Dec 4, 2013
An Anime Primer, #3: House of Five Leaves, Paranoia Agent, Macross Plus
A sedate samurai drama, a chilling tale of dreams and hallucinations, and a poignant drama made more awesome with transforming robots.
Dec 3, 2013
An Anime Primer, #2: The Garden of Words, Grave of the Fireflies, Haibane Renmei
A haunting, rain-filled movie about relationships, a harrowing WW2 childhood drama, and an enigmatic series about angel-like creatures in a strange town.
Dec 2, 2013
An Anime Primer, #1: Eden of the East, Summer Wars, Baccano!
Conspiracies in contemporary Japan, a family drama with a cyberspace backdrop, and a Prohibition-era tale of gangsters, bootleggers, assassins, and alchemists.
Nov 27, 2013
Review Round-Up: Isao Takahata’s The Tale of Princess Kaguya
Studio Ghibli’s other master releases his first film in 14 years, a retelling of a classic Japanese fairy tale.
Nov 20, 2013
Though Retired, Hayao Miyazaki Remains Hard at Work
The animation master is working on a samurai manga set during Japan’s Warring States period.
Oct 17, 2013
Attack on Titan by Tetsurō Araki (Review)
At its best, Attack on Titan is a gripping series… though not necessarily one I’d want to watch right after eating dinner.
Sep 9, 2013
Reflecting on Hayao Miyazaki’s Retirement
Hayao Miyazaki has created some of the most charming films of the last three decades. He’s earned his retirement.
Jun 17, 2013
Project Blue Earth SOS by Tensai Okamura (Review)
A rollicking retro-futuristic tale of alien invaders, boy geniuses, and cool gizmos that revels in its vintage style and flair.
Apr 5, 2013
Sword Art Online by Tomohiko Itō (Review)
Sword Art Online starts out with a lot of promise, but a poor narrative decision takes its second half in a much less interesting direction.
Feb 17, 2013
Kenji Kawai’s Music for Ghost in the Shell
The composer’s soundtrack is eerie, ancient, and absolutely spell-binding.