Venus Wars (Vinasu Senki)

Venus Wars (Vinasu Senki) 1989 Post Akira fame, I suspect studios felt that there was definitely room for more futuristic dystopian stories with cool bikes and teen rebellion on the big screen. Maybe that helped Venus Wars get the green light back in the late 1980s but setting that aside, I think the manga mustContinue reading “Venus Wars (Vinasu Senki)”

The Sacred Blacksmith (Seiken no Burakkusumisu)

The Sacred Blacksmith (Seiken no Burakkusumisu) 2009 Lots of tropes here! But did that ruin the series for me? No, yet on a related note, if any of the following items bug you, then perhaps don’t rush to The Sacred Blacksmith: classic good vs evil plot, moe character designs, a jerk-ish male lead, a fairlyContinue reading “The Sacred Blacksmith (Seiken no Burakkusumisu)”

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)”

Outlaw Star (Seihō Bukyō Autorō Sutā)

Outlaw Star (Seihō Bukyō Autorō Sutā) 1998 Space Opera is one of my favourite genres so I was already pre-disposed toward enjoying Outlaw Star before I saw it, I must admit. And it’s definitely what I was looking for: a fast-paced space adventure that mixes the episodic with over-arching plot but spends a nice amountContinue reading “Outlaw Star (Seihō Bukyō Autorō Sutā)”

Aladdin (1992)

Aladdin (1992) Disney has seemingly always lumbered along plundering fairy and folk tales, sometimes egregiously and other times in a more transformative, artistic manner, and they’ve been a giant in the animation world for probably more than 70 years* now. Ups and downs coloured that dominance of course and Aladdin landed during one of thoseContinue reading “Aladdin (1992)”

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)”

Babel II (Babiru Ni-sei) 1992

Babel II (Babiru Ni-sei) 1992 This is a fast-paced action OVA based on the 1971 manga. It’s also the second of three adaptations of the source material, with a longer series in 1973 and a thirteen episode release in 2001. Here however, the OVA compresses the storyline pretty hard, rushing through events across four episodes.Continue reading “Babel II (Babiru Ni-sei) 1992”

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)”

Robot Carnival (Robotto Kānibaru)

Robot Carnival (Robotto Kānibaru) 1987 This anthology really started something great and while for me, it’s not as strong minute-to-minute as one of Otomo’s later anthology-releases Memories, it’s still a must-see for fans of anime history, or science-fiction anime. Just like with all anthologies out there, not everyone will enjoy every single short in theContinue reading “Robot Carnival (Robotto Kānibaru)”

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