Anime Review Archive

  • Makoto Shinkai’s first short is a brief, elegiac piece about the way a happy young cat views his apparently troubled master. There are three versions of the short – one […]

    She and Her Cat

    Makoto Shinkai’s first short is a brief, elegiac piece about the way a happy young cat views his apparently troubled master. There are three versions of the short – one […]

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  • Makoto Shinkai’s work has been compared to Miyazaki’s – a very strange comparison that I can’t see having any real basis in Makoto’s films. Both men have individual directing voices, […]

    The Voices Of A Distant Star

    Makoto Shinkai’s work has been compared to Miyazaki’s – a very strange comparison that I can’t see having any real basis in Makoto’s films. Both men have individual directing voices, […]

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  • Yoshitoshi Abe’s ‘sad,’ immaculate style is the key to everything in Haibane Renmei – the character designs, as in Serial Experiments: Lain, are made for melancholy and modernist ennui. They’re […]

    Haibane Renmei

    Yoshitoshi Abe’s ‘sad,’ immaculate style is the key to everything in Haibane Renmei – the character designs, as in Serial Experiments: Lain, are made for melancholy and modernist ennui. They’re […]

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  • Rarely are hopes raised so high, then dashed so low. Rarely is something of such whimsy and flair dragged down so far into banality, boredom, and just plain bad presentation. […]

    His And Her Circumstances

    Rarely are hopes raised so high, then dashed so low. Rarely is something of such whimsy and flair dragged down so far into banality, boredom, and just plain bad presentation. […]

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  • Worse than a bad story is a good one made bad. Worse still is one screwed up by pretension. That’s Texhnolyze in a nutshell – a story with great potential […]

    Texhnolyze

    Worse than a bad story is a good one made bad. Worse still is one screwed up by pretension. That’s Texhnolyze in a nutshell – a story with great potential […]

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  • Dilution is the inevitable result of longevity and success. Once enough has been released for an anime show, identity becomes dissolute. What does Sunrise do? Gundam used to be the […]

    FLCL

    Dilution is the inevitable result of longevity and success. Once enough has been released for an anime show, identity becomes dissolute. What does Sunrise do? Gundam used to be the […]

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  • Working backwards here – I first became acquainted with the Bubblegum Crisis world via the remake, Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 – a fine if not superlative bit of sci-fi fluff […]

    A.D. Police

    Working backwards here – I first became acquainted with the Bubblegum Crisis world via the remake, Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 – a fine if not superlative bit of sci-fi fluff […]

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  • The third episode of Azumanga Daioh that has one of the funniest pieces of animation I have even seen. Ayumu Kasuga, dubbed ‘Osaka’ against her will by her classmates ’cause […]

    Azumanga Daioh

    The third episode of Azumanga Daioh that has one of the funniest pieces of animation I have even seen. Ayumu Kasuga, dubbed ‘Osaka’ against her will by her classmates ’cause […]

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  • Every now and then, something strange and great comes out of Japan’s collective cartoon hole. Not to repeat my whine from the Master Keaton review, but the tendency towards derivation […]

    Kino’s Journey

    Every now and then, something strange and great comes out of Japan’s collective cartoon hole. Not to repeat my whine from the Master Keaton review, but the tendency towards derivation […]

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  • Master Keaton is particularly welcome at this time, when anime is at once exploding into the American market and converging into a number of demographically static, set genres. Kiddie Shows […]

    Master Keaton

    Master Keaton is particularly welcome at this time, when anime is at once exploding into the American market and converging into a number of demographically static, set genres. Kiddie Shows […]

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