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After two years of anime streaming bliss, Crunchyroll and Funimation are parting ways.

The anime streaming service and distributor ended a two-year partnership that allowed Crunchyroll subscribers and non-subscribers alike access to hundreds of subbed and dubbed anime titles under Funimation’s catalogue. Now the Sony-owned Funimation is reportedly looking to expand globally, taking with it hugely popular titles like My Hero Academia and Attack on Titan. But you will still be able to see these shows without having to resort to the old illegal means.

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star wars anime trailer

How many times have you seen Star Wars: A New Hope? I’m guessing the answer is “a lot.” If so, the film may no longer seem particularly fresh – you know ever shot, every frame, by heart. If so, here’s a way for to experience the film anew again.

Below, Star Wars: A New Hope gets a fresh approach with an extremely well done anime trailer. Artist and animator Dmitry Grozov painstakingly recreated George Lucas’ original Star Wars film through an anime lens, and the results are impressive to say the least. Watch the Star Wars anime trailer below.

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my neighbor totoro returns to theaters

The Catbus is taking us on a jaunt back in time for My Neighbor Totoro‘s 30th anniversary. My Neighbor Totoro returns to theaters for three days only in celebration of the Studio Ghibli classic, which introduced many Western audiences to animation master Hayao Miyazaki.

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Satoshi Kon‘s Perfect Blue turns 20 this year, and in honor of the anniversary, it’s heading back to theaters. A brand new digital transfer was commissioned for this release by GKIDS, who’s sending it to around 500 screens nationwide. This is a movie that that few people on these shores have seen, let alone in a theater, and so it’s the best chance to check out this classic film.

Here’s why you should make it a priority.

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anime film directors

(Welcome to Let’s Get Animated!, a column that spotlights the best of film animation. In this edition: the best modern anime film directors to keep an eye on.)

Ask any animation buff and they can list off a handful of great Western animation directors, and one Japanese one. Despite anime’s place on the global stage — dominating the pop culture stratosphere since the ‘90s and going on to win prestige thanks to the efforts of Studio Ghibli — most people still think of Hayao Miyazaki as the lone renowned anime filmmaker. But simply taking a shallow dive into the anime industry proves that is not the case.

That’s right, I’m back to talking about anime. While last time I gave you a beginner’s guide to the best gateway anime, this month I’ll be covering some of the most promising and accomplished anime film directors working today. Most of these filmmakers have had to ward off breathless press questions about whether they consider themselves “the Next Miyazaki” or had their films endlessly compared to Studio Ghibli’s catalogue. But these filmmakers have more than proved that they can stand on their own.

Let it be known that this list will exclusively cover directors still working today, and who work mostly in film. (So, no Isao Takahata, or Satoshi Kon, who is a master due for his own column sometime in the future.)

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ash in detective pikachu

Ash Ketchum famously declared that he would catch ’em all, but the one thing he won’t catch is a front-row seat to the first live-action Pokémon movie.

Detective Pikachu director Rob Letterman confirmed that the TV series’ famous protagonist won’t be appearing in the film — which technically is in line with the premise of the video game upon which it’s based, which features an entirely new lead character. But this decision will inevitably leave plenty of ’90s kids who grew up on the series heartbroken. It must be even worse for the fans of Red.

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Netflix is Developing a ‘Death Note’ Sequel

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Despite facing a critical thrashing and controversy surrounding the whitewashing of its characters, Death Note is alive and well at Netflix.

Death Note sequel is reportedly being developed by the streaming giant, taking the adaptation of the acclaimed anime and manga to even more gruesome depths. Here’s all we know about Death Note 2.

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mirai us release

While the world has been scrambling to name any promising anime director as the next Hayao Miyazaki (while the man himself diligently ignores all the hoopla with another un-retirement), Mamoru Hosoda has quietly proved to be a visionary filmmaker in his own right. With a career spanning wildly inventive films like The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Summer Wars, Hosoda has not delivered a bad film yet. And now U.S. audiences can soon experience his latest film, Mirai, in theaters this fall. Read More »

hayao miyazaki kingdom of dreams and madness

When Hayao Miyazaki comes back from retirement (again), he’s going to do it right. The animation legend has long had his hands in every detail of his productions, but as he nears 80, you would perhaps expect him to take it easy or slow down just a little. Nope. He’s been dubbed “The Never-Ending Man” for a reason, and this famously perfectionist filmmaker will take as long as he needs to complete his next movie, titled How Do You Live? Even if that means we have to wait another three to four years for it.

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pokemon the movie the power of us theatrical release

You gotta catch all the showings of Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us when it comes to U.S. theaters this fall. Because there will be limited chances to see this Pokémon feature film Stateside before it disappears from the big screens.

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