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”

Ocean Waves (Umi ga Kikoeru)

Ocean Waves (Umi ga Kikoeru) 1993 Ocean Waves is a teen romance with a love triangle, which is where much of the drama comes from, though there are a few comedic moments too (like the bathtub-as-bed offer). Compared to other Ghibli films it’s perhaps a little slight, being a bit shorter (as most TV moviesContinue reading “Ocean Waves (Umi ga Kikoeru)”

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)”

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)”