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Musing about Storytelling in Anime



Anime Review: your name. / Kimi no Na wa.

I recently had the opportunity to see Makoto Shinkai’s latest work at the Sitges Film Festival. Check out my full review of your name. over at ANN.

Anime Review: .hack//Legend of the Twilight

Split up after their parents’ separation, twins Shugo and Rena reunite in “The World”, a popular MMORPG. Travelling the virtual environment as the chibi versions of legendary players Kite and BlackRose, the two quickly find out that something is very wrong with this world. Exposed to dangers beyond in-game death, the twins and their new-found friends will have to battle opponents both virtual and real to uncover the truth behind the dark secrets of The World. Back in 2003, the… Continue Reading →

Book Review: Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Vol. 1: Dawn

Space: the eternal frontier. This is the story of admiral Reinhard von Lohengramm. His mission: to unite the war-torn galaxy under his rule, to reform the decaying Galactic Empire, to conquer what so many men dreamed of conquering before. Do you believe I can seize this universe and make it my own? More than 33 years have passed since Yoshiki Tanaka published the first volume of Ginga Eiyū Densetsu, or Legend of the Galactic Heroes. After its completion in 1987,… Continue Reading →

Anime Review: Ping Pong the Animation

Do you believe in heroes? The kind who’s sure come to save me when I’m in a pinch, however deeply I’m locked away. I’ve waited for him for so long. And today he’s coming back. Everyone has certain preferences regarding their taste in anime and fiction, in general. I’m a dark-fantasy-epic-sci-fi-historic-tragedy kind of person. Rooting for a group of teenage misfits with color-coded hairstyles who slowly grow into a team that ends up beating another high school’s elite squad against… Continue Reading →

Anime Review: Noir

Noir… It is the name of an ancient fate. Two maidens who govern death. The peace of the newly born, their black hands protect. My job is to kill people. Mireille Bouquet is an assassin for hire in modern-day Paris. As far as her profession permits her to, she is living her life in relative peace, until one day, she receives a strange message from an amnesic Japanese girl named Kirika Yumura. Presenting Mireille with a memento from her childhood,… Continue Reading →

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