Anime Films of the Last Five Years

Happy Monday everyone! We attended Metrocon in our hometown of Tampa, Florida last weekend and brought a whopping five panels with us! Three of them were repeats, two of them were first times (Studio Trigger Hype panel and Anime Films of the Last Five Years). We had a couple people after the panel ask us if we had a list anywhere of the movies we used. We said nope! You should have been taking notes dammit!

So anyway, here’s a list of movies we spoke about along with short descriptions (ones with trailers will be bolded):

2012

  • Madoka Magica Recap Films: A compilation of the Madoka Magica TV series into two feature length films
  • Berserk Golden Age Arc III: The Advent: The third and final installment in the Berserk Golden Age trilogy
  • Mardock Scramble: A 3-part OVA sci-fi thriller along the lines of Ghost in the Shell and Psycho-Pass
  • Rebuild of Evangelion 3.0: I’m not writing a description for this thing #sorrynotsorry
  • Fuse: Memoirs of a Hunter Girl: film based on a classical Japanese novel about a young woman and her quest to kill the Fuse, human/dog-spirit hybrids

2013

  • Patema Inverted: Humanity attempts to harness the energy of gravity, half of humanity gets their gravity reversed and is forced to live underground instead
  • Hal: Sad film about AIs and love
  • Aura: Love, Chuunibyou, and Other Delusions before it was cool
  • Short Peace: Anthology film in 4 parts by Sunrise, one part by Katsuhiro Otomo
  • Saint Onii-san: Jesus and Buddha are roommates in modern-day Tokyo
  • Magical Sisters Yoyo and Nene: A witch is transported to our world and must find her way back before the flow of magic permanently warps ours. Available on Daisuki.net

2014

  • Doraemon Stand by Me: Great film about Doraemon. 3DCG but was mentioned due to the incredible box office success it had
  • Tamako Love Story: well-directed film by Naoko Yamada that takes off where the TV show Tamako Market left off
  • [email protected] Kagayaki no Mukou he: Movie companion to the [email protected] TV show by A-1
  • Giovanni’s Island: Production I.G. movie about children in the aftermath if WWII. A Russian girl and two young Japanese brothers form a friendship while Soviet forces occupy Shikotan. The island is still in dispute today. Did quite well at film festivals. Not legally released in the US.

2015

  • The Case of Hana and Alice: Two neighbors in a middle school dorm become friends by solving a murder mystery. Prequel to a highly rated 2004 live action film named Hana and Alice
  • Empire of Corpses: First of 3 in a series of adaptations of Satoshi Ito’s books
  • Anthem of the Heart: A young girl becomes unable to talk after her mother blames her for her parent’s separation. Film by the same time as AnoHana
  • Miss Hokusai: The life and works of ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai, as seen from the eyes of his daughter Ouei. Production I.G.
  • You are Umasou: Children’s book adaptation about dinosaurs fighting well. Noted in the panel for its amazing animation

2016

  • Garakowa: Restore the World: Post apocalyptic film about two AIs who travel into memories to delete viruses. By A-1. Released on Crunchyroll a week after theatrical release in Japan
  • A Silent Voice: Adaptation of the same manga by Kyoto Animation. Massive critical success, story is about a deaf girl and her bully and how they grow up coming to terms with how they’ve acted. Releases in December in the UK.
  • Doukyuusei: Two high school boys come to terms with their romantic feelings for each other. Got a small theater release in the US via Funimation
  • Your Name: The big one! Smasher of records, bringer of tears. If you didn’t see it you dun goofed. Had a several week long run in the US, will be on bluray later this year.
  • In This Corner of the World: Story about a girl who grew up on the other side of the mountain range from Hiroshima during WWII. You can see where this is going. Is getting a limited US theatrical release in late August
  • Pop in Q: Literally the reason I made this panel. Film for Toei’s 60th anniversary about five girls who travel to the Valley of Time to save the world… through dance!

2017

  • Mary and the Witch’s Flower: Studio PONOC’s first work, looking to pick up where Ghibli left off
  • Uchiage Hanabi: Youth drama anime by famed director Akiyuki Shinbou (Monogatari Series)
  • The night is short, walk on girl: College Love Drama with the same style as The Tatami Galaxy
  • Lucien and the Ancient Tablet (Hiru-ne Hime): A girl dreams of the end of the world and realizes her dream is becoming reality
  • Godzilla New Planet: Netflix project. Humanity leaves earth to avoid fighting Godzilla. Comes back after finding no hospitable planets and finds Earth overrun by kaiju
  • Lu Over the Wall: Original film by Masaaki Yuasa. Not Ponyo.

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