An­i­mated live-ac­tion

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Some new anime has gone back to one of the old­est an­i­ma­tion tech­niques: ro­to­scop­ing One of the more un­ex­pected trends in re­cent Ja­panese an­i­ma­tion is for some ti­tles to use old-fash­ioned ro­to­scop­ing, where live-ac­tion film is painted over to cre­ate non-car­toony an­i­ma­tion. (An Amer­i­can ex­am­ple is Ralph Bak­shi’s an­i­mated Lord of the Rings from 1978.) The TV se­rial Flow­ers of Evil uses ro­to­scop­ing to moody, me­nac­ing ef­fect, telling a story of teen bul­ly­ing and ob­ses­sion in a small town. The fea­ture film The Case of Hana and Alice is far more be­nign, a kooky com­edy-drama in which two teen girls in­ves­ti­gate a ru­moured mur­der. It’s a pre­quel to a live-ac­tion film from a decade ear­lier, sim­ply called Hana and Alice.

The Case of Hana and Alice is about two kooky ama­teur de­tec­tives, who have pre­vi­ously been in­tro­duced in a live-ac­tion film.


Flow­ers of Evil takes its ti­tle from the French poetry of Charles Baude­laire.


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