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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 […]

INTERVIEW: Director Keiichi Hara on “Miss Hokusai”

The animated film Miss Hokusai has been one of a handful of features that has been garnering awards attention, and justly so. Gorgeously filmed, sophisticated, and meaningful, it’s a movie that should been seen and considered both the critics awards and arthouse audiences. We spoke to director Keiichi Hara about bringing famed and important feminist […]

Anime Review: “Escaflowne”

Although it didn’t draw much of an audience when it aired on Fox Kids in 2001, The Vision of Escaflowne (Eska-FLOW-nay, 1996) retains a loyal following, probably because this sprawling fantasy infuses sword-and-sorcery and mecha elements into the popular “magical girl” genre. Hitomi Kanzaki (Caitlin Glass) is a sensitive teen-ager who reads Tarot cards for […]

ANIME REVIEWS: Two Based on The Works of Nagaru Tanigawa

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Funimation: $64.98, 5 discs, (4 Blu-ray and one DVD) Despite the series title, Haruhi Suzumiya (Wendee Lee) is hardly melancholy. She’s one of the prettiest girls in her high school, but also the strangest and the loudest. Haruhi dismisses normal people as “boring” (“What kind of fun does a ‘normal’ […]

TRAILER: GKids “Miss Hokusai”

GKIDS has released its US trailer for Miss Hokusai, the latest feature from Japanese animation powerhouse Production I. G. (Ghost In The Shell, A Letter To Momo). The NY-based distributor will release the film on October 14th in New York and Los Angeles prior to a North American expansion. The film by renowned director Keiichi […]

GKIds Acquires Production I.G.’s “Miss Hokusai”

GKIDS has announced it has acquired distribution rights to Miss Hokusai, the latest feature from Japanese animation powerhouse Production I. G. (Ghost In The Shell, A Letter To Momo). The film by renowned director Keiichi Hara (Colorful) took home the Jury Prize at the Annecy Film Festival, swept the top jury and audience awards at […]

Anime Blu-Ray Review: “Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun”

When Chiyo Sakura (Juliet Simmons), the heroine of the broadcast series Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun (2014), awkwardly tries to confess her love to classmate Umetaro Nozaki (Ty Mahany), she mistakenly says “I’m your fan!”–and he responds by giving her an autograph from a special pad. Nozaki is tall, handsome and terminally clueless; he’s also the creator […]

ANIME REVIEW: “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time”

Although he had worked as an animator and director on numerous TV series and three “Digimon” features, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time was the first film to showcase Mamoru Hosoda’s talent as a director. If you were to ask her, Makoto Konno (Emily Hirst) would say she regards herself as a normal high school […]