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)”

Hellsing

Hellsing 2001 Hellsing is something of a classic anime series and it definitely has some really killer elements… but as a whole it doesn’t quite live up to its reputation for me. That’s not to say that I didn’t really enjoy some episodes or that I think it’s bad series, but the show strays betweenContinue reading “Hellsing”

Sword of the Stranger (Sutorenjia Mukōhadan, Stranger Mukōhadan)

Sword of the Stranger (Sutorenjia Mukōhadan, Stranger Mukōhadan) 2007 As I’ve probably made clear here on the blog before, I’m most likely going to automatically warm to a series or film if it’s set in a historical period. That does blunt my capacity for critical review of course, but I hope I can still atContinue reading “Sword of the Stranger (Sutorenjia Mukōhadan, Stranger Mukōhadan)”

Abandoned #3 (The Rising of the Shield Hero, Inuyasha & Kabaneri of the Iron Rortress: Battle of Unato)

The Rising of the Shield Hero (2019) Portal fantasy is a classic genre and can be perfect for a writer to deliver exposition – naturally, the visiting character needs most things explained and at the same time, the viewer gets the info. That’s why I like such shows in a way, because they’re up frontContinue reading “Abandoned #3 (The Rising of the Shield Hero, Inuyasha & Kabaneri of the Iron Rortress: Battle of Unato)”

Howl’s Moving Castle (Hauru no ugoku shiro)

Howl’s Moving Castle (Hauru no ugoku shiro)(2004) Miyazaki and the Ghibli team are almost always stellar at adaptation. Very occasionally, I wish they worked a little more with original stories over the course of their run, but I’ll set that aside for this post 🙂 Howl’s… was first (and still is) a fantastic, semi-satirical andContinue reading “Howl’s Moving Castle (Hauru no ugoku shiro)”

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…””

Origin: Spirits of the Past (Gin’iro no Kami no Agito)

Origin: Spirits of the Past (Gin’iro no Kami no Agito) 2006 In the years after Spirited Away won its Oscar it seemed that mainstream western journalists and reviewers suddenly had a benchmark they could refer back to in order to measure any subsequent release against – and I understand, it’s a clear reference and hallmarkContinue reading “Origin: Spirits of the Past (Gin’iro no Kami no Agito)”

Metropolis (Metoroporisu)

Metropolis (Metoroporisu) 2001 Metropolis was fascinating and I know I’ll watch it again – mostly for the visuals and direction rather than the story perhaps (which is kinda conventional but not boring by any stretch). But setting that aside for a moment, another aspect that I found really interesting was the many links to oneContinue reading “Metropolis (Metoroporisu)”

Jyu-Oh-Sei (Jū Ō Sei)

Jyu-Oh-Sei (Jū Ō Sei) 2006 I felt like I could always see where the storyline to Jyu-Oh-Sei/Planet of the Beast King had been compressed for the purpose of the adaptation, which is a real shame because it missed out on being ‘great’ instead of ‘good’ for me, due to that. Now, I know I’ve saidContinue reading “Jyu-Oh-Sei (Jū Ō Sei)”

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