Date: 2020 May 18 20:16
Posted by Joe
The good folks from anime distributors Anime Limited have just announced their latest venture Screen Anime. It's the first online anime film festival! Enjoy curated film & extras, refreshed monthly.
We're impressed with the opening line up which includes PROMARE, Penguin Highway, Patema Inverted and Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise, along with a to be confirmed TV show. They'll also have bonus content for each feature.
The streaming service will cost £3.98 monthly or £39.98 a year, with yearly subscribers getting a physical membership card that entitles them to further discounts from Anime Limited's shop.
We think they've nailed the pricing options as it'll cost more to rent the films separately or you could save money by paying up front. Screen Anime will be available in the UK and Ireland from Monday 25th May 2020. You can access it from your web browser, with apps for TVos, iOS Android & Amazon following over the coming months.
We're keen for apps so you can watch it directly on your TV with ease. However in our opinion we think the quality of the apps is what will make it and take it to the next level. Ideally you want as many options as possible to watch and enjoy anime. We hope Anime Limited are able to develop high quality apps to support Screen Anime quickly. They already have a excellent track record of acquiring top tier anime titles and always go the extra mile at events, often having something special up their sleeve such as a Japanese guest or exclusive item.
So head over to Screen Anime to register your interest.
Press release as follows:
SCREEN ANIME BRINGS THE FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE HOME
ANIME LIMITED LAUNCHES A CURATED ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL IN
UK & IRELAND FROM MONDAY 25TH MAY 2020
Launching on 25th May 2020, Screen Anime is a brand new online film festival from Anime Limited offering a curated selection of four films, one bingeable TV series and many more unique benefits each month for only £3.98/mo or for a reduced £39.98/yr.
Open and welcome to all, Screen Anime will represent an ideal opportunity for those new to the medium to discover quality hand-picked anime, while committed fans can enhance their experience by exploring extra features and much more.
Screen Anime is the next evolution of Anime Limited's vision to bring the best of Japanese animated films to audiences across the UK & Ireland, following years of experience leading the genre both in cinemas and at home.
Andrew Partridge, CEO of Anime Limited explains the inspiration of Screen Anime; "Ever since founding the annual Scotland Loves Anime Film Festival, showcasing the best in theatrical anime has been a passion for me but how to keep doing that during this ongoing global situation we find ourselves in? The answer was to take the film festival experience online and at the same time address a gap we recognise from fan feedback in how theatrical anime is released to date."
Members will be the guests to everything a film festival has to offer, from hotly anticipated premieres like the wild action sci-fi PROMARE, to opportunities to explore anime's expansive history with classics like Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise.
New to anime? Then you can enjoy a shortcut to proven festival favourites like the upside-down fantasy world of Patema Inverted, while anime aficionados can heighten their experience with exclusive bonus content including PROMARE's prequel short Side Story: Lio, or an interview with Penguin Highway author Tomihiko Morimi.
For only £3.98/mo (or £39.98/yr), you can get the film festival experience at home, whilst supporting the creators in Japan. Fans who buy an annual Festival Pass will also receive a physical membership card that can unlock exclusive benefits like discounts on Anime Limited's online store, at future conventions and more! Andrew Partridge expands on this with, "There are so many ideas we are excited at bringing to folks through Screen Anime over the coming months and I for one can't wait to talk about them!"
Screen Anime is also committed to building a welcoming community open to fans of anime and complete newcomers with events like weekly watch-alongs and more to come! Join us on Twitter from 7:30pm on Thursday 28th May as we try and solve the cute mystery of Penguin Highway with #ScreenAnimeParty
(Available from launch until 21st June 2020)
PROMARE (PREMIERE) - CERT 12
Leave your brain at the door and get caught up in the wild ride of Galo Thymos in this over-the-top action fest of vibrant colours and giant robots - PROMARE has it all. 96% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
BONUS: Side Story Lio - a 10-minute prequel short about Lio Fotia, the leader of Mad Burnish.
PENGUIN HIGHWAY - CERT 12
When cute penguins start waddling into a rural Japanese town, it piques the interest of the ever-curious schoolkid Aoyama in this cute, Studio Ghibli-esque coming-of-age story with dashes of science fiction. 100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
BONUS: Interview with the original author Tomihiko Morimi.
PATEMA INVERTED - CERT PG
Fall into the sky with the sheer escapism of a topsy-turvy fantasy that will challenge your perceptions. Winner of the 2013 Scotland Loves Anime Jury and Audience Awards.
BONUS: Alternate angles.
ROYAL SPACE FORCE: THE WINGS OF HONNÊAMISE - CERT 15
Blast off to new frontiers with this landmark feature in anime history, whose English dub features the voice of Bryan Cranston in this debut work of Gainax, the iconic studio behind Neon Genesis Evangelion.
BONUS: Bonus content TBC
TV SERIES - TBC
A full TV series will also be available as part of the festival - at time of going to press the title is TBC - details to follow.
ScreenAnime will be available in the UK & Ireland via your web browser. Apps for TVos, iOS, Android & Amazon will follow over the coming months.
Join the curated online anime anime film festival like no other - try your three day free trial from 25th May at https://www.screenanime.com/
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About Anime Ltd.
Based out of Glasgow, Scotland - Anime Limited brings a fresh approach to distributing the best in anime direct from Japan. As an independent company the emphasis is both breathing new life into much loved classics and introducing the cutting edge of theatrical offerings. With a focus on bringing more anime to the big screen, releasing beautifully packaged collector's editions and trying new ways to reach fans digitally, Anime Limited is committed to offering a wide range of experiences for UK audiences.