Anime Limited, the company responsible for bringing many of Japan's best animated films to the UK & Ireland, has unveiled its brand new monthly curated streaming service, Screen Anime.
Launching today, May 25th, this service acts as an online film festival that will each month offer four expertly curated films, one bingeable TV series and many more unique benefits for £3.98 a month, or a reduced £39.98 a year.
In an official statement from Anime Limited the company described the service as follows;
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, the CEO of Anime Limited also explained where the idea for the service came from in the official statement;
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 who buy an annual 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.
The service launches at 6pm on May 25th and will offer users a three day free trial before purchase. Anime Limited have also announced that the following titles are part of their first month's lineup;
(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.
Whether you are a new fan wanting a gateway into the world of anime, or a hardcore veteran wanting another way to get even more content into your eyeballs, Screen Anime is shaping up to be a wonderful tool for discovering new and classic anime to enjoy.