By Andrew Osmond. “In the twenty-first century,” notes the Anime Encyclopedia, “it became apparent that the last frontier for modern Japanese animation might be the real world itself, with a deep sense of ready nostalgia for hazy school days, mawkish classroom flirting, or the exotic appeal of old-fashioned friendships and hobbies.” Anthem of the Heart […]
Paul Browne reviews a film that mixes cosplay and complications. If there’s one human trait that can be relied upon, it’s tenacity. It’s an element that runs through Yuki Tanada’s 2012 film The Cowards Who Looked to the Sky, a story that also weaves in themes of poverty, fantasy, maliciousness and altruism.
By Andrew Osmond. Cowboy Bebop turns eighteen this year. For those who’ve never seen it, the 26-part series chronicles the misadventures of a cluster of spacefaring bounty hunters, in a future that’s lurid, farcical and tragic by turns. It’s somewhere between Blade Runner, Futurama and Kill Bill (predating the last two). It has an iconic […]
Raz Greenberg examines Harmony and Genocidal Organ Japanese science fiction novelist Satoshi Ito, better known by his professional name Project Itoh, had a tragically short career. He published his acclaimed debut novel, Genocidal Organ, in 2007, followed by a novelization of the fourth Metal Gear Solid video game in 2008 and another original title, the […]
Meghan Ellis on the shortlist for this year’s Cartoon Grand Prize. Those responsible for adapting manga into anime or live-action must keep a close eye on the Manga Taisho nominations. Known in English as the Cartoon Grand Prize, only manga with 8 or less collected volumes are eligible for release, placing emphasis on quality of […]