Category: Features

May 29, 2022 · 0 comments

Books: Japan’s Carnival War

Books: Japan’s Carnival War

By Jonathan Clements. Many readers of this blog will be familiar with the boggling weirdness of Momotaro, Sacred Sailors, that animated oddity in which the child-hero from Japanese school textbooks is reimagined as a patriotic general, leading animal marines in an assault on foreign devils. But its not just the premise of Sacred Sailors that […]

May 27, 2022 · 0 comments

Pompo the Cinephile

Pompo the Cinephile

By Jonathan Clements. Joelle Davidovich Pomponette, or Pompo for short, is a pint-sized producer, grand-daughter of a studio founder, who simply loves making movies. In the fictitious movie capital of “Nyallywood”, she is known for highly-regarded B-pictures – the anime lovingly recreates posters for works such as Guns Akimbo and Zombizarre, alongside her latest horror-from-the […]

May 26, 2022 · 0 comments

Totoro on Stage

Totoro on Stage

By Helen McCarthy. When the Barbican and the Royal Shakespeare Company announced the stage adaptation of My Neighbour Totoro, with a new orchestration of Joe Hisaishi’s iconic score by Will Stuart and a hand-drawn title by Toshio Suzuki, it was obviously an iconic event in the annals of British theatre. What nobody could have predicted […]

May 23, 2022 · 0 comments

Love, Death & Robots S03

Love, Death & Robots S03

By Andrew Osmond. I’ve previously reviewed seasons one and two of Netflix’s anthology series Love, Death and Robots, and found it an interesting if erratic mix of adult animation and real SF. It was at its best when it transcended its origins as a sex and violence shocker. Standout episodes included “Zima Blue,” a post-human […]

May 20, 2022 · 0 comments

Emma: A Victorian Romance

Emma: A Victorian Romance

By Jeannette Ng. Emma: A Victorian Romance concerns the relationship between the titular Emma and William Jones. The former is a shy, bespectacled maid working for Kelly Stownar, a retired governess, and the latter is a young man once taught by that same governess. He is also the first-born son and hence heir to a […]

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