Initially daily but now sporadic blog about anime and world animation with a specific focus on the artists behind the work. Written by Ben Ettinger.
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Archives for: June 2004, 24

Thursday, June 24, 2004

05:29:54 pm , 259 words, 3871 views     Categories: Animation, Mind Game

Steam Game + Mind Boy

Been working on the Stories From the Floating World page over the last few days, which is why I haven't written anything here.

With the release of Mind Game imminent (although no date has yet been set), I look forward to the time when I can look back in nostalgia on the old days, before Masaaki Yuasa went big, when nobody had ever heard of him, and I could still claim him all for myself. And yet, I'm thrilled beyond description by the prospect that this will be the dawn of the age of Yuasa, and that we'll actually be able to see more films from Yuasa in the future, something I never imagined in my wildest dreams. To think that there are people out there with enough vision to be able to see Yuasa's massive potential, and to give him a chance to make a film... it's downright moving. There really is justice in the world! God Bless You, Tanaka Eiko!

Read my first review of Steam Boy from someone who saw the test screening. The verdict? No surprise - the steam is incredible. 9 years for steam? Hmm. Still, I'm looking forward to the film for that steam, if not for much else.

I sent an email to Yuasa c/o Anime Style's 応援団, and got mentioned in the next column. 88| That was a surprise. Even more of a surprise, I was the only respondant. Hopefully that will change soon. I told Yuasa he had a fan overseas. In response, I was told he was surprised and pleased. B)