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Old 2006-08-15, 14:19   Link #1
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Freedom Project



Genre: Action, SciFi

Expected Release Date: October 27, 2006

Website: http://freedom-project.jp/

This is an OVA series which apparently has 6 episodes as according to ANN. As I watched the trailer it struck me how similar the character design is to Akira. So I did a search on the person who is responsible for the character designing for this OVA, and guess what I find? Katsuhiro Otomo, who authored and directed the movie Akira, will be the character designer for this OVA. That got me excited! Synopsis is in the following as taken from animenfo:
A.D. 1969 Apollo 11th lands on the moon
A.D. 2035 Space development project, FREEDOM, begins
A.D. 2041 A free port of the space station is built. The construction of the moon cities begins.
A.D. 2048 The first base is built.
A.D. 2101 A space port falls on the Earth causing disaster.
A.D. 2103 The declaration of foundation of Moon Republic, Eden
A.D. 2105 The declaration of blockade of Eden. The civilization on the Earth collapses.


The civilization on the Earth was destroyed by permanent abnormal climate.
In these days, cities of one million people had been built on the moon, and they became the only place where human-race survived. The people left on the moon declared the foundation of Republic Eden. Then, they have been expanding the cities that loved peace and freedom. However, a boy’s act would shake Eden’s freedom and peace later.

More than 160 years have passed since then.

In Eden, the children finish their compulsory education when they are 15 years old. Then, they become parts of the society as citizens. During their brief moratorium, they are given freedom. Like other boys, Takeru is going to take part in a race with his friends. It is a race of machines perucilar to the moon called “Vehicle”. What is different from other boys is Takeru made his vehicle by himself. By this act, Takeru touches the secret hidden in Eden.

In the year of 2267, Eden hides two freedoms.
The mystery behind the appearance of noodle cup in the trailer in few scenes is also explained as: "This anime first appeared as tie-up advertisement with Nisshin. Some scenes including the protagonist was eating Cup Noodle were used in its commercial film." So many good animes are sceheduled to air in October that I don't even know how I'll be able to keep up with them all, but this one I'll definitely keep an eye to.

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Old 2006-08-22, 21:05   Link #2
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I just watched the 6 minutes trailer for this OVA series and took some screen capture posted in the bottom. Here is a link to the 500 K/bits stream and I must say, it looks awesome! For a lower/higher quality version compared to the above trailer can be found in ANN.

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Old 2006-11-26, 15:17   Link #3
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Watched the first episode, first thoughts are it's apparent this is a real attempt to advance CG mimicking the traditional hand-drawn look. Does it work? Well, true, it's hard to tell Katsuhiro Otomo's characters are CG at times, but they do still carry that certain stiffness in many of the scenes. Expressions are also a bit unconvincing at times, but I have to say overall it's rather impressive for an OAV.

However the backgrounds are gorgeous, packed full of astonishing level of detail and sumptuous lighting. They really bring to life the world inside the Eden Dome; the grimey guts of the station, Takeru & Friend's workshop, the paraphenalia of an old pilot's lodgings etc... Yet the lunar landscape outside is portrayed as cold and bleak, beautiful and silent with it's starless sky.

Hopefully someone will sub this soon, but some initial comments about the plot based on the raw...

Spoiler:

So interesting first ep. It's a bit early to tell how it's going to develop tbh, but so far so good (despite all those people eating Cup Noodles)

EDIT: I thought Yoshihiro Ike's music was particularly good here, sounding a lot like his Ergo Proxy soundtrack in places. But I didn't like Utada Hikaru's OP much, it's quite atypical of the generic pop she does.

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Old 2006-11-27, 08:50   Link #4
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I hope someone subs this too. This just looks amazing. I loved the OP and ED animation. So, is Nisshin Cup Noodles the Japanese version of Spam, extremely well known fast food product with a cultural icon status? At least, there is a reason for their tie-in to this program other than the usual promotion stuff.

Spoiler:
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Old 2006-11-27, 09:03   Link #5
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In the UK we have Pot Noodles, which are about as nutritious as concrete and considerably less tasty.

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Dai Sato (Eureka 7, Ergo Proxy) is one of the writers, so I wouldn't be at all surprised.
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Old 2006-11-27, 15:31   Link #6
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Mmmm.... Pot Noodles!

That picture at the end is interesting. I'd post it but I don't know how to take a screen capture in Media Player Classic. No .avi raws yet.

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It's a long wait for vol. 2 too (2/23/2007).
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Old 2006-11-27, 15:57   Link #7
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You can save images straight out of MPC: File>Save Image.

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Old 2006-11-30, 02:29   Link #8
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Hey, it looks like that Freedom previsited actually has some answers to some of our questions from the raws. I hope that parts of this gets subbed too.

I could be wrong but...
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Old 2006-12-12, 07:35   Link #9
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Has anyone heard if a group will sub this?
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Old 2006-12-12, 10:17   Link #10
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Yes, I have.
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Old 2006-12-12, 11:04   Link #11
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Yes, I have.
Is Yoroshiku doing it?
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Old 2006-12-12, 11:53   Link #12
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You can expect Yoroshiku and Animeforever joint at some point. It's with kittenbitten for translation checking and additions at the moment.
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Old 2006-12-12, 15:30   Link #13
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Freedom

I try to find this post, but the serching dont report nothing...

So... i'm making this new one.

This news job of (Akira) Otomo are released on fansub...

And you... do you like it?
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Old 2006-12-12, 16:42   Link #14
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You can expect Yoroshiku and Animeforever joint at some point...
That good news! Thanks.

I see Kanjisub have released the prologue (from the 'Freedom previsited' dvd?).

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Hey, it looks like that Freedom previsited actually has some answers to some of our questions from the raws. I hope that parts of this gets subbed too.
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Yep, in the prologue...

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Is the prologue from the 'Freedom previsited' dvd?

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Old 2006-12-12, 19:20   Link #16
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prologue are both on dvd previsited and dvd 1

so Animeforever want do it... a joint with?
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Old 2006-12-12, 19:51   Link #17
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Umm, it's a Yoroshiku project on joint with Animeforever, in the same way we did Kemonozume.

Everything is already underway, no real space to open up the joint as most work is done at Yoroshiku with translation checking and additions from Animeforever as I wanted kittenbitten to check over my work.
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Old 2006-12-13, 06:02   Link #18
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understood,

no problem we have all translated too
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Old 2006-12-14, 10:12   Link #19
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Episode 1 of Freedom Project has been subbed by Shinsen-Subs. (please move thread)
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Old 2006-12-14, 10:55   Link #20
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Thanks Shinsen for doing this one and Flag.
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