Being Invisible Ain't Easy in Modest Heroes Anime Anthology Trailer

Being Invisible Ain't Easy in Modest Heroes Anime Anthology Trailer

So far we’ve seen previews for two of the three short films that make up Studio Ponoc’s Modest Heroes anime anthology. First up was Hiromasa Yonebayashi’s Kanini & Kanono, followed by Yoshiyuki Momose’s Life Ain’t Gonna Lose. Now it’s time to take a look at Invisible, a short by director Akihiko Yamashita, who previously worked a variety of roles at Ghibli on films like Ponyo (assistant animation director), Spirited Away (key animation), and many others.

Preview the unique plight of an invisible man in the trailer below.


Tickets are available now ahead of the January 10 (subtitled) and 12 (dubbed) screenings.


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Everything We Learned at the 'Captain Marvel' Set Visit

Before the phenomenal creative and commercial success of Black Panther became a reality, Marvel Studios had planned to build a film around another under-represented protagonist with its first-ever female-led superhero film. And rather than make such a move with a character already introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe like Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow or Evangeline … …read more

Made in Abyss Returns for a Second Tasty Bakery Collaboration

Made in Abyss Returns for a Second Tasty Bakery Collaboration

Nanachi and Mitty are prepping to return to Japan’s Usagiza Lepus bakery for another roasty-toasty collaboration.

The bakery, which specializes in rabbit-shaped bread and buns, will be offering a Nanachi-shaped fruit stollen, as well as Neritantan buns and Nanachi cookies:

You can also pick up postcards, shirts, charms, and more featuring art of the pair ready to get baking:

Event only postcard

The event runs from January 18 to March 17, with some merchandise also available at Tokyo’s AMNIBUS store.

>> Made in Abyss x LEPUS Collaboration Page

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Crunchyroll Presents the Winter 2019 Anime Simulcast Lineup!


Takeda Keiji was waiting for his girlfriend and junior in school, Miyashita Touka. But she doesn’t show up at the time they agreed on and he can’t get a hold of her. The sun starts to set and Takeda decides to give up and head home. But then, he sees a man unsteadily wandering around with tears in his eyes. Takeda and the other people around him quickly realize the man is not normal and decide to ignore him when a mysterious figure approaches the man. A mysterious figure wearing a cape and a bizarre hat. That figure happened to have the same face as Miyashita Touka, the girlfriend who ditched Takeda…

Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka

Launches on January 11 at 11:10am PT

Territories: Worldwide excluding Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and French, German and Russian speaking territories


Legends, myths, magic… Humanity has finally had a chance encounter with a world that had been all but forgotten among all its scientific developments. However, this reunion is not a happy one. Monsters invading from the world of the dead render modern weapons useless, leaving the fate of humanity uncertain. But with help from the Otherworld Trade Agreement, mankind gains a possible means of returning from the brink of death in the form of magical girls. These girls, who have obtained immense magical powers, finally lead humanity to victory despite the many physical and emotional wounds it causes them. However, even this victory proves to be no more than the beginning of a new battle. With the rise of international crime, indiscriminate terrorism, civil war, and public unrest, the work of the magical girls is never done…

Meiji Tokyo Renka

Launches on January 9 at 9:00am PT

Territories: Worldwide ex Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, France (and New Caledonia) and Germany


A mysterious world calls to you… Tonight is bathed in strawberry moonlight

On the night of a crimson full moon, high school girl Ayazuki Mei, lured by the magic of mysterious magician Charlie, enters into a box. When she awakens, she’s in Tokyo during the Meiji Period!

The lost and confused Mei is aided by Mori Ougai and Hishida Syunso, who take her in their carriage to the Rokumeikan, a lavish ballroom full of powerful high officials. where she meets historic figures such as Izumi Kyoka, Kawakami Otojiro, Koizumi Yakumo, and Fujita Goro.

In this world, during the “Misty Hour” between sundown and sunup, “mononoke” appear. Those who can see them are called “Tamayori,” and Mei herself possesses this power. As she navigates an unfamiliar life, romance begins to bloom between Mei and these men — and the power of the tamayori will only strengthen their bonds.

Mei’s chance to return to her own time will come during the full moon one month later. Will she choose modern day life, or…?

In the slightly wondrous Meiji-era Tokyo, a love story across time begins to blossom.

WATATEN!: an Angel Flew Down to Me

Launches on January 8 at 7:00am PT

Territories: Worldwide ex. Asia


Miyako is a shy college student who is also an otaku. One day she happens to meet some angelic grade school kids! When Miyako sees her little sister’s new friend Hana-chan, Miyako’s heart won’t stop racing! Miyako tries to get along with them but struggles… A sketch comedy all about trying to get along with the super cute girl is about to begin!

Kemono Friends 2

Launches on January 14 at 11:35am PT

Territories: Worldwide ex. Asia


At Japari Park, an enormous integrated zoo somewhere in this world, a mysterious phenomenon caused all the animals to take on humanlike appearances. In their new forms, they came to be known as “Friends,” and they all lived in harmony together in the park.

One day, The Friends Serval and Caracal meet a human child in the forest. They invite the hungry child to join them on their travels, and they go on to find many unique new Friends, delicious foods, and secrets of the park! They even face a dire situation that rocks the very earth beneath them!

A brand new story of Japari Park begins now!

Katana Friends ~ Mini Toji

Launches on January 5 at 11:00am PT

Territories: Worldwide ex. Asia


Does the girls’ daily life include fighting and not fighting?
All the characters from the TV animated series “Katana Maidens” and the smartphone game “Katana Maidens Kizamishi Issen no Tomoshibi” are gathered together in smaller form!

Here’s how the season is looking so far:


Boogiepop and Others

Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka

Meiji Tokyo Renka

WATATEN!: an Angel Flew Down to Me

The Winter 2019 anime season is here, and it’s time for the best part (besides actually getting to watch the new shows): announcements! This is going to be your one-stop shop for all the new license updates, so sit back and dig into the fresh batches of incoming anime below.

First up, international announcement links:


Latest Update (1/3):

Today sees the announcement of six new shows, including Boogiepop and Others, Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka, Meiji Tokyo Renka, WATATEN!: an Angel Flew Down to Me, Kemono Friends 2, and Katana Maidens ~ Mini Toji. Here’s the breakdown for each, followed by an in-progress table of the Winter 2019 season.

Boogie Pop and Others

Launches on January 4 at 6:00am PT

Territories: Worldwide excluding Asia and French, German and Russian speaking territories


Takeda Keiji was waiting for his girlfriend and junior in school, Miyashita Touka. But she doesn’t show up at the time they agreed on and he can’t get a hold of her. The sun starts to set and Takeda decides to give up and head home. But then, he sees …read more

The American Director Who Wishes He Directed Anime

Marion Requiem for a Dream Bathtub

Rumors abound about how Aronofsky was able to pull this off, with many suggesting that he had bought the rights to Perfect Blue specifically so that he could repurpose the scene. Whether or not these rumors are true, Aronofsky was definitely inspired by Blue. So much so that he, according to Kon’s producer Masao Maruyama, attempted to remake the film for several years, but the project never really got off the ground. Aronofsky did get the chance to tell a strikingly similar story, however, when he directed 2010’s gothic ballet horror flick, Black Swan.

Nina Reflection Black Swan

Swan features a very similar story to Blue, in which a ballet dancer, Nina, is granted the leading role in a performance that will force her to get in touch with her sexuality, something she has deeply repressed up to this point. Once again, we see the themes of a woman struggling with her own identity while being thrust into a character she isn’t totally comfortable with to suit the perception of others. Nina loses touch with reality in very similar ways to Mima, with both films ending with a fatal struggle between the real women and their imaginary counterparts.

Mima Reflection Perfect Blue

Aronofsky has still not had the privilege of creating his own anime, or recreating one of his favorites, but who knows what the future might bring?

What are some of your favorite anime homages? Let us know in the comments!

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It’s no surprise that anime influences Western artists on a very deep level. Sometimes directors simply borrow a basic idea or a tone from their favorite anime offerings. Other times, they will lift entire sequences, shot for shot, and drop them in the middle of their own films or TV shows. Some creators try to keep their obvious infatuation with anime tightly under wraps. While some creators, like Stranger Things showrunners the Duffer Brothers, have been very open about the anime influence. Darren Aronofsky has also been very forthcoming with his love of anime, discussing how he has paid homage to some of his favorite properties through his own work and expressing his wish to someday create anime of his own.

Perhaps Aronofsky’s most famous homage to anime is his live-action reaction of Satoshi Kon’s bath scene in 1997’s Perfect Blue. In Kon’s film a young pop idol, Mima, has found herself suddenly out of style. The fans have begun to move on. To save her career, she transitions to acting, picking up a part in a soap opera that she’s not particularly keen on. Her role includes …read more


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