The Coil has come back: Dennō Coil, one of the great modern anime that inexplicably never received a release Stateside, is finally, finally seeing the light of day here thanks to Section 23/Sentai Filmworks. "Miyazaki meets The Matrix" was one of the descriptions I've seen bandied around for this charming, one-of-a-kind production — a description I loathe, even if it does sorta hit the mark. I was on the verge of just giving up and ordering the Australian release from Madman Entertainment, but now that the good news has come, expect a review 'pon release.
The Girl has leapt back through time: And while we're on the subject of lost titles found once again, Mamoru (Wolf Children, Summer Wars) Hosoda's debut The Girl Who Leapt Through Time has been rescued from out-of-print-ness by that other major anime distributor, Funimation. For years, the only way to see this sweet and smart adaptation of Yasutaka (Paprika) Tsutsui's novel, also adapted multiple time as live action, was as a horribly pricey and now completely out-of-print offering from the now-defunct Bandai catalog. Nice to have it back. And yes, expect a review — of both the anime and the original source novel, now available in English.
Netflix flicks again: Another season, another anime debuting in the West on Netflix — this time it's Production I.G's Perfect Bones, an SF-flavored project. We've gotten to the point where "SF" automatically means "dystopian", I fear, and that's the case here as well, but I look forward to it all the same.
The kid stays in the picture: I am a staunch fan of Osamu Tezuka's Astro-Boy, but even I was no fan of the ill-conceived CGI feature film that popped out a few years back. The fizzle of that project hasn't stopped another film from being announced, this one described as a live-action project (although, when you get down to it, even the "live-action" films these days are animated). Well, maybe this time they'll get it right. We hope.
After all, it does have "Death" in the title: The producers of the forthcoming live-action Death Note feature film — the Hollywood version, that is — have promised it will be a hard-R. Maybe they feel all the more emboldened to say that in the wake of Deadpool raking in the fat green, but in truth I'm not sure Death Note needs to be a hard R to work. This is a suspense story, not a splatter film. Right?