by Jeremy Clarke. Portrait of the artist at age 66. A new documentary Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda finds musician Ryuichi Sakamoto working on a new album following a third degree throat cancer diagnosis and time off work for treatment. At the same time, it presents a select chronological appraisal of his career from Yellow Magic Orchestra and Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence up to the present day. Continue Reading
A little while ago we revealed details on what to expect from our upcoming release of the series Rokka -Braves of the Six Flowers- that is coming to Ltd Collector's Ed. Blu-ray and standard DVD on 25th June 2018.
Today we're excited to bring an unboxing of the Ltd Collector's Ed. Blu-ray set! Read on below for the details.
Synopsis: "Legend says when the Demon God awakens from the deepest of darkness, the Goddess of Fate will summon Six Braves and grant them the power to save the world. Adlet, who claims to be the strongest man in the world, is chosen as one of the "Braves of the Six Flowers" and sets out on a battle to prevent the resurrection of the Demon God. However, it turns out that there are Seven Braves who gathered at the promised land…
The Seven Braves realize there must be one enemy among them, and feelings of suspicion spread through the group - with Adlet being suspected first and foremost.
Thus begins an overwhelming fantasy adventure that brings mystery upon mystery in Rokka -Braves of the Six Flowers-!"
You can watch a subtitled preview for the series below:
-- Want to know more about the series? Have a read of this piece here at our blog by Andrew Osmond
We're going to be releasing the entire series (12 episodes) in one, single complete series collection; something that has not occurred in any English speaking territory before. As mentioned at the top of this piece, the series will be available as a Ltd Collector's Ed. Blu-ray set as well as a standard edition DVD.
The release will come packed in a rigid case with a digipak to hold the two Blu-ray discs. Also inside the rigid case will be a 48-page art book that features art of the characters, the fiends, props, storyboards from the opening and ending sequences, and a gallery section.
On the discs themselves, you'll get all 12 episodes of the series in Japanese with English subtitles, and also with English audio. That's right, in case you missed it when we revealed our plans for the release, there is an English dub for the series! This English dub localisation never been released before so our Blu-ray release will be the very first opportunity to experience the entire series dubbed! (You can read more about the English dub further below in this post.)
(At time of writing) you can pre-order your copy of this right now from the following retailers, with more to follow soon:
It launched late last week but (at time of writing) until tomorrow (Thursday 14th June 2018) we're having a special offer on pre-ordering the Ltd Collector's Ed. Blu-ray set of Rokka -Braves of the Six Flowers- at our AllTheAnime.com online store!
Don't miss out! Get details on the offer in the link below:
And now it's time to show you photos of the finished product itself. Worth noting you can click on the photos to enlarge them too. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
The story of Mai Mai Miracle takes place in a very specific time, 1955, with some excursions back a millennium into the past. The film’s setting is Hofu, a coastal city in Yamaguchi prefecture at the bottom of Japan’s main island, Honshu. As the script mentions, in previous centuries the area used to be a province called Suo.
It’s notable that the characters in Mai Mai Miracle talk of Japan’s centuries-old past, but hardly ever refer to the country’s recent history – namely, World War II. The sole comment is made early on by Shinko’s grandfather Kotaro: “It’s ten years after the war, but that’s nothing compared to a history of a thousand years.” There are no urban bombsites, and the main characters are kids born after the war, for whom ten years might as well be a hundred. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
Anime Supremacy!, a translated Japanese novel published by Vertical, takes on the real-life side of the anime industry, more frantic and quirky than any 2D antics. The author, Mizuki Tsujimura, is not an anime pro, which would seem to reduce the book’s interest greatly. But wait! The last pages have an impressive list of the people Tsujimara interviewed while researching her novel. The roll-call includes Kunihiko Ikuhara, creator of Utena; Genki Kawamura, producer of Your Name, Fireworks and The Boy and the Beast; and Katsuji Morishita, a Prodution I.G producer who’s handled everything from Dead Leaves to xxxHOLIC.
Notably, the author interviewed several high-placed women, including Rie Matsumoto, director of Blood Blockade Battlefront; Keiko Matsushita, producer of A Letter to Momo and Miss Hokusai; and Hitomi Hasegawa, whose animation director credits include HAL and several Attack on Titan episodes. Women may still be under-represented in anime, but they’re making gains: think of A Silent Voice, which had a woman director, Naoko Yamada (K-ON!), and the scriptwriter Reiko Yoshida, who also wrote Lu Over the Wall.
Anime Supremacy! reflects this, being told through the eyes of three women in anime. One’s a producer, one a director and one an animator, and the book tells each of their overlapping stories in turn. The women work in TV, and Anime Supremacy! focuses on one season – the three-month period in which new shows fight for attention in the niche market. This is not primarily a fight for renewal, for more episodes. Many of today’s anime are designed to run for no more than a dozen episodes. Instead, the fight is for DVD and toy sales… and, for sentimental pros who think of more than numbers, the fight is for their shows to be remembered by viewers, like the Heidis and Gundams before them. Continue Reading
It's a skeleton crew in the All The Anime office this week and Jeremy, Lauren and Andy hold down the fort to bring you lots of details on upcoming releases (that somehow may include conversation comparing characters in Love Live!! to Transformers), what we've been watching/reading recently (including Megalobox, Lupin the 3rd: Part 5 and Grand Blue Dreaming) English cast clips of Rokka premiering ahead of our release and even the metal band Epica releasing a covers EP of Attack on Titan songs!
But perhaps the main talking points this week are surrounding E3; the annual event where the shape of video games for the next year and beyond are formed. All three discuss what in particular they're looking forward; from Kingdom Hearts 3 (and the agonising and insanely long wait for its release), new IP that will be revealed (assuming they hasn't all already been) and even a prediction for what one of the team would like to see announced!
A fun show as usual! All going well we'll have another episode for you next week, but there is a chance that may get put off until the week after. But either way we'll definitely be taking about our thoughts on E3 and the big news from it on that show!
NOTE: As always please note this podcast may contain strong language and any views expressed by individuals in this podcast do not reflect those of Anime Limited.
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NOTE FROM JEREMY: For anyone wanting to hear the first song Epica have made available on their YouTube from the Attack on Titan CD he mentioned, you can check it out below.
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