By Andrew Osmond.
A cyborg is a creature which combines the mechanical and the organic. 009 Re: Cyborg is about cyborgs, as you’d expect from the name, but you could also argue the film is a cyborg, yoking together rival traditions of animation; traditionally drawn animation, going back to Snow White and Astro Boy, and the CG animation popularised by Pixar and DreamWorks.
Directed by Kenji Kamiyama, famed for helming Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex – more cyborgs! – 009 Re: Cyborg was made (at least largely) in CGI. However, it was treated to look like a traditionally-drawn animation, similar to action classics like Akira and Ghost in the Shell. But unlike them, RE: Cyborg 009 was released in 3D, in line with many of today’s computer animations.
While Disney has made 3D retrofits of some of its traditional cartoons (e.g. 1991’s Beauty and the Beast), 009 Re: Cyborg is an ingenious reversal; a traditional-looking film created with the dimensionality of computer animation, so that its spectacle is more in tune with current tastes. It also has the practical advantages of CGI.
“First of all,” says Kamiyama, “the opportunity for trial and error [in CG] is an advantage compared to hand-drawn anime. Redoing the movement and acting again and again at the animatics (rough animation) stage brushed up the film, and that is difficult in hand-drawn animation.” Kamiyama cites a scene involving a crowd of enemies. It “could not have been done in such density with that time frame if they were hand-drawn. And when they’re done, characters can be re-used. I really felt how much the quality of animation is raised if the characters aren’t binned… I thought this will be a saving for the next time.” (You can recycle hand-drawn animation – see this Disney clip - but CGI is far more flexible.) Continue Reading
If you're looking forward to our upcoming releases of Tiger & Bunny The Rising and Sword Art Online II, we've got you covered with a preview of what you can expect with each title in this weeks edition of our Newswire.
~ For those of you looking forward to our release of Tiger & Bunny: The Rising you can see the final visual of what our Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD combi release will look like below.
Set for release on 29th June, this will come with a rigid case, inside that a digipack containing two discs (1 x Blu-ray and 1 x DVD) that includes the main feature (both dubbed and subbed) plus a slew of extras. Also included are 4 UK exclusive art cards showcasing the heroes. You can pre-order your copy from Amazon UK HERE and through out web shop HERE.
All going well we're hoping to getting a finished sample in the office within the next week and we'll be sure to share images of it accordingly.
~ For those wondering, the latest update on Kill la Kill Part 3 is that all is our target for our 29th June release.
~ Today we're happy to be able to share provisional images for our release on both Collector's Edition Blu-ray/DVD combi and Standard Edition DVD for Sword Art Online II: Part 1. Continue Reading
By Raz Greenberg
When Perfect Blue debuted in English-speaking territories in 1999, it was hyped for the "adult" elements that most people associated with anime (and, I suspect, also appealed to at least some part of the anime fandom at the time), at least superficially. It was a thriller about a girl stalked by a psycho, with graphic violence and nudity. Kon's later directorial efforts – Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers, Paranoia Agent and Paprika went beyond this perception of anime, to shape a tragically short career that made him one of the most eclectic of anime directors. But all these films had one common theme: they were all about playing different social roles from those that their protagonists expected. Perfect Blue remains a prime example of this theme.
Beware: spoilers for Perfect Blue follow Continue Reading
By Jonathan Clements.
Fresh out of prison after serving three months for a fake diploma scam, wide-boy Dunhuang falls in with the lonely, sex-starved Xiaorong, a girl who sells pirate DVDs. Unable to trace his old colleagues, off the radar among millions of illegal Beijing residents, he starts selling films on the streets, just another hustler trying to make a living.
Xu Zechen’s novel Running Through Beijing displays a strong affinity with the grottier end of the film business, the black market in pirate DVDs that, depending on how much of the Kool Aid you’ve been drinking, is either fostering a brave new world of movie fans, or savagely curtailing the onward spread of Hollywood capital, bringing it to a dead halt just as it seeks the emerging markets of China and Africa.
I have had many an encounter with the DVD sellers of Beijing, as I am occasionally sent on missions to determine the reach of anime piracy. Tasked by Andrew Partridge of this parish to make sure 009 Re: Cyborg hadn’t been pirated in 2013 (it hadn’t), I was instead offered Gundam 0080 by a grubby, wet-lipped girl in a Haidian underpass, her reasoning being that “It’s Japanese and it’s got numbers in it.” Continue Reading
Can you believe it's June already? We sure can't but it stop us from kickstarting the month with a packed Newswire for you.
~ First of all, Kill la Kill Part 3. Following our news from last week [see this] we can confirm that the new release date for this will be 29th June. (So only a few weeks past our previous date.) Don't forget you can pre-order your copy from Amazon UK HERE and through our web shop HERE.
On the subject of Kill la Kill Part 3 - REMINDER: If you purchased Kill la Kill Part 3 from our booth at MCM London Comic Con you can apply for a replacement rigid case by following the steps HERE. (Deadline to apply is this coming Monday 8th June.)
~ For those of you wanting to get in early with some of your pre-orders, you can now pre-order the following titles from Amazon UK:
(Please note that dates listed are tentative at this time and subject to change.)
We'll have more details to share about each release soon. These dates have been added to the release schedule further down accordingly.
~ Some of you eagle-eyed people may have spotted some provisional artwork for our upcoming release of Space Dandy Season 2 Collector's Edition and our Space Dandy Complete Season 1 & 2 DVD Collection on Amazon UK. We do want to stress that these are not final, but all going well should be a good indication of the what the final product will look like following approvals. Continue Reading