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 is to take a break from feature film production whilst considering how to restructure the company in the wake of Miyazaki Snr’s departure. No plans […]
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, he’s now moved on to directing Zankyou no Terror, or “Terror in Resonance” (to use the awkward English title), a new thriller series about about […]
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 that, I thought I’d try to strike while the iron was hot and follow it up with another Gundam series I’d been recommended; 1989’s six […]
Like all great stories, it had at its heart, a love triangle. This one was between a man, a woman and a tank. But I’m getting ahead of myself here. This week, I’m looking back at Dominion Tank Police, an anarchic sci-fi comedy about an armoured police unit set up to deal with spiraling urban […]
What do stop-motion skeletons, terrible CGI helicopters and coffin-shaped swimming pools have in common? If you answered Ray Harryhausen’s jazz woodbines, you’d be wrong. For this week’s journey into darkest anime land, we’re going to be looking at Golgo 13: The Professional, best known screen outing for the unstoppable hitman, Duke Togo. Taking his alias […]
In the pantheon of 1980s sci-fi anime, there is one name that stands above all others. A gargantuan presence that cast the longest shadow of all, kickstarting the second wave of western fandom, and defining many of the best (and worst) traits that would be associated with the medium for years to come. I am, […]
They say Miyazaki’s retired, huh? Despite unconfirmed reports that he recanted on his decision to step down during a radio interview at the new year, it seems plausible that The Wind Rises will be his last anime feature film. Rather than go through the inevitable retrospective, however, I thought it might be more interesting to […]
To date, the Marvel Anime project has been met mostly with indifference. As the west has yet to work out a winning way of selling superhero cartoons to Japan (although they’re trying again soon with a new Avengers kids series), maybe Japan can sell superhero anime to the west instead? This week, I’m picking a […]