By Andrew Osmond.
Calamity of a Zombie Girl is a horror film. If we’re being more precise, it’s a schlocky horror picture show, and it doesn’t pretend otherwise.
It’s a film in which college-age students investigate an occult mystery, uncover something they shouldn’t, and then start dying messily. There will be blood. Heads will be severed and splatted. Females will be inappropriately unattired. Cute animals will have a bad time. And none of the victim will think of doing the obvious things like getting away from here. Taken all together, it’s a time-honoured template, familiar to the kind of grizzled gore-hounds who’d watch a film like Bloodbath at the House of Death just for its name. Continue Reading
by Jeremy Clarke.
A boxer with no fear of death. Japanese yakuza, Chinese triads. A bag of drugs. A girl sold into prostitution. Director Takeshi Miike’s latest is a potent cocktail of these ingredients, a mass of mayhem orchestrated with his trademark pace, panache and energy.
And yet, as its 14th February UK release date implies, First Love is also a Valentine’s Day-friendly date movie. Not, admittedly, your average date, but Miike has never been your average director. High-profile titles released in the West like Dead or Alive, Ichi the Killer and Yakuza Apocalypse give an certain idea of what he’s about – life, death and gangsters. This, of course, is only one facet of his multi-nuclear career, which has also seen samurai epics and a musical. If you include his early, made-for-video features of the early 1990s, Miike has now made over a hundred films. Many are highly entertaining and one or two, such as Audition, the sweet romantic film that turns into a truly terrifying horror thriller, might justifiably be termed great. First Love may not quite be Audition, but it’s arguably his best film for years. Continue Reading
Gundam fans! We know you're always chomping at the bit for any details when it comes to future releases of our, and today we're bringing you details from a bit further down the pipeline than usual, as the subject of today's announcement will be getting released after some products we've not talked about yet - more on those to follow in the coming months.
But today we're delighted to say that on 4th May 2020 we're going to be releasing Mobile Suit Gundam 0083 as a Blu-ray Limited Collector's Edition set that will feature, for the first time ever in the UK, the 13 episode OVA series "Stardust Memory" as well as the compilation film "The Afterglow of Zeon".
Read on below for the details.
The OVA series that serves as a sequel to the original Mobile Suit Gundam and a prequel to Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam finally gets released in the UK for the first-time!
Director: Mitsuko Kase ("She, The Weapon", "Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team, Miller's Report") and Takashi Imanishi ("Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin")
Mechanical Styling: Shoji Kawamori (The Vision of Escaflowne, Cowboy Bebop, Macross Plus)
Character Design: Toshihiro Kawamoto (Cowboy Bebop, Wolf's Rain, Blood Blockade Battlefront)
Synopsis: Universal Century 0083.
Having triumphed in the One-Year War, the Earth Federation has grown complacent, while the last remnants of Zeon forces have been planning one final stand. It all hinges on ace Zeon pilot Anavel Gato stealing one of the new prototype Gundams out from under the Federation's nose.
With a nuclear-equipped Gundam missing and their pride wounded, the Federation ship Albion and rookie pilot Kou Uraki set out in pursuit of the Zeon thieves and the stolen Gundam GP02A.
Continuing with our typical Gundam Collection style, the entire set will come packed in a rigid case. Inside that you'll find an Amaray case (pictured left) containing three Blu-ray discs - more to follow on those in a few moments. Additionally inside the rigid case you'll find 5 art cards depicting some of the fantastic art created for Gundam 0083, and if that wasn't enough there'll be a 40 x 35 cm poster included too!
Here's a visual of the set for you -
Now I mentioned there'll be three Blu-ray discs included in this set. The reason for this is that across the three discs you'll be getting the 13 episode OVA series Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory, along with the compilation film Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: The Afterglow of Zeon.
The 13 episodes series has the option to be viewed with either English or Japanese with English subtitles language options. Whereas The Afterglow of Zeon film is in Japanese with English subtitles only (this being because no English dub for the film was ever produced).
Additionally across the discs you will also find the animation shorts The Mayfly of Space 1 and The Mayfly of Space 2 which go into the backstory of a particular character in Gundam 0083, Clean Opening and Ending title sequences, and some promotional videos as well.
To show off a bit more of the artwork for you, here's a look at both sides of the rigid case -
As we mentioned, this isn't being released until 4th May here in the UK. So pre-orders for this won't launch at our AllTheAnime online shop until closer to the date of release. But you can expect listings with other retailers to start popping up ahead of then.
In the interim you can view the listing at our AllTheAnime online shop via the link below.
So there you have it, everything you need to know about our upcoming release of Mobile Suit Gundam 0083! We hope you're looking forward to adding it to your Gundam Collection come May!
As we mentioned at the top of this post, there some other forthcoming Gundam releases you can expect to hear about in the coming months - details of these are being finalised at time of writing (it just worked out that things were signed off for this particular release sooner than expected!) So once they're all signed off we'll be able to spill the beans on those! Stay tuned!
By Jasper Sharp.
Satoshi Kon’s Millennium Actress (screening next month at the Glasgow Film Festival), uses its heroine to explore themes of subjectivity and spectatorship, with a topic that might at first seem better suited to live action. In all those elements, it bears some similarities with his debut feature Perfect Blue (1997), which pitched the viewer into the fragmenting worldview of a retired teen pop idol, haunted by her former stage persona. Both films played with audience expectations as to what was permissible or appropriate within the medium, while blurring the boundaries between the illusory and the real through a labyrinthine series of flashbacks, shifting character perspectives, films within films and dream sequences. The crucial difference with Millennium Actress, however, is its marked lightness of tone. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
King’s Game is a horror anime. More specifically, it’s a teen-horror anime, in which school-age characters are terrorised by a mysterious killer, called “King.” This self-styled royal murderer doesn’t need a mask or a knife. He (or she or it) speaks through a medium hardwired into the minds of millennials, the mobile phone.
The phone trills; the kid who owns the phone has received as an instruction in text form (no silly disguised voices). Whatever the instruction is, however gross or embarrassing or appalling, the kid must obey the instruction by midnight. If not, he or she will die unpleasantly; perhaps by a sudden urge to hang oneself, or by getting an early coronary, or by explosive bleeding from every orifice. Eeew. Continue Reading