The Boy and the Beast (Bakemono no Ko)

The Boy and the Beast (Bakemono no Ko) 2015 Before Makoto Shinkai was dubbed ‘the next Miyazaki’ that (possibly unwelcome) title was given to Mamoru Hosoda. I can’t remember exactly when it was that such claims started but maybe around 2006 when The Girl Who Leapt Through Time first made waves? Obviously Hasoda wasn’t theContinue reading “The Boy and the Beast (Bakemono no Ko)”

Garden of Words (Kotonoha no Niwa)

Garden of Words (Kotonoha no Niwa) 2013 If you’re a Makoto Shinkai fan and for some reason you’ve overlooked Garden of Words I reckon you should rectify that and take a look. The movie is shorter than a feature film but that compressed the storytelling and worked really well for me, so it felt likeContinue reading “Garden of Words (Kotonoha no Niwa)”

From Up on Poppy Hill (Kokuriko-zaka Kara)

From Up on Poppy Hill (Kokuriko-zaka Kara) 2011 I came quite late to Studio Ghibli – my first experience being Spirited Away, and only then on DVD a couple of years after the dub was released – and so when From Up on Poppy Hill was screened at a festival back in 2013, I jumpedContinue reading “From Up on Poppy Hill (Kokuriko-zaka Kara)”

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