Violet Evergarden (Vaioretto Evāgāden)

Violet Evergarden (Vaioretto Evāgāden) 2018 Hopefully the awful news from Japan about Kyoto Animation isn’t the only reason you’ve heard of this series (or any of their other works for that matter) but it’s hard to talk about Violet Evergarden without the spectre of tragedy looming over – especially as much of the show itselfContinue reading “Violet Evergarden (Vaioretto Evāgāden)”

Xam’d: Lost Memories (Bōnen no Zamudo)

Xam’d: Lost Memories (Bōnen no Zamudo) 2008 This series from Bones & Sony seems to have had a pretty big budget – possibly in part because it was launched as part of the Playstation Network’s video downloading arm, and so no doubt everyone involved wanted it to succeed – and while it’s visually impressive andContinue reading “Xam’d: Lost Memories (Bōnen no Zamudo)”

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)”

Fractale (Furakutaru)

Fractale had some interesting concepts and nice animation… but really wildly inconsistent tone and approach to some of the themes. Fractale (Furakutaru)2011 At times there were nice dashes of humour (and you can see the fingerprints of Laputa and Nadia Secret of Blue Water here) but the flickering from violent to moé elements, to super-creepyContinue reading “Fractale (Furakutaru)”

Children of the Whales (Kujira no Kora wa Sajō ni Utau)

Obviously I’ve mostly been digging through my memories for some of the reviews thus far but ‘whales’ is a short series from 2018 that I saw recently – but I found it hard to settle on a star rating this time. Children of the Whales (Kujira no Kora wa Sajō ni Utau) 2018 There’s aContinue reading “Children of the Whales (Kujira no Kora wa Sajō ni Utau)”

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