May 2009


You can also consider this post a plug for all three shows listed. Any of them are definitely worth watching.

Certainly a dissertation-worthy title, although I doubt it will approach the length of one. I can only blame the strange effects of caffeine on the body’s system past midnight while studying.



Officially back in Canada now (although heavily, heavily jet-lagged). More posts to come… but in the meantime, some trailers of some rather interesting upcoming titles that are perhaps a tad more obscure. Most of these are in either a movie or OVA format, which personally I always prefer to a long TV series (anything past 13 episodes is tough for me to get started on). I’ve been wanting to focus more on OVAs and movies – which tend to be somewhat less popular – rather than TV series, which a lot of people cover, so hopefully this is a step in that direction.

Cencoroll is about a boy and his pet… monster? Very little info on this so far aside from what’s in the video; apparently the project was entirely written, directed, and animated singlehandedly (most likely just the principle animation, perhaps.). No idea on format, but given that it’s a single person job I’m betting on a movie or 2 or 3 episode OVA.

DOGS: Bullets and Carnage is based off a manga set in a violent post-apocalyptic world, although the setting looks rather 1930s. Looks like the lovechild of Baccanno! and Black Lagoon. OVA format, release scheduled for mid-May.

Amanatsu is a CG short, so no idea we’ll ever see this anywhere, but it has all the right vibes for a “journey” story.

FIRST SQUAD! looks to be an interesting collaboration between Russian Molot Entertainment and Studio 4C, the latter name being enough of a reason to watch it. If that’s not enough, it features superpowered teenage Soviets fighting undead Nazis.

Musashi: The Dream of the Last Samurai is a movie, of course, about the famed author of the Legend of the Five Rings, the Japanese treatise on swordsmanship, tactics, and strategy. It’s Oshii and Production I.G. again, and the staff roll is quite distinguished. What’s also interesting is that the approach in the film to Musashi himself seems to have the intent of trying to de-romanticize or de-mystify his character and instead tries to reveal more of a historical Musashi.

Summer Wars is from the same director of “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time”. Similar feel to the previous as well, revolving around extraordinary events happening in everday circumstances.