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Anime Movies Trailers (Good and Bad)

Posted on 09 October 2011 by VinnieAve

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.

 

Crunchyroll News Article (009 Re:Cyborg)

 

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.

Crunchyroll News Article (Tatsumi)

 

 

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CBLDF Now Owns a Symbol of Opression

Posted on 30 September 2011 by VinnieAve

Okay, that title might be a little hyperbolic but it caught your eye didn’t it. Now that DC has abandoned the Comics Code there is no one using this antiquated tool of censorship. With that the code and all its imagery was up in the air. In a smart move the wonderful people over at CBLDF have acquired the rights to the comics code and its iconic seal that used to be placed on comics. Of course they don’t plan to maintain the code and enforce silly rules like “Scenes dealing with, or instruments associated with walking dead, torture, vampires and vampirism, ghouls, cannibalism, and werewolfism are prohibited.”

With this they plan on using it as something they can use in their literature and on other bits of merchandise (T-shirts, mugs, stickers, etc.). I hope that either at NYCC 2011 or NYCC 2012 they have some of this stuff available. I have to say there is no group or person that is a more appropriate for owning this material. My hope is that instead of just using it as logo that they make sure to tell the story and keep this information in the public mind. I know I’ve talked about the CBLDF before but a major part of their mission is to prevent any form of censorship. I hope that they make sure that use this to try and teach people about censorship. Few people know about the Hayes Code and fewer know about Comics Code. I don’t want to go too much into a rant about education but really that is a major issue with censorship in general and I may cover the topic at some other time.

I am thoroughly glad that this material is in the right hands. I expect that it will be well distributed and that the information will be kept in the public eye as best as possible. Hopefully, anything they fund-raising with this new material will allow expansion and creation of new programs and projects.

CBR Article

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