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bravetailor



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2011 9:56 pm Reply with quote
Incidentally, I found a copy of the Animeigo DVD of Dagger of Kamui a few weeks ago and I immediately felt pained after watching a few minutes of it. Pained not because of the quality of the film (it's one of my all time faves), but pained because the quality of the source Animeigo used was so very bad (I swear, the DVD may well be even worse-looking than when I saw it on VHS!), and it's very unlikely to be re-released in R1 for a looong while.

Rintaro really is one of those guys fans don't exactly get hyped up for, but years later they would find that he directed many of our favourite anime.
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GATSU



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2011 10:16 pm Reply with quote
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despite vast international success, Yoshiaki Kawajiri doesn't get that much work, which is odd.


Probably 'cus he's more of an adapter than a creator.
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walw6pK4Alo



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2011 11:32 pm Reply with quote
No mention of his Hi no Tori film? That one was fairly well done, and I always hear that people tend to consider that one of the best adaptations of the manga. Although Kawajiri's weren't too bad either.

My favorite thing thing Rintaro directed was the Space Pirate Captain Harlock: Endless Odyssey OVA. Certainly beats the hell out of pretty much any other recent Matsumoto-based anime, and sticks close to the original Harlock series. I also digged his Labyrinth segment in Neo-Tokyo.

Mostly, his anime just tend to be really hit or miss. Doomed Megalopolis and Spirit Warrior weren't anything too exciting, and the X movie was pretty bewildering, but his anime to tend to look really good. But I think Kawajiri has a better batting average overall.

bravetailor wrote:
Incidentally, I found a copy of the Animeigo DVD of Dagger of Kamui a few weeks ago and I immediately felt pained after watching a few minutes of it. Pained not because of the quality of the film (it's one of my all time faves), but pained because the quality of the source Animeigo used was so very bad (I swear, the DVD may well be even worse-looking than when I saw it on VHS!), and it's very unlikely to be re-released in R1 for a looong while.


Not to plug anything, but there is an R2 DVDrip out there that has really really good quality, very sharp, tons of visible grain. They even added in the English audio.
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petran79



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 3:25 am Reply with quote
There is also a CGI movie (Yona Penguin) directed by him, another French-Japanese collaboration.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 6:10 am Reply with quote
Life is full of coincidences. Last night I watched Galaxy Express 999 for the first time. It was also my first exposure, that I know of, of a Matsumoto creation. I loved it and now I have a new universe to explore.

Anyway, Rintaro can be excused for the 1989 Kimba if only because he was the chief director of the original series under his real name, Shigeyuki Hayashi. Kimba the White Lion was one of my favourite shows as a kid in the 60s.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 10:30 am Reply with quote
The one thing I will always enjoy Rintaro films for, will be the animation. I don't know if a single guy in the entire anime industry could pull together as talented of a team as consistently as he could. (Barring Miyazaki, of course)
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 12:09 pm Reply with quote
walw6pK4Alo wrote:
I also digged his Labyrinth segment in Neo-Tokyo.

Whilst in my view it is far from his greatest work, Neo-Tokyo, or as much of it as can be credited to Rintaro, is most certainly worthy of a passing mention. Mildly absurd and appropriately restrained, the Labyrinth segment provides an strange and amusing (though somewhat eerie) flight of fantasy.
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Lightning Leo



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 5:50 pm Reply with quote
I remember back when anime films were shown late-night on the SciFi channel, it was an exciting gamble to stay up and watch because you never knew if the anime would be any good. That was my first exposure to Galaxy Express 999.

I remember my first reaction was awkward confusion and apprehension... which was shortly followed by spellbound admiration and appreciation. There really was something resonating about the work despite it's alien weirdness, a sort of timeless quality that embraced the indifferent mystery of the universe and the journeys navigated through it. It isn't a personal favorite of mine, but I can see how it may be considered a classic.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 8:53 pm Reply with quote
I never realized just how much of Rintaro's work I had seen!

It looks like there is only a few titles mentioned in this article that I haven't seen!


Another great article Mike!
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