Saturday, October 22, 2016

Animation Nights New York: Best of Fest

Animated Short Films. A style of film that normally doesn't get as much of a reputation as their feature length counterparts. Where animators, directors, etc can bring together their respective talents to create a short but creative pieces of animated storytelling. Some creators get the blessing of being backed by a large studio, while others have to find alternative methods to bring their stories to life. Stories that have the ability to appeal to adult audiences and beyond.

It has long been the goal of Animation Nights New York, currently located at 180 Maiden Lane in New York City's South Street Seaport, to share animated short films from across the globe to anyone who wants to see them. These one night a month screenings have been increasingly well received for over a year now, and screening over several thousand submitted short films. As a celebration of all the films submitted and their passionate creators,the folks at Animation Nights New York including AFA's very own Yvonne Grzenkowicz, put together a full two night event. Complete with industry panels, an art exhibit, virtual reality exhibitions, and a casual gathering place for animation enthusiasts.

This was ANNY: Best of Fest.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

'Dragon Ball Super' To Stream in North America, UK and Australasia [Updated]

Dragon Ball Super The revival of Akira Toriyama's mega-franchise has been airing in Japan since 2015. The fact that there has been no apparent deal to release the series in the English-speaking world has been one of the great mysteries in anime. Things are about to change as this month Super will finally be coming to streaming services in North America, Australia and New Zealand, Latin America and South Africa.

The show will be available subtitled on Crunchyroll from October 22nd in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand to premium and free subscribers. It will be available to premium members only in Latin America and South Africa.

Daisuki will also stream to North America and Australasia as well as the UK, Ireland, Germany, Scandinavia, Spain and some other European countries (to be confirmed).

Anime Lab  will also stream the series in Australia and New Zealand.

Paper Mario Color Splash

On a dark and stormy night, the famed hero of the Mushroom Kingdom receives a message from the mysterious Prism Island. The message? A Toad that has been completely drained of his life and color. What nefarious scheme is at work on Prism Island? Will Mario be able to solve the mystery AND keep the love of his life safe from the hands of the schemer?

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Team AFA's Top Studio Ghibli Scenes

When it comes to any great film, there are always those individual scenes that becomes imprinted in minds of its audience. Whether it's a image, a line of dialogue, or a feeling you get when you watch it, these are the signs that a film has truly left an impact on you. Studio Ghibli, being the animation titan that it is, had plenty of scenes like this all across their movies. Moments that would come to define each individual film and help set them apart from each other. Scenes that could be used to help introduce curious newcomers to Studio Ghibli's lasting legacy in producing quality animated films.

But what kind of scenes stand out to us the most? Is it the surreal magic locations like the introduction to the Bathhouse in Spirited Away, the down to earth Safflower harvest from Only Yesterday or the high flying action of Porco Rosso?

As part of GKIDS Studio Ghibli contest, we here at AFA have compiled a list of our favorite moments from some of our favorite Ghibli films, along with our winning submission from the above contest. Keep in mind, this list a personal list. These are all scenes that we enjoy on different levels, not a countdown on which one is better than the rest ('cause let's face it that would be almost impossible).

With all that out of the way, let's jump right in!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The AFA Podcast: Episode 57- Miss Hokusai

Chris, Rachael, Dan and Yvonne are back for another episode, this time to discuss Production IG and Keiichi Hara's award-winning Miss Hokusai.

First up though is our regular news section (0:05)! Stories this week include the return of Ghost In The Shell to cinemas in the UK, Ronja The Robber's Daughter, Borrowed Time's online debut. and Dan pays tribute to the career of Studio Ghibli's Michiyo Yasuda. Then it's on to Miss Hokusai (0:28)[Potential spoilers start around 0:46]. Finally it's time for The Watercooler, (1:25) where we discuss the latest stuff we've watched, played etc. This time it includes Ethel and Ernest and Super Mario Colour Splash!

Thanks to GKIDS Films and Anime Limited for providing screeners!

Support us on Patreon and get an extended version of this episode (running time 2:12)!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Black Lagoon (2006)

Rokuro "Rock" Okajima is your typical, average Japanese salaryman.  He finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time and gets caught up with a delivery company that "sometimes break the law to put food on the table."  Does he really belong in a world working with  criminal gangs from across the globe getting him into some very hairy positions?  Or does he belong in this world more than he is prepared to admit?

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Miss Hokusai (2015)

One of the things that makes anime so attractive to some animation fans is its willingness to tackle genres that animation just doesn't dare touch in other countries. Even by the standards of Japanese animation though, the animated biographical drama is still relatively rare. Production IG's animated feature Miss Hokusai is just such a film, based on events in the life of historical figure O-Ei (real name Katsushika Ōi) .

O-Ei was the daughter of the legendary artist Katsushika Hokusai- best known for the iconic print The Great Wave Off Kanagawa. O-Ei lives and works with her father, acting as his assistant, but she is actually becoming an increasingly accomplished artist in her own right. While she may appear to be the demure and reserved lady required by Japanese culture of the time, in the studio she is a feisty, pipe-smoking independent woman more than capable of holding her own against her brash father and his colleagues.