Sit back, Relax, and Bask in Some of the Best Anime Cinema at The Modern

One of the biggest and most fist-shaking misconceptions about anime is that it’s just for children. In a discussion of anime, Pokémon and Dragonball Z are often the first names to come up. It’s sadder than a Weeping Willow.

Sure, a lot of — and perhaps most — anime is aimed at kids, but there's also a large number created for adults. Take two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises, for example, about Jiro Horikoshi, who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II. Or Grave of the Fireflies (a novel adapted for the screen and directed by Oscar-nominee Isao Takahata), another film set in World War II that follows two kids struggling to survive after an American firebombing. If you have a soul, this one will surely shake it.

These are just two crash-course examples for the folks out there who aren’t well-versed in the world of anime films. There are so many more that will leave you slack-jawed, but Wind Rises and Grave of the Fireflies are a terrific start.

What this means for you: The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is showing these two films, along with several others, as part of their series The Art of Japanese Animation, which begins this weekend and will run throughout August. It’s a mini-film festival showcasing some of the most groundbreaking anime in the world of cinema, most suitable for children, and all enjoyable for adults with imaginations.

On deck: the two aforementioned titles, Satoshi Kon’s Millennium Actress and Paprika (a film fans of Christopher Nolan’s Inception will fancy); Ponyo (another film made by Miyazaki, perhaps the most prominent figure in anime cinema — if his name is attached to it, you can count on it being solid gold); Mamoru Hosoda’s Summer Wars and Wolf Children; Rintaro’s Metropolis (not to be confused with Fritz Lang’s 1927 masterpiece of the same name); and the film that got Takahata his first Oscar nomination, The Tale of Princess Kaguya.

Tickets are cheap and this is a great way to show your children or sweet honey some of the smartest, most beautiful and acclaimed anime films of all time. Every single title has won multiple awards, so have faith in knowing there are good reasons why these were selected.

Tickets are $9 ($8 for Modern members, $5 for children under 12). For showtimes and to purchase, visit themodern.org.

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