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'Akira' is all set for its Hollywood remake

Film | Wide Angle Jun 13, 2019

'Akira' is all set for its Hollywood remake

Like it or not, Hollywood's "Akira" is finally happening. The live-action adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo's legendary manga and anime had been in development limbo since the rights were picked up by Warner Bros. in 2002. Now, after years of speculation, it's been given the release ...

Breaking down the barriers of animation with Hiroyuki Imaishi

Film Jun 11, 2019

Breaking down the barriers of animation with Hiroyuki Imaishi

One does not tune into an anime directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi for subtlety. For over a decade, Imaishi has been known as one of anime's most raucous storytellers. In series like "Gurren Lagann" (2007), "Kill la Kill" (2013) and "Space Patrol Luluco" (2016), goofy super-robots, ...

'Children of the Sea': Diving deep into animated beauty

Film | Wide Angle Jun 5, 2019

'Children of the Sea': Diving deep into animated beauty

"Children of the Sea" has achieved the impossible. The new animated film from Studio 4°C adapts the manga of the same name by Daisuke Igarashi — whose idiosyncratic, wispy illustrations, with their huge numbers of flowing lines, always seemed impractical, if not downright impossible to ...

'Promare': A burning need for rage control

Film / Reviews May 15, 2019

'Promare': A burning need for rage control

Ever been so angry you felt like you were going to explode? In "Promare," the new anime film from studios Trigger and Xflag, that's no metaphor. The story goes that when the members of a certain segment of the population get mad enough, flames ...

Younger animators still struggling amid anime boom

Culture May 8, 2019

Younger animators still struggling amid anime boom

By all outward appearances, Japan's animation industry is thriving. A recent report by The Association for Japanese Animations indicates the industry's worth as a whole topped over ¥2 trillion in 2017 — a new record. International streaming services like Netflix and Crunchyroll have begun ...

'The Wonderland': Surface-level charm, but no true wonder

Film / Reviews Apr 24, 2019

'The Wonderland': Surface-level charm, but no true wonder

"The Wonderland," the new film from director Keiichi Hara ("Miss Hokusai"), certainly has the building blocks of something wondrous: a skilled director, top production values, and a story by beloved children's author Sachiko Kashiwaba. One of Kashiwaba's admirers is Studio Ghibli's Hayao Miyazaki, whose Academy ...

'Shinjuku Tiger': A story of one man and his mask

Film / Reviews Mar 20, 2019

'Shinjuku Tiger': A story of one man and his mask

Spend enough time on the streets of Shinjuku, and you'll eventually spot a flamboyantly dressed figure in a tiger mask carrying fake flowers, stuffed animals and a boombox. This is Shinjuku Tiger, the subject of a documentary of the same name out this week. Tiger-san, ...