Gunbuster, Gekijouban HAYABUSA2 REBORN, Kimi wa Kanata, Perfect Education: etude, Grisaia: Phantom Trigger The Animation – Stargazer, Gamera: The Guardian of the Universe, Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend, everyone.

Nagiko Tsuji

This is the third and final trailer post of the week. There was one on Friday and Saturday due to the number of films. Next week, there will be one trailer post.

What else was released this weekend?

Gunbuster    Top wo Nerae! Gunbuster Film Poster

トップをねらえ!Toppu o nerae!

Release Date: October 07th, 1988

Duration: 160 mins.

Director: Hideaki Anno

Writer: Hideaki Anno, Toshio Okada (Script), 

Starring: Noriko Hidaka (Noriko Takaya), Rei Sakuma (Kazumi “Onee-sama” Amano), Kazuki Yao (Smith Toren), Maria Kawamura (Jung Freud), Masako Katsuki (Kimiko Akai/Reiko Kashiwara)

Animation Production: Gainax

Website ANN MAL

A classic animation from the studio GAINAX, who were founded to make Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise and later worked on Neon Genesis Evangelion. It is the directorial debut of Hideaki Anno and was released in all six episodes from 1988 to 1989. This is the 2006 re-edited version of Gunbuster and is released 32 years after production.

Synopsis: In 2015, a space fleet led by Captain Rukushion is wiped out by a race of aliens who seem determined to find Earth and eradicate humanity. Fifteen years later, humanity has developed giant robots to fight these aliens and has begun training a generation of pilots. Among the students of “Okinawa Girl’s Space Pilot High School” is Captain Rukushion’s daughter Noriko Takaya. Although Noriko seems like an unlikely pilot, she is determined to follow in her father’s footsteps and works under the strict training of instructor Kouichiro Ohta who has marked her out as someone with great potential. Eventually, Noriko is selected as the pilot of the “Gunbuster” developed by humankind as the ultimate weapon against the aliens, but beyond that, a difficult road lies ahead in her mission to protect humanity and the Earth. 

Gekijouban HAYABUSA2 REBORN  Gekijouban HAYABUSA2 REBORN Film Poster


Release Date: November 27th, 2020

Duration: 76 mins.

Director: Hiromitsu Kosaka

Writer: N/A

Starring: N/A


A documentary that reproduces the turbulent and moving exploration journey of the asteroid explorer “Hayabusa2” with detailed images. This is part of a trilogy produced for a planetarium which has been re-edited and released for cinemas.

Synopsis: Hayabusa2, which flew off the earth for exploration on the asteroid Ryugu on December 3, 2014, arrives at Ryugu after a lonely journey of 3.2 billion kilometers for two and a half years. As the nightmare of “Hayabusa” on the asteroid Itokawa is remembered, “Hayabusa2” overcomes many difficulties and succeeds in its mission.

Kimi wa Kanata    Kimi wa Kanata Film Poster

君は彼方 Kimi wa Kanata

Release Date: November 27th, 2020

Duration: 95 mins.

Director: Yoshinobu Sena

Writer: Yoshinobu Sena (Script/Original Creator)

Starring: Honoka Matsumoto (Mio), Anna Tsuchiya (Orika), Toshiki Seto (Shin), Naoto Takenaka (Mogari), Yui Ogura (Madoka), Saoru Hayami (Kiku-chan),

Animation Production: Digital Network Animation

Website ANN MAL

Synopsis: Mio and Shin have been friends since childhood and Mio’s feelings for Shin are strong but she is afraid to say anything. One day, the two have an argument. Afterwards Mio wants to make up with him and so she travels through a storm which is when she gets into a traffic accident. When she next wakes up, she is in a mysterious and unfamiliar world… 

Perfect Education: etude    Perfect Education etude Film Poster

完全なる飼育 etude Kanzan Naru Shiiku etude

Release Date: November 27th, 2020

Duration: 80 mins.

Director: Takuya Kato

Writer: Koki Yamamoto (Script),

Starring: Sarara Tsukifune, Tomohiro Ichikawa, Sumire Nagai, Naoto Takenaka,

Website IMDB

The 9th work in the Perfect Education series which started with Michiko Matsuda’s novel and was made into a film in 1999 with Kaneto Shindo on scripting duties.

Synopsis: Ayano Koizumi is a stage director who has achieved great success overseas but has been shunned by actors for her sadistic production style. After the lead actor drops out of her latest project, the new stage play “Perfect Education”, she nets some aspiring talent, Aoi Shinoda. However, Aoi struggles under the relentless training called “breeding”… 

Gamera: The Guardian of the Universe    Gamera The Guardian of the Universe Film Poster

ガメラ 大怪獣空中決戦 Gamera Daikaiju Kuchu Kessen

Release Date: March 11th, 1995

Duration: 95 mins.

Director: Shusuke Kaneko

Writer: Kazunori Ito (Script), Sakumi Yoshino (Original Manga)

Starring: Shinobu Nakayama, Ayako Fujitani, Yujikiro Hotaru, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Akira Kubo,

Website IMDB

Synopsis: Two mysterious incidents happen in the Pacific: a ship carrying plutonium runs aground on a huge drifting atoll that is travelling to Japan, and on Himegami Island in Kyushu, residents disappear after the appearance of mysterious birds. Yonemori of the Japan Coast Guard and Kusanagi of the insurance company track down the atoll and discover that it is an ancient monster called Gamera while ornithologist Mayumi Nagamine and Inspector Osako of the Nagasaki police investigate the disappearance of the entire population of a village on Himegami Island and discover that the mysterious birds are a trio of giant man-eating flying creatures known as Gyaos. It turns out that Gamera is on his way for a rumble with Gyaos and Kusanagi and Nagamine must work to convince the JSDF that Gamera is on their side before Gyaos can evolve further and threaten all of humanity.

Grisaia: Phantom Trigger The Animation – Stargazer    Grisaia Phantom Trigger The Animation - Stargazer Film Poster

グリザイア:ファントムトリガー THE ANIMATION スターゲイザー Kimi wa Kanata

Release Date: November 27th, 2020

Duration: 61 mins.

Director: Kosuke Murayama

Writer: Yoshinobu Sena (Script), Front Wing, Ryuta Fujisaki (Original Creator)

Starring: Ayane Sakura (Touka Shishigaya), Atsumi Tanezaki (Murasaki Ikoma), Maaya Uchida (Rena Fukami), Kaori Nazuka (Sakurako Christina Kujirase),

Animation Production: Bibury Animation Studio

Website ANN MAL

An anime adaptation of volume three of the Grisaia Phantom Trigger which is available on Steam and which is where I got the synopsis from.

Synopsis: “Mihama Gakuen” is a school that runs SORD (Social Ops, Research & Development), an outfit that teaches combat and spy skills to its students. The students are a gunslinger called Rena (nickname: “The Rabid Dog”), a sniper named Tohka, a demolitions expert called Chris, a spy named Murasaki, and finally, Haruto, their handler. These misfit girls are given guns and live ammunition in the name of national defence. In this film, the characters are sent on a manhunt for a SORD deserter. They will be assisted by students Sylvia and Velvet of St. Aile’s International School. The sniper Tohka is the star of the show and she has her own drama…

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