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Loups-Garous anime is out!

In Japan, this past Saturday, the anime of the novel Loups-Garous was released in theaters! I’m sure it’ll take, uh, minutes for it to be pirated, but if you want to play fair, why not check out the book first? Then when you do see the anime legally one of these days, you can sniff and act all superior and say, “Oh, the book was better.”

Please enjoy the trailer:

Incidentally, I just found a review of Loups-Garous in, of all places, that internal bulletin of the international ruling class, The Financial Times. It’s actually a very interesting look at several works of SF in translation available in the UK, as all our titles are. It reads, in part:

Kyogoku meditates on a society so fixated on homogeneity and surveillance that there is scant room for freedom of self-expression any more. In a sterile, anodyne urban landscape, the generation gap yawns wider than ever; old and young seethe with mutual mistrust and antagonism. The loups-garous of the title – French for “werewolves” – are wayward youths, shapeshifting from respectful obedience to untamed, psychotic ferality, breaking free from societal constraints. As such, they reflect Kyogoku’s fascination with yokai, traditional Japanese fables. In this novel and his earlier The Summer of the Ubume, he’s exploring how folkloric monsters such as ghosts and werewolves might manifest in a rational, superstition-free era.

Now that’s some reviewin’!

Mockingjay

So everyone is asking me if I’ve read this new book Mockingjay yet. My friend Geoffrey even forwarded me this photo from a midnight release party:

Those are red velvet cupcakes! My favorite! And so, about this book…I can’t say I’ve read it, but apparently it’s the final book of a series. The books take place in a dystopian future where schoolchildren are forced to battle until there is one survivor, and one year the survivor manages not only to win the game but goes on foment rebellion against the oppressive system…hmm.

You know something?

I think I have read that book already!

Oh yeah, that does ring a bell.

I’m sure this series is great fun and I hope everyone enjoys the final installment. The books certainly must have something going on to rate midnight release parties and awesome cupcakes too. I hope customers weren’t too pushy to get the books though—a crowded bookstore event can turn into a real battle royale!

Heheh.

Good news

We sort of knew about this already, but it’s been confirmed now. From today’s Variety:

Warner Bros. has tapped Doug Liman to direct time-travel actioner “All You Need Is Kill,” produced by 3 Arts Entertainment.

The studio’s been developing “All You Need Is Kill,” based on the 2004 Japanese novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, since April when it bought Dante Harper’s adaptation. Producers are Erwin Stoff, Tom Lassally and Jason Hoffs with Hidemi Fukuhara exec producing.

Hey, I know two of those guys! Now that the director news is confirmed, we can expect other information to hit over the coming months: who will star, etc. if only Keanu Reeves was fifteen years younger…that’s what the copyeditor in the cubicle next to mine keeps saying, anyway! Anyway, you best pick up a copy of All You Need Is KILL so to better follow along with the wild ride to come. Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s follow-up Slum Online is worth checking out too!

In non-Haikasoru news, the nominees for the World Fantasy Awards have been announced and I am thrilled to see that the motion picture Ponyo has been nominated for the Special Award category! I edited The Art of Ponyo and will be at the World Fantasy Convention this October. I hope to bring home a statue for Mr. Miyazaki!

Lucky Cat

This isn’t quite the blue cat of Shinjuku, which if you find, will make all your dreams come true

but this afternoon it will do.

Find the cat in Slum Online.


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