Category > Features
Whether I'm reviewing or not, when I go in to watch a new feature film, I try to read up on it as little as possible. With Miss Hokusai, I had only seen the short Japanese trailer (on purpose, so I wouldn't understand everything), and later skimmed the first few paragraphs of the production notes, handed to me when I walked into the screening. What I was expecting was something of a behind-the-scenes, biographical approach to Katsushika Hokusai's life, through his daughter's eyes. But instead I got something a little different.
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Fans of Eden of the East the excellent anime series from Kenji Kamiyama and Production I.G. will be pleased to hear that the first movie Eden Of The East: The King of Eden is out soon. The highly anticipated release follows on from the series.
It's due out on Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday April 26th 2011 in the USA from Funimation. While the Blu-ray and DVD is scheduled Monday 6th June 2011 in the UK from Manga Entertainment UK.
As always you can pre-order the DVD or Blu-ray from Amazon and take advantage of their pre-order price guarantee.
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Category > Press Releases
Bandai Entertainment have sent us details fresh from NYAF including that Lucky Star Manga Volume 6 is out today. You can order it from Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.
The original Mobile Suit Gundam will be released as a two part DVD under the Anime Legend range.
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is going to get a US blu-ray release, details and dates still to be confirmed.
Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society is coming to blu-ray.
K-ON! Season 1 will be released on DVD and blu-ray, and will be released over 4 parts. Additionally they'll be releasing a standard and special addition which features a CD (with tracks to be confirmed).
Gundam 00 movie: A wakening of the Trailblazer has also got a North AMerican release, again details and release dates to be confirmed.
A live action version of Blood the Last Vampire is due to hit the cinemas soon! Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group, have acquired the rights for screenings in the US. For more details check out the official website. There's no release date yet, but it'll be hitting the screens this summer!Jeremy
Category > Anime
Anime News Network has announced that IGPX, the hit original Cartoon Network series produced in collaboration with Production I.G., will be moving to a new night and time. The futuristic racing show will air on Friday nights at 12:00 AM, Eastern Standard Time, beginning July 21. The series originally aired on Saturday nights as part of Cartoon Network's weekend Toonami line-up, and is returning after a brief hiatus. No reasons for the time change have been given at this time.
Souce: Anime News NetworkJoe
Today, the folks at Cartoon Network and Production I.G. have announced their lastest project for Toonami's first original series. IGPX aims to blend the quality and style of anime with Western storytelling. It's set to be a combination of traditional and CGI animation, which will debut in Fall 2005 in the USA.Joe
We've just heard from Go Fish Pictures that Ghost In the Shell 2: Innocence has grossed an estimated $1,011,000 USD to date. According to Go Fish, this makes it the top grossing anime movie ever on a limited release with less than 100 screens, and the number 7 anime film in history.Joe
According to the Yomiuri On-line Newspaper Studio Ghibli have announced that their latest film Howl's Moving Castle will be released in Korea on December 24th and then in France, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. It will be released in about 50 countries. Regarding the US release, Studio Ghibli Producer Toshio Suzuki says that he has heard Howl is likely to recive a wider cinema release than Spirited Away did.
Posters on the Miyazaki Mailing List suggest that you don't get your hopes up too high until US details are confirmed.
Souce: Yomiuri On-lineJoe
ICv2 are reporting on the viewing figures for Ghost In the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. The show was aired on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim on Satuday November 6th and ranked number one with the 12-34 demographic against all ad-supported cable shows.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that eleven animated films are eligible for the Best Animated Feature Oscar at the 2004 Academy Awards.
The BBC have published an article about all the features that are running. Anime News Network also have more details.
This year Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence is the only anime eligible, the eleven films will compete for a maximum of three nominations, to be announced in January. One of the three nominations will then win the Oscar.
This is the forth year for the best animated feature Oscar, which was first awarded to Shrek in 2001. Then anime history was made with Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away winning in 2002, making it the first anime title to ever win an Academy award. Finding Nemo won in 2003.
Souce: BBC NewsJoe
Having been busy working for and interviewing Production I.G. Staff, Justin Leach has put up a fascinating Production Journal about his work on Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence. It has all sorts of interesting titbits such as Oshii's skill at drawing storyboards, how Justin's knowledge or weaponry has increased (pretty scary if you ask me) and things you never really consider like the amount of effort that goes to putting a small doll on a car rear view mirror!
Souce: VFX WorldJoe
We've just heard from the folks at Go Fish Pictures some news that will please our Canadian readers. Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, will debut in Montreal on October 14th followed by Vancouver, Toronto and Edmonton on October 29th. Figures for the US box office have been positive, so it will be interesting to see if the pattern continues in Canada too.Joe
We've just heard from the folks at Go Fish Pictures, they've sent some interesting details about Ghost In the Shell 2. It's always good to hear that anime does well in the box office! ^_^
"Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence" continues breaking records for an anime film at the U.S. box office. Mamoru Oshii's long-awaited sequel surpassed last Monday, after only 11 days in theaters, the entire gross of the first "Ghost in the Shell" film as well as that of another cult movie, "Akira." Its gross now stands at a very impressive $576,350.
Anime on DVD are reporting that the second volume Ghost In the Shell: Stand Alone Complex has a labelling error. The DTS DVD and the regular DVD are mislabelled. For people who have purchased the special edition all you have to do is use the normal DD DVD if you want to listen to it in DTS. However people who have bought the regular edition will really have the DTS DVD. As a result the sound is in DTS and in standard stereo and not the 5.1 surround mix on the normal DVD.
Some retailers are already returning the stock to Bandai, who will hopefully be offering a replacement program.
Souce: Anime on DVDJoe
The folks at Go Fish Pictures have informed us about the opening weekend for the US release of Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence, in three days it's grossed $312,568 and is the #1 movie in 22 of the 48 screens it's playing at. This is as always good news for Anime fans. ^_^Joe
Those lovely folks at Go Fish Pictures have just put the first 8 minutes of Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence on-line, it's available in Windows Media, Real and QuickTime formats. Take a peek at the footage here - http://www.ifilm.com/ifilmdetail/2642793
The only trouble of course is that you just have to run out and watch the rest of the movie after seeing the first 8 minutes!
Category > Anime
We've just been sent a very interesting press release for the Ghost In The Shell franchise, it's well known that the movie Ghost In the Shell 2: Innocence it will be hitting US cinema screens on September 17th and that Manga Entertainment and Bandai Entertainment are jointly releasing the DVDs for Ghost In The Shell Standalone Complex series. However what they also point out is that Standalone Complex will be aired on Cartoon Network's late-night Adult Swim from early November!
The press release also mentions that Dark Horse is republishing Shirow's Ghost in the Shell manga as Ghost in the Shell 2nd Edition, it features extra materials not published in previous US editions and will be printed in it's original Japanese size.
It also mentions the new PS2 game. So it looks like US anime fans will be able to get Ghost In the Shell in every single format they could want!
We've just had details in from the folks at Dreamworks.
Mamoru Oshii the director of Ghost In the Shell 2: Innocence will be answering questions posted to the offical Ghost In the Shell 2 Site's forum. Sign up and Join this thread - http://www.ghost2.com/board/showthread.php?t=62.
Fans will already know that Oshii was behind the original Ghost in the Shell Movie, and the first two Mobile Police Patlabor Movies.
We've just heard the following from the folks at Dreamworks and GoFish Pictures:
We are happy to report that writer/director Mamoru Oshii's long-awaited sequel GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE will have its Canadian premiere this September in the Midnight Madness section of the
29th Toronto International Film Festival (www.bell.ca/filmfest).
We've just heard from the folks at Dreamworks that they'll be showing exclusive teaser trailers at Otakon 2004. As always this massive anime convention is fun, and Dreamworks have supplied another reason to get over to Baltimore!Joe
Category > Anime
Bandai have just announced that they have joined forces with Manga Entertainment to release Ghost in the Shell Standalone Complex on DVD and TV.