Join Bryant and Tyler as they discuss the Los Angeles Anime Film Festival (LA-AFF) and the world premiere of ‘No Game No Life: Zero.’ Not only that, but Sentai Filmworks and the film festival brought us a very special presentation of the first anime film in existence. 100 years of anime, here’s to 100 years more!

 

 

Below I have information on the film, ‘The Dull Sword,’ LA-AFF, Sentai Filmworks, and Hurricane Harvey relief fund.


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Synopsis:

Six thousand years before Sora and Shiro were even a blink in the history of Disboard, war consumed the land, tearing apart the heavens, destroying stars, and even threatening to wipe out the human race. Amid the chaos and destruction, a young man named Riku leads humanity toward the tomorrow his heart believed in. One day, in the ruins of an Elf city, he meets Shuvi, a female exiled “Ex-machina” android who asks him to teach her what it means to have a human heart.
(Via Sentai Filmworks)

The film runs 106 minutes long and is a prequel to the 12 episode long series, No Game No Life, from 2014. This film has been long awaited and I can tell you: it is amazing. Currently, the anime series is rated an 8.43 on MyAnimeList.net and beloved by Tyler and the Shukai crew. Fans are STILL awaiting news from Madhouse to announce season 2…

For the World Premiere event, we saw the ‘Dubbed’ version, which we discuss in the podcast. It was exciting because we got to meet and hear a Q&A with Scott Gibbs, Caitlynn French, ADR Director Kyle Colby Jones, and producer Sho Tanaka!

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guest-ngnl-2Gibbs voices Riku for NGNL:Zero and Sora in the series.

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French voices Shuvi for Zero and Shiro in the series.

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Synopsis:

Namakura Gatana (なまくら刀) or Hanawa Hekonai meitō no maki (塙凹内名刀之巻) is a short Japanese animated film produced by Jun’ichi Kōuchi in 1917. It was found in an antique shop in Osaka in central Japan in March 2008.[1] This film is a 2-minute silent short that tells a history about a samurai‘s foolish purchase of a dull-edged sword. It was released on June 30, 1917.

(Via Wikipedia)

This silent animated film was absolutely amazing and, again, in the podcast we discuss our feelings about it at length. Here is the short film restored:

 

For more information check out it’s page in  MyAnimeList.net.


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The Los Angeles Anime Film Festival (LA-AFF), presented by international creative company Rydgen Inc. in partnership with L.A. based film distribution company Azoland Pictures, is North America’s biggest anime film festival. The LA-AFF is a three day event which showcases over 20 anime films including recently released hits from Japan and fan favorite classics. In addition to the film screenings, attendees can enjoy a full list of events including an opening night red carpet gala and Q&A sessions with directors, voice actors, and creative staff. The first LA-AFF takes place September 15-17, 2017 and all programs will be showcased at the Regal L.A. LIVE: A Barco Innovation Center in Downtown Los Angeles. The LA-AFF strives to provide a place where people of all ages can enjoy anime films in their full splendor with state-of-the-art equipment, high-quality images, and high performance sound.

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of ANIME

2017 marks 100 years since the birth of animation in Japan, so we are delighted to be able to celebrate this landmark year with our rst Los Angeles Anime Film Festival. We have arranged a lineup that includes popular recent anime lms alongside some of the classic masterpieces of Japanese anime from the last 100 years. We hope you will take this opportunity to enjoy some of the movies you already love, and discover some you didn’t even know existed, on the big screen.

(Via LA-AFF’s About Us)

Follow the Film Festival on social media on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! We can not wait for next year and we will be there the whole time! Check out their website!


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Sentai Filmworks is a global leader in anime and genre entertainment and manages one of the world’s largest anime libraries with thousands of hours of content in release across traditional and digital media platforms. As a premier strategic partner, the company offers industry-leading expertise in all facets of production, development, localization, licensing, marketing and distribution. The studio stands at the forefront of every aspect of the entertainment industry from feature film, television, Blu-ray/DVD and digital distribution as well as international and domestic product and brand licensing.

Sentai Filmworks’ line of Blu-ray and DVDs are distributed by all major home entertainment wholesalers, distributors and national merchants, including both mass and specialty retailers such as Amazon, Baker & Taylor, Best Buy, Diamond, Fry’s, Hastings, Right Stuf, FYE, Alliance Entertainment, Super D, Target, Walmart and others.

(Via Sentai’s About Us)

Sentai Filmworks distribute amazing anime and I very much respect them. You can find more information on their website, follow them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Sentai distributes amazing series like No Game No Life, Haikyu!!, Food Wars!, Gate, Himouto!, Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, Akame Ga Kill! (Kill la Kill), High School of the Dead, and so many more!

To support the Houston-based studio after these last few weeks, they have a GoFundMe page. Look into the page and help out the studios and those who were affected by these hurricanes.


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