Fly­ing high


The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TV - By EL­IZ­A­BETH TAI en­ter­tain­ment@thes­ Las­tex­ile–fam,the­sil­ver­wing

ANIME fans will re­mem­ber Las­tex­ile, the ground­break­ing 2003 an­i­mated TV se­ries by Ja­panese anime stu­dio Gonzo which fea­tured awe­some aerial fights be­tween space ships.

Its se­quel, Las­tex­ile – Fam, The Sil­ver Wing, prom­ises new fly­ing ma­chines, mag­nif­i­cent air bat­tles and pow­er­ful armies, all in the rich and mem­o­rable Las­tex­ile uni­verse.

The Sil­ver Wing re­volves around 15-year-old pi­lot Fam Fan Fan, a mem­ber of the Sky Pi­rates who uses a com­pact “Vespa” fly­ing ma­chine to hunt for bat­tle­ships that they can re­sell.

Trou­ble ar­rives when the Ades Fed­er­a­tion de­clares war on the Tu­ran King­dom. Fam and her best friend Giselle end up be­ing caught in the mid­dle of the con­flict. But they may ac­tu­ally profit from this mis­for­tune.

The two girls man­age to strike a deal with the Tu­ran King­dom to save the na­tion’s princesses from the Ades Fed­er­a­tion in ex­change for Tu­ran’s flag­ship.

Las­tex­ile – Fam, The Sil­ver Wing is the fifth and lat­est anime TV se­ries “simul­cast” (si­mul­ta­ne­ous broad­cast) by An­i­max in the last two years. (When anime are “simul­cast”, they are usu­ally broad­cast in the same week of the shows’ pre­mieres in Ja­pan. This is sig­nif­i­cant as it of­ten takes months or even years for an anime to be re­leased out­side Ja­pan.)

In 2009, An­i­max aired Tears To Tiara, mak­ing it the first TV net­work in the world to air an anime TV se­ries the same day as Ja­pan. The net­work fol­lowed this with three other anime se­ries – Inuyasha: The Fi­nal Act (2009), Full­metal Al­chemist: Brother­hood (2010) and Maid Sama! (2010).

“Anime simul­casts are still such a rar­ity in tele­vi­sion due to the huge in­vest­ments, the large amount of prepa­ra­tions re­quired for broad­cast, as well as the great trust needed by busi­ness part­ners in Ja­pan,” said Ricky Ow, gen­eral man­ager and se­nior vice pres­i­dent, Net­works, Asia, Sony Pic­tures Tele­vi­sion. the anime, prom­ises aerial bat­tles, great an­i­ma­tion and an ex­cit­ing sto­ry­line.

“I feel that the rea­son we are able to re­alise the dream of hav­ing a simul­cast is be­cause anime fans all over the world are tak­ing an in­ter­est in the new se­ries and are look­ing for­ward to it,” said The Sil­ver Wing pro­ducer Hiroyuki Birukawa in an e-mail.

The Sil­ver Wing marks Gonzo’s 20th an­niver­sary, and Gonzo has re­united key crew mem­bers of the first Las­tex­ile to pro­duce the anime.

Koichi Chi­gira ( Full Metal Panic! and The Tower Of Dru­aga se­ries) re­turns to di­rect, while artist and de­signer Range Mu­rata ( Blue Sub­ma­rine No.6 and Shangri-la) and Makoto Kobayashi ( Mo­bile Suit Gun­dam Z, Sa­mu­rai 7) re­turned to recre­ate the anime’s unique vis­ual style.

Af­ter work­ing on Las­tex­ile, Birukawa and Chi­gira be­gan talk­ing about mak­ing a se­quel. In fact, Chi­gira had al­ready con­cep­tu­alised a story for the pro­posed se­ries.

“Three years af­ter that, di­rec­tor Chi­gira, pro­duc­ers at anime stu­dio Gozo and I met up on some days each month to dis­cuss the con­tent of the new anime se­ries. And that went on for about two years be­fore we went into full-scale pro­duc­tion some­time in the be­gin­ning of 2009,” Birukawa said.

He said that The Sil­ver Wing will have a com­pletely new story with new char­ac­ters, so fans can en­joy the anime whether they have watched the pre­vi­ous se­ries or not.

“In fact, for those who have watched the pre­vi­ous se­ries, apart from fa­mil­iar char­ac­ters ap­pear­ing, there will also be some scenes

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