Another manga is jumping to the small screen. It won’t be an anime, but as a 3D animation. Think of it as like Metal Gear Solid or Modern Warfare with little furry animals. Never would have thought of it, but the Japanese sure knows how to combine cute, action, realism and seriousness all into one. This series is supposedly out something this year. Check out the trailer from mid last year. Doesn’t it just make you feel sad when a cute furry thing is getting shot at.
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.
For those who are anime fan, you might remember one called Blood: The Last Vampire. That spawned an anime series called Blood+. A couple years later, studio heads bought rights to create a live action version of the anime movie of the same name. Me being an pretty avid anime watcher, I wanted to see how this movie stacked up against it’s cell shaded counterpart.
From what I recall, the movie and anime are pretty close to each other on most of the areas. I don’t remember the anime having the later parts of the movie though. I’m not gonna bore about what the movie is about cause you can pretty much tell what its about from the movie title. One thing for sure, the budget on this movie isn’t very high compared to Hollywood standards. If you’ve watched other asian flicks though, you’ll be right at home.
For the most part, the cinematography was pretty good. The only time it didn’t look good was with the monster. That really didn’t look good to me at all. The way the monster was attached to the scene looked like something from a direct to video fim. The Onigen’s (Is that how you spell) clothes were pretty cool. How it moved around like it had a mind of its own. As well as the scene it took place in. The fight scenes was done pretty well. Of course since it was some of the same people who did Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, wires were used to make the fight more intense.
If you want to find out more about the movie or anime check below. The movie is already in limited theaters.