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Millennium Actress and her Wonderful Life is Coming to Home Video this Week!

8 Dec

Release Date:
December 10, 2019

Some viewers of anime will most likely think Que Sera Cera when looking back at those fond memories offered in Satoshi Kon’s seminal classic Millennium Actress (千年女優). The upcoming home video release this week is perfect for the Holiday season; watching this film is much like catching It’s A Wonderful Life. Both works are classics for a reason.

The anime was the Grand Prize winner in the Japan Agency of Cultural Affairs Media Arts Festival back when it first released in 2002. It also took home the Ofuji Noburo Award at the 2002 Mainichi Film Awards, and honoured with the Orient Express Award at the 2001 Festival de Cine de Sitges.

This rerelease is a remastered which saw limited theatrical release over the summer. For the winter, it will live again.

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With Team Rocket Leaders, Pokémon GO is Worth Returning To

10 Nov

pokemon-go-logoBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Anyone waffling on whether returning to play Niantic Lab’s Pokémon GO will find the latest add-ons worthwhile. The latest updates finally give players a sense of dealing with threats as Ash did in the anime. Unlike the comedy antics of Jessie and James of Team Rocket, the brutes in the augmented reality game are not easy to defeat. If there’s ever a time to create a motivation to keep on playing, it’s to find and grind those weaker pocket monsters into candies to power up the better ones.

The previous add-on’s were window-dressing. They offered no substance. The player vs player option was very lacklustre because all that mattered was who had the fastest finger (and virtual creature with the best move set) to defeat opponents. The higher level raids simply depended on being on a local Discord group to coordinate just for the sake of candies and bragging. Even finding more of your favourite critter with the current radar can be tedious. I’m still waiting for an improved version to filter results than to see if rare Pokémon are nearby.
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Get Spirited Away to Theatres Halloween Eve & with a Collector’s Edition Nov 12th!

28 Oct

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Oct 28th (sub) & 30th (dub)
Please check local listings

Released by:
GKIDS & Shout! Factory

Home video release date:
November 12, 2019

Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away (千と千尋の神隠し) is returning to theatres this week courtesy of GKIDS and for those discovering this magical film for the first time, they can enjoy it again when the Blu-ray Collector’s Edition arrives on home video two weeks later. To time the cinematic screening with Halloween is not unusual because of the themes. It’s a Alice in Wonderland style parable, and the themes are just as reverent for the season.

This film deserves to be seen on the big screen first before taking the spirits–er, film home. That way, this work can be enjoyed year round.
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The Case of Hana & Alice Finally Arrives Sept 17th!

15 Sep

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Distributor:
Shout Factory! & GKIDS

Release Date:
Sept 17, 2019

Just how “Hana and Alice” met from the 2004 live action film of the same name was revealed in 2015 in the anime The Strange Case of Hana and Alice (花とアリス殺人事件). Although fans of Shunji Iwai‘s original work did not expect him to produce a prequel, I’m sure this deeper look into the trials and tribulations of what these young women faced during their developing friendship is welcomed. No knowledge of the prior movie is needed in a mostly Shōjo product. I was curious because of the suggestion of the paranormal becoming involved, and a murder mystery is always great to get the attention of viewers not into this subgenre.

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