By Andrew Osmond.
The new cinema film Genocidal Organ is rather unfortunately named. Many people may assume it’s some sex-and-violence exploitation anime with precious few brain cells. A few old-school fans may wonder if it’s linked to Detonator Orgun (sic), a mecha miniseries from 1991.
Actually, Genocidal Organ does have fleeting sex, and intense, shocking violence. In the early scenes, you may expect it to turn into a hardboiled techno-thriller. Instead, it becomes something more subversive and a whole lot darker. As blood and brains spatter the frame, you may be reminded of Michael Haneke’s Funny Games, taunting you for sympathising with the on-screen characters. Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
Japanese Notebooks: A Journey to the Empire of Signs is somewhere between a comic strip and a picture book. Either way, this 180-page hardback, published by Chronicle Books, is a thing of beauty. It’s not a manga, being originally published in Italy, but its author Igort Tuveri has a rare distinction; he’s worked in the manga industry, seeing it from the inside. Japanese Notebooks is partly a memoir of his experience there, but it’s more a set of graphic essays and reflections on Japan’s history and culture, including anime and manga. Continue Reading
This week, Andrew and Jessica are on assignment at Anime Expo in the USA so you're stuck with Jeremy, Kerry, Keith and Kat to keep you entertained for about 90 minutes of chatter which, to be totally up front, has far less anime talk than usual.
Topics covered include, but are not limited to, bracing Keith's climate control settings in the van back from a convention, the perils of traveling in general, Kerry's adventures at the Edinburgh Film Festival, what show that was simulcast would we like to release if possible, thoughts on Embossments on packaging, our completely hypothetical pitches for an Ultimate Edition release and then to change things up a bit - as if it hasn't been different compared to the norm already - we introduce the random topic generator to proceedings!
Then, we conclude the show by bidding farewell to one of Team Anime Limited as they are moving on new ventures. (NOTE from Jeremy: Events from the evening before this podcast was recorded totally don't play into the overall feel of this episode... ;) )
A fun podcast as always! We hope you enjoy listening to it and we'll be back next Friday with another episode for you!
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By Lee Brimmicombe-Wood.
If you were hoping for Anime Architecture at the House of Illustration to show a futurists’ view of architecture, you’ll be disappointed. It’s the subtitle, Backgrounds of Japan, where the show’s true focus lies. This is not an exhibition of design, but rather of scenery, highlighting the background illustrator’s craft. It is built around the works of Production I.G, showcasing production materials from Patlabor: The Movie (1989), Ghost in the Shell (1995) and Metropolis (2001). Continue Reading
By Andrew Osmond.
Anime movies have tackled heavy subjects for decades, and the recent crop has been no exception. Some address their topics head on, like the shocking Genocidal Organ. Others are more indirect. Your Name was a teen romcom fantasy that implicitly raised the horrors of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake. A Silent Voice used romcom and teen comedy to lighten a story of cruelty and guilt. Now In This Corner of the World uses soft drawings and everyday domestic drama to tell a story of life in Japan during World War II, in and around Hiroshima. Yes, Hiroshima. Continue Reading