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Squid Girl’s OVA series now on Crunchyroll

Anime News, News - by - February 16, 2014 - 18:51 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

Squid GirlSquid Girl has been available on Crunchyroll for us Brits for some time now, it’s been something we’ve been able to watch at our leisure. However, this is certainly not the case for all Crunchyroll releases. In a good step forward, Crunchyroll went looking and have managed to get hold of the show’s OVAs, that were previously bundled with the manga in Japan.

Both of these series are now available in the UK, so if you’re into watching shows about a girl who’s also a squid, well, this is for you. You can see the seasons on Crunchyroll here.

Source: Anime UK Network

Anime retail releases – 10/02/14

Anime News, News - by - February 16, 2014 - 18:41 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

The Garden of WordsSo the past week has flown by and whilst I was away from the internet for work for a week, the anime world didn’t slow down and this week there are three releases for us all to consume and enjoy. One of them being a feature film and certainly worth a look at.

The releases for the 10th February 2014 are:

The Garden of Words
Title: The Garden of Words
Certificate: 12
Format: Blu Ray and DVD

Officially marketed as:

From Makoto Shinkai (Five Centimeters Per Second, Journey to Agartha) comes a love story with a twist.

When Takao, a young high school student who dreams of becoming a shoe designer, decides to skip school one day in favor of sketching in a rainy garden, he has no idea how much his life will change when he encounters Yukino. Older but perhaps not as much wiser, she seems adrift in the world. Despite the difference in their ages, they strike up an unusual relationship that unexpectedly continues and evolves, with random meetings in the same garden on each rainy day.

But the rainy season is coming to a close, and there are so many things still left unsaid and undone between them. Will there be time left for Takao to put his feelings into actions and words? Between the raindrops, between the calms in the storm, what will blossom?

SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE: Interviews (52 minutes with the Japanese cast and director), Storyboards (45 minutes), English production stillls, Japanese trailer, The Works of Makoto Shinkai, English commentary track with cast, Japanese commentary with English subtitles.

Languages on disc: English dub and Japanese language track with English subtitles.

Purchase!
RRP: Blu Ray – £19.99/DVD – £17.99
Amazon.co.uk – Blu Ray – £12.81
Amazon.co.uk – DVD – £13.01

Dusk Maiden of Amnesia
Title: Dusk Maiden of Amnesia Collection
Certificate: 15
Format: DVD

Officially marketed as:

Japanese anime series set in a school where students investigate the paranormal. Newly-arrived at Seikyou Private Academy, Teiichi Niiya (voice of Clint Bickham) loses his way and encounters the ghost of a young girl named Yuko Kanoe (Emily Neves), who has no recollection of how she died 60 years previously. Teiichi joins the Paranormal Investigations Club of which Yuko is president and, along with other students Momoe Okonogi (Brittney Karbowski) and Kirie Kanoe (Jessica Boone), the granddaughter of Yuko’s sister, they look into the mysterious ghost stories surrounding the school.

Purchase!
RRP: £19.99

Amazon.co.uk – £17.98

Naruto Shippuden Season 4Maiden
Title: Naruto Shippuden Complete Season 4
Certificate: 15
Format: DVD

Officially marketed as:

Episodes 154-192 of the ‘Naruto’ anime spin-off series. A trio of young ninjas, Naruto (voice of Junko Takeuchi), Sasuke (Noriaki Sugiyama) and Sakura (Chie Nakamura), are schooled together in the village hidden in the leaves. Each desires to become a ninja for different reasons and will face his or her own personal battles along the way. The episodes are: ‘Decryption’, ‘The First Challenge’, ‘Surpassing the Master’, ‘Assault On Leaf Village!’, ‘Power to Believe’, ‘Pain Vs. Kakashi’, ‘Mystery of Pain’, ‘Surname Is Sarutobi. Given Name, Konohamaru!’, ‘Pain to the World’, ‘Explode! Sage Mode’, ‘Danger! Sage Mode Limit Reached’, ‘Nine-Tails, Captured!’, ‘Planetary Devastation’, ‘The Fourth Hokage’, ‘The Two Students’, ‘Big Adventure! The Quest for the Fourth Hokage’s Legacy: Part 1′, ‘Big Adventure! The Quest for the Fourth Hokage’s Legacy: Part 2′, ‘Meeting’, ‘Origin of Pain’, ‘Tale of Naruto Uzumaki’, ‘Hero of the Hidden Leaf’, ‘Rookie Instructor Iruka’, ‘Iruka’s Ordeal’, ‘Iruka’s Decision’, ‘Kakashi Hatake, the Jonin in Charge’, ‘Inari’s Courage Put to the Test’, ‘Naruto’s School of Revenge’, ‘Gaara’s Bond’, ‘Naruto – Outbreak’, ‘Deploy! Team Tenten’, ‘Animal District’, ‘Ah, the Medicine of Youth’ and ‘Gutsy Master and Student – The Training’.

Purchase!
RRP: £29.99

Amazon.co.uk – £27.02

The Wind Rises UK theatrical release dated

Anime News, News - by - February 8, 2014 - 00:25 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

The Wind RisesIn a statement via Twitter today, Studio Canal, the distributors of most of the Studio Ghibli films in the UK have confirmed the release date for The Wind Rises in the cinema. This oscar nominated film was recently pegged as the last from the award winning master, Hayao Miyazaki, until he unretired himself late last year.

The Wind Rises will be released in cinemas in the UK on the 9th May 2014. There’s currently no word from the major chain cinemas as to whether or not they will be showing it; however, it’s very likely considering the majority of Ghibli films in recent years have been shown at the chain cinemas alongside the independent cinemas.

To celebrate this announcement, Studio Canal are giving Twitter users the opportunity to win one of the steelpack box sets that they are releasing this year by just retweeting this tweet.

Currently no news on a home release, but basing on normal release patterns, we suspect but it is unconfirmed, that it will be this year.

Mai Mai Miracle Kickstarter update

Anime News, News - by - February 8, 2014 - 00:11 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

Mai Mai MiracleOn Monday, Anime Limited announced that they would be attempting to release Mai Mai Miracle in DVD and Blu Ray with extensive extras to the UK and US markets via a Kickstarter campaign. As of Wednesday 5th February 2014, the Kickstarter campaign went live. The original goal of $30,000 (USD) was met within the day. The current stretch goal of a dub is $60,000 (USD).

As of midnight on the 8 February 2014, the running total is just over $51,000 (USD) with 26 days left to go. Whilst there is much debate amongst anime fans around subtitles versus dubbing, it’s important to remember that regardless of your personal preference, dubbing makes all releases more mainstream and opens up a wider audience.

Mai Mai Miracle has had various theatrical showings in the UK since it’s release in 2009, but it’s never been widespread. It’s never had a UK home market release. In 2011 as part of the Anime Season at the Barbican in London, UK, Helen McCarthy – one of the co-author’s of the fabled Anime Encyclopaedia has stated in her blog:

Mai Mai Miracle, though – there’s a movie to make you dance in the streets.

Which is high praise indeed from an industry veteran.

For a mere $25 (USD) you can gain a digital copy of this film and for a $55 (USD) you can gain both DVD and Blu Ray with subtitles and dubbing (subject to the $60k target being hit) along with a digital artbook, digital wallpaper, postcard, digital release, collector’s packaged version in a rigid splicase with 4 carts and the cost of shipping for the UK, Ireland, US and Canada is included in the cost.

So if you haven’t already backed, get backing.

East Asia TV closes down

Anime News, News - by - February 7, 2014 - 23:56 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

East Asia TelevisionFor those of you who are avid users of Twitter, there’s been extensive conversation over the past few months about a company called East Asia TV. They came into existence a few months ago and thanks to some detective work from Andy Hanley over at UK Anime Network, there’s been some level of confirmation of what many suspected. There is also a confirmation from the company of their immediate closure.

For those of you who haven’t read Andy’s well constructed, researched and balanced article, you can read it here.

It’s always sad to see people get caught up in a storm and in this case, there were many people who hoped to get anime on TV and it’s own channel in the UK. The best statement here is: “If it seems to good to be true, it probably is.”

Mai Mai Miracle Kickstarted by Anime Limited

Anime News, News - by - February 3, 2014 - 18:51 Europe/London - 1 Comment

Mai Mai MiracleAnime Limited have been teasing us, dropping the odd hint and baiting us but they have now announced their Kickstarter campaign and it’s a doozey.

There’s an awful lot to say about this Kickstarter campaign, but Anime Limited have confirmed that they plan to release Mai Mai Miracle to the UK and the US. Mai Mai Miracle has been overlooked in the UK in the past as one of those niche animated gems that’s been left behind. Which is a huge shame as it’s from Sunao Katabuchi – a protégé of Hayao Miyazaki. So we know that there’s the talent already there.

Rather than just release it on Blu-Ray, Anime Limited want to raise $30,000 (USD) to bring all the extras that anime fans crave, but as a small indie in the UK, they’d either have to throw a lot of money and therefore risk at the film, or sublicense it. Which isn’t a great option.

So with the 30k, they want to:

  • Release Mai Mai Miracle in the UK and the US on Blu Ray
  • Create and add English subtitles for the film
  • Produce quality packaging
  • Share some of the artwork and behind the scenes goodness.

For more information, you can go to the Anime Limited blog post, or their microsite. Or, if you know you want to support them, go and pledge some cash at their Kickstarter page here.

Here’s the synopsis:

Mai Mai Miracle is the story of two young girls, their friendship and their unique magical take on the world around them – a view that is only possible in the minds and imaginations of children. When a young girl named Kiiko moves to a small country town, she befriends Shinko, a bright, imaginative girl who has a special way of viewing the world around her and connecting it to the region’s past. With Shinko’s lead, Kiiko follows her on numerous adventures of imagination and time travel finally breaking free of her shell and learning to let go of the grief she carries for her deceased mother.

Mai Mai Miracle does a great job of converting that magic into art in a way that is unique to the film which very much adds to the overall feel of the story. It is a joy to behold and a great film for kids and adults alike. If this sounds like something you’d love to see, or you would like more information and details on the Kickstarter campaign please pledge on our page!

Here’s the trailer:

Anime retail releases – 03/02/14

Anime News, News - by - February 3, 2014 - 09:00 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

Last Exile Part 2There is one brand new show for retail release this week, and one new volumes of a show. So for those of you who are patient and can’t wait to get your hands on the series, the patience has paid off. The two volumes are from different companies this week as well. The new show is looking a little demonic…

So those two new volumes are:

Hakuoki
Title: Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom
Certificate: 15
Format: DVD

Officially marketed as

All 12 episodes from the first series of the Japanese anime. Dressed as a boy, Chizuru Yukimura (voice of Brittney Karbowski) goes in search of her doctor father who has been missing for more than a month. On her journey she encounters the Emperor’s police force known as the Shinsengumi who take her into their custody. When they discover she is looking for the man they are also hoping to find, they allow her to join them and her role within the team gradually increases, but it soon becomes apparent that the Shinsengumi are hiding a secret about supernatural demons called Furies…

Purchase!
RRP: £29.99
Amazon.co.uk – £18.20
Anime On Line – £22.49

Last Exile Part 2
Title: Last Exile: Fam, The Silver Wing Part 2
Certificate: 12
Format: DVD/Blu Ray

Officially marketed as

Second volume of episodes from the anime spin-off series set on Earth two years after ‘Last Exile’ (2003). The Turan Kingdom are set to return to Earth, having previously fled when it was all but destroyed, while Ades, being the only nation to remain on the planet, are determined to prevent any immigrants from settling on their lands. With the two nations engaged in war Turan princesses Liliana and Millia come under threat. When Liliana is captured the situation soon escalates out of control and it falls to Fam Fan Fan, Giselle Collette and their fellow Sky Pirates to watch over Millia and help her to regain control of her kingdom.

Purchase!
RRP: £24.99/£34.99
Amazon.co.uk – DVD – £16.70
Amazon.co.uk – Blu Ray – £22.58
Anime On Line – DVD – £18.74
Anime On Line – Blu Ray – £25.99

Only Yesterday

Features - by - February 2, 2014 - 17:49 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

Underrated, understated and beautiful. The true power of memory is shown displayed in Only Yesterday.

Only Yesterday

Reviews - by - February 2, 2014 - 17:49 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

Growing up can be a challenge, but sometimes the bigger challenge is actually being a grown up. When you’re a child, your future is tomorrow, the day after and maybe at a push, the next month. Yet, as you grow older time seems to pass faster and faster and before you know it you’re a grown person, with a home, a job and it becomes increasingly easy to spend more and more time reminiscing about your childhood and what events in your life truly made you, you.

In times gone by the past didn’t seem quite so far away, but things have started to change and in the early 1980s fuelled by an economic boom, the past in Japan seemed like an entirely different way of life. This is especially true for Taeko, the lead protagonist in Only Yesterday. As a grown adult, doing the usual things, working too hard, not having time for a love life and sadly being a disappointment to her mother, Taeko’s 1960’s childhood feels like a long time ago.

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Takeo decides to visit her elder sister’s husband’s elder brother’s farm and not for the first time. While on the night train to her two week holiday, she remembers her 10 year old self and the intense desire to go to the country. This sets the wheels in motion for a feature length film around bittersweet memories.

After arriving in Yamagata she’s picked up by her brother in law’s second cousin, Toshio, someone she’s only met briefly before. During Taeko’s stay in Yagata, many childhood stories are told and not all of the memories that she’s retelling are happy. The film switches between the present and the past with such regular ease that sometimes you feel like you’re watching two tales – the one of a child who’s having the same struggles as all of us – the opposite gender, school, parents and siblings and a tale of a woman who’s just not happy but isn’t prepared to recognise it.

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The contrast between Tokyo in Takeo’s childhood and Yagata in her adult life is so profound that it’s like she’s stepped back in time. The manual labour exhibited on the organic farm hails back to the 1960s of her childhood and a simpler time, with less stress and more time spent on family and fun. As Taeko starts to recognise that she loves the place she’s found herself in, her childhood self appears more frequently.

Unlike many classic tales from Miyazaki, which tells of the mystery of Japanese folklore and increasingly worldwide folklore, Isao Takahata directs and writes increasingly Japanese tales and ones that are set very firmly in the “real world”. Only Yesterday is not a magical, fantastical tale telling of how a child can overcome anything, it’s a work of reminiscence and it pulls at the heartstrings of your youth with such a firm tug that you’re left feeling warm and yet, wanting to escape.

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It’s a tale of whimsy, yet hard truth. A truth that many watchers, both man and woman will find hard to come to terms with. Evaluating your life and trying to change direction is something many of us would love to do, but we just can’t – which is why you’re left feeling warm and yet wanting to run. It’s certainly not a film for children, in the main, I think children would find this film at best mildly interesting. As an adult with the weight of the world on your shoulders, Only Yesterday is a delight.

Unlike a lot of Ghibli film, Only Yesterday’s animation takes a different approach. It splits the anime style many of us are used to – big eyes and bright colours and a more realistic approach. The split is used to highlight childhood innocence and colour, with the larger eye approach in the 1960s and the older, more refined style for the present day. Both suit the film very well and both retain the unique Japanese feel that well crafted anime has.

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Aside from the fact that it has a split approach, the animation quality of the rain, the fields, Taeko exercising as a child, it’s all great and would look even better in high definition – when and if it eventually reaches our shores.

There is no dub available for Only Yesterday, it’s a subtitle only feature in the United Kingdom and musically it’s a treat. There are plenty of references to Japanese songs that naturally, only those with detailed knowledge of Japan in the ‘60s will understand, but the feel of the songs lends itself tremendously to the film’s reminiscing and the folk songs sung make the Yagata present feel so much better than the Tokyo present.

Studio Ghibli season dates for Prince Charles Cinema

Anime News, News - by - February 1, 2014 - 20:35 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

Pom PokoFor a little while now, The Prince Charles Cinema have been showing Studio Ghibli films on a Thursday, this had led to lots of people seeing some of the best that anime has to offer, in the cinema. Seeing Totoro, a film older than the average age demographic of an anime fan in the cinema is a great experience. Today they have confirmed their Studio Ghibli season for the next couple of months.

All films are subtitled with the audio in the original Japanese.

5th March, 1845 – £7.50, From Up on Poppy Hillsee our review here!
19th March, 1830 – £7.50, My Neighbours the Yamadas
2nd April, 2040 – £7.50, Pom Poko
16th April, 2100 – £7.50, Howl’s Moving Castle

Triple Features – three Ghibli Films back to back
30th March, My Neighbour Totoro at 1345 – £7.50, Kiki’s Deliver Service at 1553 – £7.50 and Porco Rosso at 1745 – £7.50
20th April, Grave of the Fireflies at 1300 – £7.50 (plus extra needed for tissues from crying, Princess Mononoke at 1455 – £7.50 and Spirited Away at 1730 – £7.50

That’s it for now, but if you get the chance to see any Ghibli film in a theatre, go for it.

Space Dandy theme on iTunes

Anime News, News - by - February 1, 2014 - 20:03 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

Space DandyMusic, it’s one of those rare things that the anime world doesn’t seem to be obsessed by. In regular movies, people bang on about the score and how amazing the composer is, in videogames there’s campaigns to try and get videogame music recognised as a legitimate classical music in the UK. Yet, with all of the J-Pop openings in the world, it seems to be a subject that’s on the less important side. That said, Space Dandy is trying to reverse this.

I say reverse, I mean, the show’s opening theme tune, Viva Namida is now available on iTunes in the United Kingdom. The album is called Viva Namida (Space Dandy Version) – EP and has four songs, Viva Namida, Healthy Merci, Scanty Blues and Smell. It’s available for £3.96.

You can fiond out more about it here

Source: UK Anime Network

Anime retail releases – 27/01/14

Anime News, News - by - February 1, 2014 - 19:30 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

Sword Art Online Part 2Whoops, this week has been a bit of a burden for me so I’m a little behind. Anyway, as part of the catch up process, here’s the anime releases for this week. It’s pretty much dominated by one series and for many people, that’s the right sort of domination. There’s also a continuation from another series.

So in total that’s 4 releases this week.

Those releases are…

Persona 4 Volume 1
Title: Persona 4: The Animation – Volume 1
Certificate: 12
Format: Blu Ray and DVD

Officially marketed on Amazon as:

When Yu Narukami moves to the country town of Inaba to stay with his uncle and cousin, he’s expecting a lot more peace and quiet than he’s used to in the big city. What he isn’t expecting is for his uncle’s job as a police detective to spill over into his own life, or for the murders that are occurring across town to be somehow linked to Yu’s own strange experiences, odd local weather patterns, and a mysterious TV show world that seems to be attempting to get Yu to enter it! Now, together with a new group of friends, Yu must plunge into a bizarre alternate reality where he gains unique abilities that will either help him solve the riddle of the mystery killer or lead him to his doom.

Purchase!
RRP DVD/Blu Ray: £29.99/£24.99
Amazon.co.uk – DVD – £15.36
Amazon.co.uk – Blu Ray – £15.34

Persona 4 Volume 2
Title: Persona 4: The Animation – Volume 2
Certificate: 12
Format: Blu Ray and DVD

Officially marketed on Amazon as:

When Yu Narukami moves to the country town of Inaba to stay with his uncle and cousin, he’s expecting a lot more peace and quiet than he’s used to in the big city. What he isn’t expecting is for his uncle’s job as a police detective to spill over into his own life, or for the murders that are occurring across town to be somehow linked to Yu own strange experiences, odd local weather patterns, and a mysterious TV show world that seems to be attempting to get Yu to enter it! Now, together with a new group of friends, Yu must plunge into a bizarre alternate reality where he gains unique abilities that will either help him solve the riddle of the mystery killer or lead him to his doom.”

Purchase!
RRP DVD/Blu Ray: £29.99/£24.99
Amazon.co.uk – DVD – £15.17
Amazon.co.uk – Blu Ray – £15.53

Persona 4 Volume 3
Title: Persona 4: The Animation – Volume 3
Certificate: 12
Format: Blu Ray and DVD

Officially marketed on Amazon as:

The mystery of the murders seems to have been solved, but the riddle of the Velvet Room and the lethal Midnight Channel is an enigma that Yu and the other students who form the Investigation Team have yet to crack. That’s to say nothing of the question of how their powers of Persona work in the first place, and how the fictional Teddie can exist in the real world. As conundrums wrap in conundrums and the school year burns inexorably towards a blistering summer, the team must prepare for the most deadly challenge yet while still pretending to lead normal high school lives. Unfortunately, that won’t be easy under the evil eye of their new homeroom teacher. And when Detective Shirogane reenters the game with new information about irregularities in the police investigation and clues that may lead to an entirely different conclusion, both team and detective find themselves playing the role of prey once more! The body count is on the rise, the Shadows attack and new Persona are about to ascend as the Midnight Channel launches the ultimate cancellation program.

Purchase!
RRP DVD/Blu Ray: £29.99/£24.99
Amazon.co.uk – DVD – £15.29
Amazon.co.uk – Blu Ray – £15.42

Sword Art Online Part 2
Title: Sword Art Online Part 2
Certificate: 15
Format: Blu Ray and DVD

Officially marketed on Amazon as:

It’s been 2 years since the players of Sword Art Online have been trapped in this life-or-death adventure. As Kirito and Asuna get closer, Asuna starts to want distance from the Knights of the Blood, but her wish does not come easy. Kirito challenges Heathcliff to a duel to win Asuna’s freedom but is no match for him and Kirito ends up joining the Knights of the Blood himself. The Assault Team launches an attack on the 75th floor boss, but they find the Skull Reaper to be an extremely tough foe! Meanwhile, Kirito begins to feel suspicious of Heathcliff’s actions…

Purchase!
RRP DVD/Blu Ray DVD Combi:£19.99/£29.99
Amazon.co.uk – DVD – £12.74
Amazon.co.uk – Blu Ray/DVD Combi – £18.06

From Up on Poppy Hill

Features - by - January 26, 2014 - 16:14 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

Another masterpiece from the powerhouse studio.

From Up on Poppy Hill

Reviews - by - January 26, 2014 - 16:14 Europe/London - 1 Comment

In all forms of media, from anime through to music there are very few artists who you can confidently unwrap the box and know that you’re going to be in for a treat. Even some of the very best artists in the world have released the odd turkey, from Disney through to the Beatles, there’s the odd duffer that could put you off entirely. Fortunately the only turkey from Studio Ghibli has mostly been forgotten and even then, was better than average.

It was great anticipation when I first saw From Up on Poppy Hill at the Brighton Japan Festival a few years ago, in the pre-dubbed, subbed only form. So when the Blu Ray version was released just a few short months ago, I was very interested to see how it managed to compare not only to my memory of seeing a Ghibli film in the cinema – which is always a novelty, but also against the subtitled only version of the film that I had previously seen.

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Luckily I was blown away by the quality of the Blu Ray edition of the film and moreso by how much of the film that had been lost to the sands of time. This is not to say that Form Up on Poppy Hill is forgettable, far from it! But that there’s so many twists and turns within the film that I had literally forgotten what the ending was and sat down to watch a film about Japanese highschool children fall in love. Yet, it managed to twist and turn from a highschool romance, into something somewhat political and back again.

Set a year before the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games, it’s around a Japan that’s modernising, that’s moving forward into what it deems as the Twentieth Century and leaving the past behind. It’s important to remember that in 1963 there were still a lot of teenage children who were impacted by the war with Korea. Coupled with the entire mantra of modernisation and forgetting about the war crimes of the past, Japan was a country on the up and this is something that’s shown very clearly throughout the entire film. The march for progress, the goal of showing the rest of the world that Japan was a civilised country meant sacrifices – history.

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The plot is primarily about a group of school children who are desperately trying to save the “Latin Quarter” where a lot of the school’s club activities take place; the building is in a state and an old wreck. In the ever moving move of progress, the school governor’s had made the decision that the Latin Quarter had to be knocked down and a new building put up in its place. Sounds like a shaky plotline for a movie, but it’s oh so much more than this. The film is really more of a social commentary on the nature of war, humans and relationship on the whole.

We follow Umi Matsuzaki, a studious and attentive young woman, who lost her father too young in the war. Each day she raises a flag to communicate with her father as she has done for many years. This gives her a unique ability as communicating by flag is not something everyone can do. Umi meets Shun Kamaza, who’s a member of the school’s newspaper club and through his antics to desperately save the Latin Quarter, develop a close friendship. Shun, an orphan is able to develop a close bond with Umi and together they try to get as much community support to try and save the clubhouse and through doing this realise that there’s a lot more to their shared past than meets the eye.

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It’s very challenging to try and describe this film without giving away the story and it’s something that you should experience first hand. It’s not simply a tale about boy meets girl or the standard anime fare of the after school clubs being the centre of the world, it’s far more than that. It’s a tale of the human spirit and the depths of emotions that we can all feel living in this shared world. It’s the tenacity and unpredictability of humanity that can cause such pain, without ever intending to. This film hasn’t got the supernatural elements that many people associate with Ghibli due to the runaway successes of Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away and the ever loved, My Neighbour Totoro, but as with many of the earlier and equally brilliant Ghibli films, it’s a human tale.

I’ve seen this film in Japanese and in English, on the big screen and in Blu-Ray on the little screen and the dubbing and the subtitles are both top notch. Although some anime fans resent “celebrities” voicing characters on anime tracks, I feel that a good voice actor is a good voice actor. From Up on Poppy Hill is as enjoyable in its native Japanese as it is in English.

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It’s not only a sentimental film, it’s also a beautiful one. The animation quality is top notch and it’s something that only imagine would enhance some of the earlier Ghibli films, such as Only Yesterday to new heights. The picture quality and scenery on each background and in particular the detail of the final shot is stunning.

The trailer:

Evangelion 3.33 delayed and theatrical screenings confirmed

Anime News, News - by - January 26, 2014 - 12:01 Europe/London - Be first to Comment!

Evangelion 3.33Manga Entertainment have today confirmed that the anticipated release of Evangelion 3.33: You Can (Not) Redo has unfortunately been delayed in the United Kingdom. This a knock on effect from the delay to the US release and according to Manga is entirely out of their control.

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