April Fools, Persona 3 The Movie #3 Falling Down, A Farewell to Jinu, Kakashi to Racket, Tokyo Yamimushi: 2nd Scenario – Pandora, Tamayura: Sotsugyou Shashin Part 1 – Kizashi, Revival, We are REDS! The Movie minna minna minna, Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet -Meguru Koro, Kohen- and Other Japanese Film Trailers

Happy Easter! I hope you are all good.

A Farewell to Jinu Film Image6

It’s the Easter season so I hope everyone is going to have a great time and get into the spirit of the season and make some positive changes to their life.

I’m writing this late on a Friday evening because I have been rather silly and left it to the last moment. On Good Friday last year I watched Rentaneko (2012) and relaxed since the trailer post was done early!

I took a short break from work had a bit of a lazy week in terms of actual work done on this blog (only one post an that’s about the release of Han-gong Ju, a drama by Third Window Films). I started the week finishing off a preview for the new anime airing on Japanese television over the next twelve weeks (here’s part one and part two). After that I spent time re-arranging books and putting into order a year’s worth of notes made during Japanese lessons. That’s where I got a bit lazy because part of the process was putting my Teach Yourself Japanese and Japanese for Busy People onto my phone so I can listen to the exercises when I commute to and when I am in work. I then put some Japanese elctro-pop (Aira Mitsuki), anime (Master Keaton, Disgaea) and the Final Fantasy XII soundtracks onto my phone and in my computer’s music library so that took time because I started listening to the albums…

I got my chance to watch a few Ghibli films which were on Film4 (Whisper of the Heart, The Cat Returns, and Kiki’s Delivery Service – three of my top five Ghibli films!) and I watched some live-action films, Looper (2012), Dream House (2011), The Light Shines Only There (2013), The Amazing Mr Blunden (1972) and I watched the final episodes of many anime like Death Parade, Yurikuma Arashi, and Tokyo Ghoul. I also watched the final episode of live-action shows I Survived a Zombie Apocalypse and The Walking Dead (I feel sad to see all these great television shows go but there’s the new season of anime to look forward to (linking back up with the first paragraph)!

There’s a reason I keep coming back to the anime because over the last week the first episodes of various new series have been screened at cinemas in Tokyo before they launch on television… The power of otaku…

Uta no Prince-sama - Maji Love Revolutions Key ImageThe latest season of Uta no Prince-sama Maji Love Revolutions was previewed at screenings at TOHO Cinemas Nichigeki in Tokyo over March 27th-29th. Attendees had the chance to meet cast members.

I watched some of the first episodes back when I did First Impressions of anime…

Show By Rock!! Key Image

Episode one of Show by Rock!! was previewed at Sanrio Puroland on March 28, 2015, and at Shinjuku Piccadilly on March 29.

FateStay Night Unlimited Blade Works Season 2 Key ImageEpisodes 1, 2, and 3 of Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works was previewed at a screening at Shinjuku Wald 9 in Tokyo on March 28.

Hibike! Euphonium Key ImageEpisode 1 of Hibike! Euphonium was previewed at a screening at MOVIX Kyoto on March 28.

Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku Key ImageEpisode 1 of Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku was previewed at a screening at Yurakucho Asahi Hall in Tokyo on March 29.

Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. Zoku Key Image.Episode 1 of Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru was previewed at a screening at TOHO Cinemas Nihonbashi on March 28.

The first season of this was one of my favourite anime of 2013.

What’s released in Japanese cinemas this weekend?

April Fools   

April Fools Film Poster
April Fools Film Poster

Japanese: エイプリルフールズ

Romaji: Eipuriru Furuzu

Release Date: April 01st, 2015

Running Time: 120 mins.

Director: Junichi Ishikawa

Writer: Ryota Kosawa (Screenplay),

Starring: Erika Toda, Tori Matsuzaka, Nanao, Yusuke Santamaria, Sayaka Yamaguchi, Masanobu Takashima, Susumu Terajima, Eiko Koike, Masato Yano,

April Fools has a huge cast and each of the 27 people in the main roles gets a gag like the clumsy kidnapper, student who believes in aliens and the two friends, one gay, one not. It all starts with Ayumi Nitta (Toda), a cleaner at a hospital who suffers anthropophobia (extreme shyness & fear of people) who has a one night stand with surgeon Wataru Makino (Matsuzaka) who is addicted to sex and is soon off with  flight attendant named Reiko (Nanao). Alas, Ayumi is pregnant and she’s about to burst his bubble.

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Persona 3 The Movie #3 Falling Down   

Persona 3 The Movie #3 Falling Down Film Poster
Persona 3 The Movie #3 Falling Down Film Poster

Japanese: Persona 3 The Movie #3 Falling Down

Romaji: Persona 3 The Movie #3 Falling Down

Release Date: April 04th, 2015

Running Time: N/A

Director: Keitaro Motonaga

Writer: Jun Kumagai (Screenplay),

Starring: Akira Ishida (Makoto Yuki), Megumi Toyoguchi (Yukari Takeba), Miyuki Sawashiro (Elizabeth/Chidori Yoshino), Hikaru Midorikawa (Akihiko Sanada),

Makoto and the other members of S.E.E.S. are nearing the end of their battles with the Shadows and find new meaning in their lives but when a mysterious transfer student named Ryoji Mochizuki appears the gears of fate begin to turn.

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Racist Counter   

Racist Counter Film Poster
Racist Counter Film Poster

Japanese: レイシスト・カウンター

Romaji: Reishisuto Kaunta-

Release Date: April 04th, 2015

Running Time: N/A

Director: Rintaro Watanabe

Writer: N/A

Starring: N/A

Racism in Japan is an issue that comes up on so many different sites dedicated to Japanese pop culture but it seems that nobody (including myself) has any real idea of the reality of it. Perhaps this documentary will serve to illuminate such a serious topic. Director Rintaro Watanabe’s exploration centres on counter racist activities started by people offended by right-wing attacks on Koreans and others. By attacks, what I mean is that when they held street protests in Korean-town in Shinjuku they shouted hate speech and started brawls. The guys in this documentary organised counter-marches and decided to fight fire with fire by shouting abuse back. Some of these protestors are known as Reishisuto wo Shibakitai (Corps of Racist Bashers). Here’s an interview with the founder.

There’s also a look at a group from the Korean community, the Shibaki Corps. Just typing Shibaki Corps into Google can give you a glimpse of how heated things get with videos like this (from a right-wing nationalist) floating around. There’s a lot of this stuff floating around, actually, and some of it is made by Westerners…

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A Farewell to Jinu   

A Farewell to Jinu Film Poster
A Farewell to Jinu Film Poster

Japanese: ジヌよさらば ~かむろば村へ~

Romaji: Jinuyo Saraba ~ Kamuroba Mura e

Release Date: April 04th, 2015

Running Time: 121 mins.

Director: Suzuki Matsuo

Writer: Suzuki Matsuo (Screenplay), Mikio Igarashi (Original Manga),

Starring: Ryuhei Matsuda, Fumi Nikaido, Sadao Abe, Takako Matsu, Toshiyuki Nishida, Hairi Katagiri, Seminosuke Murasugi, Suzuki Matsuo Shima Ise, YosiYosi Arakawa, Yuko Nakamura, Suzuki Matsuo,

The first time Matsuo Suzuki directed actor Ryuhei Matsuda was for the hilarious otaku love-story Koi no Mon (2004). That was over ten years ago. They have been on screen together in other films but we’re interested in comedies and this looks very funny.

Takeharu Takami (Matsuda) worked as a bank teller until he became allergic to money. In an effort to avoid using money at all Takeharu moves to a small village in the Tohoku region. This place is peopled by some strange characters.

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Kakashi to Racket   

Kakashi to Racket Film Poster
Kakashi to Racket Film Poster

Japanese: 案山子とラケット 亜季と珠子の夏休み

Romaji: Kakashi to Raketto Aki to Tamako no Natsu Yasumi

Release Date: April 04th, 2015

Running Time: 100 mins.

Director: Haruo Inoue

Writer: Yasutoshi Murakawa (Screenplay),

Starring: Yuna Taira, Karen Otomo, Megumi Seki, Hosshan, Maki Kubota, Ryusei Saito, Taro Suruga,

After a certain incident Aki (Taira) moved from Tokyo to stay with her father Masaya (Koichi) on a rural island. She left behind a mother and sister. At her new school she meets Tamako (Otomo) and makes friends with her. Aki was a member of the soft tennis club back in Tokyo and Tamako asks Aki to teach her soft tennis but there is no tennis court on the island. This won’t stop Aki who is now raring to play again. 

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Tokyo Yamimushi: 2nd Scenario – Pandora   

Tokyo Pandora Film Poster
Tokyo Pandora Film Poster

Japanese: 東京闇虫パンドラ

Romaji: Tokyo Yamimushi Pandora

Release Date: April 04th, 2015

Running Time: N/A

Director: Sakichi Sato

Writer: Sakichi Sato (Screenplay), Yuuki Honda (Original Manga),

Starring: Ai Shinozaki, Tetsuya Makita, Kyosuke Yabe, Yuuri Kikuchi, Yuichi Asai, Haruka Momokawa, Kosuke Toyohara

Yuuki Honda’s Tokyo Yamimushi manga were the basis of two films released in 2013 and this is the third. The stories revolve around young people working to pay off debt. Gravure idol Ai Shinozaki plays Yui, a runaway girl who stays at the net cafe Onizuka. She earns a living through compensated dating but she has a debt to pay and there are yakuza involved.

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Tamayura: Sotsugyou Shashin Part 1 – Kizashi   

Tamayura Sotsugyou Shashin Part 1 - Kizashi
Tamayura Sotsugyou Shashin Part 1 – Kizashi

Japanese: たまゆら 卒業写真 第1部 芽 きざし

Romaji: Tamayura: Sotsugyou Shashin Part 1 – Kizashi

Release Date: April 04th, 2015

Running Time: N/A

Director: Junichi Sato

Writer: Reiko Yoshida, Yuka Yamada, Sayaka Harada (Screenplay), Junichi Sato (Original Creator),

Starring: Kana Asumi (Kaoru Hanawa), Mayu Iizuka (Suzune Maekawa), Yuko Gibu (Maon Sakurada), Yuka Iguchi (Norie Okazaki),

There are four Tamayura films planned and they all revolve around the daily lives of high school girls Fū, Kaoru, Norie, and Maon and recently graduated Kanae who are all in the photography club. The club gets two new members but despite new friends, their lively daily life remains unchanged. Yet, the four third-year students are slowly thinking about their own future dreams and paths as they face graduation in about a year.

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Bar Kamikaze Gomakashi Doraibu   

Bar Kamikaze Gomakashi Doraibu Film Poster
Bar Kamikaze Gomakashi Doraibu Film Poster

Japanese: BAR神風 誤魔化しドライブ

Romaji: Bar Kamikaze Gomakashi Doraibu

Release Date: April 04th, 2015

Running Time: 80 mins.

Director: Shojii Kubota

Writer: Shojii Kubota (Screenplay),

Starring: Shinpei Takagi, Kumi Takiuchi, Reiya Masaki, Toshiyui Someya, Shota Takasaki, Ren Yagami, Mizuki Kuwabara, Miho Kanazawa,

Shuhei (Takagi) runs a small bar full of patrons who bicker. No trailer.

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Revival   

Revival Film Poster
Revival Film Poster

Japanese: 蘇生

Romaji: Sosei

Release Date: April 04th, 2015

Running Time: 90 mins.

Director: Tetsu Shiatori

Writer: N/A

Starring: Teruo Higa, Ichiro Iiyama, Shunsuke Funase, Izumi Masukawa, Kei Tanaka, Akira Matsushita, Ryuhei Watanabe, Yosuke Saito,

No trailer.

This is a documentary that explores pollution and radioactivity and their effect on the natural world and how microorganisms revive the environment that humanity wrecks. University professors give us information on how these things work. The following synopsis is taken from the English language story page on the website:

Documentary of the journey to Reviving the Mother Earth

Japanese film director Tetsu Shiratori’s fourth documentary film 「蘇生」(SOSEI – Revival) reveals the power of microorganisms who are the oldest living organisms known on earth.

The film takes a scientific journey to prove how beneficial microorganisms, especially Yeast, Lactic Bacteria and Photosynthetic Bacteria could help restore the environment and the whole ecosystem that have long been polluted by the human activities.

Radioactive contamination is not an exception.

Today, more than 120,000 residents are still taking shelter due to Fukushima nuclear accident in East Japan.

Not only that, mega-typhoons, floods, drought, heavy snowfalls… Natural disasters are increasing in numbers and their magnitudes are rising. Something is happening to the biosphere of the earth.

We have the responsibilities to the future of our children.

Will humans ever stop polluting the earth?

What are the necessary actions to take?

The film 「蘇生」 (Revival) casts a vital question that would determine the future path of humanity.

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We are REDS! The Movie minna minna minna   

We are REDS! The Movie minna minna minna Film Poster
We are REDS! The Movie minna minna minna Film Poster

Japanese: We are REDS! The Movie みんな みんな みんな

Romaji: We are REDS! The Movie minna minna minna

Release Date: April 04th, 2015

Running Time: 90 mins.

Director: Ito Shujin

Writer: N/A

Starring: N/A

This is the second documentary about the Urawa Red Diamonds, a J-League club. We see how they performed in 2014 and some of the crises they had to navigate and the future they envision for themselves.

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Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet -Meguru Koro, Kohen–  

Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet -Meguru Koro, Kohen- Film Poster
Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet -Meguru Koro, Kohen- Film Poster

 

Japanese: 翠星のガルガンティア めぐる航路、遥か 後編

Romaji: Suisei no Gargantia -Meguru Koro, Kohen

Release Date: April 04th, 2015

Running Time: N/A

Directors: Kazuya Murata

Writer: Gen Urobuchi, Daishiro Tanimura (Screenplay)

Starring:  Kaito Ishikawa (Ledo), Hisako Kanemoto (Amy), Ai Kayano (Saaya), Kana Asumi (Melty), Tomokazu Sugita (Chamber), Sayaka Ohara (Ridget),

This is the second of two OVAs getting a release in the cinema (the first was shown in the awesome month of September last year) that continues the story of Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet and features the return of staff and cast from the TV anime. Since I still haven’t finished watching the TV anime (that’s two years since I watched episode five…), I’ll link to Anime News Network

and their news bit which does have the synopsis.

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Music videos of the week:

7 thoughts on “April Fools, Persona 3 The Movie #3 Falling Down, A Farewell to Jinu, Kakashi to Racket, Tokyo Yamimushi: 2nd Scenario – Pandora, Tamayura: Sotsugyou Shashin Part 1 – Kizashi, Revival, We are REDS! The Movie minna minna minna, Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet -Meguru Koro, Kohen- and Other Japanese Film Trailers

      1. Well, her first lead role. She’s done some low budget (non gravure) straight to DVD stuff.😉

        She’s actually quite a good singer so I’m hoping she can act as well. Talk about a triple threat!😛

  1. I liked the anime Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet, so I’ll likely give the OVAs a shot. They’ll probably end up being better than the series–no need for filler episodes in an OVA after all.

      1. What makes Gargantia a decent story is the kind of protagonist it has: the stoic loner who needs to learn what it is to be human. If one isn’t in the mood for that kind of character’s journey, one’s better off dropping the show for good. The fact that the Japanese love using this kind of character makes one get bored of that character type eventually too.

        My own backlog keeps growing and growing myself. And there are books I want to read too! Where does one find the time?

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