominator
A memorial to Tony Luke, who died yesterday, inevitably must be a collage, like much of his artwork. This is not because of his particular hybrid rock-and-roll style, but because of his undeniable achievements as a self-publicist. Tony knew that he was dying for some time, and took steps to upload as much of his life as he could into the Cloud. This has made him the arbiter and custodian of his own legacy, and steers much of what I am able to tell you about him. Poke around YouTube, and you will find his early dabblings in a Goth band, the pointedly otaku-friendly pop videos he directed for Urusei Yatsura and Digitalis, his talking head appearances on Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and numerous incarnations of his Dominator animations about a Satanic rock god. He placed such things there deliberately, because it is how he would like to be remembered.
I have known for some time that I would have to write Tony’s obituary, but there is very little about him of which I can be sure. There were so many promises of Irons in the Fire, so many Great Enterprises about to manifest, so many Explosive Law Suits he was about to unleash in the 20 years that we knew each other, that even I would sometimes accuse him of crying wolf. But I’ll tell you what I can, and I will leave it to others to fill in the blanks (such as John Freeman here). Continue Reading
Jasper Sharp on the state of the cinema arts
Yes, it’s that time again when the Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan (better known by the abbreviated Japanese name of Eiren) releases its box office figures for the previous year. I’ve already put down my analyses and thoughts about what kind of barometer these provide for the overall health of the industry for the 2013 and 2014 statistics, and superficially at least, 2015 seems to follow the usual pattern of business booming on the home front. Continue Reading
TOP 10 ANIMATED SEX SCENES
By Andrew Osmond. Not suitable for work. Unless you work at Anime Limited.For any cynics thinking an article on cartoon sex is a piece of shameless clickbait… You’re absolutely right. But it’s a timely subject, given that Charlie Kaufman’s Oscar-nominated Anomalisa opens in Britain on March 11, with two puppets getting off in painfully detailed fashion. In 2016, that’s hardly shocking, but the surprise is that animated sex goes back a long, long way, taking in everything from fine art to randy donkeys. Continue Reading
Later in the week than usual, but we're back for another edition of our Newswire. Today topics include us having a panel at MCM Midlands Comic Con tomorrow, your chance to catch some our titles in the cinema this weekend, A Letter To Momo and more.
~ First of all, Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo and Mobile Suit Gundam Part 2 are both available now on Blu-ray. Get the details on each in the links below.
~ Our next release will be the film Fuse: Memoirs of the Hunter Girl on Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD and standard edition DVD. If you're familiar with the film Andrew Osmond provides the perfect introduction to it HERE.
~ Tomorrow (Saturday 13th February) sees Anime Limited heading to its first event of 2016. Jeremy will be heading to MCM Midlands Comic Con in Telford tomorrow and will be hosting a panel at 12:30pm. He'll be at the event all day so if you see him say hi to him and feel free to ask any questions you may have. He might be very tall, but he's our resident big friendly giant and is happy to talk to you.
~ Looking to go to the cinema this weekend? Perhaps looking to do something special on Valentine's Day this Sunday? Why not go to the cinema? Both Miss Hokusai and The Anthem of the Heart are being shown at a few locations as part of the Japan Foundation's Film Touring Programme. You can catch them at:
Saturday 13th February
Miss Hokusai at the Bristol Watershed. Ticket information HERE
For more details on the Japan Foundation Film Touring Programme CLICK HERE.
Earlier this week we revealed the details of our upcoming release of the film A Letter To Momo on 11th April. (You can read all about that HERE.) Until midday this Monday we're having a special early-bid pre-order offer on this at our web shop. Click HERE for the details on that. You can watch the trailer for the film below.
~ The Case of Hana & Alice is getting a screening at the Queen’s Film Theatre in Belfast on the weekend of the 20th/21st February. Stay tuned their website for more details.
A reminder that it’s also getting a cinema screening in London as part of the Asia House Film Festival. You can catch the film on 27th February at the Regent Street Cinema near Oxford Circus. You can book tickets today HERE.
Durarara!! Limited Edition
This replacement scheme closes on Thursday 31st March 2016.
The latest round of replacements were sent earlier this week. The next round of confirmation messages will be getting sent early-mid next week. If you have applied for discs since then your application will be processed soon. We appreciate people’s patience with this.
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.) 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:
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 you’ll find a list of events we’ll be attending during 2016. The looks small at the moment, but trust us when we say it’ll start looking packed very soon.
MCM Midlands Comic Con, Telford, 13th February
- Panel @ 12:30pm
And that concludes this edition of the Newswire. Be sure to keep an eye both here at our blog and on our social media channels for the latest news regarding Anime Limited along with some great reading material too.
By Andrew Osmond.
“In the twenty-first century,” notes the Anime Encyclopedia, “it became apparent that the last frontier for modern Japanese animation might be the real world itself, with a deep sense of ready nostalgia for hazy school days, mawkish classroom flirting, or the exotic appeal of old-fashioned friendships and hobbies.” Anthem of the Heart may not be the perfect exemplar of “Everyday Anime,” as the Encyclopedia calls it. Some things in Anthem’s story are definitely not everyday life. But Anthem’s heart, its currency, is its conversion of daily school life, or older viewers’ fond memories of that life, into brighter, better, purer anime form. Continue Reading