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15:00 - 18th March 2016, by NEO Staff

Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress

When a director comes up through the anime industry under the guidance of Studio Ghibli and works on films such as Spirited Away and My Neighbours the Yamadas, you should probably pay attention to what they do next. That’s exactly the case with Masayuki Miyaji – after cutting his directorial teeth on the sci-fi series Xam’d: Lost Memories, he helms his first feature length movie, the breathtakingly beautiful Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress.

Based on Kazuki Sakuraba’s novel Fuse Gansaku: Satomi Hakkenden – itself loosely inspired by the 19th century literary epic The Chronicles of the Eight Dog Heroes (106 volumes!) by the legendary Kyokutei Bakin – Fusé is an Edo period masterpiece centred on Hamaji, a young woman who lives alone on a mountain and survives as a hunter.

Her skills are in high demand too, being summoned to the capital city by her brother Dousetsu to hunt fusé - shapeshifting half-human, half-dog creatures who consume human souls, and are terrorising Edo. But when she actually meets her prey, Hamaji finds that perhaps they’re not so monstrous after all. Repeatedly crossing paths with Shino, the last fusé, fate appears to have something deeper than hunting in mind.

Miyaji has meticulously recreated the Edo as it appeared in the 1850s setting, right down to the names of bridges and designs of buildings, while crafting a tale that puts humanity’s sense of superiority into question. If the fusé that Hamaji hunts are capable of higher thought and reason, are Dousetsu’s demands justified? Or does Shino’s friendly face hide something truly worth fearing?

Anime Limited will be releasing this stunning movie in collector’s edition Blu-ray and DVD combo, and standard DVD editions.

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