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ANIME REVIEW: “Noragami Aragoto: Season Two”

Times are tough for Yato (voice by Jason Liebrecht), the minor god of calamity who’s at the center of the broadcast series Noragami Aragoto (2015), the sequel to Noragami (2014). He’s still knocking around Tokyo in an old warm-up suit and busted boots, offering to grant wishes for ¥5 coins. Yato may be broke, but […]

ANIME REVIEW: “Ultimate Otaku Teacher”

The 2015 broadcast comedy Ultimate Otaku Teacher focuses on the nutty Jun’ichiro Kagami (Anthony Bowling). At 17, Kagami was a physics prodigy, authoring a paper that proved it was theoretically possible to create Doraemon’s Anywhere Door. But when he discovered the technology needed to realize his vision wouldn’t exist for at least another century, he […]

ANIME REVIEW: “Amagi Brilliant Park: Complete Collection”

The broadcast series Amagi Brilliant Park boasts an impressive pedigree: Its original creator is Shoji Gatou, who wrote the light novels that served as the basis for the hit comedy-adventure Full Metal Panic! Former child actor Seiya Kanie (Adam Gibbs) is one of the brightest and best-looking students in his high school. But he’s so […]

ANIME REVIEW: “Wolf’s Rain”

On the “Day of Destruction,” which occurred 200 years before the fantasy-adventure Wolf’s Rain (2003) begins, much of human civilization was destroyed. Wolves supposedly died out at the same time, yet the story centers on four humans who turn into wolves. Like the young father in Hosoda’s Wolf Children, they are wolfmen: not the violent […]

ANIME VIDEO REVIEW: “Blood Blockade Battlefront”

Based on 2009 manga by Yasuhiro Nightow, the creator of the 90’s hit Trigun, Blood Blockade Battlefront (2015) is a supernatural adventure that takes place in what used to be New York City. A few years before the series begins, the city was engulfed in an impenetrable fog that was somehow linked to a fissure […]

ANIME REVIEW: “Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom”

The broadcast series Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom (2010) is the first animated adaptation of the popular 2008 video game: Additional TV series, two features, an OAV and a manga followed. The adventure begins in 1864, when Japan was facing an uncertain future: The failure of the Tokugawa shoguns to formulate a satisfactory response […]

Shout! Factory Secures U.S. Rights To Suano Katabuchi’s “In This Corner Of The World”

Shout! Factory and Animatsu Entertainment (London-based producer, licensor and distributor of anime in the UK and Ireland), have entered into an exclusive film deal to distribute the new animated feature In This Corner Of The World in North America. Based on the award-winning manga by Fumiyo Kouno, the film is written and directed by Sunao […]

FIRST LOOK: Ghibli’s Amazon Series “Ronja the Robber’s Daughter”

Amazon announced the launch date for Ronja the Robber’s Daughter. This is the new epic new series directed by Goro Miyazaki, animated by Polygon Pictures and co-produced by Studio Ghibli, based on Astrid Lindgren’s classic novel. It will start streaming on January 27th. The English adaptation was produced by David Freedman in London with a […]

ANIME REVIEW: Studio Ghibli’s “Ocean Waves”

Ocean Waves (Umi ga Kikoeru), sometimes translated as “I Can Hear the Sea” (1993), is Studio Ghibli‘s only TV special. A modest work that’s closer in scope and tone to Whisper of the Heart or From Up on Poppy Hill than to the fragile poetry of The Tale of Princess Kaguya or the grand adventures […]

ANIME TRAILER: “Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side Of Dimensions”

It’s official! The first animated feature to be released theatrically in 2017, in the US, will be Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side Of Dimensions. Screen Vision Media will give this a two-week release on January 27th. Supposedly a decade in the making, the film features new designs and an all-new story from the original creator of […]

Gkids To Release Studio Ghibli’s 1993 TV Feature “Ocean Waves”

Distributor GKIDS has announced that it will release Studio Ghibli’s Ocean Waves, which has been unreleased in the U.S. until now. The film will play starting on December 28th at IFC Center in New York, and one night only in Los Angeles at the Egyptian Theatre, in a new 4K restoration. The film will then […]

ANIME FIRST LOOK: Yonebayashi’s “Mary and The Witch’s Flower”

Dropping today is the teaser trailer for Mary and The Witch’s Flower, the first animated feature from Studio Ponoc, the latest directorial effort from former top Ghibli animator Hiromasa Yonebayashi (director, When Marnie Was There, The Secret World of Arriety). Based on “The Little Broomstick” by Mary Stewart, the screenplay was adapted by Riko Sakaguchi […]

ANIME REVIEW: “Your Name.”

Writer-director Makoto Shinkai’s runaway hit Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa) is the year’s number one box office hit in Japan and the sixth-highest grossing film of all time there. Since it opened in August, it’s earned more than ¥19.4 billion (about US $174 million), more than any animated film not directed by Hayao Miyazaki. […]

ANIME TRAILER: “Napping Princess: The Story Of The Unknown Me”

Warner Bros. just posted a trailer for a new anime film by director Kenji Kamiyama – (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Eden of the East) – Napping Princess: The Story of the Unknown Me. I.G Port’s anime subsidiary Signal.MD is animating the film as its first anime film project. The film opens March […]

Anime Review: “Big Windup!”

Based on a manga by Asa Higuchi, the 2007 broadcast series Big Windup! turns the clichés of the anime sports genre upside down. The main character is neither an ace who needs to be taught the importance of teamwork, like Ryoma in Prince of Tennis, nor a newbie who discovers his exceptional talent as he […]