Seriously, this is gonna be the best news you’ve read in a while.
GKids and Fantom Events Bring Back Ghibli Fest
In 2017, GKids and Fathom Events licensed six Ghibli films to return to the big screen. And holy hell, the first Ghibli Fest must have been massively successful. This year, they’re showing nine films. NINE!!!
The movies and their dates are (new additions in bold):
Ponyo: March 25, 26, 28
The Cat Returns: April 22, 23, 25
Porco Rosso: May 20, 21, 23
Pom Poko: June 17, 18, 20
Princess Mononoke: July 22, 23, 25
Grave of The Fireflies: August 12, 13, 15
My Neighbor Totoro: September 30, October 1, October 3
Spirited Away: October 28, 29, 30
Castle in the Sky: November 18, 19, 20
This run will also commemorate three Ghibli film anniversaries: Ponyo’s 10th, Grave of the Fireflies’ 30th, and My Neighbor Totoro’s 30th. Get your tickets here.
Aniplex USA Licenses Persona 5 Anime
Much like Persona 4: The Golden Animation, Aniplex USA has licensed the newest Persona anime. On top of the announcement, a new English website has opened for the anime. But MOST importantly, they’ve released a dubbed trailer.
Persona 5 The Animation will premiere in April 2018—no Aniplex streaming details are currently known.
GKids Acquires Mamoru Hosoda’s Mirai of the Future
According to Variety, Mamoru Hosoda’s latest film, Mirai of the Future, will have a US release thanks to GKids. Hosoda is a titan in the anime industry, helming such movies as Summer Wars, Wolf Children, and The Boy and the Beast—all of which were also acquired by GKids.
And if the rest of the world is feeling left out, there’s no need to fret. According to that same Variety article, the movie is also licensed in (deep breath): “Spain (A Contracorriente), the U.K. (Anime Limited), Italy (Dynit), Canada (MK2 Mile End), Germany (AV Visionen), Latin America (KEM), Turkey (Filma), Benelux (Cineart), CIS (Exponenta), Turkey (Filma), Lebanon and the Gulf region (Selim Ramia) and Australia/New Zealand (Madman).”
The movie will premiere in in 57 countries around the world, more than likely after it premieres in Japan on July 20. I will update all of you as soon as I know.
Japanese Pair Skates to Yuri On Ice at the Olympics
I couldn’t find a video for this routine because NBC is the worst protecting its copyrighted material. So here are Miu Suzaki and Ryuichi Kihara doing their routine earlier this year.
God, that music gets me every time. The pair finished eighth in the pairs program, but they definitely finished first in our hearts. (I’m obviously kidding. Did you see Canada?)