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)”

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)”

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)”

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)”

Expelled from Paradise (Rakuen Tsuihō)

Expelled from Paradise (Rakuen Tsuihō) 2014 More science-fiction! So, if you haven’t seen Expelled from Paradise I’d say this film strikes a balance between overpowered robots, cyber investigation, fan-service and good old fashioned post-apocalyptic stuff – yet it’s not precisely part of the mecha-sub genre. It also spends a bit of time exploring personhood, whichContinue reading “Expelled from Paradise (Rakuen Tsuihō)”

Psycho-Pass (Saiko Pasu)

Psycho-Pass (Saiko Pasu) 2012 I thought I’d try to avoid a long, rambling preamble for a change and instead take a shot at summing up my response to the show in a few words – disturbing, fascinating and mostly compelling. While it actually took me months to finish Psycho-Pass (usually watching one or a fewContinue reading “Psycho-Pass (Saiko Pasu)”

Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai)

Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai) 2015 I definitely enjoyed this film, as I tend to gravitate toward stories that are about artists of just about any form, but this was bright and memorable for me in terms of visuals and characters too, if not the storyline, precisely. More on that below however. Obviously I’m hardlyContinue reading “Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai)”

The Boy and the Beast (Bakemono no Ko)

The Boy and the Beast (Bakemono no Ko) 2015 Before Makoto Shinkai was dubbed ‘the next Miyazaki’ that (possibly unwelcome) title was given to Mamoru Hosoda. I can’t remember exactly when it was that such claims started but maybe around 2006 when The Girl Who Leapt Through Time first made waves? Obviously Hasoda wasn’t theContinue reading “The Boy and the Beast (Bakemono no Ko)”

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)”

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