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The Daily Stream: Your Name Is A Love Story For The Ages

(Welcome to The Daily Stream, an ongoing series in which the /Film team shares what they've been watching, why it's worth checking out, and where you can stream it.)The Film: "Your Name"Where You Can Stream It: Amazon Prime (both the Japanese and English dubbed versions)The Pitch: A romance from anime legend Makoto Shinkai, "Your Name" is the story of a high school girl named Mitsuha Miyamizu who lives in rural Japan. Her life isn't very interesting to her, and she dreams of being a boy in Tokyo...
Tags: Japan, Movies, Tokyo, Makoto Shinkai, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, Taki Tachibana, Mitsuha Miyamizu, Joel CoenThe

Pop Culture Imports: Your Streaming Guide To Belle Director Mamoru Hosoda

This Friday, Mamoru Hosoda's latest film "Belle" hits theaters. While the anime auteur may not be a household name in the way of Hayao Miyazaki or even Makoto Shinkai (the director of global anime hit "Your Name,") he should be. Hosoda, with his delicate animation style and intimate fantasy adventures, has a style unto himself, often injecting his own personal experiences into his fantastical stories. "The Boy and the Beast" might be a kickass action-fantasy movie about a boy who finds his way i...
Tags: Movies, Kun, Belle, Hayao Miyazaki, Shibuya, Totoro, Mirai, Hana, Mamoru Hosoda, Kyuta, Makoto Shinkai, Digimon, Kumatetsu, Hosoda, Wolf Children, Mamoru HosodaCast

Bubble Trailer: The Laws Of Gravity No Longer Apply In This Netflix Anime

Anime all-stars are teaming up to tell a story you didn't know you needed in your life. I could try to put the plot of Netflix's new anime movie "Bubble" into my own words, but it couldn't compare to the incredible explanation offered by screenwriter Gen Urobuchi, who says, "I thought about playing around with a typical mermaid story: Instead of a girl ending up as bubbles after falling in love, why not have a bubble fall in love and transform into a girl?""Bubble" offers a rare glimpse into an ...
Tags: Movies, News, Netflix, Trailers, Tokyo, UTA, Hayao Miyazaki, Madoka Magica, Araki, Makoto Shinkai, Takeshi Obata, Hibiki, Tetsuro Araki, Gen Urobuchi, Urobuchi, Hiroyuki Sawano Promare

Blue Period Season 1: Release Date, Cast, And More

(Welcome to ...And More, our no-frills, zero B.S. guide to when and where you can watch upcoming movies and shows, and everything else you could possibly stand to know.)The only thing better than a coming-of-age story is one that involves a deep dive into the art world. The upcoming Netflix anime series "Blue Period" sees a high school student delving into the wonderful world of painting, and finding himself along the way. If any of that happens to pique your interest, keep reading to learn more...
Tags: Television, Movies, Netflix, Magic, Yamaguchi, Makoto Shinkai, Koji Masunari, Netflix Japan, Daiki Yamashita, Reiko Yoshida, Netflix Blue Period, Tsubasa Yamaguchi, Blue Period, Yatora Yaguchi, Yatora, Hiromu Mineta Star Wars

20 Movies About Time Travel Ranked Worst To Best

The notion of time travel is both inherently human (who wouldn't want the opportunity to see what the world will be like after they're gone, or to revisit the cherished memories of the past?) and intensely cinematic. So, it makes sense that it's a theme we see revisited in film time and time again. However, while time travel is rooted in science fiction, time travel movies embrace a variety of different genres. We're not limited to just sci-fi action-adventures (there are plenty of those, though...
Tags: Japan, New York, Movies, California, Time, Malcolm McDowell, Ted, Noah, West, Clint Eastwood, Hugh Jackman, Army, Bill Murray, John, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Brad Pitt

Director Lee Isaac Chung Exits Paramount’s Live-Action Your Name Movie

According to Deadline, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Lee Isaac Chung (Minari) is officially no longer set to direct and write Paramount Pictures’ long-in-development film adaptation of Makoto Shinkai’s hit fantasy anime pic Your Name. His withdrawal from the live-action project was reportedly due to scheduling conflicts. The outlet notes that the studio has already started talking to several potential filmmakers to replace Chung. RELATED: Netflix’s Live-Action Cowboy Bebop Brings Back Original Anime...
Tags: Japan, Comedy, Movies, Sci-fi, US, Netflix, Tokyo, Toho, Anime, Paramount Pictures, Paramount, Chung, J J Abrams, Movie News, Makoto Shinkai, Marc Webb

‘Your Name’ Remake Loses ‘Minari’ Director Lee Isaac Chung

Bad omen, or just a temporary and innocuous setback? Many skeptical eyebrows were raised with the announcement that Hollywood would be taking a stab at remaking the immensely popular Japanese anime Your Name. Now, however, one of the biggest reasons to be hopeful about the project has walked out the door. Minari director Lee Isaac Chung, previously announced to both direct and rewrite the latest draft of the script, has bowed out from helming the remake. Per Deadline, those pesky and ever-pr...
Tags: Japan, Hollywood, Movies, News, America, Chicago, Paramount, Chung, J J Abrams, Makoto Shinkai, Emily V Gordon, Shinkai, Lee Isaac Chung, Minari

The Daily Stream: ‘Summer Wars’ Signaled the Arrival of a New Anime Auteur, But Mamoru Hosoda is More Than “The Next Miyazaki”

(Welcome to The Daily Stream, an ongoing series in which the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching, why it’s worth checking out, and where you can stream it.) The Movie: Summer Wars Where You Can Stream It: Funimation The Pitch: Timid high school junior and math genius Kenji Koiso is strong-armed into posing as the boyfriend for fellow student Natsuki Shinohara, a spirited high school senior who drags Kenji to the rural town of Ueda for her great-grandmother’s 90th birthday. But after Ke...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Features, Belle, Miyazaki, Hayao Miyazaki, Cannes, Alice, Kenji, Mamoru Hosoda, Makoto Shinkai, Digimon, Kéji, Ueda, Shinkai, Hosoda

‘Demon Slayer: Mugen Train’ is Coming to U.S. Theaters After Smashing Box Office Records in Japan

The battle of the highest-grossing movie in Japan was once fought between critically acclaimed titans of anime — Hayao Miyazaki’s Oscar-winning Spirited Away kept the title for years before being temporarily toppled by Makoto Shinkai’s sensational Your Name. But in 2020, another anime film obliterated Japanese box office records, becoming the highest-grossing movie in the country, and becoming the fourth highest-grossing film of 2020 (just outgrossing Tenet) even amid a global pandemic. It’s an...
Tags: Japan, Movies, America, Netflix, Sony, Anime, Miyazaki, Hayao Miyazaki, Tenet, Amazon Apple, Funimation, Makoto Shinkai, Release Dates, Aniplex, Demon Slayer, Tanjiro

‘Laid-Back Camp’ is the Ultimate Comfy Anime and a Proper Escape from Real-Life Horrors

(Welcome to Ani-time Ani-where, a regular column dedicated to helping the uninitiated understand and appreciate the world of anime.) It turns out 2020 is refusing to go, because the start of 2021 has been a bit of a mess. That being said, one of the beauties of the anime medium is how easily it can take you on a journey and immerse you in an entirely different world. Whether it’s a fantasy world where humanity hides behind useless walls and are hunted by man-eating Titans, or a sci-fi world wh...
Tags: Japan, Movies, Features, New Zealand, Anime, Pixar, Hannibal, Nadeshiko, Kotaku, Ani, Makoto Shinkai, Featured Stories Sidebar, Cecilia D Anastasio, Laid-Back Camp, Nadeshiko Kagamihara, Real Life Horrors

Japan Vistas 2021 DOCOMO Calendar – Mateusz Urbanowicz

I’m a big fan of Tokyo based Polish illustrator Mateusz Urbanowicz, a seasoned artist who has worked on anime films like Space Dandy as well as Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name. He has been working as a freelance artist from 2017 and have since published 2 art books, both of which I have reviewed here and here. Mateusz was approached in 2020 by one of the major Japanese mobile service providers, DOCOMO, to create the illustrations for their next corporate calendar to be distributed to all of their ...
Tags: Japan, Unesco, Tokyo, Anime, Kyoto, Mateusz, Makoto Shinkai, Mateusz Urbanowicz, Takadanobaba, Koinobori, Mateuz, Mateusz Urbanowicz Koinobori Takadanobaba

CS Holiday Gift Guide Part 1: Movies & TV!

CS Holiday Gift Guide Part 1: Movies & TV! HAPPY HOLIDAYS! To help you with that last minute December shopping, is bringing you our specially curated Holiday Gift Guide in four parts this year! Part 1 focuses on movies and TV series on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD, many with Digital copies as well. Check out all our selections below, and click on each title to purchase on Amazon! PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; ...
Tags: Hbo, TV, Movies, Shopping, Horror, Disney, Digital, America, Ted, 4k, Hawaii, Tennessee, Paris, Dolly Parton, Michael Jordan, Holiday Gift Guide

November 24 Blu-ray, Digital and DVD Releases

BEGIN SLIDESHOW November 24 Blu-ray, Digital and DVD Releases Welcome to’s November 24 Blu-ray, Digital HD and DVD column! We’ve highlighted this week’s releases in detailed write-ups of different titles below! Click each highlighted title to purchase through Amazon! PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB.gptAutoRefresh = PB.gptAutoRefresh || {'gptAds':[], 'gptStandAlone':[]}; admiralCookie = r...
Tags: TV, New York, Movies, Horror, Nazis, Digital, TV News, Santa Claus, Tokyo, Buck Rogers, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Charles Manson, Bob, William, Jackie Chan, Santa

October 13 Blu-ray, Digital and DVD Releases

BEGIN SLIDESHOW October 13 Blu-ray, Digital and DVD Releases Welcome to’s October 13 Blu-ray, Digital HD and DVD column! We’ve highlighted this week’s releases in detailed write-ups of different titles below! Click each highlighted title to purchase through Amazon! PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB.gptAutoRefresh = PB.gptAutoRefresh || {'gptAds':[], 'gptStandAlone':[]}; admiralCookie = readAdmiralCook...
Tags: TV, Movies, Horror, New York City, Ben Affleck, Digital, Fox, Tennessee, TV News, Salem, Tokyo, Johannesburg, Marvel Comics, Blu-ray, Dvd, Darren Aronofsky

‘Minari’ Trailer: Steven Yeun Searches for the American Dream in A24’s Sundance Darling

One of the most acclaimed movies to come out of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival in January, Minari will finally be making its way to the rest of the world. Er, someday. A24 has released the first trailer for Lee Isaac Chung‘s immigrant drama, which stars Steven Yeun as a Korean dad who picks up his family and moves them to Arkansas in search of the American dream. But the stunning new trailer does not specify a release date for when we can get our hearts shattered by Yeun. Watch the Minari trai...
Tags: Movies, Drama, California, Arkansas, Movie Trailers, A24, Chung, Steven Yeun, Makoto Shinkai, Lee Isaac Chung, Minari, Lee Isaac Chung Minari, Ozarks Minari, Yuh Jung Youn, Yeun Watch the Minari, Jacob Yeun

‘Your Name’ Live-Action Remake Lands ‘Minari’ Director Lee Isaac Chung

Your Name has named a new director to take the helm of Paramount, Bad Robot, and Toho’s live-action remake of the 2016 anime hit. Minari filmmaker Lee Isaac Chung will take over as the Your Name remake director, taking the reigns from Marc Webb, who was originally tapped to direct the film last year. Chung will be rewriting a draft by The Big Sick co-writer Emily V. Gordon, who took over from Oscar-nominated Arrival screenwriter Eric Heisserer. Deadline reports that Lee Isaac Chung has been ...
Tags: Japan, Movies, Romance, Sci-fi, Chicago, Toho, Paramount Pictures, Paramount, Remakes, Chung, Gordon, J J Abrams, Webb, Makoto Shinkai, Marc Webb, Genki Kawamura

Lee Isaac Chung Tapped to Write/Direct Live-Action Your Name

Lee Isaac Chung tapped to write/direct live-action Your Name After initially having Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man) set to direct the live-action adaptation of Your Name, Paramount Pictures, Bad Robot Productions and Toho have shifted gears and tapped Lee Isaac Chung (Minari) to rewrite and direct the new take on Makoto Shinkai’s acclaimed anime, according to Deadline. RELATED: Lulu Wang to Helm English Adaptation of Like Father, Like Son PB = PB || {}; ...
Tags: Japan, Movies, US, Tokyo, Toho, Cannes film festival, Paramount Pictures, Paramount, Chung, Skywalker, David Benioff, Movie News, Makoto Shinkai, Marc Webb, Genki Kawamura, Emily V Gordon

Tencent Music Partners With Japan’s CoMix Wave on Anime Soundtracks

Tencent Music Entertainment Group (TME) has established a strategic partnership with Japan’s CoMix Wave Films Inc., the animation studio and distribution firm best known for works by helmer Makoto Shinkai. The new partnership will see the original soundtracks from 17 popular Japanese animated films put up on TME’s music platforms: QQ Music, Kugou Music, Kuwo […]
Tags: Asia, Japan, News, Global, Makoto Shinkai, Tencent Music Entertainment, Tencent Music Entertainment Group TME, Radwimps, CoMix Wave, CoMix Wave Films Inc

Anime Background Art Books Round Up ( 2020 Update )

This post was first published in Oct 2012 and has been updated in 2020 to include more background art books since published. More than just beautifully painted pictures of landscapes and skies, background art is an integral and crucial component of anime, setting the stage for the performance of all characters in the film. A skilfully painted background plate can really accentuate the mood and atmosphere of any given scene, at the same time elevating the aesthetic quality of the film. Here...
Tags: Japan, Book Reviews, Illustration, Animation, Tokyo, Miami, Shinjuku, Mamoru Oshii, Anime, Shell, Steamboy, Ping Pong, Jin, Yamamoto, Mamoru Hosoda, Kimura

Coronavirus Entertainment Updates: Bane Masks See a Pandemic Boom, Drive-In Festival Comes to NYC, Japan Re-Opens Theaters With Classics

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic wears on, Hollywood and other industries are finding ways to cope with the rippling effects of shutdowns and quarantine. Some industries are seeing a surprising boom, like drive-in theaters or sellers of Bane masks from The Dark Knight Rises. Meanwhile, movie theaters in Japan are slowly re-opening by showing Hollywood classics like Ben-Hur, The Wizard of Oz, and Blade Runner. Coronavirus Entertainment Updates As state and local governments put in pl...
Tags: Japan, Hollywood, Movies, New York City, Toho, John Wayne, Ridley Scott, Tom Hardy, James Dean, Reuters, Yankee Stadium, Bonnie, William Wyler, Ben Hur, Makoto Shinkai, Business and Industry News

Review: Weathering with You

Making the follow-up to a record-smashing film your name. cannot be an enviable task. I can only imagine the pressure put on director Makoto Shinkai as he set out to produce Weathering with You , his latest anime film — flanked, no doubt, by producers hungry for the next blockbuster hit. And color me unsurprised when the result is a colossal mess, a movie clutching desperately at the ambition and vision that made your name. a success. In Weathering with You , Shinkai returns to his two ...
Tags: Japan, Tokyo, Anime, Alice, Hana, Hina, Ghibli, AnoHana, Evan Minto, Makoto Shinkai, Shinkai, CoMix Wave Films, Hodaka, Masayoshi Tanaka, Weathering With You, Atsushi Tamura

Tenki no Ko Wins Animation of the Year at Japanese Academy Awards

Makoto Shinkai’s film Tenki no Ko has been chosen as the animation of the year at the Japanese Academy Awards, giving Shinkai further recognition (in Japan anyway) after one of his films were denied an appearance at The Oscars. Tenki no Ko won the award after being nominated alongside Sora no Aosa wo Shiru Hito […]
Tags: Japan, Movies, Awards, Animation, Anime, KO, Makoto Shinkai, Sora, Shinkai, Tenki no Ko, Tenki, Shiru Hito

The Best Anime of the 2010s

Here it is, the third and final installment in our Best of the 2010s series! We’ve gotten manga and video games out of the way, so it’s time for anime. If you’re just tuning in, here’s how it works: our three contributors (Evan Minto, Ink, and David Estrella) each ranked their top anime series and movies released between 2010 and 2019. We scored them all based on their positions in the three lists, and came up with a single combined list of 10, which you’ll find below. We haven’t seen every anim...
Tags: Apple, Japan, Anime, Isao Takahata, Miyazaki, Jojo, Yuri, Hiroshi Nakamura, Takahata, Kaguya, Animator Expo, Teekyu, Kizumonogatari, David Estrella, s Bizarre Adventure, Evan Minto

Oldtaku no Radio #041 – Weathering With You

Finally, a Shinkai film that makes Children Who Chase Lost Voices look good! How does Makoto Shinkai twist “boy meets girl” this time? How do Jared and Ink tweak their takes on the auteur's output this time? The answers are as predictable as weathermen are accurate in our most recent episode, and you have a front row seat to Gallagher-style hot takes. (Pro-tip: bring an umbrella for saline showers and vitriol-whipped saliva.) Warning: this episode is pretty much a spoiler-cast from the get-go...
Tags: Ink, Anime, Jared, Gallagher, Makoto Shinkai, GKids, Radio Ink Jared Ink, CoMix Wave Films, Fandom Post, USA Magazine, Weathering With You, Cloud Porn

Japan Box Office Leaps to $2.4 Billion Record in 2019

The Japanese box office leaped by 17% in 2019 to set a record $2.4 billion score, according to figures announced Tuesday by the Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan, locally known as Eirin. The previous high was the $2.2 billion recorded in 2016. The Makoto Shinkai animation “Weathering with You” was the highest earning film […]
Tags: Asia, Japan, News, Global, Box Office, Makoto Shinkai, Frozen 2, Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan, Weathering With You, Japan Box Office Leaps, Eirin

The Weather Girl, Weathering With You

Now that the United States is screening the latest Makoto Shinkai flick, we can dispense with the spoiler warnings and realize that thanks to the failed Oscar bid, Americans got nothing in return for waiting to watch Weathering With You, after the rest of the developed world have seen it. As I write this in late January, 2020, the movie has already been out since July 19, 2019, or half-year or so ago. Did you know how many times I’ve been to Japan since? Joke aside, we are long due this nex...
Tags: Japan, United States, Tokyo, Shinjuku, Anime, States, KO, Hina, Natsumi, Modern Visual Culture, Kamiyama, Makoto Shinkai, Saru, Shinkai, Hodaka, Tenki no Ko

Tenki no Ko Accrues $3 Million in 2 Days in the West

Tenki no Ko has proven to be as popular Makoto Shinkai’s previous film Kimi no Na wa as the film has secured $3 million in just two days since its Western debut, making it the highest grossing film for GKIDS. Debuting in the West on January 17th, the film played across 486 theaters in North […]
Tags: Usa, Movies, Money, English, Statistics, Anime, Kimi, Makoto Shinkai, Kimi No Na Wa, Tenki no Ko

‘Weathering With You’ Review: Makoto Shinkai’s ‘Your Name’ Follow-Up is as Light as a Cloud

Makoto Shinkai is a filmmaker whose heart lies with the cosmos. The Your Name director looks at the world through a lens so expansive that sometimes humans can get lost in it — his earliest films more often than not forgot about the character and favored the awe inspired by natural phenomena: meteor showers, typhoons, the unchanging rhythm of the seasons. Like Hayao Miyazaki, who Shinkai has frequently been compared to as the anime legend’s widely regarded successor, Shinkai bows to the might o...
Tags: Movies, Romance, Fantasy, Movie Reviews, Tokyo, Anime, Miyazaki, Hayao Miyazaki, Hina, Natsumi, Satoshi Kon, Makoto Shinkai, Keisuke, Featured Stories Sidebar, Shinkai, Sheeta

'Weathering With You' Is The Latest Anime From Makoto Shinkai

There's a new anime movie from the creator of Your Name — this one about a girl who may be able to control the weather.
Tags: News, Makoto Shinkai

Who'll Stop The Rain? She Will: 'Weathering With You'

Makoto Shinkai's latest animated feature doesn't live up to his hit Your Name, with which it shares many plot similarities. But it speaks to anxieties about climate change in a captivating way.(Image credit: Gkids)
Tags: News, Makoto Shinkai