By Andrew Osmond.
Netflix has dropped a new batch of episodes of Love, Death and Robots, its anthology adult animation series of short stories mixing SF, horror and humour. Compared to its first season (reviewed here), it’s gone for quality over quantity, and that’s to the good. There are eight episodes, compared to eighteen in the first season. But six of the new ones are really good, and even the forgettable ones are technically excellent.
By Jonathan Clements.
In 2013, the Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe took the remarkable step of appearing on YouTube to talk about Japanese food. He was addressing the nation, and the world, about Japan’s unique culinary tradition, or washoku, as part of an effort to get it rated as one of UNESCO’s treasures of intangible cultural heritage. But as authors Katarzyna Cwiertka and Miho Yasuhara point out in their book Branding Japanese Food, Abe was spinning a ridiculous yarn. Japan had been prompted, somewhat belatedly, into bigging up its classier cuisine after French food had received a UNESCO nod.
By Andrew Osmond.
Mirai Nikki (The Future Diary) is a death game anime, in which the gamemaster is God Himself. Well, he calls himself Deus Ex Machina, and he looks like a giant-sized skeleton, but he still seems to be the right chap. He oversees a wild tournament, involving murder, torture, explosions, severed heads, decayed bodies – in short, this isn’t Ludo. You win or you die, probably very painfully and messily.
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, 20th May 2021
Anime Limited, the leading independent distributor of Japanese animation in France and the United Kingdom, is proud to announce the acquisition for the United Kingdom, Ireland and France of the first film by Masashi Ando (Your Name., Spirited Away) and Masayuki Miyaji (Fusé: Memoirs of the Hunter Girl): THE DEER KING, which has been selected in the animated feature film category of the Annecy International Animation Festival 2021.
The tribal homelands of the “Lost Antlers” are under siege -- they’ve become the latest target of the Empire, an oppressive and unsurmountable enemy. Van leads his warriors into a losing battle all the same, quickly finding himself enslaved, toiling away at a salt mine. A chance for freedom comes one night when a mysterious pack of wild dogs attacks, and Van escapes the mine with a young girl, whom he takes under his protection. However, the wild dogs brought more than Van’s freedom: they carried a devastating plague with them, which begins to spread throughout the land. With an even greater enemy in sight, Van unites with the genius doctor Hohsalle and others to unravel the secrets of the plague and find a cure.
Anime Limited is pleased to announce the digital release of the original soundtrack for the hit anime series JUJUTSU KAISEN across North America, Europe, and Oceania.
All 60 tracks from the Japanese release are now available on all major digital platforms - you can find links to find the full soundtrack below.
Anime Limited will also release the JUJUTSU KAISEN soundtrack on vinyl and CD in North America, Europe, and Oceania in Q4 2021 – more information on the releases and pre-orders will follow later in the year.