Hana no Utame Gothicmade Trailer

Hana no Utame Gothicmade                                   Gothicmade Film Poster

Japanese Title: ゴテイック メード 花 の 詩女

Romaji: Goteikku Me-do Hana no Uta Me

Release Date: 01st November 2012 (Japan)

Running Time: N/A

Director: Mamoru Nagano

Writer: Mamoru Nagano

Starring: Maria Kawamura, Nozomu Sasaki, Akio Ohtsuka, Yoshiko Sakakibara, Ikue Ohtani

Kadokawa initiated this anime movie to celebrate 65 years since the founding of their business. It looks like a slice of great old school anime. Gothicmade is the directorial debut of designer and manga creator Mamoru Nagano. On top of directing he also takes on other major roles such as screenwriting, storyboarding and character design. If the anime looks old school then it reflects the fact that he has been in the animation industry for quite some time, his biggest project being the manga/anime franchise Five Star Stories (1986!!!) which is also handled by Kadokawa and is still being released today.

Carmine is a tiny colony world under the harsh control of the ruling interplanetary league. It would be unremarkable except that this planet special is that it has a special tradition: young women known as songstresses inherit and pass down the memories of the generations that came before them. They then use this knowledge to help the people of their planet.

A 16-year-old named Berin Ajelli has been reborn as a songstress and must set out on a holy pilgrimage across the planet to the capital. After hearing rumours of a possible terrorist attact the militant Donau Empire send Prince Toriharon to protect her but he is the antitheis of everything Bellin believes in. The two are stuck together on their journey to the capital of Carmine.

Also old school, are the voice actors involved. His wife, Maria Kawamura was a seiyuu for many characters in 80’s and 90’s anime like Naga in Slayers and Yui in Megazone 23. She is providing one of the voices and the film’s theme song. Other seiyuu include Nozomu Sasaki (Bud in Megazone 23 and Ham in Monster Rancher) who takes on the role of Toriharon, Akio Ohtsuka (Samson in Banner of the Stars, Black Jack in the anime of the same name), Ai Orikasa (Ryoko in Tenchi Muyo), Yoshiko Sakakibara (Shinobu in the Patlabor franchise) and Ikue Ohtani (Pikachu in Pokemon, Tony Chopper in One Piece). It has music by Seikou Nagaoka (Strike Witches, Tenchi Muyo!, El Hazard – The Magnificent World).

We’ll find out if it is any good when it gets released next month!

11 thoughts on “Hana no Utame Gothicmade Trailer

      1. Or one could just watch something else entirely? You know, like Wolf Children, Barefoot Ken, Haibane Renmai and a whole lot of other anime I still haven’t seen?

      2. I report on new and forthcoming anime for a website and at one point earlier this year it seemed that nearly every show coming out was set in a school and concerned the everyday lives of a bunch of girls of varying levels of normality/craziness 😛 A show featuring giant robots, while not rare, is a bit of a change.

        Haibane Renmai is gorgeous. Might I also suggest Kino’s Journey and Mawaru Penguindrum.

      3. Yeah, you see, so much else to watch! I actually checked out Haibane Renmai on Amazon today. Other than the horrendous price label attached, it seems to be only available in Region 1. 😦

  1. I feel the same as Alua. The robot kinda remind me of Evangelion…slim type robot.
    The trailer is also not gripping…not the kind that drawn people to see it.

    1. While I wasn’t gripped by the trailer, I did like the character designs. I was also reminded of Evangelion. Hopefully this anime won’t be as traumatic!

      Old school anime moment:

      I luuurve that song!

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