Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin and anime’s quest into western fantasy

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Western fantasy and sci-fi literature has long proven influential for anime, and an early example, shortly after the glamour of Howl’s Moving Castle, was the less well-known Studio Ghibli effort Tales from Earthsea. The late, great Ursula K. Le Guin, who sadly passed away in January, had broken through to literary greatness with her novel A Wizard […]

Weekly round-up

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Hey there, friends! Welcome to our first round-up of 2018. This week for us was all about that Devilman. We blitzed through DEVILMAN crybaby and felt so fired up we just had to write a feature about it. You can check that out as you read on, as well as the year’s top news stories […]

Miyazaki slates first anime work since The Wind Rises

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While we’re jumpy as a bunch of soot sprites waiting for Hayao Miyazaki’s upcoming feature film, his newest short for the Ghibli Museum at least seems well underway. ‘Boro the Caterpillar’ has been on the production line for well over a year by now, but it’s been scheduled to have its debut on March 21st. […]

Weekly round-up

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We’re back for the first weekly round-up in…how long? Too long, that’s what! But the main thing is, we’re happy to be here to bring you all the best of this week’s news, reviews and features from littleanimeblog, as well as all the great writing we’ve seen from you guys these past few days. Let’s […]

Miyazaki’s new movie is “action-adventure fantasy”

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Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki has described Hayao Miyazaki’s upcoming film as a hand-drawn “action-adventure fantasy” in a recent letter. Miyazaki himself unveiled its title as Kimi-tachi wa Do Ikiru ka (How Do You Live?) back in October. The 1937 Genzaburo Yoshino book which directly inspired the title will have special meaning for the protagonist, the […]

Review: Norn9

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Norn9 is a series of two halves, belying its otome game source material where, under any plot contrivances, the point is to woo males and form romantic relations. So often, these series act as straight-up adaptations, making for badly structured and poor plotted anime. The core conceit of 2016’s Norn9 is a compelling one. Set […]

Weekly round-up

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Welcome, one and all, to another weekly round-up! As usual, we’ll be bringing you up to date on all the need-to-know news from the anime world. But we’ll also be dishing all the new happenings on and around our blog, including the excellent work you’ve been posting like wildfire. For all this as the perfect, informative […]

Update: Hayao Miyazaki may already be producing new feature film

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After The Wind Rises was released in 2013, Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement, at least from feature films. He said he would still be working on the Ghibli Museum Shorts, and the one in production right now is ‘Kemushi no Boro’ (‘Boro the Caterpillar’). But with true Miyazaki sticktoitiveness, he’s recanted his retirement and started work on a […]

Weekly round-up

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Well, have we got a bumper round-up to share with you today. Along with all the news you need to keep up to date with the world of anime, we’re introducing a brand new feature to this weekly update. No spoilers here! You’ll just have to scroll on down to find out. New York Times […]

Hayao Miyazaki and Ghibli producer Suzuki share thoughts on your name.

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We were all expecting Makoto Shinkai’s your name. to reach the heights of the world’s top grossing anime movie, and it finally got there earlier this month, moving ahead of Spirited Away‘s record $275 million. But we’ve also been anticipating Hayao Miyazaki’s opinion on the film, and how he feels about it challenging his most universally beloved movie. Until now […]

Update: your name’s English soundtrack previewed, 200 screens confirmed for North America

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Makoto Shinkai’s your name. has officially become the world’s top-grossing anime movie, above and beyond Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away. At the box office since its opening in Japan on August 26th, your name. has earned more than US$281 million worldwide, while all in all Spirited Away topped $275 million gross. But Spirited Away is still far from being shaken from its #1 all-time spot […]

Update: your name. earns 20 billion yen, surpassing Howl’s Moving Castle

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Makoto Shinkai’s your name. (Kimi no Na wa.) stayed #1 at the Japanese box office for its first nine consecutive weeks in cinemas. It had earned 9.1 billion yen in its fourth week, when Shinkai expressed concern over the pressures of breaking the 10 billion barrier. It’s already been marked Japan’s highest-grossing film in 2016, but now it’s […]