Tatami Drama Critic — Gokusen

17 04 2009

All That Drama, Part I

jg_gokusenFor the next few installments of Tatami Critic, we’re going to take a break from the movies and talk a bit about another enjoyable Japanese genre: The Drama.

Most dramas in Japan seem to be following a trend similar in the U.S.: one-hour episodes (less accounting for commercials) arranged in smaller runs of somewhere around 10-12 episodes (the brilliantly made Kisarazu Cat’s Eye, on queue for review in a later installment, intuitively had a nine-episode run, corresponding to the number of innings in a baseball game).

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Rookies movie coming – as well as some competition…

17 04 2009

jg_rookiesYou couldn’t exist in Tokyo last summer without being inadvertently exposed to the theme song from Rookies, a show about a high school baseball club banned from playing the sport and subsequently becoming delinquents. The drama inspired a two-hour special and a movie this summer (Rookies: Graduation), but a similar movie, Slackers, will be debuting on the same day. 

The story centers on a group of delinquents forced to revive their school’s baseball team. The movie deals with a rivalry between two high school groups, which looks to be settled on the diamond instead of the streets (though baseball bats would presumably be used in both cases, as is the Yanki style). 

The movie looks similar to Rookies (violence and baseball) though the trailer makes the film appear to have more of a comic bent. It will likely face tough competition from an audience already weened on the Rookies drama.

For the trailer, click: Here!

For the Rookies: Graduation trailer, click: Here! 

Note: Above picture is from Rookies, not Slackers.

New voice actress announced for Eva 2.0

17 04 2009

jg_evangelion1According to Anime News Network, voice actress Maaya Sakamoto is slated to play a role in the upcoming Evangelion 2.0 film. The films are remakes of the original Neon Genesis Evangelion storyline. 

Sakamoto will play new character Makinami Mari Illustrious, the first and last names being derived from World War II battleships. The information was first reported in the paper publication EVA-EXTRA01. 

Source: www.animenewsnetwork.com