Happy New Year everyone and welcome back to regular life! We may be struggling a bit after the festive excesses but we're back and raring to go. 2014 is going to be a pretty big year for us - we've had our first birthday in December and are well into our second year as Anime Limited. It's been a helluva year, with a ton of fun and good stuff, some glitches and hiccups but all in all we've had a great time and we'd like to thank all of you for your support and patience while we ironed out the wrinkles.
So, 2014 eh? What ARE we up to in 2014? Well, I wouldn't like to spoil all the fun but I will update you on what's going on, what's coming up in the next couple of months and answer some of the questions you've been posting on our Facebook page. So here it goes!
Titles coming out in Q1 of 2014 (January - April)
Tiger and Bunny: The Beginning (movie)
Garden of Words
Nerima Daikon Brothers
Gurren Lagann Collector's Edition
Theatrical release of A Letter to Momo
The more eagle eyed of you will perhaps notice a missing title - 009 RE:CYBORG. Sadly, we have experienced a set back with the release of 009 RE:CYBORG due to a delay in the completion of the English dub of the film. We're still waiting on an updated delivery date for this and can't give you a firm date as of yet. We will, of course, keep you informed when we've got some dates locked down.
What is the deal with the Shinkai Twinpack (Place Promised/Voices)?
We announced last year that we would be releasing a Collector's Edition and regular edition twinpack of two of Makoto Shinkai's films, The Place Promised in Our Early Days and Voices of a Distant Star, which was due to come out in October 2013, but was rescheduled. At the moment, the release of the twinpack is being held up by some difficulties getting our hands on the English language assets for the films (Place Promised and Voices), the rights to which reside elsewhere and not with Sentai Filmworks. This is something we're currently working on and should have sorted soon - no firm dates yet, but as ever keep an eye out for announcements and posts updating you on this.
We're hoping to get something out in time for our planned upcoming release of a Collector's Edition of Makoto Shinkai's work to date which will include a couple titles which we hope to negotiate the inclusion of. The twinpack and the release of Garden of Words will be done separately as well for those not interested in the Shinkai Collection - so you'll have the option of getting these titles separately or overall as part of the Shinkai Collection. At the moment, Amazon UK has the twinpack listed for December 2014 - this is just a holding date until we get confirmation on when we can release it. There is no need to panic as this will be out way before December 2014!
What else have you got lined up for us?
We started the new year with the brand spankin' new show from the winning combo team of Bandai and Shinichiro Watanabe - the eagerly anticipated Space Dandy! This is currently being streamed online by our partners Wakanim.co.uk for the UK and ROI. The first episode went live on Sunday, January 6th at 3:30pm and has been getting pretty good reviews and support so far! It's definitely THE show to follow this season and you can follow it on Wakanim UK every Sunday afternoon. It is currently being simulcasted with both a sub and English dub version so feel free to choose your poison.
Of course, two of last year's popular shows Kill la Kill and Samurai Flamenco are still ongoing and available to view on Wakanim.co.uk. And what shows! Kill la Kill (in case you've been missing out) is one of the most bonkers and brilliant shows in recent memory! It continues to go from strength to strength and despite the totally insane surface, it has some incredibly well written and appreciated depths. Well worth investing your time and energy in keeping up.
Samurai Flamenco has been a surprise for me personally this season. It has developed really well over the season so far, in fact, it developed rather quickly and early on in the series. Really well written and with a surprisingly surprising premise (it makes sense if you think about it), Samurai Flamenco has been a bit of a sleeper hit this year and one that definitely should be included in your weekly watch schedule.
Events, Expos and Whatnot
We'll be at a host of events, expos and whatnots this year including MCM Expo in London in May, Glasgow in September (obviously - homecourt advantage!) and loads in between. We'll be publishing our full dance card when we've confirmed where we're going and what we're doing so you know where and how to reach us. Pop along to say hello, have a chat and maybe, just maybe, buy some of our delicious anime goods (we do not recommend eating blu-ray or DVDs - Edit).
Beyond Q1, we will have even more anime goodness coming your way. Like I said, 2014 is going to be super busy but we're excited! Are you?
Well the holiday season is now officially upon us - whether you're ready for it or not (I'm not! And increasingly panicking!). To kick off the season, we would like to do a little something to say Thank You to all of you who have supported us in this, our first year on the scene. So, we're planning a special treat for you all.. a little something called 'Anime Limited's 12 Days of Christmas!'
So... what IS Anime Limited's 12 Days of Christmas? I'm glad you asked! For 12 days, starting today, Monday December 9th we will be giving away wee goodies and gifts we've collected from Japan. Everyday, we will put up a question or riddle on our social media channels (Facebook and Twitter) and collect the correct answers. Now, in order to make it fair, we'll limit the timeframe that people can post an answer (don't worry - it won't be too short! Details in the bullet points below) and all correct answers will be entered into a lottery and selected at random. That way, everyone's got a shot - whether you happen to be online when the questions go up or not.
We've got 12 gifts and 12 days to give them away in - every day a riddle or question goes up, we'll post a picture of the gift.
We'll post pictures of the gifts up for grab along with the questions/riddles so you can have a gander at what you're getting.
Go forth and win stuff! Merry Christmas everyone from the Anime Limited Team!
Glasgow, UK December 5, 2013 - Anime Limited are thrilled to announce the acquisition of Shinichiro Watanabe’s latest series Space Dandy for the UK.
Space Dandy is the latest series directed by Shinichiro Watanabe (General Director) and Shingo Natsume (Director). Eagerly anticipated, the series will be simulcasted in the UK through Anime Limited in early 2014. Space Dandy will also be available for home video later on in the year.
About Space Dandy:
Space Dandy is a dandy in space! This dreamy adventurer with a to-die-for pompadour travels across the galaxy in search of aliens no one has ever laid eyes on. Each new species he discovers earns him a hefty reward, but this dandy has to be quick on his feet because it's first come – first served! Accompanied by his sidekicks, a rundown robot named QT and Meow the cat-looking space alien, Dandy bravely explores unknown worlds inhabited by a variety aliens. Join the best dressed alien hunter in all of space and time as he embarks on an adventure that ends at the edge of the universe!
Andrew Partridge, founder and president of Anime Limited says: ‘We are beyond thrilled at acquiring Watanabe-san’s latest series Space Dandy for the UK! For me, this is a series I’ve been looking forward to since it was announced so being able to bring it to the UK means a lot to me and the Anime Limited team. We’re huge fans of Watanabe-san and can’t wait to watch the show’.
Space Dandy will be streamed in the UK - with English sub and dub - in early 2014 via Wakanim.co.uk. Details on dates and the subs/dubs to follow.
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Glasgow, UK November 28, 2013 - Anime Limited are thrilled to announce a limited cinema release of Patema Inverted in the UK.
Patema Inverted is the latest cinematic offering from the talented Yasuhiro Yoshiura, director of the much loved Time of Eve and Pale Cocoon OVA. The film is set in a unique underground world where an adventurous young princess, Patema, sets to explore the ‘danger zone’ - the region where passage has been forbidden by the leaders of the community. As she investigates the ‘danger’, Patema soon discovers just what’s going on right under her feet.
Set for release in Japan in November this year, Anime Limited is very proud to bring this unique and beautiful film to UK anime audiences. Incredibly designed and breathtakingly shot, Patema Inverted is sure to be a hit with audiences.
In addition to the theatrical release of Patema Inverted, Anime Limited will also be releasing the film as a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray and DVD with a regular release of the film on Blu-ray and DVD at a later date.
Andrew Partridge, founder and president of Anime Limited says: ‘We’re very excited to bring the visual and storytelling treat that is Patema Inverted to the UK for theatrical release. Having such a film made available to cinema-goers is what we strive to do here at Anime Limited. Being able to also bring the film to home video allows us to provide UK anime audiences with a full service experience’.
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I hope you’ve all been enjoying the quite insanely brilliant Kill la Kill. I certainly have. Especially as the series goes on and the story and character development deepen. To be honest, I’m actually pretty impressed with the level of character depth there is to this series - it could have so easily just been a show about revenge with a lot of boobs, but as it goes on you can see that it really is a lot more than that. Sexy Senseis aside.
Now initially, I was pretty skeptical of the show. But by episode two, I could see how the show was developing and it really did draw me in. Ryuko and Satsuki are two interesting, brave and strong characters and as the episodes progress, we start to get a lot more backstory on them - there is more to each of their characters than at first you think. But many tomes and blog posts have been written about both these characters. I’m not here to talk about them. I want to wax lyrical about another brilliant character - Mako.
Ok, ok I know what you’re thinking but seriously hear me out. When we’re first introduced to Mako, she seems like the archetypical ditzy, booby, airheaded, simple damsel in distress - some serious eye-rolling material. I rolled my eyes so damn hard I could pretty much see the grey mush that I fondly call my brain. But I stuck to the show, because it was pretty rad (the main characters are obviously exceptionally rad). It was exciting, thrilling, hilarious and on top of all that so beautifully done. The action, sequences, story pacing and animation is so quick and changeable it pretty much leaves you breathless (and definitely requiring more than one viewing). In short, it’s beautiful, wonderful and great fun.
It became clear early on that there was so much more to Mako than I had initially thought. She may seem like comic relief (although the whole show seems to have a ton of side characters that offer just that) ditzy damsel in distress, but you begin to see her as actually quite smart, loyal and extremely brave. She rushes to defend and protect Ryuko whenever she’s been knocked down and helps build up her confidence and fight. She’s jumped in front of weapons, seriously angry people and those deemed her ‘superior’ in order to rescue her only friend from certain doom. She also acts as Ryuko’s pillar of strength - giving her the confidence to go on when she’s taken too much of a literal, emotional or intellectual beating. Mako helps Ryuko keep fighting the student council. Not an easy feat.
So, in summary, I totally dig Mako. I dig all the characters and the show but for me Mako stands out as especially awesome. This is because, while she has no super strength or useful weapons or friends or a fiery sense of vengeance to drive her on, she still stands unhesitantly in the face of danger to fight the bad guys and save her friend. Mako is the strongest and fiercest character in the show. In essence, she’s as bad ass as they come. And I dig that.