Summer Wars trailer out

The latest offering from TokiKake‘s Hosoda Mamoru is due for release (in Japan) on 01 August. For more details, check out the official site.

No word yet on overseas screenings or a subtitled DVD release, but it’s probably just a matter of time.

I can’t wait.

New DVD Review Alert! – The Girl Who Leapt Through Time


Hop on over to Wolf Hurricane and read my review of Kadokawa/Bandai’s R1 limited-edition DVD release of the 2006 animated film Toki o Kakeru Shoujo.

Toki o Kakeru Shoujo – Eiga Chirashi

To mark this weekend’s screening of Toki o Kakeru Shoujo – and also because I have no time to write a proper post – here’s a heaping helping of chirashi goodness. No commentary, just pictures.

Clickable front and back images of two flyers are featured here (you’ll find the rest after the jump).

Details of this weekend’s screening are available at the official website of the Japan Foundation (Manila).

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Anime Matsuri in Manila


Back from my HK-Macau holiday – but we’ll save the travel stories for future posts. Right now, I have some news that Manila-based otaku will probably find more interesting than an extended essay on Portuguese colonial architecture and Lord Stow’s egg tarts.

As part of this year’s Eiga Sai – an annual event showcasing the work of Japanese film-makers – the Embassy of Japan and the Japan Foundation (Manila) are hosting a two-day J-Pop Anime Matsuri featuring the 2006 animated film Toki o Kakeru Shoujo.

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TokiKake licensed by Bandai

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There’s a wonderful opportunity here for me to drop a bad pun. But since I’m feeling unusually merciful today, I’ll let that one slide. You’re free to guess what I had in mind, though. (Hint: It has something to do with my frustration at having to wait so long for this film to get an R1 licence.)

Hot news from the New York Anime Festival: Toki o Kakeru Shoujo has just been licensed for R1 distribution by Bandai Entertainment.

Anime News Network – original article / Bandai panel report / encyclopedia entry
Wikipedia – encyclopedia entry

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

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Konno Makoto is an ordinary high school girl in Tokyo . . .

Sound familiar? Well, it should – about half the anime/manga you’ll ever see in your life will start on a similar note. And there’s a fair chance that for many of them, the synopsis will continue as follows:

. . . until members of a top-secret, government-/privately-/US-/UN-/CIA-/[insert backer of your choice]-funded organisation reveal that she is actually a space-time witch/giant robot operator/lost princess of a faraway kingdom/magic chef and that she must fulfill her (usually long-prophesied) destiny of saving the world from aliens/meteors/zombies/flesh-eating bugs/pretty much anything that can destroy mankind – while living in an all-male dormitory crammed with bishounen soldiers/ninja/athletes/wizards with ugly “Western” names (e.g. Count Michele Telethonne Pyrite von Jingleheimer) who are prepared to kill each other in order to win her hand.

I’m pleased to report that Toki o Kakeru Shoujo isn’t one of them.

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