Category Archives: Movies

Mary and the Witch’s Flower

In 2013 Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement, and the following year Studio Ghibli effectively shut down.  Miyazaki has since come out of retirement (he likes to do that) and the studio is back up and running, but during that period … Continue reading

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A Silent Voice

Last week we looked at Your Name, the most successful anime movie internationally of all time.  Whilst it is an absolutely amazing film, I offered the opinion that it is not quite the best anime ever, despite being arguably the … Continue reading

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Your Name

Your Name is arguably the most successful anime ever.  Although in its native Japan it failed to match the achievement of Spirited Away, worldwide it is the highest grossing anime movie of all time.  Its basic premise is that of … Continue reading

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The Garden of Words

A few years ago I studied Japanese at college, and a year of that was only really sufficient to scratch the surface of the language.  One of the first things I had to learn is that their writing is made … Continue reading

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Journey to Agartha

The most successful anime of all time, worldwide, is Your Name, by Makoto Shinkai.  We will be looking at that film in a couple of weeks, but first we are taking a look at some of his previous work, of … Continue reading

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5 Centimeters per Second

This week we are moving on to a different director of anime movies, and frankly another genius: Makoto Shinkai.  5 Centimeters per Second is his third film, and the first one I considered worth purchasing.  I will also be looking … Continue reading

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The Boy and the Beast

We have been looking recently at the films of Mamoru Hosoda, the director of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars and Wolf Children. The Boy and the Beast is his 2015 film, which he also wrote, and his … Continue reading

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