10 Gateway Anime Movies For Studio Ghibli Fans

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(Welcome to Let’s Get Animated!, a column that spotlights the best of film animation. In this edition: the best anime movies to watch if you’re a fan of Studio Ghibli movies.)

It felt like a big, gaping hole was left in the animation industry when Studio Ghibli temporarily shuttered its doors in 2014. The game-changing studio’s co-founder and the greatest animation director of this generation, Hayao Miyazaki, had just retired (again). And with that, Disney was back to dominating the animation market, with quality alternatives few and far between.

For years, Studio Ghibli was an animation titan that not only offered a refreshing foil to Hollywood’s frenetic, action-packed animated movies, but was a genre unto itself. Fans of the works of Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, Hiroyuki Morita, Gor? Miyazaki, and Hiromasa Yonebayashi didn’t have to say they liked anime — they liked Ghibli. Which is a shame, because Japan’s anime industry has so much more to offer.

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naruto movie update

Didn’t believe that Hollywood would attempt another anime adaptation after the disastrous backlash to Death Note and Ghost in the Shell? Well…believe it!

Long before he shepherded the huge sleeper hit that was The Greatest ShowmanMichael Gracey was tapped to direct the live-action adaptation of Naruto, the popular anime that inspired high school kids everywhere to start running weird. Now, Gracey gives a Naruto movie update for fans who are waiting with bated breath to see Hollywood get their hands on another beloved anime property.

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lu over the wall trailer

This is not your grandma’s Little Mermaid. In fact, it’s not your Little Mermaid either. Lu Over the Wall deserves a title unto its own, as a surreal, vividly colored fairy tale that plays with the limits of imagination.

But that’s to be expected from visionary animated director Masaaki Yuasa. Most recently known for his incredibly popular Netflix anime Devilman Crybaby, Yuasa is responsible for one of the best anime films ever, 2004’s Mind Game. And Lu Over the Wall looks like it will be a worthy next film from Yuasa.

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sequel bits incredibles 2

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Alicia Vikander is down for a Tomb Raider sequel
  • Watch a video of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom being scored
  • Incredibles 2 tie-in comics will explore the lives of Parr family
  • The Rampage producers are already talking about Rampage 2
  • Behold the first poster for Netflix’s Godzilla anime sequel
  • Steven DeKnight says Bumblebee is “fantastic”

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Netflix Will Add 30 New Anime Series in 2018

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In a move that is sure to please Michael B. Jordan, Netflix is adding 30 new anime series and movies in 2018.

This significantly expands Netflix’s already impressive anime catalogue, which ranges from classics like Rurouni Kenshin and Fullmetal Alchemist, to daring originals like Devilman Crybaby and Castelvania, and quirky viral shows like Neo Yokio.

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fullmetal alchemist trailer

Anime adaptations haven’t gotten great press lately. As Hollywood mines the medium for gripping stories to bring to the big screen, the industry has inevitably gotten into hot water over casting. Specifically, whitewashing. Recent blockbusters like Death Note and Ghost in the Shell have faced outcry over taking the Japan-set stories of the original animes and transplanting them to America or a vaguely neo-Tokyo-inspired city.

So it should be a relief that a live-action adaptation of Fullmetal Alchemist, one of Japan’s most popular animes, has been cast entirely with Japanese actors, right? Not quite. The trailer for the film gives an excuse to talk about this weird case.

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Time for a good old-fashioned trailer round-up! We’ve compiled several recent trailers together in one convenient place, because we care about you. Below you’ll see new trailers for Netflix’s new anime B: The Beginning, the sci-fi thriller The Titan, Sophie Turner in JosiePierce Brosnan and Guy Pearce in Spinning Man, and the indie film Outside In.

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back to the future manga

Are you ready to go back to Back to the Future? The beloved 1980s science-fiction trilogy received a modern-day revival of sorts in 2015, when the “future” date that Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) traveled to in their DeLorean time machine actually came to pass. For a full year, it was countdown clocks, Marty McFly cosplay, and special screenings of the beloved film. Most importantly, a whole new generation of movie lovers were familiarized with Marty and Doc.

Now, fans can add one more item to their growing collection of Back to the Future paraphernalia. A Back to the Future manga comic book is in the works from One-Punch Man artist, Yuusuke Murata.

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castlevania season 2

Netflix has made significant gains in the anime field, with shows and movies like Neo Yokio and Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters premiering to mostly positive reception. Castlevania is no exception, with many reviewers eagerly biting into the animated horror series based on the popular video game series.

Now, as Netflix seeks to expand its anime outputCastlevania has been confirmed for a second season premiere this summer.

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detective pikachu cast

Hey, remember that a Detective Pikachu movie is happening? And remember that Ryan Reynolds is starring as the voice of the talking hardboiled private eye Pikachu? And that this will be the first Pokemon feature film outside of the anime movies that have been released? Well, this baffling movie just got a little more bizarre, with acclaimed serious actor Ken Watanabe joining the cast of Detective Pikachu. Yeah, this movie’s still real.

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