News Himizu Live-Action Blu-ray Plus Spice and Wolf II DVD on Monday
Third Window Films is releasing the live-action film of Minoru Furuya's manga Himizu, directed by Sion Sono, on both DVD and Blu-ray (pictured) on Monday August 6. The film won the Audience Award at London's Terracotta Far East Festival in April 2012. In Himizu, 18-year-old actor Shōta Sometani plays Yūichi Sumida, an abused middle school boy. A violent event sets him on a descent into darkness. 16-year-old actress Fumi Nikaidō plays Keiko Chazawa, Sumida's female classmate and stalker. Both actors won the Best New Young Actor or Actress Award for their roles in Himizu at the Venice Film Festival in September 2011.
Also on Monday, Manga Entertainment is releasing Spice and Wolf II. This is the second TV anime following the fortunes of Lawrence, an nomadic peddler in a medieval-style land, and Holo, a wolf goddess disguised as a girl. Like the preceding Spice and Wolf series, it is based on the novels by Isuna Hasekura.