In a recent article written by film critics Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott, the New York Times named the top twenty-five best films of the century (so far). In the list, the duo placed Hayao Miyazaki’s magnum opus, SPIRITED AWAY, at number two. The film beat out other masterpieces, including “Million Dollar Baby,” “Inside Out,” even this year’s Oscar-winner for best picture “Moonlight.” The link to the full list can be found here.
SPIRITED AWAY is part of our Studio Ghibli Festival, a celebration of the beloved studio’s greatest hits. Visit our website for more information.
Yes! Over fifteen years after its initial home video American release, Sailor Moon R: The Movie will have a limited theatrical run. It will run completely uncut for the first time in America. The series, first released in Japan in 1991, Sailor Moon helped popularize the Magical Girl genre, thus inspiring many more manga and anime series to come.
The film, first released to VHS in 2000 in America, has been re-mastered and features updated voices from the likes of Stephanie Sheh (Orihime Inoue, Bleach), Christina Vee (Homura Akemi, Puella Magi Madoka Magika), Cherami Leigh (Asuna Yuki, Sword Art Online), and the legendary Johnny Yong Bosch. Additionally, it will feature a fifteen minute short film that was present in the Japanese release, but absent in the original American release.
Recently in Japan, the legendary TOEI Animation Studios have released their thirteenth feature length ONE PIECE film, ONE PIECE FILM: GOLD. Thanks to its success, it will now will have a limited theatrical run in the states. It’s no secret that the ONE PIECE franchise is one of the most epic stories produced in modern times; it even holds a Guinness World Record for its over 320 million copies published.
There is no better time to jump back in with your favorite pirate crew. Although lately, there have been rumors that series creator, Eiichiro Oda, was going to bring the manga to a close after its historic twenty year run. However, with the most recent chapter just released and the next looming over the horizon, this seems unlikely!
Good news Studio Ghibli fans! Three years after announcing his retirement, Miyazaki-san has announced that he is coming back for “one last film.” According to Anime News Network (ANN), the legendary anime filmmaker is set to direct BORO THE CATERPILLAR, a film that has reportedly been in development-hell for the past twenty years. Miyazaki broke the news himself during a Japanese TV special about him, claiming that a short version of the film made for the Ghibli Museum left him dissatisfied. As many fans know, this is not the first time the acclaimed director has come back for “one last film.” In fact, he has been in and out of retirement since his film PRINCESS MONONOKE (1998), and has since taken the world by storm. With his new shift towards manga illustration, is this truly Miyazaki-san’s last film as he claims? BORO THE CATERPILLAR is anticipated to be completed sometime in 2019.
In the meantime, be sure to check out another Miyazaki film, OCEAN WAVES, opening January 17. The film has been remastered in 4K and we’ll be presenting the US premiere along with the North American premiere of a never before seen short film called GHIBLIES EPISODE 2.