In 1971, Hayao Miyazaki started preproduction on an animated full length Pippi Longstocking film, but sadly, he was was never able to secure permission from Astrid Lindgren. Oh, this would have been so fucking perfect.
Because real, warm, breathing flesh and blood women tend to say no?
This is a societal problem not limited to Japan. here in North America families tend to include only two children making a net gain of zero, so if it weren’t for immigration population stagnation would be a reality here. So fine, Japanese men… enjoy your virtual video game and anime girlfriends. Just clean up when you’re done.
After several false starts, some getting closer to production than others, it looks like the American live action Akira movie is back on again. So we’ve got that to look forward to… or at least we can look forward to watching the project fail again.
In September, Sailor Moon: The Musical will be hitting the stage in Tokyo. There was a Sailor Moon musical in 2009, so this is more of a bigger budget revival, with an all-female teenage cast. It’ll be running from September 13-23 and tickets will be about $70.