Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror

Caught one of the press screenings yesterday of this new offering from Production I.G (possibly my favourite anime production house in Japan, and the people behind the Ghost in the Shell franchise).

Otherwise known here in Japan as Hottarake no Shima - Haruka to Maho no Kagami, you can check out the official website here.

The animation direction is none other than Naoyoshi Shiotani (the director of the South Korean SICAF 2008 Grand Prize-winning Tokyo Marble Chocolate), and it's directed by Shinsuke Sato, the writer/director of Princess Blade (2001).

You'll need to brush up on your basic knowledge of Inari shrines - plus a re-reading of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and re-screenings of Spirited Away, Toy Story, The Empire Strikes Back and the Rankin/Bass-produced 1964 stop motion version of Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer - to fully appreciate the controlled, irreverent madness here.

Distributor Toho are unleashing the flick here in Japan on August 22.

In the meantime, check out the trailers over at Twitch.

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