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 […]

your name. director denies unseen ending rumours

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More than a few little birds have had it that the ending we know for Makoto Shinkai’s your name. wasn’t originally meant to be. Instead, rumour goes that Shinkai wanted Mitsuha and Taki’s bond to end in bitterness, with neither able to find and hold the other. Toho then supposedly argued against the unhappy climax and urged […]

Event: Gifu Anime Sacred Place Alliance starts your name, A Silent Voice prefecture tours

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Cool Japan might have its official Gifu-to-Tokyo your name. pilgrimage, but if you want to escape from life in the metropolis, this tour might be the one for you. Eight different cities in Gifu Prefecture are joining in the Gifu Anime Sacred Place Alliance, to bring tourists from across the globe to the popular anime prefecture. Indeed, your […]

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 […]

Event: Cool Japan Initiative launches Your Name. Official Tour

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If you’re planning a trip to Japan, why not make it a real event and go on a your name. pilgrimage to honour Makoto Shinkai’s beloved movie? Supported by the Japanese government’s Cool Japan Initiative, Tokyo’s Anime Tourism Association is now inviting applications from otaku all over the world for the Your Name. (Kimi no Na wa.) Official Tour. The tour […]

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 […]

Film festival director sick of your name’s “schoolgirls and time slips”

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Cinema goers across the world can’t seem to get enough of Makoto Shinkai’s your name., to the point that even the director’s sick of hearing about it now. It’s dominated the box office week to week in Japan, and arrived to equal fervour in South Korea this month. But on the industry side, Shinkai’s contemporaries have been […]

Pearl Harbour, propaganda and anime’s first feature length

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Art plays a pivotal role in the healing process in the wake of national disaster, channelling a country’s collective grief and creating something from the calamity. Director Makoto Shinkai said the success of Your name is due in part to the natural disaster at the centre of its narrative, chiming with a country still processing […]

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 […]

Review: The Place Promised in Our Early Days / Voices of a Distant Star Twin Pack

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Looking back to The Place Promised in Our Early Days, and even further into the distance with his OVA ‘Voices of a Distant Star’, together the two animations showcase Makoto Shinkai’s development into the themes that have brought him such phenomenal success with your name. Sci-fi supplants its wonder within the ordinary, and young lovers […]

Event: Extended synopsis of your name. chases UK screenings starting tomorrow

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After such a long wait it’s hard to believe, but the first UK showings of your name. will begin tomorrow. Now the reviews are rolling in, we can see what see what the big names like the BBC and EMPIRE think, and so far it’s been starry eyes all around. EMPIRE have called it “This decade’s Spirited Away“, and Total Film said it “Brims with […]

Your name, our anime: defending the new and female otaku

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It’s time for another episode of Old Fogies Take a Dump on New Anime. Mamoru Oshii’s done it, taking pops at Mamoru Hosoda, Hideaki Anno, and all currently-airing anime in general. Now it seems Toshio Okada, co-founder of Gainax and so-called “Otaking”, wants to get on the boat and rock it too. Except his unwitting victim is Makoto […]