Hi everybody! We've been peppering you with announcements pertaining to our MCM London Comic Con activities of late, be it the activities of Anime Guest of Honour, Shouji Gatou, or our efforts to bring anime to the big screen within Comic Con itself thanks to the return of MCM Loves Anime and screenings of Your Name and Maquia.
However, we're not done yet, and this one is for all of you Mobile Suit Gundam fans out there! If you're a regular attendee of London Comic Con, you'll know that over recent years we've tried to premiere the latest episode of Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin at the event whenever possible, and this May we're doing it again by bringing you the very first UK screening of the final instalment in the series, Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin VI - Rise of the Red Comet.
We'll be hosting this premiere to MCM London Comic Con attendees at the event's mobile cinema setup in the event's North Hall, where you'll be able to watch the film (which is approximately 80 minutes in length) from 10AM on Sunday 27th May 2018. This is a ticketed event. Simply come along on Sunday morning to buy your ticket,
Here's a little more about the film to whet your appetite...
Synopsis: January 23, Universal Century 0079. The battlefield has shifted to Loum, and a clash between the Zeon and Earth Federation fleets has begun in earnest. Char Aznable, a young ace pilot of the Zeon forces, earns fame for his remarkable feats at the controls of his red Zaku mobile suit, and becomes known as the “Red Comet.”
After the fierce battle, as the Zeon and Federation sides take their places at the negotiating table, a certain declaration is transmitted throughout the world. Meanwhile, the Federation Forces launch “Operation V,” their plan for a counterattack.
And a boy named Amuro Ray, living a peaceful life at Side 7, takes action on his own to investigate the mystery of the new weapon called “Gundam…”
You can check out a subtitled trailer for the film below:
The language of the screening's presentation will be in Japanese with English subtitles. Entrance to the screening will be a on first come, first served basis, so be sure to arrive in good time to secure your seat.
We look forward to seeing you at this premiere, and stay tuned for even more details about our Comic Con plans in this final week or so leading up to the event!
Until next time, take care.
A little while ago we revealed that we would be bringing the first four Gundam The Origin films that comprise the arc "The Chronicle of Char & Salya" to Blu-ray. Today, ahead of its release in just a few weeks we're delighted to bring you an unboxing of this next set in our Gundam Collection of releases! Read on below for details and photos of our Limited Edition Blu-ray release of Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin I-IV.
The printed Gundam The Origin manga series is in many ways a retelling of the original Mobile Suit Gundam series but is also so much more as it also serves to provide a lot of information and back-story not covered in that original series. The Gundam Origin I-IV anime films that we will be releasing focus on a particular part of the story covered in the manga, The Chronicle of Char & Sayla, that provides the backstory of two very important characters, the siblings Char Aznable and Sayla Mass, but also many of the events leading up to the the year 0079, when the original series takes place.
So if you've never delved into the world of Gundam and want a contemporary place to start, arguably these are a great jumping on point as these films are a prequel to the original series. But if you're familiar with Gundam then these films will serve as a great way to get new details on how things came to be and likely answer some of the burning questions you've had, like "why does Char Aznable hate Zeon so much?" or "how did Casval get the name Char Aznable".
Synopsis of Gundam The Origin I: "Universal Century 0068, Side 3 – The Autonomous Republic of Munzo. Zeon Zum Deikun attempts to declare complete independence of Munzo from the Earth Federation Government, while he preaches the evolutionary potential of humans who have advanced into outer space. Deikun however suddenly falls to his death in the middle of his speech at parliament.
Upon Deikun’s death, Jimba Ral spreads word of a House of Zabi conspiracy – but despite such efforts the power and sphere of influence of House of Zabi, led by Degwin Sodo Zabi, only seem to escalate.
While we witness for the first time the untold convulsions of Universal Century history, Casval and Artesia, just bereaved of their father, must face destinies which will be just as tumultuous as the very era itself."
Check out a subtitled trailer for Gundam Origin I below:
You can order your copy from the following retailers now:
-- What comes in this set?
Here is the contents
F.A.Q. on this release -
-- What's the release date?
28th May 2018
-- What's the price?
The Suggested Retail Price (SRP) is £49.99. However it's worth noting there are always respective retailer discounts on products, so ultimately it will more than likely be cheaper than that.
-- What language are the films in?
Each film has both English and Japanese with English subtitle language options.
-- Is this release exclusive to any one retailer.
In short, no. But it's worth noting that this is a limited edition set limited to 1000 units across all retailers. So once it's sold out, that's it.
-- What's the duration of each film?
Each one varies, but on average each film is roughly to 60-70 minutes in length.
-- Does this mean you'll be doing a similar collection for the other 'Gundam The Origin' films?
In all honesty, we don't know. We only specifically have the license to release Origin I-IV as a set. We simply do not know whether in the future or not an opportunity may present itself to release V & VI.
-- How does this collection differ from the previous "Import" sets you've taken orders for?
The "Import" sets of these four films that we've taken orders for in the past were set produced by Bandai in Japan. This was a case where were giving fans the opportunity to own these sets as the same time frame as the Japanese release - as we've detailed before, each contained English language options in the main feature itself. However we know the price point of these sets were something perhaps the more hardcore of Gundam fans would be more interested in owning.
In this instance, this collection we (Anime Ltd / All The Anime) are releasing is tailored specifically for the UK market at price point we hope can make these films more accessible to Gundam fans in the UK.
-- Will this be available at MCM London Comic Con?
All going well, it is our intension to have this available to purchase from our stand at MCM London Comic Con this month (while stock lasts).
And now time for photos of the finished product! You can click on them to enlarge them if you want. Continue Reading
Greetings everyone! We're sure you'll all agree that it's a great time to be a fan of Full Metal Panic! You can buy all of the first three series of this much-loved show on Blu-ray courtesy of ourselves, and we're currently working with Crunchyroll to stream the latest iteration of the series, Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory, every week shortly after it airs in Japan. Now, you might think that's more than enough for you to enjoy - but not us. No, as always we want to give you even more, which brings us to today's announcement.
As is traditional, MCM London Comic Con always seek to bring an insightful and fascinating Anime Guest of Honour to its events, and they've done it again for the May 2018 show as they will be bringing the creator of Full Metal Panic!, Mr. Shouji Gatou, to the event!
Mr. Gatou will be in attendance across the MCM London Comic Con weekend, which runs from May 25th - 27th 2018 - don't forget to book tickets! During his time at the event our guest will be attending panels, signing sessions, and perhaps even some other events still to be confirmed! In other words, you'll have a number of opportunities to meet the man himself or see him talk about his work and career, which extends beyond Full Metal Panic to a raft of other notable titles.
To find out more about Shouji Gatou, check out the brief biography below.
"A novelist/screenwriter born in Tokyo, Shouji Gatou's major works include Full Metal Panic!, Amagi Brilliant Park, and Cop Craft.
He has adapted his own works into anime, and also written episodes of shows including Hyouka, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Lucky Star, Tower of Druaga: the Aegis of URUK, and ToD: the Sword of URUK."
We know you'll be wanting to planning your activity schedule for during the weekend. Shouji Gatou will be involved in two panels across the weekend - each panel featuring a screening of the first episode of the brand new series Full Metal Panic Invisible Victory then following the screening Mr. Gatou will take to the stage to discuss various topics and (time permitting) there will be an opportunity for a Q&A session as well.
There will also be two opportunities to meet Mr. Gatou as there will be two free signing sessions across the weekend, one on Saturday and one on Sunday. Both will take place in the afternoon after his panel on that respective day.
So here's when you can catch the Anime Guest of Honour:
Saturday 26th May
-- The Anime Guest of Honour: Shouji Gatou, 1pm @ Main Stage
-- Free signing session, 3pm-4pm @ MCM Signing Area
Sunday 27th May
-- The Anime Guest of Honour: Shouji Gatou, 1pm @ Main Stage
-- Free signing session, 3pm-4pm @ MCM Signing Area
Please note all of these events are on a first-come first serve basis. In the case of the signing sessions, the line for entry may be capped - if you've been to a signing session involving an Anime Guest of Honour before, you'll know that we'd much rather as many people as possible can get a signature rather than nothing at all.
If you're coming to the signing session, there will be an item we will have on hand at no additional cost that you can get signed! However if you want to bring an item to get signed instead, you're more than welcome to do so but this will be limited to 1 item per person. (Again, so that we can accommodate as many people as possible.)
We'll be revealing Mr. Gatou's full schedule at the event in due course, but we can currently confirm that you'll be able to catch screenings of the first episode of Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory followed by a Q&A session starring Shouji Gatou himself on both the Saturday and Sunday of the event - exact times and locations will follow, as will more details of signing sessions on both of those days.
We really hope you can come along and play your part in giving this talented writer a warm welcome to the UK later this month at London Comic Con.
Needless to say we also have more plans afoot regarding our presence at the event, so stay tuned as we build up towards the big weekend as we'll be revealing more details as and when we can over the coming month or so.
Until next time, take care!
NOTE: This was originally published on 3rd May 2018, but updated on 14th May 2018 to include the Panel and Signing Session times.
As you know, we're huge fans of bringing anime to the big screen whenever and wherever possible here at Anime Limited, and you'll be pleased to hear we aren't the only ones - it's a passion that we share with our good friends at the MCM London Comic Con.
Thanks to that shared love of big screen anime, later this month we're bringing you an all-new version of our MCM Loves Anime event for London Comic Con, which runs from the 25th-27th May 2018.
To house our planned screenings, MCM London Comic Con is bringing a full-blown theatrical experience to the event in the form of a mobile cinema which will be housed within the event itself. We'll be providing a couple of fantastic big-name anime films across the event weekend, so check out all of the details below!
Synopsis: “Acclaimed screenwriter Mari Okada makes her directorial debut in this animated fantasy feature.
The people of Iorph have a lifespan of hundreds of years and maintain their teenage appearances for life, but when the peace of this town is shattered by those who want the secret to their longevity for themselves, a young girl named Maquia is forced to escape. Wandering the land alone, upon finding an orphaned baby she chooses to raise him, but as this boy grows up so the difference in their lifespans is thrown into ever-sharper relief.”
Official English subtitled trailer:
Synopsis: "Mitsuha and Taki are total strangers living completely different lives. But when Mitsuha makes a wish to leave her mountain town for the bustling city of Tokyo, they become connected in a bizarre way. She dreams she is a boy living in Tokyo while Taki dreams he is a girl from a rural town he's never visited. What does their newfound connection mean? And how will it bring them together? Find out in the smash hit film from the acclaimed auteur Makoto Shinkai."
Official English trailer:
Tickets for each screening costs £12 per person - you'll find links to buy tickets above, or simply head to this page to grab your tickets. Please note that this ticket cost is in addition to your entrance to London Comic Con itself - you'll also need a pass to attend the event itself as well as your ticket to these screenings.
We look forward to seeing some of you enjoying these great films at London Comic Con, and stay tuned for even more news of our Comic Con plans over the weeks leading up to the big weekend itself!
Until next time, take care.
By Andrew Osmond.
Toshio Suzuki is the most famous producer in anime, and the third most important figure in Studio Ghibli’s history, behind only Miyazaki and Takahata. Now, with absolutely no fanfare, an English translation of Suzuki’s memoir Mixing Work With Pleasure has been published by the Japan Library imprint, translated by Roger Speares.
At 230 pages, it’s much slimmer than Starting Point or Turning Point, the two Miyazaki essay collections translated by VIZ Media. But for serious Ghibli fans or scholars, Suzuki’s book is a must-buy, both for its wealth of information and for its new perspective on a familiar history from someone who was there, beside Miyazaki and Takahata, from Nausicaa in the 1980s to Ghibli’s projects today. This edition is sombrely timed, given Takahata’s passing, but it’s a wonderful resource.
Born in 1948, Suzuki grew up before industrial anime; his first career, in the 1970s, was in journalism. For example, he wrote about Japan’s motorbike gangs, the Bosozoku, who would inspire Akira. He edited a magazine supplement about manga, meeting the likes of Tezuka and Shotaro Ishinomori (Cyborg 009). It was published by a company that Ghibli fans should recognise – Tokuma Shoten.
Suzuki’s superior at Tokuma, Hideo Ogata, landed Suzuki with a ludicrously short-notice assignment – to edit Japan’s first magazine about anime. Animage was launched in 1978, when the big thing was Yamato. But Suzuki had 118 pages to fill and decided on a “retro” article about a past classic. Not knowing anything, he was tutored on anime by a schoolgirl. She told him about an “absolutely fantastic” old film called The Little Norse Prince, aka The Great Adventure of Horus. Made in 1968, it was the first feature to involve Takahata, who directed it, and Miyazaki.