By Raz Greenberg
When Perfect Blue debuted in English-speaking territories in 1999, it was hyped for the "adult" elements that most people associated with anime (and, I suspect, also appealed to at least some part of the anime fandom at the time), at least superficially. It was a thriller about a girl stalked by a psycho, with graphic violence and nudity. Kon's later directorial efforts – Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers, Paranoia Agent and Paprika went beyond this perception of anime, to shape a tragically short career that made him one of the most eclectic of anime directors. But all these films had one common theme: they were all about playing different social roles from those that their protagonists expected. Perfect Blue remains a prime example of this theme.
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By Jonathan Clements.
Fresh out of prison after serving three months for a fake diploma scam, wide-boy Dunhuang falls in with the lonely, sex-starved Xiaorong, a girl who sells pirate DVDs. Unable to trace his old colleagues, off the radar among millions of illegal Beijing residents, he starts selling films on the streets, just another hustler trying to make a living.
Xu Zechen’s novel Running Through Beijing displays a strong affinity with the grottier end of the film business, the black market in pirate DVDs that, depending on how much of the Kool Aid you’ve been drinking, is either fostering a brave new world of movie fans, or savagely curtailing the onward spread of Hollywood capital, bringing it to a dead halt just as it seeks the emerging markets of China and Africa.
I have had many an encounter with the DVD sellers of Beijing, as I am occasionally sent on missions to determine the reach of anime piracy. Tasked by Andrew Partridge of this parish to make sure 009 Re: Cyborg hadn’t been pirated in 2013 (it hadn’t), I was instead offered Gundam 0080 by a grubby, wet-lipped girl in a Haidian underpass, her reasoning being that “It’s Japanese and it’s got numbers in it.” Continue Reading
Can you believe it's June already? We sure can't but it stop us from kickstarting the month with a packed Newswire for you.
~ First of all, Kill la Kill Part 3. Following our news from last week [see this] we can confirm that the new release date for this will be 29th June. (So only a few weeks past our previous date.) Don't forget you can pre-order your copy from Amazon UK HERE and through our web shop HERE.
On the subject of Kill la Kill Part 3 - REMINDER: If you purchased Kill la Kill Part 3 from our booth at MCM London Comic Con you can apply for a replacement rigid case by following the steps HERE. (Deadline to apply is this coming Monday 8th June.)
~ For those of you wanting to get in early with some of your pre-orders, you can now pre-order the following titles from Amazon UK:
(Please note that dates listed are tentative at this time and subject to change.)
We'll have more details to share about each release soon. These dates have been added to the release schedule further down accordingly.
~ Some of you eagle-eyed people may have spotted some provisional artwork for our upcoming release of Space Dandy Season 2 Collector's Edition and our Space Dandy Complete Season 1 & 2 DVD Collection on Amazon UK. We do want to stress that these are not final, but all going well should be a good indication of the what the final product will look like following approvals. Continue Reading
NOTE: This replacement scheme only applies to those who purchased Kill la Kill Part 3 from our stand at MCM London Comic Con May 2015.
As detailed in our Newswire last week, it became apparent to us by the conclusion of MCM London Comic Con weekend that there was a problem with the rigid case included in our Kill la Kill Part 3 release. As such we have launched a replacement programme for those who purchased it at our booth from MCM London Comic Con between 22nd-24th May 2015. Please find all the information below from our Newswire last week.
We were delighted to have pre-release copies of Kill la Kill Part 3 available over MCM London weekend for attendees to purchase but by the final day of the event it became apparent to us that some people were experiencing issues removing the digipack and book from the rigid case inside the Collector’s box. We checked some of the stock we had on the booth and following this we immediately had all remaining stock at our production house quarantined as we experienced the same problems. This is despite the samples we were sent prior to the event, and that we ultimately signed off on in order to have them produced in time for the event, not having this issue. In turn a new rigid box correcting the issues discovered for all units will now be produced.
As a result it does mean that Kill la Kill Part 3 has been delayed once again with a new tentative date being the end of June. We’re going to refrain from announcing a new date until we have discussed this more with our production house but we do want to say we are extremely sorry about this (and believe me we’re really disappointed and frustrated an issue such as this has come up) but the last thing we want is to have this problem be present for the general retail release.
With the above in mind we are today launching a replacement programme for those who purchased their Kill la Kill Box 3 from our booth during MCM London Comic Con May 2015. As we are now (for intents and purposes) still in the pre-production phase for this title, we can launch this sooner than we could with other titles, hence why we’re able to act quickly on this. Please read on below for details.
To everyone who purchased Kill la Kill Part 3 at MCM London Comic Con, May 2015 – we have launched a replacement scheme for the reason specified above. To apply for your replacement please email Jeremy on Jeremy@AllTheAnime.com with the subject line “KILL LA KILL PART 3 – MCM LONDON REPLACEMENT” and it must including the following:
You will receive an email response confirming your application once it has been logged.
VERY IMPORTANT – Deadline to apply for Kill la Kill Box 3 MCM London replacements is 9am on Monday 8th June.
In terms of when replacements will be fulfilled, we are endeavouring to get them to all applicants as soon as possible, but we are aiming for it to be before the general release of the title.
By Andrew Osmond.
Five years ago, I wrote the saddest article of my career, an obituary of the great Japanese director Satoshi Kon. Naturally, I mentioned his slasher-film debut Perfect Blue, and said it was “perhaps the only effective horror film in animation.” It was a generalised, rash claim to make; yet Perfect Blue is still a landmark both of animation and horror.
If you haven’t seen Perfect Blue, it could be called a psycho-thriller or a slasher film. But perhaps it’s best just to call it a mindf***, full of non-linear storytelling. The set-up, though, is clear and specific. It’s set in what was the present day when the film was released (1997), and tells the story of a woman, Mima, performing in an ‘idol’ singer group in Tokyo.
As the film opens, she announces she’s leaving the group; her sleazy manager hopes to make her into an actress. Her first role’s in a gruesome crime thriller serial that’s being written on the fly. Suddenly she’s told to act in a scene in which her character is raped. She gets anonymous threats, and starts to have visions of a doppelganger, a ghost Mima mocking her as a ‘filthy adult woman.’ Then people start dying violently, and Mima enters a mental Moebius strip, where reality and delusion fuse into an endless nightmare. Continue Reading