By Andrew Osmond.
Tokyo already has a Poo Building, unofficially at least. It’s the long-standing nickname for the Asahi Beer Hall at Asakasa, where the big yellow lump on top is meant to represent a frothy head of beer, but people just won’t see it that way. But now there’s a rival to the title, a Tokyo “museum” that sets out to make poop cute. It’s in Odaiba, a waterfront area (actually an artificial island) that’s linked to the main city by the arching Rainbow Bridge. Odaiba is already home to such miscellany as Tokyo Big Sight, the massive conference centre which hosts the Comiket events; Tokyo Joypolis, an indoor amusement park; a massive Ferris wheel; and a beachfront where some of the Olympic swimming events will take place next year. Continue Reading
If you're anything like us, you'll grab any opportunity to catch some new anime for the first time, and love nothing more than a new season rolling around so that you can immerse yourself in a fountain of new titles. So, what if we were to tell you that attendees to MCM London Comic Con next week will get to catch the first couple of episodes of two forthcoming anime series several months before they air in Japan?
Today we're happy to confirm that our good friends at Crunchyroll will be offering up just such an opportunity at MCM London Comic Con on the evening of Friday, 25th October 2019, as they bring the opening episodes of two new titles to the event for UK fans to see for the first time prior to them airing on the streaming service in January 2020.
What's more, this special premiere event will be introduced by none other than celebrity anime fan himself, Jonathan Ross! All in all, it's a terrific opportunity the likes of which we've never really seen before, so be sure to come along so that you can boast to your friends about having your finger well and truly on the pulse of new anime! If you don't want to miss out, please note that you do need a valid ticket to enter MCM London Comic Con itself to attend this event, so make sure you've booked your tickets to the show using the link below.
With that said and done, here are some more details on the event, and the series premiering within...
Time: 5PM - 7PM
Location: Centre Stage, MCM London Comic Con
Media personality and well-known anime fan Jonathan Ross will be on-hand to host and introduce the UK premiere of not one but two new anime series, months prior to their TV broadcast and streaming debuts in January 2020. This event will allow to sample the first two episodes of the following series:
Based on a supernatural mystery novel series penned by Kyo Shirodaira, this anime adaptation of In/Spectre is produced by Brain's Base (Durarara!!, Princess Jellyfish), written by Noboru Takagi (Durarara!!) and directed by Keiji Gotoh (Kiddy Grade, Uta Kata).
Synopsis: What do you get when you cross romance and mystery with the supernatural? The new mystery thriller with a romantic edge from the creator of Blast of Tempest and The Record of a Fallen Vampire!
Both touched by yokai spirits, Kotoko and Kuro have gained unique superhuman powers. But to gain her powers, Kotoko has given up an eye and a leg, and Kuro’s personal life is in shambles. So when Kotoko suggests they team up to deal with renegades from the spirit world, Kuro doesn’t have many other choices, but Kotoko might just have a few ulterior motives...
You can view a trailer for the series courtesy of Crunchyroll below:
Based on a fantasy manga written by Yako Gureishi, Somali and the Forest Spirit is produced by Satelight (Cannon Busters, Symphogear XV) and directed by Kenji Yasuda (Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens, Macross Delta).
Synopsis: The world is ruled by a diversity of inhuman beings, who persecuted humans and drove them to near-extinction.
One day, the forest guardian Golem meets a human girl.
This is a chronicle of a journey that would bind a member of the dying "human" clan to the forest guardian Golem, as father and daughter.
A trailer for this title from Crunchyroll can be found below:
We really hope you're able to make it to this awesome event, and show just how strong the appetite of UK fans is for this kind of premiere! A reminder that you can still book tickets to MCM London Comic Con on the official web site. Hopefully we'll see you there!
By Andrew Osmond.
The first thing to stress about Gundam 00 is that newbies can most definitely start here. While it’s technically part of the venerable Gundam franchise, it’s also a “new” series, with a new world and characters. Indeed, 00 was perhaps made deliberately to draw in viewers, Japanese and foreign, who hadn’t seen a Gundam show before.
At the same time, 00 has some of Gundam’s franchise fundamentals – young pilots fighting each other in giant robot suits, an epic human conflict between umpteen cultures and ideologies. It also has a clutch of Easter Eggs for fans who have seen other Gundams (for a broader account of the franchise, see here). Continue Reading
Chances are that if you were keeping your eyes on the MCM London Comic Con online channels late last week you might already be aware of this, but if you're not then you're likely going to be very chuffed with their news that at MCM London Comic Con at the end of October there will be not one, but TWO Anime Guests of Honour!
Recently the first part of the new Netflix original anime series by Studio Bones (Fullmetal Alchemist, Wolf's Rain), Carole & Tuesday, was released globally and with the rest of the series arriving on the service just before Christmas it's the perfect time to celebrate the series with Motonobu Hori, director of Carole & Tuesday, and legendary director Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Terror in Resonance), who served as Chief Director on the series!
Both of these wonderful guests will be appearing at MCM London Comic Con on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th October! They will be taking centre stage (pun intended) as they grace the Centre Stage on Saturday 26th October at 11:15AM for the Anime Guest of Honour Panel! You'll also have the opportunity to meet both guests of honour during two free signings sessions on both Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th from 2:30PM to 3:30PM. Location of the signing sessions will be confirmed closer to the event.
If you want to know more about the series, check out a trailer for Carole & Tuesday, streaming now on Netflix, below
Synopsis: Fifty years have passed since mankind began migrating to the new frontier: Mars. It's an age where most culture is produced by AI, and people are content to be passive consumers.
There's a girl.
Scrapping a living in the metropolis of Alba City.
She's working part time while trying to become a musician.
She's always felt like something is missing.
Her name is Carole.
There's a girl.
Born to a wealthy family in the provincial town of Hershell City.
She dreams of becoming a musician.
But nobody around her understands.
She feels like the loneliest person in the world.
Her name is Tuesday.
A chance meeting brings them together. They want to sing. They want to make music. Together they feel like they just might have a chance.
The two of them may only create a tiny wave will eventually grow into something larger...
You can read more about the Anime Guests of Honour below, but first, be sure to purchase your tickets to MCM London Comic Con so that you can have your chance to meet them!
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.
Saturday 26th October 2019
-- 11:30am @ Centre Stage
The Anime Guests of Honour Panel: Shinichiro Watanabe & Motonobu Hori
-- 2:30pm - 3:30pm @ [Location to be announced]
Free Signing Session #1
Sunday 27th October 2019
-- 2:30pm - 3:30pm @ [Location to be announced]
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!
We hope you're excited to meet the MCM London Comic Con Anime Guests of Honour, because we certainly are - see you at the show!
A film generating a lot of a buzz at the moment is the first theatrical outing from Studio Trigger, Promare, the same studio that brought you the very popular TV series Kill la Kill that was founded by members of GAINAX (Gurren Lagann).
Since the recent announcement that the film would be receiving UK Premiere screenings as part of the Scotland Loves Anime film festival in October, we've had lots of people asking us and other distributors if there were any other screenings planned. Well, today we're delighted to announce that we (Anime Limited) have secured the license to the film Promare in the UK & Ireland!
What's more, we're happy to confirm you won't have to wait long to catch the film on the big screen as we can confirm the film will be getting some select screenings around the UK & Ireland on 26th November (in Japanese with English subtitles) and 28th November (English dub).
And, (yes there's more!), tickets are on sale right now at http://promarefilm.co.uk
NOTE: if a ticket listing appears as "Coming Soon" on the ticket site, check back over the next week (at time of writing) as tickets will be going on sale at those cinemas very soon.
One additional note, be aware some cinemas may refer to English dub screenings on 28th November as "English language". Also we are aware some cinemas are listing any respective screenings they have on 28th November as subtitled screenings. We've been assured they will be dubbed screenings. There are also a few additional dubbed screenings to be added, so check back over the next week for the latest location information!
The first feature-length film from the acclaimed studio TRIGGER, creators of the hit series KILL la KILL and Little Witch Academia, and director Hiroyuki Imaishi (GURREN LAGANN, KILL la KILL), Promare uses a bold cel-shaded visual style to tell a blistering action-adventure story, and is the spiritual successor to many of director Imaishi’s former works.
Studio: Trigger (Kill la Kill, Little Witch Academia, Kiznaiver)
Director: Hiroyuki Imaishi (Gurren Lagann, Kill la Kill)
Synopsis: Thirty years has passed since the appearance of Burnish, a race of flame-wielding mutant beings, who destroyed half of the world with fire.
When a new group of aggressive mutants calling themselves “Mad Burnish” appears, the epic battle between Galo Thymos, a new member of the anti-Burnish rescue team “Burning Rescue,” and Lio Fotia, the leader of “Mad Burnish” begins.
Check out a trailer for the film (originally published for its recent theatrical screenings in the USA) below.
If you can't wait until November, there will be a few UK Premiere screenings as part of the Scotland Loves Anime Film Festival in Glasgow and Edinburgh this month, with the very first UK screening being at the Glasgow Film Theatre on Sunday 13th October!
You can details on those screenings HERE.
That's all you need to know! Go buy your tickets today and get hyped!