Anime Limited Clarifies January and February 2015 Release Plans

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Anime Limited, along with the newly recruited Jeremy Graves, have today taken to the official website to reveal some interesting pieces of information regarding future Anime Limited releases – and as you’d expect it’s not all good news; although some good news can be expected.

The Bad News:

The bad news is that the upcoming release of Blood Lad, which is being released as a Collectors Edition Blu-ray and Collectors Edition DVD, has been delayed by week and as a result will now be released on the 2nd February 2015. The reason for this delay is due to finalised stock not being received at the suppliers – it’s nothing serious but it does bring disappointment if you were eagerly awaiting its release. Read more of this post

Blu-ray Review: Perfect Blue

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Anime Limited’s Blu-ray release of Perfect Blue has been available in the UK for the past week, but is it worth upgrading to the Blu-ray version and what does it contain? Find out in our Blu-ray Review of Perfect Blue.

Synopsis:

One of the most ambitious animated films to come out of Japan (or anywhere, for that matter), Perfect Blue is an adult psycho-thriller that uses the freedom of the animated image to create the subjective reality of a young actress haunted by the ghost of her past identity. Mima is a singer who leaves her teeny-bop trio to become an actress in a violent television series, a career move that angers her fans, who prefer to see her as the pert, squeaky-clean pop idol. Plagued by self-doubt and tormented by humiliating compromises, she begins to be stalked, in her waking and sleeping moments, by an accusing alter ego who claims to be “the real Mima”, until she collapses into madness as her co-workers are brutally slain around her.

Director Satoshi Kon, adapting the novel by Yoshikazu Takeuchi, shows us the world from her schizophrenic perspective: days blur, dreams cross over into the waking world, the TV show blends into her real life, until her life merges with her part and she can’t separate the ghosts from the real-life stalkers. Though the pat ending sweeps the psychosis and anxiety away with nary an emotional scar, it remains a smart, stylish thriller and one of the most intelligent and compelling uses of animation in recent years. Though tame by the extreme standards of “adult anime”, there is nudity and a few sexually provocative scenes, and the animation is detailed and stylised. Read more of this post

Cowboy Bebop and Perfect Blue Receive Further Delays Due to Production Issues, New Release Date Confirmed

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Anime Limited have today revealed that the upcoming DVD Boxset of Cowboy Bebop, along with the Blu-ray & DVD Combi-Pack of Perfect Blue, have been delayed until the 2nd December 2013 due to a manufacturing issue, as explained on their website.

Perfect Blue Collector’s Edition (BD+DVD):

Last we left it, the Perfect Blue Collector’s Edition combipack had to be delayed until the 25th of November due to a manufacturing issue. We’ve only today received word that there is a problem with the replication process. Basically, the replicators have come back and said there’s a problem with printing the packaging for the combipack. What this means, in the tld;dr version – they dun goofed and the print for the cases is too large. It’s not right and it has to be redone.

Cowboy Bebop Complete Collection (DVD):

The big delay with Cowboy Bebop DVD collection was down to a quality of product issue – essentially, we got the check discs in the office and it appeared that in order to fit all 26 episodes plus the extras on to 4 DVDs picture quality was sacrificed. And how! The images were so pixellated and low res that we had to take the decision not to ship the product, and have an additional 2 discs added to the collection at no extra cost to the consumer.

And now we have to delay Cowboy Bebop Complete DVD Collection again – this time, due to the same printing and replicating issue listed above for Perfect Blue.

Basically an error during production caused the artwork to be printed incorrectly, and as such the whole artwork side has to be reproduced, which of course takes time and results in this delay.

Both Sets will now be released on the 2nd December 2013 as opposed to their original 25th November 2013 release date, its only a small delay but for those eagerly waiting for their arrival it is abit of a blow.

Scotland Loves Anime 2013 Line-Up Confirmed for both Glasgow & Edinburgh

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The official Scotland Loves Anime website have today revealed the list of movies that will be shown at selected cinema’s during the weekend events in both Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Glasgow Film Theatre- October 11th-13th 2013:

  • The Place Promised in Our Early Days
  • Life of Budori Guskou
  • Hunter x Hunter: The Movie – Phantom Rouge
  • Patema Inverted
  • Fuse
  • Perfect Blue
  • Evangelion 1.0
  • Evangelion 2.0
  • Evangelion 3.0
  • Scotland Loves Anime Mystery Film

Edinburgh Filmhouse – October 18th-20th 2013:

  • Hal (screened alongside mystery OVA)
  • Steins;Gate – The Movie
  • Aura
  • The Garden of Words (followed by discussion with the film’s direcotr Makoto Shinkai)
  • Life of Budori Guskou
  • Patema Inverted
  • Fuse
  • Evangelion 1.0
  • Evangelion 2.0
  • Evangelion 3.0
  • Scotland Loves Anime Mystery Film

While the lists (of which films will be shown) are available, the times of each film and ticket availability have still yet to be confirmed, so for those wanting to go to the Scotland Loves Anime event (and who wouldn’t since it’s the UK Premiere of Evangelion 3.0) then you should keep an eye out on the official website for more information.

Anime Limited to Release Perfect Blue on Blu-ray & DVD Within the UK

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Anime Limited have today confirmed that they will be releasing Perfect Blue onto DVD and Blu-ray later this year.

The announcement comes as a slight surprise to the distributor, since news of the release wasn’t supposed to be unveiled just yet, however Anime Limited went onto twitter early today to confirm that it is real and that it will be released in October.

Detailed information of this release has yet to be confirmed, however judging from the Amazon UK listing it will feature both the DVD & Blu-ray version of the film inside one Collectors Edition styled packaging.

For those unaware, the story of Perfect Blue revolves around Mima, a pop idol who quits her group in order to pursue an acting career, But not everyone is happy especially a crazed fan that stalks her and as people around her are being murdered Mima starts to lose her sanity.

Perfect Blue will be released onto DVD and Blu-ray in October 2013 and it is currently available to pre-order from Amazon UK.