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Anime Roundup: August 22, 2016

'Bleach'? 'Haruchika'? 'Pokémon'? 'Gin Tama'? We'll do it live!

Anime Roundup: August 16, 2016 (Post-Otakon Edition)

'Turn A Gundam' on Blu-ray, 'Tiger & Bunny' feature film gets a writer, Funimation rounds out its back (and front) catalog.

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'Queen Emeraldas': Our Lady Of The Sea Of Stars

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Leiji Matsumoto's pulp action / space opera stories are really a kind of SF-tingled mythology; his 'Captain Harlock' successor, now out in English, is a fine example

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Welcome To Ganriki.org 2.0!

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Under the hood, we've been remaking Ganriki by way of an entirely new software platform, the basis for what we hope will be a faster, more immersive, and more engaging site

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'Empire of Corpses': Dead Man's Party

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Label anything 'steampunk' and the label tends to take over, but this fantasy from the late lamented Project Itoh is about more than just clockworks and longcoats

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'Belladonna of Sadness': Satan Met A Lady

Restored to its original psychedelic glory, this mad masterwork from Osamu Tezuka's studio goes from chic porn to feminist parable and everything in between

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"Our civilization is starving for great images," director Werner Herzog is reported to have once said, "and without them, we will perish." I sometimes imagine director Eiichi Yamamoto created Belladonna of Sadness to satisfy his own wild hunger for same, and that the rest of us are just lucky enough to have been along for the ride. Mainstream filmmaking in Japan once had a shamelessly experimental streak, and Belladonna is a proud artifact of that era. And while for an animated film it actually has very little animation — today, we'd call it a "motion comic" — what little animation it does have is some of the most delirious, grotesque, and fearless ever conceived.

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'Only Yesterday': All The Things I Was

Unseen in English since its original 1991 release, this Isao Takahata/Studio Ghibli production was more than worth the wait, and not just for its name recognition

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There's never any sense in being mindlessly reverent about anything, even when those things are actually good, because then you miss out on finding your own reasons for why they're good. It took a few viewings for me to articulate why Hayao Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke was a truly great movie — both to tease out the film's nuances, and to stand clear of the conventional wisdom that anything by Studio Ghibli was automatically "classic". I had to clear my head this way for Isao Takahata's Only Yesterday, another Ghibli production that is only just now being released to English-speaking audiences some twenty-five years after its original release. It was worth the wait, not because it's a Ghibli film, but because it's a great film.

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In Defense Of 'Berserk', Both Old And New

The new 'Berserk' is a welcome extension to the original TV series, but it doesn't come at the expense of the '97 original -- what could?

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Here I am, all set to write a first-impressions piece on the new animated adaptation of Berserk, when I come across an article that forces me to take a new tack. The article, "The New Berserk Anime Already Outshines The '90s Original", gets a couple of basic things right — the new show is indeed excellent, and is headed in the right overall direction. But the idea that it "outshines" the original is founded on a misunderstanding of what the original tried to do and why. The two shows come from different eras, with different expectations, different levels of technology, different everything. What's great about the new series doesn't come at the expense of any former greatness, or even because of the limitations of the original. And for all the things the new one does well, there are things the original still seems to do better.

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