I’m taking another break from Anime Abominations because Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV has a release date!
Its association with Stage 6 Films makes me nervous. Stage 6 specializes in producing low budget movies. Starship Troopers: Invasion and Appleseed: Alpha, both of which were seriously lacking in story, are among its productions. Regardless of whether its story is as stupid as killing yourself to stop a giant spider robot set to destroy and already ruined city though, Kingsglaive will at least be pretty… and a new Final Fantasy movie is awesome.
Edit (8/3/2016): I read a little deeper into it, and it appears that Stage 6 is only in charge of U.S. theater distribution. Whew. There’s hope yet! The film is directed by Takeshi Nozue, a co-director on Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. A professional screenplay writer, Takashi Hasegawa, wrote the script, but “Hollywood staff” and Los Angeles-based Hydra Entertainment assisted in creating it. The film targets primarily an English-speaking audience. While the project began with the Advent Children team and Square Enix’s Visual Works division, which is dedicated to creating cutscenes, 50 companies would eventually contribute to the project, including studios in Hollywood, Canada, and Japan. I’m still skeptical, but this could be an interesting mix of western and eastern storytelling and artwork.
Funny Pets is a 12-episode series of six-minute short films that aired in 2006. According to its description, Funny Pets is about two aliens named Crescent and Corona who must adjust to life as pets of the airheaded showgirl Funny. Watching this series, however, you probably won’t pick up on most of that. This show is bizarre, and while the characters grunt and squeak, they don’t have dialog. Each episode is self-contained and most of the time ends with one or more characters dead because they accidentally killed themselves or one another. What’s amazing about this show is that even though the characters do completely stupid and bizarre things with no verbal explanation, you’re never really lost as to why they’re behaving the way they are. While it’s not the most entertaining or the best looking show out there, it has some great visual storytelling. You can find all twelve episodes on YouTube.
Anime Abominations will return next week, but in the meantime, here is an article I wrote for the Extra Life Community website with a comparison of .hack//Sign to .hack//Beyond the World:
Abunai Sisters: Koko & Mika was a series of ten CG-animated short films intended to promote celebrity models Kyoko and Mika Kano. Unfortunately, the show was so bad that it was canceled after the first two episodes aired and all the DVDs were burned (one wishes). Supposedly, only the two episodes that aired can be found online, and while DVDs exist, they are expensive. Its rarity is quite impressive, considering that it was produced in 2009. You can read more about it here.