New Live-Action Attack on Titan Teaser Upsizes the Battle

Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 8:00 am

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Trailers for a movie like this ought to get better and better as the special effects become more and more finished, and this one has. Ziplines, swords, neck slashing and giant naked humanoids showcase pretty much everything you'd want to see in an Attack on Titan movie, short of the erotic Hans fan fiction that exists in your head (and a cursory Google image search).

They really need to set a U.S. date for this. In the meantime, the Japanese audio doesn't require a ton of translation.

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Blu-ray Today: Terry Gilliam Fishin' for Compliments, Miyazaki for Completists

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 6:30 am

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The Fisher King (The Criterion Collection) - Terry Gilliam gained popular acclaim with his dark hybrids of fantasy and satire, but he had to do a movie explicitly clarifying the fantasy elements as schizophrenic hallucination in a realistic universe before he would be taken ultra-seriously - and win an Oscar for one of his cast members, Mercedes Ruehl. Jeff Bridges plays a Howard Stern-ish shock jock who quits after inadvertently inspiring a crazed listener to kill; Robin Williams is a seemingly crazy man in search of the Holy Grail who somehow persuades Bridges' character to come along for the ride. You could call it a brilliant deconstruction of both Williams' and Gilliam's usual shtick as childish delusions that are actually dangerous, or you could see it as making both a lot less fun. It's fascinating regardless.

The Criterion edition includes new interviews with Gilliam; producer Lynda Obst; screenwriter Richard La Gravenese; and actors Jeff Bridges, Amanda Plummer, and Mercedes Ruehl, as well as a newly shown interview with Williams and Criterion-exclusive commentary by Gilliam. Deleted scenes with optional commentary are also included, as are new featurettes on Bridges, all the trailers, and much more.

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The 9 Greatest Years in the Life of Studio Ghibli

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 5:00 am

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For all of the admittedly deserved praise Pixar has received for their stellar work on Inside Out (incidentally coming on the heels of Spirited Away's long-awaited Blu-ray release), we thought it was pertinent to delve into the other truly great animation power in the world. Where Disney and Pixar have long dominated the West, Studio Ghibli is undoubtedly held up as the pinnacle of eastern animation - at least when it comes to breaking out into the Western world with stories that don't include bodacious and anatomically impossible heroines and colorful heroes.

With the recent limited release of the twentieth - and possibly final - Studio Ghibli film When Marnie Was There and renowned director and animator Hayao Miyazaki's stated intention to retire, there is no better time than now to take a look back at some of the most pivotal years in the storied history of this unique and ambitious creator-controlled art house.

Helping me along this journey into Studio Ghibli's past (re: bolstering or undoing my ramblings) are renowned anime experts and the authors of Studio Ghibli: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, Michelle Le Blanc and Colin Odell.


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Oh God. Pokemon Porn Parody "Strokemon" Exists, and "Dikachu" Is Terrifying

Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 2:49 pm

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Even the allegedly safe for work images freak me the eff out. "Dikachu" is a woman who fires ejaculate, and her trainer "Gash" will probably bang her at some point.

Behold the YouTube trailer, if you dare. You've come down the rabbit hole this far, so you might as well stare into the abyss. I think at least one regular will do so in Timely fashion....

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Blu-ray Today: Spirited Away Is All That Matters

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 6:30 am

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Spirited Away - Simply put, one of the greatest movies of all time, and if you don't own some form of it, your life thus far has been lacking. There's just nothing quite like this animated tale of a young girl who is put to work at a bath house for elemental spirits in order to undo the curse that has turned her parents into pigs from eating too much magic food. Spider-limbed engineers, giant-headed witches, river dragons, overfed faceless blobs and tiny soot sprites are among the many creatures that play key roles in what I consider to be Hayao Miyazaki's masterpiece. If you ever loved books like the original Alice in Wonderland and Pinocchio growing up, this is a story that will immerse you just as they did.

I actually persuaded my mother to see this and she liked it. And fantasy is not her thing AT ALL. The Blu-ray includes many of the DVD special features, and most notably an option to replace the film's visuals entirely with the original Japanese storyboards.

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TR's Top 9 Anime of Spring 2015

Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Spring 2015 in anime-land hasn't quite been the blockbuster season we got over the winter, a season characterized by fun adventure fare like Maria the Virgin Witch, wrap-ups to favorites like Aldnoah.Zero and Shirobako, and the occasional awesome surprise package, like Death Parade. Fare on the same level as these shows wasn't immediately obvious at first, but you know what? The great thing about anime is that there's just so much of it; no matter what, the hits keep on coming. Also anime loves you, and anime won't judge you. With that in mind, I'm going to go ahead and judge anime, and point to some of the best new and continuing shows we've got for spring 2015. This season's not a grand slam, which is why I can't really recommend a nice, round ten, but I made it to nine without any trouble. Let's have a look!


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First New Dragon Ball TV Series in 18 Years Is in Production

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 12:36 pm

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Toei Animation has announced production on Dragon Ball Super (Japanese title; tentative for English release), the first all-new Dragon Ball television series to be released in 18 years. Following the recent events of the hit feature film, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F', Dragon Ball Super will debut in Japan in July 2015. Reuniting the franchise's iconic characters, Dragon Ball Super will follow the aftermath of Goku's fierce battle with Majin Buu, as he attempts to maintain earth's fragile peace. Overseen by Dragon Ball's original creator, Akira Toriyama and produced with Fuji Television, Dragon Ball Super will draw on its historic past to create a bold, new universe welcoming to fans and endearing to new viewers.
The "endearing to new viewers" part intrigues me, as I have always found every iteration of Dragon Ball utterly impenetrable (save the terrible live-action movie, which I'm pretty sure does not represent the source material in any valid way). I grant that I may not have been paying sufficient attention, but the artwork never especially appealed either, except when it involves Giant Monkey Babies and the like.

For those of you that are into it, I'm happy for you that you get more, and maybe better. As Anyone00, who submitted the link to me, said, "The ongoing apology for GT continues."

Check out the full press release for more.

Director of You're Next Will Do Death Note...Next

Monday, April 27, 2015 at 3:33 pm

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As cheesy as some of the effects were in the original live-action Death Note movies, I enjoyed them quite a bit, and think Adam Wingard is a perfect choice for the remake - You're Next had the balance of intrigue, horror, humor and catharsis that should fit the bill perfectly.

Now, will they let him make it as two movies simultaneously? Because it's a ton of material, and had to be condensed even for those. I know only pretentious people tend to trot out the old "it should be a series on HBO" line, but, well....

CollegeHumor's Mockery of Anime Purists Is Mean but Funny

Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 8:00 am

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The beauty of "The Adventures of Butthurt Anime Fan" is that you could replace the word "anime" in this skit with something else, and it would probably sum up every single one of us on at least one topic.

But seriously, who among us has not had to explain to multiple people that all Japanese animation doesn't look like Pokemon?

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Attack on Titan Live-Action Movie Footage Shown on Japanese TV

Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 8:00 am

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I'd say "blink and you'll miss it," except that they repeat the same footage on a loop as different people react to it. For the benefit of those unwilling to hit the play button on a YouTube trailer over and over, I guess.

It's coming out in Japan this summer, so you'd think they'd have more to show by now, but Japanese nerds are apparently waaaaay more patient than us.

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