By Andrew Osmond.
This month, nostalgia’s really not what it used to be; it’s been tweaked. Two huge Hollywood movies are rolling out with lavish effects and female stars (Scarlett Johansson, Emma Watson). Both are remakes of 1990s films that gained iconic stature. In particular, the trailers for both new films feature numerous shot-for-shot recreations of moments from the originals. YouTubers have been busy making side-by-side comparisons – try this and this, er, side by side. The twist, of course, is they’re both live-action remakes of animated films: Ghost in the Shell and Beauty and the Beast. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
Kyoto Animation’s film A Silent Voice comes to British cinemas this week; to learn about its story and characters, see our previous article. However, you don’t need to have seen the film to know the story. At the British premiere at Scotland Loves Anime, the audience was asked how many had read the Silent Voice manga by Yoshitoki Oima. At least half the crowd raised their hands. Continue Reading
Tom Smith doesn’t forget the joker.
Anime Limited come up trumps again with selector infected WIXOSS, a series from Steins;Gate director Takuya Satou and Fate/Stay Night writer Mari Okada that’s based around a fictional card game craze with a twist.
Like all good card games, WIXOSS packs its fair share of rarities. Yet, unlike a £7.5k shiny Charizard, these bad girls (these cards are all female) come not only with a will of their own (heaven forbid you get a grumpy one), they also have the power to grant wishes. Winning battles gives the player a chance to have a wish granted, while losing just three battles will activate the proverbial trap card, and the wish becomes a curse.
The series also comes with a card themed opening song, entitled “killy killy JOKER”. The track is written and performed by Kanon Wakeshima, and is part of a very small selection of the artist’s music available in the UK on iTunes and Spotify. Continue Reading
By Jonathan Clements.
Takashi Tsumura saw it coming. He suggested that the “computer line” and the television might one day be combined. Moreover, in a “somewhat radical hypothesis” that the Japanese broadcast and phone companies might also combine, he suggested the “net” such a merger produced would have all the power and invasive persuasion of wartime state propaganda. It might all sound like a statement of the obvious to you, but Tsumura said it in 1973, in a journal of Japanese broadcast theory. His comments are impressively prescient, seemingly even running a little ahead of the prevailing trends in science fiction, which usually gets to all the good ideas before academia. The anime historian might observe he wrote them when the industry was already setting up think-tanks to deal with the onrush of computer technology before it had even been invented. Marc Steinberg and Alexander Zahlten, in their just published collection Media Theory in Japan, would just like readers to notice that Japanese pundits have had some interesting things to say over the years. Continue Reading
By Andy Hanley.
Over the course of two TV anime series and one movie, Psycho-Pass has done plenty to explore its imagined dystopian future where the Japanese populace’s mental state is constantly monitored and checked for the slightest hint of criminality. But, for all of its efforts, there is still no shortage of other elements of this fascinating, terrifying future to delve into, and that’s where “visual novel” Mandatory Happiness comes into play. Continue Reading