Over the years, Japanese animation, or anime, has continued to become more and more popular with western audiences, whether it’s on the small screen or in movie houses around the world. One of the biggest examples of this movement is the vast collection of Studio Ghibli movies that have crossed over from Japan to find new life in the United States with titles like MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO, SPIRITED AWAY, and more than a dozen others. And while it will be some time before we see the great Hayao Miyazaki’s latest animated effort, HOW DO YOU LIVE?, in a packed theatre, there are some highly anticipated anime movies heading to the big screen in the very near future.
Throughout the month of August 2022, two of the biggest and most grandiose Japanese theatrical exports in recent memory will fill the screens at AMC Theatres nationwide, exposing audiences to some of the most inventive stories and dazzling animation that will surely be a hit with audiences. Those two movies — DRAGON BALL SUPER: SUPER HERO and INU-OH — look promising to say the least, and should be reason enough to have moviegoers excited about the next few weeks.
But, if this is the first you’ve heard of either movie, or you have caught glimpses of their trailers at your most recent visit to the theatre, worry not, because we’re about to break down each of them before they come to the silver screen later this month.
Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero
Arguably one of the most popular manga and anime properties of all time, Akira Toriyama’s “Dragon Ball” has been a permanent fixture in the Japanese animation world, both in Japan and in countries like the United States. Whether it’s with “Dragon Ball,” “Dragon Ball Z,” “Dragon Ball GT,” or, most recently, the “Dragon Ball Super” series, the books and various adaptations have continued to find success with audiences. The franchise has also given birth to nearly two dozen feature films telling the story of the Sayian known as Goku, his son Gohan, and multiple other characters like the warrior’s rival-turned-friend Piccolo, a fierce fighter from the planet Namek.
Those characters and their stories will soon return to the big screen when DRAGON BALL SUPER: SUPER HERO arrives in AMC Theatres nationwide. The upcoming movie, which is the second in the Dragon Ball Super series, largely focuses on Gohan, voiced by Masako Nozawa in Japanese and Kyle Hebert in English, and Piccolo, voiced by Toshio Furukawa in Japanese and Christopher Sabat in English, who have long had a tight relationship, since Gohan was a little boy who lacked control of his incredible power. When Gohan’s daughter, Pan, is kidnapped by the returning Red Ribbon Army, who have been a part of the franchise since the early days of the manga, Gohan is forced to go into battle once more. However, it won’t be an easy fight, as the Red Ribbon Army has developed a new and terribly powerful monstrosity that could destroy the world once and for all.
Don’t miss out on any of the heart-stopping action and incredible drama when DRAGON BALL SUPER: SUPER HERO opens Friday, August 19 in AMC Theatres nationwide.
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Acclaimed Japanese animator, writer and director Masaski Yuasa, who has worked on everything from shows like “Crayon Shin-chan” and “Adventure Time” to feature films like LU OVER THE WALL and THE NIGHT IS SHORT, WALK ON GIRL, will soon be bringing his next effort to theatres around the world with INU-OH, an eye-catching and enchanting adaptation of Hideo Furukawa’s novel “Tales of the Heike: INU-OH.” This chaotic, electric, and undeniably unique animated film appears to have what it takes to make a name for itself on the international movie scene with its upcoming rollout.
Set during the Muromachi period in 14th-century feudal Japan, the Japanese animated film tells the story of two unlikely heroes — Inu-Oh and Tomona — who come together to create a show, experience and world that has never been seen before, and form a close bond in the process. Inu-Oh, voiced by Avu-chan, has long been an outcast from society and is forced to hide his true appearance with elaborate clothing and a mask that may or may not serve as a link to a ghostly spiritual realm. Tomona, voiced by Mirai Moriyama, is a talented musician who knows his way around his instrument despite being blind.
Don’t miss out on this dynamic duo and mesmerizing action and drama as it unfolds in this unique and spirited rock opera set in Japan’s past when INU-OH opens on Friday, August 12 in AMC Theatres nationwide.
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Each of these anime movies will offer something longtime fans of Japanese animation and newcomers will both enjoy. And, better yet, DRAGON BALL SUPER: SUPER HERO and INU-OH are just two of the movies you don’t want to miss at your local AMC Theatre in August 2022.