Check it! Ikkechan to Boku (いっけちゃんとぼく)

30 04 2009

jgefbcbfikkechanA new trailer is up for the upcoming movie Ikkechan to Boku, loosely translated as Me and Ikkechan. The story involves a boy and his pet green dot, who shares his pain and enjoys his triumphs, and turns bright red when he meets a girl (did we mention that the green dot is a girl?). As the boy enters adulthood, ikkechan becomes less and less relevant in his life; when he meets his first real love, will she disappear forever? 

The film certainly looks bizarre, but at the same time heart-warming. To watch the trailer for this film, click: Here!

Check it! Full trailer for Osamu Tezuka’s MW

30 04 2009

jg-mwBased on a manga by one of the most important manga-ka of all time, Osamu Tezuka’s MW is about a Japanese priest and his connection to an underworld boss and a mysterious chemical weapon. The manga was Osamu’s response to grittier styles of manga that were emerging at the time and the movie reflects the more adult style, so expect a little more Bourne and a little less Astro Boy. 

To see the trailer for the film, click: Here!

Check it! New Blood: The Last Vampire footage

28 04 2009

jg-blood1A few weeks ago J Geeks reported on a mew movie coming out called Blood: The Last Vampire, based on an anime and manga. The distributor of the film, Asmik Ace, added a new 30-second trailer. Below on the link you’ll find a 3-minute behind the scenes video. For the video, click: Here!

Check it! Yamagata Scream

27 04 2009

jg-yamagata-screamHard to tell if it looks awesomely bad or just plain awful, but one can’t say of Naoto Takenaka’s Yamagata Scream that it looks boring. Long, multi-color haired demons and school girls wearing silly hats out of construction paper — this has the makings of one campy movie. Check it out: Here!

Gundam Unicorn to air worldwide simultaneously

27 04 2009

jg-unicorn-gundamBandai’s latest Gundam anime, Gundam Unicorn, will be released around the world simultaneously in 10 different languages. It hasn’t been announced what format the series will air on, but Bandai already has Gundam 00 and Code Geass: Lelouch the Rebellion on Youtube, so this would seem like the most likely candidate. 

Gundam Unicorn is based on a series of light novels by Harutoshi Fukui. The story involves Gundam’s Universal Century timeline, and takes place three years after the events in Char’s Counterattack. The anime version is slated for sometime in winter 2009. For a quick preview, click: Here!

Full trailer for Onechanbara: vortex streamed

26 04 2009

jg-onechanbaraFor those familiar with the current generation video game flop Samurai Bikini Squad, its second, straight to DVD sequel Onechanbara: vortex now has a full trailer up, which can be found here!

The game, which is about exactly what the title suggests — scantily clad women fighting zombies with swords — was generally panned by critics, though interest in its other obvious assets rermains high. The DVD release in Japan on July 3, with a likely U.S. release to follow. The first film, Chanbara Beauty, is available now.

L Change the World – First ten minutes streamed

26 04 2009

jg_lFurther delighting Death Note fans, the third live action movie in the franchise, L Change the World, will feature its first ten minutes streamed on MTV’s website. The link to the site can be found here!

As reported earlier, the latest Death Note movie will see a reasonably large limited release in the U.S., with screenings on April 29 (subtitled) and 30 (dubbed). Here’s hoping this is a trend that continues.

L Change the World in U.S. Theaters

24 04 2009

jg_l-change-the-worldIn move rare for Japanese movies in the United States (though perhaps becoming more common in the wake of movies like Tokyo Sonata), the third Death Note movie, L Change the World, will get a relatively large release in the United States. 

The film will be shown in both dubbed and subtitled form, depending on the day viewers choose to go. The subtitled version will air the subtitled version on April 29, with the dubbed to follow on April 30. 

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Tatami Tunes: Advantage Lucy — Echo Park

23 04 2009

jg_echo-parkAdvantage Lucy

Echo Park


Popping in a disc by a band named Advantage Lucy can’t help but make one feel cool and elite. The name practically reeks of untranslatable random/cool, English put together in that unique way only the Japanese seem capable of.

But the name itself, derived from an earlier name of Lucy van Pelt (of Peanuts fame), should not lead one to believe that this is a gimmicky band with a cool, random name. Advantage Lucy delivers a rock/pop sound that is as inventive as it is solid.

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Tezuka’s Buddha, Princess Knight to get movie

22 04 2009

jg_ribbon-knightManga master Osamu Tezuka’s works Buddha and Princess Knight will be getting the animated film treatment sometime around 2010. Buddha, chronicling the life of Siddhartha, founder of Buddhism, is eight volumes long and was released in hardcover and paperback in the U.S. Princess Knight tells the tale of a princess disguised as a boy to protect her from threats to the throne (like Henry IV). Adding another layer, the princess dons another persona, fighting evildoers as the “Ribbon Knight.”

Thanks to Anime News Network for the info.