Simulwatch Planning Thread - Suggest & Discuss

Girls wIth Guns

Pokémon Master
Is this a new US Blu-ray? Any chance of it getting re-BBFC'd and released here, maybe? Whose release is it?
Yeah it’s getting a release from Funimation in the US. Not sure if it’ll be Region free or not. I hope it can get a release here in an uncut format.

Best Buy over here in the US has an exclusive Paranoia Agent Blu-ray steelbook releasing on 13 October that I have on pre-order. Didn't even know it was coming out on Blu-ray here until a week ago, let alone in a steelbook release. I do have the AU DVD box set in my collection, but I'll be looking forward to it on Blu - and in steel!

 
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Neil.T

Chuunibyou
In principle I'm happy to go into it straight after Lain
I've updated the table in the Paranoia Agent thread for a start date of Tuesday 28th July. The Lain simulwatch ends tomorrow, 26th.

@WMD: What say you, sir? It's looking like it's only a two-man effort this time.
 

Yami

Hunter
I wouldn't say it's insensitive at all; I think that's very respectful, actually. I've got the UK DVD of the film and its sequel, and I've only seen them once each, so it would also be an opportunity to watch them again.

I'd certainly participate in a discussion of Barefoot Gen; I don't think it's insensitive, a number of films are getting re-releases to coincide with the anniversary. It would be more interesting to pair it with other works that are Hiroshima bombing / war themed in order to compare/contrast how they approach it, but I'm drawing a blank right now on anime rather than live action
 

Neil.T

Chuunibyou
It would be more interesting to pair it with other works that are Hiroshima bombing / war themed in order to compare/contrast how they approach it, but I'm drawing a blank right now on anime rather than live action
I can think of Grave of the Fireflies and Giovanni's Island for war-themed anime. Both are excellent, too.
 

WMD

Death Scythe
I've updated the table in the Paranoia Agent thread for a start date of Tuesday 28th July. The Lain simulwatch ends tomorrow, 26th.

@WMD: What say you, sir? It's looking like it's only a two-man effort this time.
Sounds good to me.

I'd certainly participate in a discussion of Barefoot Gen; I don't think it's insensitive, a number of films are getting re-releases to coincide with the anniversary. It would be more interesting to pair it with other works that are Hiroshima bombing / war themed in order to compare/contrast how they approach it, but I'm drawing a blank right now on anime rather than live action
In this Corner of the World, Momotaro, Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt, Wings of Honneamise, She the Ultimate Weapon are a few that spring to mind
 

Neil.T

Chuunibyou
Momotaro ...
Momotaro, of course! I've got AL's CE, and I've only seen it the once. That's an actual piece of real wartime propaganda, too. 😯

(And for that reason, it's also the only entry on my MAL that I cannot/will not give a score to.)

although it skips the war itself The Wind Rises is a good lead up film.
How did I miss The Wind Rises? How?? It's my favourite Ghibli film, for crying out loud!!!

I'm ashamed of myself. 😅
 

D1tchd1gger

Claymore
Also Voices of a Distant Star fits the war theme
I think we're talking about the actual WWII based films. Not films that are based on fictional wars.
Like I said the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima (6th August) and Nagasaki (9th) are coming up, with VJ-Day on the 15th.
 

Yami

Hunter
I was specifically drawing a blank on anime that specifically dealth with the atomic bombings rather than the war in general (of which I can think of many), but point taken!

There's one called Nagasaki 1945 that I've never heard of before
 

WMD

Death Scythe
I think we're talking about the actual WWII based films. Not films that are based on fictional wars.
True but several posts said war themed so I threw a bunch in.

Also the original Mobile Suit Gundam series pointedly made comparisons to WWII. I think it's something that still pretty interesting to see how shows can take real world events and transpose ideas and themes from them into fully fictional stories.
 

Yami

Hunter
I certainly do; they all deal with the war from different angles and in different ways. It would be interesting to watch and discuss.
 

HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
Momotaro, of course! I've got AL's CE, and I've only seen it the once. That's an actual piece of real wartime propaganda, too. 😯

(And for that reason, it's also the only entry on my MAL that I cannot/will not give a score to.)
I’m the same way, I choose to view it as a historical artefact of sorts that has significance, but not a piece of media I could ever enjoy on a personal level.
 

D1tchd1gger

Claymore
Found another one. YouTube recommended me another video from STEVEM who talked about it:
It's about the Japanese occupation of Korea and the aftermath as the country is split. Sounds like a high seas job and I've found it on YouTube, but I'm not sure if others won't to go there.
I also found on YouTube:
A high schooler visits Hiroshima and hears about the past from his aunt. It's an OVA the length of a normal episode.
Also, Letters from Hibakusha:
Three shorts based on letters from the victims. These are on the NHK Channel, so here's a playlist:

There seems to be loads of educational shorts of which this is supposedly the earliest dated 1978, which also can be found on YouTube:

There's one called Nagasaki 1945 that I've never heard of before
I couldn't find that one, bar a few clips, even on the ship I sail the high seas on the odd occasion, but I did find this. It seems more of a documentary using diaries, but using anime rather than live action:

I guess there's only so many war/depressing films one can take, so I'm not sure if you want to add any of these, but I just thought I'd list them.
 

Professor Irony

CYBER FUNKER
Moderator
When I saw the theme, that Rail of the Star came to my mind as well, but I don’t think it’s ever had more than a VHS release in English and most comments I’ve seen suggest it’s kind of middling. Thematically, it sounds surprisingly close to Millennium Actress though, so that might have made for an interesting comparison.
 

D1tchd1gger

Claymore
Can't sleep again, so I thought I'd put a plan together, trying to get it roughly in chronological order.
Hopefully those taking part in the other one don't mind it clashing a bit?

August
1st The Wind Rises - Mostly pre-war
3rd Momotaro - Produced during the war (as this is fairly short, any other short pieces you want to watch at your discretion)
6th Barefoot Gen - Obvious reasons
9th In This Corner of the World - As Nagasaki isn't represented, this is set near Hiroshima and touches on the bomb!
12th Grave of the Fireflies - Technically, technically, opens post-war, but majority set during in flashback.
15th Giovanni's Island - Actually opens in the September of 1945.
18th Barefoot Gen 2 - Set 3 years after events of the first film.
21st Rail of the Star - As I haven't seen it, I'm not sure how much is during and how much is after. But as it gets to the Korean War which started in 1950, it goes the furtherest past WWII.

Thoughts?
 

Neil.T

Chuunibyou
Thoughts?
I've resolved all but one of the date clashes with the Paranoia Agent simulwatch from my end, but could the date for Barefoot Gen 2 be shifted back one day to 19 August? That would prevent the final episode of the Kon series being on its own after a gap.
 

HWR

CCG’s Reaper
AUKN Staff
I think the idea of watching several WW II themed anime could be interesting. Just a thought but is there any interest in watching one or two non anime films to go alongside these?

Arrow Academy recently released the 1953 Hideo Sekigawa film Hiroshima and there’s also the POW-themed drama Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence from director Nagisa Oshima if that piques any interest?
 

D1tchd1gger

Claymore
Barefoot Gen 2
I think, with a 2 day gap, people could watch it as and when they want. When I make the thread (tomorrow, as it's a day off) I could put a date range rather than one specific date.
I'm not sure if I'll be commenting on the films much like a normal simulwatch, but rather a bit of history research (like what I did with The Wind Rises, if you remember), which might take me a bit of time.
non anime
Sure. What ever you want really, but probably put any discussion under a spoiler button.
I was thinking of Empire of the Sun, which is the only one I have, but then seeing what else is out there on legal streaming.
I'm assuming that there'll be some documentaries either new or old on TV as well.
 
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