Manga Films

From Audiovisual Identity Database

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1st Logo (1993-2000)

Logo: On a dark blue background, we see a fireball crossing the screen diagonally from left to right. Then "MANGA" (from the 1991 Manga Entertainment logo, but in silver and in 3D) flips and zooms out to the center of the screen, letter by letter. Then a huge burst of fire engulfs the screen and turns the logo red. A outline of the logo zooms out and turns the logo 2D, as a light streak forms the word "F I L M S" in white. In 1995, the URL of the company's website ( fades in below.

Technique: The fireball, the letters turning from 3D to 2D.

Music/Sounds: A rising synth sound and a calmer ascending series of pings, followed by a Japanese folk theme with powerful percussion when the fire bursts, and synths that end with a little "ping".

Availability: Extremely rare. It appears on Manga Films tapes from the era, like its Dragon Ball GT release. On later VHS releases (for example on a Monty Python's Flying Circus VHS from 2000), it was substituted by the next logo. The still version (with no website) is preserved on the Spanish DVD releases of Torrente (1998).

2nd Logo (2000-2009)

Logo: On a black background, some red glowing lines start zooming out while twisting. As they make their way, they reveal themselves as three rectangles that keep twisting and finally merging together with a quick flash. Then a streak of identical rectangles is formed and we zoom through it at a very high speed; while in the background, some vertical and horizontal hyperspace-like lines appear. At the end of the streak, we reach a web-like structure formed by moving lines which are formed by 0's, 1's, and the word "films" (all in red). In the web, four stars are formed (distributed in a way that resembles part of the Great Bear constellation) and merge together as a set of silver cubes enters the scene and starts orbiting the new star, which glows, rotates and moves down until disappearing. The cubes then go out of orbit and start falling until crashing—perfectly aligned and leaving trails of light—into some kind of floor. The floor zooms out as white trails form letters in a down-to-up pattern, leaving the words "manga films" (in red) with twelve small squares below (the leftmost square is white while the next one is slightly darker than the previous square, the rightmost square being dark gray) as a white, glowing rectangle surrounds the now-finished logo.

Variant: On Sherlock Media releases, after the logo's animation ends, the background turns black as the rectangle begins to spin, as a streak of identical triangles just like at the start of the logo is formed again, as we again zoom through them at a very high speed, entering a background of grey vertical and horizontal lines, similar to the ones before. A group of silver cubes just like the one's in the "manga films" logo appear, already aligned, and travel through the background until hitting the same floor as in the "manga films" logo. The text "sherlock" fades in above the squares in white, as the text "MEDIA", in bigger, also white letters fades in below, glowing.

Technique: CGI animation that features glowing lines, weird moves and angles, and flashes.

Music/Sounds: Some "whoosh" sounds, followed by a dramatic fanfare with synths and strings.

Music/Sounds Variant: In the Sherlock Media version, the fanfare goes on, along with more whoosh sounds.

Availability: Fairly common.

Manga Films
Vértice Cine
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