Monday, September 1, 2014

Saturday, August 30, 2014

REVIEW: Mononoke

Five folk tale-styled stories of the supernatural that erupt with visual flare.



Monday, August 18, 2014

REVIEW: Now and Then, Here and There

Now and Then is most definitely not the light weight material that it might seem at first.






















Wednesday, July 23, 2014

REVIEW: Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn

It took 4 years, a couple delays, and an additional episode added to the original 6, but the latest Universal Century OVA was well worth the wait. As a familiar story of a boy and his robot, Unicorn is well above average, but as commentary on a franchise's creative rut, it is phenomenal.




Tuesday, July 22, 2014

REVIEW: Ringing Bell

In 1978, a children's book by Takashi Yanase (most famous for the totally unknown in the West Anpanman series) was animated by Sanrio, the company best known for the endless downpour of Hello Kitty merchandise (the company would also go onto animate the Unico pilot the next year). The resulting product might look and sound like your average film for 5 year olds, but give it a chance, and it will reveal a shocking dark side. Directed by Masami Hata (Little Nemo), Ringing Bell is a morally ambiguous 45 minute look at life, and how hard it can be. See that cute little guy below? He won't be so adorable for long.



Monday, July 14, 2014

REVIEW: Amazing Nuts!

This 2006 anthology from Studio 4°C barely qualifies as something worth discussion simply because of how very slight it is. At barely over 30 minutes total, these 4 shorts are the definition of style over substance. 




REVIEW: Short Peace

It's no Memories or Labyrinth Tales (known as Neo Tokyo in the US), but the latest Katsuhiro Otomo headlining anthology still has two strong pieces to recommend it.



Thursday, July 3, 2014

Anime Journal 2014: 6 Months Down, 6 Months to Go

Well, it's been half a year since making the New Year's resolution to write about every anime I watch. In that time I've done 19 write ups of a variety of Japanese cartoons; some really enjoyable, others boring, and a few memorably weird ones. I hope the second half of the year holds even more interesting anime. The idea was, and still is to continue to get better at this writing and expression thing; two things I've never been truly comfortable with. Slowly but surely, the words are coming easier and the thoughts are clearer. At least I think, the progress is at a glacial pace, but it comes with much greater ease than it did in January. If only I could go through this pile faster...