MFKZ

MFKZ
Release Date: 11th October 2018
Directors: Shojiro Nishimi & Guillaume ‘Run’ Renard
Ankama Animations 

MFKZ, or Mutafukaz as it’s known as outside of public display posters, is the hip hop of anime, giving weeaboo rappers the chance to star in the anime they love to tweet about so. Vince Staples and RZA are just some of the voice talent involved, living their best dreams as they bring the grimy cockroach infested city living to life. That is the dream… right?
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Bleach

Bleach
Release Date: 14th September 2018
Director: Shinsuke Sato
Netflix 

There was a small pocket of time, sometime in 2004, when Bleach soaked out from the screen and into my life, without disastrous bottle of bleach like effects. I remember spending a good chunk of summer that year marathoning the show, with its hazy hues and mellow yellow atmosphere digging deep into my own soul. I didn’t care much for when it strayed away from the urban cool the show loved to emit, but by that point I was over it, and in came 2005. I still can’t believe 14 years have been and gone… but anyway!

This live action rendition of the soul reaping story heads back to those early days, but most of the time, and especially this time, those memories just don’t work when dragged into the present. But it would have been nice if it at least tried.
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Mirai

Mirai
Release Date: 2nd November 2018
Director: Mamoru Hosoda
Toho

I spent a good chunk of my childhood in the midst of a spat with my sister, I’m sure every single one of us with a brother or sister can say the same. Mirai takes such spats and mixes it with the future and the past, for that’s the only way to truly get over a wild sibling squabble. If only I knew, if only you knew. But for every sibling that pops up from here on out, take heed… Continue reading

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