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Miyazaki Hayao’s latest animated film Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) will start its domestic run in Japan from the 20th of July and publicity for the film has been in full swing for a while. I’ve collected a few clips in this post for your enjoyment, beginning with the trailer right below :

(above) Next up is a clip from the sound recording studio with Hideaki Anno (yes, the director of Evangelion) up as the voice of the lead character Jiro Horikoshi. Voice recording sessions are called “Ah-fu-re-ko” in Japan.

Part of the conversation between Anno-san and Miyazaki-san :

Anno-san : “I’ll do my best. (for the voice recordings) I can’t promise anything more !”

Miyazaki-san : “That’s fine. Suzuki-san (famous Ghibli producer) will take over you if can’t manage.” (Suzuki-san laughs in the background)

In their conversation, Miyazaki-san addresses Hideaki Anno as just “Anno”, without the honorific “-san”. If there’s anyone with the authority to do that, it’d be Miyazaki-san. :P

(above) In this next clip, Ghibli producer Suzuki-san makes an appearance on a Japanese variety program to promote the film and gives some background information regarding the story & characters.

The hiragana characters splashed acrossed the poster is handwritten by Suzuki-san, and is the tagline for the film “Ikineba” (loosely translating as “live on”).

The lead character Jiro Horikoshi is actually a combination of 2 historical characters that Miyazaki-san highly respect – the novelist Hiro Tatsuo & and the chief engineering of the WWII Japanese “Zero” fighter plane.

Suzuki-san also goes on the explain that all the sound effects (engines of the plane, etc) in the film are synthesized by voice actors. This is actually not new to Ghibli films as it has been done before on the Ghibli Museum short “House Searching”.

(above) Suzuki-san talks to actress Miori Takimoto, who voices the female lead Naoko Satomi, and also some behind the scenes in the voice recording studio. Apparently Miori-san was recommended for the role by Miyazaki-san’s mentor Takahata-san.

The storyboard book (drawn by Miyazaki-san) for Kaze Tachinu is now up for pre-orders on Amazon Japan, going on sale later in July. I believe the last storyboard book that Miyazaki-san drew was for Ponyo, and that was just spectacular.

I hope to get a copy of Kaze Tachinu soon to do a review.

Kaze Tachinu will take a while to reach screens outside of Japan, but I’m sure it’ll be worth it.

Sidenote : Otomo Katsuhiro’s animated film Short Peace is also starting it’s run on 20th of July. While the target audience/demographic is not exactly the same, its definitely going to face stiff competition from a Ghibli film.

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Beat Sneak Bandit creator Simogo offers another glimpse of its upcoming iOS first-person adventure game Year Walk in the newly launched trailer above.

First revealed last month, Year Walk promises to "blur the line between two and three dimensions as well as reality and the supernatural" in a tale that tasks players with exploring the world and solving puzzles in a 19th century Swedish setting.

Year Walk is set to launch early next year.

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In the SOWN talk, creator Ezra Hanson-White mentions that Memory of a Broken Dimension is partly inspired by learning much less user-friendly computers when he was younger. He wants players to feel like they are operating a computer not a game character in the game, with all the challenges of mastering the former. In the video after the jump, he also discusses the radio being a source of inspiration, how such a small device could tune into so many different channels.

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It's available right now for 80 MS Points, and there's a free demo. Why not give it a try.

[Hat tip to Retro Remakes for spotting this one]

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Driving games often have NPC cars for you to expertly carve a driving path through, but in Unnecessary Violence you're equipped with an arsenal of high powered weapons, and you use them to make traffic in your way explode.

The developers say this:

"Bad guys are doing their thing, the world needs a hero - and so on... But what you really need to know is that you get to BLOW UP CARS DRIVING SLOW IN THE FAST LANE."


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[via @mommysbestgames]

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