"Rapid Rouge" (for #JapanAnimatorExpo)

Revolutionaries from the Yatsushima nation try to rescue their surrendered master, in this exceptional hyper-noir stylish animated short titled “Rapid Rouge”, that has an extremely appealing concept of samurai-wear x tactical military (loving the machine gun handle wrapped like a katana’s handle!), and is dying to be made TOY! Failing which, an on-going anime would be ideal haha

Directed and written by Daisuke Onitsuka, "Shinsoku no Rouge" (神速のRouge) is a 7-minuter short in 2015’s Japan Animator Expo (Ep #24).

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STORYLINE: "The times have changed from a petroleum war to that of a global water conflict. Yatsushima, a nation rich in water resources, was taken over by neighboring countries which turned the Yatsushima government into its puppet. With their water resources drained, the people suffer greatly. Young men and women fed up with their circumstances stand up to lead the Yatsushima Revolution, and the sparks of a new battle are ignited." (IMDb)
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Hiroyasu Kobayashi’s Cassette Girl (#JapanAnimatorExpo)

"Cassette Girl" ["Kasetto Gāru" (カセットガール) ] by Hiroyasu Kobayashi (CGI Director for Evangelion: 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0) is the last listed anime short (#35) in the Japan Animator Expo project, with the plot summary being: ”20XX year, the world was wrapped in deep snow. In the world, the people of dim cold winter had been managing all [THE MEDIA].”

Or as I would call it; ”A splendid anime nostalgic jaunt back to the simpler world of VHS and the 80s”! The “Prime” silhouette as the “villain” was an interesting touch, and the sudden shift to a 4x3 screen format was also quite a swell touch, IMHO :)

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BLAME! - A Netflix Original Film (Trailer & Poster)

"In a distant dystopian future that is wild and out of control, join Killy on a quest to reclaim a dwindling civilization from the brink of oblivion."
…goes the short summary of new “original anime film” titled “BLAM!” = an adaptation of Tsutomu Nihei’s 10-volume 1998 cyberpunk story for Kodansha Comics.

Hit up the official Japanese website at www.blame.jp will bring you a whole lot more information!

INTRODUCTION: "The legendary comic that enthralled SF creators and fans worldwide makes its long-awaited animated film debut!

Humanity faces purges and extermination in a dark future, and a wanderer named Killy must carry out a solitary, dangerous mission through a mammoth multi-leveled "city" that continues to expand forever in the masterpiece SF manga BLAME! (from Kodansha's Afternoon magazine). The unique setting, unfathomable scale, and hard, heavy action garnered acclaim from directors and artists both in Japan and abroad, creating hopes that against all odds, a film adaptation might one day happen.

Now, twenty years after the original comic began, an animated feature-length film is about to be unleashed upon the entire world.

Directing the film will be Hiroyuki Seshita, who brought the world the complex, hard-SF battles of Knights of Sidonia and the speedy, thrilling suspense of Ajin: Demi-Human. Animation will be handled by Polygon Pictures, known worldwide for their award-winning work on shows like Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Transformers: Prime, as well as the epic Knights of Sidonia series. On top of that, original creator Tsutomu Nihei is providing full creative direction to the project, handling script and character design.

With the staff of the visionary Knights of Sidonia reunited and the executive supervision of story creator Tsutomu Nihei, BLAME! is ready to shock the world once again with an all-new story!"
(MANGA) PLOT SUMMARY: "In the post-apocalyptic future, the complex networks of machines have created chaos and the human world was destroyed. The robots known as the "Constructer" continued to build a meaningless structure with no one to guide them. Soon these cities reach out to the outer planets and another breed of life form emerges. Follow the journey of a strange man, name Killy, in his search for the understanding of the chaotic world being run by Silicon lifeforms out to destroy him and every living thing in their path." (animenewsnetwork.com)


Studio Ghibli in Real Life by KOJER

Studio Ghibli’s anime characters interacting in “real life” backgrounds - courtesy of Korea’s “Kojer” (www.kojer.co.kr / IG @kojeryoutube / Facebook) - and it looks magically awkward, but in a good way, I suppose!

Films depicted include:
■ Nausicaa Of The Valley Of Wind
■ Laputa: Castle In The Sky
■ My Neighbor Totoro
■ Kiki's Delivery Service
■ Whisper Of The Heart
■ The Princess Mononoke
■ The Spiriting Away Of Sen And Chihiro
■ Howl's Moving Castle
■ Ponyo On The Cliff

Scroll down to check out the “Real Life Behind The Scene” video - which unfortunately is in Korean language. with no English subs :p - where the "magic" of Adobe After Effect CC brings the concept to fruition :)


MECHA-UDE on Kickstarter - A Japanese geek girl’s challenge to anime creation

Japanese geek girl’s challenge to anime creation has led Animator Sae Okamoto to launch a Kickstarter campaign to create this anime's pilot episode!

“MECHA-UDE” is an original animation project created by animation creator Okamoto along with her small group of production team members.
"Our goal of this project is to welcome more experienced staff members to build a bigger production team so that we can create an even more better project and in order to do so, we need every one of your support!"
STORY: "Hero was a high schooler living an ordinary life.

One day, he meets a very strong and intelligent mechanical arm named “Mecha-ude”. After a strange turn of events, the “Mecha-ude” started living inside Hero’s hoodie and the two’s life full of trouble begins.

As the boy and his “Mecha-ude” fights together and strengthen their bonds, the two also meets new friends who also fights along with each of their own unique “Mecha-ude” partners.

Out of those, one of the heroine has two “Mecha-ude” which appears out of her skirt. An active girl with a totally opposite characteristics from hero himself, he gradually becomes attracted to her.

But the two are confronted with other “Mecha-ude” users who are in search of the secret of “Mecha-ude” relentlessly."

Cowboy Bebop Pop!Vinyls from Funko Coming in December 2016 & Anime Episodes 1-6 (Eng Sub/Dubs)

FUNKO PRESS: "The bounty hunting crew of the Bebop are coming to Pop! This set features Spike, the aloof goon; Jet, the ship captain; Faye, the gambler; and Ed, the master hacker! Collect them all this winter! See you, space cowboy... Coming in December!"
WHAT-IS: Cowboy Bebop (カウボーイビバップ Kaubōi Bibappu?) is a 1998 anime television series animated by Sunrise featuring a production team led by director Shinichirō Watanabe, screenwriter Keiko Nobumoto, character designer Toshihiro Kawamoto, mechanical designer Kimitoshi Yamane, and composer Yoko Kanno. The twenty-six episodes ("sessions") of the series are set in the year 2071, and follow the lives of a bounty hunter crew traveling on the Bebop (their spaceship). Cowboy Bebop explores philosophical concepts including existentialism, existential ennui, and loneliness." (Wiki)



One of the animated shorts for Animator Expo (which also saw the introduction of the epic "Evangelion: Another Impact (Confidential)") I would’ve loved to share on this blog (before I stopped the blog-features :p), was “Obake-chan” (Animation #15) - featuring ghost girl and her ghost cat, and of her antics and what happens when she drinks too much milk … thankfully the video is viewable on youtube now!

An aspect of “Japanese Animation" whereby the creation of a character, and telling innocent simple character stories, seeks volumes amidst the media din of hype and mass expectation, IMHO. I like Obake-chan, and hope to see more of her in some form for another :)

Original Work: Tsuyoshi Kusano & Shigeto Koyama
Technical Director: Hiromi Wakabayashi
Director: Shigeto Koyama

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“Obake-chan” is also the subject of a hardcover book launch and exhibition at SF DEPT. B1 GALLERY in Tokyo (Oct 15-23)! Featured below are a few images (from her creator Tsuyoshi Kusano’s Twitter @ksnty) - now, THAT’s a book I would LOVE to have!

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"Totoro Demon" by Jay222

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Beloved TOTORO in the hands of Master of the Macabre Sculptor Jay222 results in a fantastical journey down the incredible parallel world where The Dragon Cat is a Demon In Disguise!

Scroll down to peep work-in-progress snaps from his Instagram, and as well get better acquainted with the American artist Interview on TOYSREVIL (circa 2011) who had just gotten back to his stint in Taipei Toy Festival, where he launched his latest feline collectible toy; ChubZ The Cat!

Sculpting time 👍👍

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Almost finished. Still needs one more night of paint. #wip #sculpture #art #showprep

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#DragonballZ’s CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA on The Voice

Contestant sings the theme song to Dragonball Z in the Blind Auditions for The Voice Thailand Season 5, and the geekworldgoes wild!
WHAT-IS: ""Cha-La Head-Cha-La" (Japanese: チャラ・ヘッチャラ Hepburn: Chara Hetchara?) is the first opening theme song of the Dragon Ball Z anime series and the fifteenth single by Japanese singer Hironobu Kageyama. It was released on vinyl, cassette, and mini CD on May 1, 1989. It is coupled with the first Dragon Ball Z closing theme "Detekoi Tobikiri Zenkai Power!" (でてこいとびきりZENKAIパワー! Detekoi Tobikiri Zenkai Pawā!) performed by Manna.

The song opened for the first 199 episodes of the TV series and the first nine movies of the film series. It has been re-recorded in many other languages with an English version performed by Kageyama himself that was released on his third greatest hits album entitled Mixture in 1996.”
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