Ace Attorney (Anime) Review

Ace Attorney (Anime) Review 2

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

The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan (Anime) Review

The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan (Anime) Review

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is a bonafide modern classic, and one of my personal favourite anime series. However, by leaps and bounds, its companion film The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya is a better product. An almost three-hour epic, it takes the concept of the series and pushes it to its logical limit. On top … Read more

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress (Anime) Review

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress (Anime) Review 1

Attack on Titan took the anime world by storm in 2013. To this day, I can’t really figure out why. Sure, it’s an easy-to-grasp, harmless diversion that anyone can watch and understand. But there’s nothing truly compelling about it. Teenagers scream, giants smash things, and everyone spouts vaguely nationalistic slogans. Aside from some pretty fight … Read more

Only Yesterday (Movie) Review

Only Yesterday (Movie) Review 1

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.

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