Hell hath no fury like a fanboy spurned, but that usually doesn’t occur until after the film in question has been released to theaters. Tired of having their expectations dashed by disappointing news of the long anticipated live-action “Akira” adaptation, fans completed their own live version of a trailer for the popular manga-turned-anime, one that attempts to “do ‘Akira’ justice” by following the source material as closely as possible.
I can remember looking at anime titles in British video catalogues back in the nineties; as the pastoral fantasies of Hayao Miyazaki would not reach prominence in this country until the new millennium, UK distributors placed a strong emphasis on futuristic thrillers. The films of Mamoru Oshii certainly fit that bill.
Next Friday, April 18th, Katsuhiro Otomo’s “Short Peace” will make its U.S. theatrical debut.
Table tennis sounds like just about the last thing that needs an animated series, but leave it to the Japanese to make the sport as exciting as a superhero action-adventure series. This is our first extended look at “Ping Pong,” a new 11-episode animated series by Japanese director Masaaki Yuasa (“Mind Game,” “The Tatami Galaxy”) that will debut April 10th on Fuji TV’s late-night noitaminA block.
GKIDS announced today that they have entered into a distribution agreement with Studio Ghibli for the North American rights to “The Tale of The Princess Kaguya,” the new film by 78-year-old director Isao Takahata.
Jonathan Clements’ “Anime: A History” differs greatly from more populist overviews of anime available in the English-language market. This book is not about the anime texts themselves, but the surrounding industry: Clements delivers a tightly-packed account of anime production, distribution and viewership from the silent era to the present day.
Oscar-nominated “The Wind Rises,” Hayao Miyazaki’s last feature film (until he makes another one), opens in limited release today.
Studio Ghibli will produce its first animated series for television with Hayao Miyazaki’s son, Goro Miyazaki, at the helm.
Pioneered by children, legitimized by people looking up weird stuff on YouTube, vitalized by online hoaxes, and existing entirely outside any kind of aesthetic considerations, fanime is something that could only have developed on the web.
“Space Dandy”, the eagerly-awaited anime series from the creative team behind “Cowboy Bebop,” will debut on Adult Swim’s Toonami block in January 2014.