Thursday, 19 April 2018

Mirai of the Future Film Gets Novelization by Hosoda

he official website of Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu's new Mirai no Mirai (Mirai of the Future) anime film revealed on Thursday that Hosoda will pen a novelization of the film. Kadokawa will ship the novel in three different versions. The company's Kadokawa Bunko literature label will ship first on June 15, followed by the version from the Kadokawa Tsubasa Bunko juvenile fiction label on June 30, and then the version for the Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko light novel label on July 1.
A trailer for the film debuted on April 9.
The film will have its world premiere at this year's Directors' Fortnight, an independent section held in parallel to the Cannes Film Festival. The Directors' Fortnight section will be held from May 9-19, while Cannes Film Festival will be held from May 8-19.
The film will open in Japan on July 20, after previously being announced with a May release date. The movie has a 100-minute runtime.
The film's staff revealed an overseas visual for the film:
The cast of Mirai no Mirai is as follows:
(From left to right in top row in image above)
(From left to right in bottom row in image above)


Tatsuro Yamashita is performing both the opening song "Mirai no Theme" (previewed in the video above) and the as-yet-untitled theme song.
International sales banner Charades represented the film at Cannes in 2017, and has sold distribution rights to GKIDS in the United States, MK2 Mile End in Canada, Anime Limited in the United Kingdom, and Madman Entertainment in Australia and New Zealand. As of April 17, the film is slated to open in 86 countries. Producer Yuichiro Saito previously stated that the deals for distribution include a requirement to screen the film in theaters first, in addition to broadcast and streaming rights.
The film's story centers around a family living in a small house in an obscure corner of a certain city — in particular, the family's spoiled four-year-old boy Kun-chan. When Kun-chan gets a little sister named Mirai, he feels that his new sister stole his parents' love from him, and is overwhelmed by many experiences he undergoes for the first time in his life. In the midst of it all, he meets an older version of Mirai, who has come from the future.
Hosoda revealed that the film's actual setting is Yokohama, "somewhere uptown, near Isago and Kanazawa wards." He did not specify whether the setting will be important to the specific plot events in the movie, but the location is part of an important past event for the family in the story.
Hosoda is directing the film at his Studio Chizu, and is also credited as scriptwriter and for the original story. Hiroyuki Aoyama (animation director of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, and The Boy and The Beast) and Ayako Hata (key animator on the same films) are returning for this new film as animation directors. Yohei Takamatsu and Takashi Omori, who Hosoda had previously worked with on The Boy and The Beast, are also returning as art directors for the film. Producer Yuichiro Saito is also returning from Hosoda's earlier films.
Hosoda previously stated that the new film is inspired by his own experience as a father, noting that "Mirai" (which can be translated as "future") is the name of both the sister character in the film, as well as his own daughter. He stated that the conflict in the film echoes his real-life experience of his eldest child feeling that his new sibling "stole her parents, which made her ferociously jealous." He acknowledged that the new film is closer to the human drama of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Wolf Children than the action stories of Summer Wars and The Boy and The Beast.

Lupin III: Part IV Blu-ray Release Details

Anime Limited has confirmed that it will release the series Lupin III: Part IV on May 28 as a Limited Edition Blu-ray (there will not be a DVD edition).
This is the Lupin the Third series made in 2015, set in Italy, and should not be confused with the new series screening in spring 2018 (Lupin the Third: Part 5, set in France).
Anime Limited's Limited Blu-ray edition will contain the series on four Blu-ray discs, including the two OVA episodes “Venice of the Dead” and “Non Rendezvous”. It will also contain a 60-page art book and an o-card slipcover.
The set will be subtitled only. According to Anime Limited, "When the series was dubbed into English, the dub was created utilising the Italian broadcast video assets, not the Japanese broadcast video assets. This meant that there were differences between the two... Because there are differences between the two versions in terms of video footage it was simply not possible to include both language options on a single Blu-ray release."
However, a dubbed edition of the series will receive a later release on standard Blu-ray, exclusively through the AllTheAnime website. No release date for this edition is confirmed yet.)
If you buy the subtitled Blu-ray of the series through the AllTheAnime website or from an AllTheAnime exhibition stand at an event, then you will be able to buy the subsequent dubbed edition for only £10. However, this offer will not apply if you buy the subtitled Blu-ray at any other retailer. For more details on this offer, see here.
Anime Limited comments, "We aware there is some demand for the series dubbed, but far more interest has been shown in the subtitled version compared to the English dub. So we wanted to make sure we honoured our commitment to fans and still found a way to be able to bring the English dub version out in some form for those who want it."

Lupin III: Part IV Blu-ray Release Details

Anime Limited has confirmed that it will release the series Lupin III: Part IV on May 28 as a Limited Edition Blu-ray (there will not be a DVD edition).
This is the Lupin the Third series made in 2015, set in Italy, and should not be confused with the new series screening in spring 2018 (Lupin the Third: Part 5, set in France).
Anime Limited's Limited Blu-ray edition will contain the series on four Blu-ray discs, including the two OVA episodes “Venice of the Dead” and “Non Rendezvous”. It will also contain a 60-page art book and an o-card slipcover.
The set will be subtitled only. According to Anime Limited, "When the series was dubbed into English, the dub was created utilising the Italian broadcast video assets, not the Japanese broadcast video assets. This meant that there were differences between the two... Because there are differences between the two versions in terms of video footage it was simply not possible to include both language options on a single Blu-ray release."
However, a dubbed edition of the series will receive a later release on standard Blu-ray, exclusively through the AllTheAnime website. No release date for this edition is confirmed yet.)
If you buy the subtitled Blu-ray of the series through the AllTheAnime website or from an AllTheAnime exhibition stand at an event, then you will be able to buy the subsequent dubbed edition for only £10. However, this offer will not apply if you buy the subtitled Blu-ray at any other retailer. For more details on this offer, see here.
Anime Limited comments, "We aware there is some demand for the series dubbed, but far more interest has been shown in the subtitled version compared to the English dub. So we wanted to make sure we honoured our commitment to fans and still found a way to be able to bring the English dub version out in some form for those who want it."

Monday, 16 April 2018

Free London Screenings of Patema Inverted and Thermae Romae

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Screenings must be booked via email or Google Forms

The Japan Foundation has annnounced four free screenings of Japanese films in London in April, including:
- The 2013 science-fiction film Patema Inverted, showing on Friday April 20 at 6.40 p.m. at the Courthouse Cinema at 19-21 Great Marlborough Street (off Regent Street). Before the screening, there will be a twenty-minute talk by Helen McCarthy, co-author of the Anime Encyclopedia. (The 6.40 time is the start of the talk.)
The film is described as follows: 'Patema has lived her whole life underground. Her community forced into the darkness, she roams the tunnels she calls home by torchlight. Age is a misfit who lives in the world of Aiga, controlled by the tyrant Izamura family for generations. The city at the centre of the kingdom is dominated by a massive control tower with a vast wasteland lurking in the horizon. Together the pair are about to be experience something big enough to turn their worlds upside down.'
- The 2012 live-action version of the time-travel comedy manga Thermae Romae, showing at Saturday April 21 at 5 p.m. at the The Soho Hotel, 4 Richmond Mews (near Shaftesbury Avenue).
The film is described as follows: 'Lucius (Abe), an architect of spa baths for the Roman Empire, inadvertently travels through time and finds himself in a modern Japanese bathhouse. He takes elements of Japanese culture that he learns back to ancient Rome and is commanded by the Emperor to build a giant spa.
- There will also be free screenings of two other Japanese films, Mameshiba and Twenty-Four Eyes.
The films will be shown in Japanese with English subtitles, and must be booked at Google Forms here. According to The Japan Foundation, 'This event is free to attend but booking is essential. You are able to book a maximum of two tickets for only one screening. If you would like to book for more than one film, please e-mail us at info@jpf.org.uk detailing which film you would like to attend and we will add you to a waitlist.'

Fate/grand order and Last Assassination Classroom Released Monday

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Also Dragonball Z TV specials, standard Blu-ray of second Persona 3 film, Ushio & Tora on DVD

On Monday April 16, MVM will release Fate/Grand Order: First Order on Blu-ray and DVD. The story is set in the year 2015, during the final era over which magic still held sway. The humanity survival and security organization Caldea was established to observe the world that can only be seen by magic and the world that can only be measured by science — as well as to prevent the final extinction of mankind.
Thanks to the efforts of many researchers, the path of human history has been ensured for 100 years into the future. However, without warning, the realm of the future that was under constant observation by Caldea vanished. The extinction of humanity in 2017 was observed — no, confirmed.
The apparent cause of the extinction was in the Japanese city of Fuyuki in 2004. In that city, there was an "unobservable realm" which had never existed until now. Caldea issued the Grand Order for a "Holy Grail Expedition," to investigate, uncover, and possibly destroy the singularity that apparently will cause the extinction of humanity.
Ayumi Sekine (Makura no Danshi) wrote the script based on Kinoko Nasu's original story concepts, and Keisuke Goto (Yatterman Night) is adapting Takashi Takeuchi's game character designs for animation. Takashi Akaishizawa is credited with design works. Ryo Kawasaki (Luger Code 1951, Reikenzan: Eichi e no Shikaku) is composing the music. Takeshi Takadera is directing the sound at Half HP Studio.
Anime Limited will release Assassination Classroom Season 2 Part 2, carrying episodes 14 to 25 of the second season. It is released both as a Collector's Blu-ray, including a 40-page art book, and a standard DVD.
Manga Entertainment will release Dragonball Z: The TV Specials Double Feature as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. It contains Dragon Ball Z: The History of Trunks and Dragon Ball Z: Bardock - The Father of Goku.
Anime Limited will release a standard Blu-ray edition of Persona 3 the Movie #2 Midsummer Knight's Dream.
Animatsu will release a DVD edition of the Ushio & Tora TV series, carrying 39 episodes over eight discs.