October 2014 Anime for Cancer Research: A Monogatari Special



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Up for grabs this month are two of the later instalments of the Bakemonogatari series. So click on the jump and make a bid for a good cause (remembering that I’ll match your donation to the charity cancer of your choice). Continue reading

Encouragement of Climb Season 2 (2014): First Thoughts



The second season of Encouragement of Climb (aka Yama no Susume) has finally[1] returned to CrunchyRoll, and there was much rejoicing. Well, mostly.

When the second season of Yama no Susume[2] was announced my biggest concern was how much bigger the show was becoming: twice the number of episodes, and each episode is 13 minutes instead of 3 minutes.

Given that short form anime don’t really work for me[3], this is somewhat ironic. Continue reading

The Magic Will Never Leave Me: My Neighbour Totoro (1988)


Sometimes as we grow, as we change, the way we react to art changes with us.

But, sometimes, if you’re very lucky, there is art that has always, and will always, hold magic for you.

One such for me is My Neighbour Totoro, and it has been too long since I last let Totoro work its magic on me. Continue reading

The Problem With Prequels


I was chatting with @ryorin again this morning when I tossed out this one liner re Star Wars VII:

Then I thought about it a bit more, and this really is the problem with prequels in a nutshell. Continue reading

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)


The Tale of the Princess Kaguya has the look, and the feel, of the traditional folk tale it is based upon. It is very much an Isao Takahata Studio Ghibli film. Much as I adore Hayao Miyazaki’s films, I doubt that he could have managed the melancholic ending[1] of Princess Kaguya as deftly as Takahata does here[2].

In this I suspect[3] that Takahata was remaining true to the source material. Happy endings to folk or faery tales are a relatively recent invention in the west[4], and I expect that the same is true for Asian folk tales as well[5]. Continue reading

Fall Season Anime 2014: First Thoughts on Many Shows


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As a distraction from being home sick and disgruntled[1] I’m going to take a quick look at the shows for this season. More or less in order of preference here’s what I’ve been watching over the last week or so. Continue reading

An interesting twitter conversation re anime, sexism, and diversity

Whilst I’ve had a number of highly amusing (for both of us) conversations with @ryorin on twitter, we do occasionally talk about serious stuff.

In this case it was about representation of women and diversity in US media and anime, and is one that I want to keep a record of. Continue reading

3rd Quarter Review for 2014


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Where does the time go? As usual here are the top 5 posts on Pirates of the Burley Griffin for the 3rd quarter of 2014:

  1. The Reality of Idol Culture in Japan (February 2013)
  2. Say “I Love You” (2012): Final Thoughts with Spoilers (December 2012)
  3. Anime Review List (periodically updated)
  4. Twenty Days of Haibane Renmei – Day 5 – Trash Day – Clock Tower – Birds Flying Over the Walls (January 2012)
  5. Harem, er, Sword Art Online (2012) (December 2012)

The top three posts haven’t shifted since last quarter, but there’s a surprising new entry and an unsurprising new entry. Continue reading


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