Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Gedo Senki (Tales From Earthsea)

This morning, my youngest daughter and I went to the Itami Toho-plex to see the new Studio Ghibli movie Gedo Senki which is based on the Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K. Le Guin. The title itself is from the fifth book in the series while some of the characters are borrowed from the first three books. It was the first film directed by Goro Miyazaki, son of the god of anime Hayao Miyazaki.

Even though my Japanese is limited, the story and film itself was excellent. I look forward to seeing the English version someday. The animation quality wasn't as highly detailed as what Ghibli fans are used to. You start off seeing a ship being tossed in the waves but you don't see the individual planks as you would expect to see in a film from this studio. It actually feels like you are watching an older Miyazaki anime such as the Future Boy Conan TV series.

The animation was good though and so was the action. The story is what really got the most attention and it showed. There isn't much more I can say without giving stuff away though. Just look forward to seeing it in a theater near you.

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