Mushi-Shi (2005) [Boxing Day Review]

Mushi-Shi (2005) Mushi-Shi is a series that had been floating around the edges of my awareness for a long time it seemed, and one I finally sought out specifically only last year. As part of my research I looked at blogs and posts from various sites that discussed the show as ‘underrated’ and it seemsContinue reading “Mushi-Shi (2005) [Boxing Day Review]”

Short Peace (Shōto Pīsu)

Short Peace (Shōto Pīsu) 2013 The most recent anthology-style project from Katsuhiro Otomo is Short Peace. It was released a few years back now and it’s conceptually a little different from previous ones (like Robot Carnival or Memories) in that it includes a PS3 game released in conjunction. But since I’ve never played Ranko Tsukigime’sContinue reading “Short Peace (Shōto Pīsu)”

Like the Clouds, Like the Wind (Kumo no yō ni Kaze no yō ni)

Like the Clouds, Like the Wind (Kumo no yō ni Kaze no yō ni) 1990 Like the Clouds, Like the Wind has a bit of a history as a ‘mistaken Ghibli film’ and if you’ve done any reading about it you’ll be aware that Katsuya Kondō’s memorable character designs were a part of that misconception.Continue reading “Like the Clouds, Like the Wind (Kumo no yō ni Kaze no yō ni)”

Porco Rosso (Kurenai no Buta)

Porco Rosso (Kurenai no Buta) 1992 Ah, the Crimson Pig – another classic Ghibli film, and another chance for Miyazaki to explore romance and the thrill of flight, along with the planes themselves too. Having opened with that statement I’ll quickly add that Porco Rosso is still most definitely an action film but there’s aContinue reading “Porco Rosso (Kurenai no Buta)”

Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai)

Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai) 2015 I definitely enjoyed this film, as I tend to gravitate toward stories that are about artists of just about any form, but this was bright and memorable for me in terms of visuals and characters too, if not the storyline, precisely. More on that below however. Obviously I’m hardlyContinue reading “Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai)”

Sword of the Stranger (Sutorenjia Mukōhadan, Stranger Mukōhadan)

Sword of the Stranger (Sutorenjia Mukōhadan, Stranger Mukōhadan) 2007 As I’ve probably made clear here on the blog before, I’m most likely going to automatically warm to a series or film if it’s set in a historical period. That does blunt my capacity for critical review of course, but I hope I can still atContinue reading “Sword of the Stranger (Sutorenjia Mukōhadan, Stranger Mukōhadan)”

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)”

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit (Seirei no Moribito)

Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit (Seirei no Moribito) 2007 I suspect some folks would have felt that Moribio was a slow series but I’m pretty comfortable dismissing that notion – character development doesn’t equal ‘slow’ for me 😀 In fact, there’s plenty of fight sequences and interesting magic too, along with enough secrets and characterContinue reading “Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit (Seirei no Moribito)”

Empire of Corpses (Shisha no Teikoku)

Empire of Corpses (Shisha no Teikoku) 2015 I was only vaguely aware of this film up until last year – but the cover art of the DVD caught my eye and then upon doing a little reading I found out that the writer ‘Project Itoh’ had certainly been a significant voice in Japanese speculative fictionContinue reading “Empire of Corpses (Shisha no Teikoku)”

Millennium Actress (Sennen Joyū)

Millennium Actress (Sennen Joyū) 2002 I still feel sad that fans will never see another Satoshi Kon film – but at least I can still re-watch the ones he made. Millennium Actress is one that’s sometimes described as a mirror of Kon’s far darker Perfect Blue, but this one’s no stroll in the park either,Continue reading “Millennium Actress (Sennen Joyū)”

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