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Bi-Weebly #2: Upcoming 2016 Anime Movies

Welcome to Bi-Weebly, FilmDispenser’s bi-weekly column about all things anime and occasionally manga brought to you by the site’s very own resident weeb himself, Tim!

(Sorry for the delayed post! I’ve been dealing with computer issues and lots of homework!)

Since the last time I posted, there have been some anime movie trailers to take the World Wide Web by storm! One is an adaption of an already popular manga series, while the other is an original piece by a very famous writer/director.

First up we’ll start with the manga adaption, A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi). The story focuses on the main protagonist Shouya Ishida. A young Shouya starts to bully a deaf girl named Shouko Nishimiya to the point where she transfers schools. Once she leaves, nobody will be seen associating with Shouya and he finally realizes the error of his ways. Some years later once he’s in high school, Shouya goes to meet Shouko again and begins the journey to redeem himself. The adaptation is in safe hands with Naoko Yamada, who you may know from being the director on K-On!, attached to the project as director. The music in the trailer gives off a calming sensation, which helps to propel how great the art style already looks even further. I’m incredibly excited to see this movie and plan to read the manga before it comes out later this year.

Last, but certainly not least is Makoto Shinkai’s all new film, Your Name. (Kimi no Na wa.). If the name Makoto Shinkai doesn’t sound familiar, then I’m sure some of his work will clear up your foggy memory. Some of his most recent work includes 5 Centimeters Per Second, Garden of Words and Children Who Chase Lost Voices. If you’ve never heard of any of the movies I just listed, then do yourself a favor and go get yourself a copy (Potentially from our Amazon Link if you’re so inclined). The story is about the two protagonists, Mitsuha and Taki, who don’t know each other and living completely different lives. Taki is a high school boy who lives in the city and works part time at a restaurant. Mitsuha is a high school girl who lives in the country and dreams of moving to the city. One day Taki dreams of being a female student living out in the country, while Mitsuha dreams of being a male student in the city. They then go on to start realizing that their dreams may be more to these dreams than first thought. As with any Shinkai film, the visuals are absolutely stunning to watch regardless of it being a still panning shot or one with characters performing actions. There are also others attached to this film to be excited for such as Masashi Ando (Spirited Away) and Masayoshi Tanaka (Toradora!). Sadly I there’s no manga to read for this one, but I’m going to go rewatch Shinkai’s previous films to help hold me over until I can watch this one!

I hope these short summaries and trailers have you excited for at least one of the films. As always, if you have any questions or just want to let me know what anime you’re currently watching, then don’t hesitate to leave them below or tweet at me.

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Now I’m off to try to survive finals and possibly come back with a different type of post compared to these last two!

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