Anime

Meet the animation genius behind Ghost in the Shell

By Kambole Campbell

Director and designer Shōji Kawamori sees hand-drawn animation going the way of noh or kabubki in Japan.

Weathering with You – first look review

By Kambole Campbell

Makoto Shinkai’s blissful follow-up to his 2016 smash, Your Name, plants teen romance in a climate change disaster.

Science-fiction and songwriting find perfect harmony in Carole & Tuesday

By Kambole Campbell

The latest anime series from Shinichirō Watanabe is among his kindest and most soulful to date.

Audiences deserve better than Netflix’s Enter the Anime

By Henry St Leger

This soulless documentary is an insult to subscribers who wanted to learn more about Japanese animation.

Arson at Kyoto Animation Studio takes both a human and artistic toll

By Charles Bramesco

A fire at one of Japan’s foremost animation houses has resulted in the loss of precious life and work.

Could you draw a sci-fi version of your favourite movie star?

By Little White Lies

For our latest creative brief, we’re looking to the future as part of Barbican’s Life Rewired season.

Love, Death & Robots

By Charles Bramesco

This NSFW animated anthology sees Tim Miller and David Fincher team up to disastrous effect.

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Why Netflix’s live-action remake of Cowboy Bebop is destined to fail

By Kambole Campbell

Shinichiro Watanabe’s singular ’90s show is yet another classic anime that should be left well alone.

Mirai

By Michael Leader

Mamoru Hosoda returns with a charming time-bending tale about two siblings.

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MFKZ

By Gus Edgar-Chan

This French-Japanese anime from directors Guillaume Renard and Shoujirou Nishimi is a twisted joyride.

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Discover the time-skipping eroticism of these classic Japanese animes

By Anton Bitel

Third Window Films are releasing two Animerama series films from Astro Boy creator Osamu Tezuka.

Mirai – first look review

By Michael Leader

This delightful Japanese anime is one of the highlights of this year’s Directors’ Fortnight programme.

Mary and the Witch’s Flower

By Trevor Johnston

There’s shades of Spirited Away and Kiki’s Delivery Service in this charming animation from Studio Ponoc.

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Anime Beyond Akira: The construction and destruction of cyberpunk Tokyo

By Giacomo Lee

Patlabor 2 and other classic-era sci-fi show the past, present and future of Japan’s capital.

Fireworks

By Michael Leader

Despite some initial promise, this striking looking anime from director Akiyuki Shinbô quickly fizzles out.

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Celebrating the centenary of Japanese animation at LEAFF

By Matt Turner

Rare works from Satoshi Kon and Osamu Tezuka were presented at this year’s festival.

How Perfect Blue predicted the disturbing possibilities of the internet

By Daniel Schindel

Satoshi Kon’s cult anime contains a vital message for modern audiences.

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