The Sunday Without God (Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi) First Impression

The Sunday Without God (Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi)       Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi

Director: Yuuji Kumazawa, Series Composition: Tomoko Konparu,Character Designer: Shinichi Miyamae

Voice Actors: Aki Toyosaki (Ai), Daisuke Namikawa (Humpnie Humbert), Akeno Watanabe (Anna), Eiji Maruyama (Yuto) Eri Kitamura (Dee Enjy Stratmis) Rina Satou (Hana)

Studio: Madhouse

 It started 15 years ago when God forsook the world.

 “Heaven and hell are too crowded. It won’t be long before this world is too.”

Those were the last words heard from him and people stopped dying. The dead now walk the earth regardless of injuries even as their flesh rots. In order to save those people God sent one final miracle, Gravekeepers. Only burials by Gravekeeper grants permadeath.

 Cut to a European landscape that could be from Kino’s Journey. Green fields stretch into a mountain range, forests spring up intermittently and an aqueduct towers over a village which is where our protagonist lives. The place is beautiful but violence is about to tear everything apart as a mysterious stranger walks into the village and men grab rifles and prepare for a gun battle.

 Cut to a girl wiping her brow after digging graves. Her name is Ai and she is the lead character.

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She inherited the position from her mother Lady Alfa who died when was seven. On the day of the funeral, Ai discovered that as the last of her mother’s bloodline she must take over the role of village Gravekeeper.

 Ai is finished digging graves and heads back to town where she encounters the mysterious man from earlier. The two talk and Ai discovers that he is Humpnie Humbert a.k.a the Man-eating Toy. Humpny Humbert is the name of her father and she starts to follow him but when she gets to the town square she sees the scene of a massacre.

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Hanasaku Iroha: Home Sweet Home Theatrical Trailer

Hanasaku Iroha: Home Sweet Home            Hanasaku Irohana Film Poster

Japanese Title: 花咲くいろは Home Sweet Home

Romaji: Hanasaku Iroha: Home Sweet Home

Release Date: March 30th, 2013 (Japan)

Running Time: 93 mins.

Director: Masahiro Ando

Writer: Mari Okada (Screenplay),

Starring: Kanae Itō (Ohana), Aki Toyosaki (Nako), Ayumi Tsunematsu (Takako), Chiaki Omigawa (Minko), Cho (Denroku), Haruka Tomatsu (Yuina), Junichi Sawabe (Tarō), Junji Majima (Tōru)

The movie sequel for Hanasaku Iroha – Blossoms for Tomorrow is set for a theatrical release at the end of next month. It is a slice of life anime which follows a girl named Ohana who has to lie with her grandmother in a hot springs after her single mother runs off with a boyfriend to skip out on a debt. Said grandmother is strict and requires Ohana to work hard and despite her initial dislike over her circumstances and all of the hard work Ohana begins to find life isn’t as bad as she thought.

 

Ohana has grown accustomed to living in the hot springs inn her grandmother manages, Kissuisou. One day, the daughter of a manager for Kissuisou’s rival inn, Yuina, comes to Kissuisou for training to become a landlady herself. As Ohana is observing her training, she finds “a certain item” in the storeroom while cleaning.

The anime movie sees the return of staff and cast from the TV series with Kanae Itō Hanasaku Iroha Home Sweet Home Poster 2taking the lead role of Ohana and Aki Toyosaki voicing Nako. Kanae Itō has cropped up in a number of slice of life anime like Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai where her vocals are put to good use portraying Senna and yelling insults. Kanae Itō’s real life friend Aki Toyosaki has voiced a dynamic bunch of characters such as Yui in K-ON!!!, Inga in UN-GO and Momoka Oginome in Mawaru Penguindrum. Pretty awesome performances since I can still remember the dulcet and high pitched tones of each!

It is directed by Masahiro Ando, a chap who has worked on some of my favourite anime like Jin-Roh, Patlabor 2, Ghost in the Shell in the key animation department and the man who directed Sword of the Stranger and CANAAN. He is working from a screenplay from Mari Okada who is one of the hardest working writers/head writers in anime. She has written scripts for things like Toradora!, Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, Red Garden and Aria the Natural. More importantly the two worked on the TV series for Hanasaku Iroha.

P.A. Works is animating and it is the studio which has worked on Hanasaku Iroha as well as another slice of life anime Tari Tari as well as my favourite supernatural anime of last year Another.

A Certain Magical Index: The Miracle of Endymion Full Trailer and CM’s

A Certain Magical Index: The Miracle of Endymion                     Toaru Majutsu no Index: The Miracle of Endymion Anime Film Poster

Japanese Title: 劇場版 とある 魔術 の 禁書目録 エンヂュミオン の 奇跡

Romaji: Toaru Majutsu no Indekkusu: Endyumion no Kiseki

Release Date: February 23rd 2013 (Japan)

Running Time: 90 mins.

Director: Hiroshi Nishikori

Writer: Hiroyuki Yoshino (Screenplay),

Starring: Atsushi Abe (Tōma Kamijō), Rina Satou (Mikoto Misaka), Yuka Iguchi (Index), Kisho Taniyama (Stiyl Magnus), Aki Toyosaki (Kazari Uihara)

The first film entry in the The Toaru Majutsu no Index (A Certain Magical Index) franchise is released this year and it is going under the title Toaru Majutsu no Index: Endyumion no Kiseki (A Certain Magical Index: The Miracle of Endymion). With less than a month to go the official website is streaming trailers and TV commercials which have the movie’s theme song “Shining Star – Love Letter” by Yuka Iguchi, who voices the character Index..

Academy City is about to see the completion of the space elevator named Endymion. Around the time of completion Tōma Kamijō and Index encounter a Level 0 girl named Arisa Narumori who has a mysterious connection to Index. The three get along well but soon find themselves the targets of magicians lead by Stiyl Magnus who claims that Arisa is key to a brewing war between science and magic. A female leader named Shattoaura leads a unit from Academy City against the attack but Tōma Kamijō and Index still need to deal with the threat posed by Stiyl.

The staff list is filled with Index franchise veterans. Leading the way is Hiroshi Nishikiori (Gad Guard, Azumanga Daioh) who is directing the film. The script has been written by Hiroyuki Yoshino (Macross Frontier, Accel World) and that is based on an original story from Kazuma Kamachi the creator of the franchise. Kiyotaka Haimura, the man behind the illustrations for the Toaru Majutsu no Index light novel is helping with original character designs while art direction is orchestrated by Tomonori Kuroda. All of this is taking place with J.C. Staff animating and studio Sanzigen handling the CG.

The film is due for theatrical release in Japan on the February 23rd 2013.

Just Pretended to Hear, The Kirishima Thing, Jewelpet the Movie: Sweets Dance Princess Trailers and the Japanese Movie Box Office Charts

I have been watching yet more of the London 2012 Olympics and marvelling at how sono3spectacular it has been and the great sporting achievements. Whilst writing reviews I have had the BBC’s coverage streaming in the background. What reviews did I write? Angel Dust, a brilliant psychological thriller by Sogo Ishii, Sweet Home, a brilliant haunted house film by Kiyoshi Kurosawa and I also wrote a preview for 009 Re:Cyborg.

What’s the state of the Japanese movie box-office chart this week?

  1. Umizaru 4: Brave Hearts
  2. The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki
  3. The Dark Knight Rises
  4. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
  5. Pokemon: Best Wishes 2012
  6. Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie
  7. Helter Skelter
  8. Eight Ranger
  9. Another
  10. Brave

 

The Dark Knight Rises drops one place from two to three in its second week as The Wolf Children Ami and Yuki claw their way back to second place. Helter Skelter remains at seven. Two of last week’s releases enter the top twenty with the Code Geass anime at twelve and Another at nine.

What Japanese films are released in Japan today?

Just Pretended to Hear                                                    Just Pretended to Hear Poster

Romaji: Kikoeteru, Furi wo Sita Dake

Japanese Title: 聴こえてる、ふり を した だけ

Release Date: 11th August 2012 (Japan)

Running Time: 99 mins.

Director: Kaori Imaizumi

Writer: Kaori Imaizumi

Starring: Hana Nonaka, Meru Gouda, Takayuki Sugiki, Aki Etohu, Yasumi Yashima

This film was at this year’s Berlin Film Festival where it came second in the Generation section and received a special mention from the Children’s Jury earning it a Crystal Bear. It is directed by Kaori Imaizumi, a nurse who shot this on maternity leave, and stars Hana Nonaka.

This film follows a young girl named Sachi whose mother has died and her father is emotionally self-destructing as a result. Her only relief is in a friend and the belief in an afterlife that allows her mother to stay by her side.


The Kirishima Thing                                                  The Kirishima Thing Poster

Romaji: Kirishia, Bukatsu Yamerutteyo

Japanese Title: 桐島、 部活 やめるってよ

Release Date: 11th August 2012 (Japan)

Running Time: 99 mins.

Director: Daihachi Yoshida

Writer: Ryo Asai (Novel)

Starring: Ai Hashimoto, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Suzuka Ohgo, Mayu Matsuoka, Motoki Ochiai, Masahiro Higashide, Kurui Shimizu, Mizuki Yamamoto,

Ryo Asai’s high school novel “Kirishima, Bukatsu Yamerutteyo” (2010) gets the big screen treatment. The omnibus story tells of the stories of multiple characters and as a result it features a range of young acting talent. It stars Ai Hashimoto (Another, Control Tower), Ryunosuke Kamiki (Survive Style 5+, SPEC: Heaven),  Suzuka Ohgo (Soup), Mayu Matsuoka (Love Exposure), and Motoki Ochiai (Hard Romanticker). The director of the film is Daihachi Yoshida who should be familiar to UK cinephiles from his excellent work film Funuke Show Me Some Love, You Losers!

When high school volleyball star player Kirishima quits the team shockwaves are sent through the school. This is the story of the students surrounding Kirishima from his friend Hiroki Kikuchi (Higashide), girlfriend Risa (Yamamoto), Aya (Ohgo) a brass band musician with a crush on Kirishima, badminton player Kasumi (Hashimoto), and the president of the film club Maeda (Kamiki). The students will cross social boundaries and defy groups as they attempt to redefine themselves.

 

Jewelpet the Movie: Sweets Dance Princess       Jewel Pet Poster

Romaji: Eiga Juerupetto: Suuītsu Dansu Purinsesu

Japanese Title: 映画 ジュエルペット スウイーツ ダンス プリンセス

Release Date: 11th August 2012 (Japan)

Running Time: N/A

Director: Hiroaki Sakurai

Writer: Takashi Yamada

Starring: Mana Ashida, Ayaka Saitō, Aya Hirano, Nozomi Sasaki, Miyuki Sawashiro Aki Toyosaki, Rina Hidaki

Despite writing for anime news sites and posting trailers daily I sometimes forget to place that info on my own blog. I might have forgotten this because it is an anime movie based on a property aimed at young girls but I am determined to get things in order! Not that I will ever watch this. Anyway the seiyuu involved include Aki Toyosaki (Momoka Oginome in Mawaru Penguindrum – her scene in the child crusher made me emotional…), Aya Hirano (Konata in Lucky Star), and Ayaka Saitō (Akane Kojima in Boogiepop Phantom).

 

Ruby (Saito) and her friends are preparing for Princess Mana’s birthday party in Sweetland but when a mysterious item falls out of the sky, a Sweetspet boy appears. Cue much hilarity.

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