Glasgow, UK 24 June, 2013 - Anime Limited, the Glasgow-based anime licensing company and parent company of All the Anime, is excited to announce the release of the classic anime TV series Gurren Lagann on DVD and Blu-ray for the UK.
Anime Limited focuses on bringing a fresh approach to classic works in new formats as well as introducing new Japanese animated cinema offerings to the UK. Anime Limited’s passion includes introducing high quality packaged releases as well as finding new ways of reaching fans and bringing anime to a wider audience.
In his skyless cavern of a village Simon toils daily, drilling holes to expand his stifling little world, until one day he makes an extraordinary discovery: a small glowing drill-bit and the man-sized mecha it activates. Before he can give it a second thought Simon's dragged into a plot to break through to the surface by the local gang leader Kamina, only to have the ceiling come crashing down on top of them under the weight of a giant monster! It somehow falls onto the boisterous Kamina and cowardly Simon to defend their village, but once they defeat the monster, what awaits the duo on the surface world?
Critically acclaimed and much loved by anime fans, Gurren Lagann is a triumph of storytelling. It is frequently listed as one of the seminal series of the last decade with top ratings by IGN (9.7 out of 10) describing it as “a great tale of the indomitable spirit of determined people”, Anime New Network (an A rating), UK Anime Network (8 out of 10) and THEM reviewer Tim Jones describing it as “chuck full of action, comedy, drama, adventure and sci-fi elements, managing to even entertain a person who couldn’t care less about mecha in the process.”
Anime Limited’s president Andrew Partridge says: ‘Gurren Lagann marks an exciting addition to our growing catalogue. We’re very excited to bring this to anime fans in the UK’.
Gurren Lagann will be available in the autumn in one complete DVD collection. It will have two Blu-ray sets with release to be confirmed shortly when pre-orders go live.
Last week, I put a question to the anime community via Facebook and Twitter which sparked a serious discussion: what, in your honest opinion, is the best anime (series or film) never watched? And boy did that discussion take off! There were some really (politely) heated debates on certain titles, passionate agreement on others.
The whole post on Facebook is well worth a look over if you've missed it, there are some really good tips and titles in there - however, I figured I'd round up the ten most popular titles mentioned, which in a post about never watched anime is a bit..... weird. Anyway, to the list!
In no particular order, the ten most discussed, liked and agreed upon titles are:
Cowboy Bebop did get a few mentions, but I figured I'd leave it out of the list due to the plethora of other choices. However, it is a fantastic series and if you're curious or wholly unaware that it will be soon coming out on blu-ray, it is now available for pre-order on Amazon UK!
I did find the agreement on Monster interesting - since I get the feeling that it's likely to become a lot more known pretty soon if the HBO collaboration with Guillermo Del Toro takes off. Which, if anyone was going to do it, that pairing makes the most sense eh?
This list is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of quality titles mentioned - I heartily recommend reading the Facebook post and our Twitter timeline (we RTd some suggestions). Anything missing from the list? Feel free to add to it on Facebook and Twitter.
Once again we're back with the latest sales figures - this time May! It's been a very interesting month in anime and we'll summarise the actual noteworthy points at the bottom.
|TOP SELLERS OVERALL|
|1||DRAGON BALL Z - SEASON SEVEN||MANGA UK|
|2||POKEMON 4EVER||CANAL UK|
|3||MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO||CANAL UK|
|4||HELLSING - ULTIMATE - VOL 5-8||MANGA UK|
|5||THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME||MANGA UK|
|6||BLEACH - COMPLETE SERIES 10||KAZE|
|7||BLACK ROCK SHOOTER - COMPLETE SERIES||MANGA UK|
|8||SPIRITED AWAY||CANAL UK|
|9||PENGUIN DRUM - BOX SET 1||KAZE|
|1||DRAGON BALL Z - SEASON SEVEN||MANGA UK|
|2||HELLSING - ULTIMATE - VOL 5-8||MANGA UK|
|3||BLEACH - COMPLETE SERIES 10||KAZE|
|4||BLACK ROCK SHOOTER - COMPLETE SERIES||MANGA UK|
|5||PENGUIN DRUM - BOX SET 1||KAZE|
|6||K-ON - SEASON 2 - PT 1||MANGA UK|
|7||BODACIOUS SPACE PIRATES - PT 2||MVM|
|8||MAYO CHIKI - COLLECTION||MVM|
|9||MAJIKOI-OH SAMURAI GIRLS COLLECTION||MVM|
|10||HIGH SCHOOL OF THE DEAD - COMPLETE||MANGA UK|
NOTES FROM ANDREW:
- Overall - top seller of this month sold just over 1,000 copies, not bad for something that came out in the middle of the month!
- Overall - lowest seller had to shift just over 350 copies.
- For May titles - top seller was the same as overall for once!
- For May titles - lowest seller was about 144 copies.
- We think there's a statistic glitch and High School of the Dead may actually have been the top seller but based on its release date a lot of the sales had not yet been processed in the system. We expect its actual result was in excess of 1,400 units in fact.
That's all for now, see you in June for more of the anime charts!
Anime Limited is very excited to announce the upcoming UK theatrical release of the acclaimed anime film A Letter to Momo.
A Letter to Momo follows the adventures of Momo, an 11 year old girl whose entire world has been rocked by the untimely death of her father. Forced to leave her life in Tokyo and move to the small island of her mother's childhood, Momo is haunted by a letter her father wrote to her - a letter containing only two words: Dear Momo. Soon after her arrival on the island, mysterious goings-on begin to torment the residents and Momo decides to uncover the truth behind them once and for all.
A beautiful animated feature film directed by Hiroyuki Okiura (of Jin-Roh: Wolf Brigade fame), A Letter to Momo is a magical, emotional and wonderful story. Anime Limited is very excited to bring A Letter to Momo to theatres around the country.
A Letter to Momo will be in cinemas from Winter 2013.
Edited to add:
Review by UK Anime.net
Review by Otherwhere
Trailer for A Letter to Momo
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With the release of 009 RE:CYBORG this week, director Kenji Kamiyama (dir Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) has been making the rounds in the UK press discussing his history, success in the anime industry and his experiences making this film. As you can imagine, the technical and visual feats conquered with 009 RE:CYBORG are hugely impressive - it's definitely one thing that unites the reviewers. Creating a classic anime film in 3D CGI to look like 2D cel animation is quite the accomplishment and does make for interesting discussions on the potential of similar action-based anime, such as 009, in the future. What is interesting about this accomplishment is the wealth of talent, the pedigree of the production team and the gamble taken by Production I.G in making the film 3D.
We've rounded up the various interviews with Kamiyama-san discussing 009 RE:CYBORG from the wild, crazy badlands of mediadom to save you scouring through the oftentimes frightening and foreboding wastelands of the internet. They make for very interesting reads.
Den of Geek
Grolsch Film Works
Don't forget, 009 RE:CYBORG is released this Friday, June 7th in cinemas and will be simultaneously available to stream online. For more details, check out our 009 RE:CYBORG page here