Anime studio Production I.G announced on Monday that Hiroyuki Okiura’s A Letter to Momo film won the Grand Prize for Best Feature FIlm at the New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF). NYCIFF screened the film on March 3, 11, and 24.
A Letter to Momo follows a girl named Momo who struggles with her father’s sudden passing and resulting move to the countryside. Momo finds an otherworldly surprise at her new home. Okiura spent seven years planning, writing, storyboarding, and directing the film; it is his first return to the proverbial director’s chair since Jin-Roh in 2000.
Masashi Ando (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away) oversaw the film’s animation process. Animators on the team included Toshiyuki Inoue (Akira), Ei Inoue (The Cat Returns), Takeshi Honda (Evangelion: 2.0 You Can [Not] Advance), Tetsuya Nishio (Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence), and Hiroyuki Aoyama (Summer Wars). Hiroshi Ohno (Kiki’s Delivery Service) is serving as art director. The film held its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, and it will open in Japan on April 21.
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The official website for central Japan’s Saitama Prefecture announced on Friday that it will release the original net anime (ONA) The Four Seasons on Wednesday. Saitama Prefecture will stream the promotional series’ 7-minute episodes on its Chokotabi Saitama tourism website and other video-streaming services.
Every episode will include a five-minute story segment that will showcase the prefecture in spring, summer, fall, or winter. Following each story, a two-minute explanation segment will include instructions on how to travel to featured areas from Tokyo by train.
Episodes will include the love story “Sakura no Omoide,” the gag comedy story “Saitama Kōkō Hōsō-bu ~Natsu no Kankō Annai~,” the fantasy story “Yūsha Higan to Hime-sama no Bōken,” and the family story “Winter sweet home.” The anime’s four episodes will be available in Japanese with subtitles in Japanese, English, Chinese (traditional and simplifed), Korean, and French. Eight people living or working in Saitama were selected from 223 applicants to voice act in the series.
Last spring, the prefecture also released the promotional 4-episode ONA Kankō Taisen Saitama ~Sakuya no Tatakai~ (Tourism War Saitama ~Evening Battle~), which highlights more than 50 tourist destinations throughout Saitama. Anime such as Lucky Star, Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai., and Crayon Shin-chan have featured locations in Saitama Prefecture.
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Ragnarok Odyssey seems to be a must release in State Side and XSEED has a suggestion forums with a lively thread explaining why. More than a hundred pages into the post and there are new members signing up onto the XSEED forums every day to show their support for a localization. GA_Express even tweeted about this, stating, “@zeroxharuhi I have read every single post there. Thank you for your interest in our product.”
I, myself, have made an account on the XSEED forums to show my support and today I invite you all to do the same thing in hopes that Ragnarok Odyssey receives a state side release.
The 2009 anime film Redline will be shown at the 6th annual Toronto After Dark Film Festival. The event will run from October 20 to 27, and screenings will be held at the Toronto Underground Cinema. Redline is the only anime movie in the festival’s initial eight-film lineup. Event organizers will release a complete listing of movies and screening times later this month.
The Redline race is a dangerous, no-rules competition held once every five years. JP gets voted into the race, but government opposition to the race could put his life at even greater risk. The losing racer must put everything on the line and keep his enemies at bay in order to survive the final race.
A home video release is planned in North America.
The official website for the Shakugan no Shana anime franchise announced on Saturday that singer KOTOKO will return to perform the opening theme song “Light My Fire” for the Shakugan no Shana III (Final) television anime series. The composer Ryo of the supercell group is writing, composing, and arranging the song. The single for the song will go on sale on November 16.
The revamped website is also streaming the 148-second promotional video first shown at the Comic Market 80 event last month. Altima, the new unit composed of motsu, fripSide’s sound producer sat, and Maon Kurosaki, is performing the ending theme song.
Shakugan no Shana III will premiere in Japan on October 7. Like the two previous television series, the new series will adapt Yashichiro Takahashi’s light novels which are ending with the 22nd volume on October 10. KOTOKO performed songs for both of the previous television series and the film.
Image © Yashichiro Takahashi/Noizi Ito/ASCII Media Works/Shakugan no Shana F Production Committee
© Yashichiro Takahashi/Noizi Ito/ASCII Media Works/Shakugan no Shana S Production Committee
© Yashichiro Takahashi/Noizi Ito/ASCII Media Works/Shakugan no Shana II Production Committee
© Yashichiro Takahashi/ASCII Media Works/Shakugan no Shana Production Committee
Update: More information and image added.
Update: The final novel volume has been pushed back to October 10. Thanks, filus69.
Media Blasters announced the English dub voice actors for the comedy anime Squid Girl (Shinryaku! Ika Musume) for Friday. The cast and staff listings are as follows:
Based on Masahiro Anbe’s manga, the anime follows the story of Squid Girl, who comes out of the sea to make humanity pay for polluting the ocean. However, two pushy girls force her to work at a restaurant to produce squid ink. Squid Girl must overcome the bossy waitresses before she can complete her goal of conquering humankind.
The first Squid Girl DVD set with episodes 1 through 6 will ship in North America on September 27, the day after season two of the television anime debuts in Japan.
Source: The Fandom Post
Update: The Amanda Lee that is voicing Noh Mask Rider is a different person from Amanda Winn Lee. Thanks, NJ_.
Image © Masahiro Anbe/Weekly Shonen Champion
© Masahiro Anbe (Weekly Shonen Champion)/Umi no Ie Lemon
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