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.
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:
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.