Tag "anime"

Pretty Packaging: LOVE, CHUNIBYO AND OTHER DELUSIONS Is Adorably Adorned

(Someone, really, really, REALLY liked this series!) When US distributor Sentai Filmworks gets the urge to go to town on their releases, they go full throttle apparently. When I posted pictures earlier this year of their lavish Knights of Sidonia... More »
By Ard Vijn   

NINJA SCROLL: Watch Gary Shore's Proof Of Concept For The Feature That Never Was

Well, now. Here's an intriguing slice of 'what if' from director Gary Shore. It was back in 2009 that Shore first burst on to the scene with a dazzling proof of concept short titled Cup Of Tears, a hyper stylized... More »
By Todd Brown   

Pretty Packaging: KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA Has A Pretty Armor

US-based anime distributor Sentai Filmworks has a reputation for special limited editions which are pricey yet properly pimped. However, the "pricey" part can often been dodged somewhat by waiting a couple of months. This is always tricky of course with... More »
By Ard Vijn   

Pretty Packaging: TOKYO GHOUL Collector's Edition Goes For The Jugular

Scotland-based distributor Anime Limited has featured prominently in these Pretty Packaging articles, and there is a good reason for that: they often provide pretty packaging. Gambling on a market which other distributors have flat-out denied the existence of, Anime Limited... More »
By Ard Vijn   

Pretty Packaging: SPACE DANDY SEASON 2 Brings More Bling, Baby!

Earlier this year, Scottish distributor Anime Ltd. released the first 13 episodes of Space Dandy, Watanabe Shinichirô's unbelievably irreverent yet unbelievably good-looking series. At the time I mentioned what a nice catch it was for the young company, and how... More »
By Ard Vijn   

Book Review: THE ART OF SATOSHI KON Makes You Crave More

(Did you know there were Perfect Blue Trading Cards? Neither did I...) Me being a fan of anime director and artist Satoshi Kon isn't exactly a secret. I was very much shocked by his death five years ago, first because... More »
By Ard Vijn   

New ATTACK ON TITAN: END OF THE WORLD Trailer Features More Discreet People-Eating

They're really big! And they eat people! The second (and concluding) installment of the big-screen adaptation, Attack on Titan: End of the World looks suitably apocalyptic. Installment #1 ate up the box office in Japan earlier this month, and now part... More »
By Peter Martin   

Blu-ray Review: ELFEN LIED Bares Bodies And Souls

(... and often also the insides of both...) British distributor 101 Films seems to own exactly two anime licenses, and it released one of those a few weeks ago on Blu-ray, in a beautiful shiny steelbook (seen here). I'm... More »
By Ard Vijn   

Have Your Say: What Is Your Favorite Anime By Satoshi Kon?

Yesterday, it was five years ago that the great Japanese artist and director Satoshi Kon died of cancer, at the brutally young age of 46. As a big fan of the man and his works, I was devastated when his... More »
By Ard Vijn   

Pretty Packaging: 101 Anime's ELFEN LIED Sure Is One Shiny Steelbook

In the struggling market of DVD and Blu-ray distribution, it's always a surprise when you suddenly see a known property appear, released by an unknown company. UK distributor 101 Film has been around for a (little) while, but 101 Anime?... More »
By Ard Vijn   

Blu-ray Review: KILL LA KILL Finishes With A Bang

(No, not THAT kind of bang, you filthy...) Last December, Scottish distributor Anime Ltd. released their first boxset of Kill La Kill, which was pretty much kick-ass and which I reviewed here. Now, just over half a year later, the... More »
By Ard Vijn   

Blu-ray Review: The PING PONG Anime Beats All Opponents

(Expect a back-and-forth between me and everyone who claims the film is better...) Last month in the US, Funimation released the DVD and Blu-ray editions of Ping Pong, the anime. And, as I have rather strong feelings about this one,... More »
By Ard Vijn   

Pretty Packaging: Behold The KILL LA KILL Killer Boxset Box

(Anime Ltd. has provided one box to fit them all...) Scottish distributor Anime Ltd. had a nice surprise when it released the third boxset for the series Kill La Kill: not only did it complete the series, it also came... More »
By Ard Vijn   

THE BOY AND THE BEAST: Watch The New Teaser For Hosoda's Latest

Summer Wars and The Wolf Children director Hosoda Mamoru will soon be returning to Japanese screens with his latest effort, The Boy And The Beast, and anticipation is running high for the upcoming film.The story is set in the human... More »
By Todd Brown   

More Titan Action In New Hong Kong ATTACK ON TITAN Trailer

Don't let the opening of the new Hong Kong theatrical trailer for Higuchi Shinji's live action adaptation of hugely popular manga and anime series Attack On Titan fool you. While it starts up as a simple translation of the previous... More »
By Todd Brown   

Pretty Packaging: Anime Limited's Second KILL LA KILL Boxset

It's been a few months since the release of Anime Limited's first Kill La Kill boxset (reviewed here and seen in detail here), so the wait has been long, but finally the second one out of three has arrived. These... More »
By Ard Vijn   

Fan-Animated STAR WARS: TIE FIGHTER Lets The Empire Strike Back

Filling in for our resident Jedi Master Jason Gorber, the once vibrant pre-teen Star Wars fan in me is just giddy over animator Paul Johnson's stellar, 80s Anime-inspired short film Star Wars: TIE Fighter. Fans of the classic Star Wars... More »
By Ben Umstead   

Full ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM Trailer Promises A Glossy Oddity

Matsui Yusei's manga Assassination Classroom is every bit as odd as the premise suggests. The story of a bright yellow, octopus-like alien creature that arrives on Earth after having destroyed most of the moon and announces he will soon do... More »
By Todd Brown   

Pretty Packaging: GIOVANNI'S ISLAND Ultimate Edition Hits The Soul

Nishikubo Mizuho's film Giovanni's Island is picking up awards by the truckload all over the world, and is currently a nominee in the upcoming Japan Academy Prizes. And rightly so, if our man-in-Japan Christopher is to be believed. He called... More »
By Ard Vijn   

Rest In Peace, Origa

Earlier today, Anime News Network alerted its readers that Russian-born singer Olga Vitalevna Yakovleva, better known as Origa, has died Saturday after a battle with lung cancer. Origa was very popular in Japan, and known worldwide for singing the opening... More »
By Ard Vijn   
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