Tone deaf lolis
no good for you? Very well, then, here's some real music
anime news for you melomaniac types. The increasingly plentiful franchise spawned by Tomoko Ninomiya's original Nodame Cantabile manga shows no signs of stopping its expansion anytime soon. Just this week, a new TV anime series
plus 2 new live-action films
were announced. So if the impending season finale of the ongoing Nodame Cantabile: Paris
chapter was somewhat intimidating, rest assured, there's much more to come!
The 3rd anime season
of Nodame Cantabile is currently planned to air in the same ol' late-night "Noitamina" timeslot on Fuji TV, starting from autumn 2009. And by all accounts, you can expect it to be a direct continuation of the Paris Chapter.
Over on the live-action front, the 2 newly announced Nodame Cantabile movies will premiere in January 2010 and spring 2010, repsectively. Their story will also be set in Paris, continuing the 2006 live-action TV drama series and this year's TV special, "Nodame Cantabile in Europe". And once again, the lead characters Chiaki and Nodame will be played by Hiroshi Tamaki and the oh-so-cute Juri Ueno.
Nevermind what BokuKimi stands for... or, if you really must know, it's Boku no Hatsukoi wo Kimi ni Sasagu (I'll Give You My First Love) - some lovu-lovu manga by Kotomi Aoki. The real eye-catcher of this story
is Mao Inoue
, a very cute Japanese actress (and former U-15 idol) who has been chosen to play the main loli character in an upcoming live-action movie adaptation of said lovu-lovu manga, that's coming out in autumn 2009.
"Inoue will play a girl named Mayu Taneda who experiences first love with a boy named Takuma Kakinouchi. However, Takuma tries to hide from Mayu the possibility that his heart will stop functioning at any moment after he turns 20."
The only reason I bored you with this generic romance / drama plot is that the BokuKimi manga won the best shoujo category in the 53rd annual Shogakukan Manga Awards, so surely it's not that generic after all. Not to mention that the manga is actually a spinoff of Aoki's earlier incest manga, Boku wa Imouto ni Koi wo Suru
(animated as an OVA in 2005). Speaking of incest manga / anime, I'd sure love to see a Koi Kaze
- The live-action movie remake "Oldboy" we mentioned
earlier this month, as a collaboration between Steven Spielberg and Will Smith, might have found itself a screenwriter
: Mark Protosevich, who co-wrote I Am Legend (not incidentally starring Will Smith), among others. And it turns out the movie is not a remake
of the 2003 Korean film, but will be based on the original, decade-old Japanese manga "Old Boy".
- A new Doraemon
anime will be discussed by - you'll never guess who (or where)... Japan's prime-minister Taro Aso, and Russia's puppet-president Dmitry Medvedev. In Peru, go figure! The joint anime project will reportedly star the Japanese manga character Doraemon and the Russian folklore creature Dorafei.
- By the way, Ghibli's Hayao Miyazaki has issues
with Taro Aso. Go retire, already!
- Precure All Stars, the upcoming anime film based on the way-too-colorful Precure series, now has a website
. It will premiere in spring 2009, and will feature all 3 sets of Pretty Cure heroines.
(...) Continue reading 'Checkpoint: Oldboy, Doraemon, Miyazaki'...
Various news about live-action movies adapted from anime or manga caught my eye these days. And not because I'm looking forward to any of them (which I'm absolutely not... except maybe for the last one), but simply because of the titles and names involved: from Dragonball, Akira, Ninja Scroll and Oldboy, to DiCaprio, Spielberg and Will Smith.
The most resounding of them - the live-action Dragonball
movie - has been the subject of our attention for more than a year. Yet its release date is still pretty far away, having slipped to 2009
. Last time we mentioned
it, the North American premiere was supposed to take place on April 10. But now... Hey, relax, we have good'ish news! According to IGN
, 20th Century Fox pulled the release two days earlier, so now it's set for April 8, 2009. (Update: Dragonball movie trailer
Next up, we got Akira and Ninja Scroll. Both
of these live-action adaptations are currently being produced by Leonardo DiCaprio's company Appian Way. The good news is that he's not interested in "acting" in any of them, instead leaving that job to someone with more talent (should be real easy to find). The bad news is that the final script draft for the Akira movie
will soon be done, so... brace yourselves!
Finally, we have Steven Spielberg teaming up
with Will Smith - one of the very few black actors who can actually play. Their goal is to do a remake of the Korean movie "Oldboy" from 2003, which was based on the Japanese psychological thriller manga Old Boy, "about a man who was imprisoned for over a decade and now hunts down his mysterious former kidnappers to take revenge"
. Will Smith going into Shion-mode
sounds mighty fine! Though I'm sure my comrade would rather see Jet Li in that role...
To this day, we have yet to watch the first live-action Higurashi movie
, for fear it could - quite likely - ruin the superlative impression we have of the franchise, thanks to the two anime series
released so far (still waiting for the third one
... and waiting... and waiting... and GIEF ALREADY FFS!). Seriously, all this waiting might make us do something really stupid, like getting hyped over the second live-action movie. And why not, really? If the bashful reviews were anything to go by, it's not like the sequel can be any worse than the first one, can it?
To answer that, we'll have to wait (yes, more waiting) until mid 2009. As recently announced
in Frontier Works' production diary, the next film will premiere in Japan at the beginning of May 2009, under the title "Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Chikai". That would be "chikai" as in "oath", not "basement". Though I could think of a memorable Higurashi scene or two taking place in Mion / Shion's basement...
Moving on to more animated licensing news, a North American distributor has finally picked up Clannad. About time! The brave one in question is ADV Films, but as for which of the various Clannad anime projects they placed their eyes and finances upon... that part is still uncertain. The annoucement was confirmed
on the official website of Sogen Con (the event that started this whole mess), bluntly stating that "ADV Films has licensed CLANNAD for US distribution!"
. I guess we can safely assume it's not the Clannad After Story
sequel; so it's either the Clannad
anime, or the Clannad Movie
. We'll see how this one turns out.
Meanwhile, FUNimation acquired
"varied rights" for the Mushishi
live-action movie, furhter squeezing their grip on the albino-emo franchise (they already had the anime version). The film will be released stateside on DVD at some point in 2009, and don't be too surprised if you see the less-poetic title "Bugmaster" slapped on its cover.
Speaking of FUNi, (...) Continue reading 'Clannad Anime, Mushishi Film Licensed'...
The story about a live-action movie based on the Yomigaeru Sora: Rescue Wings anime / manga series has been around for a few months already, ever since the official website
announced that filming had begun in early July. But today ANN
saw fit to bring it back to our attention, revealing a few more details in the process.
Setting aside the fact that Bandai Visual is producing the film adaptation, and Masaaki Tezuka ("Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla", "Sengoku Jieitai 1549") is directing it, the real eye-catcher is the change of perspective planned for the Rescue Wings movie. Unlike the anime's story, the movie will revolve around a female pilot named Haruka Kawashima, played by model and actress Yuuko Takayama
(also photoshopped below). Oh, did I mention she's still 15?... Yeah, that's what I meant by "eye-catcher"
"Tomokazu Miura (ALWAYS Sanchoume no Yuuhi), Yoshino Kimura (Shota no Sushi), Shuya Isaka, and Dai Watanabe will also star in the film. The Japanese Ministry of Defense, Air Self-Defence Force, and Maritime Self-Defense Force are participating in the project, so real UH-60J helicopters, F-15 fighters, and escort vessels will appear in the film. Filming began on July 7, and the movie will open in Japan in December 2009."
once again dominates the anime licensing scene, with the fresh acquisition
of Kaze no Stigma
, Gonzo's 24-episode supernatural action series from 2007. On the downside, the localized DVD release won't happen anytime sooner than summer 2009. But on the bright side, FUNi has claimed 32.7%
of North American anime sales in the first half of 2008, compared to Viz Media's 15.9%, ADV Films' 10.5%, Bandai's 7.7%, and Media Blasters' 5% for the same period.
- ADV Films UK
has announced 4 "complete collection" anime packs, most of which have already been released by now, though the press release
has only just popped up on ANN a few days ago. The first 2 DVD packs - containing the full series This Ugly Yet Beautiful World
, and Yugo the Negotiator
- were released on August 25, and this week E's Otherwise
also hit UK stores. I wish I could say that they saved the best for last, but... Next up, on September 22, will be RahXephon: Grand Cannon Collection
, a pack including the original mecha series, along with the RahXephon: Pluralitas Concentio anime film.
- Right Stuf & Nozomi Entertainment
are the next in line, at least chronologically. On November 25, they will release
the "genre classic" Toward the Terra
anime film on DVD, featuring remastered video footage from its 2007 Japanese DVD release, Japanese audio and English-language subtitles. And also on November 25, the second season of Maria-sama ga Miteru
will get its North American DVD release
- Viz Pictures
also earned a place for itself in this round-up, even if for a live-action movie license. In just a week, on September 16, they will release
the first Death Note
movie on DVD in North America, featuring a newly dubbed English soundtrack, along with the original Japanese dialogue with English subtitles, and some other goodies. Death Note / L / Kira
- Death Note II: The Last Name, the second live-action movie that is, is to be screened
in U.S. theatres this October 15 and 16. You can thank (or curse) Viz Media for the English dubs it will feature, and for this Death Note 2 movie trailer
we grabbed from the official website
. At least the trailer is also available with the original Japanese voices.
- Hells Angels, some OVA adapted by Madhouse from a dark fantasy manga, will finally be screened
this October at the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), thus making its late world debut. It was supposed to be screened at last year's edition, but was "withdrawn due to various issues". Pantsu
- Ghibli's veteran director Hayao Miyazaki thinks that, after this year's Ponyo
hand-drawn film, his next anime project will see the light of the silver screen at least 3 years from now
. By that time he will be over 70. Or dead.
- Tonari no 801-chan, that anime adaptation based on the 801-chan (Yaoi-chan) 4-koma comedy manga announced
not so long ago, has been cancelled
. It was just a dream
, as the manga's creator puts it.
- Asakiyumemishi: The Tale of Genji, some historical shoujo manga from... over 9000 years ago, will be getting an anime adaptation
. The manga itself is based on a classic Japanese story about the lives of a motherless prince and his descendants. The anime series will have 11 episodes, and will start airing from January 2009 (website
- Kozue Amano, the creator of the Aria
and Aqua manga series, will launch a new manga
in the Comic Blade magazine's January issue (out on November 30). No title was given so far.
- And finally, Square Enix will launch a free web magazine called Gangan Online
in October, packed full of manga and light novels. ANN
has the "launch titles" announced so far from various manga creators, if you can be arsed to check them out.
Well, one thing is for certain. The Dragonball anime series was very, very successful. Actually, it was over nine thousand. It was even aired in a crappy country such as mine, where the only things that give kids a boner is a naked Pikachu or some random Digimon figures. I also bet that the manga was nice.
And since this here thing was such a hit/hype over the ocean, in the absolutely sane nation of the United States, it was a matter of time until a company the size of 20th Century Fox would get the genius idea to turn it into a movie. Oh boy. We all know by now that the said movie, which sadly, I have to bet already that it will NOT be over nine thousand, will show up and indulge its audience on April 10. What we didn't know until today, is the fact that a trailer of the movie will be released, alongside the much awaited (by some) Max Payne movie, another craptastic piece of shit that will start airing on October 17.
There are some good things about the Dragonball movie, though. First of all, we have James Wong directing it. Ye, the same dude who did the work on The One (Jet Li pwnage). Other than that, we have Chow Yun (extremely) Fat, plus some other random dudes and dudettes that appeared in stuff like War of The Worlds, Buffy, Smallville, and other would-be productions like these.
I await the trailer with the outmost impacience. Thanks, Coming Soon
, for teh scoop.
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