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A Letter To Momo is streaming for Amazon Prime members.

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I am just getting into Animes and I just ordered a number of animes on Blu-Ray... Anyone can tell me if the selections were any good?

  • The Princess and the Pilot
  • The Tale of Princess Kaguya
  • From Up on Poppy Hill
  • Porco Rosso
  • Paprika
  • Only Yesterday
  • Colorful
  • Garden of Words
  • Hal
  • Summer Wars
  • Children Who Chase Lost Voices
  • A Letter to Momo
  • Tale of Earthsea
  • Pom Poko
The only one I know that has highly rated was The Tale of Princess Kaguya... I prefer drama/comedy/romance style of animes, not action types like Akira. But I did like Appleseed Alpha and Ex Machina. Any other recommendations? Thanks in advance...
After watching these animes, here are my opinions...

The Princess and the Pilot - fair
The Tale of Princess Kaguya - fair
From Up on Poppy Hill - winner
Porco Rosso - pretty good
Paprika - fair
Only Yesterday - pretty good
Colorful - pretty good
Garden of Words - very good
Hal - fair
Summer Wars - winner
Children Who Chase Lost Voices - poor
A Letter to Momo - fair
Tale of Earthsea - fair
Pom Poko - poor

Others I just watched:

  • 5 Centimeters Per Second - fair
  • Origins Spirits of the Past - fair
  • Patema Inverted - poor
  • The Girl Who Leapt Through Time - very good

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A Letter To Momo is streaming for Amazon Prime members.
It's kind of surprising how little animes are available on Amazon Prime... only a couple dozen at most...

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I strongly recommend AnoHana: The Flower We Saw That Day for everyone. There is a movie version available but I think it's best enjoyed first in its original series form. One of the most delightful, touching anime in recent memory. The movie was a huge hit in Japan.

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It's kind of surprising how little animes are available on Amazon Prime... only a couple dozen at most...
They might not have much on prime for free but they do have a bunch available to purchase that can be streamed. I have a bunch of titles that I purchased from Amazon ove rthe years, that I can now stream, that I later ended up getting on BD too.

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I just picked "Time of Eve". The film is about how humans and androids interact in a café where they meet and do not know if the other person is a human or android. In the "outside" world, androids must display a halo above their heads so humans can tell what they are. The androids in the real world are treated mostly like slaves and disrespected except by some pro-android factions.

The film is based on a six-part anime which was combined into one film. It deals with all types of interactions, android vs humans, androids vs androids, humans vs humans.

The graphics are more on the realistic side. The backgrounds are amazing whereas the character animation is more atypical Japanese style without the exaggerated look when emotions are raised. Being all dialog driven, the audio seems subdued.

Overall, I liked the movie. It appears to be a limited release as it was funded by kickstarter.


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I just picked "Time of Eve". The film is about how humans and androids interact in a café where they meet and do not know if the other person is a human or android. In the "outside" world, androids must display a halo above their heads so humans can tell what they are. The androids in the real world are treated mostly like slaves and disrespected except by some pr0-android factions.

The film is based on a six-part anime which was combined into one film. It deals with all types of interactions, android vs humans, androids vs androids, humans vs humans.

The graphics are more on the realistic side. The backgrounds are amazing whereas the character animation is more atypical Japanese style without the exaggerated look when emotions are raised. Being all dialog driven, the audio seems subdued.

Overall, I liked the movie. It appears to be a limited release as it was funded by kickstarter.

Thanks! I'll need to check it out.
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BTW, if you do pick up "Time of Eve", make sure you watch the sketches in the end credits... The sketches provide a lot of information of how Nagi (the café owner) came to own the café. Also, there is an extended closing scene at the very end of the movie...

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I watched the original Time of Eve series. It definitely feels very different in tone than most anime, quite thought provoking with its implications of humans living alongside robots.

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Sentai is releasing Ninja Scroll w/ Director commentary on 5/19.
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Studio Ghibli's possible final release "When Marnie Was There" will be released theatrically by G-KIDs late spring and probable video release by the holidays. This is based on Joan Robinson's young adult novel about a introverted foster girl is sent to a remote village and meets a mysterious blond girl. The video is now available in Japan through YesAsia (the film was theatrically released in June 2014) but it is rather expensive at $65.

I already received the Japanese Blu-Ray and can tell you it is one of Ghibli's finer films.

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Summer Wars - winner
The director has another Blu-ray that's been out for a while that doesn't seem to get much mention, Wolf Children. I rather liked it. It has a slice of life feel along with dashes of fanciful elements. Quite subtle though with it's emotions, so be aware of that mood.
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The director has another Blu-ray that's been out for a while that doesn't seem to get much mention, Wolf Children. I rather liked it. It has a slice of life feel along with dashes of fanciful elements. Quite subtle though with it's emotions, so be aware of that mood.
Thanks.. I'll need to rent the BD and check it out.

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The director has another Blu-ray that's been out for a while that doesn't seem to get much mention, Wolf Children. I rather liked it. It has a slice of life feel along with dashes of fanciful elements. Quite subtle though with it's emotions, so be aware of that mood.
I have seen that anime and for some reason, it did not really impress me that much. I bought it because it was well regarded but I thought the plot was rather weak.

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I have seen that anime and for some reason, it did not really impress me that much. I bought it because it was well regarded but I thought the plot was rather weak.
That's fair. Depending on the movie, not much plot doesn't bother me. (I.E. Totoro) Peace.
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That's fair. Depending on the movie, not much plot doesn't bother me. (I.E. Totoro) Peace.
OTOH, I thought his earlier titles (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Summer Wars) were really great...
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The Akira 25th Anniversary BD is now below $14 on Amazon, sold by Amazon. This is the best time to get the movie if you don't already have it.
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To anyone who is interested... The final missing Studio Ghibli title "Ocean Waves" will be released on Blu-Ray in Japan on 07/17/15. This was a anime made for Nippon Television by the studio with some new talent back then. The film ran over budget and behind schedule. It is a story of high school life in Japan. No word of a domestic US release. It will be in Japanese with English subtitles and will retail for about $60USD...

I don't understand why Japanese movies are so expensive...


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GITS 25th is just GITS 1.0. It would seem that it was erroneously promoted that the film was getting a new master, when it is in fact simply the same master as the Japanese BD of the original version that was released several years ago. My advice? Don't pay any more than $10 for it, if you actually want it. It simply isn't worth any more than that since the 2.0 version is the definitive version of the film
Sure, if you're George Lucas. Hope you like original footage replaced with ugly CG, not to mention altered music, blown-out contrast, wonky colors...
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has there been any update as to when Evangelion 3.33 is going to hit BR in the US?
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has there been any update as to when Evangelion 3.33 is going to hit BR in the US?
Not that I've heard. I pre-ordered it sometime last year. I wonder if my pre-order is even still valid at Funimation?

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I pre-ordered it through Righstuf last year, too. As far as I know, my pre-order is still valid. I get occasional emails from them saying they're still "working on my order" and the emails always show a TBD/TBA date for release.

I think it kept getting pushed back due to its ongoing theatrical run in the US. That's at least what I'd read a few months ago.
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Rightstuf recently threw out their old website and order system. I would check if that pre-order is still valid. Lots of complaints about the transition to Rightstuf's new account system.

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I actually got an automated email this morning from Righstuf saying that my pre-order was still pending. So, it looks like I managed to survive their transition?
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The Digital Bits announced that Disney is releasing an Amazon exclusive Hayao Miyazaki boxed set on 11/17... It consists of the 11 Miyazaki films, not the complete Studio Ghibli releases... The set includes "Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Porco Rosso, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo, and The Wind Rises. You’ll also get a bonus disc that highlights other rare work by Miyazaki, including the 1972 animated TV pilot Yuki no Taiyo (Yuki’s Sun) and three episodes from the 1972 Akado Suzunosuk (Little Samurai) animated series, as well as his uncut retirement press conference. You’ll also get the Tomohiro Machiyama book The Great Dichotomy: Looking at the Works of Hayao Miyazaki and selected notes from Miyazaki’s creative proposals for each film in the set."

The set does not include other Ghibli titles not done by Miyazaki himself... (From Up on Poppy Hill, Grave of the Fireflies, My Neighbors the Yamadas, Only Yesterday, Pom Poko,Tales From Earthsea, The Cat Returns, The Secret World of Arriety, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, When Marnie Was There, Whisper of the Heart and Ocean Waves.

No price was announced, but my guess would be about $300 retail...


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It looks like a magnificent set.

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If this matches the JP set, then Nausicaa will be based on a new master. Generally considered better colors than the standalone release, but there's some disagreement about the rest. I think based on screencaps that the new one hasn't been oversharpened like the original (kinda like the two releases of Fargo), others think the original is fine and the new version is too DNR'd. So if you like the change, it's less noisy--if you don't like the change, it's less grainy. Either way, not quite tempting enough for me to basically double-dip on my whole collection.

EDIT: There's also new encodes on several other titles in the JP set (different bitrates), but I think Nausicaa may be the only one with such an obvious difference in picture quality. Other titles may have subtle differences too, I just haven't seen any mention of it.

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