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Studio Ghibli Animator Makiko Futaki Dies Age 57

Makiko Futaki, a long time Japanese feature animator whose most recent work was on Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s When Marnie Was There, died May 13 of an “unspecified illness,” ... Continue Reading →
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Funimation Brings Project Itoh’s ‘Harmony’ to U.S. Theaters

On the heels of the limited theatrical release of The Empire of Corpses, Funimation Films announces that advance tickets are now on sale for Harmony — the second in a three-part ... Continue Reading →
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Producer Reveals ‘Castlevania’ Animation Plans

Fandom film producer Adi Shankar (Punisher: Dirty Laundry, Judge Dredd: Superfiend)  revealed on his Facebook page that he will be producing a “super violent Castlevania mini-series” ... 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 →
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Reviews: ‘Persona 4,’ ‘Appleseed Alpha’

Persona 4: The Animation – Complete Collection Aniplex/Sentai: $79.98, Blu-ray (4 discs) Persona 4 is a welcome rarity: An animated series based on a computer game that people ... Continue Reading →
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Guests Set for Anime Midwest Convention

Anime Midwest, a three-day convention celebrating Japanese animation, video games, music and more has announced its lineup of featured guests at this year’s convention from July ... Continue Reading →
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FX Sweetens the Toon Deal

This month, the cable network debuts Chozen, an intriguing new animated series about a white ... Continue Reading →
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Warner Bros. Jumpstarts Dormant ‘Akira’ Movie

Here’s some good news for diehard fans of the seminal 1988 anime feature Akira. Variety reports that director Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown) is in discussions to return to lead ... Continue Reading →
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Otomo Packs a Lifetime in 12-Minute ‘Combustible’

During a recent interview, Katsuhiro Ŏtomo said that he wished he had a time machine so that he could travel to different periods in history. With his new 12-minute, animated short ... Continue Reading →
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Otomo’s ‘Combustible’ Wins Japan’s Media Arts Award

Katsuhiro Otomo’s acclaimed animated short Combustible won Japan’s prestigious Media Arts Award on Thursday (Dec. 13). Set in mid-18th-century Edo (the old name for Tokyo), the ... Continue Reading →