Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist 
Director: Fumihiko Sori
Release Date: 19th February 2018
Netflix 

Ah, Fullmetal Alchemist, what fond memories I have of you. The 2003 anime was one of the first anime series I watched, and I remember re-watching the four episodes per DVD repeatedly as I waiting impatiently for the next batch to arrive on UK shores.

The story of two brothers on their quest to find the philosopher’s stone followed me through my teenage years thank to the original anime, the manga it spawned from, and the reboot anime of 2009 which gave us a closer take on the black & white pages of alchemy and brotherhood.

It’s a series all about equivalent exchange, and to see the story unfold once more in 2018 via live action, it feels a hefty price has been paid to make such a thing take place.

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Mary And The Witch’s Flower

Mary And The Witch’s Flower
Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Release Date: 4th May 2018
Studio Ponoc 

Studio Ghibli, known for classics such as Spirited Away and My Neighbour Totoro, have closed their animation studio doors (well, they did until Miyazaki recently decided to make one more film…) but the spirit lives on through Studio Ponoc, with Mary And The Witch’s Flower being the first foray away from the gaze of Miyazaki. It looks like Ghibli, it sounds like Ghibli, it moves like Ghibli, but does it feel like Ghibli?
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Death Note

Death Note
Director: Adam Wingard

Release Date: 25th August 2017
Netflix

‘The human whose name is written in this note shall die.’ With that simple concept, a mega manga hit was born, and Death Note took not just Japan, but the world by storm. Of course with success comes desires to adapt, and here we are 14 years after Kira took over the world with an American rendition of the psychological horror thriller. But unfortunately the rules of the note have changed as they travelled overseas.  Continue reading

Lu Over The Wall

Lu Over The Wall
Director: Masaaki Yuasa

Release Date: 6th December 2017
Toho

Lu Over The Wall is a summertime cocktail. A rainbow of colour, stuffed with a series of inspirations that melt together under the intense heat, but as refreshing as a dip in the sea, one which is free of plastic bottles and unidentifiable sewage. Okay, there might be a little of that somewhere to, though every glass has a little dirt at the bottom.  Continue reading

Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry

Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry
Director: Tatsuma Minamikawa

Release Date: 17th May 2017
A-1 Pictures

Fairy Tail is a gateway into everything wrong with anime, mixing battle manga with casual smut. It started as a fun adventure, a knock off ‘One Piece’, with wizards over pirates, but as the writing collapsed, pages were filled with T & A, just what the pervert ordered. Dragon Cry brings tits and all to the big screen, and I sat through very minute. There is something about seeing things through, no matter how bleak it gets. Anime teaches this important life lesson.

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Napping Princess

Napping Princess
Director: Kenji Kamiyama

Release Date: 16th August 2017
Anime Limited 

We’re getting more anime films in the cinema than ever before, which is great for those who love cartoon worlds which have CGI as dressing rather than the main course. We’ve had A Silent Voice, Fairy Tail Dragon Cry, In This Corner Of The World, and now Napping Princess in 2017 alone, with more to come. But before thinking of the future, let’s take a walk through dreams…

 

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