funimation hulu

Hulu just got a leg up over Netflix in the streaming wars. The streaming platform just landed a landmark first-look deal with Funimation, the anime distributor which earlier this fall made news for ending its longtime partnership with the niche anime streaming service Crunchyroll. Now it seems like Funimation has traded up for Hulu, giving the latter more ammunition in the increasingly fraught war for anime content. Or should I say…anime-nition? (I’m sorry.)

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mirai review

Mirai is a movie utterly without pretension. And believe me, it teeters on that precipice — Mamoru Hosoda’s latest film has got all the elements of “important art” meant to challenge and excite its audience: a slow-burning pace, a fantastical time travel plot, and sequences that experiment with animation and reality. But everything about Mirai is deeply sincere.

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blade runner anime

Blade Runner is becoming an anime. The seminal sci-fi franchise that preceded the cyberpunk anime explosion in the ’90s is going to a medium that seems uniquely suited to it.

Adult Swim and Crunchyroll have joined forces with Alcon Television Group to develop a Blade Runner anime titled Blade Runner: Black Lotus that will act as a prequel series to the critically acclaimed Blade Runner 2049.

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cowboy bebop live-action series

In their never-ending quest to smother us all in original series, Netflix has given a 10-episode order to a Cowboy Bebop live-action series, adapted from the much-loved Japanese anime series. The first episode will be written by Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok writer Christopher Yost, with Shinichiro Watanabe, director of the original anime, on board as a consultant.

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mamoru hosoda interview

Mamoru Hosoda has laid his life out bare on the silver screen — though at first glance it doesn’t seem obvious. The 51-year-old Japanese filmmaker exclusively directs in anime films, garnering critical acclaim for his deeply affecting, achingly human fables such as The Girl Who Leapt Through TimeThe Wolf Children, and The Boy and the Beast. Through his films as well as the upcoming Mirai, Hosoda has managed to turn his life into sweeping, whimsical fantasies that both enchant and educate.

“I tend to be inspired by what’s happening around me,” Hosoda told /Film in an interview ahead of the release of Mirai (out in select theaters November 29). “I hope that the audiences would watch my movies and think, ‘I know this is fiction, but I wonder if that happened to him in real life.'”

But Mirai stands out from the pack because it doesn’t deal with Hosoda’s specific experience, but that of his son. The sci-fi film follows a 4-year-old boy named Kun, who is overcome with jealousy when his parents bring home his new baby sister. Unable to consolidate his complicated feelings of love and disdain, Kun finds himself confronted by a future version of his sister, now a time-traveling teenager. They embark on a whirlwind adventure through time in a breathtaking film that dances between dreams and reality.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Hosoda, who directed one of my favorite films,The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, about Mirai and how it became his most personal film yet.

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neon genesis evangelion coming to netflix

Shinji, get back in the dang robot! You’re going to Netflix. The widely acclaimed, hugely influential anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion is finally making its global streaming debut on Netflix next year, as part of the streaming service’s 2019 anime line-up, which also includes Rilakkuma and Kaoru, SAINT SEIYA: Knights of the Zodiac, and Ultraman.

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never-ending man trailer

Two years after Japan first aired the documentary Never-Ending Man, U.S. audiences are finally getting the film following Hayao Miyazaki‘s highly-anticipated return to filmmaking.

The legendary anime filmmaker left a hole in the film world when he announced his retirement in 2013, but like many great creative minds, he just couldn’t stop working. Retitled Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki, the documentary was filmed by NHK WORLD TV and picked up by U.S. distributor GKIDS, which releases it in select U.S. theaters this winter.

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alita battle angel trailer

20th Century Fox has released the most action-packed trailer yet for Alita: Battle Angel. In addition to some breathtaking action sequences, new Alita: Battle Angel trailer gives us a first glimpse at the deadly sport of Motorball, the popular and hyperviolent gladiatorial contest that was a central part of the manga upon which the Robert Rodriguez film is based.

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detective pikachu trailer

This is not a dream (or a drug-induced nightmare) – Detective Pikachu is a real movie. Somehow. For some reason. Twenty years of Pokemon‘s world-wide domination and pop culture legacy, and the first live-action movie we get for the franchise is about a smart-talking Pikachu voiced by Ryan Reynolds. Warner Bros. has released the first Detective Pikachu trailer, and now we can no longer deny the reality. We’re about to Pokemon Go to the movies.

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netflix anime

Things are bad out there, and sometimes it feels like the actual apocalypse could be knocking on our doorstep at any second. So it’s good then that a Pacific Rim anime is coming to Netflix to cancel it.

The streaming giant has announced the development of five new Netflix anime titles, led by Pacific Rim and Altered Carbon, both anime adaptations of live-action properties. However, it’s coming full circle for Pacific Rim, the anime-inspired Guillermo del Toro property which is returning to the medium from which it drew inspiration.

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