Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Switch - Wolf Children

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I wrote about Brutus and Pen, two magazines similar to GQ, back in July. Brutus had half an issue dedicated to Otomo and Akira, while Pen assigned half to Lupin III.  There's a third publication in the same market, called Switch, which has had 2 seperate issues featuring anime titles - Fate/Stay and Wolf Children. Switch is more of a photo gallery magazine, with picture spreads of various actors, scenes and musicians, and only a few articles.  A few of the photo spreads may be sponsored by camera companies, in that Aoi Miyazaki walks around Paris with an Olympus OM-D, and Tsutomu Yamazaki is "presented by" Leica.  Other articles in the August issue include a photo essay of the New Balance factory and an interview with Eikichi Yazawa.

Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki, generally translated as "The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki", is a full-length anime movie that was released in France this June, and in Japan a month later. It's directed by Mamoru Hosoda (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars), and stars Aoi Miyazaki, Takao Osawa, Haru Kuroki and Yukito Nishii. The story starts with a young woman falling in love with a wolf-man, who then soon dies. She moves to a rural village to raise her young half-wolf son and daughter.  About 40 of the 146 pages are dedicated to the movie, including interviews with the actors and director, sample artwork and a couple pages of storyboards. The magazine is expensive for what you get, at 1000 yen ($12 USD), but there is an audio CD with Aoi narrating part of the story for 10 minutes.  She does have a nice reading voice. Based on the quality of the art, I'd say that Wolf Children is worth watching if you have the chance.

(Sample storyboard page.)

I don't have an interest in Fate/Stay, but there are two other issues that just came out from Brutus and Pen (one on the history of Cyborg 009 to coincide with the release of the new movie, and a retrospective of Fujiko F Fujio (Doreamon)) that I do intend to pick up eventually. In comparison, the Switch issue is similar to the Akira and Lupin III issues, but with half the pages and at least a 25% higher price.


Vittorio said...

Hey does the magazine hint at any English release of Ookami kodomo in America or Europe?
The trailer looks really promising (and I'm still a beginner at Japanese >.<)...

TSOTE said...

I didn't see anything about an English release. There may not be immediate plans for an American distributor to pick up the rights yet.