Jin-roh : The Wolf Brigade is a 1999 anime directed by Hiroyuki Okiura, based on Mamoru Oshii’s Kerberos saga manga. The film is a big favorite of mine because of the intense mood, amazingly animation ( so good many people mistake it for rotoscope animation ) and the haunting soundtrack by Hajime Mizoguchi.
I’ve been waiting hopefully for the exorbitant Japanese blu-ray to dip in price, which never did, so when the US edition was released recently I didn’t wait.
As you can see from the pictures above the package is a pretty bare-bones affair, but the significant upgrade in the image quality ( from dvd ) is more than worth it. You can buy it from Amazon here.
I thought I took this opportunity to share also the numerous books and resources on the amazing art behind this fantastic film –
Jin-roh Maniaxx Art Book
This is one of two Jin-roh art of books that have been released. Book review here.
The 2nd Jin-roh art book. There are some overlapping material between the two books, but both are excellent enough for me to recommend without reservations. Book review here.
A few background plates from the film are featured in Ogura Hiromasa’s art book Of Light And Darkness, amongst many of his other amazing work. Book review here.
Housed in the DVD boxset is I believe a complete volume of the storyboards used for the film. I got my copy autographed by the color designer on the film Nagisa Abe-san when we were both working at Sunrise many years back.
Jin-roh original cels – Suginami Animation Museum
Folks who are keen to explore more of Okiura-san’s work will want to check out his art book for another of his animated films, A letter to Momo.
Jin-roh Blu-ray details :
– Language : Japanese, English Dubbed
– Runtime : 105 minutes
– Extras : trailers + Interviews
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