By Andrew Osmond
Garden of Words reminded us that a small anime can be beautiful in all ways; visually gorgeous, emotionally intimate, celebrating the real scenery of Japan. HAL has the same blend, though with an SF element. Like Garden, it’s a self-contained short story, only an hour long, but full of exquisitely-detailed images.
Once more, boy meets girl. But this boy is a robot and he’s been made to look like the girl’s dead boyfriend, to help her through her grief. The setting for their tale is not some future city, but a very old-world Kyoto that’s escaped Blade Runner makeovers. It’s all elegant wooden houses and stone waterways, where people sew and dye by hand. The climax happens during the Gion Matsuri, a centuries-old festival held each July, when giant floats trundle through the city.
HAL’s production studio is famed for another SF anime in an old-fashioned city, one threatened by man-eating giants! Yes, HAL is by the same folks as the anime Attack on Titan. Their studio is WIT, an independent offshoot of Production I.G. In recent years, I.G has used woman artists to add a feminine touch to material once stereotyped as “for boys.” There was CLAMP’s work on the horror Blood-C, for example, and Chica Umino (Honey and Clover) creating character designs for the action-comedy Eden of the East. Continue Reading
Glasgow, UK March 21, 2015 - Anime Limited are pleased to announce the release of The Heroic Legend of Arslan for simulcast in the UK.
Directed by Noriyuki Abe (Bleach; Black Butler: Book of Circus) Anime Limited will simulcast The Heroic Legend of Arslan from April 2015, with platform(s) TBA.
About The Heroic Legend of Arslan
In the prosperous kingdom of Pars lies the Royal Capital of Ecbatana, a city of splendor and wonder, ruled by the undefeated and fearsome King Andragoras. Arslan is the young and curious prince of Pars who, despite his best efforts, doesn't seem to have what it takes to be a proper king like his father. Continue Reading
The name Keiichi Hara is synonymous with anime - Colorful being one project in particular that stands out to us - and this week he has been honoured at the Tokyo Anime Award Festival 2015 with the Anime d'or Award for his achievements as a director.
This award was presented to him for his achievements throughout his career rather than one particular project, and this award adds more excitement to the fact that we will be releasing his forthcoming film, Miss Hokusai, in the UK. (You can read the announcement of us licensing Miss Hokusai HERE.)
You can read the press release of this wonderful news below. Continue Reading
By Andy Hanley
I’m sure we all have moments when we cast a cynical eye over the ceaseless light novel adaptations, sequels and the like which dominate every new season of TV anime, sigh wistfully and ask “where has all the creativity gone?”
Thankfully, there are still places where an animator or director can turn to find the creative freedom that they might desire – the Young Animator Training Project (or so-called “Anime Mirai Project”) has boasted a number of successes such as Little Witch Academia and Death Billiards, and now Studio Khara has opened the door to anyone with the desire to do something different within the anime industry with their own Japan Animator Exhibition, a project that will accept original works, spin-offs, music videos and more besides. With twelve short films added to the project’s web site at the time of writing – all complete with English subtitles – and more to come after a brief hiatus, now seems like a perfect time to delve into some of the fascinating content which has surfaced in its name, from a collection of Gundam key animation cels through to an unexpected Evangelion spin-off. Continue Reading
Glasgow, UK March 18, 2015 - Anime Limited are pleased to announce the rights to Seraph of the End for the UK, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man, France, Benelux, Monaco, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Norway.
From WIT Studio (Attack on Titan; HAL) and directed by Daisuke Toku (Attack on Titan; Fuse: Memoirs of a Huntress) Anime Limited will be simulcasting Seraph of the End from April in English, French and German on a number of platforms. The online platform list TBA but an announcement will follow shortly. Continue Reading