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A Teaser for Ghibli's Adaptation of the Borrowers, Snap Shots of the Live Action Adaptation of Teensploitation Manga Gantz...

Published at: Feb. 8, 2010, 10:49 p.m. CST

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First Teaser for Ghibli's Borrowers

Anime Nation and Manganimation have captured the teaser for Studio Ghibli's Karigurashi no Arrietty (The Borrower Arrietty). Key animator for Hayao Miyaki's Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle and Ponyo, Hiromasa Yonebayashi will direct the anime adaptation of Mary Norton's novel. The video showcases the movie's theme, performed by Cecile Corbel. Nausicaa has translated statistics from a recent Ghibli blog post concerning the status of the film, planned for Japanese release July 17, 2010. * Key animation: 547 cuts (32,000 pieces) completed - 55% * Animation: 375 cuts (24,000pieces) - 37% * Painting: 250 cuts - 25% * Background painting: 350 cuts - 35% * Completed cuts: 212 cuts - 21% (~19 minutes) Total running time will be a ~100 minutes. * Chief animator: Akihiko Yamashita, Ai Kagawa * Animation check: Kaori Fujii * Art director: Yoji Takeshige, Noboru Yoshida * Cinematography: Atsushi Okui * Color designer: Naomi Mori (She debuts with this film) * Sound effect and Music: Kouji Kasamatsu

A Glimpse at Live Action Gantz

Shukan Young Jump Magazine recently include a look at what to expect from the live action adaptation of Hiroya Oku's teensploitation action manga Gantz. Kazunari Ninomiya (Black in TekkonKinkreet, Letters from Iwo Jima) stars as Kei Kurono, a disgruntled teen, who upon finding himself standing next to a long separated childhood friend (Ken'ichi Matsuyama, L of Death Note) is guilted onto a subway track in an effort to save a homeless man. The would-be good deed is punished when an oncoming express graphically dispatches the two young men. Our thinks-he's-smart teenage malcontent is carbon copied in the moment before this nasty death and reconstituted with other recently resurrected in a room with a black sphere. The mystery ball gives its subject resurrectees black, skin-tight suits, sci-fi weapons and the instructions to go hunt down one species of alien or another.
Manga creator Oku has declared himself a Die Hard fan, and Gantz pulls of a similar trick to that movie's concept of a person with regular vulnerability thrust into abject peril. In this case it's unprepared people being thrown into a first person shooter style urban bug hunt. Shinsuke Sato (Princess Blade) will be directing the two part adaptation, scheduled for release in the spring and winter of 2011. Dark Horse has been releasing the manga in North America. Reviews can be found at Volume 1 Volume 2 Volumes 3 and 4 Volume 5 Volume 6 Volume 7 Volume 8 Ichiro Itano (Violence Jack, also famous for the Itano Circus effect) directed a Gonzo (Afro Samurai) produced anime adaptation of the manga, release in North America by ADV Films.

North American Haruhi Season 3 Details Solidified

The first season of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (reviewed here) perfectly wooed anime fans, complementing them and giving them something to talk about. The second season was a bit more bewildering and/or experimental... take your pick. Specifically, it lit an online firestorm with Endless Eight, an eight episode stretch of anime covering the same summer break, reanimated with minimal variations. Anime Vice notes that Bandai Entertainment will be handling this challenging release by putting it out directly to a box set.

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  • Feb. 8, 2010, 11:09 p.m. CST

    FIRST

    by shaneo632

    YEAH!

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 11:21 p.m. CST

    GANTZ 2011

    by Gh0ulardi

    worst. teaser. ever.

  • Feb. 8, 2010, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Ahhh...

    by Machine Gun Simon Fire Viterbo

    That's a tease even for a teaser. What's the point.

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 1:46 a.m. CST

    I love Ghibli and Miyazaki as much as the next geek......

    by RandomWordRandomWord

    but the Borrowers????? What garbage are you smoking, Hayao? Of all the stories in the world, why pick that one? You picked a western children's story for Howl's Moving Castle, supposedly your last, and that turned out to be garbage. I and my children want to see a Japanese inspired spiritual successor sequel to Princess Mononoke, a violent adult fantasy where people die violently!!!!!

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 1:50 a.m. CST

    All my detractors should know that

    by RandomWordRandomWord

    Disney has already hired John Goodman to dub voices for the English version

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 1:50 a.m. CST

    Gantz could be a good Hollywood conversion movie

    by OnO

    Gantz has some interesting moments. The Anime bogs down by the ending, but it has a pretty descent horror splatter house kinda of vibe. Given over to a good action/suspense director it could be a descent American remake down the road.

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 1:51 a.m. CST

    I need to learn how to speel decent.

    by OnO

    face palm. LOL

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 2:20 a.m. CST

    So how does that translate?

    by quentintarantado

    What are "cuts"? I understand about key animation, but some of the other statistics are confusing, knowing they are Japanese anime insiderspeak. And with 19 minutes of 100 minutes complete, can they make a July deadline?

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 2:29 a.m. CST

    Japanese girls in leather

    by BenBraddock

    I usually find them on my "other" sites... what is this, crossover week?

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 6:42 a.m. CST

    IF they do a faithful adaptation...

    by NotVeryFunny

    ...we'll get to see a cute, shy young woman with big boobies transporting naked to that mysterious room. Hmmm...

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 6:56 a.m. CST

    July 17... this year?

    by ricarleite2

    They better fucking hurry, it sounds like it's VERY incomplete.

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 6:56 a.m. CST

    When by Ghibli "teaser" you mean a French chick...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...singing in some sort of Japenglishese pidgin...you have to give fair warning.<P>That was just mean, man.

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 7:04 a.m. CST

    ...is the animated adaptation of Gantz any good?...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...looks as though it could go either way.

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 7:11 a.m. CST

    I found the Gantz anime pretty entertaining

    by seppukudkurosawa

    Some very purty Matrixy camera techniques. But if you've got an aversion to really bratty teen leads, characters being randomly killed off and stories being stretched out for ages, then give it a miss. It's pretty fun stuff, though- think of it as "Battle Royale with cheese."

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 7:24 a.m. CST

    ..."stories being stretched out for ages"...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...I tried watching Serial Experiments Lain recently and really loved a lot of things about it...but ultimately I thought the pace was just too ponderous for the content.<P>I realize it's probably aimed at someone a little younger...and I'm sure the concept seemed much more mysterious when it first came out, but come on show...get ON with it.<P> It's like having a conversation with someone who speaks really slowly, and is struggling to find the right words...and you know what they're trying to say five minutes before they manage to say it.<P>Excruciating.

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 7:29 a.m. CST

    ...watched DEATH FRENZY recently...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...after having heard about it here. Very interesting.<P>Thanks.

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 8 a.m. CST

    That sequence when they first appear? Will they be

    by Proman1984

    able to pull it off in live action? And if so, would we really want to see that?

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 8:02 a.m. CST

    RandomWord, Howl's Moving Castle was pretty awesome

    by Proman1984

    A perfectly fine animated film. Save your unwarranted negativity for the few projects that really deserve it. Neither Hayao nor noone else owe it to you to make projects your like nor to feed your idiotic tastes for violence.

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 8:05 a.m. CST

    ...although I figured out why it's a little difficult to find...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...new Anime to watch.<P>I'm trying to indulge my inner cartoon-watching child while entertaining my adult brain at the same time...that's a lot to ask of any show.<P>When I was a kid I liked my Japanese animation to have action, violence, action, robots, ninjas, violence, a sense of discovery, mystery, and adventure, action...and boobies if possible.<P>As an adult I like my animation to have an interesting visual style (character design, environments etc...), intriguing characters, a thoughtful, engaging or at least really fun concept...and boobies if possible.<P>It all ads up to an unreasonably small sweet spot.

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 8:21 a.m. CST

    Japanese chicks are living in the 22nd century...

    by JayLenoTookMyJob

    ...whilst their American counterparts insist on living in a skankier version of the 19th.

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 10:04 a.m. CST

    You know what would make a better theme for "Arritey"?

    by Anna Valerious

    A Japanese language version of this song, which was also the title theme for the US/UK one made in the '90s- http://tinyurl.com/ye37zof

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 10:44 a.m. CST

    FlickaPoo

    by Rhuragh

    I know exactly what you mean. So far, I haven't really found much. Mainly just Hayao Miyazaki and Satoshi Kon. Some of the other Studio Ghibli stuff works really well too. Grave of the Fireflies, for example. <BR><BR>Also, in every Miyazaki talkback I try to post the following: someone needs to give Miyazaki a copy of Salman Rushdie's Haroun and the Sea of Stories. It would make an INCREDIBLE Miyazaki film. Please God, please have someone give him a copy of this book.

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 11:15 a.m. CST

    ...Rhuragh...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...yes, yes, and yes.<P>I've gotten a lot of good faith recommendations here recently, and a few of them have worked out. Lots of trial and error though.

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Gantz was cool

    by Geomancer21

    But a live action movie is bound to be the goriest thing imaginable. I just hope they put enough money into it to make it look right.

  • Feb. 9, 2010, 9:03 p.m. CST

    the only 3 directors that could make a U.S "Gantz" work

    by ChocolateJesusMan

    Darren Arnofsky, Neil Blomkamp, Ridley Scott