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Music: Shinkai’s Suzume

By Andrew Osmond. Makoto Shinkai’s new film Suzume isn’t in British cinemas yet – as of writing, it’s scheduled for release on 14th April. However, Anime Limited is…

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Anime Limited to Distribute Vinyl and CD of Suzume Motion Picture Soundtrack

Director Makoto Shinkai reunites with RADWIMPS for the soundtrack of his latest feature film, as well as internationally acclaimed film composer Kazuma Jinnouchi GLASGOW, JANUARY 31, 2023 – …

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Books: Tatami Galaxy

By Tom Wilmot. Any mention of The Tatami Galaxy usually brings to mind Masaaki Yuasa’s much-loved 2010 anime. The charming series has become something of a modern classic,…

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Interview: Sawao Yamanaka

By Andrew Osmond. For the benefit of readers who discovered your band, the pillows, through the music on FLCL, which pillows albums would you especially recommend as a way…

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Japan Foundation Tour 2023

by Jeremy Clarke. This year’s Japan Foundation (JPF) Touring Programme, which runs throughout February and March and is celebrating its 20th edition, contains three manga-related live-action films and…

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George Takei’s Allegiance

By Helen McCarthy. Art is a time machine; it shows us other versions of history. The ones we like least are usually the ones we need to remember.…

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Books: She and Her Cat

By Andrew Osmond. She and Her Cat was one of the first animated films by Makoto Shinkai, five minutes of software-aided monochrome that he made mostly by himself,…

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Manga: Natsume & Natsume

By Jonathan Clements. There’s something not quite right about Natsume Shiranui. Sometimes he stands too close to people. Sometimes he doesn’t quite read the room right. He’s troubled…

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Books: The Man Who Leapt Through Film

By Andrew Osmond. When you get aposh coffee-table art book in English on anime, it’s almost always about Miyazaki or Ghibli. So it’s great to report that The…

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Manga: Blitz

By Shelley Pallis. Teenager Tom is determined to impress Harmony, the queen of the class at his school, and the only way he can do so is by…

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Manga: Kamen Rider Kuuga

By Shelley Pallis. As Japan is rocked by a series of grisly murders, the Tokyo police set up a specialised task force to take down murderers that they…

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Books: Monster Kids

By Jonathan Clements. In his lively new book Monster Kids: How Pokémon Taught a Generation to Catch Them All, Daniel Dockery talks us through the original plans in…

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Anime Streaming Guide 2023

By Andrew Osmond. When this blog last presented a rundown of anime streaming titles this time last year, Crunchyroll had been recently acquired by the Funimation Group. Well,…

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Yuji Nunokawa (1947-2022)

Yuji Nunokawa, who died on Christmas Day, was not a well-known name among Anglophone anime fans, but he was  a powerful figure in the Japanese cartoon business, instrumental…

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Books: Ghibliotheque Anime Movie Guide

By Andrew Osmond. Last year saw Ghibliotheque: The Unofficial Guide to the Movies of Studio Ghibli, a book by the hosts of the popular Ghibliotheque podcast, which I…

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Girls Who Leapt Through Time

By Andrew Osmond. Readers of this blog will know The Girl Who Leapt Through Time as the seminal breakthrough film by Mamoru Hosoda, the future director of Belle…

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A Fugitive from the Past

by Jeremy Clarke. Voted third in Kinema Junpo magazine’s 1999 list of the greatest Japanese film of all time, Tomu Uchida’s A Fugitive From The Past (1965) is…

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Manga: Shuna’s Journey

By Andrew Osmond. In the last twelve months, we’ve had the first ever English-language releases of two vintage Miyazaki works, both forty years old or more. The first is his…

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Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water

By Andrew Osmond. Speaking at 2014’s Tokyo Film Festival, Hideaki Anno mentioned that he once watched a rerun of his series Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, and was pleased…

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The Deer King

By Andrew Osmond. Masashi Ando is co-director of The Deer King; he’s also the film’s Chief Animation Director, Character Designer and Storyboarder. Before Deer King, Ando had an…

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Inside Cyber City Oedo 808

Curious about our release of Cyber City Oedo 808, on sale now as part of the Twelve Days of Christmas offers? Check out Andy Hanley’s documentary on the…

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One Piece Film: Red – don’t miss your last chance to see it!

We know that so many of you have already experienced the phenomenal One Piece Film: Red on the big screen. However, if you still haven’t caught the movie…

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Music: Lo-Fi Ghibli

By Jonathan Clements. Grey October Sound, “one of Japan’s most talented hip-hop producers”, takes a bunch of iconic Joe Hisaishi tracks and noodles around with them, often working…

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Ascendance of a Bookworm

By Andrew Osmond. Like many fantasy protagonists, the young heroine of Ascendance of a Bookworm is on a desperate mission. But it doesn’t involve melting a ring, slaying…

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Liz and the Blue Bird

By Andrew Osmond. Liz and the Blue Bird was released in Japan in April 2018, less than two years after A Silent Voice. It was an ideal film…

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Books: The Art of Pacific Rim the Black

By Jonathan Clements. Occupying a handy space between Titan Books’ habitual comics and movie work, and the more impenetrable territory of Japanese animation, Andrew Osmond’s The Art of…

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Manga: Marginal Operation

By Jeannette Ng. I flat-out don’t know what to do with Marginal Operation. The premise is one that I’ve grown familiar with in light novels and manga: a…

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Eternal 381

By Shelley Pallis. Suzushiro might seem a little bit old to be doing a paper round, but he’s a college student on a “newspaper scholarship” who needs the…

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One Piece lights up London!

One Piece Lights up London with a magic projection on the County Hall and 15 other projections around the city on November 26th, 2022 Paris – November 24,…

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Manga: Heavenly Delusion

By Jeannette Ng. Masakazu Ishiguro’s Heavenly Delusion is a sprawling saga through the urban wastelands of a post-apocalyptic Japan, as we follow a teenager named Maru looking for…

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Books: A Development Strategy…

By Jonathan Clements. In 2011, Steve Jobs signed the death warrant on Adobe’s popular Flash software, with an open letter to the developers, citing security issues and the…

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Anime Limited announces North American slate of vinyl and home video releases for 2023 at AnimeNYC

Soundtracks will also be distributed in Europe and Oceania; home video titles will also be released in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland NEW YORK, NOVEMBER…

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Manga: The Seatmate Killer

By Shelley Pallis. The clickbaity title of Turning the Tables on the Seatmate Killer suggests the reader might be letting themselves in for some sort of mystery or…

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Manga: Inside Mari

By Jeannette Ng. Inside Mari begins with a seemingly simple bodyswap where Isao Komori, a depressed shut-in and college dropout wakes up in the body of Mari Yoshizaki,…

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Manga: Atom

By Shelley Pallis. Atom: The Beginning is a marvellous experiment in retro manga, a retelling of Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy in prequel form, narrating all the back-story and…

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Manga: My Dear Detective

By Shelley Pallis. Mitsuko Hoshino is a go-getting, no-nonsense detective, a woman in a man’s world, repeatedly clearing cases faster than anyone else, even as her superiors and…

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The Relative Worlds

By Jeremy Clarke. Teenage romance, parallel worlds and dysfunctional families are the main ingredients of The Relative Worlds, Yuhei Sakuragi’s uneasy cross between a mawkish teenage romance boy…

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SLA Podcast 2022

Let’s talk films… but beware, spoilers lurk! Andy Hanley is joined by Scotland Loves Anime festival jury chairman Jonathan Clements, and juror Kambole Campbell, to talk about the…

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Captain Tylor OAVs

By Andrew Osmond. Anime fans coming to the made-for-video episodes of The Irresponsible Captain Tylor after watching the Tylor TV show might wonder what they were in for.…

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Books: Kyoto Stories

By Jonathan Clements. “Riding on public transportation in Japan makes you feel a part of the general population,” writes Steve Alpert in Kyoto Stories. “One of the people.…

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Summer Ghost

By Andrew Osmond. The name Summer Ghost may sound oxymoronic to British viewers. We tend to associate ghosts with cold, dark months, as with A Christmas Carol and…

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Patlabor the Movie

By Andrew Osmond. Mamoru Oshii, the director of Patlabor the Movie, once described his 1989 film as pop entertainment. Any fan of Oshii, best known for Ghost in…

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Digital Realms

By Kambole Campbell. In the eyes of contemporary viewers, anime as an industry and as a medium has had an increasingly intertwined relationship with the online space. While…

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Anime Ltd joins the PLAION group

It’s official!  Today PLAION group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Embracer Group AB, announced that they’ve entered into an agreement to acquire Anime Ltd.  We believe both PLAION…

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Her Blue Sky

By Jonathan Clements. Akane (Riho Yoshioka) is a small-town lady in rural Chichibu, surrogate parent to her teenage sister Aoi (Shion Wakayama), and an enthusiastic part of the…

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Fated Encounters

By Andrew Osmond. Anime is full of fraught love stories, where characters cross oceans of time, fight fierce duels, or turn the universe on its head, all for…

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Tunnel to Summer

By Shelley Pallis. Kaoru Tono hates the summer. He hates the heat, and the way that the ice creams always sell out in the tuck shop, and the…

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Totoro on Stage

By Helen McCarthy. I’ve seen a Catbus live onstage not twenty feet away. I’ve watched Totoro fly over the heads of a packed audience, all gasping, laughing, cheering…

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Re:cycle Penguindrum

By Andrew Osmond. In Penguindrum, a dorky penguin hat – that’s a hat that looks like a penguin, not one made out of penguins – brings a beautiful…

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Naoko Yamada & Friends

By Andrew Osmond. Naoko Yamada is the best-known female director in anime. Most of her directing credits are for TV series made at Kyoto Animation, where she spent…

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