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A Glimpse of Garden of Remembrance with Naoko Yamada

A summary of Naoko Yamada and Eunyoung Choi’s presentation of Garden of Remembrance at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival.

Full Frontal

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Interview: The Heike Story Music Composer Kensuke Ushio

Composer kensuke ushio, who has collaborated before with director Naoko Yamada on critically-acclaimed films such as A Silent Voice and Liz and the Blue Bird, talks about the…

Anime News Network - Views

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Staff Picks: Our Favorite Anime of 2021

The final entry in our 2021 Staff Picks series ranks not kings, but anime — specifically those that aired in their entirety this year or ended in it. There…

Ani-Gamers

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Storytelling in the Midst of History: Reflections on Heike Monogatari

While the initial reception has been relatively subdued, many will no doubt look back on Heike Monogatari both for what it is and for what it represents; a…

Animétudes

News Update - Mon, 23 Aug 2021

"Liz the Bluebird On My Shouldeeeeer...." Allen won out, it seems, and so we get a look at Liz and the Blue Bird, which is apparently part of the…

THEM Anime Reviews

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June 2021 Review No.1 (Sound Eupho Sequel Film)

Now, while I have been following the Sound Euphonium series for some time, it took a bit longer to see the other entries. Granted, I tend to skip…

EclecticDude's Anime Reviews 2.0

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Yamada Naoko’s Liz and the Blue Bird (And A Silent Voice) — Emotions Through Camera

Through A Silent Voice, Yamada Naoko established herself as one of the greatest anime directors of our time. What followed after was her more experimental piece, Liz and…

Convoluted Situation

Liz and the Blue Bird at The Leeds International Film Festival 2020

Update: Due to COVID restrictions The Leeds International Film Festival 2020 have had to move online for the whole event. The Leeds Inte...

Otaku News - World Edition

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How to Break an Egg

In an earlier piece, I wrote: “seeing the work of Kyoto Animation, with its lovable characters and environments that practically glow with warm nostalgia, I couldn’t help but…

Isn't It Electrifying?

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Wonder Egg Priority – Production Notes 01-02

Wonder Egg Priority is a truly unique show, an effort by an up-and-coming star to repurpose the creative language of one of anime’s greatest directors in a way…

Sakuga Blog

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A (relatively) short Ikuhara primer, Naoko Yamada, and the “egg” in Wonder Egg Priority

This season’s latest critical darling, Shin Wakabayashi’s Wonder Egg Priority, has been described as, if Kunihiko Ikuhara (Revolutionary Girl Utena, Mawaru Penguindrum) and Naoko Yamada…

atelier emily

Liz and the Blue Bird Review — A-

Some Hibike Euphonium side characters think about their future.

Draggle's Anime Blog

KyoAni’s Present And Future: Naoko Yamada and Haruka Fujita Interview

It’s time to examine Kyoto Animation’s present and future with an interview featuring their current creative leader and the up-and-coming star who looks up to her! Naoko Yamada…

Sakuga Blog

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The Haunting Beauty of Liz and the Blue Bird

Liz and the Blue Bird is the most beautiful film I have ever seen, let’s just get that out of the way. Every single frame is so painstakingly…

Daikichi's Ramblings

Ani-Gamers Podcast #137 – Liz, a Blue Bird, and a Golden Ticket with Natasha H.

Last week we took a break from regular content while our staff took part in the global (and ongoing) #BlackLivesMatter movement against racism and police brutality, but now…

Ani-Gamers

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The Decade in Review : The English Language Adaptation Industry and Fandom Part 1

With the Japanese side of things out of the way, I thought it might be fun to look at the English adaptation side of things. It’s taken me...

The Melancholic Middle Aged Anime Fan

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The Decade in Review: The Japanese Industry

I said I wouldn’t be updating this blog for a while, but I remembered that I was working on a two-post "decade in review" which I had star...

The Melancholic Middle Aged Anime Fan

Liz and the Blue Bird : Beyond Realism

This essay is dedicated to all the artists at Kyoto Animation who died in the 2019 fire attack and whose painstakingly beautiful work is here celebrated. What seems…

Animétudes

[One] This post is reserved for Kyoto Animation

I have no idea if I’ll do Kyoto Animation justice after all that happened this year, so here goes nothing. The moment I hear of a friend or…

atelier emily

Kyoto Animation Christmas concert donates proceeds to arson victims

A celebration of the wonderful works of Kyoto Animation came in the form of a Sound! Euphonium Christmas concert held this week. All proceeds from the concert were…

littleanimeblog.com

Eggs and Admiration: A Reflection on Liz and the Blue Bird & Ririka Kenzaki

When you meet someone like this, you’ll know they’re not the same as anyone you’ve met before. When I was in my second year of high school, there…

Mage in a Barrel

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New title: Sound Euphonium Films Preview Interview

This is another translation that I originally translated in 2017 to run on another site, but due to various circumstances, it was never run. With the recent arson…

Ultimatemegax's blog

Ani-Gamers Podcast Special Episode: Kyoto Animation

In the aftermath of the tragic arson attack on Kyoto Animation that left 35 people dead, the Ani-Gamers staff — Jared, Ink, Evan, and David — get together…

Ani-Gamers

The Top Anime of 2018

There’s something to be said for putting down a more permanent record of your favorite anime of the year. I didn’t do it last year and I realized…

Mage in a Barrel

12 Anime Things that Made Me Happy in 2018

2018 was yet another year of evolution in my journey as an anime fan. Throughout the year, I spent less time watching anime and less time engaging in…

Mage in a Barrel

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Liz and the Blue Bird: Interview with Director Yamada Naoko

A Work Telling of Something Fundamental — How did you feel when becoming director? When reading the plot for the original work, I thought it was a work very…

Japanese Translation