Later in the week than usual (moving new staff into Anime Ltd HQ - exciting but also time consuming alas), but it's time for your weekly Newswire. Read on below for the latest tidbits on the likes of Tokyo Ghoul, Mobile Suit Gundam and more! Plus details on our Q4 lineup. Read on below for all the info.
~ As was revealed earlier this week on our social media channels, we have had confirmation from the BBFC this week that Tokyo Ghoul has been given a 15 certification and has passed uncut meaning that both our upcoming DVD and Collector's Edition Blu-ray releases in September will be uncut and uncensored. You can pre-order your copy today. Here's the listings on Amazon UK.
We also want to take the opportunity to make it known that our Collector's Edition Blu-ray version of Tokyo Ghoul is limited strictly to 1000 units. So if you're wanting to order that version you might want to think about doing so sooner rather than later.
~ During last weekend listings appeared on Amazon UK for many of our upcoming releases for the remainder of the year. You can find them below. (We've also added some notes about listings as appropriate below.) Continue Reading
By Paul Browne.
Shirayuki is an ordinary citizen of the kingdom of Tanbarun, aside from one unique feature – her distinctive red hair. Pursued by a prince of Tanbarun because of her unusual hair colouring, Shirayuki instead cuts her hair and escapes to the neighbouring kingdom of Clarines. Befriending Zen, a prince of Clarines, Shirayuki demonstrates her medical skills and agrees to become court doctor.
Adapted from manga series for girls, this anime comes courtesy of popular studio Bones (notable for the likes of Angelic Layer, Ouran High School Host Club, Fullmetal Alchemist and Space Dandy among others). The main protagonist, Shirayuki, is voiced by Saori Hayami – who also performs vocal duties on the acoustic melodies of opening theme 'Yasashii Kibou'.
Based in Tokyo, Saori enjoys a varied career between voice-acting, singing and hosting her radio show Free Style. Growing up, Saori was lucky enough to be exposed to all sorts of different music genres in the family house, from funk to classical. Even with this broad musical background however, she favoured rock music as her genre of choice. Taking up piano practice, Saori was also a big fan of classic anime series Fruits Basket, asking her piano teacher how to play the opening theme. Continue Reading
By Meghan Ellis.
From the very first trailer, Gangsta has promised heavy themes, heavy violence and heavy music, and it’s a show that delivers on those promises with relish. In a welcome challenge to Summer 2015’s saccharine sweet anime line-up, Gangsta delivers everything you could want from a show with a criminal slant: two “handymen” who take on all the jobs that the Mob… and the police… can’t handle themselves.
Directed by Shukou Murase of Ergo Proxy and Samurai Champloo fame, it shows a careful concern with style and substance, juxtaposing musical aesthetic with time period and setting. There’s also deliberate cultivation of an underground feel: even the theme song (performed by STEREO DIVE FOUNDATION) is called “Renegade”, and features distinctly 18-rated graphics. But what’s really made the show stand out so far are the characters. From our first encounter with prostitute Alex, to Nic’s cleverly-revealed deafness, these aren’t your typical lowlives. Add Worick, a one-eyed blonde man with an unusual day job, and you have the show’s handymen – bodies for hire who are just as likely to work for the city’s mafia as the local authorities. Even the traditional shady doctor and aging detective, so common in criminal shows, are made likeable at the same time they’re made morally suspect. Continue Reading
After a busy weekend at MCM Manchester Comic Con our weekly Newswire is back with the big 30th edition! Read on below for all our latest news and follow up information to what was announced over the weekend.
~ First of all we want to give a big thank you to everyone who came to visit our booth and/or attended our panel at MCM Manchester Comic Con last weekend. It was great event and it was wonderful speaking to so many passionate anime fans!
The next events we'll be attending will actually be this coming weekend as Team Anime Limited is splitting in two, so to speak, as we'll be at both Nom Con in Ireland and Kitacon in Birmingham. (More details on what you can expect from us at each event in the Upcoming Events section.)
~ In case you missed what we announced over the weekend, here's a summary for you. (click on the links below to read more.)
The response to our announcements has been wonderful to see and with that in mind we wanted to follow up with a some new details stemming from questions asked following the announcements. Continue Reading
By Andy Hanley.
Although the creation of Miku Hatsune has spawned a wealth of merchandise, figurines and video games, it’s easy to forget that her existence came about simply as one of a number of characters designed to promote Yamaha Corporation and Crypton Future Media’s Vocaloid software. Beyond the marketability of its well-known mascots, Vocaloid has created something of a bedroom revolution in the Japanese music industry, offering a powerful and easy-to-use way of adding vocals to your musical creations without having to worry about expensive recording studios or, perhaps more importantly, actually finding a talented vocalist capable of doing your renditions justice.
Since the popularity of Vocaloid (and of course Ms. Hatsune in particular) exploded in 2007, we’ve seen notable musical acts come to prominence, and the opening of an avenue of creativity that has been celebrated across the spectrum of anime, manga and beyond. Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of this growth of budding individuals using Vocaloid as a creative tool has come in recent years, as notable works move beyond mere albums or places in the Project Diva series of video games and actually gain light novel and anime adaptations in their own right.
It’s a small-scale resurrection of music as a story-telling device – a welcome return to the halcyon days of “rock opera” like Tommy and Quadrophenia with great music while that also weaves a compelling narrative into their tunes. Continue Reading