メリークリスマス!

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Yeah, I know it’s a little too early for that, but hear me out.

In a recent press release, ADV Films announced that it has acquired the North American theatrical, home video and broadcast rights to Shinkai Makoto’s Byousoku 5 Centimeter. The film will apparently be shown in American cinemas sometime during the fall and a DVD is slated for release in December.

I’m really excited about this because I’ve already seen Oukashou, the first segment of the three-part film, and I absolutely loved it. I’ve also had the pleasure of watching Shinkai’s first two major features, Hoshi no Koe and Kumo no Mukou, Yakusoku no Basho, both of which completely blew me away with their stunning animation and hauntingly beautiful screenplays. I’m already savouring the thought of ordering the Byousoku DVD as a Christmas present to myself when it’s released.

Click on the following links for more information:
Anime News Network
ADV Films press release (also on Anime News Network)
ICv2.com

Speaking of Byousoku 5 Centimeter, I just remembered that I bought a mint-condition chirashi (a Japanese mini-poster/flyer) for this film during my visit to Singapore last month. Here it is:

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The white “borders” aren’t part of the flyer; I just placed the chirashi on top of a piece of white cardboard to set it off from the brightly coloured countertop.

I purchased two other chirashi from the same shop, both for Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo (which I’m also looking forward to – if someone would just license it already!). Since the chirashi have stuff printed on the back as well as the front, I’m planning to get all three framed in such a way that I can display whichever side I prefer and simply flip them over when I’d like a change.

9 Responses

  1. I really, really want that chirashi…

  2. I actually want to collect more of them, but I don’t know of any store where I live that sells chirashi (although there are one or two leads I need to check out). They’re really beautiful and make excellent souvenirs – better, perhaps, even than full-size posters, since the more manageable size of chirashi makes storage and preservation a lot easier.

  3. Oh whoa, I’ve been wanting to watch this movie ever since I found out about it last year. I still have the trailer in my HD. Makoto Shinkai’s a brilliant animator, loved his work since watching The Place Promised in Our Early Days. Too bad Australia’s always slow on the anime front 😦

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  5. Which shop/place did you get the chirashi from? Been searching for it.

  6. I got it from PopCornPop, a shop in Esplanade Mall that specialises in movie memorabilia. According to their website (www.popcornpop.com) they also have a branch in Suntec City Mall, although I haven’t been to that one.

  7. Hey, I have that too. So it’s called a chirashi eh. Too bad there aren’t any for the other two styles. I guess I’ll buy the R1 DVDs as well, but R2 first! It’s coming mid July…!

  8. Thank you for the info on Byousoku 5 Centimeter….a stunning piece of art.

    I could not view your chirashi as the links dead-end at the ‘bucket’ w/o any direct link…please make them viewable if possible…TIA, jt

  9. […] Back in June, ADV Films announced that it had acquired the North American theatrical, home video and broadcast rights to Shinkai Makoto’s Byousoku 5 Centimeter. The DVD is scheduled for release in December, although at this point we still don’t have an exact date; the temporary official site set up by ADV doesn’t give us any additional information. I plan to get myself a copy of this stunning work of art as soon as it becomes available. […]

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