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News and information related to Anime, Manga, and other things from Japan that have big eyes or morals that often do not translate well to Western audiences.

Ghibli Fest 2019 Schedule Released – Here’s How To See These Hayao Miyazaki Classics In Theaters

Heads up to you Ghibli Studios and Hayao Miyazaki lovers! Ghibli Fest is back this year, with a slew of movies to watch starting in the Spring and ending this Winter.

If you ever wanted to see a classic Miyazaki movie on the big screen, this is your chance. GKids is bringing nine of his greatest hits to US theaters throughout the course of the year, giving you a great opportunity to see these movies the way they truly were meant to be.

This year also marks three major Miyazaki milestones. 2019 is the 15th anniversary for “Howl’s Moving Castle”, 30th anniversary of “Kiki’s Delivery Service”, and the 35th anniversary for “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind”.

Check out the schedule below:

The current line-up and dates to see the movies are as follows:

HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE: 15th Anniversary Event – April 7, 8 & 10
NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND: 35th Anniversary Event – May 20 & 21
KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE: 30th Anniversary Event – July 28, 29 & 31
MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO – August 25, 26 & 28
SPIRITED AWAY – October 27, 28 & 30
PRINCESS MONONOKE – November 17, 18 & 20

Head to Ghibli Fest’s official website for more details on how to purchase tickets to see this in participating theaters starting on March 7.

You can also head to Fathom Events website for more info on which dates will have the English subtitled versions of the film, or the dubbed version.

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Anime NYC 2018: GUNPLA Builders World Cup (GBWC) 2018

The GBWC is an annual international competition sponsored by Bandai Hobby to determine the world’s best Gundam model builder. During Anime NYC 2018, the Northeast US Regional Qualifier was held, and saw some amazing Gundam models participating in this stiff competition.

In the US, eight regional contests will be held across the country to determine the USA Representative for the final round, held on December 9, 2018 in Japan!

GUNPLA builders may enter in the categories of Best Universal Century Model, Best Alternate Universe, Best SD, and Best Factory Finish – with their models judged on Painting, Craftsmanship, and overall Concept. The final USA Representative will go on to compete against modelers from other nations – and one will be crowned the best GUNPLA builder on the planet!

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Anime NYC 2018: Banpresto World Figure Colosseum 2018

Check out the Banpresto World Figure Colosseum 2018 Work-in-Progress Figures, on display at Anime NYC 2018. We saw these statues last time at NYCC 2018 and here is how they have changed since last time, now with paint applications.

At Anime NYC 2018, fans were able to see these statues and vote on their favorite Dragon Ball Z and One Piece characters. Check out this vid to see them all!

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Anime NYC 2018: Dollfie Dream

Check out a few new Dollfies on the way, as seen at Anime NYC 2018.

New Dollfies on display included a pair from Nier Automata, Hatsune Miku and Megurine Luka. There was also a pop-up store selling outfits and other ways to customize these unique dolls.

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NYCC 2018: Dragon Ball Z Figures by Figuarts

Tamashii Nations was at NYCC 2018, and brought many new Figuarts to show off. In this video, we look exclusively at all of their Dragon Ball Z figures, including Goku, Krillin, Vegeta, Bulma, Buu, Master Roshi, Broly, Cell, Goku Black and more. Your wallet will weep at how amazing these toys are, especially the ones with energy blasts in their hands.

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NYCC2018: Banpresto BWFC Sculpting Championship – Dragon Ball Z and One Piece

It’s time for the Banpresto World Figure Colosseum Sculpting Championship! NYCC 2018 showed off the top sculptors competing to see who will reign supreme, with figurines from Dragon Ball Z and One Piece. Take a look and let us know who you think will take home the grand prize!

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New Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0 Teaser Trailer arrives online

Studio Khara’s official website for its new Evangelion film, Shin Evangelion Gekijō-ban :|| (AKA Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0 AKA the fourth EVA movie from the new series that started back in 2007), has just posted a teaser trailer online.

The same video is screening before showings of Mamoru Hosoda’s Mirai film in Japan. You can check out the very short video below:

All we really see is EVA Unit 08 twirling in the air and shooting wildly at (presumably) something big and equally deadly. I always love when giant mecha have bandages on them. Is there a company that specializes in bandages for 60 foot tall robots?

The title for the final Evangelion film was announced back in 2012 as Evangelion Shin Gekijōban :||, or Evangelion: 3.0+1.0. The “:||” at the end of the Japanese title is meant to be the symbol used in music to denote repetition after reaching the end of a measure.

The movie is scheduled for a 2020 release in Japan. I’ve been waiting for this series to come to a wrap for quite some time, and while I was thoroughly underwhelmed by the third movie, I have high hopes for this grand finale.

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More info revealed about next Shin Evangelion movie, including first look at new EVA Unit

On Friday, Studio Khara revealed some key info about the upcoming final movie in the Shin Evangelion series, including a first look at a new mecha joining the series.

The big reveal was seeing the new EVA Unit 08, which is essentially Mari’s giant mech but mummified and with some new arm cannons.

We also learned the following about some of the staff members on board for this project:

CGI Animation Director: Yusuke Matsui
CGI Technical Director: Takashi Suzuki
CGI Modeling Director: Manabu Kobayashi
CGI Animation: Masanori Iwasato, Ryōichi Nakama
Rigging: Tsubasa Takabe
Photography: Nanae Hirabayashi, Hiroaki Yabe, Toyonori Yamada
Monitor Graphics: Hiroyasu Kobayashi
Key Animation: Syūichi Iseki
In-between Animation: Studio Khara
Color Setting: Kazuko Kikuchi (Wish)
Background Art: Tatsuya Kushida (Deho Gallary)

The studio began production for this film last year, and things seem to be moving along at a steady rate.

A teaser for the film debuted with screenings of Mamoru Hosoda’s “Mirai” film on Friday, which revealed that the film is scheduled to open in Japanese theaters in 2020. American audiences will hopefully not need to wait too long to watch an official version of this, but time will tell.

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Aggretsuko returns for second season on Netflix

Metal fans rejoice! Everyone’s favorite red panda is back for another season of screaming at the top of her adorable lungs!

During their Anime Expo panel on Thursday, Sanrio and Fanworks announced that Aggretsuko will receive a second season on Netflix that will stream in 2019.

The first Netflix season premiered worldwide on April 20. The series has 10 15-minute episodes. Rareko, the director of the previous Agressive Retsuko anime (which predated the Netflix anime) and Yawaraka Sensha, again directed the first Netflix season at Fanworks, and also penned the scripts.

Retsuko is a 25-year old red panda who works in her dream company’s accounting department. But it turns out that she is forced to keep doing more and more impossible tasks by her superiors and co-workers. She doesn’t talk back to them, but she still has to let off steam, so she ends up going to karaoke by herself and singing death metal.

If you haven’t seen this anime yet, you are definitely missing out on something very unique and fun. Best of all, it isn’t a time-sink since you can watch the entire first season in about two and a half hours. Do yourself a favor and check this one out!

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NY Toy Fair 2018 – Goodsmile Company – TMNT, Overwatch, Naruto, LoZ: Breath of The Wild

The Goodsmile Company was at NY Toy Fair 2018, with statues, figurines and their articulated Figma action figures of all sorts of licenses, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Overwatch, Naruto, the upcoming Batman anime, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Disney properties, and more.

For all of our NY Toy Fair 2018 video coverage, check out our huge playlist with over 50 videos –

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