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Sky Crawlers Mini Review

As far as interesting plot constructs go, Sky Crawlers starts off on a good foot.  In an ambiguous world which carries shades of a bygone Europe, humans called “Kirudore” wage war against one another in the skies.  Their existence is one of perpetual adolescence – no one knows exactly why they do not age, just that they don’t – they exist to be used as pawns in battle.  In this setting, a young pilot, Yuichi, settles into his new home in …

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Karigurashi no Arrietty Review

Studio Ghibli,which for decades has been dominated by the “old crowd” – Suzuki, Miyazaki, and Takahata – has made occasional attempts at cultivating younger talent in the past.  Ocean Waves was initially envisioned as an exercise for younger staff, and occasional films such as The Cat Returns or Tales from Earthsea have all been attempts to bring new directors into the forefront.  However, the studio has never really managed to find a proper spiritual successor to Miyazaki, who is the man …

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Planetes Review

I’ve often claimed (with some degree of hyperbole) that Planetes is one of the best kept secrets of anime.  While it does not enjoy the same level of awareness and popularity as some of its monumental brothers in the same genre, tucked within this 26-episode series is one of the most satisfying character-oriented shows you will find.  This is an important aspect of Planetes – the show is about characters, unlike sci-fi shows which derive their drama from the large …

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Colorful (2010) Review

Colorful is a film which unfortunately shares a name with another (rather immature sounding) anime series that it shares absolutely no other resemblance with, so don’t let any misguided Google searches put you off from this interesting little production.  Colorful has one of those premises that immediately catches your eye – a lost soul, caught in the cycle of reincarnation, is given the chance to redeem himself through the task of discovering the sin he had committed in his last incarnation.  To accomplish …

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Studio Ghibli Chronology and Reviews

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)   /  Kaze no Tani no Naushika

nausicaa

Director: Hayao Miyazaki

-> Review


Castle in the Sky (1986)  /  Tenkū no Shiro Rapyuta

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Director: Hayao Miyazaki

-> Film Review

-> Soundtrack (USA) Review


 Grave of the Fireflies (1988)  /  Hotaru no Haka

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Director: Isao Takahata

-> Review


My Neighbor Totoro (1988) / Tonari no Totoro

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Director: Hayao Miyazaki

-> Film Review

-> Soundtrack Review


Kiki’s Delivery Service (1988) / …

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Thoughts on Love Hina

Love Hina is a series I have something of a conflicting connection with.  As an adult, I probably would have ignored the show based on its description, and most certainly would have been repelled by the show's often juvenile tone.  But, having first seen the show at a younger and more naive age,  I share the sense of nostalgia of many others who were first introduced to anime through it.... Read more

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Sword of the Stranger Review

Sword of the Stranger is a 2007 film by BONES centering around a young boy and two warriors who are drawn to him due to various circumstances.  The film is set in feudal Japan, with more than a few similarities to..... Read more

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Future Boy Conan Review

On April 4th, 1978, Japan was introduced to a series called Future Boy Conan, a 26-episode series which marked the directorial debut of a man who was then a seasoned animator - Hayao Miyazaki.  The anime is a loose adaptation of a novel by Alexander Tide... Read more

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Yojou-han Shinwa Taikei Review (Tatami Galaxy)

Yojou-han is an 11-episode series by Madhouse, directed by Masaaki Yuasa and adapted from a novel written by Tomihiko Morimi.  The story follows a nameless college student (fans usually refer to him simply as Watashi) as he pursues..... Read more

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Ookiku Furikabutte: Natsu no Taikai Hen Review

The original Oofuri was a big hit with me, despite the fact that I generally have an aversion to sports stories.  While Touch, an Adachi series, involved baseball, Oofuri was the first series I watched that was unashamedly centered entirely on baseball.. Read more

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