» April, 2009

DVD Releases This Week

News - by - April 20, 2009 - 18:06 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

ouran-koukou-host-club-wallpaper-groupThis week a number of DVDs are being released into the UK marketplace, each of these DVDs are about our favourite genre – anime. These three series are each brilliant in their own way, and one is especially welcome to the News-Anime.com collection of awesome and that’s because boys with too much time on their hands entertaining girls with way too much time on their hands make a great series.

The releases this week are:

  1. Ouran High School Host Club Series 1 Part 1
  2. Naruto Series 6 Part 1
  3. Fullmetal Alchemist Series 1 Part 2

As always you can buy these series through all good online stores, and our own Store which you are able to access by clicking on the navigation menu above.

Cutie Honey Trailers

News - by - April 19, 2009 - 19:37 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

cutie_honeyLive action remakes of popular anime are very common at the moment. With Nodame Cantabile and Death Note being two that roll straight off of the tongue. Another live action version of of the popular Japanese manga is about to hit our shores very shortly. This new show is based off of Cutie Honey.

Yes, Cutie Honey is going to have a live action show in the UK within months and this show is going to not only have plenty of eye-candy from Sato, one of Japan’s premier swim-suit models turned actresses and great directing from Hideaki Anno of Neon Genesis Evangelion fame.

It’s currently being penned as:

Described as a “high energy Japanese adventure comedy” by the New York Times and as “damn good fun” by Asian Cinema Drifter, CUTIE HONEY’s cheeky combination of “Charlie’s Angels” attitude, “Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers” fantasy and “Austin Powers”-style comedy adds up to a fun and wacked out spectacle that is impossible to resist.

The PR people over in Cutie Honey land were kind enough to send us a few clips of the show:








Desert Punk Volume 1

Features - by - April 4, 2009 - 10:40 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

Easily worth the wait.

Desert Punk Volume 1

Reviews - by - April 4, 2009 - 10:39 Europe/London - 1 Comment

Somewhere in the future, the world has almost come to an abrupt end. Civilisation as it’s now known has collapsed and the world has become something of a desert; with groups of the remaining human racing trying to scrape together something that resembles a life in small towns and villages. This fallout of an implied nuclear war is the basic way of life for the human race now, and some people are just better at adapting than others. Naturally debt is just one of those real world things that manage to make the leap over to a world in devastation, and in the Great Kanto Desert region, mercenaries take all sorts of jobs from recovering debts to just finding things for people.

Kanta Mizuno is one of those mercenaries, taking on jobs that will allow him to lead the life that he’s always planned. Yet, Kanta doesn’t just take on any old job – such as finding a lost dog – oh no. Kanta Mizuno is otherwise known as the Desert Punk or the “Demon of the Desert” and for the right price will take on any job. His reputation precedes him to the point where he can nearly ask for any price for any job he wants. Unfortunately this reputation gets a beating in the first few episodes of the show due to Kanta’s love for big boobs and he’s now burdened with a huge debt.

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These boobs are attached to the woman known as Junko. She’s no dumb blonde, much to the contrary, she knows she’s got sex appeal and she knows her assets are likely to cinch the deal as much as her CV is. Unfortunately for her Kanta’s hell-bent on revenge as she’s the woman who’s caused the dent in his once perfect reputation. After run-ins with people like the Rain Spider and Shimmer Spider he’s got very little to loose – if he can get over his love of big boobs.

Then there are the various enemies that Kanta has created over the years. There are those he’s simply walked over to get what he wants, and there are those who just want a jab at him because his reputation is worth trying to attack. Throughout Desert Punk Kanta’s dealing with his love of boobs, taking on jobs to clear his debt and dealing with the enemies who are constantly trying to get a piece of him.

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Fortunately Kanta has a screw a little loose, as he seems to relish challenging people who vastly outnumber him, or simply out-class him in terms of weaponry. Fortunately for the viewer, this “sandwich short of a picnic” look is depicted very clearly on his face and rather than being spooky or horrifying it’s simply funny to see. Humour is used in a highly stylised way throughout the show and during moments of intense emotion and undeniably important battle scenes – a flash of a chibi Kanta will appear, or a set of boobs. This crude and somewhat adult humour is what makes Desert Punk stand out from the crowd.

Rather than opting to tell the story of Desert Punk in the dramatic, and somewhat overused style of someone in a post-apocalyptic world overcoming the odds by becoming the best person that he can be. The central character isn’t giving, isn’t thoughtful and is very simply selfish. This slightly left of centre storytelling is really what sets Desert Punk away from many of the other series available at the moment. If Kanta as a character wasn’t so flawed, revered and selfish the comedic values of the show simply wouldn’t work and it would all feel false. Fortunately due to the careful characterisations of all of the characters, somewhat serious matters are dealt with brilliantly.

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The animation is great as well, although at some points the colours may seem a little washed out, the majority of the time the animation is very detailed and everyone and everything is distinct. Which is a mean feat considering the buildings are made of sand and the background is a desert. The English and Japanese voice acting is all brilliantly done as well, the only character that is slightly grating is the little girl who idolises the Desert Punk as she’s very squeaky and trying too hard to be a little girl.

Japanese Film Festival

News - by - April 4, 2009 - 09:53 Europe/London - 2 Comments

departuresThe National Gallery in London has announced that they will be hosting a Japanese Film Festival in aid of Japan Care for the Elderly during the 15-17th April 2009. The full lineup has been released and there will be varous talks amongst movies as well. The lineup looks like:

Date:    15 Wednesday, 3-3.45pm
Type:    Talk
Title:    The Influence of Japanese Art on Western Artists
Cost:    Free
Location:    Sainsbury Wing Theatre

Date:    15 Wednesday, 4-4.50pm
Type:    Documentary
Title:    Portrait of Artistic Genius: Katsushika Hokusai
Cost:    Free
Location:    Sainsbury Wing Theatre

Date:    16 Thursday, 12.30pm
Type:    Film
Title:    Hadashi no Gen (Barefoot Gen)
Cost:    £5
Location:    National Gallery

Date:    16 Thursday, 3pm
Type:    Film
Title:    Fudeko: Sono Ai – Tenshi no Piano (Fudeko and the Angel’s Piano)
Cost:    £5
Location:    National Gallery

Date:    17 Friday, 1.30pm
Type:    Film
Title:    Kikujiro no natsu
Cost:    £5
Location:    National Gallery

Date:    17 Friday, 5.30pm
Type:    Film
Title:    Okuribito (Departures)
Cost:    £5
Location:    National Gallery

Tickets:

£5 per adult
£4 per concessions
£1 per child

Bookings will only be accepted online or 30 minutes before the film is due to start on the day.

Location:

THe National Gallery, Trafalga Square, London, WC2N 5DN

Remember to book early to avoid disappointment!

Source: National Gallery

Azumanga Daoih to be Re-Released

News - by - April 4, 2009 - 09:44 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

azumanga-chiyo-chanIt has recently been announced that Kiyohiko Azuma’s Azumanga Daioh will be re-released by Yen Press with a brand new English-language version of the manga this December. At the present moment, Publishing Director Kurt Hassler was unable to confirm if the new manga would utilise the special 10th Anniversary Editions in Japan.

However, it’s likely that it will be a translated and relettered version of ADV Manga’s previous release back in 2003-2004.

Source: Anime UK News