SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10th - 2013, Anime Limited is very pleased to announce the acquisition of home video, digital and theatrical rights for RE:CYBORG-009 in the UK and Republic of Ireland.
Production I.G, the Tokyo-based studio that brought you Ghost in the Shell, Blood: The Last Vampire and Kill Bill: Vol. 1 animation segment, presents 009 RE:CYBORG, a mature and thought-provoking approach to Shotaro Ishinomori’s classic manga, Cyborg 009/
From the director of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. Music by Kenji Kawai (Apocalypse, Avalon, Ghost in the Shell, The Sky Crawlers). Sound design by Tom Myers at Skywalker Sound (WALL-E, Toy Story 3). The animation in 009 Re:Cyborg is fully computer-generated (like the Pixar movies) but treated with cel-shader, a program that allows to keep the look of traditional Japanese 2D animation. For this reason, it is called “cel-looking CG animation.”
Limited theatrical release across the UK will begin in Spring 2013 - making it the one of the first places outside of Asia you will be able to see the film on theatrical release.
Exact run dates, cities and screenings will be confirmed very shortly and we can confirm the film will be screened in Japanese with English subtitles in both 2D and 3D.
Once there were nine cybernetic heroes who had long fought for justice. But as their struggle finally restored peace, they eventually disappeared from the pages of history and from people’s memory. 2013: skyscrapers across the world are hit by suicide bombers with no apparent connection. The nine heroes gather once again after three decades to fight against this faceless menace. They appear untouched by time, but society around them has changed dramatically, as it has the very idea of “justice” they used to believe in... What is their role in the world now?
ABOUT SHOTARO ISHINOMORI:
Ishinomori (1938 - 1998) is considered one of the most representative and influential Japanese comic artists. His opera omnia, encompassing an astoundingly broad variety of themes, includes 770 works collected into 500 volumes for a total of 128,000 pages, making him the Guinnes World Record-holder for the "most comics published by one author”. He received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, the Japan Cartoonists Association Award and the Minister of Education Award for his work. He also received the special Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize for his long lasting contributions to the manga medium.
ABOUT PRODUCTION I.G:
Established by Mitsuhisa Ishikawa in 1987, Tokyo-based Production I.G is one of the world's leading animation studios and home to all Mamoru Oshii’s animated feature films. With its cutting-edge works, such as Ghost in the Shell (1995), Jin-Roh (1999, Berlinale Official Selection), Blood: The Last Vampire (2000, Fantasia Public Prize), Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (animation segment, 2003), Palme d’Or-nominated Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004), Golden Lion-nominated The Sky Crawlers (2008) and APSA winner A Letter to Momo (2012), I.G has gained high reputation around the globe, inspiring Hollywood creators such as James Cameron, Quentin Tarantino and the Wachowski brothers.
Official Website: http://www.production-ig.com
ABOUT ANIME LIMITED:
Founded by Andrew Partridge in late 2012, the company's key focus is to provide a high level of quality both in terms of its acquisitions and the way releases are treated in the UK. Anime Limited strives to deliver top quality anime films on the big screen and to a range of other media too including digital and home video.
Official Website: http://blog.alltheanime.com
We're big fans of open data here - it's pretty hard to follow charts for anime too as they're not easily available digitally so we thought we'd do something fun. From now on every month we'll be posting up the top ten sellers of the month, regardless of the distributor.
Why do it if it's not all Anime Limited titles in the top (if ever in the charts)? We think it's interesting to get a picture of the market size just now.
For now though we're going to look back at 2012 though:
|2||ORIGIN - SPIRITS OF THE PAST||>25,000||MANGA UK|
|3||THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME||>15,000||MANGA UK|
|4||MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO||>10,000||CANAL UK|
|5||SPIRITED AWAY||>10,000||CANAL UK|
|6||HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE||>10,000||CANAL UK|
|8||DEVIL MAY CRY||>5,000||MANGA UK|
|9||GHOST IN THE SHELL 2.0||>5,000||MANGA UK|
If you pare that back to reveal the top sellers which were released in 2012:
|2||POKEMON - DESTINY DEOXYS - THE MOVIE||>5,000||CANAL UK|
|3||TEKKEN - BLOOD VENGEANGE||>5,000||KAZE|
|4||DRAGON BALL Z - SEASON 1||>2,500||MANGA|
|5||NARUTO SHIPPUDEN - BOX SET 8||>2,500||MANGA|
|6||DRAGON BALL Z - SEASON 2||>2,500||MANGA|
|7||NARUTO SHIPPUDEN - BOX SET 9||>2,500||MANGA|
|8||DRAGON BALL Z - SEASON 3||>2,500||MANGA|
|9||NARUTO SHIPPUDEN - BOX SET 10||>2,500||MANGA|
|10||BLEACH THE MOVIE 3 - FADE TO BLACK||>2,000||KAZE|
In the interests of fairness over both of these we've excluded the exact sales numbers and just stated what it was over - meaning it literally could be anywhere over that number. It's not our place to give out exact numbers for non Anime Ltd works but we wanted to give you an impression of size of market here in the UK.
We'll be putting together the top 10 sellers of January shortly too for people with ranking only. Who knows, when time allows we may also dig a bit further back to historical sales over the last few years in the UK market too.
SOURCE: British Video Association
Andrew here - over the next few months as we build up to our releases both myself and our other employees* will be talking a lot more via this blog. First up it's a real pleasure to be able to engage with everyone directly - my name is Andrew Partridge and I'm the President of Anime Limited. This means that I'm responsible for:
- Acquisitions: The difficult part - deciding what to pick up and more importantly taking the hit if it fails.
- Business development: Finding shiny new opportunities and reeling them in from across the globe to give you the shiniest experiences possible.
- Theatrical: Tackling everything from working out where the prints are to securing screens and strong enough promotional budgets to support films.
- Events: Finding new opportunities to do cool stuff all the way along to conventions as people may be used to seeing me at.
- The Boring Stuff: Cashflows, admin and general hiring, firing and applying general beatings to minions**.
In general I get involved across the chain though so outreach and publicity too. When you're in a startup company that's generally the way of it though and my goal's to give you all a little bit of insight into what goes on in an anime company without boring anyone to tears!
Before this I used to work at Beez Entertainment before they shuttered their doors and I still do in fact consult for our good friends at Viz Media Europe too. Asides from that I also run an animation festival called Scotland Loves Anime - which is about to go into its fourth year of running.
For those particularly curious - outside of work I'm an avid gamer (currently working my way through Zone of the Enders in HD) and like nothing more than travelling a lot. Which is a good thing as you'll regularly get updates from me abroad on work! If you have a question or otherwise you can reach me at andrew A-T alltheanime DO-T com (replace the A-T and DO-T with symbols and remove spaces as required).
Looking forward to working with everyone***!
- Andrew Partridge
* Yes there's more than just me and an extensive range of figures from different shows here. There are in fact three of us total.
** We love all our employees equally, no beatings occur. Honest.
*** I am also impressed you followed these footnotes up to this point - next up we'll talk about our upcoming release formats and get some discussion going!
Hello everyone and welcome to a holding site for Anime Limited! We're in the process of putting together a lot more features and some final touches to our design elements but we wanted to make sure people had somewhere they could be kept up to date of what we were doing.
More importantly - half the fun of being a startup company is being able to show you a bit more of what we're up to. So not just press releases or pushing for sales but actually talk through the processes we have to go through here to bring you anime.
Here are few of the changes you can expect over the next few months to this site barring aesthetic ones:
- Theatrical listings for any films we are doing.
- Digital links - so places you can get our content plus friends content online officially.
- Pre-orders - we'll centralise pre-orders for new titles on the site too for folks.
In the meantime - we'll be getting some more blogs up of interest for folks too and will be updating you with new details of our releases shortly!