October 23, 2013

From up on Poppy Hill

In the year 1963 in Yokohama, an innocent romance blossoms between two high school students, Umi and Shun. As Japan recovers from World War II and prepares to host the 1964 Olympics, the mood contains both optimism and conflict as the younger generation struggles to escape the shackles of the past. While trying to save a dilapidated Meiji-era club house from demolition, the relationship flourishes. But a buried secret from their past emerges to cast a shadow on the future and pull them apart.
director, Goro Miyazaki; producers, Geoffrey Wexler, Toshio Suzuki; screenwriter, Hayao Miyazaki, Keiko Niwa.
English or Japanese dialogue; English subtitles.
Listed voice actors: Sarah Bolger, Chris Noth, Anton Yelchin.

What can I say, with Studio Ghibli it's always beautiful animation. A very nice storyline with wise adults and kids trying their hardest to do the right thing. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 61656-D Released in 2013 91 minutes

2nd disc Special Features Includes:
Original Japanese Version, Feature-length Storyboards, Celebrity cast recording featurette, Interview with Goro Miyazaki, music video, Yokohama featurette, original japanese trailers and TV spots.

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October 14, 2013

Fullmetal Alchemist

It is 1923 in Munich. Two years have passed since Edward Elric's sacrifice ripped him out of his world and separating him from his younger brother, Alphonse. Ed's continued research into rocketry has allied him with Alphons Heiderich, a fellow researcher who oddly resembles Ed's brother. Progress has been slow, however, and Ed has become discouraged. But when he saves a quiet Gypsy girl with the power to read minds, Ed is quickly pulled into a plot by the Thule Society and the burgeoning Nazi Party that could drag both worlds into a terrible war.
Based on the original young adult story by Hiromu Arakawa
Special features: "The making of 'Fullmetal alchemist - the movie": a 40-minute documentary with director Seiji Mizushima and staff; Japanese theatrical and TV trailers; production art; image gallery; trailers; guidebook.

Askwith Media Library 53255-D Released in 2006 149 minutes

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Death Note

The story begins as L takes on the 'Kira' case, in which countless criminals are mysteriously dying of sudden heart attacks. L leaves his headquarters in Los Angeles and travels to Japan, for he believes with a 97% certainty that the killer is in Japan, and that he may have to risk his live to solve the case.
Kenichi Matsuyama, Youki Kudoh, Mayuko Fukuda, Kiyotaka Nanbara.
Special features: audio commentary; behind the scenes & interviews; Japanese original trailer; official English trailer; event bonus footage teaser; Death Note live-action trailers; Death Note anime trailer.

Askwith Media Library 50906-D Released in 2009 129 minutes

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Lastexile.

It's the dawn of the golden age of aviation on planet Prester, and retro-futuristic sky vehicles known as vanships dominate the horizon. Claus Valca - a flyboy born with the right stuff - and his fiery navigator Lavie are fearless racers obsessed with becoming the first sky couriers to cross the Grand Stream in a vanship. But when the high-flying duo encounters a mysterious girl named Alvis, they are thrust into the middle of an endless battle between Anatoray and Disith - two countries systematically destroying each other according to the code of chivalric warfare. Lives will be lost and legacies determined as Claus and Lavie attempt to bring peace to their world by solving the riddle of its chaotic core.
Originally broadcast on Japanese television beginning 2003.

Askwith Media Library 49214-D Released on DVD in 2009 4 discs 625 minutes

Episode 1. First move -- Episode 2. Luft vanship -- Episode 3. Transpose -- Episode 4. Zugzwang -- Episode 5. Positional play -- Episode 6. Arbiter attack -- Episode 7. Interesting Claus -- Episode 8. Takeback -- Episode 9. Calculate Alex -- Episode 10. Swindle -- Episode 11. Develop -- Episode 12. Discovered attack -- Episode 13. Isolated pawn -- Episode 14. Etude Lavie -- Episode 15. Fairy chess -- Episode 16. Breakthrough -- Episode 17. Making material -- Episode 18. Promotion Sophia -- Episode 19. Sicilian defence -- Episode 20. Grand stream -- Episode 21. Rook dio -- Episode 22. Queen Delphine -- Episode 23. Castling Lucciola -- Episode 24. Sealed move -- Episode 25. Quiet move -- Episode 26. Resign.

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Space Battleship Yamato (Uchū senkan Yamato)

An edited version of the television program that aired 1974-1975, tells the story of the space battleship Yamato that plays an important role in saving twenty-third century Earth from total destruction.
Features: original theatrical trailer, alternate animation footage, the original program book, a gallery of promotional art, The Yamato story: a history of the phenomenon.
Voices: Hideo Nakamura, Kei Tomiyama, Taichirou Hirokawa.

Askwith Media Library 53950-D Released in 1977 135 minutes

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August 19, 2013

Evangelion : 1.01, 1.11 and 2.22

A catastrophe of unparalled scale and magnitude overwhelmed the entire globe, causing half the population of the Earth to perish, leaving behind vivid remnants of devastation at numerous locations around the world. 14 year old Shinji Ikari was called out to Tokyo 3 by his father whom he has not met for a long time. At Tokyo 3, he is driven to the headquarters of the special government agency NERV to meet his father, who immediately orders Shinji to pilot Evangelion Unit One and fight against the Angel which is destroying the city. While Shinji resisted at first, the sight of an injured female pilot - Rei Ayanami is enough to make him decide he would not run away from this challenge and agrees to engage the enemy at hand. With the fate of the world resting on his shoulders, how will the 14 year old boy Shinji fight?

We purchased this 4 discs. Three movies 1.01, 1.11, 2.02 and a special features disc. I do enjoy this series and the feature length are much more indepth. As with many Japanese post-apocalyptic animations the young adults must save the world. Oh the burdens they must carry. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 60173-D (98 minutes), 60174-D (100 minutes) and 60175-D (112 minutes) Released in 2007

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August 14, 2013

Paprika

A beautiful scientist turns into a dream warrior named Paprika at night, in this psychedelic sci-fi anime adventure, that will take both versions of the woman to save the world.

Askwith Media Library 46311-D Released in 2007 90 minutes

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Halo legends

This anthology contains seven episodes, 10-15 minutes each, exploring the origin and historical events of the Halo universe and various characters inhabiting the world. Each episode was created by a separate prominent Japanese anime director.

For non Halo gamers like me this was a fine introduction to the game and back story of the Halo Universe. I think it will be appreciated by fans also. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 53265-D Released in 2010 109 minutes

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August 10, 2011

Summer Wars (Xia ri da zuo zhan)

Kenji is your typical teenage misfit. He's good at math, bad with girls, and spends most of his time hanging out in the all-powerful, online community known as OZ. His second life is the only life he has - until the girl of his dreams, Natsuki, hijacks him for a starring role as a fake fiance at her family reunion. Things only get stranger from there. A late-night email containing a cryptic mathematic riddle leads to the unleashing of a rogue AI.

Very good story line. Touches on Japan's amazing sentimentality. ~Mike

Released in 2009

Askwith Media Library 53399-D

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Sky Crawlers (Sukai kurora)

The sky crawlers are young fighter pilots that have been genetically designed to live forever. Dogfight warfare is their game and they live their lives to the fullest until they are shot down and reproduced. Fearless teenage pilot Yuichi's curiosity is at a peak as he struggles to find his missing past while his beautiful commander Suito is reluctant to discuss the fate of the pilot he is replacing.

Released in 2008

Askwith Media Library 49156-D

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Gigantor

When terrorist groups, evil criminals, and hostile aliens become too powerful for Earth's armed forces, the virtually indestructible robot Gigantor is built to combat them. Commanded by Jimmy Sparks through a remote control, Gigantor must battle to save the world from a never-ending assault by ruthless villains.
Originally broadcast on Japanese television in 1964.

A great representation of early Japanese anime. Think of the anime Transformers in black and white. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 50107-D

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Millennium Actress (Sennen joyu)

Past and present collide as a film director discovers a mysterious key that unlocks the secrets of a legendary actress who vanished at the height of her career.

Wonderful use of flash forward and flash back plot movement. One of my favorites. ~Mike

Releast in 2003

Askwith Media Library 36731-D

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March 29, 2011

Tokyo Godfathers

The story takes place on Christmas Eve in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Middle-aged has-been Gin, aging transvestite Hana, and teenage runaway Miyuki are homeless friends who have formed a makeshift family structure bond. That bond is tested when they find an abandoned baby while searching for food in a trash dumpster. They try to care for the infant themselves, and travel throughout the city in search of the baby's parents.

Very enjoyable, fun and witty. ~Mike

Released in 2003

Askwith Media Library 37835-D 91 minutes

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