Was in the mid to upper 70s and humid for the past few days, now in the 30s and we had a light dusting of snow. Sadly the high a few days from now here is 69. The last time the high was around that temp, it broke 80 in the shade.
On the plus side, all those annoying, stinging & hive-making insects were out in full force today so hopefully the cold snap takes 'em out. Read More...
Evangelion's Sadamoto Designs Live-Action Attack on Titan Characters
posted on 2014-04-03 00:45 EDT
FF7: Advent Children's Takeya & artist behind popular Titan fan poster also design characters
The Eiga.com website reported on more of the staff members for next year's live-action film of Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan manga, including illustrator and designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Evangelion, Royal Space Force - The Wings of Honnêamise, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars). Sadamoto is designing the characters of the live-action film with anime/game designer Takayuki Takeya (Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children mecha/costumes/creatures, Tekken: Blood Vengeance's Devil Kazuya/Devil Jin) and conceptual designer Kouji Tajima (Captain Harlock, Les Miserables, Total Recall remake, Dragon Age, Garo).
Tajima famously created an unofficial poster for the live-action Attack on Titan film last May.
Katsuro Onoue (Onmyoji, Space Brothers, The Floating Castle, "Kyoshinhei Tokyo ni Arawaru" short) is directing the special effects, and Shōji Ehara (The Floating Castle) is the director of photography. Japan Academy Prize winner Takashi Sugimoto (Kita no Canaria) is in charge of lighitng, and Tsuyoshi Shimizu (Heisei-era Godzilla films, live-action Video Girl Ai, Waterboys, Umizaru series) is serving as art director. Isao Tsuge (Ichi the Killer, Cutie Honey, 13 Assassins, Gegege no Kitarō) is in charge of makeup, and Shinichi Miter (Mita) is designing the costumes. Yoshihiro Nishimura (Suicide Club, The Machine Girl) is producing the special effects models.
Lead actor Haruma Miura will begin filming the project early this summer at Hashima Island or Gunkanjima ("Battleship Island"), the island known worldwide for its landscape of dilapidated buildings.
Storyboarder and special effects director Shinji Higuchi (Heisei-era Gamera films, "Kyoshinhei Tokyo ni Arawaru" short) is set to helm the film. Yuusuke Watanabe (Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, live-action Gantz, Gantz II: Perfect Answer, 20th Century Boys, Gatchaman) is writing the script. Film critic Tomohiro Machiyama, who is also friends with Isayama, is working on the scripts together with Isayama and Watanabe. Isayama has also been present at business meetings for the film and has offered ideas on the scripts and characters. TOHO is producing and distributing the film.
Higuchi already shot a live-action Attack on Titan commercial for the Subaru Forester.
Haruma Miura Joins Main Cast of Live Action Attack on Titan Movie to Release in 2015
A follow-up report has been announced regarding the live-action movie project for Attack on Titan, a huge hit TV anime that broadcast in 2013. Joining the main cast is Haruma Miura who has played roles in a number of movies and dramas.
Other than the fact that Shinji Higuchi has been welcomed on as director and Yusuke Watanabe as writer, much of this live-action movie project is still shrouded in mystery. Anticipation from fans will rise until more is revealed about this project that is developing in secrecy.
Haruma Miura is a popular actor whose role in the movie Tokyo Park and his impressive performance as a young boy stricken with an incurable disease in the drama Boku no Ita Jikan are still fresh in memory. Though only 23 years old, he has plenty of achievements behind him, and we wonder what kind of performance he will give this time.
Though based on the original story and characters, the movie’s story, which is being supervised by author Hajime Isayama, will incorporate new aspects. They are aiming for a grand and spectacular film that includes the young heroes who stand against the Titans in 3D action.
In order to construct this new world, staff who are on the forefront of Japanese cinema in special effects, VFX, clothing, and more have been assembled. Katsuro Onoue, who was assistant director on The Floating Castle and Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo, will support director Higuchi as special effects director. In charge of cinematography is Shoji Ehara, winner of the Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography for his work on The Flying Castle. In charge of lighting is Takashi Sugimoto, winner of the Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Direction for his work on Kita no Canary. Also welcomed onto the staff as art director is Takeshi Shimizu who previously worked on Umizaru. Isao Tsuge, who previously worked on Ryomaden and Parasyte on which he was in charge of makeup and clothing, has joined the cast as clothing designer. Yoshihiro Nishimura, a leader in special moldings and makeup, is acting as special molding producer. Also including character designers Yoshiyuki Sadamoto ( Neon Genesis Evangelion ), Takayuki Takeya ( Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo ), and Kouji Tajima Parasyte, this gathering of top creators from the words of anime and special effects is not to be overlooked.
Pre-production has already begun on the movie and it seems to be progressing steadily. In order to best suit the run-down world attacked by Titans, shooting is also scheduled to take place in the holy ground of ruins, Hashima (nicknamed Gunkanjima, or Battleship Island) in Nagasaki Prefecture. Look forward to more on this project to come.
Attack on Titan
Scheduled for 2015 release
Original Work: Hajime Isayama (Kodansha, serialized in Bessatsu Shonen Magazine)
Committee: Attack on Titan Movie Production Committee
Production: Toho Eiga
Director: Shinji Higuchi
Writers: Yusuke Watanabe, Tomohiro Machiyama
Cast: Haruma Miura (more to be announced soon)
First Filming: summer 2014
Haruma Miura Stars in Live-Action Attack on Titan Film
posted on 2014-04-02 19:00 EDT
Newspapers: Bloody Monday actor to begin shooting on "Battleship Island" this summer
Japanese daily newspapers are reporting on Thursday that 23-year-old Haruma Miura is starring in the live-action film of Hajime Isayama's popular manga Attack on Titan. The papers say that the actor is preparing for the beginning of filming early this summer at Hashima Island in Nagasaki Prefecture. The island has been nicknamed Gunkanjima ("Battleship Island") and is known worldwide for its landscape of dilapidated buildings.
Miura's previous manga-inspired projects include Gokusen 3, Bloody Monday, Crows Zero II, and Kimi ni Todoke.
Isayama's manga depicts the battles between humans and the giants who now rule the world outside humans' walled enclaves. The film incorporates original elements into its own story.
Storyboarder and special effects director Shinji Higuchi (Heisei-era Gamera films) is set to helm the film. Yuusuke Watanabe (Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, live-action Gantz, Gantz II: Perfect Answer, 20th Century Boys, Gatchaman) is writing the script. Film critic Tomohiro Machiyama, who is also friends with Isayama, is working on the scripts together with Isayama and Watanabe. Isayama has also been present at business meetings for the film and has offered ideas on the scripts and characters. TOHO is producing and distributing the film.
The film is slated to open next year. While Miura missed an event on March 30 due to poor health, the newspapers reported that he is already working again.
Higuchi already shot a live-action Attack on Titan commercial for the Subaru Forester.
Hajime Isayama's original Attack on Titan manga has inspired four spinoff manga, and a 25-episode television anime version aired last year. Isayama launched the series in Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine in 2009, and the manga now has 30 million copies in print.
Kodansha Comics is publishing Isayama's original manga in North America. The company is also releasing three of the four spinoff manga, and the Attack on Titan Guidebooks: INSIDE & OUTSIDE. Vertical is publishing the Attack on Titan: Before the Fall light novel series.
Both Funimation and Crunchyroll streamed the anime version of the manga as it aired in Japan, and Funimation will release the series on home video this year.
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Author to Have 'Important Announcement'
posted on 2014-04-14 23:56 EDT
The Twitter account for Shogakukan's Gagaga Bunko imprint announced that Vol. 24 of its niconico live program "Monthly Gagaga Channel" will have My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU (Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru.) light novel author Wataru Watari as a special guest on April 18, and that he might make an "important announcement."
【月刊ガガガチャンネル】vol.34は4/18 20時から放送!スペシャルゲストは『やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。⑨』を刊行する渡 航先生!何か重大発表があるらしいですよ…?タイムシフト予約はこちら!→t.co/0rvxUCOO6q #ニコ生
— ガガガ文庫 (@gagaga_bunko) April 14, 2014
This was retweeted by the My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU anime series' official account:
えっ RT @gagaga_bunko 【月刊ガガガチャンネル】vol.34は4/18 20時から放送!スペシャルゲストは渡 航先生!何か重大発表があるらしいですよ…?t.co/i4yeYMiY7x #oregairu
— やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。 (@anime_oregairu) April 14, 2014
Watari himself confirmed on his Twitter account that he will make an important announcement:
— 渡航 (@watariwataru) April 14, 2014
Crunchyroll streamed the anime adaptation as it aired in Japan last year. The light novels also received a video game adaptation and a tie-in original video anime last year.
Space Brothers Anime Film's 1st Key Visual, Story Details Revealed
posted on 2014-04-15 01:45 EDT
August 9 film with theme of bereavement features Brian Jay as key character
The official website for the upcoming Uchū Kyōdai #0 (Space Brothers #0, pronounced "Number Zero") film revealed the first key visual on Tuesday.
Original manga creator Chūya Koyama drew the key visual. The text on the visual reads: "That day, our dreams crashed. With courage, we will launch once more."
The film's staff also revealed on Tuesday that the character Brian Jay, a legendary astronaut, will play an integral role in the film. The film will depict for the first time the "true reason" and the "starting point" behind Mutta and Hibito's goal of going to space. The film will also give more details on the other "Space Brothers" in the series: Eddie and Brian Jay.
Specifically, the film will explore the theme of bereavement and how people recover after losing a loved one, and how friends can support each other during this time of need. Hibito is confused as to why Brian Jay chose him, a rookie astronaut, to be his backup, and voices his worries that he isn't talented enough to fulfill such a role. Brian then leaves Hibito with the response: "You need to experience this tough and fun chance to your heart's content" before he goes to the moon. Then the tragic CES-43 accident ensures that the two will never meet again. After the accident, NASA begins to reconsider manned space missions.
Hibito then turns to Mutta, who is working for an automobile company, having abandoned his dream of becoming an astronaut. Mutta is running out of patience with his company, and he is transferred to the countryside. Mutta struggles with what to say to Hibito, who is grieving and feeling helpless, and he recalls words he said to Hibito when they were kids.
Advanced sales for the film will start on April 19. Those who purchase the advanced tickets will receive an Apo rubber strap.
Koyama wrote the original scripts for the "origin story" film. The ongoing television anime's director Ayumu Watanabe is helming the film at A-1 Pictures. Hiroaki Hirata and Kenn are reprising their roles as Mutta Nanba and Hibito Nanba, respectively. Rock band Unicorn is performing the film's two theme songs, which include the anime's first opening theme song "Feel So Moon" along with the new song "Hayaguchi Curry."
Koyama launched the manga in Kodansha's Morning magazine in 2007, and the manga's 22 volumes and spinoff books have 14 million copies in print. It won the General categories in both the 56th Shogakukan Manga Awards and the 35th Kodansha Manga Awards in 2011.
The manga not only inspired the recently-finished television anime series, but also a live-action film starring Shun Oguri and Masaki Okada. The live-action film earned 1.5 billion yen (about US$15 million). Crunchyroll is posting both the manga and the television anime online, and Sentai Filmworks licensed the television anime for North America.
Nakaba Suzuki's Nanatsu no Taizai adventure story has 3 million in circulation
This year's 20th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine is announcing on Wednesday that Nakaba Suzuki's The Seven Deadly Sins (Nanatsu no Taizai) manga is being adapted into a television anime. The magazine also notes the manga series has over 3 million copies in circulation. Kodansha is publishing the eighth compiled book volume, with a bonus story about the Fairy King, on Thursday.
Kodansha Comics, the publisher of the manga in North America, describes how the story begins:
When they were accused of trying to overthrow the monarchy, the feared warriors the Seven Deadly Sins were sent into exile. Princess Elizabeth discovers the truth - the Sins were framed by the king's guard, the Holy Knights - too late to prevent them from assassinating her father and seizing the throne!
Now the princess is on the run, seeking the Sins to help her reclaim the kingdom. But the first Sin she meets, Meliodas, is a little innkeeper with a talking pig. He doesn't even have a real sword! Have the legends of the Sins' strength been exaggerated?
Suzuki launched the manga in Weekly Shōnen Magazine in 2012, and Kodansha Comics published the first English volume last month. Crunchyroll is posting the new chapters as they appear in Japan.
The manga already has a crossover chapter with Fairy Tail, another Weekly Shōnen Magazine fantasy adventure manga that inspired an anime. The manga has a special collaboration with uno, Shiseido's brand of grooming products for men. Takarajimasha's Kono Manga ga Sugoi! guidebook named the series #5 among its top 20 manga for male readers, as voted by 400 professionals in the fields of manga and publishing. The series was also nominated for the seventh Manga Taisho (Cartoon Grand Prize) awards this year, and the Honya Club website listed it #4 among the top manga (with five volumes or less) recommended by Japanese bookstore employees.
Angela performs theme song "Different colors"; Gakuen K manga gets drama CD
The official website for the K anime franchise began streaming the K: Missing Kings film's teaser trailer on Friday.
The website also announced that the band angela is performing the theme song "Different colors." The song's CD single will go sale on July 12, the same day as the film's opening in Japan. The CD will also include a new self-produced rendition of Mikako Komatsu's second single "Tsumetai Heya, Hitori" (Alone in a Cold Room), the ending theme of the K television anime.
A drama CD of the spinoff manga Gakuen K (Academy K) will go on sale with angela's "This is Love" and "Shunkashūtō" (The Four Seasons) songs on July 9.
Anime Expo in Los Angeles and Japan Expo in Paris will host the world premieres of the film during the first week of July. This movie sequel of GoRA Project and GoHands' K television anime will have voice actor Masakazu Morita as the new character named Yukari Mishakuji. Shingo Suzuki is returning as director and character designer of the film at the anime studio GoHands. The GoRA creators are once again writing the script.
The official website for the film outlined the story:
[Note: Highlight the text below for the story, which contains spoilers for the end of the television series]
The television anime premiered in 2012, and Viz Media streamed it in North America as it aired. An English dub streamed on Viz's Neon Alley service. Viz has released the series on Blu-ray and DVD.
Pokémon XY Planetarium Anime to Premiere This July
posted on 2014-04-15 10:45 EDT
Satoshi/Ash & friends face Team Rocket & threat of space debris in panoramic anime
Pocket Monsters XY: Sora no Hahen (Pokémon XY: A Fragment of the Heavens), a brand-new anime tied to the ongoing Pokémon XY television anime, will run in two Tokyo planetariums this summer. Like previous Pokémon planetarium anime, this new one will be projected onto 360-degree panoramic domes.
The story follow Satoshi (Ash in English) and his friends when they visit the Pokémon Aerospace eXploration Agency (a nod to the real-life Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency). They are thrilled by stories from PAXA's astronauts about the wonders of space and the possibility of Pokémon living in space. Then, just as they hear about the dangers posed by space debris, sirens suddenly ring out. Team Rocket have plotted to seize control of PAXA and have apparently infiltrated the facility.
At that critical moment, trouble develops in a control system for artificial satellites. Large pieces of space debris have collided, causing fears of even more debris.
The Konica Minolta Planetarium "Tenkū" in Tokyo Skytree Town and Ikebukuro's Konica Minolta Planetarium "Manten" in Sunshine City will begin screening the anime from July 19 to September 7 and from July 12 to August 31, respectively. Other planetarium throughout Japan are also planning to screen the anime.
1st Persona 3 Film's 2nd English-Subtitled Trailer Posted
posted on 2014-04-11 10:00 EDT
Aniplex USA offers Blu-ray in Collector's & Standard Editions on May 20
Aniplex of America began streaming the second English-subtitled trailer for Persona 3 The Movie #1 Spring of Birth on Friday. The video features Yumi Kawamura's opening theme "Burn My Dread" and ending theme "More Than One Heart." Aniplex will release the film on Blu-ray Disc in a collector's edition and a standard edition on May 20.
Both editions will include both the 90-minute original theatrical version and the 97-minute director's cut version of the film with English subtitles. Both editions will also include trailers, commercials, and audio commentary, although the bonus video extras will not include English subtitles.
The collector's edition will also include the original soundtrack CD (which will include the theme song "More Than One Heart" by Yumi Kawamura), box art by character designer and animation director Keisuke Watabe, newly-illustrated cover art, a 48-page booklet (with an English translation side booklet), 10 "Super P3 Stickers" and four key art illustration cards.
The collector's edition retails for US$99.98, but Aniplex is selling it at a sales price of US$79.98. The standard edition retails for US$74.98, but Aniplex is selling it at a sales price of US$59.98. Pre-orders for the film started on April 7.
The film will ship in Japan on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on May 14.
The film, which is the first of two planned films, adapts Atlus' Persona 3 PlayStation 2 game. In the game's story, there is a hidden time known as the "Dark Hour" that exists between one day and the next when all movement in the town stops. During this time, terrible creatures called Shadows roam, and a group of high school students in the city of Iwatodai are drawn into the Dark Hour to fight these creatures and explore the mysterious tower of Tartarus. This group uses weapons called Evokers that are used to summon Personas.
Noriaki Akitaya (three Bakuman. series) directed the film at AIC A.S.T.A. with Seiji Kishi (Persona 4 The Animation, Devil Survivor 2 The Animation, Angel Beats!) supervising. Jun Kumagai (Aura: Maryūinkōga Saigo no Tatakai, episodes of Persona 4 The Animation) wrote the screenplay, and Keisuke Watabe (Crest of the Stars, Banner of the Stars) served as character designer and animation director. Shoji Meguro (Persona 4 The Animation) composed the music.
The second film, Persona 3 the Movie #2 Midsummer Knight's Dream, is slated to open in Japan on June 7.