By Andrew Osmond.
Early in Jin-roh, a young girl who’s more child than woman slumps against a wall in a sewer, a dark limbo of brick and water. She’s been running a long time, but there’s no escape. She looks up to see a soldier watching her, with infra-red eyes in a metal helmet. The girl grabs her satchel to her chest; her hand reaches to a metal ring. Jin-roh was released in 1999, when audiences might have been slower than viewers today to realise the girl’s just decided to be a suicide bomber.
The soldier aims his gun, but his voice is surprisingly soft: “Don’t.” The girl’s legs shake; she starts to pull the ring. “Why?” asks the soldier. The girl shakes her head, as if imploring him for the impossible. More soldiers appear. The click of a gun’s catch is loud in the tunnel. The girl stares into the first soldier’s infra-red eyes. Then she pulls the ring hard, snapping the connected twine. She’s clumsy; the soldier has ample time to shoot, but does not. The shadows are obliterated by white light.
Jin-roh is a science-fiction film, technically, at least, set in an alternate-history version of postwar Japan. But much of Jin-roh, like the scene just described, could be set in a great many different places. It could be a story set in the carnage of Iraq in the 2000s, for example, or in cold-war Europe, or in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. Continue Reading
This weekend like many of you will be we'll be making our biannual pilgrimage to London for the MCM London Comic Con event taking place at Excel London!
Today this post will inform you about our activity across the weekend, along with our good friends at Crunchyroll and of course MCM's Anime Guests of Honour!
This post is divided into four sections
Before we go any proceed with any other details, here's a handy map image to help you gauge the locations of certain elements highlighted in this post
In case you missed it last week, MCM announced not one, but TWO Anime Guests of Honour for the event this weekend!
To celebrate the recent release of the Netflix anime, Carole & Tuesday director Motnobou Hori and legendary director Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Terror in Resonance), who served as Chief Director on the series, will be at the event taking part in the traditional Anime Guest of Honour Panel on Saturday, along with two free signing sessions across the weekend!
The first of our two guests is the renowned Shinichiro Watanabe, director of the timeless classic Cowboy Bebop (which currently has a live-action Netflix series in development). Born in Kyoto, Japan in 1965, Mr. Watanabe was formerly an employee at Sunrise, where he supervised the episode direction and storyboards of many anime produced at the studio. He made his directorial debut as co-director of Macross Plus.
Mr. Watanabe’s other directorial credits include Samurai Champloo, Space Dandy and Terror in Resonance, before also recently directing an animated short set in the Blade Runner universe, Blade Runner: Black Out 2022. Mr. Watanabe is also the chief director of currently streaming Netflix series Carole & Tuesday.
Also joining us at the event is Motonobu Hori, who serves as the director of Studio BONES’ Carole & Tuesday, where he makes his full directorial debut. His previous roles include working on key animation, animation direction and storyboards for a wealth of anime, including Napping Princess, Berserk: The Golden Age Arc, and episodes of Psycho-Pass.
— 11:30am @ Centre Stage (North Hall)
The Anime Guests of Honour Panel: Shinichiro Watanabe & Motonobu Hori
— 2:30pm – 3:30pm @ MCM Autograph Area (South Hall), Free Signing Session #1
Sunday 27th October 2019
— 2:30pm – 3:30pm @ MCM Autograph Area (South Hall), Free Signing Session #2
We’re anticipating there to be quite the demand to be able to get an item signed by the two Anime Guests of Honour, so the following rules/guidelines will be enforced to ensure as many people as possible can get a signature from the guests!
Following on from previous MCM London Comic Con events, we're happy to say that to celebrate the fact one of MCM's Anime Guests of Honour is the Shinchiro Watanabe, we're going to be have a selection of framed prints (each being 40cm x 30cm) on sale (while stock lasts) at the All The Anime stand (booth #S610) using artwork that's sure to look great on your wall!
What a lot of people have done in the past is purchase a print to then get signed by a guest, which is why we're making this known here first (as it will be mentioned further below in this post as well.)
They'll be available for £15 each, and you can see a preview visual of each below -
Additionally, we'll also have extremely limited quantities of a special 2-print set featuring both Spike & Faye! They won't be available separately and are only available strictly while stocks last for £25 a set. You can see a preview visual of each print below -
We know both Anime Guests of Honour are very excited to meet attendees of the event and we hope you're excited to meet them too!
Crunchyroll return to MCM in a big way with a special event taking place on Friday evening, as well as their own booth space with some cool things you'll want to make sure to experience and take in!
First of all, where do you find Crunchyroll at the event?
Crunchyroll will be situated at stand #S610 in the South Hall, not to far from the Block S3 entrance along the main concourse of the venue. (See the map image above for reference.) At their stand they'll have a selection of brand new Crunchyroll merchandise for the first time anywhere that you can get your hands on!
At the event you'll be able to purchase the first ever Crunchyroll Hime themed water bottle, mug and tea towel! Plus, there'll also be a Crunchyroll Hime themed mugs and there'll also t-shirts relating Dr. Stone, The Rising of the Shield Hero and That Time I got Reincarnated As a Slime available too!
But that's not all that's going on, as there will be the first Crunchyroll Carnival that will bring a variety of activities where you can win some Crunchyroll branded goodies! So come along and test your skills to see if you can win some prizes!
But wait, there's more! We've got free posters to giveaway if you're a subscriber to Crunchyroll's service, and if you can show our the friendly folks there you're a premium subscriber you can get a free tote bag! (Just open up the Crunchyroll app on your mobile device and show us you're subscriber status.)
In case you missed the announcement, on Friday (25th October) at 5pm at the Centre Stage (North Hall), Crunchyroll are bringing the UK Premiere of not one, but TWO new anime that will be coming to their streaming service next year in an event that will be introduced by the one and only Jonathan Ross, a man who has well know for being an anime fan himself!
The two shows that will be getting premiered are In/Spectre from the studio Brain's Base (Durarara!!, Princess Jellyfish) and Somali and the Forest Spirit from Statelight (Cannon Busters, Symphogear XV).
It's a very exciting event that is not to be missed if you're going to be at MCM London Friday! You can read more about this exciting event and the two shows being premiered in the link below
And finally we come to our AllTheAnime shop! This will also be be situated as part of stand #S610 and our shop is back in full force!
We'll have a large selection of our catalogue on hand to add to your collection as well as selection of upcoming and new releases available in limited quantities (while stock lasts) including
A couple notes about the above mentioned products -
The units on offer will literally be some of the very first units that will be completed from the production line! There will only be a very limited quantity available. But obviously if you're not able to get yours at the show, you can order yours from our AllTheAnime online shop and will be shipped as soon as stock is available. (Obviously, if you've already pre-ordered yours, shipping on these will begin as soon as all stock has been produced and has been delivered to our fulfilment house.)
**Gundam Wing: Part 2
The reason I highlighted is all goes well, and to peek behind the curtain of planning here, is that assuming all goes as intended they'll be getting delivered to the show straight from our production house pretty only hours after they've been produced! It'll only be a small quantity too, and we literally won't know until the actual day of the show if we're definitely going to have any available or not. It's the closest example of coming in hot off the production line as it can be! We'll have to wait and see if the hard work of our production is rewarded!
SPECIAL COWBOY BEBOP FRAMED PRINTS
As mentioned earlier, to celebrate the fact one of MCM's Anime Guests of Honour is the Shinchiro Watanabe, we're going to be have a selection of framed prints (each being 40cm x 30cm) on sale (while stock lasts) using some great artwork that's sure to look great wherever you display them.
Additionally, we'll also have extremely limited quantities of a special 2-print set featuring Spike & Faye! They won't be available separately and strictly while stocks last.
Over the weekend we'll of course be having not one but two panels with our own Andy Hanley and Jeremy Graves to bring your some news, fun times and maybe even a surprise two! Plus there'll be the traditional anything goes Q&A, which always brings up some things you can't expect, so be sure to come along to see what happens this time...
The two panels will be at the following times and locations -
Friday 25th October
~ AllTheAnime Panel #1 -- 2:30pm @ Centre Stage, North Hall
Sunday 27th October
~ AllTheAnime Panel #2 -- 11:30am @ Live Stage, South Hall
We also want to bring to everyone's attention that MCM will be having a tribute to Kyoto Animation, following the tragedy earlier this year. We are going to be involved with this too in the form a special panel taking place at the Pop Asia area (North Hall) of the event on Sunday afternoon. Our own Andy Hanley along with authors Helen McCarthy and Andrew Osmond will be reflecting on what makes the studio so special and more.
MCM will also have an exhibition space charting the studio's timeline and we're delighted to say there will also be a chance to experience their critically acclaimed film A Silent Voice in the form of a free screening inside the MCM Cinema Truck at midday on Saturday.
We hope you'll be able to take in some of this tribute over the course of the weekend. Stay tuned to MCM's website and channels for more information. But here are the times and locations for the screening and panel -
~ 12pm - A Silent Voice Free Screening @ MCM Cinema Truck (North Hall)
~ 1:30pm - Kyoto Animation Tribute Panel @ Pop Asia (North Hall)
And that is what you need to know about our and Crunchyroll's activity at MCM London Comic Con this weekend! We look forward to seeing you there. Stay tuned to all our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) over the weekend for updates!
ALL THE ANIME PODCAST - 21st October 2019
"Scotland Loves Anime Film Festival 2019 - Judges Deliberation Special"
[RECORDED ON 20th October 2019]
On this edition of the podcast continue our annual tradition of bringing you a special episode that brings you discussion on the Judges Award category of the Scotland Loves Anime Film Festival, which this year is a big milestone as it's the tenth year it's been running!
Jeremy Graves and Andy Hanley are joined by the Chairman of the Jury, Jonathan Clements to help guide discussion with all four members of the jury for this year:
Michael Doig (Colourist, Art Director at Knights of the Light Table; Art Director on TWRP's 'Starlight Brigade' music video.)
India Swift (Animator, Director & Animator at Knights of the Light Table; Director of TWRP's 'Starlight Brigade' music video)
Jack Liang (Producer at Polygon Pictures)
Freya Allan (Animator, worked on the film 'Klaus' coming soon to Netflix)
The purpose of this podcast is give you an insight into what led each member of the jury to cast their vote on the films in competition at the film festival. There are SPOILERS discussed in detail throughout this episode, so if you haven't seen any of the films it's at your discretion if you want to listen or not.
The four films in competition this year were as follows:
And if that wasn't enough, we're also joined by film festival director, Andrew Partridge to look back on the festival this and past years too!
Timecode breakdown for you -
NOTE: As always please note this podcast may contain strong language and any views expressed by individuals in this podcast do not reflect those of Anime Limited.
(To download the podcast as an mp3, click on the arrow pointing down in the top right corner of the player above.)
Until the next episode (whenever that is.)
By Jonathan Clements.
The latest book in the Asia Pop! Series, Teri Silvio’s Puppets, Gods and Brands, is a surprising, vivacious and convincing anthropology of animation, which places animation ideals and fannish philosophies at the very centre of modern times. For Silvio, the idea of imparting life into inanimate objects – of animating them – is not merely a concern for people making cartoons and puppet shows, but of anyone working in cybernetics and indeed in modern social media. People today are far more actively involved in animating their lives than they are in performing them, and that this is a function of the technologies we work with and watch. Continue Reading
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion is a perennial favourite of many people - ourselves included! - and we know a lot of you have been waiting patiently for news of our releases of the second and third films in the trilogy celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the classic series! Well today we're (finally) excited to be able to share details with you on what you can expect from our releases of them to complete your collection!
Have a read on below for the details.
To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the franchise in Japan, three films were created that condense the story of the two seasons of the TV series and additionally add brand-new footage included as well.
The first film in the series, Initiation, was screened in cinemas by ourselves in early 2018 and then released on Blu-ray towards the end of the same year.
You can watch a trailer for the first film below -
And you can also watch a clip from the first film below -
Synopsis: This updated theatrical presentation of SUNRISE’s classic mech-infused series continues with the thrilling second instalment of the saga.
Having racked up numerous miraculous victories against the odds in his quest to end their tyrannical reign across the globe, Lelouch Lamperouge - via his anonymous public persona of Zero - has shocked the empire of Britannia to its core. From humble beginnings, Zero is now the leader of the Black Knights, an increasingly powerful para-military organisation with the equipment and tactical nous to match even Britannia’s finest.
However, there are still plenty of hurdles in Lelouch’s path... not least close friend turned rival Suzaku Kururugi, whose own abilities also appear to be reaching their zenith. With more unexpected arrivals and appearances as the conflict between Britannia and the Black Knights intensifies, the ability of Lelouch to navigate this increasingly complex game of chess - and the sacrifices he’s willing to make - will be tested to the limit.
Product: Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion II: Transgression
Format: Blu-ray Ltd Collector's Edition
Release date: 9th December 2019
Cat. No.: ANI0344
Suggested Retail Price: £34.99
With the second film in the trilogy, we're keeping with the theme which started with our release of the first first film! So it'll all come packed in a rigid case (pictured left) and inside that you'll find an Amaray case that will hold the Blu-ray disc, and additionally inside that you'll find 8 art cards depicting a mixture of moments from the film as well as some of the great art created for it. And if that wasn't enough, there's even an A3-sized poster featuring the awesome artwork from the rigid case.
As was the case with the first film, the only language option on this set is Japanese with English subtitles. The reason for this is that although the original TV series was dubbed into English, this film trilogy was not.
You can see a full visual of this set below -
Look forward to adding this set to your collection come December!
We're happy to say we're taking orders from today (Friday 18th October 2019) at our AllTheAnime online shop! And we've got a limited time special offer on that along with our release of film 1 as well!
~ AllTheAnime.com Special Offers~
--Until 24th October 2019 pre-order the upcoming release of Code Geass II: Transgression Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray for £19.99
(Regular Price: £24.99 | SRP: £34.99)
--Until 24th October 2019 save on ordering Code Geass I: Initiation Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray! Order it for £19.99
(Regular Price: £24.99 | SRP: £34.99)
You can watch a trailer for the second film below -
And of course you'll likely be wondering when you can expect the third film in the trilogy to arrive. We're happy to say it won't be too long after movie 2!
Synopsis: This updated theatrical presentation of SUNRISE’s classic mech-infused series comes to its shocking climax in the final film of the trilogy.
With his spell of impressive successes seemingly behind him, Lelouch Lamperouge’s hopes of destroying the Britannian Empire presided over by his father are crumbling at an alarming rate. With his sister kidnapped, his former friend Suzaku ignoring his pleas for help, and his organisation the Black Knights losing their faith in him, the man behind Zero’s mask is left with nowhere to turn. With his power waning and betrayals around him rising, the only option left on Lelouch’s board in this all-or- nothing game of political chess is to take on the Britannian Empire - and his father - from the inside.
Product: Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion III: Glorification
Format: Blu-ray Ltd Collector's Edition
Release date: 13th January 2020
Cat. No.: ANI0350
Suggested Retail Price: £39.99
And so we come to the final film of this trilogy. As you might expect now you've seen our release of film two, we're continuing the theme we've established for this series in that the contents will come packed in a rigid case (pictured left) and inside that you'll find an Amaray case housing the Blu-ray disc. Additionally there'll be 8 art cards this time showing off a few moments from the movie, the three original key arts created for the films, and then finally two more showing other art created for the film.
Again, there will be an A3-sized poster of the artwork featured on the rigid case too!
But wait, there's more! We know lots of you out there love to be able to store your completed collection of a series inside a stunning box wherever possible. We've been able to do this on select releases of ours in the past, and given that we're massive Code Geass fans ourselves we wanted to explore what options there might be to create a box to store the three films in. So, we're delighted to say our production team have worked some magic and we've been given clearance to bring you a box as part of our release of Glorification that you can store all three films within, utilising the three original key art designs that were used to unveil the films in Japan!
Check out the visual below -
We're some of you will want to have a better look at the box itself, so here you go -
Also to note, the storage box will come with all copies of this Limited Collector's Edition set of Film 3.
Pre-orders for film 3 will begin at our AllTheAnime online shop around mid-late November time most likely. But obviously once we are taking orders for it we'll make it known via the usual channels!
-- Will you be releasing the film Code Geass Lelouch of Re;surrection?
We know a lot of people are hoping for a release of this, but we do want to make to make it clear that at this precise moment we only hold the rights specifically to these three films (Initiation, Transgression and Glorification.) If the opportunity were to come about to release Lelouch of the Re;surrection it's certainly something we'd explore.
For those reading this not aware, there is a recent new Code Geass film call Lelouch of the Re;surrection which is set after the events of the story of these films / the original TV series.
-- For the first film you authored your own disc. Have you done the same with these two films?
For films 2 & 3 we have not created our own disc master. Instead we are utilising the disc master created for each for the North American release. As a result the disc menu presentation and layout will differ to how it was presented on film 1. Additionally the discs being used for films 2 & 3 will also only include 5.1 audio.
-- Will these films ever get dubbed? If they were would you go back and release them?
As far as we're aware there are no plans for these films to be dubbed into English, but hypothetically if they were, it's not something we can guarantee. We would at least explore the possibility of that though.
-- Are there any plans to release this trilogy of films on DVD?
In short, no. There aren't any plans for a DVD release at this time.
That's all you need to know about our releases of these films! We hope you're finally looking forward to completing your collection of this great trilogy!