By Jonathan Clements.
“For its emotional effect and its deep meaning, its polish and its heart, the jury confers this year's Judges Award on Ride Your Wave by Masaaki Yuasa.” Not a sentence that I ever expected to be reading out to an Edinburgh crowd, who gasped with surprise, and then burst into applause.
And thereby hangs a tale, not least the Festival Jury Chairman wondering if he is going to be dropped through the trap door into the piranha tank, after the odds-on favourite, Makoto Shinkai’s Weathering With You, was consigned to second place at Scotland Loves Anime 2019, pipped at the post by an outside contender about a surfer girl and her lost love. Continue Reading
Since its launch, our own online storefront has grown substantially, and now that it's become such an important destination for so many of you we've been working away in the background to overhaul and improve our shop experience for our customers.
As of today, this updated shop interface is now live on our site, boasting a substantially new look that adds a number of important features to give you an improved and easier browsing experience.
Just what have we changed? Let's highlight just a few of the key new features.
By Andrew Osmond.
The collection of anime called Pigtails and Other I.G Shorts encompasses anime going in bold new directions, as well as established directors – namely Masaaki Yuasa and Hiroyuki Imaishi – flaunting their signature styles. Continue Reading
By Shelley Pallis.
The seaside town of Numazu has a “special” status in Japan. That’s supposed to mean that it has a quirkily autonomous mayoral council, but the tourist trade is keen to jump on the idea, and witters incessantly about how you can see Mount Fuji from the harbour, and how nobody makes noppo bread like the Numazu people. There’s even a “Romance” train from Shinjuku, that will whisk you, and someone you are trying to impress, away to the seaside in just two hours, where you can apparently “see all the nature.”
So, in other words, Numazu is very much the same as a hundred other towns in Japan, but for one distinguishing factor. It is the home of the Uranohoshi girls’ school, proud hosts of the Aqours pop phenomenon, an all-girl singing sensation that hit it big at the Love Live competition. And you can be sure that the local tourist board won’t be shutting up about that any time soon, even if the Uranohoshi girls’ school is a made-up place populated by cartoon characters. Because everywhere in Japan now needs to be a “holy land” (seichi) for some media franchise or other, something that the cast of Love Live Sunshine: Over the Rainbow are so keen to stress that they even nip back in a post-credits sequence to say “holy land” a few times. Continue Reading
(GLASGOW, UK - 22ND OCTOBER 2020)
Normally around this time of year we at Anime Limited would once again be preparing to exhibit at some major events, but as we know by now this is no longer the case in these unusual “normal” times we find ourselves in.
However, following our first foray into the world of online virtual events with the first Cloud Matsuri earlier this year, we promised this event would return. Today, we're excited to announce our second Cloud Matsuri will be taking place on 21st - 22nd November 2020. We’re once again inviting you to attend this completely free online event at CloudMatsuri.com, where you’ll be able to watch and keep up to date with the event as it unfolds on YouTube!
WHAT IS CLOUD MATSURI?
The inaugural Cloud Matsuri took place in May 2020, with a two-day event streamed entirely via YouTube, offering a unique convention experience you could enjoy in a safe way at home. And best of all, it’s a completely free event!
The original event brought you interviews with a vast array of talent from the Japanese animation industry. This second Cloud Matsuri will be continuing that theme but in an evolved way, bringing an even more diverse range of content.
The show will feature exclusive interviews and talks with special guests from the world of anime and beyond - we have special guests and partners we’re very excited to tell you about!
To keep tabs on the latest news and to attend the event, you can visit the official website at CloudMatsuri.com now!
Be sure to share the news with your friends online using the tag #CloudMatsuri