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)”

The Place Promised in Our Early Days (Kumo no Mukō, Yakusoku no Basho)

[A couple of spoilers in this one]*. There are a few Makoto Shinkai works I haven’t seen so far but I’m still comfortable placing this film somewhere between ‘not my favourite of his’ and ‘still beautiful’ though I’m not sure how useful those descriptors are re: ranking. The Place Promised in Our Early Days (KumoContinue reading “The Place Promised in Our Early Days (Kumo no Mukō, Yakusoku no Basho)”

Tokyo Godfathers Review [Collaboration with Curtis from Iridium Eye Reviews]

Greetings! Today I wanted to share my first collaboration post – Curtis and I have teamed up to review and discuss Satoshi Kon’s Tokyo Godfathers 🙂 It was heaps of fun to work together on this and I hope you’ve got a few mins to take a look – and if you’ve never seen theContinue reading “Tokyo Godfathers Review [Collaboration with Curtis from Iridium Eye Reviews]”

Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo

Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo 2004 It must be daunting to take on such a classic – often adapted and widely revered, the Alexander Dumas novel is perhaps the ultimate story of betrayal and revenge. How’s that for a quick introduction for a change? So, if you’re familiar with the specifics of the novelContinue reading “Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo”

Venus Wars (Vinasu Senki)

Venus Wars (Vinasu Senki) 1989 Post Akira fame, I suspect studios felt that there was definitely room for more futuristic dystopian stories with cool bikes and teen rebellion on the big screen. Maybe that helped Venus Wars get the green light back in the late 1980s but setting that aside, I think the manga mustContinue reading “Venus Wars (Vinasu Senki)”

The Sacred Blacksmith (Seiken no Burakkusumisu)

The Sacred Blacksmith (Seiken no Burakkusumisu) 2009 Lots of tropes here! But did that ruin the series for me? No, yet on a related note, if any of the following items bug you, then perhaps don’t rush to The Sacred Blacksmith: classic good vs evil plot, moe character designs, a jerk-ish male lead, a fairlyContinue reading “The Sacred Blacksmith (Seiken no Burakkusumisu)”

The Red Turtle (La Tortue Rouge)

The Red Turtle (La Tortue Rouge) 2016 It’s always exciting to see animation helmed by folks from beyond Japan and the US, since those are the two production locations I’ve been most exposed to. Having said that, Studio Ghibli is a co-producer but the look and feel of this feature film definitely reveals more ofContinue reading “The Red Turtle (La Tortue Rouge)”

Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai)

Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai) 2011 One day I’ll run out of shows I’ve seen and then I’ll have to focus more on new stuff – but until that moment, here’s another ‘older’ series. And for a change, I’ll try and keepContinue reading “Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai)”

Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no Haka)

Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no Haka) 1988 I wanted to watch this again before writing a new review… but I just couldn’t manage it, the story is too harrowing. And I guess, due to that fact, I believe the film does work as an anti-war statement – despite that not being the intent ofContinue reading “Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no Haka)”

Robot Carnival (Robotto Kānibaru)

Robot Carnival (Robotto Kānibaru) 1987 This anthology really started something great and while for me, it’s not as strong minute-to-minute as one of Otomo’s later anthology-releases Memories, it’s still a must-see for fans of anime history, or science-fiction anime. Just like with all anthologies out there, not everyone will enjoy every single short in theContinue reading “Robot Carnival (Robotto Kānibaru)”