When I wrote about the anime movie The Mystical Laws earlier this year I did not think it would get a UK release. I was wrong. According to Anime News Network, “it is being screened for a week at the Odeon Panton Street cinema near Piccadilly from Friday November November 23. The film will be shown daily at 2.30 p.m., 5.55 p.m. and 8.30 p.m. It is rated “15” on the cinema website, although it is not listed on the BBFC website.”
Japanese Title: 神秘 の 法
Romaji: Shinpi no Hou
Release Date: 05th October 2012 (Japan)
Running Time: 119 mins.
Director: Isamu Imakake
Writer: Ryuho Okawa
Starring: Takehito Koyasu, Daisuke Hirakawa, Ayumi Fujimura, Ryoka Yuzuki, Shinichiro Miki, Miki Ito
It is the year 201X… and the newly-formed Empire of Godom has been able to gain access to technology offered to them by Reika Chang (Fujimura), the president of a trading company. With this technology they plan to take over the world. Shou Shishimaru (Koyasu) is the only one who can stop them because he has access to mystical technology as well. The Empire know this and decide to hunt him down but thanks to the intervention of mysterious Indians, he evades capture and sets about trying to fulfil a prophecy about the second coming of a saviour.
The film is an adaptation of a book written by Ryuho Okawa, the founder of the Happy Science religious organisation. The organisation was founded in Japan on the 6th of October, 1986 by Ryuho Okawa who, according to Wikipedia, “claims to channel the spirits of Muhammad, Christ, Buddha and Confucious and claims to be the incarnation of the supreme spiritual being called El Centre.” According to Anime News Network, this anime film was produced in conjunction with another film called Final Judgement which featured in a trailer post earlier this year and left me severely unimpressed. The movie is directed by Isamu Imakake who has worked on Natsume’s Book of Friends and Captain Tsubasa. Seiyuu involved include some pretty well known ones like Takehito Koyasu who voiced Ilpalazzo in the awesome Excel Saga, Daisuke Hirakawa (Franz d’Epinay in Gankutsuou), Ayumi Fujimura (Miwa in Bartender, Raimei in Nabai no Ou, Takashi Natsume in Natsume’s Book of Friends).
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3 thoughts on “The Mystical Laws Anime Gets a Theatrical Run in the UK”
I saw this on Terracotta’s last mail out but the more I found out about it the more creeped out I became – I don’t think I’ll be venturing out to this one. It’s impressive that they’ve managed to get it into the regular cinema program though
UK cinema is so nice…to let anime has screening time like that. My country is closer to Japan than yours but we don’t have anime (except Doraemon) in our cinema…always the animations from Hollywood 😦
Hope you have time to catch it and like it
@Novroz: This film is only screening in London and I’m not going back to the capital for the rest of the year so I’ll miss it.
@HS: I agree about it getting a cinema run being impressive. The background smacks of cult theology and I am resistant to that… If they do take over the world, I’ll edit this comment.