It seems I only appear when I have an odd rant at 1Am or when an anime movie trailer pops up. So, since its not 1 Am, there must have been an anime trailer released recently. Back in the summer I reported that Yamato was getting a remake next year, and today the trailer hit YouTube:
Wow, that was a surprising dull minute lost, sorry about that. This is the 3rd Yamato film to be release in recent years and I have seen none of them, just being honest about that. This is supposed to be a remake of the first season of Space Battleship Yamato (released in America as Star Blazers). I’m not surprised they made a dull trailer but I hope that it leads to a film that both retells the original story and is capable of being safely watched by new fans (no plot holes, no excess of references, etc.), my fear is that this film will only be watched by old fans who already know the work. It’s odd that all the character designs have been revamped (not completely changed, they look like old style designs that were done recently, all the characters look like the characters but have some updates) but the tech looks exactly the same, I know the Yamato is unchangable (not complaining) but I’m surprised the other stuff still looks the same, I had hoped they could have gone the route Star Trek took and did a fuller style update while still keeping the franchise right at the core.
This week there were two big pieces of anime/manga news that really caught my eye. One is fairly old now (in the world of news but I haven’t really given my comments so, I figured I could still do it here) and the other is newer and could have a bigger effect on the medium in the long run.
Sadly, I cannot post my reference material here since it has been taken down from YouTube. This video was the trailer (or test footage, I my opinion) of Kenji Kamiyama’s (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and Eden of the East) was working on a theatrical version of Cyborg 009 that would be 009 Re: Cyborg. See these headlines really got me excited, I enjoyed GitS and am enjoying EotE. Way back when Cartoon Network showed the recent (well 2001) anime. I have the DVDs for this and will get to it someday (I have to the be the worst about watching things, but this blog keeps me from watching and reading things, hahaha). I really hope that people saw this video but given that it has now been listed as private, I don’t know if you will see the original trailer (below I’ve included a fan modification of the trailer with music from the 1960s anime). The original music really didn’t excite me too much. There are moments in this trailer that remind a lot of Kamiyama’s other works and I think that if he can do his thing with this (the original story of Cyborg 009 can be modernized well by him). I do not like this animation style whatsoever. I think it takes the best of both CG and tradition styles and forgets about them and creates a very awkward form. Part of me says that this might not be the final product and the end product could be very different. Also, even if this is a production trailer it might be only trying to show the character design (which I think looks really ugly, and doesn’t make the transition well). My hope is that this gets switched to traditional animation but I don’t think this will happen. Only time will tell and I hope that this makes its way over here in 2012/2013.
Second bit of news is that Singapore has decided on the film that it will submit to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. The choice was Tatsumi, which was based on Yoshihiro Tatsumi’s A Drifting Life and other short stories. This is only the first step in what may help this film see a “wide” release. This is not saying the film is nominated but it means that there is a chance it will be nominated. I am now expert on international film at all so I cannot even speculate on its chances. I am not keeping my hopes up, last year Summer Wars failed to be nominated for Best Animated Picture and there has only been one animated piece ever nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. The trailer I saw really captured the style of Tatsumi and I hope to see this make it to the States in some form. The trailer and a video with the staff are included in the news article. My realistic hope is that this gets shown at films festivals next year so that it can get some press and maybe make it big.