Live-Action Attack on Titan Double Bill at the Derby QUAD Cinema on January 22nd

I posted this news story last year on Anime UK News but with the date getting closer a reminder might be in order (apparently, this screening has been hugely popular):

The two live-action Attack on Titan movies will play at Derby’s QUAD Cinema on January 22nd from 8:45 pm. Tickets for the screening of the films are already on sale now and can be purchased at the cinema’s site.

The films adapt Hajime Isayama’s hit manga and were directed by Shinji Higuchi and he is famous for being director of special-effects heavy films like The Floating Castle (2011) and The Sinking of Japan (2006). Reviews already released state that the story has been reimagined and characters have been changed so go into this with an open mind. The titular titans are said to be really creepy and they have been brought to the screen by splatter film director Yoshihiro Nishimura. I have reviewed a number of his works including Helldriver (2011) and Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl (2009).

The film is screened as part of its Satori Screen series which highlights East Asian cinema. Other titles that have featured as part of Satori Screen have included the live-action Rurouni Kenshin (2012) and the Satoshi Kon film Paprika (2006).

Manga Entertainment UK are releasing this one and they are going all in with screenings for films in cinemas across the UK as can be seen for their big roll-out for Yakuza Apocalypse.

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Attack on Titan, Corpse Party, Stray Dogz, Make-believe Family, Bad Moon Rising, Summer on the Frontline: A 15 year old boy’s story and other Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend people!

Deadball Yakyu Shinnsouke

My summer of splatter films/manga reviews is back on track after a few anime first impressions (Charlotte, Prison School, Ushio to Tora). This week I reviewed Deadball (2011)and Big Tits Zombie (2010). Expect more film and manga reviews over the coming months. Hopefully I can keep up with the reviews, There are only the Toronto and Vancouver film festivals to worry about since Venice doesn’t have any Japanese films programmed and so for the first time since I started covering film festivals, I won’t be covering the Venice film festival.

What’s released this weekend?

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Best Anime of 2013

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One of my new year’s resolutions for 2013 was to review more anime and I have done that. By combining my writing for Anime UK News with my blog and by carving out 30 minutes a day for viewing titles I have upped my anime output. As a result of these efforts I have lot of titles to choose from for my Best Anime of 2013. I’ll split this into the two categories of film and TV simply because I have seen some great films and TV. When I originally wrote this Spirited Away was on Film4 so it continues!

My top ten anime of 2013 is below followed by my final choices for my favourites of the year.

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Spring Season Round-up

The summer anime have started and I’ve already watched the first episode from all of my picks so now it’s time to round up what I thought of the spring season titles I watched with some AMVs.

How was the spring season?

I thought it was pretty damn good. It’s the first time I have finished more than one show I started watching and I never felt like I was forcing myself to the end of the ones I watched all the way through. Red Data Girl, My Youth Rom-Com, Aku no Hana. Attack on Titan is on-going but I’m totally up to date. After about a few episodes of these I was caught by the appeal of intelligence and great animation and even nostalgia over my youth.

The only spring season casualties are Devil Survivor which I dropped and Hataraku Maou-Sama where I have stalled on episode 9. Perhaps I’ll finish it one day but not for now. What did I finish?

Red Data Girl was the last title I finished watching. It was gorgeous and the music was great but what concerned me was the writing.

It looked really obtuse at the start, so much so I figured it would have difficulty telling Izumiko’s story in one series and revealing all of the aspects of her world and bringing In lots of Japanese folklore. The writers probably thought the same thing when it came to adapting Noriko Ogiwara’s series of books so they didn’t bother going into any more detail than Izumiko and her school days over the short series. With its slow start and the pacing issues it could have been a disaster but it ended on a nice note and it was always beautiful to watch as the next picture reveals.

Red Data Girl Sun Shower

Izumiko blossoms as a character. She is a nice character and one you can follow with ease. The final episode featured far more supernatural action than the rest of the series combined as Izumiko’s supernatural abilities came to the fore. There was no way that she was going to turn into a kick-ass heroine who blasts people with magic but she matures enough so that she recognises she has some strengths and needn’t be as submissive and scared as she started out as. There’s still scope for her to grow but even if there’s no second season you can still imagine her growing up into a person comfortable with her powers and being able to step between the worlds of mortals and gods. And what about Miyuki? The romance really blossomed as well. Awww. A touching ending.

4/5

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Attack on Titan First Impression

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Director: Tetsuro Araki, Series Composition: Yasuko Kobayashi, Original Manga: Hajime Isayama

Voice Actors: Yuuki Kaji, Yui Ishikawa, Marina Inoue, Hiro Shimono, Yu Kobayashi

Studio: Wit Studio, Production I.G.

Attack on Titan was the first anime I decided to watch from the latest season. The hype surrounding it was huge and I helped perpetuate it over at AUKN and here by repeatedly singing the praises of the staff and manga in previews. It is genuinely justified because the manga is a dark, shocking and moving and even inspiring. A really Attack on Titan Fight to Wingreat read.

I must admit I am not far into the manga but I feel the translation to the screen via anime has been perfect and captures the action brilliantly. Which is why this post is long, full of spoilers and littered with images 😉

The world of Attack on Titan sees the human race on the brink of extinction brought on by a sudden attack from wave upon wave of man-eating giants known as Titans. Mankind only survived because it sealed itself in a medieval style city with a series of three progressively higher walls around fifty metres tall which were taller than the biggest of giants. 100 years later and people live in peace in this city.

attack on titan city

The city is richly painted with a range of colours and intricately detailed in a European style. There are canals, fields and farms, windmills, mock-Tudor (not medieval, I know) houses, stone battlements and town squares and huge gates.

attack on titan city view

attack on titan erens house

The art direction is fantastic with so much detail. Just look at the flowers.

attack on titan flowers

So beautiful. Isn’t it soothing?

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Genkina Hito Spring 2013 Anime Preview Picks

Genki Jason Spring 2013 Anime Picks

Well there was no post yesterday because I was busy writing a preview of the anime Spring 2013 Season Infoshows that will get aired in the spring season for Anime UK News. The preview features do prove rather popular and generate a bit of traffic. To make the features I essentially used one of the handy season guides that get produced and took to researching the details of the productions through various websites and then a whole weekend’s worth of writing with tracks from the Final Fantasy XIII OST playing in the background as I brought together notes, some of which had been made over the course of a year as a journalist for AUKN.

I plan to watch some of these and like last year I am going to announce what I will be viewing. This links in to my New Year’s Resolution to watch and review more anime. I got off to a good start last year but my efforts tapered off until the very end even though I was watching anime. I am a bit more on top of my game this time as I am taking a more aggressive approach to how I approach anime (and most things for that matter…) and watching and writing about them more often. Here is a list of shows I will at least watch the first few episodes of. Even though I am still watching on-going series like Maoyuu Maou Yuusha and Robotics;Notes as well as the recently released Blue Exorcist, I am going to tackle this set because they do look like the most interesting in the season.

Here is my Anime UK News preview guide (it is not as self-absorbed but is as long-winded as this)!

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Director: Seiji Kishi, Series Composition: Makoto Uezu, Music: Kotaro Nakagawa

Voice Actors: Aya Uchida, Hiroshi Kamiya, Junichi Suwabe, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Takahiro Sakurai, Ami Koshimizu, Kana Asumi, Kikuko Inoue, Yuka Iguchi

Studio: Bridge

Japan is gripped by the invasion of mysterious creatures and it falls to a band of Japanese high school students who can summon demons themselves to fight back.

This is the second adaptation of an Atlus RPG property following Persona 4 The Animation, which I enjoyed even if I did not get the game in the end. This one is the recent Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor series seen on the Nintendo 3DS¹. This is the reason I am going to watch it because I want to get into the Persona series a lot more… It’s probably the wrong way to do it but what the heck. The director is Seiji Kishi, the chap who directed Persona 4 The Animation. Series scripts written by Makoto Uezu who has written for TV anime Humanity Has Declined which I thought was a brilliantly surreal and inventive anime.

Seiyuu involved include Hiroshi Kamiya, Aya Uchida and Kana Asumi. Hiroshi Kamiya voiced Riku in the great comedy Arakawa Under the Bridge and Kana Asumi voiced Nyaruko in Haiyore! Nyaruko-san, which I found rather amusing and an ironic fate for the works of H.P. Lovecraft. Actually, I might start watching that again… Anyway, other seiyuu include Yuka Iguchi (Tsukihi in the cool anime Bakemonogatari) and Daisuke Namikawa (Rock in Black Lagoon). Great voice actors!

Here’s my First Impression

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