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Weathering With You Gets Two Collector’s Edition!

17 Nov

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

GKIDS & Shout Factory!
Available Now

Original review can be found here.

It’s practically raining cats and dogs here in the Pacific Northwest, and the best way to cure the winter blues is to see Makoto Shinkai’s Weathering with You. This anime is about climate change and how how two unlikely teens find romance. Their togetherness shows that life does not have to be tough. Whether that’s with escaping their past or trying to forge an appropriate future for themselves in a quickly changing world of Tokyo, this movie certainly made waves when it premiered back in 2019.

Shout! Factory also recognizes the niche this anime has carved. If you missed out in picking up the earlier editions or were holding out for a better, comprehensive collector’s edition–it’s now here! There are two versions, a limited blu-ray steel book edition and limited 4K collector’s edition–which a rain bucket full of extras like a CD and mini art book. The following featurettes online are a tease of what’s available in this new set, along with the details of what else to expect.

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Tomm Moore’s Secret of Kells Lands in the USA Proper!

7 Nov

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

GKIDS & Shout! Factory

Available in the USA

Those who haven’t seen Cartoon Saloon‘s Irish mythology trilogy can now see how it all began with The Secret of Kells (2009)! One of the problems was with early home video distribution. It’s limited availability in certain markets made this film generally unavailable in other countries.

This humble re-release to the United States may well pave the way for a box set which will add Song of the Seas and Wolfwalkers to the mix. With Shout! Factory and GKIDS behind this distribution, I hope that they are listening. Hopefully, Universal Studios Home Entertainment rights for Song is soon ending or can be transferred so one distributor can offer a compendium with an art folio to celebrate all three films.

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A Look at Digimon: Last Evolution–Kizuna

6 Oct

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Shout! Factory

It’s hard to believe Digimon ended. In retrospect, the game created in 1997 spawned more than just an anime series. It followed Tai and Agumon’s relationship, and their journey to become heroes.

Movies soon followed and Digimon: Last Evolution – Kizuna (デジモンアドベンチャー 絆) wraps up the original Digimon Adventure story. This film was set for Japanese theatrical release February 21, 2020 with the dub to follow in North America on March 25, but a pandemic shut that plan down. The fanfare this saga deserves for its finale needs to be bigger.

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Breaking B, the Beginning Down Before Home Video Busts The Demons Loose!

4 Oct

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Release Date:
Oct 6, 2020

Shout! Factory

Before Netflix acquired the license to air B the Series, the animation made on spec certainly teased at a techno supernatural crime thriller. The pilot was very short, but it was very teasing of what feels like Highlander meets The Incredible Hulk meets X-Files because of a certain berserker wandering around the kingdom of Cremona and secret conspiracies going on.

Kazuto Nakazawa created this universe, and when considering his impressive resume includes creating the animated sequence in Kill Bill Vol 1 and he’s the character designer of El Hazard, I became intrigued. There were moments where I couldn’t help but think of Neon Genesis Evangelion. Well, that’s how I read this anime so far, especially after watching the second disc of the blu-ray release, which contains episodes five to seven and includes an interview with this creator who gives us a better breakdown of what he had in mind for the series. We have an introduction of who Killer B is–an anti-hero.

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