Well, June has arrived and, with it, a fresh batch of films for subscribers of Screen Anime! In case you missed it, Screen Anime is a streaming service brought to you by our friends over at Anime Limited and focused on bringing both classic anime films and newer offerings to fans, all for £3.99 a month or £39.99 for a full year.
At their panel at Cloud Matsuri over the weekend, Screen Anime unveiled the film offerings that the service would have for their subscribers starting later on in June. After the initial offering included the excellent films like PROMARE and Penguin Highway, it was tough to see how the service would top themselves.
Fortunately, June is looking real good as well.
Screen Anime June Films
The Anthem of the Heart
Released in 2015 and directed by Tatsuyuki Nagai, this film tells the story of Rin, a young woman who is unable to speak since childhood finding her voice through music. Praised for the characters and the emotional story on display.
Based on the 1993 film of the same name, this 2017 feature was animated by studio Shaft and directed by Nobuyuki Takeuchi. Fireworks is a perfect story for the summer months, one that focuses on young love and the subtle chances that contribute to our path on in the world.
Weathering with You
This film was a huge hit when it was released in 2019 and, while I’ve not had a chance to see it yet, I’ve been warned to bring tissues. Weathering with You was nominated for multiple awards and has a fantastic cast in both the Japanese and English dubs, so it is well worth checking out for a mere £3.99 for the month.
Another recent hit with a lot of hype around it when it was originally released in 2016, this film follows two strangers bound together by a wish that seems to give them glimpses into each other’s lives. Again, this film won multiple awards and features an amazing English cast, so I am looking forward to catching it after I missed seeing it in cinemas.
Its worth noting that every film on offer in June other than The Anthem of the Heart will be available both with the English dub and with the original Japanese dub and English subtitles, so you’ll be able to experience these films how you want to experience them.
Considering the first month featured one of the biggest anime film releases of 2019 and early 2020 in PROMARE, I wasn’t sure how many big releases Screen Anime would be able to make for the upcoming months and how they’d try to keep initial subscribers onboard beyond the initial offering. But these four movies are certainly worth the cost of a month and, if each month dives into the Anime Limited backlog so successfully, this is a really exciting service to get on board with.
These films become available on the Screen Anime streaming service on the 25th of June.