By Raz Greenberg.
In the last two decades of the 20th century, Yoshiaki Kawajiri was the king of exciting, ultra-violent action mixed with the erotic. His urban and historical fantasies – Wicked City, Ninja Scroll and Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (and to some extent also the later Highlander: Vengeance) oozed with style, and at the same time, were also shamelessly exploitative.
Cyber City Oedo 808, originally released between 1990 and 1991, represented an interesting change in Kawajiri's filmography, notably in the scenery. Despite repeated allusions to the 808 districts of samurai-era Tokyo (“O-Edo”), including characters and situations from folktales and kabuki plays of the 19th century, it truly belongs to another common trend of anime from the period, borrowing its props and backgrounds from Blade Runner and William Gibson. Set in the futuristic metropolis of Oedo in the year 2808, the video series features criminals recruited to fight cyber-crimes in exchange for reductions in their sentences. Each is kept on a tight leash in the form of a collar full of explosives on his neck, set to go off if he takes the wrong path. Continue Reading
It's been a while since our last podcast, but to wrap-up the year just before Christmas we are delighted to bring you a festive edition of the All The Anime Podcast that in-turn is acting our official Season 2 finale episode and our Christmas Special episode!
Join Jeremy, Kat, (Regenerated) Andrew, Lauren and (the old-timer) Andy for a fun 55 minutes of discussion on totally not related to anime topics, and also completely related to anime topics.
On this episode you can expect discussion on how a Bounty chocolate bar legitimately injured Andrew, which then leads into discussion on what is the most premium chocolate in a box of Celebrations.
Then, as has become tradition on the Christmas special, there is some form of pub quiz! However this time we throw you a curve ball as Andy brings you the ultimate quiz on Aqua vs. Aquors (which is also pronounced Aqua). Andy has the names of 10 songs and the team simply need to say if it's a song by Aqua (the 90's pop group) or idol group Aqours from Live Live Sunshine!! Who will win this ultimate quiz?! You'll have to listen to find out.
Then we conclude things by going talking about our highlights of 2017 and go through some twitter questions on a variety of topics including: recommendations on 'grounded anime' for someone who is new to anime, updates on where stings stand with a variety of titles, how (if at all) the Sony acquisition of Funimation will impact us (All The Anime), if we could make a Christmas Special episode for any anime what would it be?, our festive break plans and more!
A fun show as always! We're aiming to bring the podcast back to regular weekly format in January, so all going well look forward to that. We hope you all have a wonderful festive break and we'll talk to you again next year.
NOTE: As always please note this podcast may contain strong language and any views expressed by individuals in this podcast do not reflect those of Anime Limited.
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By Jasper Sharp.
Mere days before Christmas, the Japan Foundation has announced its annual batch of seasonal goodies to get us film fans through the dark and gloomy post-festive doldrums of early 2018. This year’s nationwide touring programme, running from 2nd February to 28th March, comes packaged under the characteristically all-encompassing tag of “(Un)true Colours: Secrets and Lies in Japanese Cinema”, and promises a series that “will look at how the country’s filmmakers have been drawn to portraying the “(un)true” colours of human nature.” Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
In 2009, Mai Mai Miracle’s director Sunao Kutabuchi released an unusual adjunct to his film, a self-published free magazine called The Days Blown By Mai Mai Miracle. It included his account of the origins and development of the story.
As the director explained, Mai Mai Miracle had several starting points. One was a story outline that Katabuchi had come up with himself in 2002. This was shortly after he had directed his first feature film, the family-oriented Princess Arete, in 2001. Continue Reading
By Jonathan Clements.
As its subtitle suggests, Wu Weihua’s book Chinese Animation: Creative Industries and Digital Culture delves into two specific elements of cartoons in China – the effects of disruptive transitions on a struggling business, and the massive transformations wrought by computers. Both these areas are under-represented in previous studies of the medium, and Wu draws upon his own 2006 doctoral dissertation for a concise and thought-provoking examination, rich in citation and commentary. Continue Reading