Anime

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.

Napping Princess

By Michael Leader

This entertaining animated adventure imagines a near-future powered by machines.

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In This Corner of the World

By Michael Leader

This Japanese anime from Sunao Katabuchi doesn’t quite reach the dizzy heights of Studio Ghibli.

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Japan’s earliest animated films have been released online

By Little White Lies

Rare shorts from 1917 to 1941 are now streaming in celebration of 100 years of anime.

Ghost in the Shell

By David Jenkins

All the slick CG in the galaxy can’t save this mind-numbing sci-fi noir starring Scarlett Johansson as a femme cyborg.

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Why the identity crisis in Ghost in the Shell still resonates today

By Greg Evans

In Mamoru Oshii’s classic anime, characters seek individuality within an increasingly artificial society.

Watch the touching trailer for In This Corner of the World

By Jack Godwin

Sunao Katabuchi’s wartime drama follows a young girl in Hiroshima circa 1945.

Discover the retrofuturist thrills of this modern anime classic

By Anton Bitel

Metropolis, Rintaro’s 2001 manga spin-off, is coming to DVD.

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