Martian Successor Nadesico turns 20!
Join us as we share something old and something new today. With the something old, we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the anime Martian Successor Nadesico and with the something new, we take a peek at Studio Ghibli’s movie project that they are doing with Western animator Michaël Dudok de Wit, The Red Turtle. Hungry for anime? Itadakimasu!!
Martian Successor Nadesico
The anime Martian Successor Nadesico will be celebrating its 20th anniversary soon and already festivities are planned. The anime, a science fiction comedy that originally aired in 1996 and it was followed by the movie Prince of Darkness in 1998. The anime takes place in the year 2196 and Earth are at war with an alien race named the ‘Jovian Lizards’. To aid in the fight Nergal, a company designs a space battleship called the ND-001 Nadesico. The ship is powerful consisting of a crew of civilians who are the top experts in their field but most of them are either deranged or very eccentric. A female pilot that quote weird sayings and giggles like a maniac and a pilot that act out scenes from his favourite anime Gekiganger are just two examples of the enjoyable lunacy that awaits.
The hero of the story is Akito Tenkawa. He was once a resident of the Mars’ Utopia colony but the Jovian Lizards attacked it and he escaped it and ended up on Earth with no recollection of how he escaped and arrived on Earth. The incident left him with a terrible fear of the invaders. He hates fighting and thus becomes a chef, but fate conspires against him as he is constantly called upon to act as a pilot of one of Nadesico’s Aestivalis (humanoid combat robots). That is not his only problem, it seems ALL the female members on board the Nadesico are head over heals in love with him, especially the gorgeous captain, Yukira Misumaru. All poor Akito wants to do is cook food and watch his favourite anime, Gekiganger III but lost in a love war between him and his female crew members and an actual war with aliens, and add to that the survivor’s guilt he carries around, and it seems that Akito has no chance for peace, does he?!! If you love action, robots, science fiction, parody, comedy, drama, tragedy, and harem anime, then this anime got you covered. It is an anime classic and has a big cult following.
The festivities planned to celebrate Martian Successor Nadesico include online screenings on AbemaTV, a screening/live talk event, which will feature Nadesico Staff and cast members, and a Japanese release of a deluxe Bluray, boxed set. The Martian Successor Nadesico Bluray box is to be released in Japan on October 1st. It will include all 26 episodes of the series, The Prince of Darkness movie and the Gekiganger OAV plus extras like TV spots and promo videos. AbemaTV’s broadcast of the anime series and movie will start to air on September 24th while the live screening event is most likely to coincide with the Bluray release on October 2016. Some of the guests planned for the event are director Tatsuo Satō, producer Takatoshi Chino, and voice actors Yūji Ueda (Akito Tenkawa), Houko Kawashima (Yurika Misumaru), and Omi Minami (Ruri Hoshino).
The Red Turtle (La Tortue rouge)
Are you excited about The Red Turtle as we are? As previously mentioned on our AnimeFanatika Website, The Red Turtle is a Japanese/French movie directed by Michaël Dudok de Wit, which is co-produced by everybody’s favourite anime movie studio, Studio Ghibli. The movie, like the silent movies of old, has no dialogue but beautiful full-colour animation.
The movie chronicles the tale of a shipwrecked man on a deserted island. He attempts to build a raft to escape but is prevented in his efforts by a mysterious red turtle. The video follows the man and his life one the island, which includes meeting a woman and starting a family.
This movie is Dudok de Wit’s first theatrical length film. He is an animator with Dutch/British origins and won an Academy award for his short film, Father and Daughter, in 2000. Another first is that this is the first time that Studio Ghibli is co-producing a work of Western animation.
The Red Turtle is produced by Why Not Productions, Wild Bunch (The Secret World of Arrietty) as well as Studio Ghibli. How this project came to be is very interesting. Vincent Maraval, the head of Wild Bunch, visited Studio Ghibli in Japan in 2008 and met with Hayao Miyazaki. It was Miyazaki that showed Maraval the short movie Father and Daughter by Michaël Dudok de Wit and asked Maraval to find Dudok de Wit because he wanted to co-produce a movie with him. Dudok de Wit was approached in London and convinced to take part in the project. The Red Turtle’s screenplay was written by Dudok de Wit and Pascale Ferran (Bird People). De Wit moved to Koganei, Tokyo temporary to work on the movie’s storyboards and scenario. Studio Ghibli director Isao Takahata serves as ‘artistic producer’ of the movie.
The Red Turtle already screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May and won the Special Jury Prize at the Un Certain Regard section. It also opened the 40th Annecy International Animation Film Festival in June. The movie is set to open in Japan on September 17 under the title Red Turtle – Aru Shima no Monogatari (Red Turtle – A Certain Island’s Story). The movie will start screening in North America in January 2017. TOHO began streaming a Japanese trailer with new footage for The Red Turtle yesterday and the video reveals more about protagonist’s life in a deserted island.
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