Korean pop idol sings cover of “5 Centimetres Per Second” theme. Diego reminisces.

I’m not a K-pop fan, but I do watch Korean variety shows (1박 2일 for example) and I’ve become familiar with a few industry names through guest appearances on those programmes. Needless to say, I was rather amused to learn that Park Chanyeol – a chap I’d seen a couple of times on KBS network shows – recently belted out his own rendition of the 1997 song “One More Time, One More Chance”, which gained a new popularity ten years after its original release when it featured prominently in the 2007 Shinkai Makoto anime film 5 Centimetres Per Second.

It’s not half bad, actually, and as I was listening to the song my thoughts began to turn back towards that film and my reaction to its rather controversial ending. I’ve got the movie on Blu-ray and might give it a rewatch soon, if only to reminisce about the glory days of my anime fanhood – long since past, of course, although my enthusiasm for the medium remains.

(Hat tip to Soompi for the original news.)

Back-to-back screening of Shinkai films in Manila on 20 July 2013

As part of the celebrations to mark the Philippines-Japan Friendship Month 2013 and
the 40th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation, the Japanese Embassy in the Philippines is co-sponsoring a screening of Shinkai Makoto’s films The Place Promised in Our Early Days and 5 Centimeters Per Second.

According to a press release on the Embassy website, the event will take place at SM CINEMA Center Stage, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City on the 20th of July, 2013, from 1 to 5 PM.

Which means that unless the schedule changes, anime fans in the Manila area will have one more reason to haul themselves out of bed before dusk come next Saturday.


Two weeks to Global Shinkai Day 2011

Global Shinkai Day 2011 will be held on the 12th of March.

Crunchyroll are spearheading preparations with their brand-new DVD release of Shinkai’s most recent film, 5 Centimetres Per Second. The site is also running a competition in which one talented fan can win an autographed poster featuring Shinkai’s upcoming project Hoshi o Ou Kodomo (check this page for details on how to enter).

In addition to Crunchyroll, I’m keeping a watchful eye on the Shinkai fan forum Cherry Blossoms Falling for more information as the event approaches.

Note: For broader coverage, this post has also been published on Wolf Hurricane. Mark your calendars and spread the word, comrades.

5 Centimeters Per Second – Eiga Chirashi

Here’s an extra dose of eye candy for fans of Shinkai’s Byousoku 5 Centimeter: front-and-back photographs of the chirashi I purchased in Singapore last year.

Image of the back after the jump.

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5 Centimeters Per Second – Special Edition Japan DVD Set (review)

Today the spotlight falls on the limited-edition Region 2 DVD boxset of Shinkai Makoto‘s 2007 film Byousoku 5 Centimeter.

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Summer shopping list


Time to blow past yesterday’s emo moment and go through my latest batch of shelf stuffers.

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Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

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. Continue reading