Tag: anime

Pretty Packaging: OUTLAW STAR Makes Itself Wanted

After Scottish distributor Anime Limited's veritable onslaught of special editions last month, I've become almost skittish to post even more articles about them for a while. Still, for a company aiming at a niche market in difficult times, they're doing...

Pretty Packaging: FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST Ultimate Edition

(Anime Limited goes crazy pimping, part III...) Last week saw a veritable deluge in releases from Scottish distributor Anime Limited, three of which easily qualified for a "Pretty Packaging" article. So on Saturday we showed Miss Hokusai, yesterday we showed...

Pretty Packaging: The ESCAFLOWNE Ultimate Edition Is A Box Of Boxes

(Anime Limited goes crazy pimping, part II...) Glasgow-based distributor Anime Limited released three royally decorated Blu-ray boxes this week, and we're covering all of them. Yesterday saw the pretty wooden box of the Miss Hokusai release, tomorrow we'll look at...

Pretty Packaging: MISS HOKUSAI Brings The Art

(Anime Limited goes crazy pimping, part I...) It's not a secret that I'm a huge fan of Scottish distributor Anime Limited, one of several struggling UK companies trying to keep their heads above water in an increasingly hostile market, especially...

Review: YOUR NAME, a Body-Swap Animated Romance with Brains and Heart

Body swapping, time displacement and comets of mass destruction all feature prominently in Makoto Shinkai’s heart-wrenching adolescent romance. Boasting an infectious soundtrack by RADWINGS and luminous animation, Your Name proves a winning combination of laughter, tears and occasionally mind-bending concepts...

Kimura Takuya Cannot Die In Miike's BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL Teaser

Another day, another project from one of Japan's most prolific and talented directors, Miike Takashi. His latest project is an adaptation of Samura Hiraoki's manga Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no Jūnin). The manga, which ran in serial form beginning...

GHOST IN THE SHELL: Loads Of New Footage As Oshii Visits Set

Full marks to the marketing team behind the upcoming Hollywood live action adaptation of seminal cyberpunk manga and anime property Ghost In The Shell. Fully aware of the whitewashing controversy around the casting of Scarlett Johansson as Major Motko Kusanagi...

GHOST IN THE SHELL: First Look At The Major In Action In New Clip

With a trailer for the big budget live action adaptation of classic cyberpunk manga and anime Ghost In The Shell apparently just around the corner a very brief new teaser clip has arrived to whet the appetite. And as clips...

Watch the Stunning New Trailer for Osamu Tezuka's METROPOLIS, Coming to UK Blu-ray in 2017

Inspired by Fritz Lang's seminal 1927 masterpiece, adapted by Akira director Katsuhiro Otomo from the manga by Astro Boy creator Osamu Tezuka, and directed by Rentaro (Galaxy Express 999), Metropolis is hailed as one of the most beautiful Japanese animes...

Review: MISS HOKUSAI, A Rounded Work of Beauty and Intellect

Prolific animation house Production I.G. subtly captures the rhythms of mood of the art and publishing community in 19th century Edo, Japan. Miss Hokusai is simultaneously misleadingly quiet, and furiously idiosyncratic.  Blending the magical realism sensibility of Studio Ghibli with...

WB And Toho Will Produce Takashi Miike's Adaptation of JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE

Variety announced that Warner Bros. Japan and Toho Studios will produce Takashi Miike's adaptation of a long running anime/manga JoJo's Bizarre Advenure (Jojo no Kimyo na Boken). Miike will be adapting the fourth season of the anime titled Diamond is...

Have Your Say: What's Your Guilty Pleasure Anime?

Recently, I saw the first two episodes of the Cat Planet Cuties anime series, and noticed to my surprise that I was having a rather swell time with it. Its story is about a teenage boy who gets visited by...

DEATHNOTE: LIGHT UP THE NEW WORLD Coming Soon to Screens Down Under

Before we bear witness to Adam Wingard's (The Guest, You're Next) live-action remake version of the extremely popular long-form anime and manga series Death Note, Shinsuke Sato (the Gantz films) takes a shot with Light Up The New World. Please...

Pretty Packaging: Two PARASYTE THE MAXIM Boxsets Invade Your Space

Iwaaki Hitoshi's science fiction horror manga Parasyte was released in the late eighties and early nineties, but has recently been revived in two adaptations: two live-action films were released last year, but before that, in 2014, anime studio Madhouse made...

GANTZ:O Trailer Arrives!

Gantz:O - the latest adaptation of Oku Hiroya's popular manga - will soon have its world premiere in Venice leading up to its JApanese theatrical release and anxious fans awaiting a taste of the upcoming feature film have just got...

DEATH NOTE: LIGHT UP THE NEW WORLD Delivers A New Trailer

It's a busy time for fans of popular anime and manga series Death Note. Here in North America, director Adam Wingard is currently in production on an English language, live action adaptation of the property while over in Japan the...

Have Your Say: Which Anime Would You Like Another Season Of?

Yesterday brought happy news for fans of Araki Tetsurō's anime Attack on Titan, as the series' site announced a second season is finally being made, and readied for airing early next year (thanks to Kotaku for spreading the news). Attack...

Pretty Packaging: THE BOY AND THE BEAST Has A French Release Worth Fighting Over

Hosoda Mamoru has been a shining light in the Japanese animation industry, and never more so than after he left Studio Ghibli over a decade ago. What would normally be considered a career-killing move proved to take him on a...

Nagai Go's Android Hero Returns In CUTIE HONEY: TEARS

Last on the big screen with Neon Genesis Evangelion director Anno Hideaki's live action adaptation in 2004, Nagai Go's hugely popular manga hero Cutie Honey returns with a new adaptation from director Asai Takeshi titled Cutie Honey: Tears. The story...

Have Your Say: Who Would You Cast In A Live-action KILL LA KILL Film?

Plenty of words have been written and said about the ongoing disgruntlement with Scarlett Johansson being in the live-action Ghost in the Shell film. So when a Facebook friend of mine posed the fun question of who we'd cast in...