By Alex Dudok de Wit.
The filmographies of Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki, the two geniuses of this book’s title, stand as monuments to their creativity. But how do we weigh the achievement of Toshio Suzuki, the third man at the head of Studio Ghibli? Suzuki’s influence on Ghibli is hard to summarise because it is all-pervasive, at once macro and micro: he has overseen the studio’s operational side, devised its marketing campaigns, produced most of its films, provided calligraphy for their posters, and even helped Miyazaki shade and texture his manga Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.
Lately, as Ghibli slips into what may be its autumn years, Suzuki has devoted much of his copious energy to the orchestration of its legacy. A theme park here, a global streaming deal there. Less visible, at least outside Japan, has been the publication of various memoirs and anecdotal accounts of his forty-odd years in the company of Miyazaki and Takahata. Only one of these has come out in English to date (as Mixing Work with Pleasure: My Life at Studio Ghibli, a somewhat digressive set of portraits of the studio’s main players). Here’s another that should.
How Geniuses Think: Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki is structured as a chronological walk through Ghibli’s catalogue, each chapter offering a production history of one film, presented against the backdrop of the studio’s circumstances at that time. These texts originally appeared in Ghibli’s marvellous “textbooks”, anthologies of critical commentaries and staff reminiscences about individual features. It makes sense to package them together: How Geniuses Think effectively functions as a linear history of the studio, or at least Suzuki’s version of it. In detail and with remarkably little repetition, it tracks the evolution of Ghibli’s practices, of its directors’ careers, and – most vividly – of Suzuki’s own talents. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
Konosuba, or to give its full name, Konosuba – God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!, is a thorough piss-take of gaming and fantasy. It takes one newly deceased boy gamer, a dimwit goddess, a couple of loony girl followers, and some profoundly silly monsters. Anime has a heritage of funny fantasy, going back to 1990s titles like Dragon Half, El Hazard and the long-running Slayers. Or you can go back further: the first Dragon Ball series in the 1980s was as daft as they come, with goofy monsters and diarrhoea jokes. Continue Reading
Earlier this year we announced our plans to release season one of Konosuba on Blu-ray, and today is the day we unveil our plans for this fantastically fun show! We're big fans of the series ourselves, so we're very excited to share this news with you - what's more, pre-orders have launched at our AllTheAnime.com online shop right now, and there's a limited time special offer on that too!
If you want to jump straight to pre-ordering and then come back and read up on all the details, click on the link below.
Read on for all the details!
By Andrew Osmond.
Ride Your Wave by director Masaaki Yuasa is a romantic-supernatural drama about a young couple, their love for each other, the wonder of sea and surf, and the magic properties of water. It’s an unpredictable film, with crazy and heart-breaking story developments, and as such, it reflects Yuasa’s anime over the past two decades. Continue Reading
It might be a Thursday, but that doesn't mean we don't have some exciting news to share with you! Our panel at the Reedpop Metaverse online event has just concluded in the last few minutes (at time of publishing) and we wanted to give you a roundup of what was announced, as well as adding a few additional details we couldn't mention during the panel.
So read on below for the news regarding our latest additions to our catalogue, The Promised Neverland, Children of the Sea and the classic film by Satoshi Kon, Millennium Actress!
And we have some info about a mailing list you can sign up to with regard to our Ultimate Edition Blu-ray release of Neon Genesis Evangelion that will be arriving in 2021.
We currently do not have details to share other than the fact it will include the the original 26 episode TV series and the DEATH (TRUE)² and End of Evangelion movies.
But we know a lot of you are clamouring for more details as soon as they're available, so you can get the more information sent to you directly as it becomes available, we have created a special sub-site - https://evangelion.alltheanime.com - where you can sign up to an email mailing list. So any updates will be sent to you directly as well as being updated on that site as well accordingly.
We do want to it make it clear that this mailing list will only receive updates when there are updates we can share.
You can sign up to this mailing list in the link below -
And with that being said, let's move onto some details regarding our new title announcements! Continue Reading