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3:30 PM on 10.28.2014

Garm Wars: The Last Druid looks amazing

Momoru Oshii screened his latest live-action Production I.G. film, Garm Wars: The Last Druid this week at The Tokyo International Film Fest. The amazing looking film is actually his first English language outing for the vete...

Hiroko Yamamura


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Annotated Anime: Psycho Pass episode 1 photo
Annotated Anime: Psycho Pass episode 1
by Hiroko Yamamura

Psycho Pass season two is in full swing and as usual, your favorite Editor in Chief is late to the game. So, things kind of pick up right where season one left off, albeit a bit too casually. In fact, the whole episode plays off like another day at the office. The surviving members of the original team are still in tact, with Akane in the lead.

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Most notably Ginoza is now in a role of enforcers, and has gotten way more emo, and of course, Shinya is not to be found. The team is brought in to deal with an explosives expert whose Crime Coefficient is not really effected by their action. They of course come packing their sexy Dominators, and chase ensues.

Basically, Akane finds that the culprit's Crime Coefficient is just under lethal range, and tries to talk the suspect down to the point that the Sybil Systems allows him to be stunned. There's a Reservoir Dogs-esque Mexican stand-off, and the suspect is brought in cleanly, much to Akane's new partner's dismay.

I was actually ready to call the new season a complete wash until the post credit scenes appeared, adding to a bit of the original season's mystery, gore, and conspiracy ideas. There's a rouge player in the midst and once again, the Dominator system doesn't allow an enforcer to do their job, costing them their lives. The last minute or so of the show was exactly what I was hoping for, but where on earth is Shinya Kogami? I guess we have a whole season to find out.

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Production wise, the animation and designs just don't seem to be of the same quality, wether or not that remains an issue is yet to be seen. The opening and ending songs are top notch however, nicely adding book ends to the show. The same ominous, dark feeling though is present, and the feeling of the oppressive Sybil System's ever watching, flawed eye can be felt.

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Given that fact that I loved the first season, I'm going to push through the show, there's so many unanswered questions I have, and things I'd really like to know about the universe. All hallmarks of the kind of show I enjoy. If they can keep up the gritty sci-fi atmosphere, and keep the science and tech well explained, I'm  sure I'll love this season.

[Get your Crime Coefficient checked over at Hulu]

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A Letter to Momo opens in America this week photo
A Letter to Momo opens in America this week
by Hiroko Yamamura

The award winning Production I.G. film A Letter to Momo, is set to hit theaters this week, and with any luck might be hitting your home town. The beautiful looking film has the makings of a classic, and is a tale of a shy kid meeting supernatural friends under unfortunate circumstances. Although stylistically is definitely its own piece of art, I can't help but draw a few Studio comparisons by the trailer. 

The dub sounds quite whimsical so far, and stars soap opera actress, Amanda Pace in the lead role. I'm hoping to catch the film when it hits theaters in Chicago this week. Any of you guys planning to see it? I'm pretty excited for this one.

  • The Wooly - Gainesville, FL (opens Aug 21)
  • Landmark TBD - Denver, CO (Aug 22)
  • Gene Siskel Film Center - Chicago, IL (Aug 29)
  • Landmark Nuart Theatre - Los Angeles, CA (Aug 29)
  • Landmark E Street - Washington, DC (Aug 29)
  • Landmark Kendall Square - Boston, MA (Aug 29)
  • Landmark Edina - Minneapolis, MN (Aug 29)
  • Landmark Midtown Art - Atlanta, GA (Aug 29)
  • Landmark Varsity - Seattle, WA (Sept 5)
  • Landmark TBD - San Francisco, CA (Sept 5)
  • Landmark Shattuck Cinemas - Berkeley, CA (Sept 5)
  • Landmark TBD - San Diego, CA (Sept 5)
  • Landmark Ritz at the Bourse - Philadelphia, PA (Sept 5)
  • Cedar Lee Theatre - Cleveland, OH (Sept 14)
  • Jean Cocteau Cinema - Santa Fe, NM (Sept 19)
  • Guild Cinema - Albuquerque, NM (Sept 19)
  • Salt Lake City Library Theater - Salt Lake City, UT( Dec 6)

[Via ANN]

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4:00 PM on 07.08.2014

New Psycho-Pass movie trailer shows us a lot of nothing

I've been waiting patiently for any new information about the upcoming Psycho-Pass film, slated to hit theaters this winter. You can imagine my frustration when the site posted a teaser trailer, that shows us absolutely noth...

Hiroko Yamamura



Check out the first seven minutes of HAL photo
Check out the first seven minutes of HAL
by Hiroko Yamamura

This one seemed have just slipped by me. Studio WIT, which is a subdivision of the mighty Production I.G. has a new animated film coming out, under the unassuming title HAL. The name gives me some serious Space Odyssey flash backs of glowing red circles, but I think the name is where the similarities end.

FUNimation is handling the dub, and so far it sounds alright to my usually biased ears. I can say that the film does look quite nicely detailed, and the character designs look tasty. Dae actually posted a review of the film a bit back, so you shuld probably check it out. The anime seems like a mix of some Rojin Z, and some Astroboy alongside some quickly love story. I'm going to have to make sure he sends me his screener ASAP!

Why do dubs always seem so loud?

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8:00 PM on 06.18.2014

Internet Explorer collab lets your browser fly around the Gargantia fleet

It's a video game you can play on the browser; it shows off the open source graphics engine Turbulenz. It's called Sky Courier, and this browser game puts you in the seat of apowered glider from Gargantia, in which you have ...

Jeff Chuang



Review: Hal photo
Review: Hal
by Dae Lee

Wit Studio is probably best known for their work on the hit anime Attack on Titan, but in stark contrast with high octane action and drama we might associate with Wit, they released a quiet yet ambitious short film OVA, Hal. Being a relatively new studio with some real production chops, Hal feels like a showcase that displays what the studio is capable of, pulling out all the stops and putting their best foot forward.

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4:00 PM on 04.28.2014

Production I.G. to adapt Sugiura's Sarasuberi

Last week Production I.G. announced plans to team with Colorful's Keiichi Hara for an upcoming animated feature. The film will be an adaption of the acclaimed 80s' historical manga Sarusuberi from the late Hinako Su...

Tim Sheehy



First Impressions: Haikyu!! photo
First Impressions: Haikyu!!
by Karen Mead

If we were ranking these new shows based on animation quality alone, Haikyu!! would be king of the mountain; out of everything I've seen so far this season, only the first episode Captain Earth has better animation...maybe. Possibly. These volleyball-loving kids spike, set and tumble into the scenery with a real sense of weight and inertia, and even the characters who don't move around much are animated with a lot of care. The character designs aren't quite my cup of tea, but still, everyone's facial expressions are invested with plenty of emotion.

The shows charms aren't strictly limited to its visuals either. While this is a standard sports anime in most regards, with stock character types you've seen before, it kicks off the story from a different angle than I'm used to, and even subverts a cliche or two at the same time. Really, Production I.G. couldn't have done much better with this first episode...but for whatever reason, I just don't feel hooked.

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1:00 AM on 03.22.2014

New two part Gargantia OVA coming fall 2014

[Update: Added official key visual] We've known for some time that a sequel to 2013's Gen Urobuchi/Kazuya Murata original TV anime, Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet, was in the works. At this weekend's AnimeJapan event, it w...

Elliot Gay

11:00 AM on 03.03.2014

Blood-C summed up in 60 seconds

You may remember that I wasn't too hot on Blood-C or its sequel, The Last Dark. It really suffers from a listless plot that doesn't do much with its interesting lead character. However, it does have interesting moments, many...

Pedro Cortes





3:30 PM on 01.08.2014

Moribito added to Neon Alley's mid-season schedule

Viz Media's streaming network Neon Alley is half way through their fall season of programming. To mark the occasion they'll be adding some new programming to their schedule, starting with the mid-season debut of 2007's M...

Tim Sheehy