Life-Size Patlabor Ingram Cheers On The Chiba Lotte Marines Baseball Team
posted on 2014-04-21 21:00 EDT by Bamboo Dong
Baseball is wildly popular in Japan, so it's no surprise that even a Patlabor AV-98 Ingram would want in on the action. To drum up publicity for the next installment of The Next Generation -Patlabor- project, the live-size, 8 meter (26.2 feet) robot made a visit to QVC Marine Field on April 20, where it even sported a scarf in support of the Chiba Lotte Marines.
As an added bonus, the starting lineup was announced by actor Shigeru Chiba, who will reprise his anime role as maintenance crew chief Shigeo Shiba, and the opening pitch was thrown by former Hello! Project singer and actress Erina Mano, who stars as pilot Akira Izumino. There was also a stage event before the game.
Videographer darwinfish also posted a video of the Ingram being set up near Tokyo's Kichijoji Station.
For more pictures from the game, check out the movie's official Twitter page.
Part 2 of the live-action project (comprised of episodes 2 and 3) will premiere in Japan on May 31 with an appearance by actor Naoto Takenaka who voiced the pivotal role of Shigeki Arakawa in Oshii's 1993 Patlabor 2: The Movie.
Two life-size Ingram robots were built at the cost of several tens of millions of yen (several hundred thousand US dollars). The production also used Suidobashi Heavy Industry's real-life rideable robot Kuratas.
New Yamato 2199 Film's Title, Date, Studio Announced
posted on 2014-04-21 15:30 EDT
Also: Compilation film to open in October before new film's December opening
The producer, chief director, and voice cast of the Space Battleship Yamato 2199 project announced the title, opening date, and animation studio for the upcoming brand-new film on Monday. XEBEC is animating Uchū Senkan Yamato 2199: Hoshi-Meguru Hakobune (Space Battleship Yamato 2199: Star-Voyaging Ark) for a December 6 release with returning chief director Yutaka Izubuchi. Unlike the previous Yamato 2199 event screenings in theaters, the new film will have a full nationwide release.
Producer Shoji Nishizaki (the adopted son of the late Yamato producer Yoshinobu Nishizaki) and voice cast members Aya Uchida (Yuria Misaki) and Takayuki Sugo (Jūzō Okita) made the announcements at a 40th anniversary project unveiling in Tokyo on Monday. They also unveiled the 1/100-scale Yamato ship model for this spring's Yamato art exhibition.
Before the new film opens, Xebec is assembling a special compilation film, Uchū Senkan Yamato 2199: Tsuioku no Kōkai (Space Battleship Yamato 2199: Voyage of Remembrance) from the seven previous parts. It will play in event screenings (similar to the earlier limited Yamato 2199 screenings) starting on October 11. Episode writer Shigeru Morita is putting the film's story together, and episode director Takao Kato (episode 18) is helming the compilation film.
The project's website had previously announced that the new film was slated to open in late fall.
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Kuroo, Gozume, Yaku of Nekoma High School's volleyball team
This year's combined 22nd/23rd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that Yūichi Nakamura, Yuuki Kaji, and Shinnosuke Tachibana are joining the cast of the Haikyu!! television anime. They will play Tetsurō Kuroo, Kenma Gozume, and Morisuke Yaku, respectively, of Nekoma High School's volleyball team.
The story of Haruichi Furudate's Haikyu!! manga and anime follows Shōyō Hinata (voiced by Ayumu Murase), who began playing volleyball after seeing the "small giants" who played the sport when he was in elementary school. He suffers a crushing defeat in his first and last tournament in middle school at the hands of his rival Tobio Kageyama (Kaito Ishikawa). So, Hinata joins Kurasuno High School's volleyball team, vowing revenge against Kageyama.
However, Kageyama is also on Kurasuno's team. The former rivals form a legendary combo with Hinata's mobility and Kageyama's precision ball-handling. Together, they take on the local tournaments and vow to meet Kurasuno's fated rival school in the nationals.
Susumu Mitsunaka is directing the series off of scripts by Taku Kishimoto. Takahiro Kishida is designing the characters and Production I.G is handling the animation.
Sentai Filmworks has licensed the series for North American digital and home video release. Crunchyroll is streaming the anime as it airs in Japan.
Oddly enough, since DVD has 60 fields, which can be extrapolated into 60 FPS, the motion looks smoother than it does on my spiffy progressive blurays. I haven't noticed any judder in panning shots, something that really gets to me; Garden of Words in all of its bluray glory was outdone in a way by a show a decade older lol.
I found myself watching a commentary on Chrono Crusade (now relegated to SAVE land...) and, while pointedly avoiding spoilers for Chrono Crusade, Matt Greenfield did drop a sizeable spoiler about RahXephon. As I'm currently going through RahXephon it was both hilarious and brutal. Read More...