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Jul 5, 2018
By gesture of a wing, the world is created. It is a multitude of love and peace. And man is just a seed in a bigger world who can create using his imagination. And all is good. The earth is rich. But the man is rich in wishes. And soon man finds desire and the peace is threatened. His inner peace. To desire is to conquer. To love is to give freedom. To desire is to be a slave. Of one’s imagination. Of one’s mind. But desire brings death. And nightmares. And the Light-Bringer is burning in the sky. And destruction comes to bring the read more
May 26, 2018
Suisei (Anime) add (All reviews)
Known today for award-winning animations like "Inaka Isha" or "Atama Yama", Koji Yamamura proved his talent from his very first short film, "Suisei". A very immersive work of art from him because without noticing, it can transport you above and beneath the surface of a world made with only layers of clay and 'fragments' of light. The technique of claymation and the colors used are reminiscent of the brilliant Russian animator Yuriy Norshteyn, and because the form was not perfected (we could say at the time Mr. Yamamura lacked a style) the film has a "rough" beauty of a first work, but a beautiful work read more
May 20, 2018
"The story of Mr. Sorry" begins on a strange note with a bizarre game show in which the audience and the viewers are supposed to vote and provide a Guilty or Not Guilty verdict... on a suspect spider in a glass box. This trial looks like any modern day reality show even with two containers named "To Kill or Not To Kill". With this premise settled it is very hard to not see the black comedy, but then, using flashbacks we find the life of Mr. Sorry, a timid man working for an ear cleaning company to collect the funds necessary to find his read more
Apr 20, 2018
Jubilee (Anime) add (All reviews)
Starting in the same manner like the Italian movie "La Dolce Vita" (in this case with a representation of God flown by three helicopters), "Jubilee " is like the title says, a party showing the life under the threads of time.

Practically, in under 5 minutes, we are shown in a surreal manner a bunch of characters, from the "mechanic boy" who needs a clear objective in life or a bureaucratic mosquito who steps on other people things to a fish-woman with two many fish-masks and a salaryman who reminds us of "Mt. Head" character design. These characters interact with ease, one loves another read more
Mar 29, 2018
Helmut Herbst, a director talks about this experimental movie and explains some of its techniques in this video [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EliFauneu_E], the prominent influence being of Tanaami's childhood war episode in which he did see flashes of light reflected in his grandmother's fish tank. He was watching from his underground shelter and the goldfish in the tank reflected the bright light of flames and the orange light of the sky lit by bombs.

Really poetic considering the times but the work doesn't really capture the essence of war, especially in this era, but on the other hand, translating this work as psychedelic nonsense is also showing a read more
Dec 20, 2016
This thirteen-episode series deals with some of the darker aspects of teenage psychology and sexuality. Kasuga is a shy middle school student who’s an avid reader, his favorite book being Baudelaire’s "Les Fleurs du Mal". One day he notices the girl he loves from a safe distance, Saeki, has left her gym uniform at school. He has loved this girl for a long time but had never been able to act upon it. In a fit of juvenile impulse, he steals the uniform.

"Flowers of Evil" was filmed using rotoscoping, the technique of animating over pre-recorded footage. This brings a sense of natural movement to an read more
Dec 14, 2016
The skies are their everything – a mother and a father, love and hate, life and death. And they are the "Kildren" – eternally young pilot/killer-children created to operate fighter planes and wage an endless war for the amusement of adults who lead a “normal life” in bogus peace.

Their world – reminiscent of Europe from the WWII period and run by big, shady corporations – is conceived by Hiroshi Mori in the first book of the same name which chronologically presents the ending of a five-novel saga. According to the original author, it is not easy to adapt, yet one gets the impression that both read more
Dec 3, 2016
Nitaboh (Anime) add (All reviews)
A belated, yet remarkable directorial debut for the producer Akio Nishizawa is an award-winning historical drama set in the Meiji era and adopted from Kazuo Daijō’s novel. Its story revolves around a young man, Nitaro, who loses his eyesight at the age of eight and later becomes the creator of Tsugaru-shamisen style, through many tribulations and by virtue of his perseverance.

In portraying Nitaro’s zeal and the vanity of his competitors, Nishizawa demonstrates a keen sense of humanity and characterization, as well as the clarity of expression. Simultaneously, he represents the Japanese society of the time – class distinctions, the extent of Western influence and the read more
Nov 11, 2016
Idiosyncratic and unfairly forgotten, a six-part OVA "Gosenzosama Banbanzai!" (literally, "Long Live the Ancestors!") belongs to the most experimental period in Oshii’s career. Told in the form of a loony play, this farcical tragicomedy revolves around the Yomota family: a teenage boy, Inumaru, his father Kinekuni and his mother Tamiko.

Their normal life starts to collapse after the arrival of a mysterious girl, Maroko, who claims to be Inumaru’s granddaughter from the future. Even though she has a hereditary star-shaped birthmark on her buttock, Tamiko refuses to acknowledge her as Yomota. So, she leaves her husband and son, and hires a private detective, Bannai Tatara, to read more