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Cencoroll, Yatterman, Kamui Gaiden Promos Streamed

posted on by Egan Loo
Cencoroll, Yatterman open on Saturday; Kamui Gaiden opens next month

The official website for Atsuya Uki's Cencoroll science-fiction anime film has posted the second 21-second commercial to promote the film's theatrical opening in Tokyo and Osaka on Saturday. (The earlier trailer and ad are still available on the official website under the "TRAILER" menu item.) Cencoroll's story begins when a giant monster sends a town's citizens into a panic — except for a girl named Yuki and her schoolmate Tetsu. Tetsu happens to have his own strange creature named Cenco as a pet. Another boy named Shū controls the monster threatening the town, and the stage is set for a battle. According to the sponsors Aniplex and Anime Innovation Tokyo, Uki directed, wrote, designed, and animated the project himself. The new 30-minute version had its world premiere at Canada's Fantasia 2009 festival on July 28, and it will play at the New York Anime Film Festival next month.

The Japanese film distributor Shochiku has added several ads and trailers for the Yatterman: Shin Yatter Mecha Daishūgō! Omocha no Kuni de Daiketsdan da Koron! animated film on the YouTube website on Friday. The film's story promises to bring together new Yatter Mecha for the Yatterman duo of heroes to use in their fight against evil. The film opens in Japan on Saturday. The original Yatterman television series premiered in 1977, and it spawned the first Yatterman anime film that same year. A new Yatterman televison series began running in Japan last year. Takashi Miike (Crows Zero, Ichi the Killer, MPD Psycho) cemented his newfound mainstream film success by directing a live-action Yatterman film with Arashi singer/actor Sho Sakurai (Honey and Clover) in March.

The website for Yōichi Sai's (Choi Yang-il's) live-action film adaptation of Sanpei Shirato's Kamui Gaiden ninja manga has posted its second 85-second trailer on Wednesday and a 30-second television ad on Friday. (The earlier trailers and videos are still available.) Ken'ichi Matsuyama (Death Note movies' L, Detroit Metal City's Sōichi/Krauser II) stars in the title role of a rogue ninja on the run from his own clan. Kankurō Kudō (Ping Pong, Ikebukuro West Gate Park) wrote the screenplay, and the film will open in Japan on September 19.

The Kamui Gaiden film is based on the 1965-67 and 1982-87 side stories to the 1964-71 Legend of Kamui manga. Viz released the original manga in English.

Images © Atsuya Uki/Aniplex
© Tatsunoko Production/Theatrical Animation Yattterman Production Committee 2009
© Kamui Gaiden Production Committee

Source: Saishin Anime Jōhō, Nippon Cinema, Affenheimtheater

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