To many people, Isao Takahata will be remembered as the man who directed Grave of the Fireflies, the saddest Japanese animation ever made. Yet his work brims with the joy of life, from Heidi frolicking in the Alps with Peter in Takahata’s landmark 1974 series, to a gang of mischievous children calling “Li’l Bamboo!” to a wide-eyed toddler in the Oscar-nominated The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, Takahata’s last anime. Continue Reading
By Helen McCarthy.
The whimsical, colourful Cool Tokyo Guide by Abby Denson is bright, light, appealing and accessible. American cartoonist Denson, with help from her husband, Japanese friend Yuuko and mascot character Kitty Sweet Tooth, guides you through the process of visiting Tokyo from the point at which you start to plan your visit to the moment you pack your souvenirs for the flight home.
Denson’s second travel guide for Tuttle – following from last year’s Cool Japan Guide -- covers some of the same ground. A good deal of that was about Tokyo, often the Westerner’s first or only port of call in Japan. The sections on trip preparation have a good deal in common. Kamakura’s purple sweet potato delicacies and Japanese pharmacies get similar rave reviews in both books. The same, of course, could be said of any travel guide, but be aware that if you have the first book you’ll find the second overlaps.
Treated as a stand-alone guide to Tokyo, this has some very useful aspects. It goes wider than Gianni Simone’s Tokyo Geek’s Guide, reviewed last year, covering more general tourist attractions. The breezy style and enthusiastic approach will make it particularly appealing to teenagers, although parents planning a trip with younger teens should be aware that it also features information on bars and other establishments that they might prefer their children not to visit.
The comic-book format means that Denson can show first-timers how to navigate the control panel on a hi-tech Japanese toilet, devote a page to the different kinds of napkins and their uses, or convey the meaning of the crossed-arm “batsu” gesture (the physical equivalent of the Ghostbusters “no ghost” sign, used against the author to deter unwanted photography or incorrect recycling.) It also makes the book a fast, easy read. Continue Reading
We have officially reached the month April and we kick off the month with two very different releases that are available to add to your collection.
Read on below for the details.
FORMAT: Ltd. Collector's Ed. Blu-ray, standard DVD
BBFC CERT.: 18
SRP: Ltd Collector's Ed. Blu-ray - £59.99 | Standard DVD - £34.99
Language: English, Japanese with English subtitles
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
-- Want to know more about the series? Have a read of the piece at our blog HERE
FORMAT: Ltd. Collector's Ed. Blu-ray+DVD
BBFC CERT.: 15
Language: Japanese with English subtitles
Synopsis: Momotaro, Sacred Sailors played a major role in setting the stage fo the rise of anime and was Japan’s first feature-length animated film. A notable accomplishment for its time, the project was funded by the Navy Ministry of Japan during World War II.
This infamous 1945 black-and-white propaganda film that saw Japanese fairy tale hero Momotaro leads a squad of heroic animal soldiers against evil British demons, was funded to promote recruitment and Japan’s military agenda in the South Seas. Believed destroyed after Japan’s surrender, the film was rediscovered in a warehouse in 1983 and digitally restored from the sole surviving negative.
Along with another early masterpiece, Spider and Tulip, these films have been restored into HD so a whole new audience can see the milestones of the industry and historical artifacts from World War II.
Our release also includes the 128-page book "Sacred Sailors: The Life and Work of Seo Mitsuyo" written by Dr. Jonathan Clements (Author of Anime: A History, co-author of the Anime Encyclopedia)
You can watch a preview for the film below
In case you missed it late last week, there are going to be two special screenings of Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms this month! They're special as the director of the film, Mari Okada will be in attendance to take part in a Q&A session!
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.
Book your tickets for both events featuring a Q&A with director Mari Okada now:
And that concludes this post! We hope you're excited to add these releases to your collection, for the special screenings of Maquia this month!
Tokyo Ghoul is a franchise we have a close affinity to here at Anime Ltd. We brought the first two seasons of the anime to the UK, screened the live-action movie in cinemas and we were the first English speaking territory to release the two OVA episodes "Jack" & "Pinto" on Blu-ray and DVD.
We're delighted to confirm that we have acquired Tokyo Ghoul: re, the upcoming third season of the Tokyo Ghoul franchise! We can confirm for you that you will be able to watch the series via a simulcast via our friends at Crunchyroll - details to be announced soon - and down the line we'll also be bringing this to home video as well. (Though it's worth noting there won't be any other news regarding home video until likely mid-2019 at the earliest.)
Read on below for details on the series.
Synopsis (for the manga of Tokyo Ghoul:re volume 1)
Haise Sasaki has been tasked with teaching Qs Squad (note from Anime Ltd: Qs is read as "Quinx") how to be outstanding investigators, but his assignment is complicated by the troublesome personalities of his students and his own uncertain grasp of his Ghoul powers. Can he pull them together as a team, or will Qs Squad first assignment be their last?
You can watch a subtitled trailer for the series below, released by our friends AnimeLab in Australia:
Fans in UK & Ireland can watch the series at Crunchyroll.com
Don't forget that we've released the first two seasons and "Jack" & "Pinto" OVAs of Tokyo Ghoul on Blu-ray and DVD! So now is the perfect time to do a catchup and be primed for the upcoming season!
We hope you're excited for Tokyo Ghoul: re!
Later this year we're going to be bringing a recent incarnation of a classic franchise to Blu-ray in the United Kingdom - that being Lupin the 3rd: The Italian Adventure (aka Lupin the 3rd Part IV) and we're very excited for how that is shaping up, with details to follow soon.
However today we want to share the exciting news that we (Anime Ltd.) have acquired the rights to the next chapter in the franchise, Lupin the 3rd Part 5 and you'll be able to watch episodes of the new series as it airs in Japan via a simulcast through our good friends at Crunchyroll starting tomorrow (3rd April 2018.) The first episode will launch at 7:30pm (UK) that day!
The director and studio of Lupin the 3rd: The Italian Adventure (aka Lupin the 3rd Part IV) return to bring you more daring capers involving the world's greatest thief and his pals!
Synopsis: "Lupin the 3rd Part 5 finds our renowned thief and his associate Daisuke Jigen hiding out in an apartment in modern-day rural France, which provides the backdrop for this latest series.
This time around Lupin is drawn into the world of technology via a site on the so-called “dark web” known as Marco Polo - a go-to place for undesirables to purchase illegal items from drugs to firearms. Can Lupin successfully infiltrate a datacenter and carry out a heist to steal digital currency from this virtual realm?
It’s a unique challenge, made all the more so by the presence of Ami, a mysterious hacking genius who has her own interest in Marco Polo, as well as a man who claims to know details of Lupin the 3rd’s past..."
Check out a Japanese preview for the series below
You'll be able to watch new subtitled episodes every week at Crunchyroll.com starting tomorrow (3rd April.) The first episode will launch at 7:30pm (UK)!
We hope you're excited about this, because we sure are! Make sure you check out the first episode on Crunchyroll when it's available this week!
And as we mentioned earlier, we'll have details about our home video release of Lupin the 3rd: The Italian Adventure (aka Lupin the 3rd Part IV) coming soon. So stay tuned for that info!
UPDATED: 2nd April, 5:06pm - Simulcast launch time added.