The first shots have been fired . . .

. . . and you’re called to serve on the front line.

Hop on over to Wolf Hurricane for Diego’s review of the U.S. Blu-ray release of Summer Wars.

Awesome. Just . . . awesome.

My copy of the US Blu-ray release of Summer Wars arrived yesterday. Freeing it from its box, I popped the disc into a waiting PS3 with the intention of doing a quick-skip through (to check for defects and what-not) before consigning it to my weekend watchlist. Enjoying an evening movie is something I haven’t had much time or energy for recently.

That was the plan, anyway.

In the end, I couldn’t stop watching.

It was easily the best anime film I’ve seen in . . . well, since I started watching anime (pace Nagato and Disappearance). After the credits, I wasn’t just picking my jaw up from the floor – I was crawling around trying to collect various fragments of jaw that had exploded everywhere through sheer delight and exhilaration.

Whether I’ll have time to write a review remains to be seen, but it will go on Wolf Hurricane if it does come out. For now, cheerio.

A flash of artistic inspiration . . .

. . . or a dark director’s dastardly deed of deception?

Kadokawa’s CEO, Mr. Kadokawa (ooh, coincidence?), finally spills the beans on ANN. All pretensions to innocence are abandoned as The-Sequel-Series-That-Must-Not-Be-Named is officially exposed as a premeditated crime, carried out with full and deliberate intent.

And to make matters worse, we get nothing but a dodgy remark on overseas release plans for something that may actually be worth watching.

We have heard enough. Off with their heads.

5-minute Summer Wars clip on YouTube

Kadokawa’s YouTube channel now has a raw five-minute clip from the upcoming animated film Summer Wars. Directed by Hosoda Mamoru (of TokiKake fame), the film is scheduled to premiere in Japan on 01 August.

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.