Detective Pikachu is sarcastic, self-loathing, addicted to caffeine, and seems to have lost his memory. In other words, he’s just like us! The latest Detective Pikachu TV spot gives us a better idea of the troubles plaguing Pikachu (he must solve the mystery of Tim Goodman’s missing father…but not before he solves himself) and shows off some first looks at other familiar Pokemon rendered in horrifyingly realistic CGI.

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alita battle angel cameo

Alita: Battle Angel has some high-profile actors in its ensemble, with Oscar winners Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, and Mahershala Ali all delivering their A-game in a surprisingly entertaining sci-fi epic. But one big cameo at the end of the film was one of the most exciting surprises. In a new interview, Robert Rodriguez explains how he landed the actor for that cameo, and what it potentially means for future films.

Warning, major spoilers ahead for Alita: Battle Angel.

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okko's inn trailer

Studio Ghibli may have (temporarily) shuttered its doors five years ago, but its former animators are thriving. Aside from the majority Ghibli-staffed Studio Ponoc, which this year released the acclaimed anthology film Modest Heroes, Ghibli alums are proving that they don’t need the iconic Totoro symbol backing them to deliver quality work.

The latest alum to earn the spotlight is Kitaro Kosaka, who had worked on Ghibli films like The Wind Rises, Spirited Away, and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. He brings that emotion-driven Ghibli sensibility to Okko’s Inn, a charming and offbeat ghost story set to hit U.S. theaters in April. Watch the Okko’s Inn trailer below.

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alita battle angel review

Anime is the final frontier, the last genre that Hollywood can’t seem to crack. Just look to the hilariously misguided Dragon Ball or the shallow husk that is Ghost in the Shell. Whether it be out of a fundamental misunderstanding of the source material, the messiness of cultural and racial divides, or simply the incompatibility of anime with any live-action form, anime adaptations have had a notoriously bad track record in Hollywood.

But Alita: Battle Angel may have just broken that losing streak.

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Hayao Miyazaki is returning to Studio Ghibli after the animation studio closed down following his 2013 retirement. Most of his former employees and coworkers ended up migrating to the newly established Studio Ponoc, but that doesn’t mean Miyazaki will be the only one occupying the dusty offices at Ghibli. The elder Miyazaki is bringing his son and filmmaker Goro Miyazaki with him, and the pair are reportedly working on two new Studio Ghibli movies.

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Have you always wanted to fight killer cyborgs in a grimy futuristic city plagued by crime and economic inequity? Well here’s your chance with the Alita: Battle Angel immersive experience that is being held in Los Angeles, New York City, and Austin ahead of the Robert Rodriguez film’s release.

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yoshiaki nishimura interview

An underwater fantasy epic. A slice-of-life drama about a kid suffering from an egg allergy. An invisible man who becomes an unlikely hero. All three of these stories are segments from Studio Ponoc‘s Modest Heroes, an anthology film following up the animation studio’s highly anticipated inaugural feature film, Mary and the Witch’s Flower.

Modest Heroes comes to the U.S. (in theaters January 10 and January 12) amidst a sea of buzz, much like last year’s Mary and the Witch’s Flower, an enchanting and serene fantasy adventure directed by the director of The Secret World of Arrietty. Why so much buzz around a rookie animation studio? Because it’s made up of chiefly Studio Ghibli alumni.

It’s no surprise that Studio Ponoc is being informally positioned as the successor to Studio Ghibli in the wake of legendary anime director Hayao Miyazaki‘s retirement (and subsequent return). The fledgling studio was founded by Yoshiaki Nishimura, the Oscar-nominated producer behind Isao Takahata’s The Tale of Princess Kaguya, and is staffed by the 150 Ghibli employees who were left without a workplace after Ghibli’s film division shuttered in 2014. But though many rising companies would shrink at the prospect of being compared to one of the greatest animation studios to ever exist, Nishimura is embracing it.

“At Studio Ponoc it was really our intention to carry on the Ghibli spirit,” Nishimura told /Film in an interview via translator. “That was our biggest personal challenge to meet that high bar.”

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i want to eat your pancreas trailer

No zombies can be found in the trailer for I Want to Eat Your Pancreas, despite what the title implies.  But there are plenty of tears in this sentimental romance film from writer-director Shin’ichiro Ushijima, who adapts the beloved Yoru Sumino novel of the same name into a sumptuous anime film that will now be making its two-day premiere in the U.S. See the I Want to Eat Your Pancreas trailer below.

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Anime fans around the country clutched their chests in fear as they read the fateful words that Netflix is planning on adapting Cowboy Bebop into a 10 episode live-action miniseries.

If you’re an American anime fan like me, then you’ve probably been a person who has had to suffer through several horrible live-action adaptations. It seems like Hollywood never gets their approach to live-action anime correct. Sometimes, it can seem like the industry doesn’t even try.

Therefore, I’ve provided a set of lessons Hollywood should have learned from their past mistakes. Maybe by outlining them, the powers that be can finally get the message, learn what to do, and make Cowboy Bebop actually awesome.

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It’s the word that we all dread when we hear about a Hollywood remake of a wildly successful foreign-language property: “Americanized.” Often it comes with the territory of making an English-language remake of a foreign movie — after all you have to cater to your audience. But for Bad Robot, which is currently developing the U.S. Your Name remake with Arrival writer Eric Heisserer attached, it’s a tricky line to walk in lieu of a history of bad anime remakes and recent controversies around whitewashing.

Heisserer confirmed that the Your Name remake will be approached from a “Western viewpoint,” but the reason for that angle may be different than you expect.

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