Fusé Me­dieval were­wolves

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re­leased OUT NOW! 2012 | 15 | Blu- ray & DVD ( dou­ble­play)/ DVD Di­rec­tor Masayuki Miyaji Cast Mi­nako Ko­to­buki, Mamoru Miyano, At­sushi Abe

This cheery – if gory – anime ad­ven­ture may re­mind some of the 2001 French film Broth­er­hood Of The Wolf; like that, it’s a pe­riod ad­ven­ture with in­trepid hun­ters chas­ing mon­strous wolves. The set­ting is 19th cen­tury Edo ( later Tokyo) and the lead is a teenage girl ( Ha­maji), re­fresh­ingly not a cute stereo­type in the usual anime style.

Lively fights, colour­ful back­drops and merry bitchar­ac­ters make for an en­joy­able watch. How­ever, the story can lose fo­cus, leav­ing im­por­tant strands un­der­de­vel­oped – es­pe­cially the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Ha­maji and a pale male stranger.

Fusé ( subti­tled Mem­oirs Of The Hunter Girl) is ac­tu­ally an elab­o­rate trib­ute to a 19th cen­tury Ja­panese prose epic called The Hakkenden, about war­riors de­scended from a princess and a wolf. The later scenes get in­creas­ingly meta, with The Hakkenden’s au­thor turn­ing up in the film along with his geeky fan­girl grand­daugh­ter. It all cul­mi­nates in an en­ter­tain­ingly swash­buck­ling fi­nale, staged in a mas­sive burn­ing tower.

Ex­tras Just a trailer and TV spots – though the dou­ble- play Col­lec­tor’s Edi­tion comes with a 36- page art book. An­drew Os­mond

The Hakkenden has had many adaps, in­clud­ing an anime, a live- ac­tion film and even a pop­u­lar TV pup­pet se­rial.

That’s gonna need more than a plas­ter.

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