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Welcome to the Space Show, Tetsujin 28 Videos Streamed

posted on 2010-03-29 15:00 EDT
Welcome to THE SPACE SHOW to open in June; new ad in Docomo campaign runs

The official website of the Welcome to THE SPACE SHOW anime film is streaming a second Japanese-language trailer. (In the linked page, select the green "トレーラー" item in the top menu.) The same website is still streaming the English-narrated and subtitled promotional video for the film's screening at the Berlin International Film Festival, and the first Japanese-language trailer. The film will open in Japan this summer.

This science-fiction film by the R.O.D. Read or Die anime franchise's core team of director Koji Masunari, writer Hideyuki Kurata, and character designer Masashi Ishihama follows a group of children who experience a space-spanning adventure. The story will begin in the countryside during the summer vacation of fifth grader Natsuki Oyama. Natsuki just moved here in June, and she and four of her schoolmates are about to embark on an adventure together that will take them beyond the fields they call home.

The NTT Docomo mobile communications provider began airing a new 30-second television commercial featuring Mitsuteru Yokoyama's manga robot Tetsujin 28-gō (Gigantor in English). (In the linked page, select "05 CMをみる!" menu option in the bottom left corner after the Flash opening ends.) The commercial advertises Docomo's data communications service for personal computers by modernizing the remote control that a boy named Shōtarō Kaneda uses to "pilot" Tetsujin 28 in the manga. In the commercial, the grown-up businessman Shōtarō (Gokusen and Mei-chan no Shitsuji's Jutta Yūki) controls the robot in the Tokyo shopping district of Ginza by using a notebook computer equipped with Docomo's data communications adaptor. A live-action film version of the manga opened in 2005, and a "life-size," 18-meter-tall (59-foot-tall) statue was erected in Yokoyama's hometown of Kobe in 2009.

[Via Felix Ip for the Tetsujin 28 commercial]

Images © A-1 Pictures/Welcome to THE SPACE SHOW Production Committee
© Hikari Production


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