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”

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)”

Angel’s Egg (Tenshi no Tamago)

Mamoru Oshii is quoted as saying that Angel’s Egg “kept [me] from getting work for years” and that makes me kinda sad to read even now, years after his career skyrocketed. Angel’s Egg (Tenshi no Tamago) 1985 I do see why it freaked out the studio suits – but it’s a beautiful film that deservedContinue reading “Angel’s Egg (Tenshi no Tamago)”

Expelled from Paradise (Rakuen Tsuihō)

Expelled from Paradise (Rakuen Tsuihō) 2014 More science-fiction! So, if you haven’t seen Expelled from Paradise I’d say this film strikes a balance between overpowered robots, cyber investigation, fan-service and good old fashioned post-apocalyptic stuff – yet it’s not precisely part of the mecha-sub genre. It also spends a bit of time exploring personhood, whichContinue reading “Expelled from Paradise (Rakuen Tsuihō)”

Revisions (Rivijonzu)

Revisions (Rivijonzu) 2019 Sometimes I find myself being a little harder on recent shows if they don’t break a whole lot of new ground. It’s something I don’t like doing actually, I feel like I have to fight that impulse both as a viewer and when reviewing a series, because I don’t think that OriginalityContinue reading “Revisions (Rivijonzu)”

Jyu-Oh-Sei (Jū Ō Sei)

Jyu-Oh-Sei (Jū Ō Sei) 2006 I felt like I could always see where the storyline to Jyu-Oh-Sei/Planet of the Beast King had been compressed for the purpose of the adaptation, which is a real shame because it missed out on being ‘great’ instead of ‘good’ for me, due to that. Now, I know I’ve saidContinue reading “Jyu-Oh-Sei (Jū Ō Sei)”

Wolf’s Rain (Urufuzu Rein)

Wolf’s Rain (Urufuzu Rein) 2004 With so much of the Cowboy Bebop team involved here I felt exactly zero seconds of doubt in terms of whether I’d enjoy Wolf’s Rain. Of course, that shouldn’t be enough by itself – execution matters, right? But Wolf’s Rain definitely works and it’s a great series despite the inclusionContinue reading “Wolf’s Rain (Urufuzu Rein)”

Green Legend Ran (Gurīn Rejendo Ran)

For me, this OVA series was in no way terrible… but it just seemed like it included a really wide range of ideas that didn’t quite come together by the end, and so missed the mark a little for me. Green Legend Ran Gurīn Rejendo Ran (1992) A lot of folks mention the influence ofContinue reading “Green Legend Ran (Gurīn Rejendo Ran)”