Miyazaki's STILL not retired; the live-action 'Ghost In The Shell' will be scored by Clint Mansell; and our first peek at the live-action 'Fullmetal Alchemist' flick.
Crunchymation? Funiroll? Their partnering was only one of a whole flood of interesting things over the past couple of weeks.
Japan has three pictures in the running for Best Animated Feature Film in this year's Oscars, with two others influenced by Japan. It's a shame none of them are likely to win
The looks: check. The action: check. The questions of identity: check. Now let's see how the rest holds up
How I almost folded Ganriki.org's tent, and how I decided against it
If the most damning thing I can say about Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV is that some of its dialogue and screenwriting are on the weak side, that's far better than what I was expecting to say about it. This feature film, as many already know, is intended mainly to introduce us to the world of the forthcoming Final Fantasy XV game. For that reason alone some are likely to dismiss it out of hand as either a two-hour cutscene or a two-hour game trailer. But there's at least an attempt here to tell a thoughtful story, and to populate it with people who have at least marginally more motivation than your average end boss.
The single biggest problem I face as a critic isn't warding off snipes in the comments sections, working on a minimal budget, or even coming up with something original or useful to say. It's time management. There's just so much stuff out there, even in a cultural niche like anime, that covering anything more than a tiny percentage of it single-handedly is impossible.
To that end, I've taken to talking about things when they're over, both for the sake of my own time management and as a way to pull together a cohesive analysis. But even that approach has limits: How do I cover something that's been running for years, and will most likely continue to run for years, without the kind of volume-by-volume or episode-by-episode coverage that eats into my time and leads me to draw snap conclusions I'm not always happy with?
Atheist that I am, I'm uneasy about creative works that mount an attack on organized religion. Not because the attacks are entirely unjustified — you could exhaust a sea of ink writing about the debilitating effects of blind belief — but because such attacks too easily substitute for a nuanced understanding of the subject. The Fake is ostensibly such an attack, since it deals with fraud committed in the name of God, but its real subject is not religion or even hypocrisy. It's about attempting to engender empathy for a character who by any measure deserves none.