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The mother’s absence in anime

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While reading Fruits Basket, I was shaken by a part of Tohru Honda’s story. She, like me, had lost the mother who taught her that she would always be loved, as long as she remained true to herself. The loss she’s suffered is why she wound up with nowhere to call her home, save a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Weekly round-up

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That up there is Mitsuha and Taki’s respective reactions to the Oscar nominees for Best Animated Feature…not including your name. Wait, what?! Kicking off this weekly round-up instead, we at least have some good news from the Academy for the anime world. So before the Shinkai snub sinks in, chill out for a minute and catch […]

Oscars nominate The Red Turtle for Best Animated Feature

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its nominees for the 2017 Oscar Awards yesterday. But, while we hate to be the bearers of bad news for everyone rooting for your name, for whatever reason it didn’t make the cut. In November, both Makoto Shinkai’s movie and Miss Hokusai were officially listed for consideration. However, out […]

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 […]

Weekly round-up

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Welcome back to our weekly round-up, where we bring you the best of the news from the last seven days in anime land. We’ve got Godzilla, two body-swapping teens and Titans (or not?) joining us this time, so let’s launch right in and see what’s been happening this week. Kodansha tear down reports of Warner […]

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 […]