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Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki has decided his next film won’t be “the sort of work that everyone in the audience can relax and watch.”
Quotes from Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki were published this weekend on the Japanese site Hollywood Channel, and translated by the Anime News Network. Rather interestingly, Suzuki said that Miyazaki had predicted Japan’s current social temperature before it had turned, and is making a film to meet this mood:
It’s not because of the disaster, since he already predicted the current state of Japan during the planning stages. So, there was a desire to create something realistic.
Suzuki is referring to the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March, an event that the Japanese Prime Minister called “In the 65 years since the end of World War II, this is the toughest and the most difficult crisis for Japan.”
We already know that Miyazaki’s film is to be an autobiography – or, just possibly, a biography of somebody else, and mistranslations mean it keeps being prefixed auto. I think it’s also reasonable to expect some kind of flying sequence, maybe an environmentalist point of view and… okay, I’m stereotyping his films now.
Ghibli are rather good at keeping details of their films under wraps until officially announcing them at quite and advanced stage of production. By my reckoning, the brown paper should come off of Miyazaki’s new project early in the new year.
Besides collecting comic art my wife and I have been heavily into the animation coming out of Japan. From cels to the sketches for the newer CGI shows we have quite a lot.
I would expect that most people may not have had a chance to see a lot of the shows that we have seen that are not being shown on Adult Swim. All of these are out on DVD or Bluray and have well done English Dubs in addition to the subtitled with the original Japanese. I will divide this post up into sections so they are more manageable. Since Wiki has way to many spoilers I'll try to give synopsis of each on my own.
I will break it down to these sections:
Horror, Adventure, Comedy, Romance & What to look forward in 2012.
1st section Horror.
There has over the last few years been quite a nice selection of well done Horror titles.
Ghost Hound : The story follows three boys who have had traumatic experiences in childhood from which they have learned to transfer their souls to a parallel world know as the “unseen world”
Ghost Hunt : a group investigated psychic and paranormal occurrences
When they Cry : a series of stories involving the inhabitants of a rural town when ritual murders occur.
Claymore : In medieval times the people are attacked by demons who take human form. The only one that can find and kill them are human/demon hybrids named Claymores.
Elfin Lied : Humanity is endangered when a new life form the Diclonius escapes from the lab.
Hell Girl : I rumor is circulated that if you log into a certain website at midnight you can type in a persons name and Hell Girl will come and take that person to Hell at the price of your own soul.
Rental Magica : A group of mages for hire to investigate supernatural happenings.
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2nd section Adventure
Crest of the Stars/Banner of the Stars : The Abh a space faring race expand their empire and get caught up in and interstellar war.
Darker than Black : After an unknown event there are now persons with powers that act as agents know as contractors.
Eden of the East : After a terrorist act called “careless Monday” in which 10 missiles hit Japanese cities but result in no deaths, a plot involving a young man found naked without any memories starts a chain of events.
Fate / Stay Night : Mages must fight it out with the help of servants who are heroes from legend to win the holy grail war.
Full Metal Panic : There are people known as the whispered who posses knowledge of technology years ahead of what is considered state of the art. A secret organization is out to protect those whispered from terrorists who want what they know.
. Hack//Sign : everyone is playing in a virtual reality game called “The World” It’s all fun till gamers in the real world start falling into comas.
Gunslinger Girls : young orphan girls are turned into cyborg assassins.
Kiddy Grade : A galactic police force employs super powered officers to deal with interplanetary disputes.
Kurau Phantom Memory : An accident leads to an alien life form bonding with a human girl.
Last Exile : In a world where “sky ships” do battle in the sky. Two young van ship couriers must deliver messages and get caught up in a mission that will change the course of their planet.
Planetes : A crew of astronauts have the duty of removing space junk from orbit to make travel safe again.
Shakugan no Shana : invaders from the crimson realm are entering our would and stealing humans lifeforce. Yugi Sakai finds out that this has happened to him and that he is dead and now just a “Torch” that has been put in place to “ease the shock on the real world” and slowly fade out of existence.
Speed Grapher : A private investigator discovers a secret society that has a “goddess” that can bestow powers upon those that are willing to pay the price.
Stellvia : A few hundred years after the Earth is almost destroyed by an interstellar event the rebuilt society must protect the Earth from the second wave.
Strike Witches: Girls with magic abilities bond with Striker units (resemble parts of WW2 aircraft) to battle aliens.
Vandread : In a future where Men & Women live on separate planets and are at war. A group of men are captured and both them and their jailers are transported to alien space and must work together to get back home.
3rd Comedy :
Lucky Star : High school friends enjoy daily life in this modern age.
Sgt. Frog : Small froglike Aliens attempt to invade Earth, get captured by the Hinata family to comedic effect.
Girls Bravo: A boy has developed an allergy to girls from years of getting picked on. He meets a girl from an alternate Earth that does not set off his hives. (This one pushes the boundries of a Hentai “X-rated” but does not cross that line)
Maburaho : In a world where everyone has magical abilities one boy can only use his power 8 times then turn to dust. Word gets out that the elder mages have predicted that any child he fathers will become the most powerful so many girls are after his DNA.
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Kyo meets a strange but beautiful girl in class who drags him into a school club she has founded.
My Bride is a Mermaid : Saved from drowning by a young mermaid girl a boy must either marry her or they both must be killed. Her family is the head of an undersea Yakuza (mafia).
Midori Days : A boy wakes up one morning to find his right hand has been turned into a beautiful girl.
Ai Yori Aoshi : Aoi Sakuraba has been raised since very young to be the bride in an arranged marriage. Now as it is about to happen she is told the marriage is off and leaves to find her “groom” to find out the truth why.
Clannad : A chance meeting on the way to high school leads to romance but there seems to be something supernatural going on. (Clannad After Story continues the story)
Saikano : What do you do when you find out your cute mousy girlfriend is actually your countries ultimate weapon.
Spice & Wolf : A traveling merchant discovers Holo a wolf god has stowed away in his wagon and decided to travel with him back to her homeland in the north.
Shuffle : In a world where races of Gods and Demons intermingle with regular humans, a boy is informed that both the daughter of the King of the God Realm and the King of the Demon Realm have decided he will be their wife. Which girl will he choose?
Toradora : He likes her best friend, She likes his best friend. They work together to make their romantic plans work.
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Last ones to look for in 2012:
Fractale : A world where there is no face to face human contact. People only use avatars.
Cat Planet Cuties : First alien contact come from a spaceship full of young girls with cat ears while dark forces attempt to stop them from establishing relations with earth.
Kare Wa Zombie Desu ka : A boy is resurected as a zombie by a necromancer after being killed by a serial killer.
‘Robot Chicken’ Quartet Led By Seth Green Launches New Animation Studio – Deadline.com
Seth Green is one of my many heroes. I am so glad that when he crossed my path I had a chance to go all fanboy on him.