No words..... I've just been slayed. so hard. I'm anticipating that single album more than ever now.
Tori Matsuzaka (.hack//The Movie, live-action Kyō, Koi o Hajimemasu, Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, Kamen Rider Decade) will star as Ken, the head of the eponymous team. Gō Ayano (second-in-command Jō), Ayame Gōriki (explosive yoyo-wielding Jun), Tatsuomi Hamada (youngest member Jinpei), and Ryōhei Suzuki (main pilot Ryū) round out the cast.
The five serve as agents of the International Science Organization in Tokyo in the near future. Galactor, a mysterious group whose technology far surpasses that of humans, has declared war on the entire world and has already subjugated half of it. Dr. Nanbu has assembled these five young heroes as humanity's last hope.
Takashi Yamazaki (Juvenile, Returner, Always: Sunset on Third Street, Ballad, Space Battleship Yamato, Friends: Mononoke Shima no Naki) is handling the visual effects. The film will have more CG cuts than Yatterman (1,300) and Gantz (1,000 between the two films).
The first Gatchaman anime premiered in October of 1972 and earned an average rating of 21%. It was only planned for two quarters (kūru or cours) of a year, but was extended to two full years and 105 episodes. It has since spawned anime films as well as later television and video series.
Planning parties was especially difficult when I studied abroad in Japan. If I told all of my friends to come to my apartment at 9pm, my Japanese friends would show up at around 8:55 (5 minutes late) and my American friends would roll in at around 9:45 (or whenever they felt like it). To remedy this problem, I learned to tell my Japanese friends to come a half hour later than my American friends. After that, everyone arrived to my parties at around the same time.
In the land where trains magically run on time every day and no one is ever late to work, you would think the world could agree that Japan has mastered the art of time management.
As part of the "Sora o Tobu" Project, JAL flights will screen Porco Rosso and "Kūsō no Sora Tobu Kikai-tachi" ("The Machines that Fly the Skies of Dreams"), the rare 2002 animation short by Miyazaki. He not only directed the short, but also narrated it.
Miyazaki was unable to attend the ceremony; Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki explained that the director is deep in production of a film "with lots of airplanes." Anime director Osamu Kobayashi (Beck, Paradise Kiss) reported in July that he heard that Miyazaki's latest work will tell the story of the designer of the Zero Fighter, the Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter aircraft used by the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II.