"From Up On Poppy Hill" is such a small slice of hometown storytelling from Studio Ghibli that it's easy to dismiss it as fluffy melodrama from the "Spirited Away" and "Princess Mononoke" animation house. And yet this 1960's-set melodrama carries such deep currents of emotion and so much affection for its sweet-natured characters, that by the end I was pretty sure it would rank among my two or three favorites from the studio.
In this clip from Studio Ghibli's 1963-set drama, a group of teens attempts to save their beloved clubhouse from being demolished by their school, providing the first meeting between Umi and Shun, who'll soon find themselves caught in a bittersweet romance. It's a good movie--a really good movie about nostalgia and being caught in the grip of the past, the most emotionally-affecting film from the studio in years.
"From Up on Poppy Hill" heads into limited theatrical release throughout March. Hit the jump to see if it's screening near you.
And those would be Hoods Entertainment's "Mysterious Girlfriend X" and J.C.. Staff's "Kill Me Baby," out this summer courtesy of Section23. One's got a girl that enslaves a boy with her spit while the other has a high school hitgirl, so that's something.
Plus, Studio Pierrot's 2000-2001 demon-hunting anime "Saiyuki" gets collected with a complete DVD set at the end of the month.
You can find the full list of June titles after the jump.
Sure, we don't know when it'll be released. And this is not the final, finished product. But still, at Toy Fair, we wandered passed this little lady in a glass case at the Tamashii Nations booth, we had to snap a pic to share with you.
My familiarity with "Tiger & Bunny" begins and ends with last year's feature, "The Beginning," a Reader's Digest-sized version of the corporate superheroes' origin stories as they worked together to protect (and become the most popular) characters on the capes and tights set in Sternbild City. But I really, really liked what I saw, the show bringing a fresh take on the whole "cynical heroes learn to do better" concept, and the animation in the feature was terrific.
The 26-episode series has been streaming on Hulu for a while now, but if you're too lazy (like me) to navigate a couple of menus to check it out, Viz is releasing the series on Blu-ray and DVD starting next week.
The latest from "Grave of the Fireflies" director Isao Takahata won't be part of the planned summer double release from Studio Ghibli, according to constantly evolving reports online. Crunchyroll has been tracking reports that Takahata's feature based on Japanese folklore was being pushed back until fall.
The judges at the 2013 Annie Awards lavished Disney Animation Studios with Awards over the weekend, giving it up to "Wreck-It Ralph" across multiple categories including Best Animated Feature, Best Director (Rich Moore), and an award for Alan Tudyk for his role as King Candy in the video game family movie. Even the short, "Paperman" was shown love, winning the Best Short Subject award. Outside of a few production awards for "ParaNorman," other competing features like "FrankenWeenie" or "Brave" failed to pick up more than a handful of prizes. So are we looking at a preview of Oscar night?
Will the Academy give it up to a movie mixing classic and modern video games, or will Pixar take home another award?
You can find the full list of winners after the jump.
Did you by chance miss FUNimation's last disc for Takashi Miike's "Zebraman 2"? What about the Donnie Yen-starring "Ip Man"? Both features are getting reissued in April as FUNimation gets some of its recent titles circulating again. Plus, "A Certain Scientific Railgun" makes its DVD debut along with the second part of "The Last Exile - Fam."
The late 80's anime from "Ghost In The Shell" creator Mamoru Oshii is headed stateside again thanks to Section23 Films in April. The seven-episode OVA is coming to DVD and Blu-ray and might serve as a nice reintroduction for animation fans to cops and mechs anime. Of course, if that's not your style, Section23's got princesses, quake-ravaged cities, and warrior geishas.
You can check out the full list of April releases after the jump.