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#1 OFFLINE   midwinter

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Posted 28 June 2014 - 11:20 PM

It's supposed to be getting published in two months, so I feel it should have its own thread, even though we actually know less about it than the movie so far. Here's what we do know:

 

  • It's written by Eiji Otsuka, who's known for Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service
  • It's an original story, not a novelisation of an existing game, and the movie is an adaptation of it (and I wish news sites would stop claiming either the novel or the film have anything to do with FF1, that is a pernicious rumour)
  • Its official title is apparently "Zero: A Curse Affecting Only Girls"

 

I'm really looking forward to getting a new novel, but that title is... um... quite something. "Zero: The Movie" is snappy by comparison.


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Posted 30 June 2014 - 07:20 AM

If the novel ever gets localized (that's a big 'if', but then again these things are getting a bit more popular outside of Japan), I'm kinda hoping that they change the title. LOL. "A Curse That Only Affects Girls" has too much immature leeway for period jokes. I kind of honestly hope that they go with a title as simple as "ZERO: fatal frame", overlaying the 'rei' kanji.


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Posted 30 June 2014 - 10:46 PM

It'll be interesting to see how the novel and movie differ when they come out, and if there's any nods to the games in either.  Hopefully the title is the only questionable thing about it.  :P



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Posted 03 July 2014 - 01:20 PM

Listing FINALLY up on Kadokawa's site! It's coming out on 23/8.

 

Edit: Okay, this is... getting interesting... here's the plot summary from the listing page:

 

Kasumi, who lives at an all-female boarding school, wants to be like Aya, the most beautiful girl in her class. Aya says, "Kiss my photo a thousandth of a second before 12am." If you do, you'll be cursed just like her...

 

Anybody got... um... thoughts on this... interesting development?


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Posted 03 July 2014 - 02:50 PM

Yuri intensifies...?

 

I'll try to withhold judgement, since a fifty-word summary will inevitably make anything sound kind of silly, but this alongside the title makes me think it's going to turn out to be either genius, or epic, Zero Novel-style bizarre.

 

Interestingly, Kasumi's the only character other than Aya and Michi mentioned in the plot summary for the movie on AsianWiki (and um, spoilers for character death, I guess), which was added the day of the initial announcement when everyone else was still talking about a cursed chant. I'd really love to know where they got that info from.

 

EDIT: The more I look at it the weirder it is. How does that conversation even go?

 

"Oh Aya, I want to be as pretty as you!"

 

"Well, Kasumi, you need only kiss my photo and then YOU TOO WILL BE CURSED."

 

????


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#6 OFFLINE   ナガクラ

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Posted 04 July 2014 - 01:35 AM

Soft Yuri? Nah, I dont really sense it. But the movie seems to be doing so. I really hope there isn't any.


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Posted 04 July 2014 - 08:23 AM

Beauty as a curse? Heh, well I can bite, that sometimes seems to be a theme.

 

Given that in Japanese ghost stories, girls getting cursed (or the raw end of the deal and becoming ghosts ) is pretty frequent, a 'female only' curse doesn't seem to far off the dialogue.

 

Still I agree, a better name. A Curse for Girls? The Curse of Girls? 

 

Again intriguing. TY so much for the info mid and staying on top of this. ;_;



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Posted 04 July 2014 - 09:58 AM

Hm sounds quite strange but often the strangest premise can be the best.
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Posted 08 July 2014 - 10:46 AM

Hmmm so i guess that it will be connected with the movie,I'm wondering if the game will be connected with everything too   :thinking:

 

The story looks interesting......(or at least) it has potential.I don't like the title though,not creative at all.


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Posted 17 July 2014 - 03:50 PM

If the novel ever gets localized (that's a big 'if', but then again these things are getting a bit more popular outside of Japan), I'm kinda hoping that they change the title. LOL. "A Curse That Only Affects Girls" has too much immature leeway for period jokes. I kind of honestly hope that they go with a title as simple as "ZERO: fatal frame", overlaying the 'rei' kanji.

 

Seconded! Or it can be just "The All-Female Curse"

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no never mind, I don't know anymore hahaha

 

Yuri intensifies...?

 

I'll try to withhold judgement, since a fifty-word summary will inevitably make anything sound kind of silly, but this alongside the title makes me think it's going to turn out to be either genius, or epic, Zero Novel-style bizarre.

 

Interestingly, Kasumi's the only character other than Aya and Michi mentioned in the plot summary for the movie on AsianWiki (and um, spoilers for character death, I guess), which was added the day of the initial announcement when everyone else was still talking about a cursed chant. I'd really love to know where they got that info from.

 

EDIT: The more I look at it the weirder it is. How does that conversation even go?

 

"Oh Aya, I want to be as pretty as you!"

 

"Well, Kasumi, you need only kiss my photo and then YOU TOO WILL BE CURSED."

 

????

 

Yuri is all I can say >_>


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Posted 25 July 2014 - 02:33 AM

It's up on Amazon now. Looks like it's 648 yen.

 

http://www.amazon.co...志/dp/4041016428


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Posted 25 July 2014 - 07:50 AM

Hmm, so the release date is 23rd August according to Kadokawa's product page, 25th August according to the Niconico broadcast and Famitsu, and 24th August according to Amazon. At least we know it's sometime around then...



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Posted 25 July 2014 - 07:52 AM

Ordered it (well of course) and it's giving me an estimated dispatch of the 25th... so it will be interesting to see whether they stick with that or just decide to release a day early or something.

 

It's great to see they're all so damn coordinated! Makes me wonder how we ever got a definite movie release date. Looks like the photo-kissing thing will be a novel-only thing, then?


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Posted 05 August 2014 - 11:17 AM

Hmm, Kadokawa seems to have removed the novel from their website. Here's what it used to look like, but now you just get a 404, and it's not listed with the other August 23 releases where it used to be.

 

They'd better not be thinking about delaying it... :saejima:



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Posted 07 August 2014 - 06:12 PM

Awww I want to read it!! It's a shame I barely know Japanese... 

It does seem to be going in a little....bizarre route, but I did feel that the Zero ~zero~ novel did this as well, and it turned out to be a very entertaining read, I loved it! xD 

I'm hoping against all hope that the movie will be super popular, especially in the west. Then the demand for more FF merchandise will bring us an official translation of the novel and Ely will be a happy young lady ;3; 



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Posted 08 August 2014 - 05:49 AM

I'm pretty interested and hopefully it gets translated somehow


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