Amazon UK is now taking pre-orders for our forthcoming Blu-ray of 2001 Nights, directed by Fumihiko Sori, based on the hit manga series by Yukinobu Hoshino.
And if that's not enough for you, we've got more clips coming up: here, and here. For further information about the master of SF manga, Yukinobu Hoshino, check out this massive article in Salon Futura.
Join the acclaimed director, Fumihiko Sori (Vexille, Ichi) and the producers of Appleseed and Halo Legends for an epic journey to the stars told across two stunning sci-fi fables. A crew returns home after 15 years in space. While they have only aged by two years, everyone they know is now fifteen years older. One hundred years have passed and mankind presses on ever deeper into the solar system. But far from establishing a new world order in space, man has brought the same old rivalries and conflicts with him. A war erupts as the race to colonize a new Earth intensifies.
Tom Smith voyages into Yukinobu Hoshino’s TO: 2001 Nights.
Yukinobu Hoshino has had a long history of penning science fiction. He dropped out of university in the mid-seventies in order to focus on his debut manga, one of his defining features ever since has been a penchant for futuristic twists on some of mankind’s oldest stories and mythologies. As the name implies, his manga series 2001 Nights crashes the scattered stories of the Arabian Nights into the epic tale of human evolution to be found in 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Andrew Osmond turns an anime eye on a new history book
If the past is truly another country, then Modern Japan: All that Matters suggests the average Japanese youth may be as remote from the land of shogun and samurai as Britain is from today’s Tokyo. Jonathan Clements’ new book is a concise history which focuses on the country’s last seventy years, from Japan’s surrender in 1945 to the present.
The Wolf Children is a family film about a family. This may help explain while Mamoru Hosoda’s movie was a hit in Japan, something that’s very unusual for a standalone cartoon film not linked to an entrenched brand. A well-rounded portrait of a family offers many ways in for different generations. The Wolf Children is the story of an unassuming ‘ordinary’ mum who must find reserves of superhuman strength; of a rambunctious girl and a troubled boy, each with different relationships to their animal sides; of a magic, mythic love between a human woman and a gentle werewolf; and of everyday, practical living away from city lights and mod-cons.
This year's Tokyo Film Festival also included a festival within a festival, an awesomely thorough programme of screenings and live appearances by the maker of Evangelion. It covered Anno’s career from his early amateur films to his live-action, to his work as an animator and anime director.
Paul Jacques goes on the prowl at the London Super Comic Con
Cosplayer Kasey Wolfe goes for a beardy version of Gohan from Dragon Ball Z, caught by our roving photographer Paul Jacques at the London Super Comic Con. Dragon Ball Z is out now on UK DVD from Manga Entertainment.