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‘In This Corner of the World’ Could Be Strong Oscar Contender

Sunao Katabuchi focuses on the ordinariness of one Japanese couple’s lives as the specter of war looms in the award-winning In This Corner of the World. Earlier this year, Sunao ... Continue Reading →
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30 Years, 30 Great Anime Titles

Akira Cowboy Bebop Boy and the Beast Ghost in the Shell Dragon ... Continue Reading →
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Dreams, Made Real

Isao Takahata Suzuki The chance to work with Studio Ghibli lured ... Continue Reading →
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A Satisfying Return

After 17 years away, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ delivers big time fun for fans of the long-running anime series.  Dragon Ball ... Continue Reading →
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Full Genre Mash-Up

Full Metal Panic blends familiar tropes with new twists and wildly shifts moods over three engaging seasons. Full Metal ... Continue Reading →
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The Anime Income Gap

While American animation heroes are above money problems, Japan’s struggle to scrape by in modern economy. In Frozen, Anna and Elsa lived in palaces; Gru in Despicable Me commanded ... Continue Reading →
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Review: ‘Hal – The Movie’

Hal – The Movie Funimation: $29.98, DVD/Blu-ray combo pack The popular new mini-feature Hal plays like cross between the live-action film Her and a three-hanky weeper from the ... Continue Reading →
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Reviews: ‘Bleach’ Double Feature, ‘Majestic Prince’

Bleach Movies: Double Feature VIZ: $14.98, 2 discs, DVD Although he’s the one of the most popular anime heroes in the world, Bleach‘s Ichigo Kurosaki has little in common ... Continue Reading →
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Red Data Girl: Complete Series

Red Data Girl: Complete Series Funimation: $54.98, 2 discs Red Data Girl (2013) infuses the popular “magical girl” genre with elements of traditional Shinto religion. Izumiko ... Continue Reading →
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Anime Reviews: ‘Short Peace’, ‘Naruto’ Movie

Short Peace: Complete Collection Sentai Film Works: $29.98, Blu-ray Although Katsuhiro Otomo’s reputation rests principally on his watershed cyberpunk feature Akira, his third ... Continue Reading →