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)”

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)”

Demon Slayer (Kimetsu no Yaiba)

Demon Slayer Kimetsu no Yaiba (2019) If I reduce shonen (at least in a partially tongue-in-cheek way) down to “shouting and fighting” then I’ll end up side-stepping the range of genres, storylines and characters that occur within the boundaries of the age bracket – although with Demon Slayer you’re definitely going to get those thingsContinue reading “Demon Slayer (Kimetsu no Yaiba)”

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit (Seirei no Moribito)

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit (Seirei no Moribito) 2007 I suspect some folks would have felt that Moribio was a slow series but I’m pretty comfortable dismissing that notion – character development doesn’t equal ‘slow’ for me 😀 In fact, there’s plenty of fight sequences and interesting magic too, along with enough secrets and characterContinue reading “Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit (Seirei no Moribito)”

Tales from Earthsea (Gedo Senki)

As much as I enjoyed many things about Tales From Earthsea when I first saw it back in 2007, it took me six years or so to watch it again. I put it off a few times (though I’m curious to watch it again now, which oddly enough – is about six years later onceContinue reading “Tales from Earthsea (Gedo Senki)”

Whisper of the Heart (Mimi o Sumaseba)

Compared to my last Ghibli-related post, this time I’ve chosen a film not directed by Miyazaki (though he did write the script) but instead by Yoshifumi Kondo. Whisper of the Heart is another Ghibli adaptation, this time of a manga written by Aoi Hiiragi. While Whisper of the Heart has less action than early GhibliContinue reading “Whisper of the Heart (Mimi o Sumaseba)”

Claymore (Kureimoa)

If you’ve read about Claymore you’ll know it’s fairly violent and pretty grim. Claymore (Kureimoa) 2007 It’s not without hope however – and heroes do actually exist in the series. And while the muted colour-scheme adds to the oppressive feel of this medieval series, there are some vivid uses of green, pink and blue, thatContinue reading “Claymore (Kureimoa)”

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