Cencoroll (Japan-2009; dir. Atsuya Uki)
Cencoroll is an anime film made by Atsuya Uki from his own popular manga. It has been in production under the auspices of Anima Innovation Tokyo since 2007, and is now to be released by the Sony-owned Aniplex company. Its beautiful imagery and bizarre flesh-machine monsters have been the source of much discussion for quite a while, so this news is something to get excited about, as the trailers reveal that the independent film may have a emotional and metaphorical beauty to equal Gimli Studio’s works. (OK, that may be a little ambitious!)
A huge monster shows up on the top of a building of an ordinary city, prompting the Defense Forces to go into action and causing something of an uproar in the citizens of the city. Yuki, a brave-hearted and naturally inquisitive girl, happens to know a secret: her friend Tetsu has been keeping and raising a strange creature called Cenco. When a mysterious boy appears who has control over the huge monster threatening the town, an unexpected battle between the creatures begins. But what are each of the combatants fighting for? Who are they really? And by getting involved in the battle, what fate will Yuki bring down upon herself?
At the very least, as the above images indicate, Cencoroll appears to offer a unique daikaiju vision and we here at Undead Backbrain will be keeping an eye out for more information on the film as it appears.