The Mainichi Shimbun newspaper has announced the winners for the 73rd Annual Mainichi Film Awards. Kitaro Kousaka, DLE, and Madhouse’s Okko’s Inn film won this year’s Best Animation Film award. Naoko Yamada and Kyoto Animation’s Liz and the Blue Bird won the Noburou Oofuji Award, which honors animated works that offer new forms of creative expression.
The Mainichi Shimbun launched the Noburou Oofuji Award in 1962, and it is Japan’s oldest ongoing animation award. The newspaper then launched the Animation Film Award in 1989.
This year’s awards ceremony will be held on February 14, 2019 at the Culttz Kawasaki in Kawasaki, Kanagawa.
Anime News Network is reporting that Shout! Factory will release the Liz and the Blue Bird anime film on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on March 5, 2019.
The film is the first of two planned all-new anime films for the Sound! Euphonium franchise, based on Ayano Takeda’s Sound! Euphonium novel series.
Liz and the Blue Bird opened in Japan on April 21, 2018 and earned 53,573,900 yen (about US$492,400) in its opening weekend. Eleven Arts screened the film in United States theaters with English subtitles and an English dub on November 9, 2019. The film will also screen in Vancouver on January 2 and 3, 2019.
The Vancouver International Film Festival website is listing a Canadian screening for Kyoto Animation and Naoko Yamada’s Liz and the Blue Bird anime film at the Vancity Theatre in Vancouver on January 2 and 3, 2019. Anime News Network is reporting that this screening is currently the only one planned for Canada.
Liz and the Blue Bird opened in Japan on April 21, 2018 and earned 53,573,900 yen (about US$492,400) in its opening weekend. The film opened in United States theaters with English subtitles and an English dub on November 9, 2018.
The English cast has been announced for the Liz and the Blue Bird anime film:
- Laurie Hymes is Mizore Yoroizuka
- Stephanie Sheh is Nozomi Kasaki and Tsubomi
- Courtney Shaw is Liz and Blue Girl
- Xanthe Huynh is Ririka
- Megan Harvey is Yuko
- Sarah Williams is Natsuki
- Ryan Bartley is Ms. Niyama
- Wayne Grayson is Noboru
- Mike Pollock is Mr. Hashimoto
- Cristina Vee is Reina
- Carrie Savage is Meiko
- Cassandra Lee Morris is Saphire
Brittney Lee Hamilton, Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld, and Michael Schneider will provide additional voices.
The film will open in United States theaters with English subtitles and an English dub on November 9, 2018. Eleven Arts will reveal the film’s Canadian screening date at a later date.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the list of 25 films that have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 91st Academy Awards. A maximum of five films from the list will receive the nomination.
Eight anime films are included in the list:
- Naoko Yamada and Kyoto Animation’s Liz and the Blue Bird
- Nobuyuki Takeuchi, Akiyuki Simbo, and SHAFT’s Fireworks
- Masaaki Yuasa and Science SARU’s Lu over the wall and Night is Short, Walk On Girl
- Isamu Imakake and HS Pictures Studio’s The Laws of the Universe: Part 1
- Studio 4°C and Ankama’s MFKZ
- Mari Okada and P.A. Works’ Maquia – When the Promised Flower Blooms
- Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu’s Mirai
The Academy will reveal the nominations on January 22, 2019. The 91st annual Academy Awards will be held on February 24, 2019.
Eleven Arts Anime Studio has announced that it will screen Liz and the Blue Bird and Maquia – When the Promised Flower Blooms at LA Femme International Film Festival. Maquia will screen on October 12, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. and Liz and the Blue Bird will screen in competition on October 14, 2018 at 12:00 p.m., both at the Regal Theater Stadium 14 at LA Live.
Liz and the Blue Bird is scheduled to open in American theaters on November 9, 2018. Eleven Arts Anime Studio began screening Maquia – When the Promised Flower Blooms in U.S. theaters with subtitles on July 20, 2018, and with an English dub on September 21, 2018.
The LA Femme International Film Festival will be held October 11-14, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California with the goal of highlighting the work of female producers, writers, and directors.
Eleven Arts made the following announcements during its Crunchyroll Expo panel:
- It will screen Donten ni Warau Gaiden: Ōka, Tenbō no Kakyū (Cherry Blossoms, the Bridge to Heavenly Wishes), the third film in the anime trilogy film adaptation of Kemuri Karakara’s Donten ni Warau Gaiden (Laughing Under the Clouds – Side Story) manga, in the United States in 2019.
- The company announced that it will screen the Liz and the Blue Bird anime film on November 9, 2018. Eleven Arts did not mention any other screening dates for the film.
- Eleven Arts announced that it will screen the Penguin Highway anime films in U.S. theaters in Winter 2019.