The Emmy Award-winning cartoon series Samurai Jack is returning in 2016 to TV on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. For those that missed the fab original, it featured Jack, a samurai stranded in the far future, and his quest to travel back to his home time while beating the sly alien-and-robot-backed demon ruler of Earth, aka, […]
According to our chums over at Boing Boing, this is the Girls’ Generation K-pop hit that was played to near extinction by South Korea in their recent audio duel of the border bands with North Korea – no wonder Kim Jong-un was pleading to make the sonic assault stop. We’d probably mobilise our submarine fleet too!
Before I took on the editorial gig here at SFCrowsnest when there were only videos and no one had ever heard of DVDs, I was collecting information for a book I was co-writing on British animation. The toughest aspect was the lack of availability of commercially available classic material to see first hand followed by […]
‘The World Of Quest’ is a colourful little Manga-style graphic novel. The story in the book starts after Nestor’s parents have been killed and the castle, his home, have been destroyed. Our story features Prince Nestor, an eleven year-old boy and Quest who was formerly the greatest hero in the realm, when he was much […]
Anime director Isao Takahata talks about founding Studio Ghibli and The Tale of The Princess Kaguya.
Acclaimed director Isao Takahata’s first film in fourteen years is the Academy Award nominated The Tale of The Princess Kaguya. In 1985, Takahata was one of the founding fathers of animation hothouse Studio Ghibli along with fellow director Hayao Miyazaki and producer Toshio Suzuki. Miyazaki, 74, announced his retirement in 2013 and Takahata, who will be […]
Directed by Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata (Grave of The Fireflies) and featuring a cast with Darren Criss, Lucy Lui and Chloë Grace Moretz, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya will be released in UK cinemas March 20th 2015, and the Republic of Ireland March 27th 2015. Nominated for an Academy Award (Best Animated Feature), […]
Here’s the new UK for Warner Bros live action sequel Rurouni Kenshin 2: Kyoto Inferno – which opens in UK cinemas 28th November 2015. Kenshin Himura (Takeru Satoh) is a legendary swordsman, a hero in the wars preceding the turbulent fall of Japan’s Shogunate in the 19th century. Once feared as ‘Battosai the Killer’, with […]
Animation at its best, directed by Shinji Aramaki, here we have a post-apocalyptic thriller set in the desolation of New York City. Mind you, it could be any city and it’s a scene of utter devastation similar to that of Dresden after World War II with very few buildings are left standing. With Japanese origins, […]
Japanese animation or anime is a huge successful and very diverse multimedia industry. As Jonathan Clements says himself in ‘Anime: A History’, it is a ‘medium’ rather than a genre. This book is based on Clements PHD doctorate and is a highly detailed discussion on the history of animation, predominately in Japan and its spread […]
Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted from a young age and thus unable to become a pilot, he joins the aircraft division of a major Japanese engineering company in 1927. His genius is soon recognized, and he grows to become one of the world’s […]