All The Anime / Anime Limited is releasing three popular anime series on DVD and Blu-Ray today, including everybody’s favourite sweet shop comedy Dagashi Kashi. The other series being released are Divine Gate and Haruchika.
All have been rated ’15’ by the British Board of Film Classification and come with a variety of bonus features including textless songs and trailers.
Today I would like to write about the anime series I’ve been watching over the past few months, some quick thoughts on them and whether or not I recommend them! This list will be a mix of classics as well as currently airing shows. So, without further ado, lets get started!
Back in September I picked up The Vision of Escaflowne on DVD from the Anime Limited stall at MCM Comic Con Scotland. This is a massively popular mecha/fantasy series that first aired in 1996, but I hadn’t seen it until recently. The pacing is slow at times but its a fun watch that does romance well and has a beautiful soundtrack. 7/10.
Another old anime I got round to watching is Full Metal Panic!, seasons 1-3. I bought the Blu-Ray releases and watched the English dub. I love it when anime gets political, and this series provides the perfect mix of epic fights, high school comedy, military madness and governmental woes. It sounds like a weird mix, and the story is nothing spectacular, but it made me laugh and it would make a solid introduction to anime. 8/10.
The UK’s first permanent video game museum launched in Nottingham in 2015, attracting more than 100,000 visitors within two years and winning several awards. I had always planned on paying a visit, but it relocated before I got the chance. Thankfully, its new location is my home city of Sheffield, so I was able to experience it over the weekend without travelling too far!
The museum is a ~15 minute walk from Sheffield train station and is fairly easy to find using Google Maps or similar. Trams and buses also stop nearby, so you shouldn’t have much trouble getting there.
The entry price is also very reasonable – £11 for adults and £9 for children, students and the disabled. If you book a ticket online the day before your trip, you even get a 50p discount – but do keep in mind the museum is only open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays!
It can be difficult to find an anime-related event near you, but there are several conventions in the UK that provide a chance to meet other otaku. I have been to a few and always had a fantastic time, and usually come home with crazy amounts of anime merch.
This is a list of anime-related conventions happening this year across the UK. Some are anime-focused, others are more general comic cons, but all are sure to provide something that appeals to you!
We’re now more than halfway into the winter 2019 anime season, and with more than fifty different shows airing, it can be difficult to decide which ones to pick up. I would like to share my recommendations on which current anime you should be watching.
I will not be including leftovers from the fall 2018 season on this list, nor any second seasons, so you don’t have to worry about catching up with any of these.