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)”

Anastasia (1997)

Anastasia (1997) Anastasia could be called an animated musical or an alternate history, a fantasy perhaps, and any of those labels seem pretty fitting to me, but I’d argue it’s a drama before the others – though there is somewhat Disney-like magic here as well. And while I definitely don’t have much knowledge of GrandContinue reading “Anastasia (1997)”

Laputa: Castle in the Sky (Tenkū no Shiro Rapyuta)

Laputa: Castle in the Sky (Tenkū no Shiro Rapyuta) 1986 The first official Ghibli film, Laputa: Castle in the Sky is a steampunk adventure that will feel similar in some ways to Miyazaki’s previous epic, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, though Castle in the Sky is overall, a lighter story due to theContinue reading “Laputa: Castle in the Sky (Tenkū no Shiro Rapyuta)”

Modest Heroes (Chīsana Eiyū: Kani to Tamago to Tōmei Ningen)

Modest Heroes (Chīsana Eiyū: Kani to Tamago to Tōmei Ningen) 2018 I hope interest in Studio Ponoc stays high as we’re now nearly three years out from their first feature and a year on from Modest Heroes, the first in a series of shorts. And while I’m personally a bit wary of commissions from giantContinue reading “Modest Heroes (Chīsana Eiyū: Kani to Tamago to Tōmei Ningen)”

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