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Belle. You Can’t Fight This Feeling Anymore…

18 Jan

Belle (2021 film) - WikipediaGKIDS
Jan 14, 2022 (North America)
Feb 4 (United Kingdom)
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Mamoru Hosoda’s Belle is a triumph on many levels. Not only is the animation astounding because it had assistance with Cartoon Saloon (with Studio Chizu producing), but also it goes beyond being a simple fairy tale. There’s a message of hope in this tale about Suzu Naito (Kaho Nakamura), a young teen who lost all sense of feeling. As a child who saw her mom die, it’s easy to understand why. Nobody else was willing to help a random kid stuck in the middle of a raging river but this courageous woman did.

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Shout Factory is ready for Gintama: The Very Final

12 Jan

A poster of a movie

Description automatically generated with low confidenceEleven Arts and Shout! Factory
Available to pre-order on Amazon USA and ShoutFactory.com

Fans rejoice! The third and concluding action-packed film of the popular Gintama anime franchise, Gintama: The Very Final is coming! The digital download will be available Jan 25th, and the Blu-ray+DVD combo Feb 8th.

Created by Hideaki Sorachi, the new feature film makes its North American home entertainment debut following a theatrical release late fall this year. Available for the first time in North America, the highly collectible release boasts an exciting movie presentation (featuring both versions – English voice cast and the original Japanese audio with English subtitles) and an exclusive 16-page booklet packed with character art and storyboards! This set is a must-own for fans, collectors, and pop culture enthusiasts.

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Top 12 Animated Films to be Excited For in 2022

4 Jan

Belle (2021 film) - WikipediaBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Every year, I’m more excited about what new animated films are coming. This medium offers more storytelling potential than live-action as the imagination can go wild and the budget to realise it shouldn’t be as expensive as trying to create it in live-action. Not every work has its plot known, and for the sake of not spoiling, I won’t go into a lot of detail unless absolutely necessary.

The following works are organised according to release date from specific to general.

Belle: The Dragon and the Freckled Princess
January 14

This anime about a shy high school girl who finds freedom in virtual reality will certainly speak about today’s obsession with this technology. But as for whether she’s ready depends if she can break free from that digital world and be herself.

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i☆Ris is Junigatsu no Snowry! Music Video

9 Dec

Tis the season to be jolly with Japanese voice actresses and idol unit i☆Ris. Their next singles, ‘Junigatsu no Snowry’ and ‘Heart Beat Kyujosyo’ are now available to watch and it’s overflowing with sweetness. They celebrate love and life. The five girl band are ready to spread cheer everywhere they go. In the music video, they are in a fairytale world where giant stuffed animals and mountains of wrapped presents are everywhere.

They are both terrific tunes to get into the holiday spirit. 

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Four Years Later, Shirobako is Back with a Movie!

7 Dec

SHIROBAKO The Movie - Blu-ray/DVD :: Shout! FactoryBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Shout! Factory
December 7th, 2021
Available to order on Amazon USA

Having some prior knowledge of Shirobako the animated series is best before viewing the movie. While there’s a brief reintroduction to get viewers up to speed on what has happened to the staff of Musashino Animation, life is not always going to be easy to those who busted their chops to get to where they are at. This anime studio is home to five best friends working in different departments.

Aoi Miyamori (Juri Kimura) is the leader of the pack. They are Ema Yasuhara (Haruka Yoshimura), Shizuka Sakaki (Haruka Chisuga), Misa Tōdō (Asami Takano), and Midori Imai (Hitomi Ohwada) and the drama that unfolds is mostly about them dealing with the everyday hustle and bustle of producing a weekly animated show. The strain that shows is when they’re finally off the clock and trying to have a regular life or question why they’re still at it. The series nicely spends the time to show the stress they face. And when they overcome those personal obstacles in their climb to the top, we have to appreciate everything this team accomplished.

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