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.
"The Mystical Laws" has all of the hallmarks of being a vanity project with the added bonus that its producer/writer is a self-professed living Buddha (no, really). This bizarre near-future story of Westward expansion of a evil, Chinese-based empire, aliens, and space gods flits back and forth between sci-fi and philosophy (with a wee bit of nationalism thrown in). Also, there are carnivorous lizard men, but that comes later in "The Mystical Laws'" bloated, bizarre two hours running time.
It's hard to overstate the importance of "Ninja Scroll" in the U.S.. The Madhouse-produced feature was one of those titles that--for a certain segment of the population--was the first mainline injection of anime into their lives. Instead of something more artful or thoughtful like the works out of Studio Ghibli, the 1993 film was a shot of bloody, oversexed, fast-moving exploitation brilliance to a generation whose exposure to Japanese animation up to that point involved transforming robots.
Nearly 20 years on, Sentai Filmworks/Section23 Films has re-released "Ninja Scroll," and for this fan, it still feels as essential as ever.
No specifics on when we might expect it beyond the release window announced in yesterday's newsletter, but this should be welcome news to 360 owners interested in anime and manga publisher VIZ's streaming service.
The "Walking Dead" producer wants to bring more mechs to movie theaters as she gains the rights to the 70's Toei anime from the creator of "Devilman" and "Getter Robo," Go Nagai. Could we really be looking at a big-budget movie featuring mutants, mechs, and also dino-mechs in the near future?
There's something beautiful and horrible about seeing children being brave and fending for one another. Beautiful because even at an early age, the smallest and weakest of us already have the strongest character and instinct to protect others; horrible because no child should be in life-or-death circumstances.
Based on the WWII memoir of Akiyuki Nosaka who wrote the story to chart his and his sister's own hardscrabble struggle to survive the American firebombings of Japan, this film isn't easy to watch but it's essential viewing among the great works of animation--or really of all film, for that matter.