Since we’ve got this shiny new category, I thought I’d feature some cool anime films that have been given a limited cinema run in recent months.
Not sure quite how to describe this one without giving away the best parts, I recommend watching this one without any spoilers but it was by far the best film I saw in 2016!
It’s been long out of cinemas, Blu-ray pre-orders are open though!
A Silent Voice
This film destroyed me emotionally. I wasn’t quite prepared for how hard this would hit, especially considering how many of Kyoto Animation’s other works sit in happy and comedy categories.
Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale
Though few wanted to come with me to see this one, it was an excellent, high-budget, action-packed, fun film. It wasn’t as emotionally impactful as the other two but was still very solid (minus some minor issues that exist in the series too) and enjoyable.
I would almost bet that the major core of this film was inspired heavily by the huge Japanese popularity of Niantic games (Pokémon GO and Ingress), along with the failure of Google Glass.
Some level of background knowledge from the TV series does help, though simply knowing the general plot and cast of the first half of the first season is more than enough to get the full impact of the story. Even so, there’s enough of a refresher in the first five minutes of the film to get most people up to speed if you’re okay with spoilers for the TV series.
The screening date for this one has just passed, but it’s still available in a few places with a Blu-Ray release pending announcement.
I’d be curious to know, does the Monzo community watch anime or read manga? If so, what do you watch/read?
I have an embarrassingly long backlog of shows I’d like to get through and it’s horribly out of date but all my lists are public on Kitsu.