Studio Ghibli #15: Tales From Earthsea (2006)

We’ve all seen the clip….. We all know what I’m going to have to talk about….. Okay, here goes; Today I’m writing about Gorō Miyazaki’s debut feature film, Tales From Earthsea, a film that is generally regarded as one of the weaker Ghibli films, and there’s even (and here is where the clip comes in)Continue reading “Studio Ghibli #15: Tales From Earthsea (2006)”

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2000), Traditional Gothic meets Cyberpunk Anime

Continuing my Halloween content for this column, this week I’m tackling one of the most famous animated horror films; Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. Based off of Hideyuki Kikuchi’s long-running novel series Vampire Hunter D, first published in 1983, the series now has 31 novels comprising 44 volumes. The series has seen multiple adaptations over theContinue reading “Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2000), Traditional Gothic meets Cyberpunk Anime”

Birdboy: The Forgotten Children (2015), a Tremendously Overlooked Masterpiece

It should be obvious by now that I am a big fan of animation, but what may not come across as clearly is my love of horror as well. So in the run-up to Halloween, the spookiest time of the year, I knew I was going to have to put the Studio Ghibli series onContinue reading “Birdboy: The Forgotten Children (2015), a Tremendously Overlooked Masterpiece”

Studio Ghibli #14: Howl’s Moving Castle

Following the success of his previous film, Miyazaki eyed up Diana Wynne Jones’s novel; Howl’s Moving Castle, as his next directorial effort after Mamoru Hosada, the director of Wolf Children and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, left the project after creative differences with the Studio Ghibli executives. Howl’s Moving Castle has become one ofContinue reading “Studio Ghibli #14: Howl’s Moving Castle”

Studio Ghibli #13: The Cat Returns (2002)

I really didn’t know what to expect when I watched The Cat Returns; all I knew about it was that it was a fantasy-focused spin-off of Whisper of the Heart, which already seemed weird due to how grounded Whisper of the Heart, mostly, is. Also I knew that the film was the sole Ghibli filmContinue reading “Studio Ghibli #13: The Cat Returns (2002)”

Studio Ghibli #12: Spirited Away (2001)

Whether you’re an anime fan or not, chances are one of the few titles you’d recognise regardless is Spirited Away. Often referred to as Miyazaki’s magnum opus, Spirited Away is both a labour of love and the culmination of the gradual advancements in animation we’ve seen throughout Miyazaki’s career. The impact and reach that thisContinue reading “Studio Ghibli #12: Spirited Away (2001)”

Studio Ghibli #11: My Neighbours The Yamadas (1999)

It seems I’m falling into a trend with these pieces, everytime I get to a new Isao Takahata film I haven’t seen before it’s the same excuse, the art style looked bland or the lack of discourse surrounding the film never stirred me to sit down and watch it, and yet again I can onlyContinue reading “Studio Ghibli #11: My Neighbours The Yamadas (1999)”

Studio Ghibli #10: Princess Mononoke (1997)

For many, the general consensus seems to be that Princess Mononoke is Miyazaki’s best film, this is a sentiment I see both online and in real-life but while I disagree I also find it easy to understand why people feel this way. For me Princess Mononoke is the culmination of all of Miyazaki’s previous works,Continue reading “Studio Ghibli #10: Princess Mononoke (1997)”

Studio Ghibli #9: Whisper of the Heart (1995)

Going into Whisper of the Heart I knew very little about the film aside from some mixed reviews from people I know, so I was more than surprised to find out that the film is a mostly grounded slice-of-life romance film and not the fantasy adventure I believed it to be from the poster. SoContinue reading “Studio Ghibli #9: Whisper of the Heart (1995)”

A Whisker Away (2020), It’s a Wonderful Cat Life

You don’t have to be a big fan of anime to have heard of Sailor Moon, a show that I caught glimpses of as a child but that had an undeniable influence on anime as a whole. So when I saw that Netflix’s new anime film, A Whisker Away, was co-directed by one of theContinue reading “A Whisker Away (2020), It’s a Wonderful Cat Life”