By Andrew Osmond.
Mamoru Hosoda’s Oscar-nominated film Mirai is a time-travel fantasy that might look like Hosoda’s own journey into his past. After all, his breakout film was another time-travel yarn. But whereas 2006’s The Girl Who Leapt Through Time featured a familiar kind of anime protagonist – a mishap-prone schoolgirl with some confused feelings about boys – Mirai’s hero is more unusual. He’s a boy called Kun, and he’s all of four years old. Continue Reading
The time is nearly here! The Oscar nominated Mirai is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on 15th July! Today we're here to give you a rundown on what to expect from our Blu-ray/DVD Ltd Collector's Edition release - which we're now taking pre-orders for at our AllTheAnime online shop!
Read on below for the details.
From acclaimed director Mamoru Hosoda (SUMMER WARS, Wolf Children) comes an Oscar-nominated tale of the importance of family across generations.
Synopsis: When four-year-old Kun meets his new baby sister, his world is turned upside down. Named Mirai (meaning “future”), the baby quickly wins the hearts of Kun’s entire family. As his mother returns to work, and his father struggles to run the household, Kun becomes increasingly jealous of baby Mirai... until one day he storms off into the garden, where he encounters strange guests from his family's past and future – including his sister as a teenager.
Together, Kun and teenage Mirai go on a journey through time and space, uncovering their family’s incredible story. But why did Mirai come from the future in the first place?
You can watch our brand new UK Exclusive trailer for Mirai below:
Our Blu-ray/DVD Ltd Collector's Edition set will all come packed in a rigid case. Inside you'll find a digipack that stores the discs that come with this set: 1 x Blu-ray, 1 x DVD and the CD Soundtrack! That's right, in case you didn't hear we were given clearance to include the soundtrack CD with this release - which is the reason the release date shifted to July.
Additionally inside you'll find Art Cards that depict specific locations from the film, an A3 replica of a Japanese poster for the film and a packed 40-page booklet! The booklet has the theme of the Making of Mirai, starting from the beginning right through it's theatrical release and beyond. So it's perfect companion to go behind the scenes into how it all came together. You get an extended interview spanning majority of the booklet with some key figures behind the scenes, Yuichiro Saito (producer at Studio Chizu) & Nozomu Takahashi (producer at Nippon Television), that is split into 6 sections: How the Project Started, A Simple Story, The Key is in the Details, Towards the Release, Cannes Film Festival And Out to the World, and To the Future.
But that's not all. As part of the story being told of the film's production throughout the extended interview, the booklet also features a short column by Daigo Ikeda (Line Producer at Studio Chizu), a production timeline of the film, a copy of the third draft provisional proposal for the film, a look at particular locations, production designs and even at look at the evolution of the characters from their initial designs to how they finally appeared in the film and more! It's a packed booklet and one we know you'll love reading to get a broader picture on how this entire project came to be.
On the Blu-ray and DVD discs you'll get the film with both English and original Japanese with English subtitles viewing options. You'll also find trailers for the film on the discs too.
The CD Soundtrack is pretty self explanatory; it's the soundtrack to the film!
We're delighted to say that we're now taking pre-orders for this at our AllTheAnime,com online shop! And we've got a limited time special offer to celebrate this too.
AllTheAnime.com Special Offer
Until Thursday 20th June you can pre-order this for £24.99 (SRP: £39.99)
You can also order from retailers including the following -
And that concludes this preview of our release or Mirai! We really hope you're looking forward to owning this delightful film and adding it to your collection!
A quick final mention that we appreciate the date was previously noted as 1st July, but this has been shifted by a few weeks to the 15th July to allow additional time for delivery of parts. This date shift has been made to accommodate retailers in general, but worth adding that if you order from us at AllTheAnime.com it will be shipped as soon as stock is available.
We're just a few days away from the release of Kokkoku: Moment by Moment so it's the perfect time to bring you an unboxing of our Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray set. Read on below for all the details about not only the finished product, for those of you not aware of it, the series as well.
Synopsis: A SINGLE MOMENT CAN MEAN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HOPE AND DESPAIR...
It’s 6:59 forever...
The members of the Yukawa family have inherited the Stasis Spell, the power to stop time. When they use their power, they enter Stasis, a world where everything has stopped. One day, Juri’s nephew and brother get kidnapped.
Trying to rescue them, their grandfather uses the Stasis Spell, but they are suddenly attacked by others who are also able to move in Stasis. It’s not a race against time, it’s a race outside of time and the dangers are increasing with every non-second in KOKKOKU
You can watch a trailer for the series here:
This collector's edition set all comes packed in a rigid case showcasing some of the visuals from the show. Inside that you'll find a foldout digipack that houses the two Blu-ray discs, and additionally inside you'll find some art cards and an A3 sized poster!
On the discs themselves you get the entire series (12 episodes) with both English and original Japanese with English subtitles viewing options. Also included are textless versions of the opening and closing title sequences and some Japanese promotional videos for the series as well.
You can order this right now from our AllTheAnime.com online store using the link below
And this is also available to order from retailers including:
And now it's time to show you some photos of the finished product! You can click on them to enlarge them too if you want.
And that concludes this unboxing of Kokkoku: Moment by Moment. We hope you're looking forward to adding this series to your collection.
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By Andrew Osmond.
The Production I.G series Welcome to the Ballroom may be an anime about competitive dance, but it also has much in common with anime sports shows (I’ll stay out of the debate about if competitive dancing actually is a sport). In one scene in the series, an elementary school-aged little boy shows off playing baseball with his friends. Then he’s distracted by the appearance of his annoying kid sister, who pokes her head around a wall, asking him to come and do dancing with her. Continue Reading