Bonet Tatsuya Ishihara Chuunibyou Series Interview Translation – Spoiler Part

Opening this weekend in 27 theatres across Japan is the highlight film of the first Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! TV season, Rikka Takanashi Revision. To promote the film, the director of both the TV series and the film, Tatsuya Ishihara has done various interviews with various publications. One of those publications which focuses on subcultures is bonet. They published an interview in two parts; one prior to the film, which is spoiler free, and one following the film’s release which has spoilers for the film. This post will translate the sections of the interview that were first posted and are safe to read before watching the movie. Linked at the top of this post will be the first half/non-spoiler portion of the interview. Thanks to irrevilent for editing!

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Bonet Tatsuya Ishihara Chuunibyou Series Interview Translation – No-spoiler Part

Opening this weekend in 27 theatres across Japan is the highlight film of the first Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! TV season, Rikka Takanashi Revision. To promote the film, the director of both the TV series and the film, Tatsuya Ishihara has done various interviews with various publications. One of those publications which focuses on subcultures is bonet. They published an interview in two parts; one prior to the film, which is spoiler free, and one following the film’s release which has spoilers for the film. This post will translate the sections of the interview that were first posted and are safe to read before watching the movie. Linked at the bottom of this post will be the spoiler portion of the interview. Thanks to irrevilent for editing!

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Chuunibyou Movie/S2 Tatsuya Ishihara Cloud_G v3 Interview

The latest edition of the Spoon magazine’s special edition, Cloud_G, had a big feature about the Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! franchise; most notably featuring an interview with Director Tatsuya Ishihara about a multitude of things. Here is the relevant portion of the magazine (there was a discussion about “chuunibyou”, the OVA, and introduction to the series I excised). Big thanks to superdry, TMSIDR, and Goggen for proofreading this interview.

koiWhen did they inform the cast of Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! there would be a second season? How will season 2 differ from season 1? What should we look forward to in the movie? And what will the new character, Shichimiya, do? We’ve come to the source, Director Tatsuya Ishihara, for a backstage report! Continue reading

K-On! movie LE BD review

Continuing from a previous post, this post is meant to detail what came in the Japanese release of the K-On! movie’s LE BD version. Previously, Pony Canyon released 7 BD/DVD volumes in the first K-On! season and 9 volumes in the second season. These volumes came with several physical extras including guitar picks, character biographies, and stickers. (For a complete listing/photos, check Goggen’s JP/NA K-On! comparisons). The on-disc extras mostly consisted of cast/staff commentaries, textless OP/EDs, and the Ura-On! shorts. Since the movie was such a big occasion for the franchise, TBS and Pony Canyon combined to make the movie’s LE BD very worthwhile.

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Big screen, same old Keionbu

In 2009, Kyoto Animation along with production partners TBS & Pony Canyon broadcast a series adapted from a 4-coma manga that wasn’t widely known, nor was it given an established supervisor to work with. Considering these three partners worked with the Key visual novel teams to produce 4 well-known and well received shows, this was quite a risk. That little-known manga became a surprise hit, spawning two live concerts, a 27 episode sequel, and appears to have concluded with this movie. Naoko Yamada gives us one last look into the high school lives of Yui, Mio, Ritsu, Tsumugi, and Azusa in K-On! The Movie! (Similar to my treatment of KyoAni’s last movie, this post will detail my thoughts on the movie itself while a later post will review the LE BD) Of course, this post will contain spoilers.

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Memories of Disappearing

At the time this post is released, it is 19:00 PST on May 21, 2012. This is exactly 2 years since one of the most important events that I had the privilege to attend: the North American premiere of The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya. Licensed by Bandai Entertainment in April 2010, the story is the feature film of the Haruhi Suzumiya anime franchise. It originally premiered in February 6, 2010 in Japan, but the May 21, 2010 showing was the first international viewing of the film. I was lucky enough to be able to take a vacation from work around that time to see the film.

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The year of Clannad continues! A dream so big it had to be a movie…

In 2004 Key Visual Arts released their highly anticipated third visual novel entitled Clannad. Since Toei Animation had made a TV anime series and a movie of their prior two works (Kanon and AIR) respectively, they decided to let Toei adapt Clannad into an animated movie. Thus in September 2007 Clannad:The Motion Picture was released.  In March 2008 the work was released on three DVD versions (collector’s, special, and regular editions) in Japan. The movie was licensed by Sentai Filmworks in November 2010 and set to be released March 15, 2011. (The author of this post received his copy early thanks to RightStuf)

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A Blu-Ray set that will Disappear in front of you

December 18th. For Japanese fans of the Haruhi Suzumiya series, and later international fans, this date is one that bring anticipation every year. This is the date that the world changes as we know it. This year, it marked the release of the movie Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu (The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya) in Japan on Blu-Ray disc and DVD.

Originally released in theatres on Feburary 6th this year, this movie took Japan by storm. Exceeding expections, it raised more than 900 million yen in Japan alone while traveling overseas to North America, Scotland, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, Russia, and the Ukraine. In the first three days on sale, the sets sold 77,000 Blu-Rays and near 20,000 DVDs to nearly break 100,000 units sold. It’s simply an understatement to say that this movie is a success. Continue reading