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Mamoru Hosoda’s Latest Film Belle Has Found Its Lead

It looks like the latest film from Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars, Wolf Children) has found its Belle. Studio Chizu has officially announced it has cast Japanese musical artist Kaho Nakamura as the voice of Belle (a.k.a. Suzu) in the...

Five New Cast Members Take the Stage in Mamoru Hosoda’s Belle

Are you ready for some more info on the next release from animation legend Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars, Wolf Children)? Five new cast members have joined Belle, the latest from Hosoda and Studio Chizu. The official website for the upcoming...

Mamoru Hosoda’s Belle Reveals New Trailer, Collab With Disney Designer & Cartoon Saloon

The brilliant Mamoru Hosoda's next film, Belle, has revealed a brand-new trailer and info drop, highlighting the collaboration between Studio Chizu, Disney designer Jin Kim (Frozon, Big Hero 6) and Cartoon Saloon (Wolfwalkers). The latest trailer was posted Thursday to...

The Works of Mamoru Hosoda: From Digimon: The Movie to Mirai

By Tom Speelman Mamoru Hosoda, much like other legendary creators in the anime space, has found great creative and box office success. That's the power of his original, lavishly and lovingly made anime films. After his early career at Toei...

A Look at the Mind-Blowing Works of Madhouse

By Deanna Nguyen From a bald superhero who wears a quirky expression to a heartwarming story that explores the relationships between humans and cute androids, Madhouse’s animated works go beyond the realm of typical. Founded in 1972, Madhouse has produced...

Mamoru Hosoda Q&A @ Animation is Film Festival

We were privileged enough to listen to a Q&A session of Hosoda-kantoku by Charles Solomon (LA Times, Animation Magazine, others) at the Animation is Film Festival! See the transcript of the session below:   The Girl Who Leapt Through Time Q: Why...

October 2018 Collector’s Movie Sets – Free! Movie Bundle and Mamoru Hosoda Movie Collection

It’s that time again—let’s check out some of the new limited edition anime Blu-ray and DVD releases coming to you soon from Funimation! This time, we have two new movie bundles in collector’s boxes up for pre-order for the...

October 2018 Home Video Releases

This October, our anime shop is going to have tons of home video releases to watch! From movie specials like the Mamoru Hosoda collection and Free! collection, to long-awaited classics like Witch Hunter Robin and Concrete Revolutio, to tons...

Learn to play Koi Koi, the Hanafuda game from Summer Wars!

If you’ve seen Mamoru Hosoda’s hit movie Summer Wars, you'll probably be familiar with the traditional Japanese game with hanafuda cards, Koi Koi,  that features heavily in the climax of the movie. But have you ever wondered how to play...

A Look At MadHouse the Animation Studio

Since Overlord is coming out in less than a couple of weeks (November 8th) on Blu-ray and DVD, we wanted to take a brief look at the production studio behind the glorious action, Madhouse. Madhouse has been behind some of...

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Shin Megami Tensei V Reveals DLC, Including Battle With Nocturne’s Demi-Fiend

The wait for Shin Megami Tensei V is almost over, and ATLUS has revealed some of its downloadable content...