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The Invisible Man

With a title that seems to proclaim, “look at me, I’ve arrived”, Daiei’s The Invisible Man Appears (1949) is a Japanese manifesto, a statement that they can match…

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Castlevania season 2

By Andrew Osmond. This blog has already run an in-depth article on Castlevania’s game origins and the people who produced it, which you can read here. The second…

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Music: The AIUEO Song

By Jonathan Clements. In one of the most widely discussed scenes in Mitsuyo Seo’s 1945 animated feature Momotaro, Sacred Sailors, the frenzied activity of building a South-Sea military…

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Newswire: June 2021 releases + July sneak peek

Welcome! Can you believe we’re already a third of the way through 2021? …. Now you’ve had a moment to let that sink in, let’s focus on some…

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Battle Royale

By Tom Wilmot. Of the thousands of films released every year, few are subjected to a high level of controversy, critical acclaim, or commercial success, let alone all…

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Books: The History of Sushi

By Jonathan Clements. Eric C. Rath observes that in the anime series Sushi Police, fish are portrayed weeping at the injustices done to them by culinary criminals. Luckily,…

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Belladonna of Sadness

By Jonathan Clements. Stolen from her betrothed, raped by the lord of the manor and his men, medieval European peasant girl Jeanne loses her faith in God and…

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Interview: Yuhei Sakuragi

By Andrew Osmond. The film The Relative Worlds may be made in CGI, but otherwise it’s a traditional SF anime adventure. Two ordinary present-day teenagers find themselves at…

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UNBOXING: K Seven Stories

The next chapter in the ‘K’ franchise is nearly here and it’s one that goes back to a time before the events of the original series! Today we’re…

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Books: Terminal Boredom

By Jonathan Clements. “There is something wrong with our present society,” Izumi Suzuki once wrote, “and I can’t stand SF written by people who don’t understand that… Even…

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Unboxing: PLANETES

It’s a classic show that has been out-of-print for a long time in the UK, but the time has nearly arrived for our Blu-ray release of PLANETES to…

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How Do You Live?

By Jonathan Clements. Copper is an unremarkable little boy, short in stature, high in grades, with a family in genteel poverty after the death of his father has…

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True Mothers

by Jeremy Clarke. Naomi Kawase’s new film True Mothers deals with the interface between unwanted teen pregnancy and infertility among married couples and was Japan’s entry for this…

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JUJUTSU KAISEN’S ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK BEING RELEASED SIMULTANEOUSLY WITH JAPAN DIGITALLY

ANIME LIMITED TO RELEASE JUJUTSU KAISEN’S ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK SIMULTANEOUSLY WITH JAPAN DIGITALLY Anime Limited is pleased to present the digital release of the JUJUTSU KAISEN Original Soundtrack in…

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Your Name

By Shelley Pallis. The forthcoming re-release of Makoto Shinkai’s world-beating romance Your Name is a perfect opportunity to revisit his 2016 blockbuster, and to poke around in some…

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Interview: Franceso Prandoni

By Gianni Simone. In the world of Japanese animation, one company that has consistently come up with original and beautifully produced works is Production I.G, one of the…

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Violet Evergarden

By Jeannette Ng. Set in the aftermath of an all-consuming war, Violet Evergarden follows the eponymous lead, an ex-child soldier, as she tries to piece together the fragments…

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Books: Grave of the Fireflies

By Jonathan Clements. Long overdue for inclusion in the BFI’s Film Classics series, Isao Takahata’s Grave of the Fireflies finally gets the critical treatment, courtesy of Alex Dudok…

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Slaying at the Cinemas?

By Mario Battaglia. Although there were plenty of anime fans who were already watching Demon Slayer, its movie spin-off’s sudden breaking of box office records was greeted worldwide…

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NEWSWIRE – May 2021 Releases + June sneak peek

It’s the end of the month and that means it’s time to look ahead to what releases we have got in pipeline! Today our primary focus will be…

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Ishiro Honda Double Feature

by Jeremy Clarke. Out now on Blu-ray alongside the standalone release of Mothra (1961) comes a double bill of two more Toho science fiction movies, The H Man…

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UNBOXING: Charlotte Complete Series Blu-ray

It’s a series we know a lot of you have experienced, but there are also many of you haven’t had seen the super-powered hijinks that ensues in Charlotte.…

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Music: Masayoshi Yamazaki

By Jonathan Clements. The accident-prone Masayoshi Yamazaki always seems to be able to fail upwards, starting with the moment in 1991 when the twenty-year-old musician showed up to…

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Gundam SEED Ultimate Edition coming May 2021

It’s been a while since we last discussed our Ultimate Edition release of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED. Originally planned for release at the tail end of 2020, this…

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Adapting Persona5

By Callum May. Adapting video games into anime is a challenge. In fact, when the producer and director of Persona5 the Animation stepped into Los Angeles’ Anime Expo…

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Interview: Yoshiharu Tsuge

By Gianni Simone. For a very long time, and with just a few exceptions, foreign comic fans could only read Yoshiharu Tsuge’s stories in Japanese. The avant-garde artist,…

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Books: Reading Murakami

By Jonathan Clements. Almost everything that is written about fiction is either reception (what the reader thought of the book) or production (an occasional making-of about the author…

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Science Fell in Love

By Amelia Cook. Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It is a comedy about two intense postgraduate students who develop feelings for each other in…

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UNBOXING: KonoSuba Season 2

It’s a release we know a lot of you have been excited about it and it’s nearly here! KonoSuba Season 2 Blu-ray Collector’s Edition arrives next week! We…

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Yasuo Otsuka (1931-2021)

The animator Yasuo Otsuka’s death today at the age of 89 was announced by Toshio Suzuki, the former president of Studio Ghibli. That felt only fitting, for while…

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Amy Howard Wilson (1955-2021)

It was the day of the big university oral examination, and the unnamed student was understandably flustered when the phone rang. When she picked up, there was a…

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Raya and the Last Dragon

By Andrew Osmond. The newest Disney feature animation, Raya and the Last Dragon, is available on the Disney+ platform. At the moment, it’s the same deal as the…

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Gundam F91

By Andrew Osmond. Gundam F91 is a feature film, released in Japanese cinemas in 1991. It’s also effectively a one-off. It has its own set of characters, and…

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Books: The Apothecary Diaries

By Jonathan Clements. It is the ultimate in blood-sports – hundreds of the most beautiful women in the world, locked away in a palace where their sole chance…

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Mothra

by Jeremy Clarke. You’d be forgiven for assuming Mothra (1961) to be a typical Toho monster movie in which a giant moth attacks Tokyo. However, the film single-handedly…

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Mission to Mars?

By Hugh David. “Abandoned artificial satellites. Tanks jettisoned from space shuttles. Refuse generated during space station construction. Debris of all shapes and sizes is travelling around the Earth…

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Books: The Works of Hayao Miyazaki

By Shelley Pallis. In an already crowded field of critical appraisals of Ghibli films, the Toulouse-based Third Editions offer their latest English-language publication, Gael Berton’s The Works of…

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NEWSWIRE – Your Name 4K News + April 2021 Releases

We’ve reached the end of February and that means it’s time to look ahead for what’s coming in the way of upcoming releases! Today the primary focus will…

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Moriarty the Patriot

By Jeannette Ng. Moriarty the Patriot is a manga that presents Professor James Moriarty (nemesis of Sherlock Holmes, here “William James Moriarty”) as a ruthless anti-hero battling class…

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Books: One Month in Tohoku

By Jonathan Clements. Caroline Pover did not spend one month in Tohoku. Well, she did, but then she went back again, and again and again. Over the last…

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Japanese Box Office Round-up 2020

By Jasper Sharp. So, what happened at the Japanese box office in 2020? The critics lists and industry stats from the Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan, or Eiren,…

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Persona5 The Animation – UK Blu-ray release details

Since we first announced we would be bringing the Persona5 The Animation series to Blu-ray, many of you have been clamouring to details on when you could expect…

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Books: The Impact of Akira

By Andrew Osmond. If you were asked which singer comes to mind in connection with Akira, most readers would think of Kanye West cosplaying Tetsuo in his pants…

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Human Lost

By Jonathan Clements. Tokyo, 2036. A revolution in medical treatments has conquered death. Thanks to the SHELL system, which controls a benign plague of nanomachines, human beings no…

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BEASTARS Season 1 Soundtrack Vinyl coming in July

With our vinyl soundtrack releases of FLCL, A Silent Voice and Attack on Titan now very much a staple of many music collections, today we’re excited to tell…

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Kill la Kill

By Jeannette Ng. Kill la Kill rests on a panoply of ridiculous puns, the central pair of which work just as well in English due to them being…

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Ujicha

By Tom Wilmot. One of the most appealing aspects of animation is that the form offers so much variety. From traditional hand-drawn cel animation to stop-motion work, the…

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Children Who Chase Lost Voices

By Shelley Pallis. Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below, also know as Journey to Agartha, was a landmark moment in the career of anime director Makoto…

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The Dark Side of Time Travel

By Andrew Osmond. Anime Limited is releasing new editions of two landmark anime series, Erased (carrying the full 12-part anime) and Re: Zero (carrying the complete first season).…

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NEWSWIRE – March 2021 Releases Preview

It’s the start of a new month and that means is time for us to look ahead and give you a preview of what’s to come in the…

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