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, 26

Saturday, June 26, 2004

01:30:50 pm , 338 words, 1090 views     Categories: Animation, Mind Game

Dead Leaves DVD

Hiroyuki Imaishi's Dead Leaves DVD goes on sale July 24. Here's a rare film in anime: one long action scene - and what action! Imaishi threw in everything he's got. It's 60 minutes of pure Imaishi - an animator's film to the core, like they used to make in the good old days. And it's the wildest stuff to be seen in an anime film in many a year. I don't know how well the film was received in Japan, but I'm guessing over here it's going to tank. Unless you specifically watch animation for the animation, you won't get this film. Most anime fans don't give a shit about animation. It cuts away all the unnecessary padding and gets right to what's really important: action! action! and more action! You won't find this sort of thing anywhere else right now. Even Yoshinori Kanada, his great sempai, reportedly now draws stuff that's tame in comparison - they say his characters in the film had downright normal proportions compared to the rest. Anyway, this film was one of the year's big events, not to be missed by fans of real, full-blooded ANIMATION.

40 people in Japan have one more chance to see Mind Game before the rest of the world. Another screening is being held on the 30th, this Wednesday, in Roppongi, sponsored by Anime Style. Anime Style is also holding a Masaaki Yuasa special event tomorrow, Sunday, where they will be showing video clips of his animation as well as the Slime Adventure short he directed, plus excerpts from Mind Game. Guests include Masaaki Yuasa, Robin Nishi, Tatsuo Sato, Koji Morimoto, and Mitsuru Hongo (director of Shin-chan).

Anime Style has pretty much become the company handling most Mind Game-related side-releases. They're publishing the comic, they're going to publish the "mook" (movie book), they're holding these events, and they've been putting up lots of interviews and stuff with Yuasa on their page. The latest is an interview on Yuasa's "Best 20" (animation, naturally). The mook will also have a new interview with Yuasa.