By Jonathan Clements. Maquia doesn’t have any real problems. She weaves at her loom; she dyes the Hibiol cloth; she hangs the sheets to dry in the tall halls of her people, the elfin Iolf race. She’s not as assertive or brave as Leilia, the girl she idolises, but that probably explains why Leilia, not […]
by Chris Perkins. Not so long ago on this very blog, we recounted the history of Anime UK/FX –the UK’s first dedicated anime and manga magazine. It was soon joined on British newsstands by a rival named Manga Mania. This scrappy upstart would ultimately outlast its only competitor, and go on to run for some […]
By Andrew Osmond. The name of Kenji Kamiyama, director of Napping Princess, is not as well-known to savvy mainstream critics as Miyazaki, Oshii or Satoshi Kon. One reason is that most of Kamiyama’s important work has been for television rather than cinema. But for anime fans, he’s been a big beast for fifteen years, for […]
By Andrew Osmond. Whether he likes it or not, Hirokazu Koreeda has become the ambassador of contemporary live-action Japanese film in Britain. No other Japanese live-action director has his films released in British cinemas so regularly. Koreeda brings us portraits of ordinary, contemporary Japanese people, of different ages and genders, in dramas where the strongest […]
By Andrew Osmond. This month, the Titans are exploding into British cinemas and home formats, with the release of Season two of Attack on Titan, which was simulcast last spring. Next Wednesday, 21st February, there’ll be a one-day release of the feature film edition, Attack on Titan: The Roar of Awakening, at selected cinemas.