In commemoration of the release of Blame!‘s anime movie adaptation, many comments distinguished individuals from various fields have shared their comments. The people who gave comments are: Makoto Shinkai, Katsuyuki Motohiro, Gorou Taniguchi, Mado Nozaki, and many more.
It was alsoannounced that Blame! is to be shown at the 5th Viborg Animations Festival 2017 in Denmark. Because it is also the year of the 150th anniversary of Japan-Denmark diplomatic relations, a special event titled ‘Kawaii & Epikku’ is to be held at this festival, authorized by the Embassy of Japan in Denmark. Denmark is a country that respects and covers various fields such as anime, manga, and trans-media, so let’s look forward for this up-coming exciting event!
Comments Full of Praise for ‘Blame!’
Film Director/ Mechanic Designer Shinji Aramaki
Major Work: APPLESEED
‘It is so amazing how the edgy and complicated story of Blame! was turned into such a fascinating entertainment movie!
It also contains the atmosphere and touch of the original manga. Cibo is just so cool!’
Film Director/Scriptwriter George Iida
Major Works: NIGHT HEAD, Another Heaven
‘I watched the movie without any background knowledge, but the quality of the computer-graphic images were so high that we can say it is as amazing as, or even superior than, live-action sci-fi movies made overseas. Just amazing!’
Sci-Fi Novelist Issui Ogawa
Major Works: Tenmei no Shirube (Sign of Darkening Sky) Series
‘It was very exciting to watch protagonist Killy’s strong behaviors with his gigantic gun that looks like one for a space battleship. What was more amazing was how the Electro-Fishers, who are normal humans, survived through severe battles. But the ultimately coolest factor was Cibo! With her slender tall figure and blonde hair, she was so amazing. I can still remember the sound of her iron shoes hitting the iron ground!’
Animation Director Koubun Shizuno
Major Works: Knights of Sidonia (Sidonia no Kishi), Detective Conan (Meitantei Conan) Movie Series
‘As usual, the work created by the collaboration between Director Seshita and Polygon Pictures is wonderful!
I loved the wide pictures that were respectful to Nihei’s world and the unique editing of the film!’
Animation Director Makoto Shinkai
Major Work: Your Name (Kimi no Na wa)
‘For 105 minutes, I was wandering around an enormous city, and it was so suffocating (in a good way!). Then, when I got out of the theater, the air tasted so good [laugh]! Thank you so much for the wonderful theater experience! It was so exciting!’
Writer Nozomu Kuoka
Major Work: Escape Speed
‘The “texture” of the images and sounds were outstanding. The viewer suddenly gets gulped into a horribly gigantic city.
What surprised me most was the “first shot” which comes right after the tense atmosphere in the first few minutes!
It scared the heck out of me.’
TV Writer Mitsuru Kuramoto
‘I was startled at the evolution of Director Seshita! Fantastic!’
Scriptwriter Kouji Seko
Major Works: Ajin: Demi-Human (Ajin), Mob Psycho 100
‘Cool and yet crude. Serious and yet funny. Philosophical and yet vulgar. And at the very end, your heart gets emotional.
During the film, while I was fascinated by Killy’s manliness and was smiling at Cibo’s cuteness. My mind kept thinking, “Yes, this is what movies are all about.”’
Animation Director Gorou Taniguchi
Major Work: Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch)
‘There is somewhat of a locked-up feeling in the recent anime industry. I felt that this film would become a breakthrough for animation. The method for this is the so-called ‘cell look’ CG. Cell look creates a spatial impression of both 2D and 3D. However, the important thing is, of course, not the method itself, but rather what to create with it. The movie was a challenge for Nihei, for Director Seshita, and for the producer. It was also a challenge for all of the staff members. These challenges were a “shout” to the present era, which made the movie very entertaining and interesting.
Right now, Japanese anime is about to step up to the next stage. This is not because computer-graphics has become popular. CG is only one of the methods. There is no difference between hand drawing and using computer graphics, as they are both methods of expression. I think it is important to think about why the film Blame! was created and released in modern times. We cannot ignore the fact that artworks are strongly linked to time. This film is definitely something every movie fan should watch in real-time.’
Writer Mado Nozaki
Major Work: know, KADO: The Right Answer (Seikai suru Kado)
‘When you look up the name “Sanakan” online, you will find tons of scary pictures of the high level Safeguard. However, in the movie, which became the “Base Reality” to create her, many constituent materials must have reacted with each other in unusual ways. This lead to Sanakan becoming an amazingly beautiful girl on the screen. Please check out this surprising reality at theaters!’
Video Director Takeshi Nozue
Major Work: KingSlave Final Fantasy XV
‘I was surprised at how the atmosphere of the original manga was all packed into and expressed in 105 minutes. The unique aspects of the CG were wonderfully used throughout the movie. The beautiful images, which were created by the method of cel-shooting, were very faithful to the original manga, and I think not only the fans but also people who have never read Blame! would enjoy the movie.’
Film Director Katsuyuki Motohiro
Major Works: Odoru Daisousasen (Bayside Shakedown), PSYCHO-PASS
‘The staff members at Polygon Pictures who created this film all have the strong ambitions to “make something that no one has ever made before with creativity, and show it to the world”. This new film is a work of the accomplished challenges tackled by such talented people. Of course it is a good movie!’
Anime movie ‘BLAME!’
Release: Saturday 20 May 2017
Official website: http://www.blame.jp
Running time: 105 minutes