A cold, challenging film of staggering beauty, Ghost in the Shell is still the purest, most influential example of the cyberpunk sci-fi so synonymous with the medium during the 1990s and perhaps the last gasp for anime’s original golden age.
Its devotion to 1980s aesthetics is both its greatest strength and likely the source of its biggest problems, but Stardust Crusaders gleefully smashes its way into a moribund genre like a neon tyrannosaurus in shades.
You can (just about) believe the hype.
East of West is a high-octane genre bending adventure. A title that blends together the best themes of a spaghetti western film with all the grace of Japanese sci-fi and manga .Focusing on Death, the fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse, we follow the character as he roams the lands of post-apocalyptic America as he seeks revenge on the those responsible for the death of his wife and child.
A frothy comedy one-shot from 1986, Prefectural Earth Defense Force is a fairly obscure title in the English speaking world, but it still provides an amusing, sentimental pastiche of Japanese science fiction.
Our report on the lineup for the 2014 Scotland Loves Anime film festival.
Thus far, Tokyo Ghoul is a fairly conventional horror/action series, short-changed by underwhelming art-direction, but bolstered by solid characterisation and enlivened by intermittent flashes of genuine inspiration.
Updated: Early reports by some news sources that this was the de facto end of Studio Ghibli films have been exaggerated due to an error in translation. The immediate plan… Read more »
For anime director Shinichiro Watanabe, destined to forever be ‘the Cowboy Bebop guy’, it’s been a busy year. Having helped bring episodic comedy-adventure Space Dandy to screens in the spring,… Read more »
For my last column, I finally made some inroads into the vast Mobile Suit Gundam anime franchise by watching the very solid war yarn, Stardust Memory. On the back of… Read more »