By Anthony Thomas
Durarara!! series one followed the crazy misadventures that can be found in the back streets of Tokyo’s Ikebukuro district (from kidnapping gangs to headless bikers!). Series two, entitled Durarara!! x 2 Shou, takes place six months after all that madness, and sees things return to relative normality. But things can only remain calm for so long, and gradually the chaos we came to love makes a return.
One band also currently causing chaos in Japan is series two openers OKAMOTO’S. They’re no strangers to Ikebukuro, performing there countless times. They even formed their radical, shaggy-haired rock band a few miles down the road in a part of Tokyo that’s home to many more crazy stories and urban legends; Shinjuku, setting for the Yakuza games and loads of Japanese crime films.
OKAMOTO’S are good boys, though – no dodgy dealings or headless guitarists between them. After all, they have had no less than THREE songs featured in Naruto so far, hardly a series known for its gritty portrayal of Japan’s underworld (mind you, I wouldn’t fancy meeting Orochimaru down a dark alley).
This week we bring you confirmation on a few release dates, publish the dates of events we'll be at in some capacity this year, and touch on a few details you may have missed over the last week. Continue Reading
It's been a long time coming but as mentioned on our first podcast last week, it's the return of the Anime UK Sales Charts! The last one posted detailed September 2013's chart - yes it's been that long since the last one was posted.
Over the course of the next week or two we're going to be catching up in the form of posts combining certain time periods, for example one particular quarter of the year, while retaining the rankings for each month. Today we're focusing on the period between October 2013 - December 2013. It was quite a while ago, but here's how things shaped up. Continue Reading
On this inaugural edition of the programme the theme is very much an introduction to Anime Limited. So with that in mind Jeremy Graves (Anime Limited's Marketing Executive) essentially interviews Andrew Partridge (President of Anime Limited) and Kerry Kassim (Head of Marketing for Anime Limited) looking at back at the how the company first came about, how things have gone along the way and give you an idea of where things will be going over the next year too.
On top of that there's also talk on our latest film acquisition, Miss Hokusai, and time to answer some questions from the community as well!
(To download the podcast as an mp3, click on the arrow pointing down in the top right corner of the player above.)
As things stand the podcast is available through Soundcloud only. (Should it help you can find our Soundcloud page HERE.) We are looking to make this available through other services such as iTunes too, but we wanted to get the ball rolling with the podcast sooner rather than later, so in short other platforms will follow.
We look forward to hearing your thoughts.
Glasgow, UK February 26, 2015 - Anime Limited are thrilled to announce the release of Miss Hokusai in the UK and Ireland.
Hailing from Production I.G (Ghost in the Shell; Giovanni’s Island) and directed by Annecy winner Keiichi Hara, Miss Hokusai lands on UK and Irish shores later this year with a theatrical, with a subsequent home video release (both blu-ray and DVD).
Based on the original comic book Sarusuberi by Hinako Sugiura, Miss Hokusai will be released theatrically in Japan from May 9th. UK and Irish audiences can expect to see it hit the big screen from October into November, 2015 with the home video date to be set in due course.
About Miss Hokusai
The place: Edo, now known as Tokyo.
One of the highest populated cities in the world, teeming with peasants, samurai, townsmen, merchants, nobles, artists, courtesans, and perhaps even supernatural things.
A much accomplished artist of his time and now in his mid-fifties, Tetsuzo can boast clients from all over Japan, and tirelessly works in the garbage-loaded chaos of his house-atelier. He spends his days creating astounding pieces of art, from a giant-size Bodhidharma portrayed on a 180 square meter-wide sheet of paper, to a pair of sparrows painted on a tiny rice grain. Short-tempered, utterly sarcastic, with no passion for sake or money, he would charge a fortune for any job he is not willing to undertake.
Third of Tetsuzo's four daughters and born out of his second marriage, outspoken 23-year-old O-Ei has inherited her father's talent and stubbornness, and very often she would paint instead of him, though uncredited. Her art is so powerful that sometimes leads to trouble. "We're father and daughter; with two brushes and four chopsticks, I guess we can always manage, one way or another." Continue Reading