By Tom Wilmot.
One of the most appealing aspects of animation is that the form offers so much variety. From traditional hand-drawn cel animation to stop-motion work, the medium has continued to grow, giving creators numerous ways to express themselves. And then there’s geki-mation, the production method that 35-year-old auteur Ujicha uses to bring his nightmarish visions to life, now available on UK Blu-ray from Third Window Films.
By Shelley Pallis.
Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below, also known as Journey to Agartha, was a landmark moment in the career of anime director Makoto Shinkai, his second chance at big-budget feature directing, six years after the relatively poor performance of his first full-length feature, The Place Promised in Our Early Days. These days, it has largely been overshadowed by his later successes, the mature short Garden of Words, and the global box-office hits of Your Name and Weathering with You, but it marks an intriguing turning point in Shinkai’s work – a sudden and unrepeated swerve into high fantasy and late-twentieth-century nostalgia.
By Andrew Osmond.
Anime Limited is releasing new editions of two landmark anime series, Erased (carrying the full 12-part anime) and Re: Zero (carrying the complete first season). They’re different in many ways, but they both deal with time: time manipulation, time loops, time travel. But not fun time travel. These anime are about heavy time travel, mixed with murder and anguish and madness.
It's the start of a new month and that means is time for us to look ahead and give you a preview of what's to come in the way of new releases!
Today we'll be looking ahead to our lineup March, but we're also giving you a rundown of what will be coming in February too - so we can properly catchup on things.
By Andrew Osmond.
The delightful comedy-drama The Case of Hana & Alice is a kind of anime, except that it was filmed first in live-action, then converted into animation via traced drawings and CG software. The novel technique is used to tell an offbeat story. Set in contemporary Japan, it’s about two eccentric teen girls who team up to solve the mystery of a “missing” student, which leads them into comic misadventures. It’s a fond portrait of adolescence and friendship that’s also very funny.