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Coluboccoro Meets Kickstarter Goal Tue, 21 Apr 2015

Kenji Studio's Kickstarter campaign to create a fantasy anime film called Coluboccoro has succeeded. The original campaign aimed to raise a total of $38,200 by May 01st and it has done that with just 9 days to go. At the time of writing, there are 349 backers pledging $38,648. Here's more information on the film:

 

It is a time not of the now. At the birthplace of culture and religion. Where science has evolved amongst a gathering of races and people both high and low. In a town, with a ruler. Like any other town, unlike any other ruler. Suzu, the girl's name is. Her parents lost to her at a young age, her days strict with an upbringing befitting of the now and future sovereign. But doubt had crept in for the life she lived. So out she stole one day, to that place one must never set foot, to the Forbidden Grounds. Far above the town the Forbidden Grounds lay. And there, Suzu finds a seed, the likes of which she has never seen before. What kind of seed could it be? Wondering, she wanders back and waters the seed… And there, it sprouts right before her eyes, a mysterious creature popping up from the dirt!

A startled Suzu timidly speaks, “…and you are?”

“Colu!” it peeped.

Suzu returns to the Forbidden Grounds, to find out just what the creature is. Beyond lays a world she has never seen, the secret of the town waiting hidden. And just like that, destinies are laid bare. All possibilities become one thread, spinning the ultimate truth. Will Suzu take hold and lead it to the end?

The Coluboccoro Kickstarter campaign is the latest project from Kenji Itoso, an animator who has worked with Satoshi Kon and Hayao Miyazaki. He is most famous for being the director of Santa Company. Coluboccoro is based on a fantasy short that Itoso produced with Anime Innovation Tokyo. The film went on to win the grand prize in the Creative Market Tokyo 2011 event and this helped put into motion his plans for making Santa Company. With time left to make the project the creators of the campaign released an update cheering the fact that the goal was met as well as detailing their intention of adding 8 minutes of footage. Also on the updates page is a three minute sneak preview of the anime with English subtitles.

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New Manga Releases - 20/04/2015 Mon, 20 Apr 2015

New manga releases this week:

Akame ga KILL! 2

(224 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £6.99

Barakamon 4

(208 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £10.99

Buy from Amazon for £10.68

Black Lagoon 10

(200 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £8.99

Buy from Amazon for £8.54

A Certain Scientific Railgun 10

(208 pgs) (Seven Seas) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £9.99

Gantz 35

(216 pgs) (Dark Horse) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £9.35

Gyo: Deluxe Edition

(400 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £14.99

Buy from Amazon for £13.48

Inu X Boku SS 7

(192 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £7.99

Buy from Amazon for £6.39

Kagerou Daze 1

(192 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £9.98

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin 9

(420 pgs) (Vertical) RRP: £19.99

Buy from Amazon for £17.94

Monster: Perfect Edition 4

(438 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £12.99

Buy from Amazon for £10.39

Puella Magi Tart Magica 1

(160 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £7.99

So, I Can't Play H 1

(192 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £8.69

Sword Art Online: Progressive 2

(192 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £9.99

Buy from Amazon for £7.99

Tena on S-String 7

(384 pgs) (Yen Press) RRP: £21.99

Buy from Amazon for £17.94

Vagabond: Big Edition 12

(632 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £14.99

Buy from Amazon for £13.47

Vagabond 37

(200 pgs) (Viz Media) RRP: £6.99

Buy from Amazon for £6.70

Witchcraft Works 4

(198 pgs) (Vertical) RRP: £8.99

Buy from Amazon for £7.99

Your Lie in April 1

(224 pgs) (Kodansha) RRP: £7.99

Buy from Amazon for £7.34

 

Details on UK Release of Be My Baby Courtesy of Third Window Films Mon, 20 Apr 2015

Third Window Films are going to release the Japanese film Be My Baby on May 25th on DVD. If you love a drama with substance and want an insight into the lives behind the gyaru make-up and the youth culture mask that a section of young and working class Japanese experience, this is or you. It’s all about a disastrous house party and the two weeks that follow which exposes loves, hatreds, and personal problems of a group of friends and lovers.

Be My Baby is an indie film made on a miniscule budget that toured the festival circuit from 2013 and impressed critics thanks to powerhouse acting that tackled a script full of twisting dialogue and shifting allegiances. As a result of the skill seen on screen the film picked up multiple awards on its tour. Here are the details of the film:

 

BE MY BABY

Directed by Hitoshi One (Moteki – Love Strikes)
A special ‘workshop’ film from Japan. Made by an actors’ workshop featuring all newcomers under the supervision of a veteran director, all made in just 4 days for a budget of less than $10,000!  


  
Japan / 2012 / 138 Mins / In Japanese with English subtitles / Colour
Starring newcomers: Chihiro Shibata, Naoko Wakai, Yuumi Goto, Yuki Ueda, Aya Kunitake, Kenta Niikura, Daisuke Sawamura, Kenta Enya

On DVD May 25th


DVD Special Features:
'Girls Talk' - Pajama party with female cast of the film
Interview with producer Masashi Yamamoto

Warning: The trailer contains some steamy moments.
 

Synopsis 
Unfolding in the two weeks following a casual party at the home of the overbearing Koji, nine “20-something” Japanese revellers with long, deeply entwined histories navigate the secrets and lies of contemporary relationships. Touching on issues of self-respect, emotional manipulation, casual viciousness, petty interpersonal politicking, dependency, insecurity, infidelity and misogyny, One Hitoshi’s drama is as dark as it is soapy — with unfortunately recognisable characters with recognisable human flaws.
 

The Japan Times - Top 10 Films of the year
YesAsia – Top 10 Films of the year
Eiga Geijutsu  – Top 10 Films of the year
23rd Japan Film Professional Awards – Honourable Mention for New Actors
8th Five Flavours Film Festival – Winner People’s Jury Award

WIXOSS Theatrical Film Receives Greenlight Sun, 19 Apr 2015

Last year Takara Tomy and Warner Bros. Entertainment Japan introduced the world to a new multimedia franchise with selector infected WIXOSS, a psychological dark fantasy series where after certain WIXOSS trading card game players discover that their LRIGs can talk, become "selectors" and have to engage others in battle to have their deepest wishes granted; with failure carrying a cost as heavy as the wish.

Following the broadcast of J.C. Staff's selector infected WIXOSS during the Spring 2014 season, the series was followed that autumn by the sequel selector spread WIXOSS and now, the franchise will be moving forward once more.

During a fan event for the franchise earlier today, staff members who worked on the series confirmed that a film has been green-lit. No further information is known at this point in time.

selector infected WIXOSS AND selector spread WIXOSS were simulcast in North America by FUNimation Entertainment.

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Past Reviews of New Collections: 19/04/2015 Sun, 19 Apr 2015

This week a new collection of Needless was released. These episodes have already been reviewed by Anime UK News before, so here are links to those reviews.

Needless: Part 1

Needless: Part 2

Related: Needless, MVM Films
New Anime Releases - 19/04/2015 Sun, 19 Apr 2015
Japanese Film Au Revoir l’ete to be Screened in London Sat, 18 Apr 2015

The award-winning Japanese drama film Au Revoir l’ete will be screened twice in London courtesy of the film company day for night.

 

 

Synopsis

Before 18 year old Sakuko starts university, she visits her aunt Mikie in a seemingly sleepy coastal Japanese town. Mikie meets up with old flame Ukichi who now manages the local love motel, whilst Sakuko gets to know a young Fukushima refugee who works there. A web of relationships evolve throughout the summer with a tone flitting between poetic teenage whimsy and raw human anxiety. New Japanese cinema meets French New Wave in a languid summery tale full of subtle complexities reminiscent in style of Eric Rohmer.

Au Revoir l’ete stars a whole group of talented Japanese actors with the astonishingly brilliant actress Fumi Nikaido taking the lead. She can be seen giving amazing performances in Himizu and Watashi no Otoko, She has support from cinematic stalwarts like Kanji Furutachi (The Woodsman and the Rain), Ena Koshino (The Cowards Who Looked to the Sky), and Makiko Watanabe (Love Exposure). It has a 12A certificate and runs at 126 minutes. Screenings take place at:

The Horse Hospital on April 24th

The Proud Archivist on April 28th

The film will then be available to watch on the website via the distrify platform from April 24th.

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Japanese Films at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival Fri, 17 Apr 2015

The Cannes Film Festival announced some of the films that will be screened at the festival on Thursday, April 16th, and two Japanese films made the cut.

The first is from festival favourite Hirokazu Koreeda and it is his live-action adaptation of the manga Umimachi Diary. This film has the English language title Our Little Sister and is based on an award-winning josei manga series called Umimachi Diary which was created by Akimi Yoshida and published in the magazine flowers in 2006.

 

The story of the film takes place in Kamakura, where three sisters live together. The focus is on Yoshino, the middle of three sisters. One morning, after she wakes up in a man's room, her father's obituary is delivered to her. Yoshino hadn't met her father in fifteen years, since her mother divorced him. After not seeing him for so long, she doesn't know how to feel at the announcement of his death. Only at her father's funeral do the sisters meet their half-sister whom they had never met. Since the girl has no family to take care of her they decide to let her stay with them.

The film stars a whole gamut of brilliant actors such as Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Lily Franky, Shinichi Tsutsumi, Ryo Kase, Jun Fubuki, and Kirin Kiki. It is in the competition category.

 

The second film is Journey to the Shore, directed by former horror auteur Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Pulse, Tokyo Sonata), and is in the Un Certain Regard category.

The story follows Mizuki who is reunited with her husband Yusuke who disappeared for three years. He insists on taking Mizuki on a journey with him visiting all of the places he went to and all of the people who helped him while he was travelling. Mizuki begins to understand the mystery of his disappearance.

Kurosawa is adapting the 2010 novel Kishibe no Tabi by Kazumi Yumoto and to bring to life the characters he has two actors who should be familiar to Japanese film fans in the UK. Taking the male lead is Tadanobu Asano, star of Vital, Ichi the Killer, and Gohatto. Eri Fukatsu has starred in the crime drama Villain and the fun Koki Mitani comedy, The Magic Hour.

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Durarara!! Standard Edition Release Dates Announced Thu, 16 Apr 2015

The Glasgow-based anime distributor Anime Limited has confirmed the release date for the highly anticipated standard blu-ray and DVD editions of Aniplex's hit 2010 anime series Durarara!! today, following a delay from having to re-author the blu-ray discs of their previous Collector's Edition release. The suspenseful, supernatural drama will be returning on 8th June 2015

The upcoming release will include all twenty-four episodes of the first season, as well as the two OVAs "12.5: Heaven's Vengeance" and "25: World at Peace") in both English and Japanese audio; with this new release including both song and sign subtitles. The series will be split over four blu-ray discs and five DVDs.

Customers who purchased the company's previous release are still eligible to take part in their disc replacement program.

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Kotatsu Animation and Terracotta Far East Film Festival Date Changes Thu, 16 Apr 2015

It’s around this time of year that Anime UK News begins reporting on the Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival in Cardiff/Aberystwyth and the Terracotta Far East Film Festival in London, giving more information on the dates and some of the films which will be seen. However this year sees one festival move dates and the other take a break. Here are the details for those wondering what is going on:

Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival

The Kotatsu Japanese Animation Festival will be running again this year and at the same two sites but the dates have changed to the second half of 2015. The festival will launch in Cardiff’s Chapter Arts centre on September 26th and Aberystwyth’s Arts Centre on October 10th.

Terracotta Far East Film Festival

Last month the organisers of the Terracotta Far East Film Festival announced that they were moving into producing films and that the festival itself was taking a break for 2015. Here’s a statement released that gives more details:

Terracotta Far East Film Festival takes a break in 2015, back in 2016, bigger and better

Terracotta Far East Film Festival (TFEFF) will be taking a break in 2015, to allow us to develop the exciting new projects that we have planned for the rest of the year and for 2016.

Our dedicated team will take this opportunity to grow and expand the scope of the event, so that we can aim for greater impact in London’s crowded event calendar.  The film festival landscape has changed considerably over the last few years and our focus will be on creating a revitalised, cutting edge platform for Asian films in the UK.

The first Terracotta Far East Film Festival took place in 2009 and has since become the biggest event for Asian cinema in London.  Six years on, we have successfully produced seven Asian film festivals, including ‘Hong Kong 15’ in 2012, celebrating the 15th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to Chinese sovereignty.  We have flown in actors, directors and producers from China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines and South Korea, showcasing both emerging and existing talent, complimented by some fascinating Q&As and masterclasses.

While the climate for world cinema and independent films is increasingly tough, the growth of the festival highlights the exceptional output from this diverse region and continued audience desire to see these films in the UK.

Festival Director, Joey Leung says: "This doesn't mean we have completely disappeared for 2015; Terracotta will participate in various events around the country, throughout the year and 2016 will see a dramatically different Terracotta, one that promises to deliver uncompromising excellence in Asian cinema – we look forward to seeing you there with us."

Keep checking back with Anime UK News because we aim to keep you updated on these two festivals.

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Details on Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends in UK Cinemas This Friday Wed, 15 Apr 2015

Rurouni Kenshin 3: The Legend Ends opens in UK Cinemas this Friday courtesy of Warner Bros. UK. The following cinemas have been confirmed as locations where the film will be screened (times should be available at each individual cinema):

 

RUROUNI KENSHIN 3: The Legend Ends

Opens in Cinemas April 17th, 2015

 

Cinemas listed:

Cineworld Bolton

Cineworld Cardiff

Cineworld Crawley

Cineworld Enfield

Cineworld Glasgow Renfrew St.

Cineworld Sheffield

Cineworld Stevenage

Cineworld West India Quay

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno and Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends will also screen at Dublin's Lighthouse cinema as part of the Japanese Film Festival on April 17th and April 18th respectively (thanks go out to sniper_samurai for the info).

Here’s more information on the epic finale to the live-action movie trilogy.

Synopsis

In the final chapter, Shishio (Tatsya Fujiwara) has set sail in his ironclad ship to bring down the Meiji government and return Japan to chaos, carrying Kaoru (Emi Takei) with him. After jumping overboard into the sea, Kenshin (Takeru Sato) is saved by his former mentor, Hiko Seijuro (Masaharu Fukuyama) and in order to stop Shishio in time, Kenshin enlists the help of his old master to train for the ultimate battle between hero and villain in an epic blood-drenched showdown!

Otaku Superstars Dempagumi.inc and More Headed to HYPER JAPAN 2015 Tue, 14 Apr 2015

Earlier this year, Anime UK News reported that the annual Hyper Japan Festival, the super popular Japanese pop-culture festival, takes place between July 10-12th 2015 at London's the O2 Arena. Thanks to the website Japan Underground, we can confirm some of the musical guests who will be taking part.

Dempagumi.inc

Otaku idol group Dempagumi.inc will be performing for one day only, Sunday 12th July, and will have an art exhibition about them installed throughout the three days of the Japanese festival.

Dempagumi.inc is Mirin Furukawa, Risa Aizawa, Nemu Yumemi, Eimi Naruse, Ayane Fujisaki, and Moga Mogami. Every member is a hardcore otaku, whether for games, anime, manga or cosplay, and they all still actively pursue their various passions alongside their singing career. From their humble origins as performers at Akihabara’s idol live house Dear Stage, the girls have now hit it big internationally, and have performed at concerts throughout Asia and in the US. Their domestic popularity continues to soar as well; last year they performed a solo concert to an audience of 10,000 fans at Tokyo’s prestigious Nippon Budokan, and their recent music releases continue to rank well within the Top 10 in Japan’s music charts.

Heisei Kotohime

J-pop trio Heisei Kotohime burst onto the scene from the infamous streets of Akihabara, Tokyo’s capital for all things otaku and electronic. The group combines traditional aspects and sounds of Japan with idol culture. Each member has their own unique and colourful kimono, as well as a specially redesigned version of Japan’s national instrument, the koto.

Catch the girls at their first show outside of Japan exclusively in London at HYPER JAPAN this July. The ladies recorded a special video message they recorded for the event which can be viewed here.

 

Lost Ash

Lost Ash are Daiki (vocals), Show (guitar), Sai (bass) and Dye (drums). They’ve started developing a name for themselves since forming in 2009, including a festival appearance in Singapore and a nationwide tour of Japan in 2014. They’ve also been featured in popular J-fashion magazine “Men’s Spider”. This will be the first time the band has performed outside of Asia – to celebrate they recorded a special video message for HYPER JAPAN which can be viewed here.

With over a month to go expect more announcements from the festival and stay tuned to Anime UK News as we aim to bring you some of them.

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Third Window Films Release Korean Film Han Gong-Ju Today Mon, 13 Apr 2015

Third Window Films are all set to release the Korean film Han Gong-Ju on April 13th on DVD and Blu-Ray and a review over at Twitch Film makes this sound excellent. I have seen it and can confirm that despite it being the debut of its writer/director Lee Sujin, it is a powerful drama that shines a light on some dark aspects of Korean society through a brilliantly written and acted character-study/mystery. Here are the details:

HAN GONG-JU

The debut film of Lee Sujin

South Korea / 2014 / 112 Mins / In Korean with English subtitles / Colour

Featuring an award-winning breakthrough performance by Chun Woo-hee

On DVD & BLU-RAY April 13th

DVD/BLU-RAY Special Features:
Enemy's Apple: Lee Sujin's award-winning 20 minute short film

Synopsis 

One of the most talked about Korean films of 2014, the acclaimed indie teen drama Han Gong-ju is based on a devastating real-life case that shocked Korea in 2004. The first feature from writer-director Lee Su Jin, Han Gong-ju broke Korea's opening day box office records for independent films and has picked up numerous accolades on the festival circuit including the Tiger Award at the 43rd International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Grand Prix at the Marrakech Int. Film Festival and many more.

In a breakout role that garnered her Best Actress at the Blue Dragon Film Awards, Chun Woo Hee plays the eponymous heroine, a glum high school girl who has been forced to transfer to a school in another city. With her own family nowhere to be found, Gong-ju is placed into the care of a teacher's mother while matters are being sorted out. She quietly starts up school again, only hoping to keep to herself and not stand out. When Gong-ju's new classmates discover her singing talent, they try their best to recruit her into the choir. Just as Gong-ju begins to smile again and open up to new friends, the past catches up and the harrowing reason for her transfer gradually comes to light.

New Manga Releases - 13/04/2015 Mon, 13 Apr 2015
Saint Seiya: Soldier's Soul Coming To PC and PlayStation Consoles! Mon, 13 Apr 2015

The legendary Saint Seiya returned this month with the premiere of Toei Animation's original net animation Saint Seiya - Soul of Gold and now, the characters of Masami Kurumada's manga series will be making the leap to video games with Saint Seiya: Soldier's Soul, a brand new PC, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 title from Bandai Namco Games!

Herve Hoerdt, the Vice President of IP Strategy, Marketing and PR at Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe, had this to say about the news:

As an entertainment provider, we are very proud with the activity around SAINT SEIYA, a legendary licence!  On one hand, we have a new Anime on our very own Daisuki.net, on the other hand SAINT SEIYA will hit PC and PlayStation®4 for the first time ever with this Soldiers’ Soul opusOur collaboration with DIMPS Co.,Ltd has always been successful and our latest collaboration, DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE, proved that our duo is working perfectly well! We all are excited to see this game coming out in Autumn 2015!” 

You can watch the game's first trailer here:

Saint Seiya: Soldier's Soul will be released this autumn. Saint Seiya - Soul of Gold is currently available for streaming on Daisuki.net.

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