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Makoto Shinkai, director of 5 Centimeters Per Second, Children Who Chase Lost Voices and more has posted his newest short film Dareka no Manazashi (Someone’s Gaze) to YouTube with English subtitles.
The story is set “slightly in the future” and revolves around Aya “Aachan” Okamura, a woman who has been working for two years and has begun living on her own for a job opportunity. With Aachan’s mother working overseas as a doctor, Aachan’s father is now living alone with the family’s longtime pet cat Mii-san.
One night, Aachan returns from a long day at work, and as she rests on her bed, she reminiscences about the times the family had together. She remembers the sadness she felt when her mom went overseas, and the solace she felt when her father brought home Mii-san to give her comfort. Then, she receives a phone call…
I know this entry will make the AHT look like a Studio Ghibli fan blog even more than it already is, but I just had to report this: Disney Entertainment Japan announced to release Hayao Miyazaki’s masterpiece Princess Mononoke (Mononoke Hime) on Blu-ray Disc on December 4th!
As always, this Japanese release will fulfill almost all international desires in regards of audio tracks (Japanese, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Finnish, German, Korean, Cantonese) and subtitles (English, Japanese, French, German, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese).
The Cat Returns (Neko no Ongaeshi) will be released on the same day, also with several dub and subtitle tracks. However, it doesn’t feature any angry boar gods or headless giants, so I’m just getting it to keep the collection in shape…
The story is set in 2027, one year after the end of the fourth non-nuclear war. New Port City is still reeling from the war’s aftermath when it suffers a bombing caused by a self-propelled mine. Then, a military member implicated in arms-dealing bribes is gunned down.
During the investigation, Public Security Section’s Daisuke Aramaki encounters Motoko Kusanagi, the cyborg, wizard-level hacker assigned to the military’s 501st Secret Unit. Batou, a man with the “eye that does not sleep,” suspects that Kusanagi is the one behind the bombing. The Niihama Prefectural Police detective Togusa is pursuing his own dual cases of the shooting death and a prostitute’s murder. Motoko herself is being watched by the 501st Secret Unit’s head Kurutsu and cyborg agents.
Hayao Miyazaki fans rejoice! After several months without any new Blu-ray Disc announcements from Studio Ghibli AV Watch now reports that Miyazaki’s 1992 Porco Rosso will get a high resolution release in Japan on July 17th. Next to other languages the disc will include English subtitles and English audio. Check out the Asian Blu-ray Guide listing for more details.
Now what about Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke, huh?