Monday, 19 March 2018

Napping Princess Released Monday

on Monday March 19, Anime Limited will release Kenji Kamiyama's feature film Napping Princess, released on Blu-ray, DVD and as a Blu-ray/DVD combo edition. (The combo edition includes a 40-page booklet and an art card.)The New York International Children's Film Festival describes the film's story:
This fender and genre-bending film takes us into the not-too-distant machine-driven future. Kokone should be diligently studying for her university entrance exams, but she just can't seem to stay awake. Aside from stealing precious study time, her napping is even more distracting, as it brings on strange dreams with warring machines that hint at family secrets that have been dormant for years. She can't ask her father, a hipster mechanic more talented and artful than his job requires, as he's always busy modifying motorcycles and cars in flights of fancy. What are these visions that lead Kokone at once closer to and farther away from her family? Like all the best anime, the film revels in multilayered fantasy to show how sometimes opposites—waking and dreaming, the past and the future—are far more intertwined than they appear.
I.G Port's new anime studio subsidiary Signal.MD (Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note, Anime Tamago's "Colorful Ninja Iromaki" short) animated the film as its first anime film project. Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Moribito - Guardian of the Spirit, Eden of the East) directed the film and penned the script. Satoko Morikawa (The Cat Returns, Eden of the East, Xi AVANT) designed the characters, and Shigeto Koyama (Michiko & Hatchin, Moribito - Guardian of the Spirit, Heroman) was charge of mechanical design. Yoko Shimomura (Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy XV) composed the music for the film.
Anime Limited will also release Durarara!!×2 Ketsu, the last part of the Duarara!!×2 trilogy featuring the denizens of Ikebukuro in Tokyo. It will be released both as a standard DVD and a Collector's Blu-ray; the Blu-ray includes a booklet and art cards. In the series, a group of individuals, each carrying the weight of their own past, gathers at Shinra's apartment, while in the city the Dollars, Yellow Scarves, and Saika contend for power. However, the situation takes a turn that no one could expect when Celty's head is revealed to the public, as this tale approaches its conclusion.
Anime Limited is also releasing a DVD of the 2003 series Kino's Journey (not to be confused with 2017's Kino's Journey - The Beautiful World). The story follows the travels of Kino, a young adventurer who rides a talking motorcycle named Hermes. They explore the people and cultures of different places throughout their adventures, spending only three days at each location. Based on a series of books by Keiichi Sigsawa, the series was animated by Studio Wombat.
Anime Limited's final release this week is a standard Blu-ray edition of Persona 3 the Movie #1 Spring of Birth, with a Limited Edition Box.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Children of the Whales Available on Netflix

The 12-part television anime of Abi Umeda's Children of the Whales (Kujira no Kora wa Sajō ni Utau) manga is now available on Netflix here, both dubbed and subtitled. Netflix describes it as 'Emotional, Imaginative, Violent.'
The anime premiered on Tokyo MX, Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, and BS11 last October, when it also streamed on Netflix in Japan.
The manga's story takes place in a world covered in sand. A boy named Chakuro lives on the giant vessel Mud Whale that drifts over the sea of sand. Chakuro and his friends have never seen anyone from the outside world, and they spend their days yearning to explore and learn about it. One day, a ruined ship suddenly drifts ashore, and Chakura meets a girl inside.
Umeda launched the series in Akita Shoten's Monthly Mystery Bonita magazine in 2013 as her second shōjo manga. Akita Shoten released the ninth compiled book volume on March 16. Viz Media licensed the manga, and began releasing it in November. The series inspired a stage play adaptation that ran at AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo in April 2016.


BBC Worldwide have announced that Series Three of the revived series of Doctor Who will be the latest to receive the blu-ray Steelbook treatment, with the release due on 7th May. The three-disc set features HD-upscaled episodes of the series plus the extras originally released with the 2007 DVD collection.

Doctor Who - Series 3 Steelbook - Back Cover (blu-ray) (Credit: BBC Worldwide) Doctor Who - Series 3 Steelbook - Cover (blu-ray) (Credit: BBC Worldwide) Doctor Who - Series 3 Steelbook - Front Cover (blu-ray) (Credit: BBC Worldwide)

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Dragon Ball Super Anime Film Announces Staff, Release Date (Updated)

The official website for the 20th Dragon Ball film announced the tentative title Dragon Ball Super on Tuesday. The film is slated for December 14. The website also revealed a visual.
Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama is writing the script and designing the characters. Tatsuya Nagamine (One Piece Film Z) is directing the film, Naohiro Shintani is serving as animation director, and Kazuo Ogura is serving as art director.
Toriyama commented on the film:
This Dragon Ball Super film is the next story after the currently airing television anime. The story takes place after the climax of the Tournament of Power, where the fate of the universe was at stake, and the short rest that follows. It will give a few previously unwritten details about the Saiyans and Frieza, as well as a long-awaited strong opponent to overcome, and I think it will be an enjoyable story!
From 2013's Battle of Gods and the last film Resurrection 'F' to the current film, I've been carefully writing, and I've had the pleasure of drawing lots of designs and the like. I'm actually as busy as ever, but while I don't have to serialize anything I have time to think about the anime, which used to be out of my hands. (laughs) So please look forward to it!
By the way, the television anime is over for now, but Toyotarō's popular manga (five volumes out now!) is continuing. I think it will have different developments from the television anime and film, so please look forward to it. I certainly will!
The film will star Masako Nozawa, the voice of Goku.
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The teaser visual above reads, "'Super' movie version, begins."
Dragon Ball Super premiered in Japan in July 2015 on Fuji TV and other channels. A new GeGeGe no Kitarō anime will take its timeslot starting on April 1. Toriyama confirmed in his comments that the show is ending "for now."
The FunimationNow, Crunchyroll, Daisuki, and AnimeLab streaming platforms are all streaming the series with English subtitles, as episodes air in Japan. Funimation's English dub of the anime premiered on Adult Swim's Toonami block on January 7, 2017. Funimation posted the first 39 dubbed episodes to its streaming service in December, and will launch additional 13-episode batches two weeks after the final episode of the batch airs on Toonami.

Special London Code Geass Film Screening March 20

Tickets are currently available here for a special London screening of Code Geass - Hangyaku no Lelouch - Kōdō on Tuesday March 20, a day before the other screenings of the film on Wednesday March 21.
The Tuesday screening is at the Odeon Haymarket cinema near Piccadilly Circus station, and will entitle ticketholders to an A3 poster of the film; an art card; and a voucher discount code entitling the buyer to one copy of the film on Blu-ray upon its UK release, from the website.
The release date and contents of the Blu-ray have not been confirmed yet. Only 45 places are available at this event.
The film will be released under the title Code Geass - Lelouch of the Rebellion I – Initiation. It will be in Japanese with subtitles, and run 135 minutes.
The film is the first of a cinema trilogy that compiles the original Code Geass and Code Geass R2 series, with some new footage. Anime Limited comments, 'We have acquired the rights to all three films, we don't know if there will be an opportunity to bring the second and third films to the cinema – it's too early to tell and there will be many factors to weigh up as well.'
It will be screened in Showcase Cinema, Cineworld, Vue and ODEON cinemas around the UK & Ireland. Venue details are being given at this website; more screening venues may be added in the coming days.
Anime Limited describes the story of the film:
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In a world dominated by the Holy Empire of Britannia, most of the globe has been conquered and forced into submission by this behemoth of a superpower. Japan, now renamed Area 11 after its defeat at the hands of the Empire, continues to harbour pockets of seemingly futile resistance that seems powerless in the face of the might before them. Enter Lelouch Lamperouge, an exiled Britannian prince hidden away under a false name in Area 11 – harbouring a deep hatred for the empire which has forsaken him, he grabs the chance to fight back when a mysterious power known as “Geass” is bestowed upon him, and begins working from the shadows to bring Britannia to its knees as the faceless leader of Area 11's resistance.