By Jonathan Clements.
After the first five years of festivals, Scotland Loves Anime opened in 2015 with a screening of Attack on Titan so packed that Glasgow required an overflow cinema. SLA risked becoming so successful that it trampled on one of its own stated aims of introducing anime to the public – so many fans were showing up and booking early that screenings often had no space for casual walk-ins. As with previous years, the schedule was crammed with premieres, including Seiji Mizushima’s Expelled from Paradise, in which an agent from an orbital digitally-ingested enclave must slum it on a post-catastrophe Earth in the search for a rogue hacker.
The sold-out screening of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F began with a public reading of the notorious one-star review it received from the Guardian, which likened it to “Kenny G or Preparation H”, and attacked it for its “money-grabbing… gotta-catch-em-all... trading-card-inspired” awfulness. Audience members were invited to pile on the newspaper’s website for a little martial-arts monkey-wrenching. Continue Reading
Following the excitement of the (now out-of-print) Blu-ray Collector's Edition release of Part 1, today we're excited to tell you about our upcoming release of Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Part 2 Blu-ray Collector's edition!
So read on below for details on Part 2, plus an update on Endless Waltz and some details regarding a standard edition Blu-ray of Part 1!
EDITOR NOTE, 16th October: Since this blog post was published the release date of Gundam Wing: Part 2 Blu-ray Collector's Edition and Gundam Wing: Part 1 Blu-ray (standard edition) has been brought forward to 25th November 2019, from it's original December release date. The information in this post has been updated to reflect that.
Obviously, this is the second half of the series we're referring to. So if you're reading this we're going on the assumption you're already aware of what's happened in the story. So if you haven't seen it yet, perhaps slip the synopsis written below.
Synopsis (for Part 2): The actions of Heero and his fellow Gundam pilots have plunged Earth and its space colonies into political upheaval.
The secret society OZ, which took over the world in a stunning military coup, has now split into warring factions and the Gundam pilots are caught in the middle. Only the pacifist Sanc Kingdom, now resurrected under Relena’s leadership, remains an oasis of peace in a world torn by war. But two powerful new Gundams, and OZ’s legions of computer-control - led mobile dolls, are about to escalate the conflict to new heights
You can watch some video previews from Gundam Wing: Part 1 below
EDITOR NOTE, 16th October: Since this blog post was published the release date of Gundam Wing: Part 2 has been brought forward to 25th November 2019, from it's original December release date. The information below has been updated to reflect that.
Obviously something that so many of you were excited about when it came to the (now out-of-print) Part 1 Collector's Edition set was the awesome box that would store both parts of the series! Now, if you've been collecting other Gundam releases of ours that have involved two parts, you'll know that generally with Part 2 there's an additional item that will comes with it, as there's some extra space inside the box that came with Part 1.
The Gundam Wing Part 2 Blu-ray Collector's Edition release is no different as it'll come with an amaray case to store the four Blu-ray discs and there'll also be a 48-page booklet that is split into sections focusing on the 5 Gundam pilots; Heero, Duo, Quatre, Wufei and Trowa. There is some wonderful art we've been given clearance to include in the booklet of each character, and in addition to that there's also a section focusing on group art with all five of them.
You can see visual for this release below -
The next question you're probably asking is what's on the discs? It'll include the remainder of the series, episode 26-49, with both English and original Japanese with English subtitles audio options. Extras wise, there will be clean opening and closing title sequences, along with a collection of Japanese commercials.
The release date of this is 25th November and pre-orders begin at our AllTheAnime online shop for this TODAY (Thursday 10th October). Read more about below!
This will be available to order from retailers in the coming weeks, but today (Thursday 10th October) we begin taking pre-orders at our AllTheAnime online shop and we have a special limited time offer on this as well!
~ AllTheAnime.com Special Offer ~
Until Thursday 17th October 2019 pre-order Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Part 2 Blu-ray Collector's Edition for £34.99 (SRP: £59.99)
EDITOR NOTE, 16th October: Since this blog post was published the release date of Gundam Wing: Part 1 Blu-ray (standard edition) has been brought forward to 25th November 2019, from it's original December release date. The information below has been updated to reflect that.
The Blu-ray Collector's Edition set of Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Part 1 sold like wildfire! So much so that at time of writing it's pretty much Amazon UK and our friends at Gundam Mad that have stock of the Part 1 Collector's Edition. But fret not, as there is a standard edition Blu-ray of Gundam Wing: Part 1 coming! In fact, it'll be released the same day as the Part 2 Collector's Editions set we've been talking about above.
Product: Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Part 1 Blu-ray (standard edition)
Release date: 25th November 2019
Cat. No.: ANI8040
Suggested Retail Price: £59.99
This will literally be the amaray case with the same four discs as was included in Part 1. So if you missed out, or perhaps you were simply waiting for this version of Part 1 to be available, you don't have to wait long.
And what's more we're having a special offer on this standard edition Blu-ray at our AllTheAnime shop for a limited time too!
~ AllTheAnime.com Special Offer ~
Until Thursday 17th October 2019 order Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Part 1 Blu-ray (standard edition) for £34.99
We know some of you are wondering if there's an update we can bring you on Gundam Wing Endless Waltz, so we wanted to take a moment to touch on this. All going well (and I want to stress this is still to be full confirmed at time of writing) the plan is for us to be releasing Endless Waltz around mid December time; chances are it'll probably the the last release of the calendar year from us too! We're not able to share designs or confirm exact contents with you at this time; as it's not fully signed off and locked in at time of writing. (Given past experiences, we don't want to jinx anything.) But that at least gives you an idea on when we're hoping to release it.
Another thing we want to touch is a "complete collection" of sorts that we've seen numerous comments about and want to clear the air on, so to speak. We always said there will be an opportunity to purchase a collection of all the Gundam Wing Collector's Edition releases from us in one go, and that has not changed. It will likely be a limited time offer (that also will very likely be extremely limited in numbers), but there will be an opportunity to purchase a bundle from our AllTheAnime online shop containing the Part 1 Collector's Edition set, the Part 2 Collector's Edition set and the Endless Waltz Collector's Edition set. We have made sure sure units of each have been set aside specifically for this bundle offer. And don't worry, we'll make sure to give some notice as to when this offer will be launching. It's not going be a case where we just put if up for sale without warning as we know a lot of people have made it known to us they are very interested in having an opportunity to order this.
We appreciate there's been some confusion on this, which we'll hold our hands up and acknowledge we could have communicated better about this from outset, but we wanted to make everything noted above known now so you all know where things stand on this.
With that being said, if you're someone who wants to purchase all the Collector's Edition sets, given the bundle offer I've just mentioned genuinely will be extremely limited in numbers, we strongly encourage you to purchase the Collector's Edition sets as they become available to order. This isn't us scaremongering, it's us calling it like it is so you know where things stand now to help avoid potential disappointment later on.
As we talked about earlier, (at time of writing) Amazon UK and Gundam Mad still has some stock of the Part 1 Collector's Edition set, so you can still get your hands on that. And we're taking pre-orders for the Part 2 Collector's Edition set now. Pre-orders for Endless Waltz will open in the near future, but we'll obviously make it known when that begins. So keep an eye out for details on that!
We hope all of that helps clarify things, but if you've got any questions feel free to reach out to us through the usual channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, via our online shop) and we'll answer as best we can!
And there you go everyone! That's the latest update on all things Gundam Wing!
By Jonathan Clements.
Choose big eyes. Choose tentacles. Choose vampires. Choose ninja. Choose zombies. Choose cosplay. Choose samurai. Choose not to take whatever Disney doles out. Choose girls with guns and boys before flowers. Choose weird endings and wondering what the hell you just saw. Choose sitting in that cinema, watching the best that Japan has to offer. Choose your future, at Scotland Loves Anime. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
By most counts, Weathering with You may be Makoto Shinkai’s seventh film – and his fifth to run over an hour – but you might also call it his difficult “second” album. In 2016, Your Name’s stunning commercial success catapulted Shinkai as if he’d been struck by that film’s rogue comet. Before, Shinkai was an acclaimed but niche director with a loyal fan following – big in anime fandom, but barely-known outside it. After Your Name, Shinkai was a maker of blockbusters like Spielberg or Miyazaki.
Technically, Shinkai had still only made one blockbuster, but the Japanese marketing machine made sure Shinkai’s next film was pre-sold as a national event. Weathering with You opened on hundreds of screens across Japan in mid-July, welcoming in the summer. Toho, the film’s distributor, opened Weathering with You just a week after the Japanese release of Toy Story 4. The Shinkai brand was considered more than able to see off Buzz and Woody; how could Pixar’s toys fare against Shinkai’s star-crossed teenagers? Continue Reading
ALL THE ANIME PODCAST - 4th October 2019
"A Titan Who Is Sad"
[RECORDED ON 4th October 2019]
Join Jeremy Graves and Andy Hanley as they take through some recent news relating AllTheAnime for just over 30 minutes of light hearted anime based discussion.
There's talk on Weathering With You coming to UK cinemas in early 2020, details on the Scotland Loves Anime Film Festival that begins in one week!
Plus we rundown some of our upcoming releases including our first vinyl soundtrack releases, FLCL and A Silent Voice, along with the likes of Attack on Titan: Roar of Awakening, Silver Spoon Season 2, Gundam 00 and Jin-Roh!
There's even some time to mention a few shows we're looking forward to this coming anime season - which we'll no doubt talk about more once the first episodes have aired.
A quick catchup to conclude the week. Have a nice weekend~!
Time Codes for this podcast
00:50 - Weathering With You coming to UK cinemas, and Scotland Loves Anime talk
03:31 - AllTheAnime Music, FLCL and A Silent Voice vinyl release discussion
10:20 - A rundown of upcoming releases
21:18 - MCM London Comic Con is coming up!
23:14 - Some chat about some shows we've been watching along with some upcoming anime season shows we're looking forward to.
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.)