Anonymous Noise and Never-Ending Man Released Monday
posted on by Andrew Osmond
On Monday April 13, Anime Limited will release the series Anonymous Noise on Blu-ray. Sentai Filmworks has described the story:
"Blessed with a beautiful voice, Nino only sings for one reason: to be found. Nino finds herself looking for two boys who left her without reason, Momo and Yuzu. By chance, all three of them end up in the same high school, and Nino discovers that her singing isn't in vain. As they rediscover their bonds, the group realizes that time changes many things, and sometimes certain things can't be repaired."
Hideya Takahashi (Keijo!!!!!!!!, Fantasista Stella) directed the series at Brains Base (Natsume's Book of Friends, Durarara!!). Deko Akao (Snow White with the Red Hair, Noragami) was in charge of the series composition, and Mariko Itou designed the characters for animation and served as chief animation director.
Anime Limited will also release a Blu-ray/DVD combo edition of the live-action documentary, Never-Ending Man, about the director Hayao Miyazaki. It follows Hayao Miyazaki after he announces his retirement from feature films in 2013, when he is attempting to make a short CG film, Boro the Caterpillar. The Anime Limited release will include both the feature-length 70-minute version, and an alternate 48-minute version which has different footage.
Studio Canal is releasing Blu-ray Steelbook editions of two Studio Ghibli films. One is Hiromasa Yonebayashi's When Marnie Was There. Released in 2014, When Marnie Was There was adapted from a British novel by Joan G. Robinson. The film tells the story of a young girl, Anna, on the Japanese island Hokkaido, who is sent to the coast for health reasons. There she meets an unlikely friend in the form of Marnie, a girl her age with flowing blonde hair. As the friendship deepens it is possible that Marnie has closer ties to the protagonist than we might expect.
The other Blu-ray Steelbook is Isao Takahata's 1999 film My Neighbors the Yamadas. It was adapted from a Japanese newspaper strip by Hisaichi Ishii and depicts the daily life and foibles of a Japanese family - children, parents, grandmother and dog.