By Jonathan Clements.
Tokyo, 2036. A revolution in medical treatments has conquered death. Thanks to the SHELL system, which controls a benign plague of nanomachines, human beings no longer suffer from diseases or death. A 120-year lifespan is entirely possible, but this glimpse of quasi-immortality has also warped modern Japan. Drunk on their own extended lifespans and immunity from consequences, the rich have become decadent and exploitative – the poor lack the resources to buy into the SHELL system’s promise of long life and happiness. The environment continues to collapse, and a faction of dissenters, the “Human Lost”, voluntarily disconnect from the SHELL network, plunging their bodies into nightmarish internal cataclysms of uncontrolled nano-shutdown.
Out beyond Route 16 in the pollution-riddled slums, the drug-addicted Yozo Oba (Mamoru Miyano) runs into Masao Horiki (Takahiro Sakurai), an associate of the drag-racing gangs from the city limits. The pair embark upon an illegal quest inside the Route 7 loop, to the inner-city utopia where the rich isolate themselves from the poor, where Oba encounters not only the victims of the Human Lost fad, but also Yoshiko Hiiragi (Kana Hanazawa), a girl with special powers, working for the HILAM agency that fights against the Lost. Continue Reading
With our vinyl soundtrack releases of FLCL, A Silent Voice and Attack on Titan now very much a staple of many music collections, today we're excited to tell you about our upcoming vinyl soundtrack release of the NETFLIX smash-hit series, BEASTARS: Season 1!
This first physical release of any kind in the West relating to the NETFLIX smash-hit show will be arriving on 26th July 2021, with pre-orders launching on Friday 19th February - next week - exclusively at AllTheAnime and RightStufAnime
(You can view the listing at our AllTheAnime.com UK shop HERE now.)
The music to BEASTARS was composed by Satoru Kosaki, whose previous credits include The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Lucky Star and the Monogatari franchise.
Here's a rundown of what will be included -
By Jeannette Ng.
Kill la Kill rests on a panoply of ridiculous puns, the central pair of which work just as well in English due to them being loanwords: “fascist” and “fashion” do sound very similar. The title itself plays on another set of puns that only really works in Japanese: “to kill” (キル kiru), “to cut” (切る kiru) and “to wear” (着るkiru). Which leads, naturally, to an anime about the fight to topple a fascist regime where the primary weapons of war are school uniforms that grant super-powers, and which need to be cut from the bodies of the wearers.
By Tom Wilmot.
One of the most appealing aspects of animation is that the form offers so much variety. From traditional hand-drawn cel animation to stop-motion work, the medium has continued to grow, giving creators numerous ways to express themselves. And then there’s geki-mation, the production method that 35-year-old auteur Ujicha uses to bring his nightmarish visions to life, now available on UK Blu-ray from Third Window Films.
By Shelley Pallis.
Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below, also known as Journey to Agartha, was a landmark moment in the career of anime director Makoto Shinkai, his second chance at big-budget feature directing, six years after the relatively poor performance of his first full-length feature, The Place Promised in Our Early Days. These days, it has largely been overshadowed by his later successes, the mature short Garden of Words, and the global box-office hits of Your Name and Weathering with You, but it marks an intriguing turning point in Shinkai’s work – a sudden and unrepeated swerve into high fantasy and late-twentieth-century nostalgia.