Fractale (2011) with some spoilers


Fractale is an engaging show that doesn’t quite exploit the ideas and worldbuilding as much as it should.

Fractale does get bonus points for a mostly[1] original way to resolve a love triangle including a member that is arguably not even alive. Continue reading

Rin-ne (2015): First Thoughts


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Whatever else can be said about Rumiko Takahashi[1], you know what you’re going to get when a new Takahashi anime adaptation appears[2].

In other words: light entertainment, some comedy, a romance that probably won’t go anywhere, and probably a new character every week. There’s nothing wrong with that so long as that’s what you’re in the mood for, and don’t make the mistake of expecting anything else[3]. Continue reading

Art vs. Reality: When Anime Gets It Right

John Samuel:

A fascinating look at the background elements that anime so often gets right.

Reblog, please click through to the original and comment there.

Originally posted on OTAKU LOUNGE:

anime face Wait, you mean real faces don’t actually look like this??

Anime is a medium that loves to exaggerate. From the overlarge eyes and sometimes hilarious facial expressions to the often outright fantastical stories that occur in ‘real life’ situations, there’s clearly a lot about anime that is in no way comparable to the actual world in which we live.

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Starship Troopers: Adaptations Made Of Stupid


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On the way to work yesterday I saw this io9 news item about a possible Starship Troopers TV series:

There are two massive problems with adapting Starship Troopers to the screen, but I’m only going to talk about one of them here[1]. Continue reading

The Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)



Avengers_Age_of_UltronThe Avengers: Age of Ultron is a worthy followup to The Avengers, albeit with a trend in cinematography that I could do with less of.

My biggest problem lies in the scale, and pacing, of the action sequences combined with the tendency to close up shots. Too fast, too close, too hard for me to keep track of. Continue reading

The Age of Adaline (2015)



The Age of Adaline is an engaging, tightly edited, fantasy romance that is well worth seeing.

The lead actor, Blake Lively, delivers a superb performance as Adaline, and carries the film well. She is quite simply wonderful to watch, and a large part of why The Age of Adaline is so engaging[1]. Continue reading


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