A joint Russian and Japanese animation project titled First Squad: The Moment of Truth has received an award from The Moscow International Film festival, and will premier in theaters across Russia on October 15, 2009.
Straight up Japanese animation
A new science fiction CG anime simply titled “TO” is going to be released in Japan and will be directed by veteran director Fumihiko Sori, who also directed the science fiction CG film Vexille in 2007 and produced the Appleseed film in 2005.
TO is an adaptation of the manga “2001 ya Monogatari” (released as “2001 Nights” outside Japan), specifically the “Symbiotic Planet” and “Elliptical Orbit” chapters. The manga’s story revolves around mankind’s voyages into space, describing the possibilities we might face, and the challenges mankind may encounter during this undertaking. Some screencaps after the jump.
Ah, childhood. The days when the minds of the young are so easily influenced by their environment. From experience, I’d say that there are two basic types of kids: the ones who stayed at school after class playing sports and the ones who rushed home immediately after to catch their favorite cartoon shows. The former would later join varsity teams while most of the latter (particularly those born in the 80’s) were weaned on shows like Transformers, Robotech, Gundam, Saber Rider, M.A.S.K, Voltron and the like.