We are super excited for GKIDS’ release of Mirai, the latest film from Mamoru Hosoda, director of The Boy and the Beast and Wolf Children, among other gems. They are screening the film in theaters on November 29th and 30th, and December 5th and 8th. To celebrate, we’re giving away a pair of tickets for… Read More Win Two Tickets to Mamoru Hosoda’s Mirai!
When asked about my favorite anime, I usually stick with television series, because if I include movies, that list becomes very movie-centric. It’s even less varied if I give my favorite anime movies, since it’s top-heavy with Studio Ghibli. But oh how I love anime films! So in the spirit of including them among my… Read More Five Favorite Anime Films (from Five Different Directors)
Even when you’re in the work force and don’t get a three-month long break, summer still works differently from the rest of the year. It’s a time for vacations, reflection, and though less-so than in years past, reruns. This summer, I’ve been churning through a number of anime series and shows that I’ve seen before.… Read More Revisiting Ghibli, Genshiken, and Hosoda
Never turn your back on family, even when they hurt you. Sakae’s final words in Summer Wars reminds the Jinnouchi clan of the importance of family. It’s a significant message, both in how most of us can connect to that idea and its complexity. The quote above, and the longer message it accompanies, instructs her… Read More Mamoru Hosoda and God’s Unconventional Family
I absolutely understand the need for teamwork. As any shrewd person, I pronounce myself a “team player” on resumes and at job interviews. But while I can exist within a team, I thrive on my own. Well…at the very least, I enjoy being on my own much more than than being part of a group… Read More Whale Hunt: Navigating Through Challenges in The Boy and the Beast and Re: Zero
Anime, especially in the dark fantasy/dystopian genre, thrives on the concept of freewill. Death Note shows the futility of forcing the world into a mold to which it cannot conform. Kiznaiver reveals that shared adversity and duty-driven empathy aren’t enough to keep people (or the peace) together. Psycho-Pass… well… you get the picture. At least as far… Read More Something More: Fullmetal Anti-Semitist, Re:Samaritan, and Ultimate (Idolatrous) “Harmony”