Category: Anime

REVIEW: My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

Studio Ghibli released two movies in 1988. After Isao Takahata’s first film with the studio, Grave of the Fireflies, explored the aftermath of WWII in Japan, Hayao Miyazaki’s next was a decidedly more light-hearted venture. Nausicaa and Castle in the Sky were a mixture of fantasy and steampunk, ...

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REVIEW: Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Based on a 1967 autobiographical short story of the same name, 1988’s Grave of the Fireflies would be Isao Takahata’s first film at Studio Ghibli. Hayao Miyazaki’s work often overshadows that of his late, lifelong collaborator. However, I think Takahata’s filmography is equally as impressive...

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REVIEW: Castle in the Sky (1986)

After the success of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Hayao Miyazaki’s next film came two years later in the form of Castle in the Sky. I forgot to mention last week that Nausicaä was technically produced before Studio Ghibli was formed, making Castle in the Sky their official first film....

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REVIEW: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

When I watched and reviewed Earwig and the Witch last week, it got me thinking about Studio Ghibli as a whole. This was their first film in six years (seven for us here in the United States), and it was disappointing to most fans, to say the least. However, it’s worthy of note that a …

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REVIEW: Earwig and the Witch (2020)

Friday, February the 5th, HBO Max released Studio Ghibli’s newest film, Earwig and the Witch. This is the studio’s first CGI animated movie and second Diana Wynne Jones adaptation after 2004’s Howl’s Moving Castle. Earwig and the Witch is directed by Gorô Miyazaki, son of animation giant Ha...

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REVIEW: Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 (2020) *SPOILER-FREE*

A little delayed due to COVID-19 – just like this very review is nine months late – Netflix has given us another entry in the Ghost in the Shell concept, Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045. This one is a direct sequel to 2nd Gig in the Stand Alone Complex continuity – and made by most …

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