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Michiko & Hatchin Part 1 DVD Review

Director: Sayo Yamamoto

Starring: Suzuka Ohgo, Yoko Maki, Jun Murakami, Jad Saxton, Monica Rial, Scott Freeman.

Running Time: 275 minutes

Certificate: 15

From the creators of Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo, with such pedigree behind a series you’d be expecting a lot, and although Michiko & Hatchin offers a lot, it promises and flirts with more than it can deliver. You’ll be hooked straight away by the funky Latin inspired theme, which makes a change from an alternative rock track. Such a theme also captures the general feel of the entire show. It’s fast, bright, and certainly has a more exotic flavour than many of its peers.

Setting us up for a classic fantasy tale for kids, we find Hana (Ohgo/Saxton), an orphan currently living with cruel stepparents and an even worse stepbrother and sister. Seemingly unrelated is a prison break involving the super sexy and super dangerous Michiko (Maki/Rial). Of course,
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Full trailer released for Daihachi Yoshida's "The Kirishima Thing"

Showgate has released the full trailer for The Kirishima Thing, the latest by director Daihachi Yoshida (Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers!)

Based on a novel by Ryo Asai, the movie tackles the subject of high school hierarchies and the way kids quietly accept their role within that tightly-controlled social structure without question.

When a popular student named Kirishima suddenly decides to quit the very activities that placed him at the top tier of popularity, his classmates can’t seem to come to grips with it. Rumors begin to fly about why he made his decision, leading to misunderstandings, confusion, and misguided anger among his peers.

Meanwhile, the nerdier kids who have spent the entirety of their high school careers remaining relatively invisible also feel the effects of this shake-up as a boy named Ryoya Maeda (Ryunosuke Kamiki) begins documenting events for his film project.

Also featured prominently in the
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Teaser for Daihachi Yoshida's "Kirishima, Bukatsu Yamerutteyo"

The official website for Daihachi Yoshida’s Kirishima, Bukatsu Yamerutteyo has been updated with a 30-second teaser trailer.

Based on a 2010 youth novel by Ryo Asai, the movie stars Ryunosuke Kamiki as Ryoya Maeda, a student at a rural high school who lives a quiet existence at the very bottom tier of his class’s social structure. He’s also an aspiring director who wants to enter a film contest, but he hasn’t been able to find a partner among his classmates. The story is mostly shown from his perspective.

One day, volleyball club captain Kirishima suddenly quits the team. This unexpected decision causes shock waves with his classmates, eventually causing their well-established hierarchy to completely break down.

Ai Hashimoto (Confessions) plays a badminton club member named Kasumi. Suzuka Ohgo plays a brass band member named Aya who’s just as inconspicuous as Maeda. Other cast members include Masahiro Higashide,
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DVD Review: Kamui – The Lone Ninja

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Kamui: The Lone Ninja

Stars: Ken’ichi Matsuyama, Koyuki, Koichi Sato, Ekin Cheng, Yuta Kanai, Suzuka Ohgo | Written by Sai and Kankuro Kudo | Directed by Yoichi San

It’s 17th century Japan and from a young age Kamui has been considered something of an outcast, even within his own ninja clan. Disillusioned with the laws and principles which dictate that he must use his skills to kill others, Kamui chooses to leave his past behind him and go in search of true freedom. But for a ninja freedom comes at a price and the only way to escape the bonds of the ninja brotherhood is to die.

Now a fugitive on the run from his clan, who are determined to hunt him down and eliminate him for his betrayal, Kamui finds himself constantly fighting for his life and unable to trust anyone. He eventually finds some solace when he meets
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