Declined 2023 Oscars nominations for one of anime’s finest films

A new year has arrived, and of course that means there’s another chance for the Oscars to censure some of the best entertainment films. From Jordan Peele’s Nope to The Woman King, a slew of movies were left out of the Oscars nomination pool this year. It’s clear that anime was once again shunned because the medium is treated so much, but this year it stings worse than ever given the existence of Inu-Oh.

And why is that? Coincidentally, Masaaki Yuasa’s movie is just brilliant, even without the complicated story. So if this anime isn’t worthy of an Oscar nomination, what is?

For those unfamiliar with Inu-Oh, the film debuted in early 2022 after a successful launch as the 78th Venice International Film Festival. Based on a Japanese story inked by Hideo Furukawa, Yuasa brings his signature storytelling style to the film. Set in 14th century Japan, the film tells the story of a unique dancer named Inu-Oh who is ostracized for their looks. After befriending a blind musician named Tomona, the pair travel Japan to share their art with the world, regardless of their looks, experiencing highs (and lows) along the way.

From start to finish, Inu-Oh is larger than life, but it celebrates some tranquil themes along the way. The best word to describe the film is extravagant, and critics quickly agreed. With a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Inu-Oh is one of the best animated films of 2022… but the Oscars certainly didn’t make the memo. So if you want to treat yourself to a visual feast, then we recommend checking out Inu-Oh as soon as possible!

Do you think Inu-Oh should have been on the nomination list? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below or give me a call on Twitter @Megan Peters CB.

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