I’m always dissatisfied with my end of the year lists, but I supposed a WHOLE year of catching up is good enough for me to have a proper idea of what I like, right? I managed to squeeze in 227 movies, the rest is history. I hope you like it, that you don’t hate on me for not including some of your faves, that you celebrate that we loved some of others, and that you love me for introducing you to one title you missed.
According to the site formerly known as Nippon Cinema, Eigapedia, Shunji Iwai is working on an animated prequel of Hana & Alice, because- WHY NOT? It’s always good to have Yu Aoi back together with Iwai, despite the lack of Noboru Shinoda and Iwai’s uncertain background in animation. xD But I have a weakness for Yu Aoi voice-over acting. Both Aoi and Anne Suzuki were back in their respective roles, and apparently are done with their recording, telling us the story of how their friendship became what it was.
The production teased already with brief stills of the movie, and rough vignettes of the animated frames. The movie is set to open some time in February next year.
User Plano Piloto has translated the audio and on-screen text:
Hana: By the way, what’s your name? Alice: Arisugawa Tetsuko [Alice, the most powerful transfer student in history.] Hana: I am- Alice: Arai Hana-san. [Hana, the most powerful hikikomori in history.] Hana: Why do you ask knowing it? Alice: Eh? You asked my name, you hikikomori. [The world’s smallest murder case happened when the two met.] Hana: I don’t enjoy being one.
[The first animated feature film by Shunji Iwai.]
Alice: A murder case? Hana: Want to know what happened? [Voice Actors / Yu Aoi as Alice / Anne Suzuki as Hana] Alice: Well… I’m not sure.
This is the first time in my movie-counting life that I’ve seen over 50 movies by the middle of the year. As a general number, I picked 48 a year, to make sure I -at least- watched one film a week for my end of the year list.
There’s a LOT of bad and meh movies so far, but there’s also a decent Top10. Not unbelievable, but decent. It’s a working one that would do for a Dec.31 or Jan.01 publishing date. LOL
It’s been a while since I posted an animated short… especially from a French animation school, and chickens set in 1700 Versailles seemed like a no-brainer. It’s super cute and funny. Duh! It’s chickens! In Versailles! LOL