By Andrew Osmond.
2020 was supposed to be a year full of big anime movie releases. As we all know, Covid had other plans, and anime studios had to adjust as best they could. For example, one of the summer cinema releases was meant to be A Whisker Away, a delightful “girl turns into a cat” fantasy written by Mari Okada (Maquia) and animated by the Colorido studio (Penguin Highway). It ended up going straight to Netflix.
It seems likely though, that many of the big “2020” films will be released in cinemas, but perhaps not till next year, along with the films planned for a 2021 release anyway. Here are six of the most anticipated... Continue Reading
By Jonathan Clements.
Master-criminal Lupin III is in for a surprise at a Paris heist, when his attempt to steal a priceless diary is thwarted by another thief. But Laetitia Lambert is no career burglar like Lupin and his crew – she’s a would-be archaeologist, tasked with stealing the book by her grandfather.
Inevitably, Lupin teams up with the innocent Laetitia, particularly when he discovers that she is the only person who can help him translate the diary’s multilingual secrets to figure out the location of a legendary treasure. But both Lupin and Laetitia find themselves investigating their own family histories – the fabled Bresson Diary, it turns out, was an artefact that Lupin’s own grandfather, the original master-thief Arsene Lupin, wanted for himself.
All of which goes to explain why this 2019 CG feature labours under the unwieldy title of Lupin III the First – bear with me, I’ll call it Lupin the First hereafter, not the least because it’s plainly intended as a reset-to-zero to bring in new viewers for the Lupin franchise. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
Violet Evergarden is set in an alternative world, told across a cluster of countries which often look European. These countries have been in a terrible war with each other, but a ceasefire has been signed. Now a new peacetime industry is springing up, an organised postal service, which is as important in this world as the Internet is in ours. But as many people have no experience in putting their intimate feelings on paper, a new profession has sprung up to help them write their letters. These professionals are called Auto Memory Dolls.
And no, they’re not robots; their name comes from the typewriters they use. They’re simply young women – scribing and ghost-writing are clearly viewed as female callings – trained to channel their clients’ feelings. But there’s one Doll who might be taken as a robot. She’s mostly expressionless, scarily efficient – her typing speed would rival Clark Kent’s – and she has huge trouble comprehending emotions, especially her own. It’s blindingly obvious that she’s hopelessly, piteously in love with her missing military superior, who probably died in the war. For the woman is a former child soldier, Violet Evergarden. Continue Reading
Additionally, we're also very excited to tell you about a few major titles that will be part of our December, as pre-orders for each will begin at our shop during October. Read on below for the details. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
Sword Art Online: Alicization is much more than a new SAO adventure. It’s an epic new phase of the franchise, an audacious statement that the saga is only getting bigger. In print form, the Alicization story stretched over nine books by series creator Reki Kawahara. Meanwhile, the studio A-1 Pictures announced Alicization would take about 50 episodes to adapt, with the first 13 parts on this opening volume released by Anime Limited.
Alicization is a direct continuation of the previous SAO anime – Sword Art Online, Sword Art Online II and the film Ordinal Scale. (If you’re wondering about Gun Gale Online, that was a light-hearted side-story with different characters, fun but optional.) If you’re not up to date with SAO, be warned spoilers follow. Continue Reading