By Andrew Osmond.
One of Yui Ishikawa’s voice-acting roles tends to overshadow the others. We’re thinking about the taciturn giant-killer called Mikasa Ackerman. Ishikawa has voiced the character since the anime version of Attack on Titan debuted in 2013, and she’ll certainly be with her to the story’s end.
But as Ishikawa reveals in the following interview, her favourite character is someone else – namely the ex-army girl Violet Evergarden. First created by Kana Akatsuki in light novel form, the character’s journey through trauma and healing was animated by Kyoto Animation in an acclaimed Netflix series and now continues in feature films. As the first Violet Evergarden feature, Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll, comes to Britain, here are Ishikawa’s own thoughts on the character. Continue Reading
ALL THE ANIME PODCAST - 20th March 2020
Join Jeremy Graves and Andy Hanley remotely from home as they bring the first in the continuing adventures of the All The Anime Podcast (from home) series!
Very much our opportunity to help provide a distraction to the current goings on, as well as bring you update to date on our recent and upcoming releases!
Plus we talk about our venture this weekend, the Virtual Comic Con! we give you lowdown on how you can get involved over on our Instagram as part of our Cosplay Masquerade on Saturday (tomorrow, as time of publishing) and our Artist Alley on Sunday! (For reference, you can read all the info about the Virtual Comic Con HERE.)
But that's note all as there's some time to talk about a few things we've been watching including Beastars, ID: INVADED and No Guns Life!
We also tell you about some of the plans we have for the podcast going forward, including a watch-a-long based discussion segment starting next week - so you time to get involved.
A fun a show as always, and our next episode will be recorded on Monday. So feel free to send over questions via Twitter/Facebook/Instagram and be sure to including the tag #AskAllTheAnime so we know it's a question for the podcast.
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.)
Hi everyone! In these unprecedented times, we know that a lot of you are stuck at home, and feeling the disappointment of the events that you were looking forward to over the coming weeks being cancelled or postponed. While we all know and understand very well the reasons why these events can't go ahead at this current time, it's still a disappointment that we share - we love being able to meet all of you at the events we exhibit at; to admire your cosplay and the skill and hard work it entails; to take in the incredible range of talented artists that can be found selling their wares.
So, on a weekend where we'd normally be meeting so many of you in Birmingham, we thought we should turn our attention elsewhere to experience at least a taste of all of the wonderful things that a convention weekend can bring, and so with that in mind, we cordially invite you to our first ever "virtual" Comic Con!!
"But what does that mean?" I hear you ask. Well, for us, we're offering three different ways that you can indulge in the joys of an event from the comfort and safety of your own home, so read on for all of the details. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
Anonymous Noise is a love-triangle teen melodrama, and a music drama, and it’s very much in the tradition of girls’ (shojo) manga. That’s hardly surprising; the source strip, created by Ryoko Fukuyama, was serialised in the venerable girls’ manga magazine Hana to Yume, which was also home to the popular Fruits Basket. The magazine’s still-going-now strips include the “war of idols” music comedy Skip Beat! and the epic fantasy Yona of the Dawn, both adapted as anime.
The anime version of Anonymous Noise starts rather confusingly, with much of the background information only revealed in part two. Once upon a time, there were two sweet Japanese grade schoolers, a girl called Nino and a boy called Momo. They were devoted to each other, walking around everywhere together, singing together. They were next-door neighbours, even singing together at their bedroom windows every night. Some of the other kids teased Nino for her lusty voice, but Momo always defended her. And then… one day, Momo suddenly moved away with his parents, leaving poor Nino broken-hearted. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
Thirteen years ago, when I was writing about Vision of Escaflowne for a non-specialist magazine, I claimed, “The best way to describe Escaflowne is as the closest thing to a ten-hour Hayao Miyazaki film.” As crude as that description is – and Escaflowne is no mere Miyazaki imitator – it still holds water today. Like Miyazaki’s Spirited Away, Escaflowne is the story of a Japanese girl, a few years older than Chihiro, who’s whisked to another world – Gaea, a fantasy realm where the Earth and Moon hang together in the sky. Continue Reading