My Hero Academia and Western Comics | The Mighty Otaku

The Mighty Otaku team discusses the cultural impact of My Hero Academia as well as some Western Comics!

My Hero Academia is a Japanese superhero manga series written and illustrated by Kōhei Horikoshi. It has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since July 2014, and 14 volumes have been collected in tankōbon format. The series has been licensed for English-language release by Viz Media, and began serialization in their weekly digital manga anthology Weekly Shonen Jump on February 9, 2015. The story follows Izuku Midoriya, a boy born without superpowers in a world where they are the norm, but who still dreams of becoming a superherohimself, and is scouted by the world’s greatest hero who shares his powers with Izuku after recognizing his value and enrolls him in a high school for heroes in training. The manga was adapted into an anime television series; the first season aired from April 3 to June 26, 2016, and a second season premiered on April 1, 2017.

Netflix’s Castlevania | The Mighty Otaku

The Mighty Otaku team discusses Netflix’s look into the lives of the Belmont family by reviewing Castlevania!

Castlevania is an American adult animated web television series based on the 1989 video game Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse by Konami. The series follows Trevor Belmont, who defends the nation of Wallachia from Dracula and his minions. The series premiered on the Netflix streaming service on July 7, 2017, and was renewed for an expanded 8-episode second season on the same day. Originally planned with a script written by Warren Ellis in 2007, the project entered development hell until about 2015 where it was finally funded with help from animation studios Frederator Studios and Powerhouse Animation Studios, along with Netflix. Its art style is heavily influenced by that of Japanese anime and Ayami Kojima‘s artwork in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.

Ghost in the Shell & Death Note: Asian Erasure in Fandoms | The Mighty Otaku

The Mighty Otaku team discusses Asian Erasure in Ghost in the Shell and Death Note.

Hollywood hasn’t been too subtle in their erasure of Asian actors from the big screen, but recently it’s been KIND OF A LOT for the otaku community as we’ve been forced to love properties we love get completely white washed with a casualness that is alarming AF.

One Piece Film: Gold Review | Otaku Movie Anatomy

Otaku Movie Anatomy hosts review One Piece Film: Gold!

One Piece Film: Gold  is a 2016 Japanese animatedfantasy action adventure film directed by Hiroaki Miyamoto and produced by Toei Animation. The film is part of the One Piece film series, based on the manga series of the same name written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. It had its world premiere at the Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi on July 15, 2016, and later premiered in Japan on July 23, 2016. On October 5, 2016 Funimation announced that they acquired the rights to screen the film in the United States and Canada on January 10–17, 2017.

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: Special Act: We’re Getting Married! Review | Otaku Movie Anatomy

Otaku Movie Anatomy hosts review Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: Special Act: We’re Getting Married!!

A sequel to the series, set four years later, that portrays the wedding of Mamoru Chiba and Usagi Tsukino. Before their nuptials they must do battle with Mio Kuroki who has been resurrected and claims to be the new queen of the Dark Kingdom. She kidnaps Mamoru and Usagi and intends to force Mamoru to marry her. However, the Shitennou are revived and help their master to defeat Mio’s monster, Sword and Shield. Meanwhile, the Sailor Guardians, minus Sailor Mars who is hospitalized with injuries from battling Mio while in her civilian state, use the Moon Sword provided by Queen Serenity to restore their power, enabling them to transform and defeat Mio. The story ends with Usagi and Mamoru’s wedding, and Motoki and Makoto’s engagement. This act is an hour long, twice as long as all the other acts.

Miss Hokusai Review | Otaku Movie Anatomy

Otaku Movie Anatomy hosts review Miss Hokusai!

The life and works of Japanese artist and ukiyo-e painter Katsushika Hokusai, as seen from the eyes of his daughter, Katsushika O-Ei.

Set in 1814, Miss Hokusai focuses on O-Ei, the daughter of famed artist Tetsuzo, better known by his pen name Hokusai, as she tries to navigate the various aspects of her life. O-Ei spends the bulk of her time assisting her divorced father who cares about his art and not much else.

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ Review | Otaku Movie Anatomy

Otaku Movie Anatomy hosts review Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’!

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’  is the nineteenth Japanese animated feature film based on the Dragon Ball series and the fifteenth to carry the Dragon Ball Z branding, released theatrically on April 18, 2015. It is the first Japanese film to be screened in IMAX 3Dand receive screenings at 4DX theaters.

Resurrection ‘F’ is the second film personally supervised by series creator Akira Toriyama, following Battle of Gods in 2013. The movie depicts the return of the villain Frieza, as well as the God of Destruction Beerus and Whis from Battle of Gods.

The film received worldwide release, both in the original Japanese language and in localized dubbed versions. Funimation‘s English dub of the film received a limited release in North American theaters on August 4 and ran through until August 13, 2015. Madman Entertainment released the film in Australian theaters on August 6, where it ran through until August 19, 2015. Manga Entertainment acquired the rights for the release in the United Kingdom in September 2015. The film received generally favorable reviews, with critics praising the quality of animation and the fast-paced action sequences, while criticizing its formulaic and lackluster story tailored for a dedicated target audience without a broad appeal.

Your Name Review | Otaku Movie Anatomy

Otaku Movie Anatomy hosts review Your Name!

Your Name is a 2016 Japanese animated youth science fiction fantasy film written and directed by Makoto Shinkai, with animation by CoMix Wave Films and distributed by Toho. The film is inspired by a novel of the same name written by Shinkai that was released on June 18, 2016. Masayoshi Tanaka is the character designer and Radwimps composed the music for the film. It premiered at the Anime Expo 2016 convention in Los Angeles, California on July 3, 2016, and later premiered in Japan on August 26, 2016. At Anime Expo 2016, it was announced that the film has been licensed by Funimation.

Okami Shojo to Kuro Oji (Wolf Girl and Black Prince) Review | Otaku Movie Anatomy

Otaku Movie Anatomy hosts review Okami Shojo to Kuro Oji!

Erika Shinohara (Fumi Nikaido) is a first year of high school student. While talking to friends, she makes up a story about her “boyfriend.” In reality, Erika Shinohara doesn’t have a boyfriend. Erika’s friends soon begin to doubt her story and Erika is also running out of lies. Erika then sees a pretty boy on the street and takes his picture discreetly. She later shows his picture to her friends as her boyfriend. The boy in the picture is Kyouya Sata (Kento Yamazaki) and happens to attend the same school as Erika. She tells Kyouya about her situation and asks him to be her pretend boyfriend. Even though Kyouya has a pretty appearance, he has a dark side.

Ore Monogatari (My Love Story!!) Review | Otaku Movie Anatomy

Otaku Movie Anatomy hosts review Ore Monogatari (My Love Story!!)!

Takeo Goda (Ryohei Suzuki) is a high school student 2 m tall and weighting more than 100 kg. He has a righteous character. The male students adore him, but female students do not like him. All of the girls Takeo likes prefer his handsome friend Makoto Sunakawa (Kentaro Sakaguchi).

One day, Takeo saves female high school student Rinko Yamato (Mei Nagano) from a pervert on train. Takeo falls in love with her at first sight. He feels Rinko likes Makoto, but Makoto isn’t the one she likes. Takeo struggles to liaise between Rinko and Makoto.

Shin Godzilla Review | Otaku Movie Anatomy

Otaku Movie Anatomy hosts review Shin Godzilla!

Shin Godzilla is a 2016 Japanese science fiction kaiju film featuring Godzilla, produced and distributed by Toho. It is the 31st film in the Godzilla franchise, the 29th Godzilla film produced by Toho, and Toho’s third reboot of the franchise. The film is co-directed by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi, with a screenplay by Anno and visual effects by Higuchi and stars Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi, and Satomi Ishihara and reimagines Godzilla’s origins where he emerges in modern Japan for the first time.

In December 2014, Toho announced plans for a new domestic Godzilla film. Anno and Higuchi were announced as the film’s directors in March 2015 and principal photography began on September and ended in October with the special effects work following in November that year. Shin Godzilla was released in Japan on July 29, 2016 in IMAX, 4DX, and MX4D to positive reviews and was a box office success, becoming the highest grossing live-action Japanese film for 2016.

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust Review | Otaku Movie Anatomy

Otaku Movie Anatomy hosts Yume Ninja and Max Song review Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust!

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust is a 2000 anime film written and directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri. The film is based on the third novel of Hideyuki Kikuchi‘s Vampire Hunter D series, Demon Deathchase.

The film began production in 1997 and was completed with the intention of being shown in American theaters. It was shown in twelve theaters across the United States and received generally positive reception from American critics.

Rurouni Kenshin: Origins Review | Otaku Movie Anatomy

Otaku Movie Anatomy hosts review Rurouni Kenshin: Origins!

Rurouni Kenshin is a 2012 Japanese film adaptation of the manga of the same name originally written by Nobuhiro Watsuki. Directed by Keishi Ōtomo, the film stars Takeru Satoh and Emi Takei. The film focuses on fictional events that take place during the early Meiji period in Japan, telling the story of a wanderer named Himura Kenshin, formerly known as the assassin Hitokiri Battōsai. After participating in the Bakumatsu war, Kenshin wanders the countryside of Japan offering protection and aid to those in need as atonement for the murders he once committed as an assassin.

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV Review | Otaku Movie Anatomy

Otaku Movie Anatomy hosts Yume Ninja, Michelle Chubbybunny, and Max Song review Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV with special guest Jon Brence!

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV is a 2016 Japanese computer-animated science fantasy film directed by Takeshi Nozue, written by Takashi Hasegawa, and produced by Hajime Tabata. Developed primarily by Visual Works and Square Enix, Kingsglaive is based on the setting and story of the 2016 video game Final Fantasy XV, which is thematically connected to the Fabula Nova Crystallis subseries. Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV released theatrically in July 2016 in Japan byAniplex, and will receive a limited theatrical run in August in North America by Stage 6 Films. Commercial physical and digital versions are set for release around the time of Final Fantasy XVs release in November 2016. It will also be bundled in different editions of XV alongside fellow spin-off title Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV.

The Animatrix Review | Otaku Movie Anatomy

Otaku Movie Anatomy hosts review The Animatrix!

The Animatrix (アニマトリックス Animatorikkusu?) is a 2003 American-Japanese anthology anime film based on The Matrix trilogyproduced by The Wachowskis, who wrote and directed the trilogy. The film is a compilation of nine animated short films, including four written by the Wachowskis. It details the backstory of the Matrix universe, including the original war between man and machines which led to the creation of the Matrix.

Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV Review | Otaku Movie Anatomy

Otaku Movie Anatomy hosts review Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV!

Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV  is a 2016 original net animation series directed by Soichi Masui, produced by Akio Ofuji, written by Yuniko Ayana, and composed for by Yasuhisa Inoue and Susumi Akizuki. Co-produced by Square Enix and A-1 Pictures, it is based on the setting and story of the 2016 video game Final Fantasy XV, which is thematically connected to the Fabula Nova Crystallis subseries. Brotherhood is set within the events of Final Fantasy XV, and details the backstories of main protagonist Noctis Lucis Caelum and those closest to him.

Brotherhood was made as part of a planned multimedia expansion of Final Fantasy XV without the need to develop a series of games. The series was conceived by Ofuji, basing on his wish to expand upon an in-game reference to Prompto’s difficult childhood. The series’ release began on March 30 and will continue until the release of Final Fantasy XV on September 30. The story focuses on themes of brotherhood and friendship, and was designed to give players glimpses into the personal lives of the characters that would not have fitted well within the game itself.

Black Butler Review | Otaku Movie Anatomy

Otaku Movie Anatomy hosts review Black Butler!

A live-action adaptation of the popular Kuroshitsuji manga by Yana Toboso was announced in January 2013. The film stars Ayame Goriki as Shiori Genpō, and Hiro Mizushima as Sebastian Michaelis. Kentaro Otani and Keiichi Sato are the co-directors. Filming began in April 2013, and the movie was released on January 18, 2014. The film was written by Tsutomu Kuroiwa and produced by Shinzo Matsuhashi.

Yowamushi Pedal: The Movie Review | Otaku Movie Anatomy

Otaku Movie Anatomy hosts review Yowamushi Pedal: The Movie!

After winning the fierce Inter High race, Sakamichi and the other Sōhoku team members receive an invitation to compete in the Kumamoto Hi Province Mountain Range Race towards the end of summer. The top-tier teams from around the country compete in this race, including Sōhoku’s rivals Hakone Academy (which yearns to take down Sōhoku), Kyoto Fushimi, and Hiroshima Kureminami — as well as Kumamoto Daiichi High School’s team led by Shin Yoshimoto.

Ace Attorney Review | Otaku Movie Anatomy

Otaku Movie Anatomy hosts review Ace Attorney!

Ace Attorney (逆転裁判 Gyakuten Saiban, lit. “Turnabout Trial”) is a 2012 Japanese courtroom drama and comedy film, directed by Takashi Miike and based on the Capcom video game Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. The film stars Hiroki Narimiya, Mirei Kiritani, and Takumi Saito. It made its premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam on 1 February 2012 and was released in Japanese cinemas on 11 February 2012. The US premiere was made at the Hawaii International Film Festival in April 2012. Miike has stated there are plans for an international release with both dubbing and subtitles available for each specific region.

Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa | Otaku Movie Anatomy

Otaku Movie Anatomy hosts review Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa! Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa (Japanese: 劇場版 鋼の錬金術師 シャンバラを征く者 Hepburn: Gekijōban Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Shanbara o Yuku Mono?) is a 2005 Japanese animatedfilm directed by Seiji Mizushima and written by Sho Aikawa.[2] A sequel to the first Fullmetal Alchemisttelevision series, the film follows the story of alchemist Edward Elric as he attempts to return to his homeworld, having lived for two years on a parallel universe Earth, while his younger brother Alphonse is also trying to reunite with him by any means necessary. Edward’s search attracts the attention of the Thule Society, which seeks to enter his homeworld, believing it to be Shamballa, to obtain new weapons to help them in World War II. Conqueror of Shamballa premiered in Japan on July 23, 2005. A CD soundtrack has also been published featuring music from the film developed by Michiru Oshima and L’Arc-en-Ciel. In Japan, it has been edited in a standard DVD, as well as in a limited edition. It was later licensed in North America by Funimation that featured the film in cinemas for a short time, and also released it on DVD and Blu-ray. Most of the staff from the first Fullmetal Alchemist anime started development on Conqueror of Shamballashortly after the anime’s ending. The original script had to be shortened to fit the film’s length of 105 minutes. During its premiere in Japan, Conqueror of Shamballa remained as one of the most popular films in the year. Critical reaction to the film has commonly been positive, with reviews praising the film’s story and graphics used.

Pokémon The First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back Review | Otaku Movie Anatomy

Otaku Movie Anatomy hosts review Pokémon The First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back! Pokémon: The First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back is a 1998 Japanese anime film directed by Kunihiko Yuyama, the chief director of the Pokémon television series. It is the first theatrical release in thePokémon franchise. It was released in Japan on July 18, 1998. The English-language adaptation, produced by 4Kids Entertainment and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, was released in North America on November 10, 1999. It is released as Pokémon The Movie: Mewtwo Ka Badla in India on Hungama TV. The film primarily consists of three segments: Pikachu’s Vacation, a 21-minute feature focusing on the series mascot Pikachu; Origin of Mewtwo, a 10-minute featurette that functions as a prologue to the main feature; andMewtwo Strikes Back, the main 75 minute film feature. The featurette was added on for later releases and eventually dubbed as a special feature in the U.S. release of the TV special (that was released as a direct-to-video follow-up film sequel in the U.S.) Pokémon: Mewtwo Returns as The Uncut Story of Mewtwo’s Origin.

Love Live: The School Idol Movie Review | Otaku Movie Anatomy

Otaku Movie Anatomy hosts review Love Live! The School Idol Movie! Love Live! The School Idol Movie is a movie of Love Live! School Idol Project, first announced at the end of Season 2. It has a listed screen-time of 102 minutes, and was released in Japanese theatres on June 13, 2015. It was released on Blu-Ray Disc on December 15, 2015. The story of the film begins after the events of the second season, at the graduation ceremony of the third-year students. Knowing that the graduation of the third-year members means the end of μ’s, the nine girls take a walk around the school filled with memories. However, when the students attempt to leave the school gates, a single email is sent to them, and the curtain on a new story for μ’s is raised.

Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher Review | Otaku Movie Anatomy

Otaku Movie Anatomy hosts review Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher! Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher (アベンジャーズ コンフィデンシャル: ブラック・ウィドウ & パニッシャー Abenjāzu Konfidensharu: Burakku Widō & Panisshā?)is a 2014 direct-to-video anime film by Madhouse. The film is produced by SH DTV AC BW&P Partners, another partnering of Marvel Entertainment with Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan and Madhouse, following up on the Marvel Anime series. The film was released in North America on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital on March 25, 2014. Punisher is taken into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody after interfering in a S.H.I.E.L.D. secret mission. In exchange for his release, the Punisher and the Black Widow are teamed up to take down the terrorist organization Leviathan who plans to auction stolen S.H.I.E.L.D. technology.

Beserk: The Golden Age Review | Otaku Movie Anatomy

Otaku Movie Anatomy hosts review Berserk: The Golden Age! Guts, an immensely strong sword-for-hire, has little direction in his life, simply fighting one battle after the next. However, this all changes suddenly when he meets and is bested by Griffith, a beautiful and charismatic young man who leads the Band of the Hawk mercenary army. After Guts joins the Band and the relationship between the two men begins to blossom, Casca, the tough, lone swordswoman in the Band of the Hawk, struggles to accept Guts and the influence he has on the world around her. While the two men begin to fight together, Griffith continues to rise to power, all seemingly in order to reach his mysterious, prophesied goals. What lengths will Guts and Griffith go to in order to reach these goals, and where will fate take the two men?

Thermae Romae Review | Otaku Movie Anatomy

Otaku Movie Anatomy hosts review Thermae Romae! The story follows a Roman architect named Lucius, who is having trouble coming up with ideas. One day, he discovers a hidden tunnel underneath a spa that leads him to a modern Japanese bath house. Inspired by the innovations found there, he creates his own spa, Roma Thermae, bringing in the modern ideas to his time.