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2:00 PM on 08.25.2014

A Letter to Momo opens in America this week

The award winning Production I.G. film A Letter to Momo, is set to hit theaters this week, and with any luck might be hitting your home town. The beautiful looking film has the makings of a classic, and is a tale of a shy ki...

Hiroko Yamamura


4:00 PM on 07.08.2014

New Psycho-Pass movie trailer shows us a lot of nothing

I've been waiting patiently for any new information about the upcoming Psycho-Pass film, slated to hit theaters this winter. You can imagine my frustration when the site posted a teaser trailer, that shows us absolutely noth...

Hiroko Yamamura



Check out the first seven minutes of HAL photo
Check out the first seven minutes of HAL
by Hiroko Yamamura

This one seemed have just slipped by me. Studio WIT, which is a subdivision of the mighty Production I.G. has a new animated film coming out, under the unassuming title HAL. The name gives me some serious Space Odyssey flash backs of glowing red circles, but I think the name is where the similarities end.

FUNimation is handling the dub, and so far it sounds alright to my usually biased ears. I can say that the film does look quite nicely detailed, and the character designs look tasty. Dae actually posted a review of the film a bit back, so you shuld probably check it out. The anime seems like a mix of some Rojin Z, and some Astroboy alongside some quickly love story. I'm going to have to make sure he sends me his screener ASAP!

Why do dubs always seem so loud?

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8:00 PM on 06.18.2014

Internet Explorer collab lets your browser fly around the Gargantia fleet

It's a video game you can play on the browser; it shows off the open source graphics engine Turbulenz. It's called Sky Courier, and this browser game puts you in the seat of apowered glider from Gargantia, in which you have ...

Jeff Chuang



Review: Hal photo
Review: Hal
by Dae Lee

Wit Studio is probably best known for their work on the hit anime Attack on Titan, but in stark contrast with high octane action and drama we might associate with Wit, they released a quiet yet ambitious short film OVA, Hal. Being a relatively new studio with some real production chops, Hal feels like a showcase that displays what the studio is capable of, pulling out all the stops and putting their best foot forward.

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4:00 PM on 04.28.2014

Production I.G. to adapt Sugiura's Sarasuberi

Last week Production I.G. announced plans to team with Colorful's Keiichi Hara for an upcoming animated feature. The film will be an adaption of the acclaimed 80s' historical manga Sarusuberi from the late Hinako Su...

Tim Sheehy



First Impressions: Haikyu!! photo
First Impressions: Haikyu!!
by Karen Mead

If we were ranking these new shows based on animation quality alone, Haikyu!! would be king of the mountain; out of everything I've seen so far this season, only the first episode Captain Earth has better animation...maybe. Possibly. These volleyball-loving kids spike, set and tumble into the scenery with a real sense of weight and inertia, and even the characters who don't move around much are animated with a lot of care. The character designs aren't quite my cup of tea, but still, everyone's facial expressions are invested with plenty of emotion.

The shows charms aren't strictly limited to its visuals either. While this is a standard sports anime in most regards, with stock character types you've seen before, it kicks off the story from a different angle than I'm used to, and even subverts a cliche or two at the same time. Really, Production I.G. couldn't have done much better with this first episode...but for whatever reason, I just don't feel hooked.

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1:00 AM on 03.22.2014

New two part Gargantia OVA coming fall 2014

[Update: Added official key visual] We've known for some time that a sequel to 2013's Gen Urobuchi/Kazuya Murata original TV anime, Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet, was in the works. At this weekend's AnimeJapan event, it w...

Elliot Gay

11:00 AM on 03.03.2014

Blood-C summed up in 60 seconds

You may remember that I wasn't too hot on Blood-C or its sequel, The Last Dark. It really suffers from a listless plot that doesn't do much with its interesting lead character. However, it does have interesting moments, many...

Pedro Cortes

3:30 PM on 01.08.2014

Moribito added to Neon Alley's mid-season schedule

Viz Media's streaming network Neon Alley is half way through their fall season of programming. To mark the occasion they'll be adding some new programming to their schedule, starting with the mid-season debut of 2007's M...

Tim Sheehy

10:00 AM on 12.11.2013

Card Captor Sakura production material books on the way

Card Captor Sakura is one of my top ten favorite anime series of all time. It's charming, heart warming, exciting, and unique in many ways. I personally think it's Clamp's best work. AnimeStyle will be publishing three separa...

Elliot Gay







Review: Blood C: The Last Dark photo
Review: Blood C: The Last Dark
by Pedro Cortes

One of my largest criticisms in my review of Blood C was that it had no definitive ending. Yes, there was a resolution involving most of the characters in town, but it was clear that the show was a 12-episode precursor to the movie, The Last Dark, conveniently teased at the end of the final episode. It felt like a giant cop-out. 12 lackluster episodes leading into a movie? Come on.

Two years later, I’ve finally seen The Last Dark. This was Production I.G.’s chance to make up for their errors with the TV show: Here, they could expand more on Saya’s past as well as give her a satisfying conclusion, after getting so marvelously screwed by everybody she thought was her friend. Well, let’s just say that Production I.G. missed those marks. They still hit the target, but they were pretty far off-center over all.

 

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