By Andrew Osmond.
Sound! Euphonium might be subtitled This is not K-On!, and not just as a joke. This series really isn’t another K-On!, though the parallels are obvious. Both shows focus on schoolgirls in music clubs; both were animated by the feted Kyoto Animation with the same broad “look” and palette, and they share numerous staff. But whereas K-On! was a happy ode to meandering, a celebration of daily details rather than a cumulative “plot,” Sound! Euphonium is very different indeed. Continue Reading
The month of September has officially arrived and with that we're kicking things off with an unboxing of a title we know a lot of you are interested in checking out, Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution #1.
Today we're happy to bring you an unboxing of what you can expect from our Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray+DVD set that's available from 10th September - just over at week away!
Read on below for all the details.
After it first stunned anime fans a decade ago, Eureka Seven returns for the first instalment in a new movie trilogy from Studio Bones.
Ten years before the events which saw young Renton join the crew of the Gekko came the so-called Summer of Love - the cataclysmic world-changing event enacted in no small part by his father, Adroc Thurston, in conjunction with the mysterious girl known only as Eureka.
Unaware of the full impact of his forebear many years previously, can Renton follow in his father's footsteps and also find a way to bring much-needed change to the planet? First, however, he needs to learn a lot about himself and the world around him, which means facing up to difficult decisions surround both Renton and his adoptive family.
You can watch a subtitled trailer for the film below:
Our Ltd Collector’s Ed. Blu-ray+DVD set comes packed in a rigid case that houses a digipack to store the two discs (1 x Blu-ray + 1 x DVD). The artwork on the front of the rigid case has a spot-uv finish, making really pop out in the light. Also included is a 52 page hard back artbook.
On the discs themselves you get the main feature with options to watch it with the original Japanese audio (with English subtitles) as well as the English language audio. (Both of those options being in 5.1)
On the Blu-ray disc specifically, you'll also find some extras in the form of:
Focusing on the 52-page art book for a moment, that is divided into multiple sections: Characters, Settings and Rough Designs.
You can order your copy right now from the following retailers:
And now it’s time for photos of the finished product itself. As a note, you can click on them enlarge them too if you want. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
It’s said that bad books make good films (and vice versa). Perfect Blue makes that case forcibly. Satoshi Kon’s film version is a landmark in animated horror, subjecting a vividly sympathetic protagonist to fiendish mind-games. But the source book is plain bad, descending into infantile guignol that’s less perverted than pre-potty trained. Going from Kon’s film to the book is like going from Psycho to Blood Feast.
Written by Yoshikazu Takeuchi, the book was originally published in 1991. More than a quarter-century later, it’s now available in English from Seven Seas Entertainment. Its English title is Perfect Blue: Complete Metamorphosis, though its Japanese subtitle, Kanzen Hentai, can also be read as Total Pervert.
In interviews, Kon and his scriptwriter Sadayuki Murai stressed how much they changed the book. Kon never even read it; he was given a script adaptation by its author, Yoshikazu Takeuchi, which the Madhouse studio let Kon and Murai change as they wished. They were only required to use the elements of an idol singer and a stalker, and keep it a horror story. Madhouse was good at selling horror anime abroad; its Wicked City and Doomed Megalopolis were both book adaptations.
The Perfect Blue book is indeed very different from the film. True, the main character is still Mima Kirigoe, a Tokyo-based idol singer with a cutesy persona. As in the film, she’s harassed by a demented fan and stalker who’s outraged that she’s perverting her wholesome image. Certain other elements remain in the film, such as Mima doing a heavily sexualised photo-shoot, and a climactic encounter on a dark studio stage.
But so much else is vastly different. In the book, Mima is a lone singer, not part of a group. She doesn’t act in a TV series called Double Bind, and the book has none of Kon’s edifice of mirrored realities, mixing and collapsing. Mima has no mental breakdowns; she never doubts her identity, sanity or reality. There are no phantom Mimas appearing to her or anyone else. Today, the book reads like a version of Psycho without mother complexes, or a Jekyll and Hyde where the title characters are different people. Continue Reading
It's all set to be the year's biggest theatrical anime experience, and we know that many of you simply can't wait for your chance to see Mamoru Hosoda's latest film Mirai for yourselves. While the film is being screened widely across the UK, with subtitled screenings on Friday, 2nd November and English dubbed screenings on Sunday, 4th November, if you simply can't wait that long then we're thrilled to announce that the BFI London Film Festival will be the home of Mirai's UK premiere in October!
What's more, the film will head up the London Film Festival's prestigious Family Gala, wherein you'll have two opportunities to catch the film in Japanese with English subtitles.
The UK premiere of Mirai takes place on Saturday, 13th October at 3:30PM at the BFI Southbank's NFT1 cinema, while the film's second screening can be enjoyed the following day on Sunday, 14th October at 5:45PM and takes place at the BFI IMAX cinema.
Please note that tickets for both screenings go on sale to the public from 10AM on Thursday 13th September - you can find more details from the BFI themselves at the link below.
Commenting on the announcement, President of Anime Limited Andrew Partridge says:
“All of us here at Anime Limited fell in love with Mirai the moment we first saw the film. It’s a beautiful and charming work with themes that will be recognisable to anyone, and to have it premiere in the UK as the Gala film for Family at the BFI Film Festival London is a dream come true for us.”
If you haven't heard about the film yet, here are some more details for you to get you up to speed:
Ingenious and heartfelt, Mamoru Hosoda’s charming fantasy was received with a standing ovation at its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. The truest definition of a family film, “Mirai” will inspire the imaginations of young and old alike.
Synopsis: "The birth of a sibling is a joyous time for many, but not for Kun. Four years old and spoilt rotten, he sees the arrival of baby sister Mirai as competition for his parents’ love. That is, until magical encounters with an older Mirai and family past, present and future send the siblings on an intimate journey through time and space, to confront Kun’s uncertain feelings and prepare him to become the big brother he needs to be."
If you can't make it to either of these gala screenings of the film, then don't fret - as mentioned above you'll be able to watch the film across the country just a few weeks after the UK premiere on November 2nd (with English subtitles) or November 4th (with an English dub) - all of the details and ticket booking links you need can be found on the official Mirai web site.
Whether you can make it to the gala screenings at the BFI or are planning to enjoy the film in November, we look forward to hearing your thoughts on this incredible film from Mamoru Hosoda, and we simply can't wait for all of you to see it! We'll also have more exciting news relating to Mamoru Hosoda over the coming weeks, so stay tuned...
Until next time, take care!
By Raz Greenberg.
Based on Akane Shimizu’s original manga, David Production’s Cells at Work! quickly became one of the highlights of the current anime season, especially due to its innovative concept: portraying the cells within the human body as anthropomorphised characters, with a particular emphasis given to the daring deliveries of oxygen by the red blood cells under the threat of invading bacteria, and the struggle of the white blood cells against the bacteria, all while teaching the readers some basic concepts of human biology.
The idea of animating the inner work the human body using anthropomorphized characters is not new; the most famous example is of course Pixar’s Inside Out, and those with affinity for bad movies might remember the Farrelly brothers’ 2001 live action/animation hybrid feature Osmosis Jones. Long before both films, however, there was Il était une fois... la vie (Once Upon a Time… Life), a French 1987 television series with a Japanese touch, produced by Albert Barillé. Continue Reading