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CAPSULE: EVANGELION: 3.0 YOU CAN (NOT) REDO (2012)

DIRECTED BY: Hideaki Anno, Mahiro Maeda, Masayuki, Kazuya Tsurumaki

FEATURING: Megumi Ogata, Megumi Hayashibara, Yuko Miyamura, Akira Ishida

PLOT: 14 years after the cataclysmic events of the previous film, humans are barely surviving on a barren earth. Evangelion pilot Shinji Ikari wakes up from a coma to find himself at the center of a war . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: EVANGELION: 3.0 YOU CAN (NOT) REDO (2012)

158. AKIRA (1988)

“Otomo, who wrote and directed the movie, has told interviewers that he set out to ‘make a film that would be a jumble of images, instead of just showing the highlights of each scene’, and on that score, he succeeded.”–The Los Angeles Times, in a dismissive review entitled “High-Tech Hokum From Japan”

DIRECTED BY: . . . → Read More: 158. AKIRA (1988)

CAPSULE: SUMMER WARS (2009)

DIRECTED BY: Mamoru Hosoda

FEATURING: Voices of Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Nanami Sakuraba

PLOT: Math and computer whiz Kenji battles a rogue artificial intelligence who is wrecking the virtual world of Oz and seizing corporate and government computer accounts, while simultaneously posing as the boyfriend of a classmate he has a crush on during her family celebration. . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: SUMMER WARS (2009)

CAPSULE: MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (1988)

DIRECTED BY: Hayao Miyazaki

FEATURING: Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning (Disney dubbed version)

PLOT: Two young girls befriend a forest spirit who lives in a tree near their new country house.

WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: My Neighbor Totoro is somewhat strange, like being dropped into the unfiltered imagination of a six-year old girl. . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (1988)

146. HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE (2004)

“I love the animation, ’cause it’s very magical and very… fantapsychological?”—12-year old Josh Hutcherson (who played Markl) on Howl’s Moving Castle

DIRECTED BY: Hayao Miyazaki

FEATURING: Voices of Emily Mortimer, Jean Simmons, Christian Bale, Billy Crystal, Lauren Bacall (US dubbed version)

PLOT: Sophie is an 18-year old girl who works in her mother’s hat . . . → Read More: 146. HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE (2004)

CAPSULE: KING OF THORN (2009)

DIRECTED BY: Kazuyoshi Katayama

FEATURING: Brina Palencia, Patrick Seitz (English dub)

PLOT:  A group of randomly chosen global volunteers are cryogenically frozen to escape a petrification virus, but wake up to a world overrun by monsters.

WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: King of Thorn falls afoul of the anime conundrum: . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: KING OF THORN (2009)

CAPSULE: CASTLE IN THE SKY (1986)

Tenku no shiro Laputa; AKA Laputa: Castle in the Sky

DIRECTED BY: Hayao Miyazaki

FEATURING (U.S. Dubbed Version): James Van Der Beek, Anna Paquin, Cloris Leachman

PLOT: A girl who falls from the sky and an orphaned boy search together for a legendary floating

city while being chased by flying pirates and a . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: CASTLE IN THE SKY (1986)

CAPSULE: REDLINE (2009)

This review first appeared in a slightly different form at Film Forager.

DIRECTED BY: Takeshi Koike

FEATURING: Takuya Kamura, Yû Aoi, Tadanobu Asano

PLOT: Set in a distant future and moving between multiple planets, this is a fairly simple tale of

a major road race taking place on . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: REDLINE (2009)

CAPSULE: EVANGELION 2.22: YOU CAN (NOT) ADVANCE (2009)

DIRECTED BY: Masayuki, Kazuya Tsurumaki, Hideaki Anno

FEATURING: Spike Spencer, Allison Keith-Shipp (English dub)

PLOT:  Following the events of Evangelion 1.11, the Angel incursions against Tokyo-3 increase

in intensity, and two new teenage Evangelion pilots are integrated into the NERV defense team.  Also, the world ends, I think. WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST:  . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: EVANGELION 2.22: YOU CAN (NOT) ADVANCE (2009)

CAPSULE: COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE (2001) [BLU-RAY]

AKA Cowboy Bebop the Movie: Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door

DIRECTED BY: Shinichirô Watanabe

FEATURING: Voices of Kôichi Yamadera, Unshô Ishizuka, Megumi Hayashibara, Aoi Tada (Japanese version); Steve Blum, Beau Billingslea, Wendee Lee, Melissa Fahn (English dub)

PLOT: Based on the popular anime series, the film brings the . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE (2001) [BLU-RAY]

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