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Those of you who have been holding out for Full HD 1080p versions of Shinkai’s works will soon be able to purchase them because both “The Day Promised in Our Early Days” and “5 Centimetres per Second” will be released in Blue-Ray and HD-DVD format in Japan on April 18th costing 5775 Yen (US$55) each.
The ending credits of “5 Centimetres per Second” had showed the movie was produced in HD format so it was a matter of time before this happened really. The only bad news is there is no limited edition so if you want that film strip, you’ll still just have to go for the limited edition DVD release.
Content-wise, these HD releases contain the movie itself and eight minutes of extras. The extras are comprised of the movie trailers and also the “One more time, One more chance” PV 5 Centimetres per Second Special Edition that only came with the LE DVD release. However, oddly enough it seems to be missing the interview with Makoto Shinkai which both versions of the DVD contained.
I obviously won’t be getting this because I already own the DVD and, I don’t have an HD media player. I think it would be amazing to watch the beautiful artwork in its Full HD glory, though!
Ah, there’s always someone out there trying to make some quick cash eh? Usually I would say these “enterprising” individuals are causing fans problems but in this case, I suppose it’s just half and half.
It appears that last month, someone managed to sell off the Byousoku 5 Centimeters film strip they had via Yahoo Auctions for an end price of 32,500 Yen (US$300)! The price even started off at 4800 Yen (US$45)!
If you don’t know already, these film strips (cut from the actual reel) are packaged together with the Japanese limited edition DVD boxset and the scene you get is random.
Yes! The 5 Centimeters per Second novel has finally arrived from YesAsia after much waiting and trying out many ways to get it. I was expecting one of those smooth covers judging by the image retailers have up on their sites but, the cover outside the hardback book is actually a rough one.
ヽ(メ ｀Д´)ﾉ ムカー！！
WTH!? The Asahiya store at Sogo HK takes my reserve money, tells me I can’t cancel, makes me wait for a month and then tells me they don’t have the 5cm novel any more!? This is ridiculous… They kidding me on or something? Their stores in Japan seems to have stock so I don’t see why they can’t get it. Too bad I can’t speak to them directly about this matter since it’s a friend I asked to order it.
In his latest website update, Makoto Shinkai talks about how he will be moving to London to stay for a while early next year, at an English language school dorm. He doesn’t know how long he’ll be staying for but, anything up to an entire year which is what his visa will allow him. During that time, he’ll be working on whatever work he couldn’t finish in Japan over the internet. So, fans of Shinkai who are in London might be able to catch sight of him walking along the streets.
The 5cm novel has also been selling very well. So well that a decision was made to increase the number of copies being printed a week after it went on sale. Shinkai’s a bit worried about the increase considering it’s his novel’s first print but, is happy about the results and thanks everyone who has bought a copy so far.
I should have waited on ordering the novel… But then again, YesAsia has disappointed me a number of times when I tried to order products that say “Ships within 7 – 14 days”. They end up failing to get stock from their suppliers most of the times.
Anyway! Further good news is that the storyboarding for his next animation, a short 1 minute creation for NHK’s “AniKuri 15″ programme, is now complete. This time it’s going to be something a bit more comical and it shouldn’t be long before it goes into production. Unfortunately, NHK won’t allow him to show any screenshots at the moment so you’ll just have to gaze at this photo and guess what’s on that sheet of paper. Sayuri seems to have been interrupting him during his work as if she knows Shinkai will be leaving her behind soon.
I was hoping to get a hold of the 5cm novel a week after its release but unfortunately, my Japanese penpal is away on holiday so that’s not going to be possible.
I don’t plan on paying Amazon US$34 for P&P when the book only costs US$12 so, I decided to ask a friend in HK to try and order it for me at the Asahiya bookstore. Last time I ordered some books with them they managed to get them for me within the next few days so I thought it might work.
However, my friend mailed me back to say it probably won’t be until a month later before they’ll have it in… He’s also paid in advance so I can’t tell him to cancel the order now. I’ll just have to wait. I’ll have it before the New Year or Christmas if I’m lucky but, whatever happened to their fast service I wonder?
Shinkai, Amazon and Media Factory have all updated their sites with the cover that will be used for the novel. I was actually expecting to see it on Shinkai’s site first but Amazon actually had it much earlier. In fact, trying to find more info about the novel hadn’t been that easy and Amazon was kind of the last place I expected to find any.
There appears to be some discrepancy between the dates, though. Shinkai and Media Factory has it as November 16th but Amazon has it as the 14th. I guess I’ll go with the publisher’s date!