Animation director Mamoru Oshii (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANIME NEWS: 'Giovanni's Island,' director Mamoru Oshii win big at Fantasia fest in Canada
Mizuho Nishikubo's film "Giovanni's Island" won the Satoshi Kon Award for Achievement in Animation, becoming the Best Animated Feature in the Animation Competition category at the 18th Fantasia International Film Festival.
From "The Tale of Princess Kaguya" ((c) 2013 Hatake Jimusho・GNDHDDTK)
ANIME NEWS: GKIDS to distribute Studio Ghibli's 'Tale of Princess Kaguya'
GKIDS Inc., a U.S. independent distributor for animation and family-oriented entertainment, announced it has acquired North American rights to "The Tale of Princess Kaguya" for theatrical release in October.
Takashi Yamazaki (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANIME NEWS: Tokyo filmfest to open with 'Big Hero 6,' close with 'Parasyte'
Two manga-inspired films will have their world premieres at the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) this fall.
An illustration from the previous film adaptation, "Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie" ((c) Masashi Kishimoto, Scott/ Shueisha, TV Tokyo, Pierrot)
ANIME NEWS: New 'Naruto' movie to hit screens Dec. 6; exhibition planned for 2015
A new "Naruto" film adaptation will hit theaters Dec. 6, followed by a special exhibition scheduled for 2015.
A scene from "The Bigger Picture" by Daisy Jacobs ((c)National Film and Television School)
ANIME NEWS: British artist takes top prize at Hiroshima anime festival
Daisy Jacobs' "The Bigger Picture" won the Grand Prize in the 15th Hiroshima International Animation Festival on Aug. 25, the final day of the event.
"Space Invaders" (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANIME NEWS: 'Space Invaders' set to get Hollywood treatment
"Space Invaders," the classic arcade video game developed by Taito Corp. in the late 1970s, looks set to be adapted into a Hollywood movie.
Director Hayao Miyazaki (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANIME NEWS: Hayao Miyazaki inducted into Will Eisner Hall of Fame
Anime maestro Hayao Miyazaki has been inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame.
From “Ernest & Celestine,” which was named the Notable Entry (the second best award) in the feature film category in 2014 ((c) StudioCanal)
ANIME NEWS: Tokyo Anime Award Festival accepting entries for Competition Program
The Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) is accepting entries for the Competition Program of the Tokyo Anime Award Festival (TAAF) that will be held in March 2015.
(c) Eiichiro Oda/ Shueisha
ANIME NEWS: 'One Piece' theme park to open in Tokyo Tower in spring 2015
Fans of the wildly popular pirate manga and anime "One Piece" will be counting down the days to spring 2015, when the first official "One Piece" theme park opens in Tokyo Tower.
"The Tale of the Princess Kaguya" ((c)2013 Hatake Jimusho GNDHDDTK)
ANIME NEWS: Isao Takahata's 'Princess Kaguya' to make North American premiere at Toronto film fest
Isao Takahata's "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya" will have its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
"Wonder" by Mirai Mizue ((c) Makotoya)
ANIME NEWS: 7 films from Japan to compete at Ottawa anime festival
Zhu Yantong's award-winning "My Milk Cup Cow" is one of seven animated films from Japan that were selected for competition at the Ottawa International Animation Festival to be held Sept. 17-21.
A scene from "Gundam Build Fighters" ((c) SOTSU・SUNRISE・TV Tokyo)
ANIME NEWS: 'Gundam Build Fighters Try' to hit small screens in October
The "Gundam Build Fighters" animated series will return to small screens in October.
A scene from "Godzilla"
ANIME NEWS: 'Godzilla' to face old foes in Hollywood sequel
Rather than resting on its laurels, Godzilla will return in a sequel to the newest Hollywood hit adaptation of the fabled monster series.
Yoshihiro Tatsumi, left, and Eric Khoo (Sophie Knight)
ANIME NEWS: Much-ballyhooed film on founder of 'gekiga' to hit theaters in November
The critically acclaimed "Tatsumi," which is about the life of legendary manga artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi, will make its much-anticipated debut in Japanese cinemas in November.
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ANIME NEWS: Polygon Pictures nabs 4 Daytime Emmy Awards
Japan's leading CG production house, Polygon Pictures Inc., captured four awards at the 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards for its "Transformers Prime Beast Hunters" and "Star Wars: The Clone Wars."
TM & (c) Cartoon Network. (s12)
ANIME NEWS: 'Powerpuff Girls' returning to Cartoon Network in 2016
U.S. channel Cartoon Network Inc. said it will bring “The Powerpuff Girls” back to the small screen in 2016.
A family marking the 1 millionth visitor to the Anpanman Children's Museum & Mall in Kobe takes a commemorative photo with Anpanman and other characters. (Yoshinori Mizuno)
ANIME NEWS: Anpanman tops Bandai poll as kids' favorite character for 13th straight year
Sweet bean paste-filled superhero Anpanman was named the most popular fictional character among children in Japan, holding the top spot for 13 consecutive years, according to a recent poll conducted by leading toymaker Bandai Co.
Rena Nonen starred in NHK's "Ama-chan" morning drama series and became a household name. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ANIME NEWS: Hayami, Katase to star in film adaptation of 'Princess Jellyfish'
Actor Mocomichi Hayami has been cast as the chauffeur Yoshio Hanamori for the live-action feature film adaptation of the popular manga series "Princess Jellyfish."
(c) 2014 “GARO THE ANIMATION” Keita Amemiya / Tohokushinsha
ANIME NEWS: Special trailer for animated 'Garo' series revealed
A new key visual and special trailer for an animated "Garo" TV series were shown during the "Garo Creator's kNight" event held June 20 in Tokyo, raising expectations for its much-anticipated fall premiere.
A scene from “Dragon Ball” ((c) Bird Studio, Shueisha Inc.)
ANIME NEWS: New 'Dragon Ball Z' film announced for spring 2015
A new “Dragon Ball Z” animated feature film based on a screenplay by original manga series creator Akira Toriyama will hit Japanese cinemas during the Golden Week holiday period next year.

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