No Guns Life (Nō Ganzu Raifu) (6)

No Guns Life (Nō Ganzu Raifu) 2019 And now to the final in a series of ‘not an episode review’ posts – this time it’s episodes 11 and 12: First thing I noticed was that perhaps this mid-point doesn’t have a really big cliffhanger to tide everyone over until April – but it still hasContinue reading “No Guns Life (Nō Ganzu Raifu) (6)”

Granblue Fantasy The Animation Season 2 (Guranburū Fantajī Ji Animēshon)

Granblue Fantasy The Animation S2 (Guranburū Fantajī Ji Animēshon) 2019 Only a few episodes in and I realised that the pacing of the series was going to really stretch. I know it’s a big story, and I certainly don’t mind a few side-quests or the delving into backstory of characters (like in the Katalina episodes)Continue reading “Granblue Fantasy The Animation Season 2 (Guranburū Fantajī Ji Animēshon)”

Un-Go (2011)

Un-Go (2011) This series was fascinating. It’s hard for me to accurately describe why I found it so – probably because of the contradictions within. On one hand Un-Go feels like an uneven detective series and on the other it feels like an uneven philosophical text… and on the other hand it’s aesthetically pleasing, evenContinue reading “Un-Go (2011)”

Short Peace (Shōto Pīsu)

Short Peace (Shōto Pīsu) 2013 The most recent anthology-style project from Katsuhiro Otomo is Short Peace. It was released a few years back now and it’s conceptually a little different from previous ones (like Robot Carnival or Memories) in that it includes a PS3 game released in conjunction. But since I’ve never played Ranko Tsukigime’sContinue reading “Short Peace (Shōto Pīsu)”

No Guns Life (Nō Ganzu Raifu) (5)

No Guns Life (Nō Ganzu Raifu) 2019 Fifth in a series of ‘not an episode review’ posts – this time it’s episodes 9 and 10: So far there’s been zero follow-up on Olivier and so I’m not sure what the show wants us to assume about her at this point, and the Colt storyline wasContinue reading “No Guns Life (Nō Ganzu Raifu) (5)”

Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai)

Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai) 2011 One day I’ll run out of shows I’ve seen and then I’ll have to focus more on new stuff – but until that moment, here’s another ‘older’ series. And for a change, I’ll try and keepContinue reading “Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai)”

Ushio and Tora (Ushio to Tora) – Part Three: Visual Comparison

Ushio and Tora (Ushio to Tora) – Part Three: Visual Comparison I don’t have a particular plan or structure for this post – it’ll mostly just be me pointing out what I think are interesting differences in art styles and approaches between the two series. Not every scene is an exact one-to-one comparison either, thoughContinue reading “Ushio and Tora (Ushio to Tora) – Part Three: Visual Comparison”

Ushio and Tora (Ushio to Tora) – Part Two: 2015

Ushio and Tora (Ushio to Tora) – Part Two: 2015 Let’s jump forward 23 years (to what is now nearly 5 years ago actually) and land in 2015 for the proper adaptation of Ushio and Tora. And I say ‘proper’ not due to any perceived importance placed on the notion of fidelity to source material,Continue reading “Ushio and Tora (Ushio to Tora) – Part Two: 2015”

Children Who Chase Lost Voices (Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo)

Children Who Chase Lost Voices (Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo) 2011 I think Children Who Case Lost Voices stands out in Makoto Shinkai’s filmography as the one with the biggest scope. To date, it’s also his last ‘adventure’ story perhaps, since the movies that followed put relationships in the foreground. Children Who Case Lost Voices isContinue reading “Children Who Chase Lost Voices (Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo)”

No Guns Life (Nō Ganzu Raifu) (4)

No Guns Life (Nō Ganzu Raifu) 2019 The fourth of my ‘not an episode review’ posts focusing on this series: I’ve only seen 1-7 now but the last two episodes definitely upped the ante. Happy to get some backstory for Olivier and also receive a few more answers re: Tindalos too. Despite the deepening intrigueContinue reading “No Guns Life (Nō Ganzu Raifu) (4)”

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