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)”

Ushio and Tora (Ushio to Tora) – Part Three: Visual Comparison

Ushio and Tora (Ushio to Tora) – Part Three: Visual Comparison I don’t have a particular plan or structure for this post – it’ll mostly just be me pointing out what I think are interesting differences in art styles and approaches between the two series. Not every scene is an exact one-to-one comparison either, thoughContinue reading “Ushio and Tora (Ushio to Tora) – Part Three: Visual Comparison”

Ushio and Tora (Ushio to Tora) – Part Two: 2015

Ushio and Tora (Ushio to Tora) – Part Two: 2015 Let’s jump forward 23 years (to what is now nearly 5 years ago actually) and land in 2015 for the proper adaptation of Ushio and Tora. And I say ‘proper’ not due to any perceived importance placed on the notion of fidelity to source material,Continue reading “Ushio and Tora (Ushio to Tora) – Part Two: 2015”

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)”

Pom Poko (Heisei Tanuki Gassen Ponpoko)

Pom Poko (Heisei Tanuki Gassen Ponpoko) 1994 I guess you could say Pom Poko appeared right in the middle of a golden period for Ghibli, and from a production standpoint it’s just as wonderfully animated as any others from the time. I also think it’s probably just as (or more) imaginative to my eye, inContinue reading “Pom Poko (Heisei Tanuki Gassen Ponpoko)”

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)”

Ellcia (Gensō Jodan Elicia)

Ellcia is, for me, a somewhat standard ‘chosen one’ story with a few surprises nevertheless. Ellcia (Gensō Jodan Elicia) 1992 It never gripped me but I still enjoyed it; there’s a nice mix of humour and action throughout, along with some striking visuals, even if the animation isn’t through-the-roof-good. I also enjoyed the way theContinue reading “Ellcia (Gensō Jodan Elicia)”

Memories 1995

Memories (1995) Katsuhiro Otomo had been involved with two other anthologies (and one afterwards) prior to Memories, and while I’m still hunting down Neo Tokyo, I’m pretty confident in saying that Memories will remain my favourite. And maybe there’s a certain amount of nostalgia in that – some of the stuff we see as teenagersContinue reading “Memories 1995”

The Irresponsible Captain Tylor (Musekinin Kanchō Tairā)

The Irresponsible Captain Tylor (Musekinin Kanchō Tairā) 1993 By the end of The Irresponsible Captain Tylor I’d grown pretty fond of the characters – despite what felt like a bit of a hit and miss (even juvenile) opening episode or two. While the series is definitely a space opera, the comedic elements tend to comeContinue reading “The Irresponsible Captain Tylor (Musekinin Kanchō Tairā)”

Blood Blockade Battlefront (Kekkai Sensen)

This’ll be a fairly short review today but it’s still a great watch, I reckon. Blood Blockade Battlefront (Kekkai Sensen) 2017 As Trigun fan I was curious about Blood… when I first heard about it; it’s a couple of years old now but I remember being excited too – I was expecting action and YasuhiroContinue reading “Blood Blockade Battlefront (Kekkai Sensen)”

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