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Today's Asahi Shimbun had a column in which they called in notable film and anime critics to evaluate the summer's three new anime features. Mamoru Hosoda's film Toki wo Kakeru Shojo (The Girl who Could Travel Time) came out the clear winner. Gonzo's Brave Story had a "good script" and "nice visuals", Ghibli's Gedo Senki was "faithful" but "lacking in explanation", and Mamoru Hosoda's Toki wo Kakeru Shojo "glowed with youth" and was simply "the best". Anime critic Ryusuke Hikawa, host of the TV program Anime Maestro, calls Hosoda's film an "instant classic".
Related: Spotlight on Mamoru Hosoda
Trailer of 時をかける少女:
Interesting– Tokikake wasn’t on my radar at all. I’ve heard much about Brave Story, but it just looks like the usual, shiny, generic Gonzo flash to me. Gedo Senki has been getting poor notices from regular nerds going to advance screenings, if Yahoo Movies Japan is any indication.
Incidentally, I just wanted to compliment you on your site– I stumbled in after googling for Little Prince & the Eight-headed Dragon (I’m collecting American theatrical posters of every 60s anime film released here– still seeking fair quality posters of Panda & the Magic Serpent and Littlest Warrior that don’t cost an arm and a leg) and have spent the past hour catching up on the last six months of your blog posts.
IMO it’s very rare to find a western anime fan so knowledgeable and so focused on animators and animation directors. My friend Daryl Surat, in his podcast, has recorded interviews with young fans at American cons where they have difficulty naming more than two or three actual directors. It is gratifying to find someone else who holds Masami Hata in high regard, for example… not to mention the fact that I’m pretty sure you’re the only fan I’ve ever met besides me who’s seen any episodes of Hustle Punch. Keep up the great work!
Thanks very much for the encouragement, Mike.
That’s why I’d like to get the word out for Tokikake, because it’s flying so low on the radar nobody’s going to hear about it.
It would be great if it got licensed and a decent treatment, like Kon’s Paprika prolly will (it’s already ‘licensed’ by Sony…)
I almost want to explode, I keep wanting to see the show more and more as time goes by… It’s been flying fairly high on my radar (and it’s impossible not to miss it on Anime Style!) but then again, I’m a bit of an oddity so…
I’m with you, it’s hard to bear the anticipation… I’m hoping there’s a good chance it’ll get released, as it seems to be a film with pretty broad appeal. If Junkers can get a DVD release here…
It’s one anime film I can actually hope for a local (Singaporean) release of. There is a strong J-drama and anime foothold here, so it definitely will have an audience. So an anime that deals with such a subject matter won’t be so strange to many people… especially since the original story has had a J-drama incarnation anyway.
I wonder what Hosoda will go on to do now? It would be great if the relative success of this will land him more interesting opportunities than One Piece and Digimon films…
He is supposed to direct one (?) of next Gonzo movie to be released in 2008, it’s tha adaptation of a french novel for teens.
You can check some concept design of okama on this topic i made some time ago :
I was thinking he’d stay with Madhouse, shucks. But Gonzo of all studios… maybe they’re realising movies are a better investment than TV series. Thanks for the pics and links as usual, Manuloz!
There’s a short clip of the movie on youtube + some Mamoru Hosoda talking here :
And Hosoda’ Gegege no kitaro episode are online for sometime now :
*I forget to ask last time, have you heard of some project of movie for Mahiro Maeda?
There’s something in the first mini-interview (in the black box) but it’s in japanese ^^’
Sorry, I don’t know anything about Mahiro Maeda’s new movie. Nice to see those Gegege eps.
An interesting review(in japanese) that also talk a little about the style of animation:
I just want to reply to Mike Tooles comment. Like Mike said, it is so rare to see a western anime fan who is very knowledgeable about animators and animation directors. We see kids and fans consider themselves as “expert” on anime, yet they only know so little on people who worked on visual side of anime. I’ve met hardcore fans who are “expert” on Japanese voice actors & actresses, but they at total loss when I mention visual aspect of Japanese animation. Personally I would like to see Karisuma animators put on spotlight more at conventions and lectures.
I watched TokiKake at the North American premier last weekend, and all I can say is it’s the best thing I’ve seen in a LONG time. In fact, I can’t even recall having being so surprised ever - there weren’t a lot of people at the premier, and my hopes weren’t too high, not having heard anything about the film. The theme seemed simple on paper, but after watching it I realized what a rich experience it was, and how completely satisfied it left me (Well… maybe not. I want more!).
Definitely the film of the year, and to be remembered for a loooong time as a classic.
North American premier? I completely missed it… If you know when the DVD is coming out or any other way I could watch it, please let me know. Thanks muchly~