Prime Video It doesn’t have as broad an offering as Netflix when it comes to anime content. However, the service streaming Amazon has been no stranger to incorporating well-known Japanese animation productions into its offer; among them, numerous jewels that were even exclusively licensed globally.
While Amazon offers classics like Lupine III, Ashita no Joe or Remi, nobody’s child, as well as franchises that enjoy great popularity among the Latin public such as The magical warriors, InuYasha or Shaman king; Here we decided to focus on a collection of must-see series and feature films if you are looking for different options in the Prime Video catalog in Mexico.
* Note: The following list is in chronological order.
Ghost in the shell(Dir. Mamoru Oshii, 1995)
Japan, year 2029. Major Motoko Kusanagi, a cyborg police tormented by existential doubts, investigates the sinister activities of the hacker “Puppet Master” who commits acts of cyberterrorism without leaving a trace.
Cult director Mamoru Oshii (Urusei yatsura; Angel’s Egg) and the Production IG studio joined forces in the mid-1990s to adapt a famous work from the mangaka Masamune Shirow, author of science fiction jewelry like Appleseed or Dominion Tank Police. The result was the creation of one of the most influential pieces within the genre. cyberpunk Modernism, which received praise in the West from filmmakers such as James Cameron and inspired the Wachowski sisters to adopt numerous visual and narrative elements of this film in Matrix (1999).
Inuyashiki: The last hero(MAPPA, 2017)
Office worker Ichiro Inuyashiki and teenage boy Shishigami Hiro acquire special abilities after an unfortunate encounter with alien entities, but each will use their new gifts in different ways.
Hiroya Oku (Gantz) explored the eternal duality between good and evil with Inuyashiki, starting from the predestined clash and the deconstruction of two characters with diametrically opposed choices to gain an overwhelming power. The MAPPA adaptation stands out for a combination of CG with 2D that already gave us samples of the potential of a technique that has been perfected until reaching titles such as Dorohedoro, while composer Yoshihiro Ike (B: The Begining) perfectly complements the series’ disturbing, explosive and even emotional atmospheres.
After the rain (Wit Studio, 2018)
Akira Tachibana, the star of the athletics club, must abandon his sports career due to injury. In this moment of crisis, she will meet a much older man with whom she will fall deeply in love.
With such a synopsis, it is not difficult to imagine the regrettable development that this same concept could have had in less capable hands. Fortunately, the award-winning manga Koi wa Ameagari no Yō ni It has enough nuance to overcome its problematic premise and focus on what author Jun Mayuzuki really wants to tell us: the growth of two individuals meeting by chance at a difficult time in their lives. The character designs, the color palette and the soundtrack from the Ayumu Watanabe series (Space brothers) are infused with nostalgia and warmth.
Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku (A-1 Pictures, 2018)
After another failed love affair, Narumi thought to hide her otaku side by starting a new company, but there she meets her friend Hirotaka, who tells her that perhaps the solution is to go out with another otaku. Maybe with him?
The market for manga, light novels and anime is saturated with stories aimed at a young audience, and romantic comedy is one of the clearest examples of this. In that sense, the heartwarming adaptation of A-1 Pictures (Kaguya-sama: Love Is War) of Fujita’s work is extremely refreshing. Two young office workers, adorably awkward and uncomfortable communicating, try to cultivate a relationship that apparently begins for the sake of convenience, while navigating the difficulties of work and adult life in contemporary Japan.
Banana fish (MAPPA, 2018)
Set in New York, the series follows Ash Lynx, a renowned gang member who decides to investigate the background of the last words of a dying old man: “Banana Fish.” The above, due to a personal link with them.
It took a little over three decades from the start of its serialization for Akimi Yoshida’s acclaimed manga to make the leap to animation. Commanded by director Hiroko Utsumi (Free!), the production of 24 episodes of MAPPA study (Yuri !!! on Ice) retains a retro aesthetic, although it discreetly updates its argument in temporal terms. An emotional roller coaster riddled with intrigue; raw and disturbing situations typical of the low worlds of the mafia; harrowing script twists and a memorable bond between its protagonists Ash and Eiji.
Dororo (MAPPA & Tezuka Productions, 2019)
Little Dororo accompanies the young man ronin Hyakkimaru on his journey to retrieve the parts of his body that were offered by his father when he was born to multiple demons in Sengoku period Japan.
Dororo it is an exceptional example of how to adapt a classic for the sensibilities of a new generation. Director Kazuhiro Furuhashi (Rurouni Kenshin) takes the basic premise of the print of the “God of manga” Osamu Tezuka, but departs from its light tone – a product of the time it was conceived – to bet on a more adult treatment of its thematic axes, without losing sight of its emotional core. Co-produced by Tezuka Productions (Astro boy) and MAPPA (Jujutsu Kaisen), this dark fantasy adventure series blends the best of both eras in between.
Promare(Dir. Hiroyuki Imaishi, 2019)
In a dystopian future, the “Mad Burnish” race of mutants threatens to destroy the world with their ability to control fire. To stop them, a special fire brigade is formed with wicks known as “Burning Rescue”.
A feature film which encapsulates the most distinctive elements of Trigger’s formula and visual style that have captivated anime fans for the past decade. Directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi and written by Kazuki Nakashima – the same duo responsible for Toppa Gurren-Lagann and Kill la Kill-, Promare is a self-indulgent show that builds on some familiar plot elements to lead viewers into a sensory overload of relentless action with colorful colors and an extraordinary soundtrack by veteran Hiroyuki Sawano.
Vinland Saga (Wit Studio, 2019)
At the beginning of the 11th century, Thorfinn, son of the greatest warrior that ever lived, enjoyed a peaceful life, growing up with legends about a dream land: Vinlandia. But his existence is overtaken by his father’s violent past.
Based on the homonymous manga by Makoto Yukimura, Vinland Sagait is a story that simmers. A Viking epic that provides us with a storytelling masterclass by taking time to show us the individual evolution and development of complex relationships between its characters during a turbulent period in history. The arduous work of documentation of its author is perfectly transferred to the screen in the adaptation of Wit Studio, with sublime art direction and action sequences worthy of the same studio responsible forAttack on Titan.
The time with you (Dir. Makoto Shinkai, 2019)
Hodaka is a teenager who runs away from his home on an outlying island to live in Tokyo. In a corner of the bustling city, he meets Hina, a cheerful, independent and strong-willed girl with the ability to manipulate the weather.
What is more important: the individual or society? Makoto Shinkai puts us at the center of this controversial debate through one of his classic teenage romance fables. With a dazzling production that featured the return of all the key members of the staff from your name. (2016) and music produced again by the band Radwimps, the native Koumi director delivers here a rebellious, stubborn and universal meditation on free will among the new generations, oppressed by social structures and an increasingly inhospitable planet.
Rebuild of Evangelion (Dir. Hideaki Anno, 2007-2021)
After the Second Impact that devastated the Earth, the fate of humanity is in the hands of the NERV organization. Shinji Ikari must pilot the EVA-01 humanoid weapon to confront the enigmatic Angels.
As the crown jewel of Japanese animation in the Prime Video catalog, the Amazon platform is the exclusive home in streaming of the cinematographic tetralogy composed of: Evangelion: 1.0 You Are [Not] Alone (2007), Evangelion: 2.0 You Can [Not] Advance (2009), Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo (2012) and Evangelion: 3.0 + 1.0 Thrice Upon a Time (2021). The final iteration of Eve reinvent the events of the original series Neon Genesis Evangelion, with the introduction of new characters, conflicts and scenarios as it unfolds, until bringing the franchise as a whole to a cathartic closure of the journey of Shinji Ikari and its creator Hideaki Anno.
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