RETURN Hard Version, Joukyou Monogatari, Gatchaman, Hakuoki First Chapter Kyoto Wild Dance, Space Battleship Yamato 2199 Chapter VI I: And Now the Warship Comes and Other Japanese Film Trailers

End of the Beginning Beginning of the EndThis week I thought I’d be a hero and try and get lots of reviews done as well as the Anime UK News Autumn Anime Preview Guide. I actually did achieve quite a bit of it by finishing the guide and most of the reviews. I finally finished up my Terracotta Far East Film Festival reviews with The Land of Hope and See You Tomorrow, Everyone. The Story of Yonosuke gets released tomorrow. I also posted about all of the Japanese films taking part in the Venice Film Festival this year. I’ll post about the autumn anime I’ll be watching next week and take the rest of the week off to get some more reviews finished before starting a mini Kiyoshi Kurosawa season and following that up with a Takashi Ishii season.

What’s released in Japan today? A lot of HK films including Vulgaria.

RETURN Hard Version          Hard Return Film Poster                                     

Japanese Title:  RETURN (リタン ハードバージョン)


Release Date: August 10th, 2013

Running Time: 105 mins.

Director: Masato Harada

Writer: Masato Harada (Screenplay)

Starring: Kippei Shiina, Asami Mizukawa, Anna Tsuchiya, Yusuke Yamamoto, Midoriko Kimura, Kazuhiro Yamaji, Keisuke Horibe, Kenichi Yajima, Mariko Akama, Denden

Masato Harada… That name rings a bell… Bounce KO Gals and Kamikaze Taxi, two films from the 90’s I vaguely remember watching parts of. Action-packed dirty films in complete contrast to the high class drama Chronicle of My Mother which was Harada’s last film just released last year. He’s back with a film about a businessman named Kitahara (Kippei) who fled to Argentina after killing some crime bosses and returns ten years later facing all sorts of crazy people out for revenge including the Midonogawa sisters who want revenge for their brothers he originally killed. It looks like a nice bit of gangster action harking back to some of the 90’s stuff I’ve been watching recently plus it stars a bunch of great actors who are clearly having fun.

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Gatchaman Crowds First Impression

Gatchaman Crowds        Gatchaman Crowds Anime Image

Director: Kenji Nakamura , Series Composition/Scripts: Toshiya Ono, Animation Character Designer: Yuichi Takahashi

Voice Actors:  Maaya Uchida (Hajime Ichinose), Ryota Ohsaka (Sugune Tachibana), Daisuke Namikawa (Jo Hibiki),  Aya Hirano (Paiman), Ayumu Murase (Rui Ninomiya), O.D. (Daisue Hosomi), J.J. Robinsoun (Katsuji Mori), UTsu-Utsu (Kotori Koiwa)

Studio: Tatsunoko Productions

It is the year 2015 and the place is Tachikawa City, the “second metropolis” of the Tokyo area.

Gatchaman Crowds Tachikawa City

The city has a population of 180,000 people and rumour has it that amongst these people are beings known as “Gatchaman”. Nobody believes this because they have never been seen.

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My Anime Heroines Part 1

Hello dear reader. Either you have stumbled upon this blog entry or you read previous posts discussing anime but this is the first in a series examining major female characters involved in my anime education. I quickly realised that by examining the sorts of anime heroines I grew up with that this would turn into a personal journey through anime screened in the UK since the early 90’s.

Like most western kids of the 90’s I didn’t have the sort of choices that are available today so I grew up watching things like Transformers (which I found dull), Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors, Duck Tales, The Real Ghostbusters and Gummi Bears (which I loved). Also broadcast on British television were anime like Battle of the Planets (Gatchaman), Ulysses 31 and The Mysterious Cities of Gold but I never attributed nationality or cared about it at the time. One day I actually paid attention to the credits for The Real Ghostbusters and Dennis the Menace and saw that the animators had strange names – not American strange but totally different.

My mother informed me they were Japanese. That was probably my first realisation that cartoons could come from countries other than Britain and America (as silly as that sounds).

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