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Speed Racer: Manga box set and website

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To cash in coincide with the release of the Speed Racer live action flick, publishers DMP have released a beautiful looking hardcover box set of the original 1960s manga. That I want. Badly. In the meantime, I’ll just have to make do with staring at the almost as lovely looking website they’ve put up to promote it.

And no, I haven’t seen the movie yet. Hopefully this week…will keep you posted.

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Vexille (2007): Review

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I’d been sat on Vexille for a while before watching it, to be honest. After the disappointment I felt from seeing the last Appleseed movie, I wasn’t sure if I could face another cold looking, mecha based, entrely CGI anime. But there’s an important fact that kept slipping my mind about Vexille, and that revitalised my interest every time I remembered it – that its the second movie from director Fumihiko Sori.

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Sky Crawlers (2008): Teaser trailer

The first moving images from Sky Crawlers are out, the new flick from anime god Mamoru Oshii. Don’t know an awful lot about it at this point, apart from it’s based on a Japanese novel by Hiroshi Mori about fighter pilots in an alternate history setting. Nice. Looks great, with both the plot and the little we see of the mechanical designs, it kind of reminds me of The Wings of Honneamise – which is certainly no bad thing, it being one of my favourite anime movies. To say I’m looking forward to this one would be one hell of an understatement…

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Everybody loves Ghost in the Shell

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According to Variety today, Steven Speilberg’s Dreamworks studio has acquired the rights to produce a live action version of Ghost in the Shell. It’s not clear at this point whether the plan is to make an adaptation of Oshii’s 1995 movie, or Shirow’s 1989 manga, and the cynical among us (i.e. me) might jump to the conclusion that this is just a bandwagon jump after the announcement of the Akira live action flick. But apparently Spielberg ‘loves’ the original, and believes it is a ‘genre that has arrived’. Erm, OK Stevie. What genre, exactly? Cyberpunk? If so, then ‘fraid you’re jackin’ in about 20 years too late, chombatta.

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The Ghibli film that never was

Now I have to admit to a complete lack of any knowledge or experience of the Little Nemo children’s stories…apparently popular in the US, as far as I’m aware they never made any real impact on this side of the Atlantic. But I’m suddenly a little interested now, after finding out that Studio Ghibli nearly made a feature film based on the characters in the 1980s, to have been directed by the late Yoshifumi Kondo. The project never surfaced – at least not from Ghibli – but now some footage has been uncovered and dumped onto YouTube. Get ready for a little slice of classic, if low-res, Miyazaki-esque flying sequence action.

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Tekkon Kinkreet (2007): Review

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I finally got to sit down and watch Michael Aris’ ‘Tekkon Kinkreet’ on Blu-Ray this weekend. Coming to the movie completely cold – not having read Taiyō Matsumoto’s original manga, and knowing little about the production’s genesis, I really enjoyed it. It wasn’t until I sat down to start writing this review and did a little bit of background research online that I discovered the fanboy shit-storm surrounding the film’s release.

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