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INTERVIEW: Actress Ruby Barnhill on Voicing “Mary and The Witch’s Flower”

This Thursday January 18th, Fathom Events is screening both the foreign and English-language versions of the new anime film, Mary and The Witch’s Flower, in select theaters nationwide – the night before its regular theatrical release. “Mary” is one of the 26 films eligible for an Oscar nomination in this year’s Best Animated Feature category. […]

ANIME REVIEW: Takahata’s “My Neighbors the Yamadas”

Although it’s technically a feature, Isao Takahata’s droll My Neighbors The Yamadas (1999), which is receiving its first release on Blu-ray, plays like a collection of comic sketches. It’s based on Hisaichi Ishii’s “Nono-chan,” a popular manga that may remind Americans of “Hi and Lois” or “Baby Blues.” Blandly middle income and middle class, Takashi […]

Gkids Acquires Three Features by Masaaki Yuasa for 2018 US Release

GKIDS announced today that it has acquired the North American distribution rights for a slate of films from internationally acclaimed director Masaaki Yuasa. The deal includes the cult classic Mind Game as well as Yuasa’s two new feature films, Lu Over The Wall and Night Is Short, Walk On Girl. GKIDS will release all three […]

ANIME REVIEW: “Ranma ½: OVA & Movies Collection”

Rumiko Takahashi’s gender-bending martial arts comedy Ranma ½ debuted as a manga in “Shonen Sunday Comics” in 1988 and in animation soon after. Three decades later, it remains hugely popular in both Japan and the United States. Although Takahashi has said she wasn’t commenting on gender roles in Japan, its absurd premise suggests otherwise. Wiry, […]

TRAILER: “Batman Ninja”

You can’t really tell how good a movie is by the trailer – but this teaser for Batman Ninja looks amazing. Warner Bros. Japan is releasing, Jumpei Mizusaki (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’s) is directing from a script by Kazuki Nakashima (Kamen Rider Fourze). Character designer Takashi Okazaki (Afro Samurai) and animator Kamaikaze Douga take Batman (and […]

ANIME REVIEW: “ReLIFE: Season One”

At 27, Arata Kaizaki (voice by Micah Solusod), the central character of the school comedy ReLIFE (2016), is a NEET: An acronym that stands for Not in Education, Employment or Training. The term is generally applied to young men who are seen as not contributing to the Japanese economy—or much of anything else. Although he […]

ANIME REVIEW: “Orange: The Complete Series”

Based on the shojo (girl’s) manga by Ichigo Takano, the broadcast series Orange (2016) mixes questions about the possibility of time travel changing the past with high school heartache and angst. Naho Takamiya (Jill Harris) is a somewhat timid but otherwise normal 16-year-old student at Azalea Hill Public High School in the mountainous region of […]

ANIME REVIEW: “Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Rasengan Collection”

With more than 220 million books of the manga in print—about half the total of the “Harry Potter” series, sales of tens of millions of DVD and Blu-ray discs, as well as countless consumer products, Naruto has become a global phenomenon. In Japanese folklore, some evil spirits grow multiple tails as they age and their […]

ANIME TRAILER: “Godzilla: Monster Planet”

A new trailer for the upcoming anime feature Godzilla: Monster Planet has been released – and it looks pretty spectacular. The film, a combination of hand drawn and CG, was directed by Kōbun Shizuno (Detective Conan) and Hiroyuki Seshita (Ajin) and animated at Polygon Pictures (Transformers Prime). It is considered the 32nd film in the […]

ANIME REVIEW: “Studio Ghibli Collection” on blu-ray

Hayao Miyazaki’s brilliant animated features have already been released on disc several times, but this new series from GKids includes additional extras about the making of the films. Each two-disc set comes with a small booklet of statements by Miyazaki, producer Toshio Suzuki, and/or producer/director Isao Takahata. The sets of Ponyo, Howl’s Moving Castle and […]

Fathon Events to Screen “Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!” Nov. 5th and 6th

The prelude story of Ash and Pikachu’s iconic friendship topped the box office charts in its opening weekend where the Pokémon franchise first began – in Japan last summer. Now, The Pokémon Company International and Fathom Events are bringing the new animated feature film Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! to US movie theaters on […]

John Lasseter to Introduce “Castle Of Cagliostro” at Fathom Events Screenings September 14th & 19th

TMS Entertainment USA and ELEVEN ARTS Anime Studio announced the first ever theatrical release of Lupin The Third: The Castle Of Cagliostro, that will be screened nationwide this week on September 14th & 19th through Fathom Events. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting FathomEvents.com, or at participating theater box offices. The film’s long-time fan, […]

Anime Review: “Hyouka: Part 1”

Hotaro Oreki (voice by Adam Gibbs) might hold the record for teen-age angst. He talks about living a life that “conserves energy” by following the motto, “If I don’t have to do something, I won’t; but if I have to, I’ll do it quickly.” His cheerful best friend Takeo Katsuta (Aaron Dismuke) comments that Oreki […]

ANIME REVIEW: “And You Thought There Is Never a Girl Online?”

Hideki Nishimura (Dallas Reid), the hero of the adventure-comedy And You Thought There Is Never a Girl Online? (2016), is a typically nerdy student at Maegasaki High. He’s not a math wizard or an unshowered programming genius. He’s just an insecure, slightly out of it guy with few real friends. Nishimura finds the companionship he […]

Manga Review: “My Brother’s Husband”

Although millions of Americans, especially Americans udner 30, buy and read manga, they’re only seeing the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Manga culture remains far more complex and diverse than readers in the US realize, as Gengoroh Tagame’s singular My Brother’s Husband demonstrates. Tagame is a celebrated manga-ka, or manga artist, best known for his […]