The short description on the back cover of “After the Long Goodbye” does absolutely no justice whatsoever to revealing the true eloquence and deep philosophies of the actual story. “After the Long Goodbye” is the prequel to the “Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence” film. On the surface of it all, we have Batou searching for his only companion (after "losing" Motoko), his dog Gabriel. But within this seemingly simple surface, lies a world of discovery and uncertainty - the philosophies and dualities of life. The Motifs and themes of the story all relate to innocence, purity, identity, the soul, the self, feelings, love, and memories. In a world of cyborgs and the most advanced technology questions, the make-up of humans is broken down in the most minute details, including how a thought is processed. The areas of uncertainties lie in the soul. As we follow Batou, the meanings of identity and innocence are explored and analyzed. In the end, the journey to identify the existence of a soul could reveal emptiness and render it pointless. Could it be that we all are ghosts in a shell apart from our innocent forms?
This novel is written beautifully and is definitely one of a kind. I recommend this to all fans of GitS. A synopsis that captures the novel in its entirety is almost impossible. The only way to understand is to read it. So that being said, I invite you to pick up “After the Long Goodbye.”
Many different desires are motivating us to create the new "Evangelion" film. The desire to portray my sincere feelings on film. The desire to share, with an audience, the embodiment of image, the diversity of expressions, and the detailed portrayal of emotions that animation offers. The desire to connect today's exhausted Japanese animation [industry] to the future. The desire to fight the continuing trend of stagnation in anime. The desire to support the strength of heart that exists in the world. Finally, the desire to have these wishes be realized.
For these purposes, we used the best methods available to us to make another Evangelion film. Many times we wondered, "It's a title that's more than 10 years old. Why now?" "Eva is too old", we felt. However, over the past 12 years, there has been no anime "newer" than Eva.
Specifically, among the stagnant mood of the present day, it is the portrayal of will - not technology - that is most important. To support the fans that support animation, we felt that a work that would appeal to middle and high school-aged men, who quickly grow away from Anime, was necessary.
When we decided that we wanted to something to support the anime [industry] of today, the determination to return to this title was strong.
As the creator of this project, [I assure you that] a very new-feeling Evangelion world has been constructed. For this purpose, we are not returning to our roots at Gainax. I have set up a production company and studio, and it is in this new setting that we will start again. Without looking back, without admiration for the circumstances, we aim to walk towards the future. Thankfully, we have gathered staff from the old series, new staff, and many other fantastic staff to work on this series. We realize that we are creating something that will be better than the last series.
”Eva" is a story that repeats. It is a story where the main character witnesses many horrors with his own eyes, but still tries to stand up again. It is a story of will; a story of moving forward, if only just a little.
It is a story of fear, where someone who must face indefinite solitude fears reaching out to others, but still wants to try. We hope that you look forward to the 4 new retellings of this story.
In closing, it is also our job to provide a service to our customers. Although it seems obvious, we aim to create a form of entertainment that anyone can look forward to; one that people who have never seen Evangelion can easily adjust to, one that can engage audiences as a movie for theatres, and one that produces a new understanding of the world. This fall, we hope you can join us.
Creator/General Director, Anno Hideaki
So, what was my whole take on Katsucon 13 (16 Feb-18 Feb 2007)? Overall, I thought Katuscon 13 provided some nice entertainment and a bountiful stash of anime goodies. There was a great number of younger kids on Saturday, but luckily most did not stay for the entire con. I was able to "be with my own kind" and share my appreciation and passion of the industry. I still haven't found the spark I felt in Katsucon in the past years. They really slipped up last year, but made a vast improvement this time around, though not in all respects. Their lack of Japanese guests was trifling. The guests are one of the most important aspects of cons for me. This is also for the first year the photo areas were implemented. While I understand the need and feel that it did make a difference, I felt that some potential photo ops were discarded simply because of the unwillingness to stop what you were doing and walk to the nearest photo area. Be that as it may, hopefully this marks the beginning of recuperation. Based on the experience, I hope to go to Katsucon 14 next year.
Video Programming = B/B+
Merchants Room = B-/A
Cosplay = C+/B-
Organization = B
Guests = D/F
Overall = C+/C (Average)
I was able to find five "We all speak Football" Trexi figures I was searching for. I'm still looking for the "Archangel" (pictured here) but have not had any luck locating one. For those of you not fully versed in "Trexi," be sure to check out www.trexi.com.sg. But be warned, if you're as crazy as me, it might be better if you avoid clicking on the link.
It's been 12 years since a mysterious even known as "Blast Fall" took numerous victims and left many more injured. The survivors are now equipped with "Resemble," mechanistic parts that provide superior performance -- arms, legs, human organs, whatever was damaged during the incident. This is where we find Roy Revant, a bounty hunter with a broken past. During a fight, he meets a "Resemble" that is 100% machine! After some altercations, Roy becomes "guardian" of Solty.
D'eon de Beaumont discovers the body of his sister, Lia, in a coffin with only the word "psalms" on the cover. Set to uncover the mystery behind her death, D'eon joins the secret police to the king. They come across other victims that have received similar fates as his sister. As the story and mystery unravels, the search for the truth gets even more sinister and intricate as connections with some dark occult organization, Le Secret de Roi, and D'eon's sister, Lia, as well as other prominent members of royalty are revealed. Metamorphesis seems to be one of the overlying themes as the conceptes between vengeance and happiness are intertwined.
Volume 1 starts out very strong and maintains that edge till the very end leaving you exasperating for more. It is nicely paced and perfectly balanced with all the elements we love best -- the animation, plot, and character development are all stunning. The musical score definitely plays a huge role in the total ambience of the story. The prospects of this series are extremely high as I have yet to find any "weak spots."
I've only said this to one other anime title (Tonari no Totoro), but the english dubbed version actually does some justice. I am still squirmy about the actual voice characters, but I think the translation is superior as poetry and verses are significant in the series. I'd recommend Le Chevalier d'Eon to all anime fans. I'm sure the levels of appreciation of the minute elements, etc. will vary, but the level of entertainment is sure to be high for all.