By Andy Hanley
Having enjoyed a successful TV series and one theatrical outing in the form of The Beginning, Tiger & Bunny returns for an all-new and much-anticipated adventure courtesy of a second film, The Rising. So, what’s next for the NEXT?
Hero TV has introduced an all-new Second League of heroes, although given the powers and abilities on show perhaps “Sunday League” would have been a more appropriate title. Thanks to Kotetsu’s waning powers, it’s this group of misfits to which both of our titular heroes are attached, although that doesn’t last for long as entrepreneur and Steve Jobs-a-like Mark Schneider soon snaps up the company, owning both heroes with a view towards furthering his own empire.
The result of this power-play brings a new hero into the fold – the confident, self-obsessed Golden Ryan, although with a number of increasingly strange “accidents” occurring around Stern Bild this newcomer and his fellow superheroes are kept decidedly busy, as a plot unfurls that seems to mimic the legend surrounding the creation of the great city itself. Continue Reading
By Raz Greenberg
When the first edition of Jonathan Clements and Helen McCarthy's The Anime Encyclopedia came out in 2001 there was nothing like it, literally. The closest thing to a comprehensive source of information about the thousands of anime titles out there was the listings in the Internet Movie Database, which largely contained basic production information and credits with little or no context. Then The Anime Encyclopedia came, and changed everything. Suddenly it was possible not just to learn who worked on what and when, but also get a sense of what kind of role a title played in the history of anime, and if it's even worth your time. The Anime Encyclopedia was also where many fans got to learn for the first time just how far back their hobby goes – that there was animation in Japan before Tezuka, and that contrary to common opinion, Tezuka wasn't even the first to produce TV anime. In working on the encyclopedia, Clements and McCarthy applied the same high standards that guided them in their many years as anime critics, providing deeply-researched information and uncompromising reviews – taken to a scale few people believed was possible.
But even in 2001, something felt anachronistic about flipping through hundreds of pages or going through the alphabetical index in search of an entry. Searchable online databases were still in their infancy (though as mentioned above, IMDB was a sign of where things are headed) and reference books were already abandoning the world of hard copies in favor of digital editions, if not on the web yet than on CDs. This problem continued with the 2006 second edition, which included the welcome addition of thematic entries and entries devoted to specific industry figures, but was still bound to a physical (and now thicker) printed volume. The biggest change introduced by the recently-published third edition is that it has now gone digital, available on different readers. Continue Reading
It's time for the latest edition of the newswire; our weekly roundup of Anime Limited related news. This week titles highlighted (but not limited to) include Wings Of Honneamise, Kill la Kill Part 3, Durarara!!, our spring season simulcasts and more. Read on below for the details.
~ The wait is finally over as the Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD combi of the classic Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise is available to buy now! We posted an unboxing of the set last week (that also includes details on the release itself) HERE.
~ In case you missed it last week our latest Podcast is available for you to listen to now! In this podcast we reveal some new details relating to our upcoming releases of Kill la Kill Part 3 and Space Dandy Season 2. Plus we answer a variety of questions from the community, give you some background info about our simulcasts of Seraph Of The End, The Heroic Legend Of Arslan and Plastic Memories. You can get all the details on this episode of the podcast HERE. Continue Reading
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(You can also watch episode 1 & 2 at the link above.)
Adapted from Hiromu Arakawa’s (creator of Fullmetal Alchemist) manga, this is the epic story of a man destined to rule a kingdom … but first he must reclaim it. Arslan is the young prince of Pars who, at age 14, loses everything as his beloved homeland goes up in flames. Escaping the destruction, Prince Arslan gathers a group of five extraordinary people—a warrior, a priestess, a trickster, an artist and his attendant, to help him fight against the Lusitanian invaders—300,000 strong—lead by the mysterious Lord Silver Mask … who has also laid claim to the throne. Let’s hear it for freedom fighters!
By Anthony Thomas.
If you didn’t already know, Space Dandy combs the galaxy, much like his pompadour, on the hunt for aliens. Planet after planet he searches, discovering bizarre new creatures while sampling as many intergalactic Hooters-type ‘breastaurants’ as possible. From his outrageous fashion sense, to go-with-the-flow attitude, Space Dandy is unmistakably a dandy guy – in space.
Just as spectacular as Space Dandy and his brave space crew (in space) is the man behind series one discorific opening theme Yasuyuki Okamura. He’s been in the business since the 1980s and takes his influence direct from Purple Rain singer and fellow dandy dresser Prince. If that’s not enough proof of just how funky he might be, check out the official music video for that Space Dandy opener Viva Namida, it features an anime-version of Okamura busting moves alongside Mr. Dandy and his breastaurant buddies.
Okamura had toes tapping in the west long before Space Dandy. His song Super Girl was used as the first ending to late-80s anime City Hunter 2, which was later picked up by The Anime Network and ADV in America at the turn of the millennium – it was also turned into a dodgy Hong Kong movie starring Jackie Chan in 1993, but that’s an entirely different story.