by Jeremy Clarke.
Set in an unnamed provincial town in South China, director Liu Jian’s Have a Nice Day is a bleak vision of a brutal society fuelled by naked self-interest. It’s hard to think of anything in animation or the wider world of cinema quite like it. The plot suggests a gangster film, but given a cast of characters which also includes ordinary people on the make, the label doesn’t really do it justice. It reminded me of Quentin Tarantino’s debut Reservoir Dogs, which the label most definitely fits. Like Have a Nice Day, that film seemingly came out of nowhere – Have a Nice Day was actually preceded by Liu’s not dissimilar Piercing 1 which never received UK distribution. It's understandably being touted as another Pulp Fiction by its publicity people, and has a surprise factor that recalls many people's first time watching a Tarantino movie, even down to the extraordinary dialogue that peppers the exchanges between the characters. The other obvious comparison is the bleak world of the Coen Brothers’ No Country for Old Men. Continue Reading
Following the announcement of an upcoming release yesterday, it's time to tell you about what you can add to your collection right now as we have four new releases this week!
But before we get to that, a quick note that until Friday that we have a special offer at our AllTheAnime.com web shop on pre-ordering our release of the first ever Japanese feature length animation, Momotaro, Sacred Sailors. Get the details on that offer HERE.
And now onto the new releases for this week. Read on below for details.
FORMAT: Ltd. Collector's Ed. Blu-ray+DVD set, Standard Edition Blu-ray, Standard Edition DVD
BBFC CERT.: PG
SRP: Ltd Collector's Ed - £34.99 | Standard Blu-ray - £19.99 | Standard DVD - £17.99
Language: English, Japanese with English subtitles
Synopsis: From the director of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and Eden of the East.
Synopsis: Kokone should be diligently studying for her university entrance exams, but she just can't seem to stay awake. Aside from stealing precious study time, her napping is even more distracting, as it brings on strange dreams with warring machines that hint at family secrets that have been dormant for years.
She can't ask her father, a hipster mechanic more talented and artful than his job requires, as he's always busy modifying motorcycles and cars in flights of fancy. What are these visions that lead Kokone at once closer to and farther away from her family?
Watch the trailer for the film below
and you can also order a special bundle of the Ltd Collector's Ed. version that's exclusive to our AllTheAnime.com web shop where you'll also get an A4 Japanese Clear File (while stock lasts)
FORMAT: Ltd. Collector's Ed. Blu-ray set, Standard DVD
BBFC CERT.: 15
SRP: Ltd Collector's Ed - £59.99 | Standard DVD - £29.99
Language: English, Japanese with English subtitles
Episodes: 25-36 [end]
Synopsis: "Ikebukuro is primed to explode, as pockets of chaos flare up all over the city. In Shinra's apartment, a group of people with different agendas has gathered. Out on the streets, the Dollars, Yellow Scarves and Saika's Army are getting ready for a showdown.
Once Celty's head is finally exposed to the public, the stage will be set for an ending no one will see coming!"
BBFC CERT.: 12
Language: English, Japanese with English subtitles
The complete original 2003 series directed by Ryutaro Nakamura (Serial Experiments Lain)
Three days. Two nights. That’s how much time Kino and Hermes allot to each new place they visit before drifting off again, crossing a mysterious land filled with mystical sights and strange customs.
Kino’s an enigmatic loner, skilled with weapons and always anticipating what might lie around the next hill or bend of the river.
Hermes is Kino’s friend, companion, and motorcycle, gifted with the ability to think and speak, seldom as bold as Kino, but always there when speed is required. What is their goal, their ultimate destination? Like life itself, it’s a mystery that one can only solve by taking the journey. All Kino and Hermes know is that adventure, danger and new wonders lie on the horizon, waiting to be encountered at each passing stop. Join the odyssey and drift along for the ride in
FORMAT: Standard Blu-ray
[Standard DVD and (the now out-of-print) Ltd Collector's Ed. Blu-ray+DVD set previously released.]
BBFC CERT.: 12
SRP: Standard Blu-ray w/ Ltd Ed. Art Box (while stock lasts) - £24.99
Language: Japanese with English subtitles only.
"If I told you that there’s more than 24 hours in a day, would you believe me?”
The “Dark Hour”—the time which exists between each day. During those hours, the town stands still, the people are transformed into mere objects, and countless monsters called “Shadows” run rampant through the town.
Only the Personas, beings with special powers, are able to combat these creatures.
Makoto Yuki, a transfer student at Gekkoukan High School, is suddenly awakened with the powers to control a Persona. Yuki is recruited to join other Persona summoners of his school in the “Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad.”
As they continue to investigate the situations surrounding the Dark Hours, they all come face to face with their shocking fate…"
You can watch the trailer for the film below (originally published prior to us releasing the now out-of-print Ltd Collector's Ed. version) below
And that concludes our new releases for this week! As you can see, lots to add to your collection. Let us know which ones you'll be adding to your collection.
But before we go a quick reminder that this week sees Code Geass: LeLouch of the Rebellion I - Initiation being screened in cinemas! If you haven't already book your tickets at http://codegeassfilm.co.uk/
We know Gundam fans in the UK have eagerly anticipating what we have planned for 2018 in the way of upcoming releases. We've been fairly quiet about this for a while as we wanted to make sure plans were firmly locked in before saying anything; we know it's been a bit of a painful wait for some on past releases. But today we can tell about one of the Gundam releases we'll be bringing you this year.
Today we very happy to confirm that we'll be bringing our own collection of the Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin I-IV films on Blu-ray! Have a read on below for more details.
The printed Gundam The Origin manga series is in many ways a retelling of the original Mobile Suit Gundam series but is also so much more as it also serves to provide a lot of information and back-story not covered in that original series. The Gundam Origin I-IV anime films that we will be releasing focus on a particular part of the story covered in the manga, The Chronicle of Char & Sayla, that provides the backstory of two very important, the siblings Char Aznable and Sayla Mass, but also many of the events leading up to the the year 0079, when the original series takes place.
So if you've never delved into the world of Gundam and want a contemporary place to start, arguably these are a great jumping on point as these films are a prequel to the original series. But if you're familiar with Gundam then these films will serve as a great way to get new details on how things came to be and likely answer some of the burning questions you've had, like "why does Char Aznable hate Zeon so much?" or "how did Casval get the name Char Aznable".
Synopsis of Gundam The Origin I: "Universal Century 0068, Side 3 – The Autonomous Republic of Munzo. Zeon Zum Deikun attempts to declare complete independence of Munzo from the Earth Federation Government, while he preaches the evolutionary potential of humans who have advanced into outer space. Deikun however suddenly falls to his death in the middle of his speech at parliament.
Upon Deikun’s death, Jimba Ral spreads word of a House of Zabi conspiracy – but despite such efforts the power and sphere of influence of House of Zabi, led by Degwin Sodo Zabi, only seem to escalate.
While we witness for the first time the untold convulsions of Universal Century history, Casval and Artesia, just bereaved of their father, must face destinies which will be just as tumultuous as the very era itself."
This is the section where most (if not all) of your questions about this release will be answered. So please take a moment to read on below:
-- What comes in this set?
Here is the contents
-- What's the release date?
28th May 2018
-- What's the price?
The Suggested Retail Price (SRP) is £49.99. However it's worth noting there are always respective retailer discounts on products, so ultimately it will more than likely be cheaper than that.
-- When will pre-orders at AllTheAnime.com launch
Pre-orders at our AllTheAnime.com web shop will launch in early May. You never know there might even be a special offer to coincide with this too ;)
-- What language are the films in?
Each film has both English and Japanese with English subtitle language options.
-- Is this release exclusive to any one retailer.
In short, no. But it's worth noting that this is a limited edition set limited to 1000 units across all retailers. So once it's sold out, that's it.
-- What's the duration of each film?
Each one varies, but on average each film is roughly to 60-70 minutes in length.
-- Does this mean you'll be doing a similar collection for the other 'Gundam The Origin' films?
In all honesty, we don't know. We only specifically have the license to release Origin I-IV as a set. We simply do not know whether in the future or not an opportunity may present itself to release V & VI.
-- How does this collection differ from the previous "Import" sets you've taken orders for?
The "Import" sets of these four films that we've taken orders for in the past were set produced by Bandai in Japan. This was a case where were giving fans the opportunity to own these sets as the same time frame as the Japanese release - as we've detailed before, each contained English language options in the main feature itself. However we know the price point of these sets were something perhaps the ore hardcore of Gundam fans would be more interested in owning.
In this instance, this collection we (Anime Ltd / All The Anime) are releasing is tailored specifically for the UK market at price point we hope can make these films more accessible to Gundam fans in the UK.
Before we conclude this exciting news, we want to make it known that more Gundam releases are in the works. We know many of your have been very eager to know what's in the works but as mentioned above, we want and need to make sure things are 100% locked and set in stone in before we can formally announce details. We really appreciate your support and desire for more Gundam releases, so please know more are coming :)
By Meghan Ellis.
“A traveller’s purpose in life is to travel.” So begins Kino’s Journey, a homage to wanderlust without purpose, directed by the late Ryutaro Nakamura and adapted from the books of the same name by Keiichi Sigsawa. Kino and the talking bike Hermes – an incredible rendition of the legendary Brough Superior SS100 motorcycle – lead us on an episodic journey through the mysterious countries of their world, each of which represent a facet of the human condition, magnified to societal proportions. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
Following last month’s Titan spectacle, Anime Limited is releasing another cinema edition of a much-loved TV epic. On Wednesday 21st March, there will be nationwide screenings of Code Geass: Lelouch of the Revolution I – Initiation, and you can find the venue details and booking links here. If you know Code Geass already and just want a summary of what to expect from this new edition, then skip down below for some specifics. If you need a reminder of what Geass is about, then read on… Continue Reading