Abandoned #6 (Ga-Rei: Zero, Ghost in the Shell: SAC 2045 & El Cazador de la Bruja)

Welcome to my 6th ‘Abandoned’ post and of course, my usual disclaimer that I might come back to these one day! Ga-Rei: Zero (2008) During my slump the other month (when I was having a lot of trouble finishing things) I started and abandoned various anime and Ga-Rei: Zero was one of them. I’ve seenContinue reading “Abandoned #6 (Ga-Rei: Zero, Ghost in the Shell: SAC 2045 & El Cazador de la Bruja)”

Eat-Man / Eat-Man ’98

How’s this for a fun premise? Strong-silent-type mercenary who can recreate anything he eats wanders around a cyberpunk/dystopian/fantastic world taking on all kinds of jobs! Well, both adaptations of Eat-Man are indeed that – but I’ve been having trouble deciding precisely how I responded to them. They were only made a year apart and bothContinue reading “Eat-Man / Eat-Man ’98”

8 Man After (1993)

8 Man After is a short OVA series that I’d recommend to cyberpunk fans or folks who collect 1990s anime – especially if you crave a bit of violence, as it has what might now be called an ‘old-school’ violent anime feel. However, it’s not R-rated or anything, and there is a bit of characterContinue reading “8 Man After (1993)”

Psycho-Pass (Saiko Pasu)

Psycho-Pass (Saiko Pasu) 2012 I thought I’d try to avoid a long, rambling preamble for a change and instead take a shot at summing up my response to the show in a few words – disturbing, fascinating and mostly compelling. While it actually took me months to finish Psycho-Pass (usually watching one or a fewContinue reading “Psycho-Pass (Saiko Pasu)”

Appleseed (Appurushīdo) (1988)

Appleseed (Appurushīdo) (1988) Some classics hold their status by virtue of reaching certain storytelling spaces early, by being perhaps more influential rather than brilliant in their own right. I’d argue that the 1988 OVA adaptation of Masamune Shirow’s manga fits that mold pretty neatly, since so many tropes, settings and ideas have carried forth wellContinue reading “Appleseed (Appurushīdo) (1988)”

Appleseed (Appurushīdo)

Appleseed Appurushīdo (2004) Okay, so it’s going to sound like I’ve got an axe to grind when it comes to early CGI… and maybe I do, I guess? I do remember being thrilled with the visuals when Appleseed (2004) was brand new but the work of such early innovators are sometimes sorta ‘punished’ when theContinue reading “Appleseed (Appurushīdo)”

Armitage III (Amitēji Za Sādo)

The late 1980s up to the mid 1990s represented a real peak of cyberpunk in anime, with the obvious giant that is Ghost in the Shell joined by Bubblegum Crisis, Appleseed and Battle Angel etc but one OVA that can go overlooked seems to be Armitage III. Armitage III (Amitēji Za Sādo)1995 I think IContinue reading “Armitage III (Amitēji Za Sādo)”

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (Inosensu)

Following up a landmark film like Ghost in the Shell (1995) surely would have been daunting – and maybe exciting too – even for an ace team who’d worked on the first film, but if you’re thinking of watching this one, I reckon you’ll quickly see where Innocence takes a lot of steps to bothContinue reading “Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (Inosensu)”

Battle Angel (Ganmu)

Until the start of this year I’d never seen Ganmu – which I realised was odd, since I do consider myself a cyberpunk fan. At the time, the then upcoming live-action remake (Alita) prompted me to finally see Battle Angel and while I still haven’t seen the CGI-version, I did at last watch the OVA.Continue reading “Battle Angel (Ganmu)”