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Archive for January, 2010

Summer Wars Review

Mamoru Hosoda is probably best known as the director of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, a film which was fairly popular both critically as well as commercially (despite limited release).  The praise was certainly well-deserved - it was a very well-made film, and clearly showed that Hosada possessed real talent for directing.  Of course, I did have some of my own criticisms of that film, particularly in regards to the balance of the sci-fi elements in the story in the overall plot.  Summer Wars has some similarities.... Read more

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Eve no Jikan Review

Eve no Jikan is a relatively short ONA series that was released between 2008 and 2009.  The story is divided into six acts, but the majority of them are only about 15 minutes long, and you can think of this as the equivalent to a two hour movie.  Eve no Jikan takes place is a futuristic setting (probably Japan, says the opening titles) where androids have become commonplace.  Our main character, Rikou, is a young high school student who possesses one of these androids at home and is constantly teased by his sister for being a potential..... Read more

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Saikano: Another Love Song Review

This two-part OAV (Saishu Heiki Kanojo: Another Love Song) was released in 2005 as a side story to complement the original 13-episode series.  It focuses more on the military environment and personnel associated with Chise's role as a weapon, while not really give us any more background about the origin of Saikano's plotline either.  As such, I Read more

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Saikano ( Saishuu Heiki Kanojo ) Review

Before I get into the review, I want to mention that the tagline to this series, "The Last Love Song on this Little Planet", is one of my favourites - I find it to be very evocative and expressive. How does the actual anime stack up? Well, Saikano was one of the first anime... Read more

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Ponyo on the Cliff Review

Ponyo is the most recent work of Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli and marks the end of my series of reviews on the works of Studio Ghibli.  Sometime soon, I may get around to doing some sort of summary post.  You may notice that there were no posts regarding Mimi o Sumaseba and Cat Returns, the reason is simply that I've already written reviews of those films in the past, a particularly long one for Mimi (which is a favourite of mine).  Ponyo alludes to.... Read more

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Princess Mononoke Review

Princess Mononoke (もののけ姫) was a project which had been in Miyazaki's mind since at least 1983, when he had written a manga called The Journey of Shuna. Though the plot and characterization in that manga were different from what would become Mononoke-hime, there are some obvious similarities between them. After completing Porco Rosso, Suzuki and Miyazaki had to decide what Miyazaki's next project would be. Suzuki felt that a.... Read more

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Howl’s Moving Castle Review

Though the Ghibli adaptation of Earthsea passed by Miyazaki's hands (due to semi-retirement), he returned to his regular position at the studio soon enough, and the project was an adaptation of another Western novel, Howl's Moving Castle.  Although the author of Gedo Senki wasn't entirely pleased with the faithfulness that Goro showed to the original, I don't know if Miyazaki's hypothetical version would have pleased her either.  The...... Read more

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Tales from Earthsea ( Gedo Senki ) Review

The backstory to Gedo Senki is quite interesting.  The source of the material is a fairly popular series of fantasy books called Tales from Earthsea, written by Ursula K. Le Guin.  In Miyazaki's younger days, prior to making his most accomplished works, he had sought the rights to make a film version of Earthsea, a request rejected by the author..... Read more

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