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I'd heard a little bit about this and searched it out in London. It's not on very many places but saw the 5.30pm performance today at the Odeon on Panton St in London. Dragged my girlfriend along against her will as the thought of sitting through some weird Japanese manga thing filled her with horror. She loved it. After gushing about LaLa Land last week I think this may actually beat it as my favourite film of recent times. The whole cinema was sitting with trembling lips and teared up eyes for at least a third of the film. I was excited to find out it was written and directed by Makoto Shinkai as I love She & Her Cat, and Voices of a Distant Star's one of my favourite things ever. This isn't a million miles away from Voices, but instead of him doing wonders on his G4 it's superbly illustrated, photorealistic in parts, and the story weaves and bobs to interesting, amusing and very moving places. I hadn't realised he'd become such a huge star in Japan over the years. I have to say I struggled a bit with his first couple of full length features and he dropped off my radar. This is in a different league though. Anyway, go see it if you get the chance. And for gods sake avoid any dubbed screenings.
I remember buying the Ken Ishii - Stretch remix 12" in Tower Records in 1996 because it was on R&S Records and it had cool anime artwork and big Japanese looking text on it (I was 14 at the time and into that sort of thing). Upon taking it home I was pleased to find a couple of Techno bangers on there and a rather lovely DnB remix that I recognised from an LTJ Bukem essential mix. Some years later I picked up Ken Ishii's Jelly Tones album that the single Stretch was taken from. I tried a few times over the years, but I never got into it. Going back to it again this week, it still sounds pretty boring. The remixes of Stretch are all better than the original album version and the only other track on the LP I like is the other single "Extra", which is good but nothing special. Whilst reading the sleeve notes, I noticed that the cover illustrations were by Koji Morimoto, who was the director of Akira. It turns out he directed a music video for Extra. I can't believe I didn't know about this! The music and the visuals work so well together that it turns a good track into an excellent one! *** Seizure warning - contains multiple instances of flashing imagery *** *** Also some NSFW-ish content ***
The Collectorabilia returns to the Marriott Hotel in time for XMAS! Over 30 sellers of the best of: Retro Video Games, Consoles, vintage toys, action figures, Star Wars, He Man, Comics, graphic novels, Lego, Geek Culture, Pixel Bead Art, Funko Pops, original artwork, t-shirts and much more...... The Yorkshire Cosplayers Heroes and Villains will be there all day so you can get your photos with your favourite characters, Santa may also be making an appearance too :-) Perfect place to get those great additions to your collection, buy back your childhood, discover new things or start a new collection. The Venue The Marriott Hotel, 4 Trevelyan Square, Boar Lane, Leeds, LS1 6ET (2 min walk from the train station) The Date Saturday 3rd December 2016 - 10am to 3pm Admission £2 per adult, Under 16s Free (when accompanied by an adult) Check out the Website http://collectorabilia.com/ Join our facebook group https://www.facebook.com/RetroEventsLeeds and check out our other events coming up too! Tell us you are coming on the facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/847320095404558/ and keeping checking on there for updates on the event! Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RetEvents Come along and join in the fun and get some great stuff for the collection too!!
Looks amazing. Anyone getting the Surprise Shinobi Slippery Splash-n-Spray Sports Special edition?