By Andrew Osmond.
The word ‘reimagining’ has become infamous in recent years, a euphemism for the lack of imagination of studios selling us the same stories. However, ‘reimagining’ is an apt name for bold adaptations that take a classic story and turn it into science-fiction. The textbook case is the 1956 film Forbidden Planet, which riffed on themes from Shakespeare’s The Tempest. In the 1980s, the children’s favourite Ulysses 31 turned the ancient Odyssey into a space adventure. The commercial black hole was Disney’s Treasure Planet (2002), a ruinously expensive version of Treasure Island, the disappointing box-office of which hastened the decline of traditional animation in Hollywood.
Yet two years after Treasure Planet, Japanese animators turned out the most sophisticated example of the genre, Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo. It’s an SF reworking of the serialised French novel Le Comte de Monte-Cristo, published from 1844-5. The novel was by the renowned Alexandre Dumas; as with his Three Musketeers, there’s dispute about how much credit should go to his lesser-known collaborator, Auguste Maquet. The anime version was conceived and directed by Mahiro Maeda, and produced by Studio Gonzo, no stranger to retro-SF. After all, Gonzo had made Last Exile the year before, while Gankutsuou was broadcast the same year as Samurai 7, Gonzo’s take on Seven Samurai with cyborgs and spaceships. Continue Reading
Happy New Year everyone and welcome to the first Anime Limited Newswire of 2016. For the purposes of continuity we've named this one a triple Newswire as it will be encompassing many a tidbit from over the festive break. Please read on below for the first update of the new year.
~ To kick off the year we have some cinema news for you as two of our titles are heading to the big screen as part of the Japan Film Foundation's touring programme between 5th February and 20th March. The award-winning Miss Hokusai and Anthem of the Heart are being screened at venues across the UK. You can find all the information about these screenings at the official website of the Japan Film Foundation. You can watch a trailer for both below.
Here's a list of screenings dates and locations for the two films:
Anthem of the Heart
~ In our last Newswire we spoke of the fact that our Mobile Suit Gundam Part 2 Blu-ray release will be coming in January but the date was TBC. Today we can confirm that its release date is 25th January. Don't forget that the first 1000 units of this will come with a Limited Edition 48-page Art Book. Also a quick reminder that this book is not exclusive to any one retailer, the only version that will be available on day of release is the one that comes with the book. You can pre-order this from the likes of Amazon, Zavvi, Base and even our own web shop now.
~ Following the festive break there have been some date shifts that we need to tell you about. First of all, and we know some of you have had notification from retailers about this but we can confirm that Ping Pong: The Animation is having its release date shifted again. We apologise for this and appreciate it's quite late notice on this from us directly in this instance due to the festive break. The reason this is quite simply unforeseen circumstances that does include something we've not previously mentioned that we are looking to have included that will be exclusive to our Collector's Edition release. As soon as we have more details on this we'll be sure to share them.
Until then any release date being mentioned by retailers is only a tentative one. With that in mind we (Anime Limited) will be noting the release date as TBC until further notice.
~ Continuing on the date shifting, Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo has been shifted back by a few weeks to 8th February, This was due a production delay over the festive break. You can pre-order this from our web shop HERE.
In addition to this we can confirm that Expelled From Paradise has been shifted to release tentatively in March. A delay in approvals being the cause for this shift. We hope to be able to confirm a new date for you soon.
~ In some positive news, Sword Art Online fans we're happy to confirm that our Sword Art Online II: Part 3 Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD and Standard DVD release is scheduled for March. The exact date is TBC at this time. We can also confirm that Part 4 be coming out during Q2 2016. Exact date is TBC at this time, but we know lots of you are excited to own these release so we thought you might want to know that detail sooner rather than later.
~ Remember many moons ago how we were planning to release a Makoto Shinkai The Place Promised in our Early Days + Voices of a Distant Star twin pack, but there were some very lengthy delays with it and we haven't talked about it for quite a while? Well, today we're talking about it! The latest update is that things have progressed with this release and we're hoping we will be able to (finally) bring it to you during this first quarter of the year.
~ For those of you who enjoy our podcast did you listen to the one we released over the festive break? If not you can find it HERE. As a note about he podcast, we know a lot of you enjoy listening to them so we are genuinely going to be make as much effort as possible to bring them on a more regular basis to you.
~ Looking ahead to some of our future releases, meaning beyond Q1 2016, we wanted to give you a few tidbits relating to a few titles that may be of interest.
~ For those of you who backed our Mai Mai Miracle Kickstarter, there has been some big movement in the production of the release! Expect an update to come your way
Durarara!! Limited Edition
This replacement scheme closes on Thursday 31st March 2016.
The next round of confirmation messages will be sent by early next week at the latest. 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.) We ask that applicants awaiting for confirmation message please wait a little longer. 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.
Nothing to report on this yes, but rest assured we'll have details on events we'll be attending very soon.
With all of the above in mind here is where things stand for our Q1 2016 release schedule.
January - March 2016
25th January: Mobile Suit Gundam: Part 2 of 2 (Blu-ray)
25th January: Fuse – Memoirs of the Hunter Girl (Limited Collector’s Blu-ray+DVD set, Standard DVD) **Subtitle-only release**
25th January: Noein (Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray)
8th February: Gankutsuou: The Count Of Monte Cristo (Blu-ray)
15th February: Durarara!! x2 – The First Arc: Shou [Episodes 1-12] (Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, Standard DVD)
22nd February: Letter To Momo (Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD set, Standard DVD)
29th February: Selector Infected WIXOSS (Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, Standard DVD)
29th February: Tokyo ESP (Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, Standard DVD)*
29th February: Lord Marksman and Vanadis (Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, Standard DVD)*
14th March: Riddle – Story of Devil (Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, Standard DVD)*
14th March: Brothers Conflict – Complete Series Collection (Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, Standard DVD)*
31st March: Miss Hokusai (Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD set, Standard Blu-ray, Standard DVD)
[TBC March]: Sword Art Online II: Part 3 (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD combi, DVD)*
[TBC March]: Expelled From Paradise (Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD set, Standard DVD)*
April: Terror In Resonance (Ultimate Edition Blu-ray+DVD, Standard DVD)*
[TBC] Gundam: Reconguista In G Part 1 (Blu-ray **subtitle-only release**)*
[TBC] Ping Pong (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray+DVD set)*
We should be able to confirm specific dates soon for those marked as tentative.
By Tom Smith.
Following a date from hell, Ken Kaneki’s life as a run-of-the-mill freshman becomes a distant memory. Suddenly evenings spent nose-deep in library books are replaced with brawling local ghouls, searching for fresh blood and the occasional bit of studying too (student life, eh). It’s all too-much too-soon for Tokyo Ghoul’s main protagonist, a bit like the band responsible for the series’ ending theme: People in the Box. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
On one level, you can enjoy Fuse: Memoirs of the Hunter Girl as a cheerful period yarn about a perky girl who comes to samurai-era Tokyo and gets involved in an adventure with werewolves. It makes a very interesting comparison with the upcoming Miss Hokusai; both films are set in 19th-century Tokyo, foregrounding the women in the shadows of celebrity male artists. But Fuse is also a fiendishly ‘meta’ movie, mixing authors with their fictional creations and riffing off a tale that’s been told many times before.
The huntress heroine in Fuse is Hamaji, a teenage girl who’s grown up in the mountains tutored by her grandfather, who’s recently died. She’s been taught to respect the beasts she tracks and kills, to honour their bond with her. Invited by her brother to Edo (the old name for Tokyo), Hamaji finds that the city is being plagued by “Fuse,” werewolves who are tearing their way through the citizenry. (“Fuse” combines the Japanese characters for man and dog.) However, the creatures are being hunted down one by one; of the original eight, only two are left. And as fate would have it, Hamaji soon meets a beautiful pale man who we, the audience, know is one of the last of the Fuse… Continue Reading
by Lee Brimmicombe-Wood.
When it comes to WW2 war guilt, Germany sets the gold standard. As a nation it has accepted responsibility for the Holocaust, acted to suppress the symbols of the Nazi regime, and has made great efforts to reconcile with its neighbours.
Japan seems to stand in contrast to this. Aside from a brief blip when the socialists came to power in the mid-1990s, apologies have at best been highly qualified. In recent years right-wing prime ministers, such as Junichiro Koizumi and Shinzo Abe have walked such statements back, and a new breed of neo-nationalist fire breathers such as Toru Hashimoto have been stoking the fires. Relations with neighbours such as China and Korea are tense, and with the annual brouhaha over Prime Ministerial visits to the Yasukuni Shrine, where Category A war criminals are enshrined, and Shinzo Abe’s efforts to redefine Article 9 of the Constitution, Japan looks increasingly like a nation in denial of its past. Continue Reading