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Ponyo on a Cliff by the Sea (2008): First Footage

Headline says it all really…the first footage from the new Ghibli movie have been shown on Japanese TV and thus are now all over the Grid.

Still no news on a US or European release date…

Apparently, after he’s finished this, Miyazaki‘s next movie is going to be about sumo wrestling mice. Which doesn’t sound mind-blowing, but this is a Ghibli film we’re talking about….not Kung Fu Panda

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Real Drive 1 – 6 (2008): Review


The last 9 months or so has been an exciting time for fans of Production IG and Masamune Shirow – previous collaborations between the anime powerhouse and the manga legend gave the world the unstoppable, stylish and cerebral Ghost in the Shell franchise, and last year they announced that the two giants would be joining forces for not one but two new TV series, Ghost Hound and Real Drive.

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Makoto Shinkai live at the BFI


A quick heads up for all you London based otaku – or even those of you with only a passing interest in anime – acclaimed auteur Makoto Shinkai will be presenting a screening of his latest film Five Centimeters a Second at 6.20pm this Friday (20/6/08) at the British Film Institute. He’s kicking off a whole weekend there of recent anime, and alongside his last movie (the beautiful but slightly dissapointing) The Place Promised in Our Early Days, it’ll be an excellent opportunity to catch some of the films I’ve been talking about here over the last few months including Vexille, Appleseed: Ex Machina, the brilliant Tekkonkinkreet and Satoshi Kon‘s mindfuck epic Paprika.

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RIP Stan Winston (1946 – 2008)


Today is a tragic day for movie and science fiction fans.

Last night special FX legend Stan Winston, best known for his work on movie franchises such as Terminator, Aliens and Jurassic Park, died. While those franchises might have flagged creatively, Winston never did, always maintaining a truly unique eye for industrial design and an artist’s precognitive gaze into the future. His work on the Marines’ equipment and weapons in James Cameron’s Aliens was a personal favourite of mine, his designs somehow forward-echoing the images we see every night of US troops on duty in Iraq.

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Manga is bad for your health

Actually, there’s nothing funny about this. Nothing at all.

Miyagi Prefectural Police officials in northeastern Japan have announced on Monday that they discovered a man dead in his apartment underneath several hundred manga volumes and magazines. They are investigating the cause of death and whether the 37-year-old male company employee is another casualty of last week’s earthquake in Miyagi.

From Anime News Network.

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Ghost in The Shell 2.0

NOTE: full review now posted here.


This one slipped past me apparently. Ether that or Production IG have been keeping it very, very tightly under wraps.

Either way, apparently July 12 will see a Japanese theatrical release of Ghost in the Shell 2.0; a new special edition of the 1995 classic featuring some re-done CGI visual effects and a whole new, remastered 6.1 soundtrack. Anime News Network has all the precise details, and the one thing that worried me most is in that list of names there is no mention of the film’s original director Mamoru Oshii. Presumably he’s been far too busy with Sky Crawlers – which this release seems to be aimed at promoting – to have got involved himself.

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