Now this is a short you’ll like, especially if you like anime. This one’s called Confession of Fumiko. It’s about a girl who asks a boy out, but the boy rejects her. Love this short, it’s really short too. The animation is very reminiscent of FLCL. The soundtrack I’ve heard of before (I think it was from Macross Plus), but works really well with the concept of the short. Enough of me babbling and let’s get on with the show.
There is a certain look that the Japanese go for when it comes to their Scifi flicks. Take this for instance. Called Assault Girl. The way the movie looks. It is pretty washed out and gray. Does it remind you of something? It has the same blurry grayish look as Advent Children. Even the hairstyles look the same. They never seem to want to make it too real. In the west they go for realism, in Japan they go for something else. It does separate them though. When looking at it you can just tell from the style it came from Japan. Even if there was not actor, I would still be able to tell. Just take a look at the Assault Girls trailer (2009) and Casshern (2004). Tell me, do you see what I mean.
Assault Girls :
The new trailer for Astro Boy came out. It shows a little more of the story for the movie. In my opinion they really got the feel for the character. He also seems to be a little older than in the cartoons or comics.
Anyways, IMAGI is doing the animation for this. IMAGI is a Hong Kong based animation studio. They are best known for doing the CG animated TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). From the looks of it, the company has picked up some new techniques. As you can very well see, the image quality has improved siginifcantly from their previous projects. I never thought they were going to finish this movie, as there has been some rumors a while back that money was an issue and IMAGI had to shutdown for a while. I’m just glad this were able to complete it. Now can someone please make a Mega Man movie. Come on Capcom, you know you want to.
Astro Boy Official Movie Site : HERE
IMAGI website : HERE
Video courtesy of Youtube
Ever wonder what happens when an album cover comes alive. This is what happens. If you don’t know the band, you probably should. They’ve been compared to Weezer. They’re famous around the world for doing Intro/outro songs for anime including Naruto. They’re called Asian Kung Fu Generation and they’re from Japan.
Now if you do know the band, the one thing that always tells its an AKG album is the artwork. The artwork is very clean. It looks to be done in all vectors. Colorful, story like, and distinctive. In their music video Atarashii Sekai (New World), the artist (Yusuke Nakamura also a musician) for their albums created the video. It told the history of the album artworks. It kind of cool cause there is a connection within each art. It kind of ties it all together. Check out some of the album covers.
You can visit Asian Kung Fu Generation’s official site HERE. I don’t think that Yusuke Nakmura has his own site, but I could be wrong.
What the hell happened? This must have been lost in translation. He looks nothing that resembles Logan. WTF. This is a disgrace to the creator of the character. Usually when they create an American character into their own, there is still some resemeber, but nope the only thing relating this anime character to the real Wolverine is the claws. Nothing else. If they didn’t call this Wolverine, I wouldn’t have had a problem. At least they got Batman and Iron Man pretty close.
See the picture above, that’s a much better interpertation of Wolverine. Man that would have been better. Dirty and grittier like the original. Oh well what can we do. This anime must be really very absurdly loosely based on Wolverine. On the plus side, the animation looks slick though. Also, I really like Madhouse’s logo sequence simple and the music is great.
From the creators of “Howl’s Moving Castle” and “Spirited Away”, Hayao Miyazaki, comes a new tale called “Ponyo”. Released last year in Japan as “Ponyo On the Cliff By The Sea” which is Miyazaki’s version of the “The Little Mermaid”.
As the story goes, a girl fish is washed up ashore and a little boy named Sosuke helps and becomes attached to her. He happily names her Ponyo and Sosuke brings her to school in a bucket to show his friends. Meanwhile, Ponyo’s father (Fujimoto) is outraged and starts looking for her. He finds her and takes her back to the sea with Sosuke saddened. While back in the sea, Ponyo and her father are having fallout and escapes from the sea to land. In the process she uses her father’s magic to make herself into a human. This is where Sosuke and Ponyo’s adventure begins…
Being that this movie is published, not produced by Disney, there will be some translations lost or altered to fit the American audience. Hopefully, they don’t butcher it too much. When you look at the Japanese (above) and the American trailers you can total see a difference in tone. I’m hoping the American version will have the theme song (at least in melody form).
Ponyo will be out in U.S. theaters on August 14, 2009. Don’t forget to check out Miyazaki’s other works of art as well.
Studio Ghibli (Japanese)