Promare (2019) Whenever folks complain about CGI in anime (as I sometimes certainly do) it’s not about this level of application and integration, I hope. Promare looks amazing, and some scenes are burnt into my memory I reckon – two of which I’ll mention below. There is definitely a lot to like if you’re aContinue reading “Promare”

Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet (Suisei no Gargantia)

Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet (Suisei no Gargantia) 2013 Once again, I’m going to fight my urge to ramble here – so, that means just a few paragraphs now, focusing on Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet this time. If you’ve never come across this series I think I’ll mention that it stands out in theContinue reading “Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet (Suisei no Gargantia)”

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”

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)”

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)”

Abandoned #4 (Dr Stone, Fire Force & Cop Craft)

This post probably won’t be as inflammatory as it would seem by the title – considering some of my motivations here stem from a kind of apathy perhaps, rather than strong dislike. Dr Stone (2019) I was onboard with pretty much everything for the first few episodes – bold visuals and an interesting scenario withContinue reading “Abandoned #4 (Dr Stone, Fire Force & Cop Craft)”


Redline (2009) Redline is intense – scorching racing with scorching pacing to go with it, and a bold art style that is fascinatingly ‘not-anime’ yet also completely so. I don’t have a lot of knowledge when it comes to the racing genre so I can’t offer much in the way of context, but I suspectContinue reading “Redline”

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”

A Tree of Palme (Parumu no Ki)

A Tree of Palme (Parumu no Ki) 2002 Over at Iridium Eye Reviews a little while back I was talking with Curtis about A Tree of Palme and he described it as an ‘avant-garde anime Pinocchio’ and I reckon that’s a spot-on description of the film, so I’d like to borrow it! (You can checkContinue reading “A Tree of Palme (Parumu no Ki)”