Poster - Nasu: Summer in Andalusia


Kitaro Kosaka is one of the senior artists at Studio Ghibli. He was the supervising animation director for Hayao Miyazaki's last four feature films, and his tenure stretches as far back as Jarinko Chie.

In 2003, Kosaka wrote and directed his first film, the OVA Nasu: Summer in Andalusia. It's a movie about the Spanish bicycling circuit, and it's an excellent, if short (40 min.) movie. It has been released around Europe, and was even given an English-language translation and dub by Animax. Weirdly enough, Nasu have never been shown or released here in the US.

In 2007, Kosaka followed up with a sequel, Nasu: A Migratory Bird With Suitcase, which one the Best OVA award at the Tokyo Anime Awards.

I've had a fansub copy in my collection for a few years. If I remember, I'll try to track down a suitable link. It's a good movie that you're sure to enjoy; that is, if realistic dramas about professional bicyclists appeals to you.

2 comments:

J.R.D.S. said...

"Weirdly enough, Nasu have never been shown or released here in the US."

"[…] realistic dramas about professional bicyclists […]"

Was the "weirdly" in that sentence intended as irony?

Daniel Thomas MacInnes said...

Hey, whatever spins your wheels, man.

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