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 Girl who Leapt Through Time (Toki o Kakeru Shōjo)

The Girl who Leapt Through Time (Toki o Kakeru Shōjo) 2006 Before moving to Madhouse, Mamoru Hosoda worked a lot in franchises like Dragonball Z, One Piece and Digimon but for The Girl Who Leapt Through Time he created a loose sequel to the novel of the same name by Yasutaka Tsutsui (who is alsoContinue reading “The Girl who Leapt Through Time (Toki o Kakeru Shōjo)”

No Guns Life (Nō Ganzu Raifu) (6)

No Guns Life (Nō Ganzu Raifu) 2019 And now to the final in a series of ‘not an episode review’ posts – this time it’s episodes 11 and 12: First thing I noticed was that perhaps this mid-point doesn’t have a really big cliffhanger to tide everyone over until April – but it still hasContinue reading “No Guns Life (Nō Ganzu Raifu) (6)”

Un-Go (2011)

Un-Go (2011) This series was fascinating. It’s hard for me to accurately describe why I found it so – probably because of the contradictions within. On one hand Un-Go feels like an uneven detective series and on the other it feels like an uneven philosophical text… and on the other hand it’s aesthetically pleasing, evenContinue reading “Un-Go (2011)”

Outlaw Star (Seihō Bukyō Autorō Sutā)

Outlaw Star (Seihō Bukyō Autorō Sutā) 1998 Space Opera is one of my favourite genres so I was already pre-disposed toward enjoying Outlaw Star before I saw it, I must admit. And it’s definitely what I was looking for: a fast-paced space adventure that mixes the episodic with over-arching plot but spends a nice amountContinue reading “Outlaw Star (Seihō Bukyō Autorō Sutā)”

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)”

Babel II (Babiru Ni-sei) 1992

Babel II (Babiru Ni-sei) 1992 This is a fast-paced action OVA based on the 1971 manga. It’s also the second of three adaptations of the source material, with a longer series in 1973 and a thirteen episode release in 2001. Here however, the OVA compresses the storyline pretty hard, rushing through events across four episodes.Continue reading “Babel II (Babiru Ni-sei) 1992”

No Guns Life (Nō Ganzu Raifu) (5)

No Guns Life (Nō Ganzu Raifu) 2019 Fifth in a series of ‘not an episode review’ posts – this time it’s episodes 9 and 10: So far there’s been zero follow-up on Olivier and so I’m not sure what the show wants us to assume about her at this point, and the Colt storyline wasContinue reading “No Guns Life (Nō Ganzu Raifu) (5)”

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)”

No Guns Life (Nō Ganzu Raifu) (4)

No Guns Life (Nō Ganzu Raifu) 2019 The fourth of my ‘not an episode review’ posts focusing on this series: I’ve only seen 1-7 now but the last two episodes definitely upped the ante. Happy to get some backstory for Olivier and also receive a few more answers re: Tindalos too. Despite the deepening intrigueContinue reading “No Guns Life (Nō Ganzu Raifu) (4)”

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