By Jonathan Clements.
Masami Toku’s collection International Perspectives on Shojo and Shojo Manga: The Impact of Girl Culture might contain a couple of doubtful inclusions and off-the-wall tangents, but still outperforms many similar books in terms of its sheer usefulness and educational value. Continue Reading
The time is near! Many of you have been wondering when you might (finally) be able to get your hands on the popular agriculture anime Silver Spoon and today we're delighted to announce that season 1 will be getting released on 3rd June 2019, with the second season to follow in July 2019!
We're very excited about releasing this show for a number of reasons: the first being that's is a really great fun show conceived by the creator of Fullmetal Alchemist, Hiromu Arakawa! But the second because we (AllTheAnime) will be the first English speaking territory in the world to release the series on Blu-ray!
Both seasons will be getting released as Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray sets, and we'll delve deeper into what they'll look like and such below. But before we go any further, a quick introduction for any of you not familiar with the series.
Original Creator: Hiromu Arakawa (Fullmetal Alchemist)
Director (Season 1): Tomohiko Ito (ERASED, Sword Art Online)
Studio: A-1 Pictures
Synopsis: "The only reason why Yugo Hachiken decided to attend the Oezo Agricultural High School (a.k.a Ezono) was simply because the school had a dormitory. Entering Ezono was a way for Yugo to run away from the stifling academic pressures in the city, however, it didn’t take long for him to realize that life is not that simple.
Yugo is soon forced to face more hurdles in his new environment surrounded by all the farm animals and the magnificent Mother Nature. He also begins feeling a different kind of pressure as he deals with his classmates who, unlike him, all have a clear view of what they want for their futures. Even so, as Yugo overcomes one challenge after another at Ezono and deepens his bonds with his classmates, he begins to grow stronger both physically and mentally.
This is a coming-of age story filled with sweat, tears, and literally a lot of dirt!"
Here's a quick trailer for you:
Let's begin with Season 1. As we mentioned it'll be getting released as a Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray set. Here's what that will look like -
As you can see, following our traditional Collector's Edition style it'll all come packaged in a rigid case (top left) and inside that will be a digipack to house the two Blu-ray discs (top right). (Both discs being BD50s, for anyone wondering.) Additionally there'll be 5 art cards as well as an A3 sized poster!
Across the two Blu-ray discs you'll get the entire first season (11 episodes), with episodes 1-6 on the first disc, and episode 7-11 on the second. It's worth noting that the entire series was never dubbed into English, so this is a subtitled only release, in Japanese with English subtitles. (The audio being Linear PCM 2ch for anyone curious.)
Additionally you get some promotional videos for the series plus textless opening and ending title sequences as extras across both discs.
~ AllTheAnime.com Special Pre-order Offer ~
Until Thursday 9th May 2019 you can take advantage of a limited-time pre-order offer on Season 1 of Silver Spoon! You can order it from our AllTheAnime online shop for only £34.99 (SRP: £59.99)
Now that you know what Season 1 will look, we're sure you're curious about what the second season will look like when it's released in July 2019? So here's a first look at that -
In keeping with the same theme set with Season 1, Season 2 will come packed in a rigid case with a winter theme to it; to match the setting of the second season. Inside you'll find a digipack to house the two Blu-ray discs, and you'll find 5 art cards and an A3 poster inside too!
Disc wise, once again the season will be spread out over two BD50 Blu-ray discs. Slight peek behind the curtain here, but we're currently in the process of finalising these discs, so we don't have the exact episode split locked in yet, but probably fair to assume it'll match Season 1. Extras are unconfirmed at time of writing.
Season 2 will be coming in July 2019 (exact date to be confirmed soon) with pre-orders for this commencing nearer the time of release. But in the interim you can checkout the listing for this at our AllTheAnime online shop HERE.
And that about wraps up this preview of our releases of Silver Spoon! We hope you're (finally) looking forward to adding this to your collection!
by Jeremy Clarke.
A young man is partnered with a Pikachu who has lost his memory and speaks English with the voice of actor Ryan Reynolds. Together, they investigate the mystery of the young man’s missing detective father. Pokémon Detective Pikachu is the latest big-screen addition to Japan’s hugely successful, worldwide Pokémon franchise and it delivers Pikachu as you’ve never seen him before. Indeed, it delivers the world of Pokémon as you’ve never seen it before. Continue Reading
Now that we've entered the month of May, no doubt much like ourselves your thoughts are turning towards the end of the month and MCM London Comic Con, which takes place as per tradition at London's ExCeL Centre from Friday 24th - Sunday 26th May 2019. If you haven't bought tickets to the event yet, then there's still time to do so, and this may be the moment to secure your place at the show using the link below!
As I'm sure you can imagine, we have plenty of exciting products, events and activities in planning, both from ourselves and in conjunction with our good friends at Crunchyroll, that will make a trip to the event well worth your while. We'll be able to talk more about all of our plans over the coming weeks, but as our starting point today we're thrilled to announce the fruits of our regular collaboration with MCM Comic Con to bring a notable Anime Guest of Honour to the event.
London Comic Con's guest for May 2019 comes courtesy of renowned studio MAPPA, and we're thrilled to welcome director of Garo: The Animation and hit Netflix series Kakegurui to the UK as Yuichiro Hayashi makes his way to London to talk about his career and his work on the show!
For more information about the man himself, and how and when you can see him during MCM London Comic Con, read on below!
Yuichiro Hayashi has been involved in numerous major productions as a storyboard artist, episode director as well as series director. Some of his most well-known works are 009 RE:CYBORG (2012; Storyboard Artist), GARO: The Animation (2014; Series Director), and GARO: Divine Flame (2016; Movie Director, Storyboard Artist, Episode Director). On Kakegurui (2017), he not only served as Series Director, but also played major roles as Storyboard Artist and Episode Director. Most recently, he directed Kakegurui xx (2019) in collaboration with Kiyoshi Matsuda.
As per MCM London Comic Con tradition, we will of course be holding an Anime Guest of Honour panel at the event, giving you a great opportunity to see Mr. Hayashi talking about his work, with a focus on his roles as a series director, storyboard artist and episode director over the years. There may even be time for you to ask him a question yourself!
You can join us for this fascinating discussion yourself at the following time and location - we've also linked to the MCM guest announcement page in case you need it:
When: 1:30PM-2:30PM, Saturday 25th May 2019
Where: Centre Stage
Entry to this Guest of Honour panel is absolutely free for all MCM London Comic Con attendees, so please come along and be a part of this fascinating discussion!
You will also have the opportunity to meet the man himself as he will be taking part in two free signing sessions across the weekend – one on Saturday and one on Sunday.
At the time of writing (2nd May 2019), the precise times of signing sessions are still to be confirmed. We'll update this article with times as soon as we have them, so keep checking back!
Update: 20th May 2019 - Signing session times now added!
As always, both signing sessions with this guest are absolutely free! Signing cards will also be provided to anyone who wants a signature, and signing sessions will be taking place in the official MCM Comic Con signing area. We look forward to seeing you there!
Until next time, take care, and don't forget to book those Comic Con tickets!
For those of you in mood for some old school sci-fi anime, we've got the Blu-rays for you as the 3rd June 2019 sees the classic Martian Successor Nadesico television series released as a standalone Blu-ray released. On the same say its sequel movie, Martian Successor Nadesico The Movie: The Prince of Darkness will be getting an individual Blu-ray release. So if you missed the chance to pick up our (now out of print) Collector's Edition set, these will put that right nicely!
Both are available to order from our AllTheAnime.com online shop right now ahead of their respective releases.
As if that wasn't enough we've got a little special offer for you too! Until Friday 17th May when you buy both the TV series Blu-ray and the Movie Blu-ray, you can save 25% off the Movie Blu-ray!
To take advantage of this offer simply:
-- Add both products to your shopping cart.
-- During the checkout process input the following discount code: BAKABAKKA
-- Then apply that code, you'll the amount deducted from the total, and then complete the transaction as you normally would!
If you're not familiar with Martian Successor Nadesico, read on below for more information about it.
Tatsuo Sato’s Comedy Masterpiece Returns in High Definition!
Synopsis: "The Earth, its moon and its Martian colonies are under alien attack, but the war against the “Jovian lizards” has, so far, been nothing short of a series of disasters.
Disgusted by the incompetence of Earth’s military, the independent arms manufacturer Nergal builds its own space battleship and plans to launch a desperate offensive to save humanity. But due to a shortage of trained soldiers, they’ve assembled the most unorthodox crew to ever launch into orbit! With a pacifist cook-turned-unwilling mecha pilot and a ditsy admiral’s daughter in command, can this unprecedented gathering of geeks, misfits and anime fans prevail against the Jovian menace?"
Synopsis: Two Years have passed since the Great War.
Akito and Yurika have vanished. The Jovians and the Earthlings have joined forces and Ruri is now the Captain of the Nadesico B. As the popularity of Bosun Jumping grows, a vast transportation network has been developed. Dubbed The Hisago Plan, this network of Chulip portals holds the answers to the mysteries behind Bose particles and their power. If those secrets should fall into the wrong hands, it could mean big trouble. And big trouble there is.
A Martian splinter group has launched an offensive, leaving the Unifi ed Forces befuddled and desperate. So much so that the former crew of the Nadesico is called back to active duty for a special unsanctioned mission - to save us all. Does this menagerie of misfi ts have what it takes? Who will win the race for Boson technology? And what the heck ever happened to Akito and Yurika? The answers lie within; deep within Nadesico The Movie - The Prince of Darkness!
And there you have it! If you haven't got Nadesico in your collection already and you're a fan of older anime, let alone sci-fi, giant robots and big explosions, then you should definitely have this on your radar!