Tag Archives: Based on Manga

Is Gintama: The Very Final Going to be The Last?

24 Jan

Gintama THE VERY FINAL + Exclusive Poster - Blu-ray/DVD :: Shout! FactoryShout! Factory
Available to order on Amazon USA

Spoiler Alert

The cinematic treatment of Hideaki Sorachi‘s Gintama is concluding with the release of The Very Final to home video in North America. For some, that may well mean a renewed interest with this amusing samurai cum science fiction manga series. The ending offered in this animated take differs from the print version and this work wastes no time in telling viewers this fact.

Ever since its debut in Weekly Shōnan Jump nearly 20 years ago, the additional products that followed quickly put this universe in other narrative mediums. The anime was released in 2006, and typical of any successful product, there came soundtracks, light novels, original animation shorts and films. There’s a lot to like because of its fourth wall breaking moments, and the humour doesn’t end there. It not only pokes fun at itself but also references anime classics, especially Dragonball. But it doesn’t stop there. It makes oddball remarks about American pop culture, which includes jabs at Beyonce and Donald Trump in this latest.

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Poupelle of Chimney Town is Headed to Cinemas!

3 Dec

Poupelle of Chimney Town MOVIE FLYER mini poster Chirashi from JAPAN New |  eBayEleven Arts
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Poupelle of Chimney Town will soon hit in cinemas nationwide (USA) and into other territories starting December 30, 2021! Please check local listings for locations in the Pacific Northwest (USA) in the first week of the New Year, and stay tuned for Canada.

This film based on the bestselling picture book by internationally known Japanese comedian and illustrator Akihiro Nishino made its English World Premiere at the Animation Is Film Festival in Los Angeles and it continues to screen at film festivals so it can qualify for the Academy Awards in 2022.

“We are very proud to bring Poupelle of Chimney Town to North American audiences. It’s an incredibly impactful animated feature that audiences will relate to and be deeply moved by,” said Ko Mori, CEO of Eleven Arts.

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[Fantasia 2021] When All You Need is Love, Life & Goldfish

21 Aug

Sukutte goran (2021) - IMDbBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Fantasia Film Festival 2021
Spoiler Alert

Love, Life and Goldfish (すくってごらん) is one of those rare Japanese musicals where it’s tough not to smile at the end. The tunes are catchy, and I’d buy the soundtrack. I’ll have to watch it again when it hits other festivals (or arrives on home video) to affirm one minor detail which stuck out near the end—namely, was that fan featuring the shape of Jingoro the cat from Kimagure Orange Road (KOR)? 

Makoto Kashiba (Matsuya Onoe) used to work at a prestigious bank in Tokyo, but due to some weird mistake, he gets sent out to work at this firm’s operation in a small town. He can’t deal, much less cope. He had a bright future as an accountant … or not. It seems he was never pleased with his life even when he thought he was going places with his firm. I’m fairly sure he tried to speak his mind, and it was frowned upon, hence his transfer and personality change. 

One night while getting to know this new township, he meets Yoshino Ikoma (Kanako Momota). She runs an arcade of sorts. One game involves participants catching as many goldfish as possible in a set amount of time. Its significance is not just about the fact there’s plenty of fish in the sea but also, why should he catch one? In this film’s case, why fall in love with this particular girl? The answer is simple: he was smitten. She’s very much like Hikaru Hiyama.

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[Fantasia 2021] When the Future is in the Hands of “Yakuza Princess”

17 Aug

Yakuza Princess poster.jpgBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Fantasia Film Festival 2021
Available Aug 18 & 20, 2021
to Stream On Demand

Coming to theatres & VOD
on Sept 3rd. Please check local listings.

Tickets can be purchased here

There is no honour amongst thieves in the families vying for absolute leadership in Yakuza Princess. This stylish neo-noir revenge thriller establishes that a very young girl, Akemi, will inherit a regime. But after a huge assassination attempt to which many members of the Takikawa clan get slain, she’s taken into hiding.

Instead of a feudal setting, this story by Vicente Amorim (director), Kimi Lee, Tubaldini Shelling and Fernando Toste (writers) sets the tale in modern times and in a world not everyone is familiar with. Akemi (MASUMI) is all grown up now and is being hunted in São Paulo, Brazil. She doesn’t know why until she questions a few people and learns about her heritage. Those that are after her knows she’s the true heir of the Yakuza crime syndicate. They won’t settle for controlling half of the organization and need to dispose of her.

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[Fantasia 2021] Lights! Camera! Pompo: The Cinéphile, A Movie Review

7 Aug

Pompo: The Cinéphile Anime Film Delayed From March 19 To June 4 Due to  COVID-19 - News - Anime News NetworkAvex Pictures

Fantasia Film Festival 2021
North American Premiere

Cinéma Impérialt
Montreal, Quebec 

August 7, 1:00 pm

Making a movie with Joelle Davidovich Pomponette (Hiroya Shimizu) is tough. She grew up with Peterzen, her grandad, in front of a big screen. He was a big time filmmaker back in the Golden age of Nyallywood, and he taught the young girl everything he knew. Pompo is an established producer of B-rated hits, but there’s just something missing. Can she be taken seriously? To say she’s Pompo: The Cinéphile is bold–which is also this anime film’s title.

For that matter, what about the precocious Gene Fini (Hiroya Shimizu), her production assistant? And how does Natalie Woodward (Rinka Ōtani) fit in? This aspiring actress had a rough go in her first audition, but that hasn’t dissuaded her from pursuing her dreams.

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