Anime Limited is happy to announce that we will be launching a Kickstarter campaign designed to bring Mai Mai Miracle, the beautiful animated film by Sunao Katabuchi, to UK and US audiences.
Wait, what? Why do need you a Kickstarter for doing what you should be doing anyway?
Frankly, this is what you’re all thinking isn’t it? It’s pretty simple actually - Mai Mai Miracle is a film we strongly feel deserves a wider, appreciative audience than it has received in the recent past. Coming at the hands of former Hayao Miyazaki protégé Sunao Katabuchi, Mai Mai Miracle is a sweet film that encapsulates the magic and imagination of two young girls in 1950s Japan.
One of our main mission statements with Anime Limited is to bring new, interesting, niche and not easily available anime to UK fans. We see the overlooked Mai Mai Miracle as one of these niche animated gems that need to be watched. However, we don’t just intend to release this film on blu-ray - we want to give you so much more than a blu-ray disc. We want to give you all sorts of goodies, the kind of beautiful packaging it deserves and we want to open up and bring this film to the US too!
Therein lies the difficulty - we’re a small, independent company from the UK thus making it very tricky/expensive/difficult to distribute a film like Mai Mai Miracle in the US. We would have to throw insane levels of cash at this or in the very least, sublicense the film - which in itself is difficult/tricky/expensive to do with a title that doesn’t have the heavy-hitting cache of a huge studio behind it. So we figure: hey! Why not take it straight to the fans, cut out the middleman and make this as special a release as possible? So that’s what we’re doing.
With this Kickstarter campaign, we hope to raise $30,000 (US) to do the following:
Release Mai Mai Miracle in both the UK and the US on blu-ray
Create and add English subtitles for the film
Produce quality packaging to house the blu-ray disc and make it Collector’s Edition worthy
Share some of the truly beautiful artwork, illustrations and behind-the-scenes goodness that comes with the making of such an animated film
We view this Kickstarter campaign as the best way to bring in and widely distribute a small, charming film that should be enjoyed by as many people as possible. And to say thank you for any help, support and love we will give you as much bang for your buck as possible.
So here’s your chance to support something sweet, unique and magical. We love this film and we hope you will too.
Mai Mai Miracle
Mai Mai Miracle is the story of two young girls, their friendship and their unique magical take on the world around them - a view that is only possible in the minds and imaginations of children. When a young girl named Kiiko moves to a small country town, she befriends Shinko, a bright, imaginative girl who has a special way of viewing the world around her and connecting it to the region’s past. With Shinko’s lead, Kiiko follows her on numerous adventures of imagination and time travel finally breaking free of her shell and learning to let go of the grief she carries for her deceased mother.
Mai Mai Miracle does a great job of converting that magic into art in a way that is unique to the film which very much adds to the overall feel of the story. It is a joy to behold and a great film for kids and adults alike. If this sounds like something you’d love to see, or you would like more information and details on the Kickstarter campaign please pledge on our page!
First off - it's really exciting to be turning this work around so quickly for folks! It's taken a fair bit of work for everyone over a stressful period to make it happen too!
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Blu-Ray pre-order: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Garden-Words-Blu-ray-Makoto-Shinkai/dp/B00HYYHP26/
Next up - we know some folks have a few questions so pulling the biggest ones off Facebook and Twitter - here we go:
1. The "film" is only 46 minutes long - why should I buy the DVD / BD / Laser-Etched Rock?
Firstly, while it's short it's probably one of Makoto Shinkai's greatest works to date - it takes the essence of 5 Centimetres Per Second and distils it into a really beautiful and tight piece of narrative.
Secondly and more importantly you're not just getting the film itself but a slew of extra content that matches releases worldwide that include:
Interviews (52 minutes with the Japanese cast and director),
The film in storyboard format, narrated (45 minutes),
English production stillls,
The Works of Makoto Shinkai,
English commentary track with cast,
Japanese commentary with English subtitles.
So on top of the film you have at least 100 minutes of isolated extras and 2 x commentary tracks on top of the film itself for you to enjoy as well - giving you more insight into the film than you'd get normally!
2. It's 46 minutes long, why are you packing it into a Manga-esque standard edition instead of an insane deluxe edition?
This one was a painful one for us - but realistically given the length of the show and cost to access the extras it wasn't really viable to do both and even if we'd picked the packaging side it would have raised the price point to £34.99 for a deluxe combi-pack, which for the length of the work did not seem like a proposition we would want to ask people to stick out for initially!
So we prioritised video content for this work as we felt it provided you with the best possible value for money just now while making it available quickly - hopefully that makes sense!
It's not going to be the case for all works - just when you deal with a shorter property, it's a difficult case of price point that will engage everyone vs what you can offer - as ultimately we want as many people to see this film as possible!
3. What about that Shinkai collection you talked about before? Is it cool if I wait for that...*looks for cage to fall down*?
It absolutely is cool if you do wait for that! That said - the issue is we're not far off the 15th anniversary of Shinkai-san's first recorded short - She and Her Cat! We're currently putting together the best possible plan we can based on that and hope to have more information for around June / July about it and realistically a release date for Christmas would be my optimistic guess for it - could be Q1 2015 depending on what extras we can liberate .
It also goes without saying that depending on what extras we can liberate combined with the goal being a complete collection of works to date that it will be a high priced set when settled though too!
If you're cool waiting it's absolutely fine to do so - but I figured it would be good to let folks know how long it may take as this kind of work requires a lot of discussing and negotiating.
Hope this all helps!
El Presidente, Anime Limited
Andrew here again, this time with some clarifications for folks on the Gurren Lagann Ultimate Edition, as Amazon seems to still be inputting some of the detail. The correct link for the Ultimate Edition's pre-order is HERE.
So first off it will comprise of:
- A rigid artbox - think same style of material as Cowboy Bebop's was made of - but bigger.
- Nice Digipack inside - to hold all 6 discs. Artwork TBC.
- A hardback A5 artbook to fit inside the box - currently the page count was set at 50 - see below for more info though.
- Only 2,000 will be printed! You'll get an artcard inside certifying the number in the release you have got :).
What's on the discs though?
- Episodes 1 -27 of the TV series, with English dub and subtitles over 4 BD50s
- Movie 1: Childhood's End with English subtitles, as it was never dubbed in the USA sadly, BD25 or 50 TBC!
- Movie 2: The Lights in the Sky are Stars with English subtitles, as it was never dubbed in the USA sadly, BD25 or 50 TBC!
- Parallel Works - Complete, but will be split in half as everywhere else, half on Movie 1's BD, the other on Movie 2.
- Video extras - Whatever we can get our hands on, we're negotiating now but it turns out the reason a bunch of extras on the US import from Japan weren't translated was they are exclusive for the domestic release we gather. Meaning we may not be allowed to use them on our release.
Here's some answers to the common questions we've received so far too...
1.The Ultimate Edition is not identical to the Japanese import - a lot of the extras are now restricted there and the format would have cost a lot, lot more. This one will fit on your shelf size-wise and feature different designs on the cover and digipack. We'll post some sample pics of the type of packaging as soon as it comes in but think a solid box like old anime titles had - like the Bebop ones we used but bigger and you'd not be far off.
2. The Ultimate Edition is the one listed as June 2nd, we have no idea why both the Ultimate & Regular BD (due in October) are labeled the same just now but we're working on correcting that. Link for it is here: www.amazon.co.uk/Gurren-Lagann-Complete-Collection-Blu-ray/dp/B00HSHDGHW/
2. English dub + subs are there for TV series.
3. English subs for movies 1 & 2 as they were never dubbed.
4. It will be 6 x BDs at least, not 1 as listed.
5. Box art will differ to the Japanese edition imported by Aniplex of America as the artworks used there are exclusives for the Japanese print run. We're working hard to get something interesting though for you though and we'll post more about that in the near future :).
6. Contents are still flexible beyond that and we're clawing to get as much in as we can while still being able to pay the bills in the office*. We've heard a lot of people's requests re: the artbook and we're looking to see if we can double the page-count - depends on assets available and the costs associated.
7. The standard edition will only contain the four BD50s with the TV series in a standard Amaray package - there'll be a reversible cover but asides from that it'll look like any standard Manga UK release. This is why the price point is so much lower as you're literally getting the basic edition.
8. A standard version of the films / parallel works may get sold as a pack later down the line, but right now we've set no firm plans for it. So right now the Ultimate Edition is the only way but we'll see how things play out based on demand though!
Watch this space!
El Presidente, Anime Limited
* I'm reliably informed by my minions that electricity and heating are not optional extras as I had been lead to believe. Rather bothersome but I'll take them at their word on that one!
Yesterday we thew up a post about the upcoming title releases for Q1 2014, with some vague details. Today, I can bring you some actual dates, numbers and further information! Once again, this is going to be a bit of an information dump as there is loads to share with you all. So grab a cuppa, sit back, relax and take in the following.
10 February: Garden of Words - Blu Ray (SRP: £19.99)
10 February: Garden of Words - DVD (SRP: £17.99)
TBC 24 March: Tiger & Bunny - The Beginning Collectors Edition Combi pack (SRP £34.99)
24 March: Outlaw Star Complete Collection (SRP: £34.99)
28 April: Durarara!!! Limited Edition Blu-Ray Set (SRP £79.99)
28 April: Nerima Daikon Brothers - Complete Collection (£39.99)
26 May: Durarara!!! DVD Complete set (SRP: £49.99)
02 June: Gurren Lagann - Ultimate Edition (SRP: £149.99)
20 June: Cowboy Bebop - Complete BD Collection (SRP: £59.99)
Announcements coming soon~~~
20 October: Gurren Lagann Blu-Ray set (TV series only, SRP: £59.99)
20 October: Gurren Lagann DVD Collector’s Edition (SRP: £79.99)
24 November: Space Dandy - Collectors BD set (13 episodes, SRP £69.99)
24 November: Space Dandy - DVD edition (13 episodes, SRP £49.99)
All of the above should filter up on Amazon shortly.
- Tiger and Bunny: The Beginning was delayed as we got approval last minute to use their replica theatrical pamphlet (26 pages) but had to get it translated, designed and approved first! All that is done now so we’re just getting it ready for replication after a healthy QC, so if not February 24th, it will be out in early March worst-case depending on manufacture.
- Durarara has it’s DVD release a month later currently as we’re still sourcing assets, we shared the BD authoring with Siren but have to work out what assets are available for the DVD one. We have two options there just now so watch this space, best case scenario they end up out at the same time but we prefer to build some time in just to be safe!
- Gurren’s Ultimate Edition will be a limited quantity run with 50 page hardback artbook, all the extras we can get our hands on including the Nintendo DS OVA (that said, some of the Japanese edition’s are exclusive so we can’t touch them). This will be a one-print run job of maximum 2,000 units and the price-point reflects that.
- Gurren Regular BD set will be the TV series only in High-Definition with select extras that came with the original release in the UK and USA - the goal there is a £59.99 SRP product so it’s accessible to those who do not want all the bells and whistles. A Movie / Parallel Works combo pack is being evaluated as a standalone product too but of course depends on if it’s something fans would like.
- Gurren DVD collectors set will be in a rigid case and includes movies & parallel works BD set has and 4 limited edition art cards.
NOT YET SCHEDULED BUT FOR 2014:
Letter to Momo - Collectors Edition BD/DVD (SRP: £34.99)
Letter to Momo - DVD edition (SRP: £17.99)
Patema Inverted - Collectors Edition BD/DVD (SRP TBC)
Patema Inverted - DVD Edition (SRP: £17.99)
Escaflowne Ultimate Edition - format TBC
Escaflowne Regular Edition - format TBC
HAL - Format TBC
Samurai Flamenco - TBC
Note from El Presidente: These are unscheduled as we’re waiting on an element of some kind - be it audio tracks, bonus features or simply we know there will be complications to this set. To avoid sins of the past I elected to not give these dates so nobody freaks out about delays and gives us the time to do them justice. Watch this space on those!
We have a slew of new licenses coming up - by my count:
- 10 TV series, mix of new and classics.
- 7 films
These are all still on-going though so we hope to have details out over the next few months on these, but rest assured a chunk of them are for 2014 release as well. What teases we are!
- We’ve acquired a rather interesting property and have a Kickstarter that launches in a week or so once approval has cleared - which will run across the US and UK. It’s a title which fell through the cracks for everyone and we’re pretty excited but given the breadth of the territory especially, a Kickstarter makes sense as a rarity.
Happy New Year everyone and welcome back to regular life! We may be struggling a bit after the festive excesses but we're back and raring to go. 2014 is going to be a pretty big year for us - we've had our first birthday in December and are well into our second year as Anime Limited. It's been a helluva year, with a ton of fun and good stuff, some glitches and hiccups but all in all we've had a great time and we'd like to thank all of you for your support and patience while we ironed out the wrinkles.
So, 2014 eh? What ARE we up to in 2014? Well, I wouldn't like to spoil all the fun but I will update you on what's going on, what's coming up in the next couple of months and answer some of the questions you've been posting on our Facebook page. So here it goes!
Titles coming out in Q1 of 2014 (January - April)
Tiger and Bunny: The Beginning (movie)
Garden of Words
Nerima Daikon Brothers
Gurren Lagann Collector's Edition
Theatrical release of A Letter to Momo
The more eagle eyed of you will perhaps notice a missing title - 009 RE:CYBORG. Sadly, we have experienced a set back with the release of 009 RE:CYBORG due to a delay in the completion of the English dub of the film. We're still waiting on an updated delivery date for this and can't give you a firm date as of yet. We will, of course, keep you informed when we've got some dates locked down.
What is the deal with the Shinkai Twinpack (Place Promised/Voices)?
We announced last year that we would be releasing a Collector's Edition and regular edition twinpack of two of Makoto Shinkai's films, The Place Promised in Our Early Days and Voices of a Distant Star, which was due to come out in October 2013, but was rescheduled. At the moment, the release of the twinpack is being held up by some difficulties getting our hands on the English language assets for the films (Place Promised and Voices), the rights to which reside elsewhere and not with Sentai Filmworks. This is something we're currently working on and should have sorted soon - no firm dates yet, but as ever keep an eye out for announcements and posts updating you on this.
We're hoping to get something out in time for our planned upcoming release of a Collector's Edition of Makoto Shinkai's work to date which will include a couple titles which we hope to negotiate the inclusion of. The twinpack and the release of Garden of Words will be done separately as well for those not interested in the Shinkai Collection - so you'll have the option of getting these titles separately or overall as part of the Shinkai Collection. At the moment, Amazon UK has the twinpack listed for December 2014 - this is just a holding date until we get confirmation on when we can release it. There is no need to panic as this will be out way before December 2014!
What else have you got lined up for us?
We started the new year with the brand spankin' new show from the winning combo team of Bandai and Shinichiro Watanabe - the eagerly anticipated Space Dandy! This is currently being streamed online by our partners Wakanim.co.uk for the UK and ROI. The first episode went live on Sunday, January 6th at 3:30pm and has been getting pretty good reviews and support so far! It's definitely THE show to follow this season and you can follow it on Wakanim UK every Sunday afternoon. It is currently being simulcasted with both a sub and English dub version so feel free to choose your poison.
Of course, two of last year's popular shows Kill la Kill and Samurai Flamenco are still ongoing and available to view on Wakanim.co.uk. And what shows! Kill la Kill (in case you've been missing out) is one of the most bonkers and brilliant shows in recent memory! It continues to go from strength to strength and despite the totally insane surface, it has some incredibly well written and appreciated depths. Well worth investing your time and energy in keeping up.
Samurai Flamenco has been a surprise for me personally this season. It has developed really well over the season so far, in fact, it developed rather quickly and early on in the series. Really well written and with a surprisingly surprising premise (it makes sense if you think about it), Samurai Flamenco has been a bit of a sleeper hit this year and one that definitely should be included in your weekly watch schedule.
Events, Expos and Whatnot
We'll be at a host of events, expos and whatnots this year including MCM Expo in London in May, Glasgow in September (obviously - homecourt advantage!) and loads in between. We'll be publishing our full dance card when we've confirmed where we're going and what we're doing so you know where and how to reach us. Pop along to say hello, have a chat and maybe, just maybe, buy some of our delicious anime goods (we do not recommend eating blu-ray or DVDs - Edit).
Beyond Q1, we will have even more anime goodness coming your way. Like I said, 2014 is going to be super busy but we're excited! Are you?