Anime News Network have a great scoop today - an English language teaser trailer for Oshii/Production IG's latest offering Musashi: The Dream of the Last Samurai. As reported late last year, the movie is based on the life and works ...Read More

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If you've read this site before, or even just glanced over it's archives, then my appreciation and admiration of director Mamoru Oshii is clearly laid out. As such it would seem not only redundant but also somewhat self indulgent to ...Read More

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At nearly two years after 5 Centimeters Per Second's theatrical release in Japan, it would be fair to say that this is a pretty late review. Usually I would shift the blame for that on to how the whole localisation ...Read More

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That's right folks, February 28 is the First Annual Global Makoto Shinkai Day, organised by the wonderful fansite Cherry Blossoms Falling. Plus, controversial anime steaming site Crunchyroll will apparently be offering all the director's movies available for free for those ...Read More

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I stumbled across a great blog today - Let's Anime. Run by D Merrill from Ontario, it focuses on what he seems to believe is the golden age of anime, 1960 - 1990, with the aim of bringing some lesser ...Read More

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It looks like Bandai have put a lot of time in and money into the imminent Akira Blu-ray, hopefully putting to rest the fears of fans worldwide that it might be yet another quick transfer. According to Blu-ray.com, although the ...Read More

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...in Japan of course. Although director Michael Arias was born in the US, he's been living in Tokyo for over 15 years, and Heaven's Door is again shot completely in Japanese. I was impressed with Arias' intelligence and attitude after ...Read More

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As you have probably already guessed from the title, Sword of the Stranger is a Samurai action (or chanbara チャンバラ) movie, and the feature film debut of Masahiro Ando, who's previous directorial work includes the TV series Canaan as ...Read More

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Some interesting news that could feasibly affect the future of Japan's the world's greatest animation studio - Ghibli colour designer Michiyo Yasuda retired last week. Responsible for picking the palettes of just about all of the studio's output for the ...Read More

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Not that I expected him to win, especially in the year that Academy darlings Pixar released what is arguably their finest work to date, but I have to say I was surprised and disappointed he didn't even get a nod ...Read More