By Tom Smith. The hype behind Eden of the East was huge before its original release in 2009: a series directed and written by Kenji Kamiyama – whose CV includes the likes of the Ghost in the Shell series, Blood: The Last Vampire and Patlabor – and produced by Production I.G. So, imagine being that […]
by Jeremy Clarke. Pulse aka Kairo (2001) has long been considered one of the key J-Horror films of the last generation, along with Ring (1998) and The Grudge (2002). It remains one of the two films for which director Kiyoshi Kurosawa is most highly regarded, along with his earlier Cure (1997).
By Andrew Osmond. Takashi Nakamura has worked in the anime industry for more than three decades, starting as an animator before moving into direction. Younger fans may know him as co-director (with Michael Arias) of the shocking, cerebral science-fiction film Harmony. But long before that, Nakamura was Animation Director on Katsuhiro Otomo’s iconic Akira, and […]
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 […]
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 […]