The Magic of Mitsuo Iso

Mitsuo Iso is my favourite animator – that’s an unequivocal fact. Regrettably, it hasn’t been a good decade to be a fan of Iso. Since his work as director on the commercially unsuccessful Denno Coil, he has been an elusive, enigmatic figure, making only scant appearances uncredited here and there. Recently though, we’ve had good news…

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Ryo-Chimo & The Digital Animation Movement

3 months ago I started writing a blog entry on one of my favourite ‘under-appreciated’ anime from the last few years, Yozakura Quartet: Hana no Uta (NOT to be confused with the mind-numbingly dreadful original Yozakura Quartet TV anime adaptation!). Other than singing its praises, I wanted to hit home the fact that the series…

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The Animation of Love Lab & The Dogakobo Gang

Love Lab is a romantic school comedy based on a four-panel manga straight from the pen-hand of Ruri Miyahara. The premise is simple – the student council at a respectable all-girls are drawn into their president’s whirlwind of naive romance fantasies, ultimately becoming a club for practicing at the art of finding love. At first…

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This Month’s Most Valued Person – Masaaki Yuasa

I thought of doing a new regular segment where I talk about an anime staffer who has really made an impression on me in the last month. The first lucky pick is Masaaki Yuasa for his work as the director/storyboarder/screenwriter of Ping Pong. Not all the MVP posts will be this long – it will…

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Ping Pong 7 Thoughts

I really feel like Ping Pong raised the bar to new heights with its latest offering Ping Pong presents a surging, heaving swell of grudges, lifelong dreams, responsibilities, love, passion,  and pride being stirred up by its entire cast, just waiting to break into uninhibited conflict. Although there have been minor clashes along the way,…

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Let’s Look at Ping Pong The Animation!

I enjoyed the first episode of Ping Pong for its rough, esoteric artistry and the fresh approach Yuasa has taken for presenting an anime. Actually, I guess you could say I appreciated it more than I enjoyed it. While it wasn’t boring by any stretch, it did lack a certain ‘hook’ or gravitas that I…

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Space Dandy – Just go with the flow, baby

Believe it or not, it’s actually been about 4 weeks since I started writing this post. Every time I get a sliver of free time coinciding with a surge in self-motivation, I’ve been trying to get it finished. The problem is, everytime a new episode comes out, I have to go back to the drawing…

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Kill la Kill – Slow the hell down

So  it’s been about an hour since I finished watching the first episode of Kill la Kill and the dizziness is just about cleared up. In a choppy, frenetic and dazzlingly colourful 20 minutes, the first episode of Kill la Kill has firmly placed the anime in the “What the hell did I just” watch…

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Yoshinori Kanada’s Fire Dragon and Homages

If you’ve been to my blog before, you’ve probably heard me mention the name Yoshinori Kanada. I’m not going to write another biography on the guy, but I will say he died in 2009 as a legend to the anime industry and its fans. His charismatic approach to his work as animator broke down many…

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