In the West, Studio Ghibli is primarily known for its whimsical fantasy films, and for good reason – that’s a majority of its output. From the moving ghost story of Spirited Away to the high-flying fairy tale of Castle in the Sky, Ghibli’s oeuvre consists primarily of fast, fluid, and fantastical fairy tales for the whole family. That said, the studio has also put out understated, slice-of-life stories that are equally captivating, albeit a bit more adult. These films usually come from the mind of Hayao Miyazaki’s lifelong friend, Isao Takahata.
Back in 2008, when I was a fledgling Ace Attorney fan, the prospect of an anime adaptation was a dream of mine. It wasn’t just me, either—the fanbase has been clamouring for a legitimate adaptation of the wacky adventure series, and Takashi Miike’s frankly awful movie definitely wasn’t it. 15 years after the first release, … Read more