By Shelley Pallis.
The forthcoming re-release of Makoto Shinkai’s world-beating romance Your Name is a perfect opportunity to revisit his 2016 blockbuster, and to poke around in some of the on 4K Blu-ray gossip and behind-the-scenes stories of its inception. The liner notes alone are thick with details liable to pass even hard-core fans by after repeat viewings, including some insightful questions from Japanese fans, answered by the ever-gracious Shinkai himself.
By Jeannette Ng.
Set in the aftermath of an all-consuming war, Violet Evergarden follows the eponymous lead, an ex-child soldier, as she tries to piece together the fragments of her self through a new job ghost-writing letters.
By Jonathan Clements.
Long overdue for inclusion in the BFI’s Film Classics series, Isao Takahata’s Grave of the Fireflies finally gets the critical treatment, courtesy of Alex Dudok de Wit. In 100 closely argued pages, he takes the reader through the film’s genesis at Studio Ghibli, the peculiarities of its director, its major themes and minor issues, and the long, long tail of its reception.
By Mario Battaglia.
Although there were plenty of anime fans who were already watching Demon Slayer, its movie spin-off’s sudden breaking of box office records was greeted worldwide by the mainstream media as some sort of sneak attack, catching many pundits unawares. The winter’s big winner at the box office, Haruo Sotozaki’s Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train became the highest-grossing anime film in Japan, even overtaking Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away. Miyazaki’s work still leads the worldwide ranking, but even that could change now that Demon Slayer is released abroad. In March, again to the surprise of many overseas commentators, and indeed to the director, whose name was not mentioned, it won Best Anime and Best Score at the Japanese Academy Film Prize.
It's the end of the month and that means it's time to look ahead to what releases we have got in pipeline!
Today our primary focus will be on what's coming in May 2021, but we'll also give you a refresher on what's coming in April and we'll even have a few things to share on what you can expect from us in June too.
Let's kick things off with a refresher of April.