Archive for the ‘Video & Trailers’ Category

What Anime Means To Me: Learning Director Names

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

On the evening of March 19, 1994, Dave E. showed me the “Double X” music video. The short clip was my first exposure to the music of X Japan. Dave specified that Rintaro had directed the anime PV. Prior to that evening I’d never consciously realized that paying attention to the ovure of particular directors might help me narrow down specific anime that I might enjoy.

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Under the Dog Gets Unleashed

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Creative Intelligence Arts (CIA) CEO and founder Hiroaki Yura has announced that his company is recusing itself from involvement in the production of the Under the Dog OVA. CIA and animation studio Kinema Citrus jointly conceived the project and launched its 2014 Kickstarter campaign that became Kickstarter’s most successful crowd-funded animation project ever. Yura has announced that the continued development of the original anime OVA will henceforth be handled exclusively by Kinema Citrus with Kouji Morimoto brought on board to produce the project. Morimoto, not to be confused with Studio 4°C co-founder, has produced sci-fi/action anime including Avenger (2003), .hack//Roots (2006), and CANAAN (2009).

According to Hiroaki Yura, “In order to comply with certain requests from members of the UTD creative team, and to deliver an unhindered product to our backers, CIA is hereby removing itself from the UTD project… It is a testament to the enthusiasm the UTD team has that they wished to take over the production and directly handle it themselves.”

I respect and applaud the announcement because it represents an inexperienced producer stepping back, out of the way, handing over creative control directly to the animators who are making the OVA. The transfer shifts creative control from from CIA, which has no experience in anime production, to studio Kinema Citrus, which has successfully produced anime including Code:Breaker (2012), Yuyushiki (2013), Black Bullet (2014), and Barakamon (2014). My expectation is that fewer cooks in the kitchen, and putting the development directly into the hands of experienced artists, will result in a stronger, less adulterated product.

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Ask John: Why Doesn’t a Vocaloid Anime Exist Yet?

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Question:

Why do you think no Hatsune Miku anime series has come out yet? To me it seems like a no brainer, considering all the available music, video games and other merchandise available. With the multiple vocaloids already in existence you’d have quite a large cast. All that you would need is a story to put the characters in and some new tunes. Even if it sucked you’d have a lot of cash generated from it.

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Ask John: What are Good “Get Back Into Anime” Titles?

Monday, December 29th, 2014

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Question:
As someone who has not watched anime in five years or so, could you tell me what you consider some of the best films or short series (13 episodes or less) in the last decade? I have always respect your opinions and look forward to seeing what you have to say.

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Ninja Slay Me

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Don’t know what the hell studio Trigger is trying to do with the Ninja Slayer anime. The trailer suggests that the studio is trying to adapt the novels as a bad retro action anime. The logo at 3 seconds in is reminiscent of anime like Microman and even Aku Daisakusen Srungle. The two halves of the mask that slide into frame at 12 seconds, the purple-haired gal at 29 seconds – her exceptionally angled face and uneven hair, even the 4:3 framing and the coloring all shout “80s anime.” It’s like deliberate throwback to anime like Tobikage and Ninja Ryukenden, but, for God knows why, the animation is stiffly mechanical and the color exaggerated in a way that suggests that Trigger is trying to create Shockwave Flash animation without actually using Flash. Perhaps the studio realizes that the novels are kind of trashy and are trying to evoke the same sort of ridiculous vibe with the animation.

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Sword Gai TV Anime Announced

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

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Shogakuan has revealed word that Flash anime studio DLE is developing an anime TV series based on writer Toshiki Inoue & illustrator Osamu Kine’s dark fantasy/action manga series Swordgai. The manga revolves around a swordsman whose artificial right arm is composed of a demonic sword. The anime is tentatively scheduled for a spring 2016 premiere.

Studio Digital Frontier produced a short CG Swordgai promotional video last year:

Source: Anime News Network

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Doamaiger D Retro Mecha Anime Announced

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

The TV Kanagawa (tvk) and KBS Kyoto television networks have announced the development of a retro mecha anime titled Doamaiger D. The show about a traditional Japanese candy-maker who pilots a giant robot to defend Kyoto against attacks by “mechkaiju” mechanical giant monsters will premiere next spring.

Source: Anime News Network

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Hozuki no Reitetsu OAD Series Trailer Released

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

The homepage for the Hozuki no Reitetsu anime franchise has added a trailer for its upcoming OAD series. The Wit Studio staff that produced this year’s TV series will reunite to produce new OAD episodes that will be included in limited edition copies of the 17th, 18th, and 19th collected volumes of Natsumi Eguchi’s comedy manga released on February 23, May 22, and August 21, 2015. The first OAD will get a limited theatrical premiere in 11 Japanese theaters nationwide in December.

Source: Anime News Network

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Production I.G Releases Garm Wars Trailer

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Production I.G has released the first trailer for creator/director Mamoru Oshii’s first fully English-language motion picture, Garm Wars: The Last Druid. The sci-fi/fantasy action film was first announced in 2012. Oshii co-wrote the picture with American screenwriter Geoffrey Gunn based on a concept that Oshii created in late 1995. The movie stars Mélanie St-Pierre & Lance Henriksen and will have its world premiere on the 25th at the Tokyo International Film Festival.

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Takashi Murakami Produces Pharrell Williams Music Video

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Pop vocalist Pharrell Williams’ latest single “It Girl” features an anime music video animated by “Superflat” contemporary artist Takashi Murakami’s art studio Kaikai Kiki. Kaibutsu Oujo, Psycho-Pass, and Sekirei episode animation director Sorato Shimizu provided the character designs for the video directed by fantasista utamaro and Mr. and produced by Takashi Murakami.

Source: Anime News Network

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Marvista Acquires Heroes ~Legend of Battle Disks~

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Los Angeles-based Marvista Entertainment has acquired the international distribution rights to Asahi Production’s forthcoming shounen anime television series Heroes ~Legend of the Battle Disks~. The long-delayed anime series based on Magic Box International’s line of children’s toys was originally announced for a winter 2013 premiere. Marvista will promote the series to potential broadcasters at the MIP Jr. industry convention in Cannes, France, on October 11-12.

Source: Animation World Network

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Grisaia no Kajitsu Teaser Released

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Rondo Robe has released the first teaser trailer for next month’s Grisaia no Kajitsu ~ Le Fruit de la Grisaia television series. Studio 8-Bit is producing the adaptation of the 2011 adult PC game from developer Frontwing. The angst-ridden school harem anime will premiere on OCtober 5.

Source: Anime News Network

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Donten ni Warau Teaser Released

Friday, September 26th, 2014

A new teaser for next month’s Donten ni Warau television series reveals animation footage from the show. Anime studio Dogakobo is producing the adaptation of Kemuri Karakara’s historical adventure manga that revolves around three handsome brothers charged with transporting criminals and political dissidents to an island prison in 1879. The 7-volume manga series was serialized from 2011 until 2014. The TV anime will premiere on October 10.

Source: Anime News Network

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Kyokai no Kanata Movie Teaser Released

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Kyoto Animation has released a short teaser trailer for its upcoming Kyokai no Kanata (Beyond the Boundary) feature film. The film, due out next spring, is anticipated to be a summarized version of the 12-episode 2013 television series inspired by Nagomu Torii’s original fantasy novel.

Source: Anime News Network

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Koji Morimoto Animates New TV Spot

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Renowned visionary animator and Studio 4C co-founder Koji Morimoto has directed an original 15-second TV commercial promoting the upcoming two albums from Japanese post progressive metal band Mono.

Source: Bloody Disgusting

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