7 items from 2010
Once in a great while a groundbreaking work of art reveals itself, each often revolutionizing the way art is interpreted.
It can come in a variety of different forms, such as Di Vinci’s Mona Lisa or Van Gogh’s Starry Night, to Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby or Orwell’s 1984, to even Hideaki Anno’s Neon Genesis Evangelion. We can easily agree that all of these are very unique to one another in their own right, yet all are great pieces of art expressing ideas and emotions beyond belief. Artists aren’t afraid to cross lines or push boundaries for the sake of their work, and they must throw larger stones to make bigger splashes. Sometimes brilliance comes from very unexpected places. In 2010, a new masterpiece was unveiled in the form of a gag anime by the name of Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt.
If I were to try to sum up Psg, »
- Geek With Taste
Cinema Asia Releasing, Eleven Arts and FUNimation Entertainment will be bringing anticipated anime feature "Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance" to U.S. theatres in January.
Over 26 episodes, Hideaki Anno's mid-1990's acclaimed anime series "Neon Genesis Evangelion" managed to crossover internationally and in many circles is considered as influential a work in the genre as the likes of "Akira".
The story revolved around the efforts by the paramilitary organization Nerv to fight hostile beings called Angels. Their primary weapons are giant robots called Evangelions which are piloted by select teenagers, one of whom is the emotionally unstable Shinji Ikari.
Almost ridiculously dense with religious symbolism, philosophical pondering and psychological conflicts, the show only grew more confusing to the point that the final few episodes, and an animated movie aiming at a more "explainable" ending are generally considered bizarre and incomprehensible at best.
Thus in 2007 began "Rebuild of Evangelion »
- Garth Franklin
Director/comedians are quite common in Japan. Some of Japan's most lauded filmmakers (think Takeshi Kitano and Hitoshi Matsumoto) fit this description, but there are others, somewhat more eclipsed by the cultural barriers that separate our entertainment world from theirs. Suzuki Matsuo is one of them and while his first few feature films come a long way in explaining his relative obscurity, Welcome To The Quiet Room is a big step up from his previous efforts.
I first encountered Matsuo while watching In The Pool. His appearance and comic timing is near perfect so when I learned of his directorial work I was immediately sold. Still, his first couple of films lacked coherence and punch and while they're still quite fun to watch they never really reached the potential his comedic talent seemed to suggest. But Matsuo worked hard to improve his skills and it definitely shows when watching his latest film. »
[With the latest Evangelion feature taking a bow at Fantasia today now seems a good time to revisit my earlier review from Sitges.]
When the five feature revisioning / relaunch of Hideaki Anno's seminal anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion was announced a few years back the response amongst fans was immediate. Though none were quite certain whether this would be a simple re-edit / re-animation of the original show or something larger and more involved the prospect of the show finally being given the visuals to truly match the scope of Anno's vision was cause for celebration. Official talk was that this was not a mere buff and polish, but there was skepticism that the changes would not run more than skin deep. After all, why spend the money to completely recreate something already enormously successful?
But then the first of the new features arrived. Though dominantly a compression of the first block of television episodes, Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone featured a slightly altered approach to its protagonist - youthful pilot Shinji Ikari, »
Sometimes we feel just downright silly when we miss news about a favorite actor or filmmaker. This time we've missed out on news about one of our favorite Japanese actors, Todanobu Asano. Luckily for us guys like Kevin and Chris are somewhat more on the ball and have reminded us that he's in a new film Ranbou to Taiki.
The film revolves around a man named Hidenori (Tadanobu Asano) and woman named Nanase (Minami) who share an intense and bizarre relationship. Although the two are not actually related in any way, Nanase calls Hidenori "Onii-chan" (older brother) and the two sleep on a bunk bed. Their living arrangement began in the wake of an accident, and Nanase has spent 10 years »
The trailer for Masanori Tominaga‘s Ranbou to Taiki has been released slightly ahead of schedule exclusively via the Japanese film site Cinema Cafe. The film is based on a 2005 play by Yukiko Motoya. In 2008, she adapted it to a novel with illustrations by longtime Gainax animator and protegé of Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki.
The film revolves around a man named Hidenori (Tadanobu Asano) and woman named Nanase (Minami) who share an intense and bizarre relationship. Although the two are not actually related in any way, Nanase calls Hidenori “Onii-chan” (older brother) and the two sleep on a bunk bed. Their living arrangement began in the wake of an accident, and Nanase has spent 10 years waiting for Hidenori to take the revenge on her she feels she deserves.
I don't do much anime series and Oav reviews, but once in a while I'd like to hint at some of the missed out modern "classics". Diebuster fits that description rather well.
Diebuster is the Oav sequel based on Hideaki Anno's original Gunbuster series. Considering the impact of the original it's hard to image how incredibly overlooked this 6-part Oav follow-up series is. Tsurumaki is the one bringing the 15-year old original back to modern standards, completely in the spirit of Gainax, and doing a pretty great job at that.
Gunbuster is the series that kick-started Anno's career. An important event in the history of anime, as he would later go on to direct Evangelion. At the same time, it marks the rise of legendary anime studio Gainax. The original is a series that still stands its ground today, but is somewhat unknown among younger anime fans.
Tsurumaki's sequel »
7 items from 2010
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