Monday, March 31

Mamoru Oishii's Sky Crawlers

Teaser trailer 1

Teaser trailer 2

Game trailer

The Sky Crawlers is a Japanese novel series by Hiroshi Mori. First published by Chuōkōron-shinsha in June 2001 and spanning five books, it follows the journeys and tribulations of a group of young fighter pilots involved in dogfight warfare, and is set during an alternate historical period. The series is unlike other works by Mori, noted for his series of mystery novels. The art for the series is illustrated by noted mangaka Kenji Tsuruta.

Now from I understand is it is alternate Second World War aerial combat mixed with heavy philosophy, something that this director notably liked to talk about, using violence/death/destruction/military as metamorphsis of his existenalist philosophy. Movies like Ghost in the Shell and live action Avalon reinforced this aspect of him very vocally.

On June 20, 2007, it was announced that the novel would be adapted into a anime film, directed by Mamoru Oshii, which is slated for release in 2008.

Animated by Production I.G, the film will be written by Chihiro Itō, feature character designs by Tetsuya Nishio, music by Kenji Kawai and will be distributed across Japan by Warner Bros. Japan.

Mori had stated that he felt The Sky Crawlers was the "most difficult" of his works to adapt, and had given his consent to the making of the film after learning of Oshii's involvement as director.

Now this part intrigued me. Just how obtuse the novel story is? I will check it out since it have Oishii and IG studios name in it. One thing struck me about the trailer is the heavy dose of melancholy and gloomy mood. My kind of anime.

Certainly too, Warner Brothers name spiked my interest even higher.

Japanese movie site

Real Drive, new anime from Studio IG and Masamune Shirow

2061 AD. Fifty years have passed since mankind developed the Network society. It was anticipated that this new infrastructure would realize a utopia where people connected with each other at the level of consciousness. However, new social problems such as personal data leaks and proliferation of manipulated information began to surface. Nevertheless, people still relied on the Network to exchange information, and proved unable to opt to abandon it.

In due course, a new Network realm with more effective security measures was developed. This was called Meta Real Network, usually abbreviated as "the Metal."

The Metal accommodated personal memory data within protected virtual stand-alone organic cyber enclaves called bubble shells and eventually pervaded the everyday lives of people.

However, people gradually learned to release and explode their instincts within the secure environment of the Metal. The unleashed instincts pushed each individual's consciousness to drown in the sea of information and to be exposed to the pressures of desire. Meanwhile, norms and regulations continued to bind their real world lives. Thus, strange friction between the two worlds began to manifest themselves as aberrations beyond the bounds of the imaginable.
Experts who challenged the deep sea of the Metal to investigate and decipher such aberrations were called cyber divers.

This is a story of a cyber diver, Masamichi Haru, who investigates the incidents that lie between Reality and the Metal.

Masamune Shirow. IG Studios. Cyberpunk.

What else you need? I am in this one, like totally fuck yeah.

Japanese site

Blade of the Immortal Anime Trailer

Here it is, enjoy. Still look at it with great feeling of "oh shit, it is gonna suck".