It’s not easy to keep up with all the anime news that comes out every week, but that’s where I come in. Here’s your anime news of the week!
Netflix’s February Anime Slate
Netflix, in their fluctuating wisdom, recently dropped a bombshell that the live-action FullMetal Alchemist (FMA) movie is dropping on February 19th! And even in my attempts to read nothing about this movie, I hear it’s incredible. Oh, and in case you need to catch up on the series, Netflix is streaming both FMA and FMA Brotherhood.
And just to round things out: Netflix just released the live-action Aeon Flux movie and Part 2 of Fate/Apocrypha.
Let’s Count the Oscar Nominations! Oh…It’s Zero
This year’s nominations proved one thing to me—the US is a long, long way away from recognizing Japanese animation. The optimal conditions were there for Japanese animation to thrive in 2017’s award season. The powerhouse animation studios put out pure excrement this year (except for Coco). And Japan released masterpieces in A Silent Voice and In This Corner of the World. And what gets nominated? BOSS BABY AND FERDINAND?!? ARE YOU $&%*%^! KIDDING ME?!?
My real frustration stems from what Hollywood did to anime in 2017. Countless live-action anime adaptations were on the silver screen. Not all awful, but none great. And in a year full of schlock, when Japanese animation stood head and shoulders above the competition, Hollywood refused to recognize their greatness. If I were Japan, I might not bother submitting anymore.
I’m sorry, Japan.
Scotchy, Scotch, Scotch
This isn’t exactly anime news, but I love me some Final Fantasy and Scotch. Glenfarclas is putting out a special 30-year/30th Anniversary Final Fantasy bottle of scotch. There will only be 303 bottles made and each will go for $330—A stunning $100+ drop from their typical price on a 30-year bottle. Online pre-orders can be found here.
If anyone picks one up, I won’t say no to an invitation to try it.