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This Boy Can Fight Aliens [Blu-ray] (2012)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: August 14, 2012
  • Run Time: 28 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0083QJV4E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,633 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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When aliens suddenly invade the world, Earth seems to be fighting a losing battle until Arikawa, one of the defense command staff, accidentally discovers a young man lying on a hill. Tests soon prove the impossible: this one teenager, Kakashi, has the power to defeat the attackers! Unfortunately, Kakashi has also lost his memory, and with it the knowledge of how to actually use his power. Moving Kakashi in with himself and his own commander, Shiro, Arikawa accidentally starts a strange triangle of emotions and relationships. A triangle that threatens the fate of the planet as Kakashi begins to question his own motivations! From up and coming director Soubi Yamamoto, and CoMix Wave, who spearheaded Japan's new wave of independent anime production with the works of Makoto Shinkai, comes a film that turns The War of The Worlds inside out: THIS BOY CAN FIGHT ALIENS!

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not into yaoi, but I love this movie nontheless. June 29, 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This movie was pre-viewed at the New York Comic Con / Anime Festival. Probably 600-700 saw it, and I was one of them. There. That gets the whole "How can you review something that isn't out yet" problem.
The story revolves around Kakashi, a boy with no memory of his past. The only thing he has from his past is his cell phone, but it is broken. In the time/planet (never states what planet or where they are)they live in, aliens come everyday to fight someone, a single, random person. Of course, the aliens are super strong, and no one is a match. But then they fight Kakashi, who, for some reason, can take on the aliens. So, from that day on, a single alien comes each day to fight him.
Kakashi lives in a house with two other men. One, about Kakashi's age, is called Arikawa. He is best friends with Kakashi. The other is Shiro, who is something of a father for both of them. They both know of the alien fighting, and give him moral support.
Overall, it is a great movie. The characters are all unique and interesting. The story is well paced, and it all leads up to a memorable ending. The movie is a bit short (a little under 30 minutes), but it is able to give as much of a story as a full length picture does.
As a fair warning, the creator of this movie, Soubi Yamamoto, does a lot of work for yaoi themed (but not full-on yaoi romance scenes, as the subject is normally thought of) stuff, and it does show in this movie. It teases at a romance, the characters are very feminine, and even the art style is similar to yaoi art.
I will not tell people to buy this because of the yaoi, and I definitely will not advise against it (I am not a yaoi fan!). Buy this movie. Great story, great characters, and a great ending.
Overall, great movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value for the genre December 31, 2012
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This Boy Can Fight Aliens features a 30 minute length anime short that has action, drama, suspense, and friendship/love elements. The anime experience is quite good for the genre mixing these things in a unique HD package that is visually amazing and sounds excellent. Dub actors are excellent for their roles and the quality subtitling of the text on screen makes it worthwhile and enjoyable. Ultimately I really did end up loving this feature and the dedication to actually having some boys love elements, like the handholding or sleeping together and a good nice end.

There are other shorts here from the same creator with Robotica Robotics having an additional boys love/friendship focus their or even more than that as two robots Haru and Natsu explore their relationship with each other and with the person who adopted them Masa, and the meaning of love. It was really emotional and touching and quite memorable.

The other shorts dwell on the question of the world ending and such or the feasibility of their world and have good music or serve as showing that certain elements served as inspiration for the main feature.

The disc also has an interview with the creator. Ultimately it is a good value for the money and a really memorable experience, definitely check it out as it is a good purchase.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Back in 1999, a young man in Japan named Makoto Shinkai who worked for video game company Falcom, would go to work on a five minute animated piece titled "She and Her Cat" and would eventually win a major animation contest. The young man would then go to work in creating an animated OVA titled "Voices of a Distant Star" created by himself on a Mac.

And since then, Makoto Shinkai has become one of the rarities in the anime industry, who used the current technology available in software and home computers, to create his own anime. And while he won awards, many people in the anime industry warned that this is rare and not anyone can just go and create their own anime OVA like Makoto.

CoMix Wave Films, who are known for their distribution of Makoto Shinkai's work have featured another young anime creator, who has literally created anime shorts by herself and also was inspired by Makoto Shinkai.

Her name is Soubi Yamamoto, a manga and anime fan, a big fan of Shonen Ai games (stories featuring boys in love or affectionate towards each other), who would go on to create several shorts on her iMac, using software such as Adobe Photoshop, After Effects, RETAS, ComicStudio and Cinema 4D.

Similar to Shinkai, Soubi would create a few anime shorts such as "Sekaike Sekairon", "ra/radio noise planet" and "Robotica Robotics" and then later, create something longer at 30 minutes. The result was an anime OVA titled "This Boy Can Fight Aliens".

And now, the OVA along with her three shorts was released on Blu-ray and DVD courtesy of Sentai Filmworks.


"This Boy Can Fight The Aliens" and the three shorts are presented in 1080p High Definition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly good animated movie October 11, 2012
First of all, this is not a BL (or yaoi) anime. The character designs and visuals seem to be distracting fans over here, which I think is unfortunate because although This Boy Can Fight Aliens is only a little longer than a regular anime TV episode, it's got a lot to say and deserves a bigger audience. I was surprised by how much I liked it, and I watched this Blu twice in one week! Let's make it a big success so the creator's new indie film in the This Boy series can also come over.
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