By Andrew Osmond.
Keiichi Hara’s feature film Birthday Wonderland plays like a very traditional family fantasy, which seems to be part of its point. Given that the film tells the story of a Japanese girl travelling into a magic world, it inevitably raises thoughts of Spirited Away – which was, among other things, a plea for viewers to remember earlier ways of life, to not let the present swallow the past. That’s a theme in Birthday Wonderland too, and it’s stated very explicitly in the script. But Hara’s film also seems like a plea to remember earlier kinds of story.
In the two decades since Spirited Away, the “youngster goes to another world” story premise has become familiar in anime – all too familiar. If you follow new anime made for TV, you’ll know it’s one of the most overused formulae in Japanese media now. As long ago as 2016, a Japanese short story contest in Japan actually banned tales of characters travelling to alternate worlds. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
Anime Limited’s release of Kyoto Animation’s Tamako Market carries both the original 12-part TV series and its cinema continuation, the film Tamako Love Story. It’s a tale of the title girl Tamako, her neighbours and neighbourhood, her family and friends. Like many soaps, sitcoms and slice-of-life anime, it offers the viewer a friendly, happy place to go, hanging with people you like with (usually) no great concerns. It’s Kyoto Animation at its sunniest. Continue Reading
By Jasper Sharp.
In these days of cosplay conventions and K-drama and Chinese sci-fi blockbusters on Netflix, it is easy to forget how little access to – and, let’s face it, interest in – Asian popular culture the West had for the vast bulk of the twentieth century. Not so in the other direction, however, as is suggested by the title of Chinese Movie Magazines: From Charlie Chaplin to Chairman Mao, 1921-1951, a glorious 288-page all-colour compendium of early movie magazine covers collected and curated by the Hong Kong-based Paul Fonoroff, which vividly evokes three decades of seismic cultural change in China. Continue Reading
Following the recent news of our upcoming Attack on Titan Season 1 sound track vinyl release; us taking pre-orders for a Cowboy Bebop soundtrack vinyl produced by Milan Records; and the addition of a number of vinyl soundtracks (including Death Note) produced by Tiger Lab Vinyl, we've got more vinyl soundtrack news to share with you today!
We're excited to announce that starting this Friday (11th September 2020) at 12pm we'll be taking pre-orders for the upcoming My Hero Academia The Movie: Heroes Rising Soundtrack Vinyl produced by Milan Records at our AllTheAnime online shop!
Click on the link below to see the listing at our shop ahead of pre-orders launching:
Read on below for the details. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
Early in the Production I.G crime series B: The Beginning, it’s revealed that a mark resembling the letter “B”, left by an elusive vigilante at his killing grounds, consists of multiple symbols overlaid on each other. Equally the anime feels like two, possibly even three different shows in messy but interesting collision.
A police team in a fictional, beautifully depicted European archipelago looks for patterns in random-seeming killings and terrorism. At times B feels like a straight cop/psycho thriller show, simulating live-action as Production I.G shows often do. But the realistic scenes wrap around fantastically “anime” antics, as superhuman youths in luminous makeup and nonsense costumes zip round the landscape. Continue Reading