By Jonathan Clements.
Maquia weaves at her loom; she dyes the Hibiol cloth; she hangs the sheets to dry in the tall halls of her people, the elfin Iolf race. She’s not as assertive or brave as Leilia, the girl she idolises, but that probably explains why Leilia, not her, has attracted the attention of Clear, a local boy. Maquia watches them in a secret midnight tryst, lit by the firefly-like pollen of magical flowers, and wishes for such a life for herself.
Instead, she is whisked away from everything she holds dear. Dragon-riding bandits attack her village, intent on dragging away the women. Legend has it that Iolf girls never age, making them valuable prizes. But Maquia escapes the fate of her fellow villagers, dragged into the sky on a rogue dragon and dumped in a faraway forest with no friends.
Maquia has been warned about the outside world. There is a price for the Iolf’s immortality, and it is that they are forbidden from finding love in the outside world. Instead, they are supposed to stay at their looms all their lives, weaving the Hibiol (“Cloth of Days”) a fabric that preserves memories. When Maquia finds an orphaned baby, however, she is unable to leave it to die. She takes him into her care, naming him Erial, and tries to raise him herself, initially untroubled by the fact that he will age at a human rate, whereas she never will.
We’ve been here before. This is the forbidden love of The Little Mermaid and the time abyss of the Japanese folktale Urashima Taro. However, Mari Okada’s directorial debut, Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms, confounds the expectations of its audience by focussing not on romance, but on a different kind of love. In a throwaway scene on a rainy night, Maquia says the same words to Erial that Andy’s mother says to her grown-up little boy in the tear-jerking Toy Story 3 – “I wish you could stay like this forever.” Continue Reading
By Meghan Ellis.
Do you lie awake at night worrying about the ethics of agricultural practices in the 21st Century? If that doesn’t sound like you, watch Silver Spoon, a slice-of-life anime based on the manga by Hiromu Arakawa of Fullmetal Alchemist fame. Set in rural Hokkaido at Oezo Agricultural High School, you’d be hard pressed to watch the first episode without starting to think about where your food comes from, and how it gets to your plate. On the surface, the battery hens and rotary milkers of Silver Spoon may seem like a far cry from the dangerous world of alchemy and intrigue we know and love from FMA; but swap Ed and Al’s dire consequences for protagonist Hachiken’s difficult choices and it’s a surprisingly similar setting. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
The case against putting a Manga exhibition in the British Museum was made in three papers – The Guardian, The Telegraph and The Times – on the morning I visited it. Actually, one argument was effectively made before the exhibition was announced. In 2017, the Independent newspaper ranted against the British Museum displaying American pop art, “the near perfect embodiment of everything that is most silly, most trivial and most dispensable.” It could have been copied and pasted to diss the manga event.
Manga isn’t even pop art, of course; it’s pop culture. Most of it is especially ephemeral pop culture. Manga is churned out at industrially-driven high speed, as the new exhibition itself shows. By any plausible definition of what “manga” is (as opposed to its precursors and inspirations), it’s been around no longer than American and British comics, with no special claim to antiquity.
So why give manga deserve a whopping exhibition in the British Museum? Perhaps there’s a case that it’s a big hairy medium that’s had a palpable impact on millions of people across several generations and four or five Japanese “eras”, in a far-away country very different from ours. Perhaps; but luckily I don’t have to make that argument. Continue Reading
We know that a lot of you who follow us will likely be making your way to MCM London Comic Con event this weekend but chances are there are many of you who won't be able to come to the show, take in the atmosphere, visit our AllTheAnime stand and add a few things to your collection. Traditionally we've had some special offers around this time of year on our online shop and that's going to be no different, but this time with a twist.
By the way, in case you haven't kept up with what we've got going on at the event this weekend, you can find all the details in THIS POST HERE.
Until 9th June 2019 (or while stock lasts) at our AllTheAnime.com online shop we're having the first ever AllTheAnime Warehouse Clearance Mystery Bundle where you can get nearly £300 worth of anime only £39.99! Yep, not even joking.
It's pretty simple: there will be 9 titles included. But, the key detail is that this is NOT a curated bundle. So this is different to our staff curated boxes that have been available during past offers around Christmas time. The titles included have been determined purely based off stock numbers within our warehouse. You'll be getting a couple of Collector's Edition sets in there, but the bundle overall will mainly contain Blu-ray only titles.
But, this isn't to say there isn't a great mix of titles in there! Personally speaking (meaning Jeremy, who is writing this post) I think it's got a great variety and people will be happy its contents. You'll definitely have some great laughs, some emotional journeys and some great action in there too! And at the end of the say you'll be getting 9 titles, worth nearly £300 collectively, for £39.99!
This offer is live now at our online shop which you can partake in through the link below.
Some T&C/notes for you; please read them -
And that's what there is to know about this special at our AllTheAnime.com online store!
But wait, there's more! You bet there is! In case you missed it as part of our announcements last night - SEE HERE - at MCM London Comic Con this weekend at the AllTheAnime stand, we'll have an exclusive entirely different mystery bundle available to purchase! This is a also a warehouse clearance bundle; meaning it's NOT a curated list of titles, but the titles included are set in stone and are identical in each bundle. (But to be clear, every title included in this MCM bundle is different to the bundle noted above that's available from AllTheAnime.com until 9th June.)
There will be 9 Blu-ray titles included - the value of all of these together coming in a just over £300! And you can buy this bundle exclusively (while stock lasts) at our AllTheAnime stand and MCM London Comic Con this weekend (24th-26th May 2019) for only £39.99!
Once again (personal opinion from Jeremy, the one writing this post, here) you get a nice variety of titles in this set! I would wager a guess that for most people some titles included may be ones you may not have even considering checking out. But that doesn't mean you won't be having laughs, emotional rides and action either; because you will! Plus, it's only £39.99 for 9 titles! That's a great bargain in itself!
T&Cs of the MCM exclusive bundle -
And there have it folks! Keep an eye on us for more updates relating to MCM London Comic Con this weekend. And if you haven't already, CLICK HERE to read about everything we have going on this weekend.
It's that time of the year again! In just a few days MCM London Comic Con returns to Excel London and in case you hadn't figured it out already, we'll be there too! This post is very much to serve as a handy guide of the things you need to know relating to our activity there. Be it from the Anime Guest of Honour, panels, our AllTheAnime shop and even our good friends at Crunchyroll!
Read on below for the details.
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This weekend Yuichiro Hayashi, director of the hit series Kakegurui is making the journey all the way from Japan to London and can't wait to meet you! Across the weekend he will be having a special panel where he'll be making a special presentation he has created especially for this event on Saturday, and will also be taking part in two free signing sessions!
Sunday 27th May -
Yuichiro Hayashi has been involved in numerous major productions as a storyboard artist, episode director as well as series director. Some of his most well-known works are 009 RE:CYBORG (2012; Storyboard Artist), GARO: The Animation (2014; Series Director), and GARO: Divine Flame (2016; Movie Director, Storyboard Artist, Episode Director). On Kakegurui (2017), he not only served as Series Director, but also played major roles as Storyboard Artist and Episode Director. Most recently, he directed Kakegurui xx (2019) in collaboration with Kiyoshi Matsuda.
Everyone who attends the signing session will have the option of getting a free signing card signed by Mr. Hayashi, but if you're wanting something a little bit extra, so to speak, something that has become quite popular with attendees during past MCM events is getting framed prints we have on sale at our AllTheAnime booth signed by the Guest of Honour!
Following a lot of demand to make this possible for future events as well, as usual we have herd you and are delighted to announce that we will have not one, but three officially licensed framed Kakegurui prints available for you to purchase [while stock lasts] from the AllTheAnime stand (Block S2, Stall S600, South Hall), which if you want to you can open up and get signed by Mr.Hayashi, the director of the series!
Here's a quick peek at the three designs for you -
(The portrait framed posters being 40cm x 30cm, and the horizontal ones being 30cm x 40cm)
Once again, these framed prints will only be available to purchase from the AllTheAnime stand (while stock lasts.)
But to summarise, there are Premium Member giveaways, a special That Time I Was Reincarnated As A Slime photo op (where there'll even be a plushie of Rimuru you can hold while getting your photo taken!!!!!), your chance to purchase Blu-rays and DVDs of Crunchyroll titles and even official Hime themed Crunchyroll merchandise that's exclusive MCM London Comic Con! Plus there's an Instagram photo competition and even the UK Premiere of Saga of Tanya The Evil: The Movie!
Click on the link below to read about Crunchyroll's plans in detail.
The All The Anime Shop will be back in full force to give you the chance to stock up on anime to add to your collection. This time around we've got a nice mixture of new releases combined with some titles that haven't even been released yet?! And if that wasn't enough, as mentioned earlier in this post above we've got some fantastic Kakegurui framed prints available too!
As we mentioned earlier, to celebrate the director of the series Kakegurui being the Anime Guest of Honour at MCM London Comic Con this week, we've got three officially licensed framed prints based on the series available to purchase from our AllTheAnime shop stand.
All three of these will be available to purchase strictly while stock lasts.
And if you were looking for a bit more inspiration, as I mentioned earliest in this post some attendees at previous events have actually purchased a framed print to be signed by the Anime Guest of Honour! So you can do the same as well if you want! You're going to have to decide which one you'll want to get to be signed; decisions, decisions!
If you've got the hankering to add a bunch of anime to your collection, we've got you covered this MCM London Comic Con. As well as the Crunchyroll titles mentioned above we'll have a whole load of extra titles available! The list (at time of writing) being -
As was mentioned in the blog post about Crunchyroll's activity over the MCM weekend, regarding Re:ZERO Part 2 -
"we've just had confirmation through at time of writing that there will be a VERY LIMITED amount of stock of the Re:ZERO Part 2 Blu-ray Ltd Collector's Edition set that comes with the AllTheAnime Exclusive BONUS Limited Edition storage box! This will pretty much be all remaining stock of this product so if you missed out on the pre-order opportunity for this, this will likely be your last chance to get it."
Quick side note from Jeremy - Now, I wouldn't normally say this but I will add the following: the list above is a list of confirmed titles we will have available to purchase. We're trying our hardest to cast the best smokey mountain magic spell we can muster to see if we might, and I really do mean might be able to get any additional pre-release titles available to buy at the event. (It's entirely possible there might be some things delivered to direct to the show from the production house; wouldn't be the first time where that's happened, but the only way we'll know if we have them available is if they turn up during the event itself.)
We'll post updates over the weekend on our social media channels if anything else does arrive, but right now that's the confirmed list. But to say any additional titles being on sale will be coming in hot if they are, is an understatement.
Speaking of Blu-ray and DVDs being available, we need to tell you about a cool offer we'll have at our AllTheAnime booth! We're doing a bit of a warehouse clearance at AllTheAnime HQ, so we've decided at MCM this weekend we'll be giving attendees the chance to purchase a mystery bundle of Blu-ray titles that works our over £300 in value, for only £39.99. Yep, not even joking!
Now an important note, this is NOT a staff curated mystery bundle, like we've offered in the past during our Christmas sales, as an example. The titles included in this bundle are set in stone and have been determined based purely on stock levels in our warehouse. There will be 200 bundles available total and will be available to purchase from our stall during MCM London Comic Con opening hours (or while stock lasts).
A personal opinion from Jeremy, the one writing this post, here: you'll be getting a nice variety of titles in this bundle! I would wager a guess that for most people some titles included may be ones you may not have even considering checking out. But that doesn’t mean you won’t be having laughs, emotional rides or action either; because you will! Plus, it’s only £39.99 for 9 titles! That’s a great bargain in itself!
T&Cs of this MCM exclusive bundle –
If the Anime Guest of Honour panel isn't enough to whet your appetite when it comes to panels focusing on anime, then (as is almost tradition at this point) you can catch our All The Anime panels hosted by our towering tag team of terror (because they're both tall) of Andy Hanley and Jeremy Graves for two bouts of anime talk on upcoming releases, new announcements and who knows else as they embark on always ready to throw a curveball at a moments notice "anything goes Q&A sessions".
The panels will be on -
And I think *deep breath* that concludes our preview of what to expect from us this weekend at MCM London Comic Con.
No sleep till London!