The Cat Returns (Neko no Ongaeshi)

The Cat Returns (Neko no Ongaeshi) 2002 After 1995’s Whisper of the Heart I imagine at least a few folks were saying ‘I wish we could read one of Shizuku’s stories about Baron’ and luckily, that’s the premise of The Cat Returns. It’s a loose sequel to Whisper of the Heart (as the carry-over charactersContinue reading “The Cat Returns (Neko no Ongaeshi)”

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)”

Laputa: Castle in the Sky (Tenkū no Shiro Rapyuta)

Laputa: Castle in the Sky (Tenkū no Shiro Rapyuta) 1986 The first official Ghibli film, Laputa: Castle in the Sky is a steampunk adventure that will feel similar in some ways to Miyazaki’s previous epic, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, though Castle in the Sky is overall, a lighter story due to theContinue reading “Laputa: Castle in the Sky (Tenkū no Shiro Rapyuta)”

Tintin in Tibet (Tintin au Tibet)

Perhaps the most emotional volume in Herge’s Tintin series, Tintin in Tibet (1960) is certainly the one I’ve read the most times. Perhaps there isn’t as much action as usual, but with its mystery woven around a heartfelt storyline that sees Tintin and Haddock searching the snowy mountains of Tibet for Tintin’s friend Chang, it’sContinue reading “Tintin in Tibet (Tintin au Tibet)”

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)”

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)”

The Pagemaster (1994)

The Pagemaster (1994) This was a fascinating look back at something I was certain I’d seen as a kid but when I watched it recently, I realised I had very few memories of it whatsoever. While The Pagemaster is definitely an animated film it does have some live-action bookending, and while there’s obviously a purposeContinue reading “The Pagemaster (1994)”

Granblue Fantasy The Animation (Guranburū Fantajī Ji Animēshon)

Granblue Fantasy The Animation (Guranburū Fantajī Ji Animēshon) 2017 Granblue Fantasy is a fun (if too-short) fantasy-adventure series but thankfully there’s another season coming, which should continue the main storyline. It’s a bright, kinda cheerful animation that seems to really evoke the game’s characters, setting and feel – though I’m not able to do muchContinue reading “Granblue Fantasy The Animation (Guranburū Fantajī Ji Animēshon)”

Made in Abyss (Meido in Abisu)

Made in Abyss (Meido in Abisu) 2017 The story follows an orphaned young girl, Riko, who finds and befriends a humanoid robot Reg and descends with it into the titular “Abyss”, that leads deep into the Earth, in hopes of finding her mother. (wiki blurb) So, an adventure into a dangerous abyss that mixes fantasyContinue reading “Made in Abyss (Meido in Abisu)”

Big Fish & Begonia (Dàyú hǎitáng)

Big Fish & Begonia (Dàyú hǎitáng) 2016 My knowledge of Chinese animation history is tiny so I have nothing to compare Big Fish & Begonia to, which is not a bad thing exactly, but I do like to be able to contextualise a film a little when I do a write up. So, while IContinue reading “Big Fish & Begonia (Dàyú hǎitáng)”

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