Five Anime Films Receive Annie Award Nominations

The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, has announced the nominees for its 48th Annual Annie Awards. Kenji Iwaisawa’s ON-GAKU: Our Sound and Masaaki Yuasa’s Ride Your Wave anime films received nominations in the “Best Indie Feature” category. The other nominees in the category are A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon, Calamity Jane, and Wolfwalkers.

Ride Your Wave also received a nomination in the “Best Direction – Feature” category.

BNA: Brand New Animal (Yusuke Yoshigaki) was nominated for the “Best Character Design” category. Great Pretender (Hiro Kaburagi) was nominated for the “Best Direction – TV/Media” category. Earwig and the Witch (Goro Miyazaki) received nominations in both the “Best Storyboarding – Feature” and “Best Voice Acting” categories. The “Best Voice Acting” category specifically honored nominee Vanessa Marshall for her role as Bella Yaga.

The Annie Awards recognize outstanding achievement in animation. The awards ceremony will be streamed live on April 16, 2021.

Source: ANN

Six Anime Films Confirmed to Be Eligible for Consideration for the Oscars

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has confirmed that the following anime films are eligible for consideration at the 93rd annual Academy Awards:

  • Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train
  • Earwig and the Witch
  • Lupin III THE FIRST
  • ON-GAKU: Our Sound
  • Ride Your Wave
  • A Whisker Away

A maximum of five films from the full list of eligible films can receive nominations in the Animated Feature Film category. The Academy will announce the nominees on March 15, 2021.

The 93rd annual Academy Awards will be held on April 25, 2021, delayed by two weeks due to COVID-19.

Source: ANN

Anime Films Submitted for Animated Feature Oscar

Media news website The Wrap has reported that the following anime films have been submitted for consideration for a nomination for the Animated Feature category at the 93rd annual Academy Awards:

  • Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train
  • Earwig and the Witch
  • Lupin III THE FIRST
  • ON-GAKU: Our Sound
  • Ride Your Wave
  • A Whisker Away

A total of 27 films have been submitted for consideration, and only five will be nominated. The Academy will announce the nominees on March 15, 2021.

The 93rd annual Academy Awards will be held on April 25, 2021, delayed by two weeks due to COVID-19.

Source: ANN

HBO Max Announces Anime Additions for January 2021

Warner Media has announced that HBO Max will add the following anime to its lineup in January 2021:

  • Night is Short, Walk On Girl (January 12, 2021)
  • Promare (January 12, 2021)
  • Ride Your Wave (January 12, 2021)
  • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Director’s Cut Season 1 (dubbed version to be added on January 15, 2021)

The service will also add the 2013 The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness documentary about Studio Ghibli and the 2016 Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki documentary on January 12, 2021. The service will also add both films in the Kill Bill film series on January 16, 2021.

Source: ANN

Seven Seas Entertainment Announces More Manga Licenses

Seven Seas Entertainment has announced that it has licensed the following manga titles:

  • Berserk of Gluttony ~Ore Dake Level to Iu Gainen wo Toppa Suru~ by Ichika Isshiki, fame, and Daisuke Takino [the first volume is scheduled to be released physically and digitally in February 2021]
  • Ride Your Wave by Machi Kiachi [scheduled to be released in May 2021]
  • Reiwa Hanamaru Gakuen by Kotobuki [the first volume is scheduled to be released physically and digitally in April 2021]
  • The Demon Girl Next Door by Izumo Ito [the first volume is scheduled to be released physically and digitally in January 2021]

Source: ANN

GKIDS and Shout! Factory to Release the Ride Your Wave Anime Film on Home Video

GKIDS and Shout! Factory have announced that they will release Masaaki Yuasa’s Ride Your Wave anime film digitally and on home video on August 4, 2020. The film will be available for digital download and on demand, as well as Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo pack and standalone DVD. The release will include a new English dub and bundle an exclusive booklet with a statement from Yuasa and art.

The English dub cast includes:

  • Joey Richter is Minato
  • Merit Leighton is Hinako
  • Sarah Williams is Yoko
  • Michael Johnston is Wasabi

Fathom Events screened the film for a one-night-only screening on February 19, 2020, and GKIDS also opened the film in select theaters on February 21, 2020. The Box Office Mojo website reported that the film earned a total of US$300,789 in its first two days. GKIDS announced its license of the film in July 2019.

Ride Your Wave opened in Japan on June 21, 2019 and ranked at #9 in its opening weekend.

Source: ANN

Ride Your Wave Anime Film Earns US$300,789 in U.S. Screenings

The Box Office Mojo website is reporting that Masaaki Yuasa’s Ride Your Wave film earned US$298,990 on February 19, 2020 and US$1,799 on February 20, 2020 in its screenings in the United States, for a total of US$300,789. Fathom Events screened the film for a one-night-only screening on February 19, 2020. The screening was in Japanese with English subtitles, and screened in 605 theaters. The film ranked at #9 on Wednesday.

Ride Your Wave opened in Japanese theaters on June 21, 2019.

Source: ANN

Fathom Events Confirms That the Ride Your Wave Anime Film Will Screen in the United States on February 19, 2020

Fathom Events has confirmed that it will screen Masaaki Yuasa’s Ride Your Wave anime film in the United States on February 19, 2020 for a one-night-only screening. The screening will be in Japanese with English subtitles. The company is listing theater locations on its website.

Several theater chains had been listing earlier this week that they would screen the film on February 19, 2020.

Ride Your Wave opened in Japanese theaters on June 21, 2019.

Source: ANN

Ride Your Wave Anime Film Is Listed as Screening in the United States on February 19, 2020

Anime News Network is reporting that several theater chains are listing Masaaki Yuasa’s Ride Your Wave film as screening in the United States on February 19, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. local time. The listing states that the screening will have Japanese audio with English subtitles.

As of this writing, GKIDS has not responded to Anime News Network’s request for comment on these listings.

Source: ANN

Ride Your Wave Wins Best Animated Film at the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival

Masaaki Yuasa’s Ride Your Wave film won the award for Best Animated Feature Film at the 52nd annual Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival in Spain. Human Lost and The Wonderland were among the other nominees in the category.

Ride Your Wave will screen at the 39th annual Hawai’i International Film Festival in November 2019. The film won the Best Animation Film award at the Shanghai International Film Festival’s Golden Goblet Awards on June 23, 2019, and it also won the “Axis: The Satoshi Kon Award for Excellence in Animation” award for Best Animated Feature in Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival on July 25, 2019. The anime screened in competition at Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France in June 2019.

Source: ANN