Last year, UK distributor Anime Limited introduced a special online film festival known as Screen Anime that allowed viewers to access a number of films and a single television series which rotates every month. With the festival reaching its one year anniversary, the distributor has announced major changes to their plans.
Screen Anime will Retire
Today, the distributor has confirmed that Screen Anime will retire starting 25th May 2021. This will mean that the final selection from the online film festival are Tokyo Ghoul ‘S’, Belladonna of Sadness, The Relative Worlds, Psychic School Wars and the second half of Eureka Seven.
“The staff of Anime Limited want to express their deep gratitude for the support that so many fans have given Screen Anime this last year and for participating in a community that has been a welcome respite to many during lockdown.”
Those who have subscribed to Screen Anime via the Annual memberships will receive a digital gift card for the online store AllTheAnime through E-Mail sometime this week, which is “prorated based on the amount of time left in their subscription” according to the distributor with any queries recommended via their contact page.
While this news may disappoint some viewers, there is some light at the end of the tunnel.
Crunchyroll Movie Nights at Home
Announced earlier in the year, streaming service Crunchyroll will be collaborating with Anime Limited for UK & Ireland viewers to get access to specific anime films as part of Crunchyroll Movie Nights at Home. The concept is very similar to Screen Anime, with one film available for a month and replaced by another in the next. For instance, right now you can watch Penguin Highway and starting 1st June it will be replaced by Patema Inverted and so on. English dubs will be included if available for the respective films. The confirmed films are as follows:
- 1st July 2021 – The Relative Worlds
- 1st August 2021 – PROMATE
- 1st September 2021 – Giovanni’s Island
- 1st October 2021 – Mai Mai Miracle
- 1st November 2021 – Fireworks
- 1st December 2021 – Tokyo Marble Chocolate
- 1st January 2022 – 5 Centimeters Per Second
- 1st February 2022 – Your Name
- 1st March 2022 – Children Who Chase Lost Voices
- 1st April 2022 – The Place Promised in Our Early Days
Anime (Un)Limited Membership Plan
One of the popular inclusions in Screen Anime’s annual membership plan (£39.99 a year) was being able to receive a 10% discount on all available products on Anime Limited’s online store. This included early birds (for instance The Future Diary collector’s edition Blu-ray this Friday can be ordered for £31.50 rather than £34.99) and the special occasions like the 12 Days of Christmas sale which offered 15% discount on the first order.
The distributor has confirmed this discount will return in a brand new membership plan unrelated to Screen Anime called Anime (Un)Limited, which is priced at £17.99 a year. The membership plan is similar to Rightstuf’s Got Anime, which offers discounts and a few additional goodies. For Anime (Un)Limited, members will be able to receive the following benefits:
- 10% off all store purchases
- Special offers at conventions starting in 2022
- Magazine shipped to home
- Exclusive deals on the store throughout the year (depending on the type of offer, “Special offers may not be redeemable alongside the 10% store purchases”)