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Archives for: December 2004, 27

Monday, December 27, 2004

08:57:35 pm , 417 words, 1455 views     Categories: Animation

TV Toei

The Image Forum theatre in Tokyo is showing two Karel Zeman films. Would be ultra-cool if the V Cinematheque would do the same. Two Generators in their schedule sounds like a pleasantly masochistic experience. It matches my feelings towards cinema at the moment. Though at the same time, I feel I would enjoy sitting through a restored 80s Hollywood behemoth on the big screen, to taste once more that innocent pleasure my youth. I'll probably go to their Best of Ottawa selection, because it's animation, though I feel I could pass on a lot of the items on the docket.

Aru Tabibito no Nikki (A Traveller's Diary) is a wonderful Flash animation series drawn by Kunio Kato. It has a good old fashioned hand-drawn feel, and great music. There are some panels in Japanese but they're not necessary to an understanding of the stories. The series is soon to be released on DVD.

Speaking of soon-to-be-released DVDs, fans of classic anime will be interested to hear about an upcoming series of DVD releases of classic 60s Toei TV anime. The "Toei Anime Monochrome Masterpieces" DVD series to be released early next year will consist of a total three volumes, with three DVDs per volume. Each DVD will contain a selection of 4 to 6 of the best episodes of one of Toei's black and white TV series, plus an interview with a person involved in the series.

Vol. 1
- Wolf Boy Ken - Isao Takahata (director) + Yasuo Otsuka (animator)
- Shonen Ninja Kaze no Fujimaru - Daisaku Shirakawa (director)
- Hustle Punch - Yoichi + Reiko Kotabe (animators)
Vol. 2
- Uchu Patrol Hopper - Toru Hara (producer)
- Rainbow Sentai Robin - Keiichi Kimura (animator)
- Kaizoku Oji - Toru Furuya (voice actor)
Vol. 3
- Mahotsukai Sally - Akiyoshi Hane (animator)
- Cyborg 009 - Masaki Tsuji (writer)
- Akane-chan - Tomoharu Katsumata (director)

This marks the first time several of the shows in the set will have been available in any format as far as I know. Interestingly, Ghibli, not Toei Animation, is the one releasing these. The most notable thing about this release, and which doesn't seem to be mentioned anywhere, is that purchasers will be able to vote for their favorite series in the set, and the most popular series will be released in full on DVD, in a limited pre-order only set. It would be great if this made it possible to finally see all of Hustle Punch or Wolf Boy Ken, classics that nobody has seen.