Difference between revisions of "Kadokawa Pictures (Japan)"

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'''Nicknames''': "Heraldic Bird"
 
'''Nicknames''': "Heraldic Bird"
   
'''Logo''': We start on a slowly moving starfield with the earth and a red comet appears flying towards us. The comet becomes a flaming firebird, which moves and envelopes the earth. Then the earth explodes into a bright blue splash and suddenly, the early Kadokawa bird pops up, with the name in Japanese ("角川春樹事務所作品", lit. "a work of the Haruki Kadokawa office") or English ("HARUKI KADOKAWA presents") zooming in below.
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'''Logo''': We start on a slowly moving starfield with the earth and a red comet appears flying towards us. The comet becomes a flaming firebird, which moves and envelopes the earth. Then the earth explodes into a bright, fluorescent blue splash and suddenly, the early Kadokawa bird pops up, with the name in Japanese ("角川春樹事務所作品", lit. "a work of the Haruki Kadokawa office") or English ("HARUKI KADOKAWA presents") zooming in below.
   
 
'''Variants:'''
 
'''Variants:'''
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'''FX/SFX''': The moving comet, bird, and splash. Incredibly beautifully detailed hand-drawn animation.
 
'''FX/SFX''': The moving comet, bird, and splash. Incredibly beautifully detailed hand-drawn animation.
   
'''Music/Sounds''': A raising warbling sound that becomes a majestic synth.
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'''Music/Sounds''': A raising warbling sound, and the warbling-like explosion sound that becomes a majestic synth.
   
'''Availability''': Somewhat rare. First appeared on ''The Inugami Family'' (1976), the logo was presumably retired starting with the release of ''The Aimed School'' (1981), although a still version of this logo appeared on ''Legend of Eight Samurai'' (1984). This logo may or may not be plastered by the Kadokawa Shoten logo (or no logo may even appear at all) on some newer prints of the films this logo originally appeared on, contributing to its' rather limited availability. Fortunately, this logo is retained on the 4K BD of ''The Beast to Die'' (1980).
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'''Availability''': Somewhat rare, bordering on near extinction. First appeared on Kon Ichikawa's ''The Inugami Family'' (1976), the logo was presumably retired starting with the release of ''The Aimed School'' (1981), although a still version of this logo appeared on ''Legend of Eight Samurai'' (1984). This logo may or may not be plastered by the Kadokawa Shoten logo (or no logo may even appear at all) on some newer prints of the films this logo originally appeared on, contributing to its' rather limited availability. Fortunately, this logo is retained on the 4K BD of ''The Beast to Die'' (1980).
   
 
'''Editor's Note''': The animation is very splendid, all that effort (especially for a logo) certainly paid off as it creates a sense of awe for the viewers!
 
'''Editor's Note''': The animation is very splendid, all that effort (especially for a logo) certainly paid off as it creates a sense of awe for the viewers!

Revision as of 09:38, 15 January 2022

Credits
Logo descriptions by
EnormousRat, Thisisanswer, MegaAveron25, Unnepad


Logo captures by
EnormousRat, Logohub, Unnepad


Editions by
DatuDimatablan, Henrynguye5


Video captures courtesy of
Digital media resources, 4R Geo, 猫鯖, Katarzyna Olczyk, Moe Szyslak

Background

In 1945, the Kadokawa Shoten Publishing company was established. In 1975, Haruki Kadokawa launched a film division, which presented its first production the year after. Kadokawa made a lot of well-acclaimed films in Japan, having also acquired Daiei Film Co. and renamed it Kadokawa-Daiei in 2002, and in 2005, they purchased Herald Pictures. In 2011, all subsidiaries were rebranded under the label of Kadokawa Group.


1st Logo (October 16, 1976-July 11, 1981, 1984(?))

Nicknames: "Heraldic Bird"

Logo: We start on a slowly moving starfield with the earth and a red comet appears flying towards us. The comet becomes a flaming firebird, which moves and envelopes the earth. Then the earth explodes into a bright, fluorescent blue splash and suddenly, the early Kadokawa bird pops up, with the name in Japanese ("角川春樹事務所作品", lit. "a work of the Haruki Kadokawa office") or English ("HARUKI KADOKAWA presents") zooming in below.

Variants:

  • This logo may appear in a 4:3 format, or a widescreen format.
  • On some foreign prints of G.I. Samurai (1979), the logo plays out normally but after the bright splash, a custom-made title card for the movie appears instead (The card refers to whatever the movie is titled in their respective country).
  • A still version of the logo appears on Virus (1980) and Legend of Eight Samurai (1984).

FX/SFX: The moving comet, bird, and splash. Incredibly beautifully detailed hand-drawn animation.

Music/Sounds: A raising warbling sound, and the warbling-like explosion sound that becomes a majestic synth.

Availability: Somewhat rare, bordering on near extinction. First appeared on Kon Ichikawa's The Inugami Family (1976), the logo was presumably retired starting with the release of The Aimed School (1981), although a still version of this logo appeared on Legend of Eight Samurai (1984). This logo may or may not be plastered by the Kadokawa Shoten logo (or no logo may even appear at all) on some newer prints of the films this logo originally appeared on, contributing to its' rather limited availability. Fortunately, this logo is retained on the 4K BD of The Beast to Die (1980).

Editor's Note: The animation is very splendid, all that effort (especially for a logo) certainly paid off as it creates a sense of awe for the viewers!

2nd (known) Logo (early-mid 2000s)

Nickname: "The Moonrise Bird"

Logo: At a ocean at moonlight, a strange object flies under the water and then emerges. It forms the Kadokawa bird as we zoom into it and the background turns black. The name appears below in either English or Japenese and shines.

FX/SFX: The logo is formed.

Music/Sounds: A majestic soundtrack.

Availability: Uncommon. Seen on One Missed Call (2003), One Missed Call 2 (2004), The Great Yokai War(2005), and One Missed Call: Final (2006). Also seen on the Masters of Horror episode "Imprint" (2006).

Editor's Note: None.


3rd Logo (2000s-present)

Nickname: "The Water-Drop Bird"

Logo: In a blue environment, rings are seen moving around and one lands on there, making lines. They move around and the background changes color. The background turns back to blue and a white gradient expands like a water drop hitting water, with a different Kadokawa bird opening up. The Japanese text "角川映画" (Kadokawa Pictures) then appears below.

FX/SFX: The rings, environment, bird, and lines.

Music/Sounds: An ambient soundtrack.

Availability: Rare, seen on certain releases like RoboGeisha (2009).

Editor's Note: None.


4th Logo (mid 2000s-present)


Nicknames: "The Revealing Bird", "The Drawing Bird"

Logo: The bird is seen forming with the name in a circle forming as well. It slowly zooms in and fills in with lavender.

FX/SFX: The logo is formed.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Rather common on anime releases from Funimation, such as Deadman Wonderland (2011).

Editor's Note: None.


5th Logo (August 30, 2014-present)

Logo: Over a lake surrounded by mountains and a cloudy sky, two sapphire-colored chevrons flip and move around. The camera then cuts to several shots of the chevrons spinning, as well as other letters moving about. The camera then cuts to the chevrons flipping about, with then and the letters forming the current Kadokawa logo, with the bird on the side and shown with a reflection on the water, all before the background becomes white and the logo becomes 2D. On DVD releases, the chevrons quickly flip into place before the final result is formed.

FX/SFX: The chevrons flipping, the name forming.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Current. Seen on movies starting with Lupin the 3rd (2014). Since 2016, the short version of this logo replaced the Kadokawa Video and Kadokawa Pictures logo on Funimation releases.

Editor's Note: None.

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