Space Pirate Captain Harlock (2013)
Animation / Science Fiction

Space Pirate Captain Harlock (2013)

Original title: Kyaputen Hârokku Captain Harlock, an intergalactic adventurer created by Leiju Matsumoto, is one of the most iconic and popular characters in anime. First appearing in Matsumoto’s popular 1978 manga Uchu Kaizoku Kyaputen Harokku/Space Pirate Captain Harlock, he was headlining his own television series, directed by anime legend Rintaro, that same year which was … Continue reading

Akira (1987)
Animation / Film / Science Fiction

Akira (1987)

Katsuro Otomo’s extraordinary animated cyberpunk classic was instrumental in introducing anime to Western audiences who had largely been familiar with the form, if at all, through television series like AstroboyTetsuwan atomu (1963-1964), Kaitei shônen Marine/Marine Boy (1968-1969), Kagaku ninja tai Gatchaman/Battle of the Planets (1972-1974), Robotech (1985) and others. None of those titles could have prepared … Continue reading

Grey Digital Target (1986)
Animation / Science Fiction

Grey Digital Target (1986)

Original title: Grey dijitaru tâgetto This typically sparse 80s Japanese animation looks good – it’s apparently very faithful to the look of Yoshihisa Tagami’s popular comic Grey on which it’s based – but suffers from from unlikable or ludicrous characters and a terrible cliffhanger ending that has never been resolved. Directed by Satoshi Dezaki, who … Continue reading

Godzilla: The Anime Trilogy (2017-2018)
Animation / Film / Science Fiction

Godzilla: The Anime Trilogy (2017-2018)

With a live action sequel to Shin Gojira (2016) abandoned after Toho decided to develop a shared universe for their monsters, they made the surprise move to team up with Netflix to release a trilogy of Godzilla animated features, Gojira: Kaiju Wakusei/Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters (2017), Gojira: Kessen Kido Zoshoku Toshi/Godzilla: City on the … Continue reading