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)”

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”

Ushio and Tora (Ushio to Tora) – Part Three: Visual Comparison

Ushio and Tora (Ushio to Tora) – Part Three: Visual Comparison I don’t have a particular plan or structure for this post – it’ll mostly just be me pointing out what I think are interesting differences in art styles and approaches between the two series. Not every scene is an exact one-to-one comparison either, thoughContinue reading “Ushio and Tora (Ushio to Tora) – Part Three: Visual Comparison”

Ushio and Tora (Ushio to Tora) – Part Two: 2015

Ushio and Tora (Ushio to Tora) – Part Two: 2015 Let’s jump forward 23 years (to what is now nearly 5 years ago actually) and land in 2015 for the proper adaptation of Ushio and Tora. And I say ‘proper’ not due to any perceived importance placed on the notion of fidelity to source material,Continue reading “Ushio and Tora (Ushio to Tora) – Part Two: 2015”

Ushio and Tora (Ushio to Tora) – Part One: 1992

Ushio and Tora (Ushio to Tora) – Part One: 1992 Time to review one of my favourite shonen series: Ushio and Tora! (Buckle up though – because it’s gonna be three posts worth of rambling :D) Okay, so I’m starting here with the OVA from the 1990s and then I’ll go on to the 2015Continue reading “Ushio and Tora (Ushio to Tora) – Part One: 1992”

Okko’s Inn (Waka Okami wa Shōgakusei!)

Okko’s Inn (Waka Okami wa Shōgakusei!) 2018 I want to call Okko’s Inn a sweet film but I feel like I’ve used that descriptor far too often lately, and somehow ‘charming’ seems to have subtle hints of condescension? Equally, I reckon ‘lovely’ isn’t quite right either but if you can imagine a word that somehowContinue reading “Okko’s Inn (Waka Okami wa Shōgakusei!)”

Demon Slayer (Kimetsu no Yaiba)

Demon Slayer Kimetsu no Yaiba (2019) If I reduce shonen (at least in a partially tongue-in-cheek way) down to “shouting and fighting” then I’ll end up side-stepping the range of genres, storylines and characters that occur within the boundaries of the age bracket – although with Demon Slayer you’re definitely going to get those thingsContinue reading “Demon Slayer (Kimetsu no Yaiba)”

Castlevania (TV Series)

Castlevania (2017 -) Castlevania as an animated TV series was a long time coming. The first four episodes were released back in 2017 after around ten years of development ups and downs, with the next batch following late last year – leaving most viewers pretty keen for the third season, it seems. And I’m oneContinue reading “Castlevania (TV Series)”

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