By Andrew Osmond.
The shortest way to describe Turn A Gundam is as the steampunk Gundam. It doesn’t start in a space war, nor on a futuristic Earth. Rather, the setting seems to be Earth of a bygone age, around the start of the twentieth century, with airships, period costumes, and vintage planes and cars. Soon invaders are attacking from the sky, and a boy and girl in a coming of age ritual see an ancient statue crumble before them, revealing a giant robot. Turn A Gundam feels like a deliberate return to the past, both in history and anime.
Broadcast in 1999, Turn A Gundam marked the twentieth anniversary of the Gundam franchise. It also saw the return of the franchise’s father, Yoshiyuki Tomino, as director. Tomino had defined Gundam for its first decade, but worked only intermittently in the franchise through the 1990s (the best-known 1990s Gundam, Gundam Wing, was by other hands). With Turn, Tomino serves up a series that begins most unlike an average Gundam. If you’ve watched the dozen-odd Gundams released by Anime Limited, you’ll find the start of Turn bracingly bewildering – “Is this really a Gundam show?” – though it becomes more Gundam-ish as it goes along. Continue Reading
By Jonathan Clements.
The BFI Film Classics list has had a number of ups and downs in its lifespan. I remember the original releases in 1992, which attracted real heavy-hitters like Salman Rushdie writing about The Wizard of Oz, and then a series of seemingly random and often contradictory directives, as it bounced from the BFI itself, to Palgrave Macmillan and then on to Bloomsbury. In that time, it has grown from a list of just four or five books to almost seven hundred, with forthcoming volumes announced for 2021 on Grave of the Fireflies and Kiki’s Delivery Service. And that’s before we get to the ersatz imitations from a number of other publishers, among them Anime Limited, whose book accompanying Sacred Sailors was deliberately conceived as the Film Classic that the BFI should have published, if only they had thought of it.
Although An Actor's Revenge was one of the early releases, Japan's presence in the Film Classics list has been quite sparse, partly because I suspect interest in Japanese film is an even smaller sub-niche of the niche already represented. Among only a handful of volumes on Japanese subjects, Andrew Osmond's book on Spirited Away, originally released in 2008, was a welcome inclusion, and seems to have set the tone for much of the subsequent Japan-related works the list is now publishing. It has been re-released this year with a new cover and a foreword. Continue Reading
Today we're excited to announce two new additions (well, three technically, but we'll get to that in a few moments) to the Anime Limited / All The Anime catalogue of titles.
First of all, from Production I.G, their collaboration with CLAMP back in 2011, Blood-C and the theatrical follow-up film from a year later, Blood-C: The Last Dark.
And, after being out-of-print in the UK for a very long time, the first season of 'K' (aka, the 'K Project').
These will be receiving UK home video releases from us tentatively scheduled for later this year (2020) - with some very early stage initial details further below in this post - and additionally we can also confirm that starting today (21st September 2020) you can stream both the Blood C TV series and K Season 1 on Amazon Prime!
Read on below for more information. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
Last year, the film magazine Little White Lies interviewed Shoji Kawamori, famed for his creative role in Macross. He was asked what future he saw for hand-drawn animation in anime. His reply was blunt. “I imagine,” Kawamori said, “that in about ten or twenty years, (hand-drawn animation) will be heading in the direction of Kabuki or Noh or other very old Japanese culture, as there are so many cases that wholly depend on the level of each artist’s specialised craftmanship.” Computer graphics, Kawamori said, was anime’s future. The rest of us had to live in it.
When Macross debuted in 1982, the vast majority of animation round the world was hand-drawn, and CG was confined to experiments in films like that year’s Tron. That was still true when Akira opened, and still true when the first Ghost in the Shell debuted, though GITS used CG elements, meshed with traditional animation in a hard drive. Ghost premiered in Japan in November 1995. The same month, Pixar’s original Toy Story premiered across the Pacific.
A quarter-century later, anime, which was once promoted as a new kind of animation, increasingly seems like something else – a bastion of old-school, hand-drawn animation in a global sea of CG. Drawn animation seemed increasingly like the magic world in Spirited Away, a shadow cultural presence hidden behind high-tech Hollywood, an old bathhouse which only comes to life after dark. Continue Reading
UPDATE: Please note the release date of product has been amended to 11th January 2021. References to the previous release date in this post have been updated accordingly.
If you've been keeping track of titles we've released the past few years, you'll know we're big fans of Kyoto Animation. With the likes of A Silent Voice and Tamako Market in our catalogue we know a lot of you are keen to hear what to expect from our upcoming release of their series, Violet Evergarden.
Today we're delighted to officially announce our upcoming Violet Evergarden Collector's Edition Blu-ray release will be arriving on 11th January 2021!
If you want to jump straight to the listing to see the details, you can do so at the link below:
For the full lowdown however, read on!