It's Good Friday and boy do we have some good news to share with you today! The next film we'll be bringing to cinemas in the UK & Ireland will be Maquia: When the Promised Flowers Bloom on 27th June. But today we're very excited to announce that there will be two very special advance screenings of the film next month!
First of all for anime fans in Ireland we're happy to say that the Irish Premiere of the film will be taking place at the Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin on Saturday 14th April at 6pm as part the annual Japan Film Festival!
Then a few days later Monday 16th April, we bring the film to England for the first time as there will be a special screening of the film at the Prince Charles Cinema in the heart of London at 6pm that evening.
Now, you might be wondering what's so special about these screenings? Well apart from the fact it's an opportunity to see the film ahead of the general theatrical date in June, we're delighted to say that the director of the film Mari Okada will be in attendance at both screenings to take part in a Q&A session! That's right, you'll get to watch the film and then hear the director talk about it! It's an opportunity not to be missed!
Book your tickets for both events featuring a Q&A with director Mari Okada now:
MARI OKADA (born 1976) is a screenwriter who works on a variety of media, including direct-to-video films, games and radio dramas. Her anime debut was on the 1998 TV series DT Eightron. Since then, she has gained attention through her work on the series composition and scripts of numerous titles including true tears (08), Toradora! (08), Hanasaku Iroha (11), AnoHana: The Flower We Saw That Day (11) and Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea (13). Anthem of the Heart (15) marked her first effort at writing an original anime feature film. In 2011 she was the recipient of the 16th Animation Kobe Award.
Japanese title: Sayonara no Asa ni Yakusoku no Hana o Kazarou (Let's Decorate the Promised Flowers in the Farewell Morning)
Synopsis: "Acclaimed screenwriter Mari Okada makes her directorial debut in this animated fantasy feature.
The people of Iorph have a lifespan of hundreds of years and maintain their teenage appearances for life, but when the peace of this town is shattered by those who want the secret to their longevity for themselves, a young girl named Maquia is forced to escape. Wandering the land alone, upon finding an orphaned baby she chooses to raise him, but as this boy grows up so the difference in their lifespans is thrown into ever-sharper relief."
Official English subtitled trailer:
We hope you're as excited about this as we are! It will be the first time that Mari Okada will be travelling to the United Kingdom & Ireland to discuss her work. Don't miss out on this very unique opportunity!
The All The Anime Podcast is back! Today Jeremy and Andy bring a prologue episode of sorts while the remainder of the team are out in Japan to bring you up to speed on what's been happening at All The Anime HQ the past few months along with some news notes.
Then it's time to delve into questions from Facebook and Twitter which covers a variety of topics including lengthy discussion on what we've been watching during the Winter anime season.
We hope you enjoy this episode and we'll be back next week~!
Next time we'll be looking through some more questions that were submitted for the show - as we're simply out of time because of all the anime we were talking about - and we'l be previewing what we're excited about when it comes to the Spring season too!
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.
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By Jonathan Clements.
In The Anime Boom in the United States, Michal Daliot-Bul and Nissim Otmazgin summarise several key issues in modern anime, including an overview of its entrepreneurs, the long-term influence of Japanese governmental cultural policies, and the effects of anime stylistics on contemporary American cartoons. They promise a “top-down” perspective on the business of selling Japanese animation, although I dispute whether they, or anyone else, is really sure where the top is. It certainly isn’t among the policy wonks of JETRO and MEXT, who are accused here of inflating their own statistics and bureaucratising the arts with pointless form-filling. Ridiculed by several interviewees for meaningless managerial exhortations to be “cool”, their attempts to get down with the kids are presented as embarrassing gaffes like your dad trying to breakdance. But Daliot-Bul and Otmazgin let those self-same bureaucrats plead their own case, leading to some wonderfully quotable comments and some enjoyably hand-waving dismissals of artistic integrity and poverty-line wages. Continue Reading
by Jeremy Clarke.
Three recent Hirokazu Kore-eda movies I Wish (2011), Like Father, Like Son (2013) and After the Storm (2016) finally arrive on UK BD/DVD. Most of his art-house feature work has secured a release here, much of it (including these three titles) initially in cinemas. Kore-eda has been described as one of the great contemporary humanist directors. These three titles focus, as does the current cinema release The Third Murder (2017), on parent-child relationships. Arrow Academy has therefore sensibly released them as a three-in-one package under the moniker Family Values. Continue Reading
There are some titles in our catalogue that perhaps standout compared to others for variety of reasons. Our release of The Testament of Sister New Devil: Season 1 is one of those titles as it's more on the risqué end of the spectrum to say the least, but it's a title a lot of people have been wondering if it would pass as uncut by the BBFC, which it did at an 18 rating.
So if demon fighting, sexy girls and lewdness are you're kind of thing, then this is a title for you! Strap in tight, because it's time to bring an unboxing of the Ltd Collector's Ed. Blu-ry set ahead of it's release next week (2nd April.)
Synopsis: From the studio that brought you Castle Town Dandelion and Gonna Be The Twin-Tail!!
When a pair of sexy girls, Maria and Mio, come to live with high school student Basara Tojo, his life changes forever. The two girls have a secret that they don't keep for long - Maria is a succubus, and Mio is a future Demon Lord. But Basara has a secret of his own - he's the last descendant from a clan of demon-fighting heroes.
To make things even more complicated, the girls force Basara into a master-servant contract, and Basara ends up becoming their master!
What happens when you put a succubus, a demoness, and a demon-fighting hero under the same roof? They form a bond that will help them to take on anything!
You can watch the trailer for this below
You can order this from retailers now including the following
And until this Thursday (29th March) we're having a special offer on this product at our AllTheAnime.com web shop! Click on the link below for details.
Our release comes packed in a rigid case. Inside that you'll find a digipack to hold the two Blu-ray discs along with a 24-page art booklet.
On the discs themselves you'll get the following:
And now it's time for photos of the finished product. You can click on them to enlarge them too if you want. Continue Reading