Category Archives: anime

Flight and Regeneration

YMCK – Starlight:

Daicon IV video (haven’t I posted this before?) – a legend in itself:

The opening of the Densha Otoko J-drama references this:


Evangelion 1:0 – You Are (Not) Alone


At last my arm is complete again!

I enjoyed the new animation in the Evangelion movie — Evangelion 1:0 – You Are (Not) Alone — and let myself indulge in a bit of nostalgia for those memories of when I first watched the original Evangelion series. And I was glad to have the chance to introduce a seminal anime work to the Other Half.

As I recall them, many scenes from the original series were kept – seeing Eva-01’s launch sequence again nearly brought tears to my eyes – but the movie is mostly new animation, particularly after Ramiel turns up.

Of the Angels, Ramiel was one of the most boring (pun intended), being a large floating blue octahedron. As an example of what computer technology had enabled since 1994, Ramiel is now constantly changes forms when firing its Beam o’ Glowy Death(TM). In addition, the old mechanical drill bit from the series has been replaced by a swirling corkscrew that morphs from Ramiel’s bottom apex.

The new movie animation looks better, but then again I’ve only seen the original TV series with its washed-out look so Anno etc could’ve reused Renewal footage for all I know :p

But the whole movie looks consistently new. Contrast with the visually jarring mix of old (1984-6) and new (2005-6) animation in the Zeta Gundam: A New Translation movies.

(Incidentally why didn’t those come here? Bandai/Sunrise wanted too much money for screening fees?)

Some deliberate discrepancies mysteries:

– The numbering of the Angels has changed. Sachiel, the first angel to appear in the series, is the 3rd Angel, but in the movie he’s identified as the 4th.

– Lilith is wearing a mask like Sachiel’s face in the movie, but in the series she has one with seven eyes on it.

– The entire moon sequence at the end of the movie. There’s another Lilith-like being?!?

Was hoping to watch the trailer for the second movie at the end, and was disappointed that the preview seems to have been cut from the prints at both the Cathay and at Cineleisure. Odd.

Thankfully, the Net provides. Watch the trailer here. (More mysteries!)

The movie brochure didn’t make it here either. None of the merchandise did. As expected :/

(earlier post on Evangelion 1:0)

“Perfect Blue” re-released

Been ages, huh?

Perfect Blue has a special place in my movie and anime-loving heart, so it’s some comfort to know that Satoshi Kon’s first directorial feature has been re-released on Feb 29th on DVD and Blu-Ray, with new cover art (see left)

Re-release homepage here

But strange – doesn’t look like they’ve retouched any of the animation. Not much info on the site either.

Animation Nation 2007: 23 Nov – 1 Dec

Tickets on sale now. The festival is in its fourth year, and the lineup just gets better (thanks to the hard work of Dave and his team!). But you can judge for yourself:

Animation Nation 2007 is proudly presented by Singapore Film Society, with the generous support of the Media Development Authority of Singapore. Part of the Asia Media Festival. Featuring 80 films from more than 30 countries, showcasing the possibilities of animation and the best the animation world has to offer.

With seminars and workshops helmed by world renowned animators such as DreamWorks animators Kyle Jefferson and Cameron Hood, former Disney Animator Nancy Beiman, Kompin Kemgumnird, Auchara Kikanjanas and Sonny Liew.

Highlights include

Tekkon Kinkreet, from the producers of the Animatrix
Khan Kluay, an award-winning Thai animation by Kompin Kemgumnird
– Documentaries on the creative process – The Pixar Story and Moebius Redux
– Oscar winner The Danish Poet
My Love by Aleksandr Petrov
– SIGGRAPH winner Ark
РKatsuhiro Otomo’s Freedom Project
– The Best of Ottawa 2007

Venue – National Museum of Singapore, library@esplanade and *scape

For details of ticketing and schedule of screenings, seminars and workshops, please visit