Thursday, 22 July 2010

Montreal's FANTASIA Film Festival premieres ANIME Films ...

Fantasia 2010 is taking place in Montreal until July 28.

The festival held the international premiere of Space Battleship Yamato Resurrection and Gintama: The Movie, an adaptation of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga.

Also screening is the North American premiere of Je T'aime, a short film by Mamoru Oshii. And for a Canadian premiere, Fantasia showed Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror, Mai Mai Miracle, and King of Thorn.

Other films at the festival include Evangelion: 2.0 You Can [Not] Advance, Summer Wars, and First Squad - The Moment Of Truth.

Two L.A.-based voice actors will also make an appearance at the festival. Yuri Lowenthal, who has worked in Code Geass, Naruto and Bleach, and Tara Platt who has worked on Naruto and Buso Renkin.

Both actors have co-authored a book titled Voice-Over Voice Actor: What It's Like Behind the Mic

Space Battleship Yamato Resurrection is the latest film in the Space Battleship Yamato science-fiction anime franchise. The last film was released in 1983. The new film is set in 2220, 17 years after Final Yamato. Earth is threatened by a 320,000-kilometer-wide black hole and 300 million people set to travel for Amaaru, 27,000 light years away. However, when the transport fleet is attacked the new Yamato battleship leads the retalliation. Susumu Kodai, the hero of the first series, is now 38 years old and a space captain. He has a daughter named Miyuki and married to Yuki (the heroine of the first series).

Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror is about Haruka, a single daughter living with an emotional distant father. Her only connection to her deceased mother is a hand mirror, but Haruka loses her mirror. When she goes to a local shrine to pray for the return of her mother's mirror she encounters a small magical creature that takes her to the land of forgotten items.

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