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Anime-Lympics

By Helen McCarthy. The mascot characters of the Tokyo Olympics are Miraitowa and Someity, selected from over 2000 entries in an open competition over four years ago, and…

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The Witches of the Orient

by Jeremy Clarke. This sports documentary, just out in UK and Irish cinemas, opens with a scene from the anime short Danemon’s Monster Hunt at Shojiji (Yoshitaro Kataoka,…

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Lupin III The First

by Jeremy Clarke. A character with a long history in Japan in anime, manga artist Monkey Punch’s celebrated gentleman thief Arsène Lupin III is a descendant of the…

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Anime Limited licenses Love Live! Superstar!!

Over recent years, Anime Limited has become the home of Love Live! in the UK, and today we’re thrilled to confirm that will continue, as we can confirm…

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Josee, the Tiger and the Fish

By Jonathan Clements. Struggling to make ends meet, Tsuneo is scrimping together all his spare cash to fund the trip of a lifetime – a graduate posting in…

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Books: One Shining Moment

By Shelley Pallis. Book-length studies of anime TV shows are rare indeed. Critics tend to favour the shorter hours and wider footprint of writing about single anime movies.…

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Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu’s BELLE gets world premiere at Cannes ’21

London, UK, 6th July 2021: Animated fantasy BELLE will receive its World Premiere at the 74th Cannes Film Festival on Thursday July 15th in the Cannes Premiere section,…

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Irezumi

By Tim Wilmot. By the mid-1970s, the decline of the Japanese studio system had led to the rise of pinku eiga, low-budget soft porn movies that were targeted at a…

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Books: How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom

By Shelley Pallis. And with an abrupt rip, like a needle scratching on a record, Kazuya is suddenly spirited away to a medieval kingdom under attack by a…

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NEWSWIRE: August 2021 Releases

The start of a new month means that it’s time for our latest update of what’s coming up from us here at Anime Limited, and this time around…

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Books: Sexiled

By Shelley Pallis. Tanya is twenty-five years old. She’s got half a decade of adventuring behind her, looting treasure from dungeons, spell-casting to protect her friends from goblins…

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Violet Evergarden: The Movie

By Jeannette Ng. Violet Evergarden: The Movie is a film about second chances, piecing oneself together after tragedy and allowing oneself the luxury of love despite the overwhelming…

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Taisho Secrets

By Tom Wilmot. The unprecedented success of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba continues to perplex spectators, with the franchise’s film entry, Mugen Train, shattering records to become Japan’s highest-grossing film of…

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PROMARE returns to the UK with new Limited Edition Steelbook

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since we first released Studio Trigger’s beloved film PROMARE on Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, and ever since then we’ve had plenty…

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Giants and Toys

By Tom Wilmot. As three caramel companies, World, Giant and Apollo duel for market share, fresh-faced World employee Nishi (Hiroshi Kawaguchi) assists his ambitious boss, Goda (Hideo Takamatsu)…

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Books: History of Chinese Animation

By Jonathan Clements. Released as part of a Routledge series of translations of Chinese scholarship, Sun Lijun’s two-volume History of Chinese Animation is the largest work yet published…

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ANIME LIMITED BRINGS MAMORU HOSODA AND STUDIO CHIZU’S “BELLE” TO CINEMAS

London, UK, 16th June 2021 ANIME LIMITED BRINGS MAMORU HOSODA AND STUDIO CHIZU’S “BELLE” TO CINEMAS Oscar®-Nominated Director Mamoru Hosoda’s Latest Animated Marvel May Be His Most Stunning…

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Asei Kobayashi (1932-2021)

Asei Kobayashi, who died on 30th May from a heart attack, was an unlikely candidate for musical composer, or actor, or game-show champion…. Pushed by his parents into…

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No Returns

By Jeannette Ng. Alice in Wonderland remains a towering influence on fantasy, both in English and in Japanese. Europe-inspired fantasy lands can take on new meaning in a…

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Middle Earth: The Anime?

By Andrew Osmond. An anime cinema feature film of JRR Tolkien’s Middle-Earth has been announced, entitled The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim. At last,…

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Books: Batman – The Animated Series

By Raz Greenberg. Perhaps the most surprising thing about Joe Sutliff Sanders new book, Batman: The Animated Series, which analyzes the superhero show as part of Wayne State…

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Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll

By Jeannette Ng. An “Auto Memory Doll” was originally the name given to the typewriters of Telsis, invented by a man who wanted to help his novelist wife…

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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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Interview: Tadao Tsuge

By Gianni Simone. Tadao Tsuge is the stuff of legend. Though, until quite recently, he was nearly unknown outside Japan, the veteran comic artist was one of the…

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NEWSWIRE: July 2021 Releases + August Sneak Peek

It’s that time again! Yes, it’s time to go through our schedule of forthcoming releases, and lift the lid on the titles that will be coming to pre-order…

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Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory

By Andrew Osmond. Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory is a terrific “untold chapter” in the Gundam franchise, and an excellent way into Gundam for newbies. Stardust Memory is essentially…

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Interview: Yukari Takeuchi

By Gianni Simone. What is the current status of animation in Japan, and where is it headed? I discussed the past, present and future of anime with Yukari…

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Anime Limited unveils BNA: Brand New Animal vinyl soundtrack

Greetings everyone! The eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed that in our last Newswire looking forward to future titles, we hinted that we were close to being able…

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Love, Death and Robots 2

By Andrew Osmond. Netflix has dropped a new batch of episodes of Love, Death and Robots, its anthology adult animation series of short stories mixing SF, horror and…

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Books: Branding Japanese Food

By Jonathan Clements. In 2013, the Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe took the remarkable step of appearing on YouTube to talk about Japanese food. He was addressing the…

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The Future Diary

By Andrew Osmond. Mirai Nikki (The Future Diary) is a death game anime, in which the gamemaster is God Himself. Well, he calls himself Deus Ex Machina, and…

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Anime Limited acquires THE DEER KING

Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, 20th May 2021 Anime Limited, the leading independent distributor of Japanese animation in France and the United Kingdom, is proud to announce the acquisition…

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JUJUTSU KAISEN Original Soundtrack now available on all major digital platforms

Anime Limited is pleased to announce the digital release of the original soundtrack for the hit anime series JUJUTSU KAISEN across North America, Europe, and Oceania.  All 60…

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Kentaro Miura (1966-2021)

“When you’re a cartoonist and working at home you sit at your desk pretty much all day,” Kentaro Miura once said in an interview. “You get most of…

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Newswire: Anime Limited Shares Updates to Theatrical Efforts, Webshop

Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, 18th May 2021 One year ago today, Anime Limited announced the curated online film festival Screen Anime to bring together passionate communities in the…

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Carnivore Culture

By Jeannette Ng. Beastars is the story of Legoshi, an achingly awkward wolf who struggles with his carnivore side as like many of his fellow classmates, he is…

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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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