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Kase Mitsuko

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Jusqu’au bout des ongles…
Ce sont des garçons, mais, désolé les filles, ils  préfèrent vous piquer vos fringuent. Certains changent de sexe, certains assument totalement cette différence et revendiquent haut et fort cette particularité. Certains sont gays, d’autres non et mènent une double vie le plus naturellement possible sans que cela perturbe leur entourage le plus proche (cf…..).

Aki-Nee, plus trans que trav’.
Personnage attachant et loin d’être caricatural. Il a le mérite de s’affirmé dans sa sexualité et sa transformation car, ici, il s’agit  bien d’un transexuel et non d’un simple  travesti. 
Le dessin animé japonais regorge de ses personnages haut en couleur complètement inséré dans la société.
« Travesti qui travaille au snack du quartier marchand d’Abénobashi. Il/elle utilise un langage féminin. Il/elle s’entend bien avec la famille de Sasshi, en particulier parce que la grand-mère décédée de Sasshi s’est beaucoup occupée de lui/elle. C’est un(e) ami(e) de Sasshi et d’Arumi. » (http://www.dvdanime.net)
Abenobashi Mahô Shôtengai ; prod. Gainax & Mad House, Japon. 13 ép. 2002

Porilyn, barmaid

Tout comme Aki-Nee, il (Porilin selon une autre graphie) assume son côté féminin. Mais lui, n’est pas passé par la case chirurgie et autres picouses hormonées. Il exerce la profession de gérant d’un bar, et participe, accessoirement, à une enquête sur des disparitions (forcément mystérieuses) de jeunes filles dans son quartier.
Série japonaise Crystal Blaze (Nez de verre?), 12 x  25 mn, 2008, réalk. Kase Mitsuko.


Coonskin



Troisième long-métrage de Ralph Bakshi en 1975. “L’enfant terrible” du dessin animé américain, loin des idées reçues que le studio Disney imposait à l’époque, donne encore un bon coup de pied dans le cinéma d’animation où la banlieue new-yorkaise, avec sa  faune hors-norme, est décrite sans complaisance. Drogués, dealers, flics corrompus, petits truands, gays, travestis, tout un monde de la nuit s’éclate à 24 image seconde sans concession ni minauderie. C’est direct, non sans humour, du vitriol-soda que l’on avale à pleines gorgées sans se lasser. Indispensable dans la dévédéthèque.

Gundam Anime on DVD

As I am a Gundam fan, I do collect other things related to Gundam other than Gunpla. One such thing is the anime. I enjoy watching the Gundam anime. The series actually has quite a history. The first gundam series, Mobile Suit Gundam actually started in 1979. I collect the DVDs and watch them. Actually knowing the anime and the story line gives you much more satisfaction and more attachment when building the Gunpla. Below are three DVDs which I got hold of recently.

Mobile Suit Gundam Theatrical Movie Compilation

 Following the success of Mobile Suit Gundam in syndication, Yoshiyuki Tomino returned to the series and produced three feature films based on the TV series. Each film is mostly compiled from TV animation, with a substantial amount of new footage in the third film. Each movie runs over two hours and contains about 13 episodes worth of the TV story. Presenting the series in this compacted form allowed many new fans to be attracted to the series without having to watch all 43 episodes. The three movies, released from 1981-1982, proved to be a massive success.

Gundam 0083 The Last Blitz of Zeon

The short OVA Gundam 0080 proved that the home video market was a viable outlet for Gundam. When Gundam F91 was released in 1991, Gundam 0083 was released soon after. Directed by Takashi Imanishi (MS IGLOO, Gundam Evolve) and Mitsuko Kase, this series takes a look back at an important part of Gundam history: the seven year gap between Gundam and Zeta Gundam, as well as the founding of the fascist Titans. The story focuses on rookie test pilot Kou Uraki and his rival, Zeon ace pilot Anavel Gato. With high quality animation and mechanical designs by Macross‘ Shoji Kawamori and Gundam Sentinel‘s Hajime Katoki, Gundam 0083 is probably the most epic in scope of the OVA series set in the Universal Century. It has been criticized for its plot holes and inconsistencies. Also, there are complaints that some of the technology seen in this series surpasses what is seen later in Zeta Gundam. Before the series was completed in 1992, a compilation film titled The Afterglow of Zeon was released. In 1998 the series was released in the U.S. as part of the first wave of commercial Gundam releases. The series has aired on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block and is available on DVD, but the movie has never been released in the U.S.
Gunpla Builders Beginning G
Although every Gundam series is designed to emphasize merchandising, the 2010 OVA series Model Suit Gunpla Builders Beginning G puts a new spin on the concept. Directed by Kou Matsuo (Rozen Maiden, Red Garden) with a script by Yousuke Kuroda (Gundam 00), Gunpla Builders is set in the real world, where Gundams are just model kits that get used in a 3D battle simulation video game. Young Haru Irei, a recent gunpla convert, gets his hands on the mysterious Beginning Gundam model kit and starts competing in the Gunpla Battle game. As a “real world” anime, Gunpla Builders features many cameos of mobile suits from other Gundam shows, often customized with new parts or color schemes. With three short episodes, Gunpla Builders resembles the earlier Gundam SEED C.E. 73 STARGAZER in length. Although it’s an OVA series, it aired on Japanese TV prior to its home video release. Gunpla Builders is not available in the U.S.

Ristorante Paradiso

Ristorante Paradiso
Kase Mitsuko
Anime – 11 Episódios
2009
7 em 10
Disseram-me para ir ver alguma coisa de que gostasse, por isso fui ver Ristorante Paradiso. E gostei.
 Nicoletta é uma jovem de 21 anos que foi abandonada pela mãe em casa dos avós, pois esta queria casar-se com um homem que não queria divorciadas. Por isso, voltou para revelar tudo ao marido da mãe. Este é dono de um restaurante de luxo em que todos os empregados são senhores de meia idade que usam óculos. Fascinada por isto, Nicoletta acaba por desistir da ideia de contar tudo e começa a trabalhar lá. E assim começa a nossa tour pelo restaurante casetta del’orso, o “ristorante paradiso”.
 A história é de uma das minha autoras preferidas, Fumi Yoshinaga. É uma história simples, madura, simpática. Não há grandes dramas existenciais, não há grandes reviravoltas. A mim agrada-me este tipo de história, que é leve mas ao mesmo tempo toca-nos profundamente.
 A animação é, infelizmente, bastante fraca. Existem alguns stills bonitos da cidade de Roma, onde se passa a acção, mas há um abuso constante de CG, quer para abrir portas quer para servir vinho, o que me cansou um bocadinho. O design dos personagens é perfeito. Toda a gente é velha (por assim dizer, têm todos uns 50 anos…), toda a gente é desgastada, e isso nota-se perfeitamente logo a partir do design. Não são pessoas bonitas, nem a própria Nicoletta é um génio da beleza, mas têm um charme inerente à sua figura.
 Esse charme é desenvolvido a pouco e pouco ao longo da série. Cada empregado do restaurante tem uma personalidade demarcada, se bem que às vezes muito fraca. É engraçado notar como o personagem principal da história, Claudio, é o que tem a personalidade mais apagada e submissa. Há um desenvolvimento muito intenso de todos os personagens, com recurso quer a histórias do seu passado como aos acontecimentos presentes. Isto nota-se sobretudo nos personagens principais, mas todos os outros também sofrem algum desenvolvimento. Para mim, os personagens são o ponto principal da série. São sem dúvida inesquecíveis.
 A OST mal se dá por ela, mas isto acaba por ser uma coisa boa, pois significa que está bem adaptada ao ambiente que pretende ilustrar.
 Sinto-me muito agradada por ver séries que estão dirigidas à minha demografia, apesar de serem tão raras. Ristorante Paradiso dá-nos vontade de fazer a mala e de ir para Roma, à procura do restaurante e dos seus empregados que usam óculos. Pena que, existindo, deve ser um restaurante caríssimo.

Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory Anime Review

Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory
Bandai Entertainment
Complete Collection - 4 discs
325 mins. – 13 episodes
$49.98 (2009)
$49.98 (2005)
$14.98 (2004) Vol. 1 to 4 ea.
$29.98 (2002) Vol. 1 to 4 ea.
ISBN 669198804670
Japanese/English Audio – English Subtitles
Director – Mitsuko Kase/Takashi Imanishi
Studio – Sunrise

Synopsis: It has been several years since the spacenoid (people born/living in space on massive artificial colonies) uprising by the Principality of Zeon was defeated by the Earth Federation.  Zeon initiated the One Year War (OYW) in Universal Century 0079 by dropping a space colony on Sydney, Australia causing massive devastation and casualties.  During the OYW a special mobile suit was developed called the Gundam which gave the Federation an edge against their Zeon opponents. 

Anavel Gato smirks as he boards Unit 2 on the Albion

On the remote Torrington base in Australia two prototype Gundam mobile suits arrive for land-based testing.  They are transported on the assault carrier Albion and accompanied by head engineer Nina Purpleton from Anaheim Electronics.  The base is home to a group of test pilots led by Lt. South Burning, a veteran of the OYW and nearing the age of retirement from field combat.  Kou Uraki and Chuck Keith are two young test pilots at the base who become fascinated by the Gundam prototypes upon their arrival.

Unit 2 powers up with Gato at the controls

Gundam “Unit 1″ (GP01) and “Unit 2″ (GP02) are advanced mobile suits with decidedly different purposes.  Unit 1 is an upgrade to the original Gundam developed in the OYW while Unit 2 is a heavily armored suit built to withstand a nuclear blast at close range.  Unit 2 is also equipped to carry a nuclear powered weapon which violates the Antarctic Treaty banning the use of nuclear weapons in warfare due to the scope of their destructive power.

Unit 1 and Unit 2 clash in the fog as Gato makes his getaway

After the OYW the remnants of the Zeon forces retreated to an asteroid colony called Axis, but a select few went underground and hid from the Federation.  Among these are Vice-Admiral Aigulle Delaz, who commands the Delaz fleet and was present at the final battle at Solomon (the former Zeon stronghold).  Under his command is Lt. Commander Anavel Gato, also known as the “Nightmare of Solomon” for his fearsome piloting skills during the Battle of Solomon.  In addition Commander Cima Garahau, who commands the Cima fleet, joins forces with Delaz at the protests of Gato.  He believes she lacks any true conviction to the principles of Zeon and doesn’t trust her.

Delaz announces the resurrection of Zeon with Gato by
his side and the stolen Unit 2 behind them

Delaz puts into motion a daring mission to resurrect Zeon and deal a crushing blow to the Federation – it’s called Operation Stardust!  He dispatches Gato to steal Unit 2 and a nuclear warhead to power it’s nuclear arsenal.  During the “Gundamjack” Kou ends up piloting Unit 1 against Gato – the “Nightmare of Solomon” vs. a rookie pilot.  The Albion launches into space to follow Gato and Unit 2 in order to recover it before the nuke can be used.  Despite being a rookie, Kou becomes the pilot of Unit 1 and develops a relationship with the Nina.

Unit 1 ready for combat duty in the hold of the Albion

Kou is put to the test as he witnesses the horrors of war and death firsthand.  Does Nina care more about recovering Unit 2 or Kou?  What is the true face of Operation Stardust and why does the Federation pull support from the Albion?  Will Gato crush Unit 1 and Kou?  Was Gato right about Cima?  What about Unit 3?  It’s a devastating thrill ride as the ghost of Zeon rears it’s head to strike once more at the Federation!

The last working mobile suits at a secret underground Zeon
base stage a daring assault to help Gato escape

Pros: Great mecha designs by legendary designers Shoji Kawamori (Super Dimensional Fortress Macross) and Hajime Katoki (many, many Gundam series: V Gundam, G Gundam, and Gundam Wing Endless Waltz), slick and highly detailed animation, excellent mobile suit battles (both on land and in space), no Newtypes (typically spacenoids who have developed mild psychic abilities allowing them to pilot mobile suits with more skill than non-Newtypes and some clairvoyance) with convenient abilities to make them invincible in battle, the bad guys are pretty cool

Unit 1 fitted for space combat performs maneuvers with
the GM’s stationed on the Albion

Cons: Character interactions are immature – Kou is a whiny kid apt to throw temper tantrums (in a big toy Gundam) and veteran mobile suit pilot Monsha was the worst with his constant over-the-top lecherous behavior, the relationship between Nina and Kou was confusing and frustrating

Monsha gets shot down by Nina in another failed attempt to get a date

Mike Tells It Straight: Gundam is a major anime franchise and has a complicated timeline starting with the original series Mobile Suit Gundam (MSG) in the fictional Universal Century 0079 (actual year of release was 1979).  The sequel to MSG was Zeta Gundam (ZG) which took place in U.C. 0087-88 (released in 1985) and Stardust Memory (released 1990) fills in some of the backstory between the two series.  In ZG the Federation had become a group called the Titans and we get to find out why this happened as the Zeon launch one final, brutal assault.  

The Albion rushes to save a space colony from disaster

0083 had some really great character moments and held to the roots of MSG‘s message – the cost of war is brutal and terrifying.  We get to see the ragtag Zeon forces who held out for three years after the end of the OYW with only their burning ideals to keep them going.  In contrast the Federation forces are shown as uncaring bureaucrats with no true ideals except hollow shows of power.  It’s obvious the writers wanted us to see the Federation in this light and to root for the Zeon as underdogs.

Gato pilots the powerful mobile armor the Neue Ziel

Delaz and Gato hold to their ideals of liberating spacenoids from Federation oppression with Kou contrasted as the naive rookie without any true ideals of his own.  The bad guys were the real highlight of this show along with the mecha.  The animated battles were great and mobile suit/armor designs by Kawamori are incredible (they’re still considered classics today).  They still hold up today and are a treat for any mecha fan.  Unfortunately the character designs and personalities were lacking as they don’t really make sense all the time.

Unit 3 outfitted with the Dendrobium bursts into action

I swear Gato’s hair changed from white to blonde and back again. Having two directors shook the consistency as the viewer can tell subtle differences between the first seven and last six episodes (split between the two directors).  Interactions between the crew and pilots on the Albion were ridiculously immature (rivalry between Monsha and Kou as a prime example).  No Newtype action to be seen (original MSG director Yoshiyuki Tomino pushed the theme of Newtypes in almost all Gundam series he was involved in) and thank goodness.  I always felt it was a convenient way to explain why Amuro Ray never lost in the original series.

Space combat – what is the Federation building in the background?

Overall Stardust Memory stands as a decent mecha show with awesome battles and some memorable war scenes.  It’s very dramatic and a solid entry to the Gundam universe.  The characters and their interactions are the low point to the show as they can be quite annoying at times.  I thought the message was conveyed fairly well and enjoyed the roller coaster ride through to the end despite the weak characterizations.  The GP03 with Dendrobium armor and Neue Ziel mobile armor were worth it alone.

TO BUY and Recommendations:

Todo lo que nos Rodea

Titulo: Todo lo que nos Rodea
Titulo Original: Gururi no koto
País: Japon
Año: 2008
Genero: Drama
Director: Ryosuke Hashiguchi
Reparto: Lily Franky, Tae Kimura, Tamae Ando, Ryo Kase, Mitsuko Baishô


Resumen: La historia comienza con Kanae y Shoko en 1993, ambos interesados por el arte y a la espera de su primer hijo. Los años pasan marcando sus vidas con pasiones, tragedias, alegrías y tristezas.


Opinión: Esta hermosa pelicula sin ciencia ficcion, fantasia o acontecimientos extraordinarios, es un fiel reflejo de la vida misma. Eso es: la vida misma. El pasar de los años, los cambios, los momentos tristes y los momentos felices de una familia, los encuentros y desencuentros, las peleas y las reconciliaciones, las idas y vueltas, las lagrimas y las sonrisas, los sentimientos, la lucha diaria por seguir adelante, la superación, los sueños, la experiencia adquirida y podría seguir nombrando caracteristicas por mucho tiempo, pero vuelvo a repetir (sin cansarme y para que quede bien claro): la vida misma, en esas tres palabras se resume toda la cinta. Cuando una película se acerca tanto a la realidad como esta, los sentimientos que provoca son mas fuertes aun, porque posiblemente muchos de nosotros hayamos vivido alguna situación similar a las que se pueden observar en la película sobre la vida de Shoko y Kanae. Buena direccion, buen guion, buenas interpretaciones de los protagonistas (especialmente la de Lily Franky) y buenas interpretaciones del elenco de reparto (sobre todo la veterana del cine japones Mitsuko Baishô).


Puntuación: 8/10