From Dreamworks’ latest entry to Netflix Original anime, here are six new movies and anime shows to watch in April.
Spring is upon us, and with the start of April comes a variety of new anime movies and TV shows catering to audiences of all ages. Between the second and third season releases, anime movies premiering in theaters, and original anime streaming on Netflix, this spring promises to be a great time for anime content. Here are six of the most anticipated anime movies and shows premiering in April 2022.
Apollo 10 1/2: A Childhood in the Space Age is an animated revisionist tale
Spinning a revisionist tale of the moon landing, Apollo 10 1/2 follows fourth-grade student Stan as he grows up in the 60s and experiences imaginary adventures along the way. Narrated by Jack Black, Apollo 10 1/2 explores everything from the Apollo 11 space mission, the Vietnam War, and family dynamics during that time. An autobiographical fantasy story, director Richard Linklater weaves inner desires and outer circumstances into a moving tribute to childhood dreams of going to space and other imaginative fantasies. Using digital rotoscoping on live performances, this style of animation manages to capture the visual nuances and subtle mannerisms of what it was like for those growing up in one of the most formative periods in American history.
Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood premieres on Netflix on April 1.
Close Enough Season 3 explores an existential crisis
Made by the creators behind the infamous Regular show, Close enough strongly relates to people reaching the dawn of adulthood and trying to do so without already feeling old. Centered on a family of three and their two divorced best friends who all share an apartment, Close enough isn’t afraid to take a humorous but surprisingly heartfelt look at the hardships of middle age. A fan favorite on HBO Max, Close enoughSeason 3 promises to bring the same levels of chaos and relativity as its predecessors.
Close Enough Season 3 premieres on HBO Max on April 7.
Tiger & Bunny releases new episodes for the first time in 11 years
Originally premiered in 2011, this anime series is finally releasing a second season after an 11-year waiting period. It’s the year 1978, and super-powered individuals called NEXT are offering their services as heroes for hire. Treated more like reality TV stars than heroes, the NEXT follow their good deeds on a television network, and the “season finale” promises one lucky hero the title of “King of Heroes.”
The whole balance is upset when two heroes with the same power team up to work together. Unfortunately, they have completely different ideas of what it means to be a hero, with Kotetsu Kaburagi as the hardened veteran and Barnaby Brooks, Jr. as the wide-eyed newcomer. With engaging visuals and an original story, tiger and rabbitSeason 2 will undoubtedly be worth the wait.
Tiger & Bunny Season 2 premieres on Netflix on April 8.
Green Eggs and Ham: Second Serving Brings Dr. Seuss Characters to Life
Nothing signifies quite the whimsy and imagination of childhood quite like the works of Dr. Seuss. With countless book titles, live-action movies, and cartoons fleshing out the author’s creations, it’s no surprise it works like Green Eggs & Ham have a timeless appeal both to children introduced to the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss and to their parents who grew up exploring it. Beginning its second season, Green eggs and ham: the second portion takes viewers back to the world of Sam and his friends, who, like him, enjoy huge helpings of green eggs and ham. Only this time things get slightly complicated when international super spies and a mystery are thrown into the mix.
Green Eggs & Ham: The Second Serving premieres on Netflix on April 8.
The bad guys follow the big bad wolf gone good
In an age dominated by many movies and shows released exclusively on streaming services, it’s high time for moviegoers to support the industry by seeing movies premiering in theaters. Luckily, that opportunity will come sooner rather than later for Dreamworks. The villains.
When you think of “bad” animals, creatures like sharks, snakes, and spiders are probably among the first to come to mind. Unfortunately, Mr. Snake, Ms. Tarantula, Mr. Shark and their crew have taken public opinion to heart, carrying out numerous heists and becoming a group that proudly wears the badge of “Bad Guys”. That is until their fearless leader, Mr. Wolf, decides they must become model citizens to avoid time in prison. With a well-known voice cast, innovative animation and a creative twist on the Big Bad Wolf, The villains seems like a feel-good movie that people of all ages can enjoy.
The Villains premieres in theaters on April 22.
Bubble brings Parkour to the anime world
Made by the same minds behind The attack of the Titans and Death threat, this Netflix Original animated film seeks to set the bar high for future streaming-exclusive anime. After teenagers Hibiki and Uta, Bubble explores a post-apocalyptic Tokyo populated only by groups of parkour enthusiasts enjoying the mystical bubbles floating around that seem to disable the effects of gravity. Romance, adventure, and unexplainable powers are anime staples, but what seems to be unfolding Bubble aside from its stunning visual design. From the trailer alone, it’s clear that the production team went above and beyond to create an immersive world that has an optimistic tone for the future of modern anime, and the plot seems to adhere to a similar standard.
Bubble will premiere on Netflix on April 28.
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