No, I haven’t completely forgotten about this site – I’ve just been busy elsewhere. For a start, Anime News Network have just published my review of new Madhouse movie Redline. I suggest you get over there and check it out – I wasn’t exaggerating when I said it is one of the most exhilarating and exciting anime works I’ve seen in a very long time. As of writing Redline hasn’t had a public screening in Japan as far as I know, so I was very lucky to catch it in London at the beginning of the month. However a new teaser trailer dropped today, promising it would be out in ‘Fall 2010’. But out where? Interestingly an identical trailer was put out, with the same release date but in French. Is this a hint at a simultaneous worldwide release?

For even more on Redline, check out this weeks ANNcast, where you can also hear me chatting away about the state and history of anime fandom here and the UK, as well as my experiences using Twitter. I must say a huge thanks to Zac and Justin for having me on – it was a blast – as well as to everyone that sent in questions.

Also a blast was the Anime 3000 podcast recorded earlier in the month that focused on one of my biggest obsessions: Mamoru Oshii. Not only great fun but highly informative for me, as I was alongside two great Oshii experts and good friends of mine; Brian Ruh (author of the fantastic book Stray Dog of Anime: The Films of Mamoru Oshii) and Fernando Ramos (Japan based operative that wrote the review of Oshii’s Assault Girls for this site last year). It’s another great and essential listen, essential whether you’re a die-hard fan or just discovering the great man’s works for the first time.