by Jeremy Clarke.
The writer Shohei Ooka (1909-1988) is best known for his novel Nobi (Fires on the Plain, 1951), one of a number influenced by his World War Two experiences as a solider fighting in the Philippines. Nobi takes place against the backdrop of the Japanese army falling apart under the American onslaught and concerns one Private Tamura’s lone wanderings around the battlefield as his ties to society and faith in humanity disintegrate. He reaches a hospital at the story’s end. It was translated into English in 1957.
It was filmed in 1959 by Kon Ichikawa, whose insistence on shooting in stark black and white contributes to an overall bleak atmosphere. Refused admission to the field hospital because they can’t cure tuberculosis, and disowned by his CO because he can’t fight, Tamura (Eiji Funakoshi) wanders through jungle and plain but can find no way out. He sees the military hospital blown up as abandoned patients attempt to crawl out. Eventually he falls in with fellow soldiers surviving by hunting “monkey meat” i.e. other Japanese soldiers. But he can’t eat this because his teeth are in no state to chew. In the end, alone again, he talks about wanting to see people living a normal life and advances across a plain towards enemy gunfire before collapsing.
It was filmed again in 2014 by Shinya Tsukamoto. On the new disc, his hour-long diary never mentions the Ishikawa version instead stating that he read the novel in high school with its “green jungles, vital riverbeds and almost unbearable sunsets”. It became a favourite book. He would seem to be discovering a very different element within the novel from that behind Ichikawa’s black and white vision. Continue Reading
It's been a few months since we released the first part of the series Charlotte as a Ltd Collector's Edition Blu-ray+DVD set and on standard DVD. We know you've been waiting patiently for the arrival of the second part and we're happy to say you don't have much longer to wait as it's out next week (Monday 18th September to be exact.) Today we're going to be showing you what to expect from this release.
A story by Jun Maeda (Angel Beats!) Animation production by P.A. Works., the studio brought you Angel Beats!, Shirobako and Sakura Quest.
Synopsis (for Part 1): "A small percentage of adolescents develop special abilities at the onset of puberty. Yu Otosaka is one of these few and deftly uses an ability that takes over a target's body for five seconds to get accepted into a prestigious high school. Just when he is about to start a stable high school life as a popular honour student, a girl named Nao Tomori appears before him. Their encounter reveals the cruel destiny for wielders of special abilities."
Check out the trailers for Charlotte Part 1 below
Following on with the style established for our Part 1 release, the Ltd. Collector's Edition set of Charlotte Part 2 comes packed in a rigid case with a digipack to store both the Blu-ray and DVD discs. Also included inside are four art cards.
On the discs themselves you'll find the following -
Below you can find photos of the finished product. If you click on them they'll enlarge too. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
The most common symbols of Japan in the outside world include Mount Fuji, cherry blossom and the film star Toshiro Mifune (of Seven Samurai). In his new book A Brief History of Japan, author Jonathan Clements suggests a less obvious metaphor for the country – the game shogi, Japan’s version of chess. (Shogi has had a resurgence recently, both because of the popular manga March Comes in Like a Lion, and because of a real-life teenage shogi prodigy, Sota Fuji.) Continue Reading
By Roxy Simons.
A new century approaches, and the whole world waits in anticipation to see what the New Year will bring. Having suffered through not one but two magical wars, the god-like governing group the Novus Orbis Librarium (NOL) want to maintain their power, but the existence of the powerful warrior Ragna the Bloodedge, aptly nicknamed the Grim Reaper, puts everything at risk with his powerful “Azure Grimoire” ability. To stop him from getting in the way of their plans they put the largest bounty they’ve ever had on his head, and soon a ragtag group of fighters all line up to take a shot at him.
Starting its life as a 2D arcade fighting game by Arc System Works, the Blazblue franchise has been a consistent hit since it was first released in 2008. Blazblue: Alter Memory is the game’s only adaptation on the small screen and is a compact retelling of its first two outings: Calamity Trigger and Continuum Shift. Following Ragna the Bloodedge on his quest through the town of Kagutsuchi, it quickly becomes apparent that he’s plagued by his traumatic past and the dark presence of the NOL and trickster Terumi. Desperate to find out what happened to him, and why his brother betrayed him and let his sister be taken away, he’ll go to any lengths to find out the truth, no matter who he has to fight. Continue Reading
The All The Anime Podcast is back to bring around 50 minutes of fun that includes anime discussion to wrap-up your week! Join Jeremy, Andy and Keith as they talk about a variety of anime they’ve been watching while also having a few moments to make reference to Overwatch, Tekken, XCOM and more!
This week anime discussion includes chatter on the Netflix original movie Blame! plus currently airing series Tsuredure Children, Made in Abyss, Princess Principal and following on from our last episode there’s some more brief chatter on Boruto: Naruto Next Generations. Plus Jeremy gives some thoughts on Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ too, ahead of our release Part 1 Blu-ray release in October. This discussion then creates a fair bit of overall Gundam chatter too!
We'll be back next week with our next episode! Enjoy the show!
NOTE: As always please note this podcast may contain strong language and any views expressed by individuals in this podcast do not reflect those of Anime Limited.
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