Fusé Medieval werewolves
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.