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Somali and the Forest Spirit

By Andrew Osmond. Somali and the Forest Spirit is mostly soft and enchanting, the story of a little girl’s journey through a wondrous world, under the protection of…

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Books: Anime’s Knowledge Cultures

By Jonathan Clements. The subtitle of Jinying Li’s new book, “Geek, Otaku, Zhai” alludes to the rise of fandom and fans as movers and shakers in modern media…

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Mobile Suit GUNDAM SEED FREEDOM – Coming to UK cinemas from 23rd March

A BRAND-NEW CHAPTER IN AN EPIC STORY MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM SEED FREEDOM COMING EXCLUSIVELY TO CINEMAS FROM 23RD MARCH Two decades after it first wowed a generation of…

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The Rise and Rise of Mari Okada

By Zoe Crombie. As far as creators of anime go, Mari Okada has experienced one of the strangest rises to power from her humble origins to her current…

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A Place Further Than the Universe

By Zoe Crombie. Kimari is a high school student teetering on the edge of experience, wanting to live while she’s young but needing the right push to do…

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Manga: Kafka

By Tom Wilmot. As part of its latest wave of Japanese releases, Pushkin Press has taken the plunge into the world of manga, starting with Nishioka Kyodai’s Kafka.…

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Granbelm

By Zoe Crombie. Have you ever wondered what an anime series that combines the cute slice-of-life antics of magical girls with the spectacular action of giant mechs would…

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Shirobako

By Andrew Osmond. Shirobako opens… misleadingly, actually. Its first minutes show an animation high-school club where five close-knit girls are making their own anime mini-epic. Once that’s been…

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Blue Giant: Yuzuru Tachikawa Interview

By Andrew Osmond. The film Blue Giant opens in UK cinemas this Wednesday. It’s a music drama about the fortunes of three teen boys in Tokyo – sax…

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Books: I Could Never be a Succubus

By Shelley Pallis. The story of I Could Never be a Succubus begins with a striking Gotterdammerung, as a bold hero and an evil demon lord fight for…

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Books: Ghibli and Grief

By Zoe Crombie. As one of, if not the, most popular anime studio in the world, Studio Ghibli has attracted attention from academics, authors, and journalists globally –…

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Patlabor XIII

By Andrew Osmond. The film’s title card reads, “Patlabor Movie 3.” The functional name is in line with the previous Patlabor films – and at least this one…

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Patlabor 2

By Andrew Osmond. The first Patlabor film is an excellent cerebral thriller. Patlabor 2 The Movie, though, is an artistic statement. Thirty years old, it’s still the anime…

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Great Pretender

By Andrew Osmond. Great Pretender is a crime-caper series, not unlike Lupin III, but less cartoon-zany. This is a hardboiled show, with sex, drugs and real-world grit; it…

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Manga: Alpi the Soul Sender

By Shelley Pallis. Alpi is a wandering exorcist (or “Soul Sender”), although she is not very good at it. She has only taken on the dangerous job in…

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Parasyte ~ the maxim

By Andrew Osmond. Parasyte starts with its money shot. A husband and wife face each other in a dimmed room; then the man’s head splits and unfolds into…

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Anime Streaming Guide 2024

By Andrew Osmond. Unlike 2022, which saw big upheavals in anime streaming, things have been relatively stable for the last year. Crunchyroll remains the most prominent anime platform…

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Manga: Poetry of Ran

By Shelley Pallis. Ran is a “Child of Impurity”, a warrior with the power to exorcise monsters, but only by taking on their curses himself. As a result,…

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The Boy and the Heron

By Helen McCarthy. None of us believed that the ostentatiously non-marketed event known as “the last Hayao Miyazaki film” was actually the last Hayao Miyazaki film, and we…

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Books: World of Ghibli

By Zoe Crombie. A gorgeously illustrated guide to stories, characters, and cultures of the films of the beloved studio, An Unofficial Guide to the World of Studio Ghibli…

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Royal Space Force

Jonathan Clements on some of the battles behind The Wings of Honneamise. Nobody knows who it was who walked into a Tokyo coffee shop, one summer day in…

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Kaiji

By Zoe Crombie. Kaiji Ito has fallen so far on hard times that he is reduced to stealing the logos off cars and slashing tyres. Japan is in…

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Akame ga Kill

By Hugh David. Tatsumi is a self-acknowledged country bumpkin who is nonetheless a well-trained fighter. He and two companions leave their remote village to head to the Imperial…

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Kids on the Slope

By Andrew Osmond. Kids on the Slope was the first collaboration between director Shinichiro Watanabe and composer Yoko Kanno following the iconic Cowboy Bebop. The new anime proved…

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Flowers of Evil

By Andrew Osmond. Anime is often compared to live-action cinema. If so, Flowers of Evil is the cultish indy film, whose moody images sing with the torments of…

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Before Shirobako

By Andrew Osmond. Shirobako is an animated series about making animation. You might think it’s something only Japan could do, as anime can go so boldly into real…

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Food Wars

By Hugh David. Soma Yukihira’s old man runs a small family restaurant in the less savoury end of town. Aiming to one day surpass his father’s culinary prowess,…

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Yoshiki: Under the Sky

by Helen McCarthy. Classical pianist, hard rock drummer, guitarist, composer, songwriter, producer, visual kei pioneer, founder of two record labels, fashion designer, collaborator with brands from Baccarat to…

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Harmonie

By Zoe Crombie. A shy boy admires a popular girl in his class, a safe distance away from her macho ‘boyfriend’ and judgemental peers, hoping that she may…

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Books: This Great Stage of Fools

By Jonathan Clements. “Aren’t you making a mistake,” asks the lady selling cinema tickets. “Almost certainly,” sighs Alan Booth, a man who came to Japan to study classical…

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Gunbuster for Beginners

By Andrew Osmond. Many decades before Gunbuster, French director Jean-Luc Godard declared, “All you need for a movie is a girl and a gun.” In the 1980s a…

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Books: The Japan Lights

By Jonathan Clements. Scottish-born Iain Maloney writes of the way that he always needs a body of water somewhere nearby to feel grounded, to know which way is…

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Podcast: Scotland Loves Anime Film Festival 2023 Jury Deliberation Special

SPOILER WARNING – we talk through the four films in competition at Scotland Loves Anime 2023, so expect some in-depth discussion of specific elements of these films. In…

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Manga: The Witch of Thistle Castle

By Shelley Pallis. Of all the cities in the world where a witch might be able to blend in, Edinburgh is probably a prime candidate. Marie Blackwood is…

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Japan: Myths to Manga

By Helen McCarthy. Young V&A, formerly the Museum of Childhood, opened its doors again on 1st July 2023 after a revamp that took seven years to plan and…

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NEWSWIRE: November 2023 Pre-Orders

It’s been a very busy time here at Anime Limited towers, with our presence at MCM London Comic Con where it was great to see a lot of…

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Paprika

By Andrew Osmond. If you want a soundbite that describes Paprika fairly well, an obvious one would be “Spirited Away for adults.” Okay, that’s patronising, as Spirited Away…

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Blue Giant

By Shelley Pallis. Country boy Dai Miyamoto (voiced by Yuki Tamada) moves to the big city of Tokyo in the hope of making it big as a jazz…

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Lonely Castle in the Mirror

By Shelley Pallis. Kokoro (Ami Touma) has a name that means “heart”, but feels that hers is constantly being stamped on. Mean girls at school make her life…

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THE WAIT IS OVER: NARUTO & NARUTO SHIPPUDEN TO GET THE ANIME LTD. COLLECTOR’S TREATMENT

Anime Ltd. to announce details for these groundbreaking UK acquisitions early 2024 LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, 28 OCTOBER 2023 –  Anime Ltd. took to the stage at MCM Comic…

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Godzilla Minus One – Coming to UK cinemas December 15th

A FILM ICON BECOMES FEAR ITSELF IN GODZILLA MINUS ONE  ROARING INTO CINEMAS, IMAX AND 4DX SOON! Cinema’s most iconic monster returns to its post-war roots with Toho’s latest…

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Vampire in the Garden

By Andrew Osmond. Vampire in the Garden is a girl-meets-girl story, set in a wintry wonderland. One girl is human, the other a vampire, but they share a…

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Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

By Andrew Osmond. Mars: 2071. Spike Spiegel is a “cowboy” bounty hunter, loosely allied with cyborg ex-cop Jet, gambler Faye and female hacker Edward. Faye is tracking a…

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Anime Limited at MCM London Comic Con October 2023

The end of October can mean only one thing – our marketing manager’s birthday MCM London Comic Con! Once again, we’ll be present at the show, and to…

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The Animatrix

By Andrew Osmond. Warner Brothers’ acquaintance with anime has twin foundations: a yellow rodent and a red pill. Warner Brothers’ handling of Pokémon and The Animatrix reflect the…

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Books: Anime — A History

By Zoe Crombie. Since its initial release in 2013, Jonathan Clements’ Anime: A History has served as a unique resource for anyone looking to contextualise their love of…

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Summer Ghost

By James L. Perkins. After working as an illustrator and character designer on light novels, manga and anime features such as the gut-punching and emotional I Want to…

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Vampire in the Garden: Feature Supercut with director Q&A at the Glasgow Film Theatre this November

Alongside our regular cinema releases to keep your local cinemas packed with anime over the course of the year, many of you will know that whenever the opportunity…

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Gold Kingdom and Water Kingdom

By Shelley Pallis. After a millennium of warfare, the rival kingdoms of Alhamit and Balkari have finally fought each other to a standstill. In a frankly ill-conceived plan…

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To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts

By Andrew Osmond. War wracks you with terrible transformations, and turns you into a monster. To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts takes place in an alternate America, renamed Patria,…

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