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NAQT VANE’s Breezy Debut! “Break Free” Music Video in Japan and American Release

19 Sep

NAQT VANEOn September 1st, Attack on Titan and Kingdom composer Hiroyuki Sawano launched a new music project, titled NAQT VANE, with vocalist Harukaze! Their debut single ‘Break Free’ is now out and the music video is nothing short of breathless.

In addition to the digital single, there’s a music video (see below) to view, and it’s produced for everyone living in the era of the wind. The press release describes it as, “A flexible world of freedom and diversity with a lifestyle unbound by material things. NAQT VANE began activities with the intention of “breathing a new wind into each story and finding a place of our own”. The team consists of vocalist Harukaze, who has built a following on TikTok and YouTube, along with overall production by Hiroyuki Sawano and artwork by Classic 6.”

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AmPm’s Strikes Thrice for October with Lupin III!

14 Oct

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Fans of masked production unit AmPm have three new reasons to celebrate! This duo have three brand-new releases. Available to listen now are remixes of “Chime” by Ai Otsuka and the title song to the upcoming CGI movie, “Lupin the Third!” This film will debut around North America on Oct 18th (dub) and 21st (subtitled). On the latter day, an original track from this duo will also be released to keep the funk on. They have reunited with vocal collaborators Michael Kaneko and Nao Kawamura to give fans more than a singular treat for this season.

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Breaking Down the Deets with Bartender’s 15th Anniversary Collection

13 Oct

Shout! Factory & Anime Limited

Release Date:
Jan 19, 2021

It’s hard to believe that “Bartender” Ryū Sasakura will soon be 15 years old. Well, the anime that is. This anthology series became quite the cult hit back in the day and its eloquence is in how the people feel transformed after having a drink made by this gentleman. He adds more than zest of being that sympathetic ear to those customers who have come here to soothe their aches and pains of something traumatic which recently occurred in their life.

This series is set to make its North American Blu-ray debut early next year and the bonus material is enough to whet anyone’s appetite. Although the manga has featured many more drinks than the eleven episode series, newcomers have ways to enjoy this celebratory set. Nine of the best recipes Sasakura-san crafted is part of this special package. It’s anyone’s guess on what they are, and this release will be worth picking up to find out!

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Dark Horse Comics to Give Berserk a Deluxe Treatment, A Review

26 Jan

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Dark Horse Comics continued releasing of translated manga has spanned decades, and most of my collection owes a huge debt to them. Coming on February 27, 2019 will be a deluxe hardcover release of Kentaro Miura’s Berserk manga (see image for preorder link) and just when I thought all the He-Man or Legend of Zelda hardcovers were massive, this compendium is a couple of pages more. Plus, it’s a start to a massive commitment to a series which began publication around 1988.

Whether this company’s decision to print them all is up in the air, to read the story (and look at all the blood and carnage contained within) in all its visceral glory, has me interested. The mature and adult content in this series is not for everyone, but I tend to ignore the hentai aspects of the world and focus on the hero’s journey.  In how it differs greatly from the 90s anime–which introduced me to Guts, a lone mercenary, out to do what he feels right–I had to explore. Like the Berserkers of Nordic lore, the rage that wells within gives him supernatural powers; this premise is enough to entice me to read.

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[Victoria Film Festival 2017] Dreaming About My Life as a Zucchini & Upcoming Dates

13 Feb

ma_vie_de_courgetteBy Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

GKIDS USA release date:
February 24, 2017

Once in a while, a stop-motion animated film will amaze. My Life as a Zucchini (the English title of the Swiss-French Ma vie de Courgette) has a wonderful artistic design to it, reminiscent of Tim Burton’s wide-eyed look. This movie is based on the book by Gilles Paris and just like it, the story touches on the tough themes of how kids dealing with abandonment. At the same time, audiences get to learn about what establishing of a family, related or not, means. Icare (who prefers the nickname Zucchini – Courgette in French) is the protagonist, and after a quick look at his home life, his next day looks like a complete disaster. He may have or not have accidentally caused the death of his mother. She was drunk and aggressive towards her boy, so it’s tough to say if what happened was her fault or his. We never truly know when the titles roll.

Without any adults in his life, he now faces an uncertain future while living at an orphanage. He finds others like him and in some people’s eyes, they are damaged goods because of why they were placed here. Simon, the bully of this estate reveals all, but after an instance where Courgette shows he’s not afraid, becomes his friend (perhaps maybe too quickly) and as the two come to realize their existence is meaningless, just where this movie goes depends on how quick viewers are to notice the signs.

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