Anime Update

Weekly Anime Minute #18

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We’re in the prime time of winter and the anime news just keeps rolling in! This week, we have a nice blend of exciting but also sad news to share with you anime peeps. So let’s jump right in!

1. “Ancien and the Magic Tablet” Premier Dates & Description!

Hold on to your hats if you’re a fan of Kenji Kamiyama. The famed director of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex is bringing the anime film “Ancien and the Magic Tablet” to the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival 2017 held in Sapporo.

After opening in Japanese theaters on March 18th, on the 19th it will play on the closing day of the New York International Children’s Film Festival. The other awesome news is that it has now posted a listing of the feature with English info.

Information is as follows:

“Why am I snoozing all the time? I keep having this dream…

Kokone Morikawa lives with her father in Okayama Prefecture. She’s a typical high school senior with no special talents except one: she can fall asleep anytime, anywhere. Recently she’s been having a series of strange dreams. Her father Momotaro, a gruff man of few words, doesn’t seem to pay much attention to his daughter; he spends most of his time repairing and modifying cars.

The year is 2020, three days before the opening of the Tokyo Olympics. Without warning, Momotaro is arrested and taken to far-off Tokyo for questioning. He’s a misfit, but Kokone can’t believe that he would really do anything bad. With help from college student and childhood friend Morio, Kokone is determined to make her way to Tokyo and free her father, as well as unravel the mystery of her dreams. Along the way, she discovers that those dreams are the key to facing her challenges in the real world.

Kokone uses her only talent–napping–to embark on a mysterious journey that straddles dreams and reality. And waiting for her at the end of her adventure is a small but precious truth…”


2. Motoi Shinkai’s “Your Name” Breaks Korean records!


“Your Name” seems to be bent on world domination, and that’s really not a bad thing! The film now also is the 8th top-grossing animation film in Korea. The most successful animation film in Korea was Frozen with 10.29 million ticket sales.

Reports show that the film was released on 555 screens (the widest release for a Japanese film) in Korea on January 4, and earned 1,032,712,400 won (100 million yen) on 138,028 admissions in its first weekend, becoming the most successful film of the week.

It had stayed on the top of the box office ranking for (at least) 14 consecutive days, selling 2.78 million tickets by January 19.


3. “Sekirei” Anime Rights Expiration Coming, Funimation Announced

Sad news for Sekirei fans. Funimation announced recently that their rights to seasons 1 and 2 of Sekirei will expire on February 9th. This means that after it expires, the anime will not be streamed or reprinted.

The description for Sekirei:

“Minato had no luck with the ladies until a warrior babe named Musubi fell into his life. Hunted by a pair of twin sisters, Musubi was searching for the right guy to unlock her hidden powers. Minato fit the bill, and now he’s caught in the middle of a supernatural slugfest where voluptuous vixens take turns beating each others’ clothes off!”

Enjoy it while it lasts!