Studio 4C Goes To War In Russia! Brand New Trailer For Russian Anime FIRST SQUAD!

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Studio 4C Goes To War In Russia!  Brand New Trailer For Russian Anime FIRST SQUAD!

We have been tracking the progress of First Squad - the animation project created by Russian artists Misha Shprits and Aljoscha Klimov and animated in Japan by the acclaimed Studio 4C - for a good long time now and, on the eve of the film arriving at the market in Cannes we have an exclusive first look at the brand new trailer for the film. Loosely based on a series of Soviet-era propoganda adventure novels, First Squad fuses known history - the battles are accurate - with speculation about the paranormal units active within both Germany and Russia throughout WWII in a story of a young psychic girl who must enlist the spirits of her dead friends to battle the ghosts of long-dead crusaders enlisted to the Nazi cause.

It is 1942. The Red Army is putting up a violent and effective resistance against the German invaders. 14 year-old Nadya is a medium. In a deadly air raid the girl is shell-shocked. Recovering from her concussion, Nadya discovers her new gift – the ability to foresee the “Moments of Truth” - the most critical moments of future combat encounters, in which one person’s actions will decide the outcome one way or the other.

Nadya’s ability is indispensable for the classified 6th Division of the Russian Military Intelligence, which is waging a secret war against the “Ahnenerbe” – an occult order within the SS. The Ahnenerbe summons from the realm of the dead the powerful prince of darkness, Baron von Wolff. With him on their side they hope to change the course of history and achieve world domination. To oppose the Baron Nadya decides to enlist the support of her old friends from the beyond – the Pioneers of the First Squad.

This new trailer shows off a great deal more footage than the initial teaser while also showcasing some of the music written for the film by DJ Krush. Still unseen in public are the live action moc-doc segments intercut throughout the film - interviews with soldiers, scientists and historians of the era. Check the new trailer along with the initial teaser below the break!

First Squad screens three times in the Cannes Marche Du Film: May 13th, 18:00 Palais C. May 16th, 18:00 Palais C. May 17th, 17:30 Arcades 3.



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solarisApril 29, 2009 11:26 AM

I believe you mean "Russianime".

Ricki-Oh 90210April 29, 2009 12:02 PM

Doesn't look as visually inventive as other 4C work, probably because its a commissioned piece and the visual style was dictated to them. Still, I'll judge it when I see it.

Agent WaxApril 29, 2009 5:47 PM

I dunno. THe teaser looked a lot better. The footage in this trailer reminded me more of high-end tv anime series than feature -length films.

IscariotApril 29, 2009 7:53 PM

Yeah, looks more OAV than theatrical quality. But fuck it, psi-rooskies versus zombie-nazi's go go.

Afro SamuraiApril 30, 2009 1:38 AM

I'm in. been looking for a fresh anime to really get me back into the scene

JahsoldierApril 30, 2009 4:10 AM

It's about time DJ Krush released some more music >_

brettlv5506April 30, 2009 5:45 AM

cannot wait to marathon this and valkyria chronicles back to back

rotten_buffyMay 1, 2009 5:22 PM

First thing I thought was this is Japanese. Which is a pity. Whilst it looks good (visually) it would have been nice to see something that was less anime-like and more unique.

anton_esMay 4, 2009 11:38 PM

dj krush - evil nazis - crazy russians - count me in !