Tenguri, the Boy of the Plains could have been just another obscure and forgotten piece of animation from the past...which it kind of is actually, but the value it carries makes this an interesting entry within anime history. It is the result of several intertwining stories, the birth of a culturally and internationally significant studio, and an unbelievable, although indirect, crossover, from two of the most important forces in anime.
During the early 70s, the tumultuous state of Toei Animation and its exploitation of animators, alongside the bankruptcy of Mushi Production, have led many to quit the company and make their own animation studios. Among this
Apr 22, 2019
Even at the twilight of his life and career, the legendary mangaka Osamu Tezuka continued to busy himself with several circulating manga publications, as well as dabbling in animation as a hobby. In fact, there have been accounts of him going out of his way to fund projects with money from his own pocket. One of those instances is with Jumping, Tezuka’s entry for the 1984 Animafest Zagreb, a prestigious animated film festival organized by the International Animated Film Association or ASIFA.
Back in 1981, Tezuka enlisted the help of animator Junji Kobayashi, who famously worked on the ambitious animated cityscape scene in Hi no Tori ...
Apr 6, 2019
Cigarette Girl is an anthology of short stories from the late Masahiko Matsumoto (1934-2005), whose name is painfully obscure even within the gekiga movement, an influential time period in manga history that pushed forward a huge variety of artistic techniques. From cinematic, adult-oriented realist narratives which are the bulk of Yoshihiro Tatsumi’s oeuvre to avant-garde surrealistic film/music-mishmash expressions a la Seiichi Hayashi’s Sekishoku Elegy, the gekiga movement sought to go beyond the Disney-inspired creations of Osamu Tezuka which were primarily aimed to a younger audience. Yet despite this rise of ‘alternative comics’, Matsumoto was considered a unique, and sadly, overlooked artist within his peers, and ...
Aug 9, 2018
Think of your first romance anime. Or your first romance manga—anything of the sort. Then throw it all away.
Cliches are a recurrent element in stories—and the thing is, you will never be able to get rid of them. They are cliches for a reason, and their existence proves to be essential in composing a story. Most writers and enthusiasts of literature believe that there is no thing such as originality; everything exists from being based off of something, with just some modifications to make it stand out from the rest.
Of course, it is fairly common to see overused tropes in the like in a subculture ...
Jul 2, 2018
One of the things that makes Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou a beautiful piece of work is how Hitoshi Ashinano meticulously draws the minimalistic lines that visualize a post-apocalyptic world slowly coming to a silent state of peace. Despite how effortless it may look with the natural flow of curvy lines his pen traces, you could very well see the thought put into every bit of detail within a single panel or illustration. The second OVA, Quiet Country Cafe, may not have consideration of how important these factors are into exhibiting the transient effect of the manga, and the end result is something that falls below average ...
May 17, 2018
It’s naughty, it’s raunchy, it’s punchline-heavy...Seitokai Yakuindomo is back, and now on the big screen.
One thing someone has to get used to when reading or watching a gag series is that you can and shall never expect any sort of character progress. Each character serves as an archetype in this joking system, and what only matters is how different the punchline or the delivery of the joke is every time. In the style of comedy of a franchise like Seitokai Yakuindomo, one character can only deliver a sex joke one too many times—which is why this show has a wide range of characters with different ...
Feb 8, 2018
Let’s get straight to the point.
This film is not for everyone. Not because of the violence, blood and gore one may expect, but because this is not the right place to start if you have just started getting into the Fate franchise.
The context of this review serves as an overview to anyone who has watched previous works within the Fate series and therefore may address some spoilers for beginning watchers. As such, it is not recommended to read this review if you believe you do not have a proper grasp of the franchise’s world-building, lore, and other elements.
Heaven’s Feel, the third route to the 2004 ...
Jan 19, 2018
The term “slice-of-life” is used to refer to a genre consisting of mundane, day-in-the-life events of characters and the environment they are within. As often as it is used in the anime and manga community, the term and the genre itself rarely leaves beyond its boundaries, making anime and manga such a unique experience. But what exactly, is slice-of-life? What are the standards to be had to properly define it as such?
Everyone would have different interpretations of what a definite grasp on what the genre means, but for me, I believe a proper definition is accurately expressed by Hitoshi Ashinano, an artist renowned for Yokohama ...
Oct 31, 2017
The Palme d'Or is one of the most prestigious awards in the world of film, coming from the highly respected Cannes Film Festival. For a film to get nominated for the prize is in and of itself a great merit that deserves praise. Within the few of several animated films that bring about a huge influential force within the industry and art itself, there's only been one Japanese animated film that was ever nominated for the said award.
Regarded as even more dense and rich in philosophical detail than its predecessor, Mamoru Oshii's follow-up to the widely successful Ghost in the Shell, Innocence, is a visual ...
Sep 12, 2017
[DISCLAIMER] As I want to get all my points across, as well as bring this show the justice it deserves, the following review is a lengthily-detailed breakdown of every factor ranging from the story to the overall experience. You may look for other reviews to find a more concise criticism of the show.
When we usually talk about things we truly love, it becomes hard to explain why. Most people would not understand the appeal one would get from something—this is especially hard when trying to relay why your favorite book is your favorite book, or why your favorite film is your favorite film.
In cases, the ...