Attack on Titan, Corpse Party, Stray Dogz, Make-believe Family, Bad Moon Rising, Summer on the Frontline: A 15 year old boy’s story and other Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend people!

Deadball Yakyu Shinnsouke

My summer of splatter films/manga reviews is back on track after a few anime first impressions (Charlotte, Prison School, Ushio to Tora). This week I reviewed Deadball (2011)and Big Tits Zombie (2010). Expect more film and manga reviews over the coming months. Hopefully I can keep up with the reviews, There are only the Toronto and Vancouver film festivals to worry about since Venice doesn’t have any Japanese films programmed and so for the first time since I started covering film festivals, I won’t be covering the Venice film festival.

What’s released this weekend?

Continue reading Attack on Titan, Corpse Party, Stray Dogz, Make-believe Family, Bad Moon Rising, Summer on the Frontline: A 15 year old boy’s story and other Japanese Film Trailers

Deadball デッドボール (2011)

Deadball       

Deadball Film Poster 2
Deadball Film Poster 2

Japanese: デッドボール

Romaji: Dedoboru

Release Date: July 23rd, 2011

Running Time: 73 mins.

Director: Yudai Yamaguchi

Writer: Yudai Yamaguchi, Keita Tokaji (Screenplay),

Starring: Tak Sakaguchi, Mari Hoshino, Miho Ninagawa, Miho Narita, Mickie Curtis, Ryosei Tayama,

Baseball is, for some odd reason, one of the most popular sports in Japan. It would take zombies and bloodshed to truly make it interesting for me. Enter the rather short-lived film label, Sushi Typhoon, a gang responsible for the movies a series of splatter films like Cold Fish (2011), Mutant Girls Squad (2010), Hell Driver (2011), and Yakuza Weapon (2011). They bring their over-the-top action and special effects to a boring sport and liven it up with mass killings, androids and more craziness for an audience than is healthy.

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Big Tits Zombie 巨乳ドラゴン 温泉ゾンビVSストリッパー5 (2010)

Big Tits Zombie   Big Tits Zombie Film Poster

Japanese: 巨乳ドラゴン 温泉ゾンビVSストリッパー5

Romaji: Kyonyū doragon: Onsen zonbi vs sutorippaa 5

Release Date: May 15th, 2010

Running Time: 73 mins.

Director: Takao Nakano

Writer: Takao Nakano (Screenplay), Rei Mikamoto (Original Manga),

Starring: Sora Aoi, Risa Kasumi, Mari Sakurai, Tamayo, Saori Ando, io Aikawa, Daisuke Iijima, Tamayo,

With a title like Bit Tits Zombie you can banish any thoughts about this film having serious artistic pretensions. Despite the fact there are plenty of zombies and the lead actresses bare plenty of flesh it fails to become a consistently entertaining ride.

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Nowhere Girl, Tokyo Stateless Girl, Wait for Me at Udagawachou, Fires on the Plain, Obon Brothers, Brain Fluid Explosion Girl, Gekijou jouei Nihon Anime (-Ta-) Mihonichi, Eiken Boogie Return Match of Tears, The Hybrid Nue no ko, Control of Violence Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend, people!

Prison School Chiyo 2

I started watching films again after a short break and it’s all for my Summer of Splatter. On top of writing reviews for my own blog I have been writing stuff for Gigan magazine so, if you’re interested, check out what I wrote about the World of Kanako (2014) ahead of its US release (my review is here).

I also started writing up more manga reviews for a possible season that is shaping up for a September/October launch.

On Wednesday Anime News Network reported that Nokuto Noike’s manga 6000: The Deep Sea of Madness would be getting turned into a live-action film by All Nippon Entertainment Works (ANEW), a joint venture between people in the Japanese anime industry and Hollywood. The names attached to include the producer Mike Medavoy (Shutter Island, Black Swan). Apparently ANEW are also trying to remake the trashy J-horror Ghost Train.

This week I posted my first impressions of Prison School and Charlotte.

What’s released in Japan this weekend?

Continue reading Nowhere Girl, Tokyo Stateless Girl, Wait for Me at Udagawachou, Fires on the Plain, Obon Brothers, Brain Fluid Explosion Girl, Gekijou jouei Nihon Anime (-Ta-) Mihonichi, Eiken Boogie Return Match of Tears, The Hybrid Nue no ko, Control of Violence Japanese Film Trailers

Charlotte(シャーロット)First Impression

Charlotte(シャーロット) Charlotte Key Image

Director: Yoshiyuki Asai, Script/Original Creator: Jun Maeda, Character Designer: Masahiro Fujii, Art Director: Kazuki Higashiji, Original Character Designer: Na-Ga, Music: Jun Maeda, Anant-Garde Eyes,

Voice Actors: Kouki Uchiyama (Yuu Otosaka), Momo Asakura (Ayumi Otosaka), Ayane Sakura (Nao Tomori), Maaya Uchida (Misa Nishimori, Yusa Nishimori), Takahiro Mizushima (Joujirou Takajou),
Studio: P.A. Works

Airing Date: July, 2015

Website

As far as I was concerned all the signs going into this anime were not positive. The creator of this is Jun Maeda, a man famous for creating visual novels and his work (writing and music) on anime shows like Air, Angel Beats, and Clannad. The style of these shows is moe and melodrama and that aesthetic and style is a massive turn-off for me. Also a turn-off is the generic concept of the show which is all about teens with super powers. Colour me surprised that three episodes in and Charlotte has turned out to be more amusing and different than I could have guessed…
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Prison School (監獄学園 プリズンスクール) First Impression

Prison School (監獄学園 プリズンスクール)   Prison School Key Image

Director: Tsutomu Mizushima, Series Composition/Scripts: Michiko Yokote, Original Creator: Akira Hiramoto, Character Designer: Junichiro Taniguchi, Music: Kotaro Nakagawa, Art Designer: Maki Morio,

Voice Actors: Hiroshi Kamiya (Kiyoshi), Kana Hanazawa (Hana), Daisuke Namikawa (Joe), Katsuyuki Konishi (Gakuto), Kazuyuki Okitsu (Andre), Kenichi Suzumura (Shingo), Sayaka Ohara (Mari), Shizuka Itou (Meiko), Chinami Hashimoto (Chiyo)

Studio: J.C. Staff

Airing Date: July 10th, 2015

Website

Continue reading Prison School (監獄学園 プリズンスクール) First Impression

Dictator, Koga, Hero, Umi no Futa, Lung Ta, Lord of Tsurimela, Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages, Jyourei Tantei, Kazoku no Fukei, Kimi to Miru Fukei Japanese and Other Film Trailers

Happy weekend everyone!

Fuku chan Film Image

I hope you are all well. Another week has passed and we’re already half way through the year. In film terms I have watched over 100 titles, the last one being Fuku-chan of Fukufuku Flats (2014) which I reviewed earlier this week. I have started watching the summer 2015 anime and decided I will do first impressions again as well as the summer of splatter so anime reviews will be interspesred with manga/movie reviews. The first one I have written is for Ushio to Tora.

In terms of gaming, I’m doing pretty well at Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions mainly because I like to over level and open up as many jobs as possible. I also upped my pledge for the Shenmue III Kickstarter to buy a physical copy of the game but I won’t be getting to play that until December 2017 (according to the campaign).

What’s released this weekend?

Continue reading Dictator, Koga, Hero, Umi no Futa, Lung Ta, Lord of Tsurimela, Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages, Jyourei Tantei, Kazoku no Fukei, Kimi to Miru Fukei Japanese and Other Film Trailers

Ushio to Tora (うしおととら) First Impression

Ushio to Tora (うしおととらUshio to Tora Key Image

Director: Satoshi Nishimura, Series Composition: Kazuhiro Fujita, Toshiki Inoue Original Creator: Kazuhiro Fujita, Character Designer, Chief Animation Director: Tomoko Mori, Music: Eishi Segawa, Art Director: Tomoyuki Shimizu

Voice Actors:  Tasuku Hatanaka (Ushio Aotsuki), Rikiya Koyama (Tora), Mikako Komatsu (Asako Nakamura) Kiyono Yasuno (Mayuko Inoue), Ai Kayano (Omamori-sama), Keiji Fujiwara (Shigure Aotsuki), Kiyono Yasuno (Mayuko Inoue), Maaya Sakamoto (Sumako Aotsuki), Mamoru Miyano (Giryou),

Studio: MAPPA, Studio VOLN,

Airing Date: July 03rd, 2015

Website

MyAnimeList Entry

Ushio to Tora Temple

The story begins at a Shinto temple run by a priest named Shigure Aotsuki (Keiji Fujiwara). He lives with his son, a middle-school student named Ushio (Tasuku Hatanaka). The two have your standard issue squabbling father-son relationship typically seen in shounen shows.
Ushio to Tora Father and Son

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Fuku-chan of Fukufuku Flats 福福荘の福ちゃん (2014)

Fuku-chan of Fukufuku Flats      Fuku-chan of FukuFuku Flats Film Poster

Japanese Title: 

Romaji: Fukufuku-sou no Fuku-chan

Release Date: November 08th, 2014

UK Release Date: July 13th, 2015

Film Distributor: Third Window Films

Running Time: 111 mins.

Director: Yosuke Fujita

Writer: Yosuke Fujita (Screenplay)

Starring: Miyuki Oshima, Asami Mizukawa, YosiYosi Arakawa, Kami Miraiwa, Yuuki Tokunaga, Mei Kurokawa, Maho Yamada, Takeshi Yamamoto, Kanji Furutachi,

Director Yosuke Fujita has taken nearly a decade to follow up his debut film, the marvellous low-key comedy Fine, Totally Fine (2008), with another feature film. In the time between the two he has been making short films (including the Cheer Girls entry in Quirky Guys & Gals) and a TV movie. Fujita also spent this time crafting the screenplay for Fuku-chan which, like his first film, is equally filled with eccentric and loveable characters’. Fujita’s inspiration for the film was the comedian Miyuki Oshima, a regular face on Japanese television, and he challenges her to take on the role of a guy with a fear of women who audiences will surely come to love.

Tatsuo Fukuda (Oshima) is a nice guy and has the nickname ‘Fuku-Chan’.

Fuku-chan (Miyuki Oshima)

Continue reading Fuku-chan of Fukufuku Flats 福福荘の福ちゃん (2014)

The Boy and the Beast, Tag, Snake of Violence, Gunjou Iro no, Toori Michi, Ari no mama de itai, How to Forget Sadness: Documentary of Nogizaka46, Hand in the Glove and Other Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend, dear reader!

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I hope you are well!

This week I posted a review of the zombie manga I Am a Hero and an announcement about the wonderful comedy Fuku-chan of Fukufuku Flats.

I have been very busy at work and on the entertainment front. I watched lots of films like Lalala at Rock Bottom (2014), Taksu (2014), Permanent Nobara (2010) and Sheep in the Night (2010). My sister completed Shenmue and we started Shenmue 2 and I’m in the middle of Final Fantasy Tactics The War of the Lions.

What’s released in Japan this weekend?

Continue reading The Boy and the Beast, Tag, Snake of Violence, Gunjou Iro no, Toori Michi, Ari no mama de itai, How to Forget Sadness: Documentary of Nogizaka46, Hand in the Glove and Other Japanese Film Trailers

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