So, what are we reviewing this week on @ Movies? Weird live-action adaptations of anime franchises? Boring/offensive historical films set in the U.K.? Visually inventive and emotionally poignant french animated films? Maybe some more Oscar-nominated animated films that will make VLord rant about how the Oscars are bullshit and how much he hates Disney again? No, on this episode of Manga Mavericks @ Movies we review…anime movies? Whoa, who would have thunk that the Manga Mavericks would review anime films on their movie podcast? How bizarre.

But yes, for the first time in over a dozen episodes we’re actually reviewing honest-god anime films on the show. Well, we released the Kabaneri review a few weeks ago, but this time both films on this episode are anime films. That’s not where their simmilarities end either. Both are A-1 pictures film adaptations of popular long-running shonen franchises that were licensed and released in U.S. theatres by FUNimation in the summer of 2017, with Black Butler screening towards the beginning of the summer in June and Fairy Tail towards its end in August. That makes these two films quite the compliments and contrasts to each other, and wouldn’t you know it, we came away really enjoying one and loathing the latter. Did Black Butler sail swimmingly or sink like the Titanic? Was Fairy Tail a roaring success or crying shame? If you know us, you should be able to guess which is which, but you’ll have to listen to the show to hear our full thoughts on everything we liked and disliked about these films!


00:30 – Intro

02:00 – Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic
32:58 – Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry

1:11:42 – Wrap-Up

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About The Author Siddharth Gupta

Siddharth Gupta is an illustrator, animator, and writer based in Minnesota. They graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Animation from the School of Visual Arts, and have worked on projects for the University of Minnesota and the Shreya R. Dixit Foundation. An avid animation and comics fan since childhood, they've turned their passion towards being both a creator and a critic. They credit their love for both mediums to Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball, which has also defined their artistic and comedic sensibilities. A frequent visitor to their local comic book shop, they are an avid reader and collector, particularly fond of manga. Their favorite comics include The Adventures of Tintin by Herge, Bloom County by Berkeley Breathed, and pretty much anything and everything by Rumiko Takahashi.

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