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Why the future’s bright for anime

2 February 2017 9:09 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Feb 6, 2017

Beyond Studio Ghibli, a wave of directors and artists ensure that the future’s bright for animation in Japan, Ryan writes...

At its best, anime is diverse, vibrant, unfettered and unpredictable. Look through the history of Japanese animation, and you’ll find stories about baseball, cooking, friendly ghosts, ancient myths, dog detectives and robot cats from the future. You’ll find sci-fi and horror, fantasy and comedy, erotica and historical drama. Just about every country on the planet produces animation of some kind; few broach subjects as varied as the Japanese. 

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In recent years, however, anime has faced threats from multiple angles. First, there’s the threat that will catch up with all of us eventually: time itself. In 2010, Japan lost one of its great storytellers, Satoshi Kon, who made such stunning animated movies as Perfect Blue (one of »

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Rogue One Dominates the New Year's Box Office with $49M

2 January 2017 11:09 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

With no new movies opening in wide release during the final few days of 2016, many were not expecting a huge weekend turnout, or even a close race between the top 10 holdovers. It's fitting that the unpredictable year that was 2016 went out with a bang, as six of the top 10 movies posted increases from last weekend. Although the box office winner was no surprise, as Rogue One took the top spot with an estimated $49.5 million over the three-day weekend, and $64.3 million over the four-day holiday weekend. This tally brings Rogue One up to $439.7 million, just $46.5 million shy of becoming 2016's top-grossing movie, a title currently held by Finding Dory ($486.2 million).

Box Office Mojo reports that Rogue One's three-day gross of $49.5 million represents just a 22.6% drop from last weekend, but when the four-day total of $64.3 million is taken into account, it actually increased 0.5% from its previous frame. Rogue One has currently »

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