Arte

It feels like only a few folks are talking about Arte (or I’m just missing the discussions) but I’m glad I stumbled across this show! (I’ve been watching episodes of Arte between Black Lagoon stints, and the contrast is vivid :D) Arte 2020 Arte is a seinen series that should appeal to folks who likeContinue reading “Arte”

Planetarian (ONA)

Planetarian Planetarian is melancholic but still soothing somehow – gentle rain, soft colours in blues and greens, even ‘washed out’ as many of them are, all to really effectively show a city left behind. In fact, the setting is probably my favourite thing about the series but that’s probably just me – what most folksContinue reading “Planetarian (ONA)”

Sands of Destruction (World Destruction: Sekai Bokumetsu no Rokunin)

Sands of Destruction (World Destruction: Sekai Bokumetsu no Rokunin) 2008 Anime adaptations of games seem generally fraught with risk in my mind – and yet I can’t actually think of a tonne that I’ve seen and disliked, and instead, one obvious success seems to come to mind whenever I do think of games and anime,Continue reading “Sands of Destruction (World Destruction: Sekai Bokumetsu no Rokunin)”

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)”

Ushio and Tora (Ushio to Tora) – Part One: 1992

Ushio and Tora (Ushio to Tora) – Part One: 1992 Time to review one of my favourite shonen series: Ushio and Tora! (Buckle up though – because it’s gonna be three posts worth of rambling :D) Okay, so I’m starting here with the OVA from the 1990s and then I’ll go on to the 2015Continue reading “Ushio and Tora (Ushio to Tora) – Part One: 1992”

Like the Clouds, Like the Wind (Kumo no yō ni Kaze no yō ni)

Like the Clouds, Like the Wind (Kumo no yō ni Kaze no yō ni) 1990 Like the Clouds, Like the Wind has a bit of a history as a ‘mistaken Ghibli film’ and if you’ve done any reading about it you’ll be aware that Katsuya Kondō’s memorable character designs were a part of that misconception.Continue reading “Like the Clouds, Like the Wind (Kumo no yō ni Kaze no yō ni)”

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)”