Basically, it's about these two:
Namely, Kitamura Kou and Tsukishima Aoba. If you're not a fan of anime you're just about to dismiss this as a post about cartoon characters and stop reading. Thanks for stopping by. For the rest of you who've already figured out that animation doesn't mean the same thing in Japan that it does here, I'll tell you why these two people are worth 20 hours of your life.
Really, this is a post about a guy named Mitsuru... See full review
Not only is Capeta a sports anime, but one about one I don't especially care about - motorsports. It passed under the radar a few years ago without much attention. But it's good - the kind of series that creeps up on you and before you realize it, you're sweating and shouting and raising your hands in triumph or groaning in despair. It's the characters that matter, and this series makes you really care for them - especially the likable and inspiring lead, Taira Capeta. The action sequences are terrific too. Be open-minded and give it a shot - you might be surpised...See full review
The best anime ever. Is that unambiguous enough? I've watched an awful lot of series, movies, OVAs. Been impacted by many of them, moved by many, changed by a few. Certainly consider Evangelion the most important of them all, in terms of the impact it had on the genre. But for me, the greatest of them all is a woefully under-appreciated series from 2007 - a gem from Production I.G. (the best studio in the biz over the last five years) that premiered to... See full review
How is it that a series about loneliness can make me fool so good? In terms of sheer affection, it's hard to find another anime that can rival Natsume Yuujinchou for me. There are better series out there - but few that inspire such a reservoir of good will. This is a series that can soften the hardest... See full review
I could wax poetic for hours about how much I love this film, but it occurs to me that it could easily be my answer to a couple of questions you might ask me:
"Why do you want to move to Japan so much?"
"What do you think true love is?"
And any film that can serve as the answer to those questions is pretty special in my book.
In summation, this is a series of... See full review
First if I may, a word or three about this "Young Hayao Miyazaki" nonsense. Anytime I hear someone referred to this way is raises both my hackles and suspicions. I don't especially want there to be a "next" Miyazaki - I'm quite happy with the one we have. When he retires from directing (as he's been threatening to do after every film for a decade) that will end the Miyazaki era. And that's fine - the top young directors don't want to be the next Miyazaki either - if they did, they wouldn't be worthy of consideration as heirs to greatness in anime.
That said, I do... See full review
In the effort to keep myself from becoming too distraught by the events occurring in Northeast Japan, I've been revisiting an old favorite - and when I say "old favorite" I mean it. Rurouni Kenshin was one of the very first anime I ever watched, and was the very first manga series I ever read start to finish. To be truthful I've been doing a rewatch of the anime for a few weeks, so I was well into it when the disaster began. But I've found... See full review
I suppose I went at Keiichi Hara backwards. I started with his most recent work, 2010's Colorful. That was what piqued my interest in his 2007 film Summer Days With Coo. And I haven't even dipped my toe into his large cache of Doraemon and Shin-Chan work. The oversight is certainly mine. After watching Hara's two theatrical films I'm extremely impressed. He has a distinct voice - a spot-on grasp of family dynamics and a deft hand with... See full review
This may not be the first review of Colorful you've read - it's been out on DVD in Japan for over a month now, so I'm a little late to the party. But I loved this one so much I couldn't possibly let it go by without sharing my praise for this wonderful, heartfelt work. The film was released in Japan in 2010, the product of a joint project by several studios, by far the most well-known of which is Sunrise. Director is Keiichi Hara, who... See full review