By Andy Hanley
I’m sure we all have moments when we cast a cynical eye over the ceaseless light novel adaptations, sequels and the like which dominate every new season of TV anime, sigh wistfully and ask “where has all the creativity gone?”
Thankfully, there are still places where an animator or director can turn to find the creative freedom that they might desire – the Young Animator Training Project (or so-called “Anime Mirai Project”) has boasted a number of successes such as Little Witch Academia and Death Billiards, and now Studio Khara has opened the door to anyone with the desire to do something different within the anime industry with their own Japan Animator Exhibition, a project that will accept original works, spin-offs, music videos and more besides. With twelve short films added to the project’s web site at the time of writing – all complete with English subtitles – and more to come after a brief hiatus, now seems like a perfect time to delve into some of the fascinating content which has surfaced in its name, from a collection of Gundam key animation cels through to an unexpected Evangelion spin-off. Continue Reading
Glasgow, UK March 18, 2015 - Anime Limited are pleased to announce the rights to Seraph of the End for the UK, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man, France, Benelux, Monaco, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Norway.
From WIT Studio (Attack on Titan; HAL) and directed by Daisuke Toku (Attack on Titan; Fuse: Memoirs of a Huntress) Anime Limited will be simulcasting Seraph of the End from April in English, French and German on a number of platforms. The online platform list TBA but an announcement will follow shortly. Continue Reading
It's that time time of the week again. Time for your latest Anime Limited Newswire.
~ First of all, we're six days away from two releases being available to add to your collection. First up is the highly anticipated Kill la Kill Box 2 on Collector's Edition Blu-ray and Collector's Edition DVD. It contains episodes 10-19, comes in a rigid box, with a digipack to hold the discs and as if that wasn't enough also has an over 200 page art book too! You can pre-order your copy from Amazon UK HERE and through our web shop HERE. Continue Reading
It's a title we know a lot of you have been patiently waiting for (and believe me when I say we have been too) but today we are delighted to be able to give you a photo tour - all going well we're intending to make a video version at a later date - of Kill la Kill Box 2 Collector's Edition. Set for release this Monday (23rd March) on DVD and Blu-ray.
Read on below to see what it looks like and for all the details. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond
Giovanni’s Island is a blend of history, fiction and fantasy. The main story is about two young brothers, and what happens to them when their home, an island to the north of mainland Japan, is occupied by Russians at the end of World War II. But mixed into the drama are the boys’ fantasies about a steam train which travels through the stars, searching for the True Heaven. These fantasies aren’t just about escaping the world’s hardships. They’re a way for kids to understand the world, to fight through it, to transform fear, pain and even death.
It’s not the first film to use this device. Guillermo del Toro’s celebrated live-action film Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) interwove the historical violence of Franco’s Spain with a young girl’s terrifying fairy-tale adventures (two words: Pale Man ). An earlier film, 1973’s Spirit of the Beehive, was also set against Franco’s Spain, where another girl dreams of the Frankenstein Monster, turning it into a benign woodland spirit not unlike Miyazaki’s Totoro.
It’s easy to enjoy Giovanni’s Island without knowing the real book which inspires the boys’ dreams. But if you want to know why it’s left such an impression on Japanese kids, read on…
Racing from the void, golden against the blackness, a square of light fills the universe. “It’s a field of corn!” exclaims one of the child adventurers, who happens to be a human-sized cat. Their steam train pulls in at a deserted, sun-drenched platform. Overheard, suspended from nothing, is a clock from which a gleaming pendulum swings, crisply clacking like a heartbeat. Music throbs softly through the cornfield from an invisible orchestra. A human girl leans forward. “That sounds like the New World Symphony...” Continue Reading