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Re: Anime

#426 Post by Michael Kerpan » Sun May 02, 2021 8:47 am

Odd taxi is one of the 20 or so (!!!) shows I am following this season. It is indeed pretty intriguing -- though, at this point, I haven't a clue what is going on. Really great voice acting (in Japanese).

Only one show of the 20 is a candidate for dropping so far and, because it is on a day with little else on, it might linger on a bit longer than it might otherwise. Probably at least 10 of the shows will wind up ranking as "loved" or "liked very very much". A lot of the shows I'm watching are outside my normal range of interests -- but look and sound very good, so I can't break free.

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#427 Post by colinr0380 » Sat Jun 05, 2021 6:12 am

Some interesting news in this month's Neo Magazine: apparently Manga Video as a brand name has now been retired. Manga Video had existed as a subsidiary of the US Funimation brand since it was bought in 2019, but now the rebranding has moved to the UK and so Manga Video is now being replaced by the unified Funimation one. Which is a bit of a shame to think that Manga Video was so dominant as a name in the retail VHS scene in the 1990s is no more. But as Jonathan Clements says in his article about the issue, Manga Video itself had a bit of a moribund 2000s after its 90s heyday, and there may be some hope that the logo and name may still retain a nostalgic cache enough to turn up again in the future. For now it might be best to celebrate its role in bringing so much anime to the UK from its first release of the English dubbed version of the First of the North Star movie to Akira, Legend of the Overfiend, Macross Plus and so many OVAs to VHS and eventually DVD and Blu-ray, as well as perhaps even more significantly contributing around a third of the budget for the original 1995 Ghost In the Shell film.

There's a great compilation of the 90s trailers here, starting off with the montage trailer that used to head up every tape (in the middle of the compilation there is also the great 'should be iconic' montage trailer for Tartan Video's 90s titles too! And I had forgotten until watching through that collection of trailers that Manga Video had co-produced with the BBC that Jan Svankmajer-esque harrowing mix of claymation and live action film The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb!). I also particularly like that the Fist of the North Star trailer rather amusingly mangles a Winston Churchill quote with "never before have so many been killed so quickly by just one man!", and that lengthy Fist of the North Star trailer is particularly interesting when you know it is only really covering the first dozen or so episodes of the series and that Shin is only the first in a long, long series of antagonists! It also mixes up the two different main female characters of Julia and Mamiya, which is actually interesting as Ken in his grief, albeit briefly, sees Mamiya as being almost a twin of Julia.

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I don't think we have mentioned it too much on the forum yet, but Neo Magazine keeps noting that the Demon Slayer film Infinity Train (which follows on from the first two seasons of the anime) has become the biggest grossing film in Japanese box office history, outgrossing the previous top titles Spirited Away and Your Name. There appears to be an Inception-style aspect to it, with the main characters being put to sleep by the demon they are tracking and then both tempted and subject to invasion inside their dreaming worlds. Which of course is a recurring theme in anime itself (Paprika and Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer immediately come to mind, but with the train element I'm thinking about Nights On The Galactic Railroad as well. Whether any of that has any bearing on Demon Slayer: Infinity Train I have yet to find out of course!)

And they have a big article this month about the UK release of Goro Miyazaki's latest (albeit aesthetically quite different, as it it fully CGI) film Earwig and the Witch, which is based on a Diana Wynne Jones story, as Hayao Miyazaki's Howl's Moving Castle previously had been.

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Oh, and MVM released Satoshi Kon's Paranoia Agent series on Blu-ray in the UK for the first time completely uncut this month (apparently the previous DVD release by MVM back in the mid 2000s had a few small edits made to its suicide scenes in episode 8)
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Re: Anime

#428 Post by Michael Kerpan » Sat Jul 03, 2021 9:34 pm

Anime finished in June 2021 (comments on request) ;-)

New seasonal shows:

Koi to Yobu ni wa Kimochi Warui , literally “It Feels Bad to Call This Love” (Koikimo) (Naomi Nakayama, 2021) (Tokyo – Shibuya, Setagaya, Ebisu, etc.)

Joran: Princess of Snow and Blood (Susumu Kudō, 2021) (Mostly early 1930s Tokyo)

Sayonara Watashi no Cramer (Farewell, My Dear Cramer) (Seiki Takuno, 2021) (Warabi, Saitama)

Sayonara Watashi no Cramer: First Touch (Seiki Takuno, 2021)

Higehiro: After Being Rejected, I Shaved and Took in a High School Runaway (Hige o Soru. Soshite Joshi Kōsei o Hirou) (Manabu Kamikita, 2021) (mostly Tokyo, and near Sapporo, Hokkaido)

Mars Red (Kōhei Hatano & Shinya Sadamitsu, 2021)

Super Cub (Toshiro Fujii, 2021) (Hokuto, Yamanashi, trips to Kamakura and Kyushu)

Seijo no Maryoku wa Bannou Desu (The Saint's Magic Power is Omnipotent) (Shōta Ihata, 2021)

Dragon ie wo kau (Dragon Goes House-Hunting) (Haruki Kasugamori, 2021)

Odd Taxi (Baku Kinoshita, 2021) (Tokyo)

Yakunara Mug Cup Mo (Let’s Make a Mug Cup Too) (Jun Kamiya, 2021) (Tajimi, Gifu)

SSSS.DYNAZENON (Akira Amemiya, 2021) (All around Tokyo metropolitan area)

Mashiro no oto (Those Snow White Tones) (Hiroaki Akagi, 2021) (Tokyo, esp. Yanaka. Taito; Tsugaru, Aoyama)

86. Eighty-six (Toshimasa Ishii, 2021)

Shadows House (Kazuki Ōhashi, 2021)

Ijiranaide, Nagatoro-san (Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro) (Hirokazu Hanai, 2021) (Hayama, Kanagawa)

Bishounen Tanteidan (Pretty Boy Detective Club) (Akiyuki Shinbo & Hajime Ootani, 2021)

Fumetsu no Anata e (To Your Eternity) (Masahiko Murata, 2021)

Osananajimi ga Zettai ni Makenai Rabu Kome, literally "A Romantic Comedy Where a Childhood Friend Absolutely Will Not Lose" (Osamake: Romcom Where The Childhood Friend Won't Lose) (Takashi Naoya, 2021) (Hannō, Saitama)

Vivy: Fluorite Eye's Song (Shinpei Ezaki, 2021)

Other:

Wave, Listen to Me! (Nami yo Kiitekure) (Tatsuma Minamikawa, 2020)

Uchoten kazoku, season 1 (Masayuki Yoshihara, 2013) (Eccentric Family) (re-watch)

Kids on the Slope (Sakamichi no Aproron) (Shinichirō Watanabe, 2012) (set in Sasebo, Nagasaki)

Typhoon Noruda (Taifū no Noruda) (Yōjirō Arai, 2015)

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Re: Anime

#429 Post by colinr0380 » Mon Aug 02, 2021 1:27 am

Mars Red sounds interesting Michael! Is that a sci-fi series?

Beyond Ghibli talks about Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade taking in the earlier (later set in the narrative) live action films and the Korean re-make. Though he is right that you don't need to look at all of the surrounding media to appreciate Jin-Roh as a standalone piece of art.

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#430 Post by Michael Kerpan » Mon Aug 02, 2021 2:37 pm

Mars Red is alternate history + vampires. So it is sort of a blend of SF, fantasy and horror. Atmosphere and visuals are great, story can be a bit confusing. Joran is similar (but not involves demon blood not vampires) and also visually striking.

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#432 Post by dwk » Thu Aug 19, 2021 1:45 pm

Neon Genesis Evangelion Limited edition set has been announce. Early order price is $274.99 until December 7th when it goes up to $349.99
The NEON GENESIS EVANGELION: Ultimate Edition was created by fans as the definitive celebration of one of the most important and influential anime series of all time, featuring exclusive artwork, merch, a 156-page book, and over 7 hours of bonus features. Spread over 11 discs, this set contains the Official Dub and Subtitled versions, and bonus Classic Dub and Subtitled versions.

Strictly limited to 5,000 copies for North America, and sold exclusively through the GKIDS Store, with a limit of 1 per customer.
Featuring

Limited Edition Artwork
Bonus Classic Dub and Subtitled Versions
156-Page Book
Art Boards
Sachiel Resin Paperweight
NERV ID Card w/ Lanyard

The international re-release of NEON GENESIS EVANGELION does not contain "FLY ME TO THE MOON" in any of its home video editions.
A standard editions will be announced on the 30th.

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#433 Post by Boosmahn » Thu Aug 19, 2021 4:49 pm

It's something of a miracle they were able to get the classic dub and subtitles.

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#434 Post by Calvin » Thu Aug 19, 2021 5:21 pm

I've pre-ordered the UK equivalent, but it's the compromise I was expecting but not what I was hoping for. It seems to only have the director's cuts of episodes 21-24, nothing from the Archives of Evangelion, and only Death(True)2 with no other cut of Death and Rebirth. Doesn't seem like there's anything in the way of critical extras either (even in written form), despite Evangelion being maybe the most analysed and overanalysed works of pop culture ever. The contents were obviously dictated by Khara though and I'm sure GKids and Anime Limited had little say in the matter.

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#435 Post by colinr0380 » Fri Aug 20, 2021 2:55 am

Its really strange that even with this announcement those long out of print ADV Films DVD sets from the mid-2000s still remain the definitive presentation of the Neon Genesis Evangelion series in the West.

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#436 Post by RIP Film » Wed Sep 08, 2021 4:44 pm

Anyone excited for the Cowboy Bebop Netflix series? I know they have a pretty terrible track record with adapting anime, but I want to believe this one will succeed if only based on the casting. John Cho was an inspired pick. I know some people were criticizing a 49 year old playing Spike, but the character always seemed like an old soul to me. My only concern is that some of these publicity stills look dangerously close to cosplay.

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#437 Post by Boosmahn » Wed Sep 08, 2021 7:22 pm

I'm approaching it with cautious optimism. John Cho looks great as Spike, though I'd always imagined him to be white and Faye Asian.

As for anime I've watched recently, I just finished Beheading Cycle (Zaregoto). It's a solid adaptation despite Ii getting less development and the absence of some important conversations. Also features some of SHAFT's oddest visuals to date.

Before that was The Garden of Sinners, whose films ranged from staggeringly dull (Fairy Tale) to wonderfully complex (Paradox Paradigm). The series is almost worth it just for the fifth movie.

Before that was When the Cicadas Cry, or just Higurashi, a series that subverted my expectations completely. It might be hard to believe from the first few arcs, but it's a wholesome series about trusting your friends. The characters were also much more layered than I thought they would be. I'll watch the new seasons once Sotsu has concluded.

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#438 Post by Michael Kerpan » Wed Sep 08, 2021 9:38 pm

Boosmahn - re Higurashi sequels -- last year's Gou and currently-airing Sotsu

These drastically subvert -- and then re-subvert (and I hope will re-re-subvert) expectations yet again. Sotsu especially has been incredibly brutal -- both visually and (even moreso) psychologically. Not certain how many more episodes there will be to this -- but right now I can see no path to any sort of "happy ending". I keep hoping, however.

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