Kurogane Communication (Kurogane Komyunikeishon)

The first thing that struck me about Kurogane Communication was how clearly it evokes great robot-focused films of the past. There’s obviously a nod to Terminator in the form of Reeves (and maybe Robocop for Honi) but Ghost in the Shell is probably the text that’s referenced most often – from Major to the PuppetContinue reading “Kurogane Communication (Kurogane Komyunikeishon)”

Trigun: Badlands Rumble (Toraigan baddorando ranburu)

Trigun: Badlands Rumble (Toraigan baddorando ranburu) 2010 I’m sure I’ve led a review with something like the following statement before, but I imagine following up on a classic, even with the same team, must be both exciting and daunting. For me, I feel like Trigun: Badlands Rumble had a lot of the familiar elements IContinue reading “Trigun: Badlands Rumble (Toraigan baddorando ranburu)”

The Cat Returns (Neko no Ongaeshi)

The Cat Returns (Neko no Ongaeshi) 2002 After 1995’s Whisper of the Heart I imagine at least a few folks were saying ‘I wish we could read one of Shizuku’s stories about Baron’ and luckily, that’s the premise of The Cat Returns. It’s a loose sequel to Whisper of the Heart (as the carry-over charactersContinue reading “The Cat Returns (Neko no Ongaeshi)”

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (Banpaia Hantā Dī: Buraddorasuto)

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (Banpaia Hantā Dī: Buraddorasuto) 2000 Even today, nearly twenty years after the release of Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, I’m still fascinated by the fact that the English dub was done first. And, twenty years later and I’ve still never heard the Japanese cast 🙂 Finishing the English voice acting first wasContinue reading “Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (Banpaia Hantā Dī: Buraddorasuto)”

Wolf Children (Ōkami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki)

Wolf Children (Ōkami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki) 2012 Another blockbuster from Mamoru Hosoda, though it’s far deeper into tear-jerker territory than his previous film, Summer Wars. But soon after that movie’s success Hosoda left Madhouse to create Studio Chizu, and Wolf Children was the first feature made by his new studio. My anticipation wasContinue reading “Wolf Children (Ōkami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki)”

When can I say something is a classic?

So, when can I actually say something is a classic? The glib answer is whenever I want, of course 😀 But while working on a semi-functional menu for the Review Heap and checking over some of my tags – I saw one that caught my eye: classic. Of course, I instantly began to doubt myself,Continue reading “When can I say something is a classic?”

Gude Crest – The Emblem of Gude (Onna Senshi Efe & Jīra: Gūde no Monshō)

Gude Crest – The Emblem of Gude (Onna Senshi Efe & Jīra: Gūde no Monshō) 1990 Gude Crest is a JC Staff one-shot OVA. It’s based on the high fantasy novels of Hikawa Reiko’s (Onna senshi Efera & Jiriora, 1989 -) and at 45 mins it really zooms through the story, so that’s a plusContinue reading “Gude Crest – The Emblem of Gude (Onna Senshi Efe & Jīra: Gūde no Monshō)”

Porco Rosso (Kurenai no Buta)

Porco Rosso (Kurenai no Buta) 1992 Ah, the Crimson Pig – another classic Ghibli film, and another chance for Miyazaki to explore romance and the thrill of flight, along with the planes themselves too. Having opened with that statement I’ll quickly add that Porco Rosso is still most definitely an action film but there’s aContinue reading “Porco Rosso (Kurenai no Buta)”

No Guns Life (Nō Ganzu Raifu) (3)

No Guns Life (Nō Ganzu Raifu) 2019 Continuing my ‘not an episode review’ posts 🙂 Just finished 4,5 & 6 and very happy that Tetsurou got at least something in the way of a consequence for his stunt and seeing Juzo’s ‘head gun’ in action was impressive – I actually didn’t think it would beContinue reading “No Guns Life (Nō Ganzu Raifu) (3)”

Stein’s Gate (Shutainzu Gēto)

Stein’s Gate (Shutainzu Gēto) 2011 Game adaptations that work exceptionally well as film or longer narratives feel rare to me – but maybe that’s a reflection of my limited knowledge of animation that falls into that range? Either way, I think this series is outstanding. It’s rightly considered a classic of speculative fiction and anime;Continue reading “Stein’s Gate (Shutainzu Gēto)”

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