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Otakon 2006

by Bamboo Dong,
Representative: Masao Murayama

Speaking to a small Friday audience, Madhouse started their panel with a sizzle reel of recently produced titles like Redline, Black Lagoon, NANA, Kiba, Yume Tsukai, and others. Black Lagoon will be released in the US by Geneon Entertainment. A trailer was also shown for the studio's summer movie, Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time), which appears to be a Makoto Shinkai-style slice of life film with sci-fi elements. The final trailer shown was for Highlander: Vengeance, which is being directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri, of Vampire Hunter D and Ninja Scroll fame.

Redline is being directed by Takeshi Koike, who was responsible for The Animatrix short World Record. According to Murayama, however, Koike is taking his time and will not likely be finished “anytime soon.”

Toki wo Kakeru Shōjo, directed by Mamoru Hosoda, is currently only being shown in one theater in Tokyo. So far, it has been receiving rave reviews and all shows have been sold out to capacity. The CEO of Kadokawa has even called it the “best work to come out from Madhouse.”

All of the titles they showed are slated to be completed by the end of this year, with the exception of Redline.

During the question and answer session, Murayama said that Satoshi Kon's new title Paprika was finished and will be playing at the Venice International Film Festival. It will be released commercially in Japan in December.

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