By Andrew Osmond.
In April 2005, Japanese viewers turning on their TVs on Sunday morning were greeted by a boy on a flying board, soaring above clouds and leaving a trail of green fire, set to exuberant music. Viewers of different generations could make a range of connections. Youngsters might have linked the image to Disney’s recent film Treasure Planet, whose hero Jim Hawkins flies in a similar manner.
Older anime fans might remember Gainax’s 1992 epic Nadia, which also starts with clouds and flying. And really old-school fans might have linked the image to a seminal 1928 painting of a flying man by Frank R. Paul, which graced the pulp magazine Amazing Stories and defined science-fiction at its most optimistic.
Perhaps Gainax’s Nadia is the most fitting comparison Like Nadia, Eureka Seven was a serial for youngsters (who’d be watching animation at 7 a.m. on a Sunday morning), and it starts as a bright, cheerful adventure. In a contemporary interview, Eureka’s main writer Dai Sato specified “the series was aimed at children, but there are subtexts for viewers who aren’t children.” Continue Reading
We know a lot of you enjoyed being able to see the directorial debut of Mari Okada (writer of Kiznaiver, scriptwriter of The Anthem of the Heart), Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms, subtitled on the big screen in June. Well today we have some exciting news to share are we are delighted to confirm that an English language dub for the film is being produced!
That's right, and we can tell you it's been produced by us (Anime Ltd./All The Anime) and handled by the great folks at NYAV Post NY•LA, the same studio that produced the English language dubs for your name., A Silent Voice and Mai Mai Miracle. What's more, we can also confirm that this dub will be included on our upcoming home video release of film tentatively scheduled for December 2018! (More details to follow on that as we can bring it, but for now you can find placeholder listings at our AllTheAnime online shop HERE which will be updated accordingly.)
But before we tell you about who is involved in the English dub of Maquia, we (Anime Ltd./All The Anime) wanted to create a new trailer for the film that also shows you some snippets of this English dub we've produced. We're delighted to show this preview which you can watch below right now.
Now we want to take a few moments to highlight the cast and crew involved in the English language audio. Read on below for the details:
Maquia - Voiced by Xanthe Huynh
Ariel - Voiced by Eddy Lee
Teenage Ariel - Voiced by Ryan Shanahan
Childhood Ariel (pictured left) - Voiced by Barnaby Lafayette
Leilia - Voiced by Cherami Leigh
Krim - Voiced by Kevin T. Collins
Lang - Voiced by Michael Schnieder
Young Lang (pictured) - Spencer Rosen
Mido - Voiced by Allegra Clark
Dita - Voiced by Ryan Bartley
Young Dita (pictured) - Catie Harvey
Racine - Lipica Shah
Izor - Marc Thompson
Medmel - Brooklyn Nelson
Young Medmel - Courtney Chu
Barou - Daniel J Edwards
And now here is the full English credits for you -
Maquia Xanthe Huynh
Ariel Eddy Lee
Teenage Ariel Ryan Shanahan
Childhood Ariel Barnaby Lafayette
Leilia Cherami Leigh
Krim Kevin T. Collins
Lang Michael Schneider
Mido Allegra Clark
Dita Ryan Bartley
Racine Lipica Shah
Izor Marc Thompson
Medmel Brooklyn Nelson
Young Medmel Courtney Chu
Barou Daniel J Edwards
Marzarte King Mike Pollock
Prince Hazel Michael Schneider
Darel HD Quinn
Old Woman Ryan Bartley
Proprietress Lolita Lafayette
Baiera King Marc Thompson
Millia Pheobe Quinn
Lilly AnnaBelle Deaner
Hyke Wanye Grayson
Riko Graham Halstead
Jack Christian La Monte
Eido Ben Phillips
Additional Voices -
Daniel J Edwards
Christian La Monte
Voice Direction Kevin T. Collins, Michael Schneider
Casting Stepahnie Sheh, Kevin T. Collins, Michael Schneider
Recording Engineering Michael Schneider, Stephanie Sheh
Audio Mixing Oscar Garcia
Script Adaptation Christian La Monte
Spotting Marianne Miller
Production Supervision Clark Cheng
Production Assistance Chelsea Rodgers
Recorded at NYAV Post NY•LA
Executive Producer Andrew Partridge
And there you have it! This wonderful cast and production team have been hard at work to help bring the film to many new viewers as well as those who have already experienced the film in its native Japanese audio with English subtitles. We hope you're looking forward to it experiencing this later this year.
We will add that, while not 100% certain at this time, we are investigating whether or not it might be possible to hold a theatrical premiere screening of the dub ahead of our home video release. Obviously if there's any development on that we'll be sure to make it known.
Stay tuned for more details and previews of our home video release of Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms coming to the UK & Ireland during the fourth quarter of 2018.
By Andrew Osmond.
In the same way that Your Name will have viewers delving into the earlier films of Makoto Shinkai, and A Silent Voice draws attention to the work of Naoko Yamada and Kyoto Animation, so the release of Maquia will increase interest in the two-decade career of writer-director Mari Okada. We’ve posted an in-depth profile of Okada on this blog, while you can also read her life story in her own words. Now Anime Limited is releasing one of the last anime that Okada wrote before Maquia, though she didn’t direct it; it’s the 12-part TV series Kiznaiver. Continue Reading
By Andy Hanley.
However much you might abhor it, it’s hard to deny that armed conflict holds a certain fascination – whether it’s the cutting-edge technology available to the military, the awe of seeing the firepower that this technology allows, the strategy of war or the human dramas and friendships. This interest in the machinations and machines of war can clearly be seen across popular culture: in video games, movies and anime. However, stories based upon all-out war also have some inconvenient disadvantages for those that write them – there’s typically little room for normal every-day life to intrude upon the bloodshed, death and destruction.
There’s a handy solution which anime has turned to on several occasions – the existence of so-called “survival games”, or Airsoft. The hobby arrived in Japan in the 1980s, around the same time as paintball boomed in the US and as a generation of blockbuster violent action movies excited the masses. The result was an opportunity to revel in the intricacies of modern weaponry and the thrill of combat, but with no mortal danger beyond the possibility a bruise or two. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
Nine years after Attack on Titan began, it’s become a paradigm of franchise management. As of writing, the original story by Hajime Isayama continues as a manga and anime, with fans speculating “How will it end?” as eagerly as Harry Potter or Breaking Bad fans did in their time. But Titan has sprawled in umpteen other directions. It’s spawned games and figurines, of course; it was adapted as a two-part live-action film; and it’s had long-running spin-offs that crossed media themselves, like the prequel Before the Fall (a light novel series and a much longer manga) and the Junior High spoof (a manga and TV anime).
Garrison Girl, though, is something of a first. Published by the US imprint Quirk Books, it’s a spin-off Young Adult Titan novel by an American writer. True, there are industry precedents. In past decades, there were American-produced anime spin-offs linked to “hidden import” titles, like the long series of Robotech novels by James Luceno and Brian Daley; the American Battle of the Planets comics; and American-drawn versions of Captain Harlock and Star Blazers. Titan itself has already dabbled in cross-overs, with a comic anthology by non-Japanese writers and a mini Marvel crossover (“Attack on Avengers”) that came and went with little notice.
But Garrison Girl goes beyond that. It’s a 237-page prose novel that invents its own characters in Titan’s world. From a marketing viewpoint, it’s risky – some Titan fans may turn up their noses at a spin-off that doesn’t focus on Eren, Mikasa, Levi or Armin. The upside, of course, is that author Rachel Aaron can develop her protagonists with far more freedom. Titan already has memorable female players – Mikasa, Annie, Sasha, Christa, Ymir – and Aaron sets out to add her own, sixteen year-old Rosalie Dumarque. Titan’s “canonical” characters had back-stories that were slowly parcelled out, or else carefully hidden by their owners, but Aaron sets out Rosalie’s past plainly in the first pages.
She’s an aristocrat, living within the innermost Wall Sina, far from Wall Maria which was catastrophically breached at the manga’s start. That happened five years ago; Rosalie’s story (or at least most of it) takes place in the time-frame of the third and fourth anime episodes. While Rosalie’s home was untouched by Maria’s fall, her family was still affected. They’ve lost swathes of land, and Rosalie is now their most valuable asset – as a bride. She’s been long engaged to marry into a richer family, and the wedding’s coming up in six months. Continue Reading