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)”

Pom Poko (Heisei Tanuki Gassen Ponpoko)

Pom Poko (Heisei Tanuki Gassen Ponpoko) 1994 I guess you could say Pom Poko appeared right in the middle of a golden period for Ghibli, and from a production standpoint it’s just as wonderfully animated as any others from the time. I also think it’s probably just as (or more) imaginative to my eye, inContinue reading “Pom Poko (Heisei Tanuki Gassen Ponpoko)”

The Pagemaster (1994)

The Pagemaster (1994) This was a fascinating look back at something I was certain I’d seen as a kid but when I watched it recently, I realised I had very few memories of it whatsoever. While The Pagemaster is definitely an animated film it does have some live-action bookending, and while there’s obviously a purposeContinue reading “The Pagemaster (1994)”

Ellcia (Gensō Jodan Elicia)

Ellcia is, for me, a somewhat standard ‘chosen one’ story with a few surprises nevertheless. It never gripped me but I still enjoyed it; there’s a nice mix of humour and action throughout, along with some striking visuals, even if the animation isn’t through-the-roof-good. I also enjoyed the way the storyline opened up a littleContinue reading “Ellcia (Gensō Jodan Elicia)”

Twitter Meme “Anime I…”

So, this was just a fleeting but fun meme doing the rounds on Twitter the other day but I didn’t end up posting there because I was too slow but also because the platform is rather ‘cramped’ when it comes to sharing reasons behind your choices 😀 And so, here’s that meme – the bareContinue reading “Twitter Meme “Anime I…””

Memories 1995

Memories (1995) Katsuhiro Otomo had been involved with two other anthologies (and one afterwards) prior to Memories, and while I’m still hunting down Neo Tokyo, I’m pretty confident in saying that Memories will remain my favourite. And maybe there’s a certain amount of nostalgia in that – some of the stuff we see as teenagersContinue reading “Memories 1995”

The Irresponsible Captain Tylor (Musekinin Kanchō Tairā)

The Irresponsible Captain Tylor (Musekinin Kanchō Tairā) 1993 By the end of The Irresponsible Captain Tylor I’d grown pretty fond of the characters – despite what felt like a bit of a hit and miss (even juvenile) opening episode or two. While the series is definitely a space opera, the comedic elements tend to comeContinue reading “The Irresponsible Captain Tylor (Musekinin Kanchō Tairā)”

Iria: Zeiram the Animation (I.R.I.A. Zeiramu Ji Animēshon)

Iria: Zeiram the Animation (I.R.I.A. Zeiramu Ji Animēshon) 1994 This short OVA series serves as a prequel, kinda, to the sci-fi/comedy/action film Zeriam from 1991 which, based on my quick comparison via youtube (which was not in any way comprehensive btw) has a kinda Power Rangers feel, though it’s not pitched at young folks either.Continue reading “Iria: Zeiram the Animation (I.R.I.A. Zeiramu Ji Animēshon)”

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