Trailers: Space Battleship Yamato, Fan-made live-action Pokémon

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The latest live-action Space Battleship Yamato movie trailer, starring Takuya Kimura and Meisa Kuroki. This full trailer includes the movie’s theme song, Love Lives, written and sung by Steven Tyler of Aerosmith. The movie is set to be released in Japan on the 1st of December this year. For more cast and plot details, you can check out my earlier post.
(Source: ANN)

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A somewhat “intersting” take on Pokémon. Ash struggles in a world where Pokémon fights have been outlawed. Many Pokémon characters are featured in the trailer, including Misty, Brock, Team Rocket and Mewtwo.
(Source: ANN)

Thoughts: A rather bizarre and humorous interpretation of Pokémon. If this ever translates into a real movie, it’ll likely bomb as per the recent live-action adaptations of Dragonball and King of Fighters. Space Battleship Yamato on the other hand seems destined for box-office greatness…in Japan at least. No release dates have been set for Singapore or any other Asian countries save for Hong Kong (22 March 2010 @ the Hong Kong International Film and Television Market, likely trying to promote or sell it to potential distributors). No release date has been set for the US either, despite its popularity back in the 197os and 80s as Star Blazers. The only other country with a release date according to IMDb is Brazil, with the film set to be released there on the 31st of December, 2010.

Welcome to the SPACE SHOW first 22 minutes

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The Aniplex USA Youtube channel has started streaming the first 22 minutes of their latest feature film, Welcome to THE SPACE SHOW.

Welcome to THE SPACE SHOW is the first feature-length animated film from the creator of R.O.D and Kamichu! (Director Koji Masunari, writer Hideyuki Kurata and character designer Masashi Ishihama). The film will be animated by A-1 Pictures (So-Ra-No-Wo-To, Valkyria Chronicles) and produced by Aniplex (Bleach, Durarara!!). Susan Boyle will be contributing her song “Who I Was Born To Be” as the film’s theme. The film will open in Japan this Saturday.
(Source: ANN)

Thoughts: Watched the first couple of minutes and it seems to be a promising film. It seems somewhat similar to MADHOUSE’s Summer Wars in terms of animation with a Ghibli-esque storyline (At least, this is what I can garner from the somewhat poor quality Youtube video). No news so far though as to whether it’ll be shown in Singapore theatres…

Note: If the video doesn’t work, watch it at Youtube instead and switch the resolution to 240p.

Redline movie trailer

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Trailer for MADHOUSE’s upcoming car-racing anime film Redline. It is directed by Takeshi Koike (Animatrix – World Record, Trava) with Takuya Kimura voicing the lead character, JP. The film will open in Japan this October.

Thoughts: It garnered rave reviews after advance screenings at international film festivals. What piqued my interest was ANN’s Tim Maughan describing it as “potentially one of the most daring and important anime movies for a very, very long time”. I am hopeful that it’ll eventually be screened in Singapore…