Anime – a key genre for communication

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Our family’s multi-generational love-affair with Japanese anime continues. Or, more specifically, the tender end of the genre.

Our search for other titles that reflect the quality of genre-leaders Studio Ghibli (pronounced jib-lee) has found more treasure: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, and Castle of Cagliostro. Titles we want to get include Millennium Actress, and Goshu the Cellist.

Just watched Mai Mai Miracle a tender coming-of-age children’s adventure. Sheer delight. Not available with English dialogue or from mainstream sources in the West. But it does have English subtitles, and is available from online anime specialists in Asia – our Region 0 (ie. universal) copy came quickly from in Malaysia.

Ghibli fans may like to read Studio Ghibli: The Films of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata(also available in UK)

And a treat in store for anyone aged 3 to 103: Studio Ghibli’s The Borrower Arrietty (adapted from Mary Norton’s children’s story The Borrowers) released in English in US and Europe earlier this year, and will be in UK cinemas on 29 July. Here’s the (subtitle version) trailer:

Cartoon and animation remain hugely significant for evangelism in Asia: reasons and training options.

New languages are now available for My Last Day a telling of the Easter Story by the JESUS Film team in anime style.

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