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February 11, 2024

Be Sure To Get Some Rest And Hydrate Before Watching “Aachi & Ssipak”

Jo Beom-jin’s 2006 anime Aachi & Ssipak has enough action squeezed into its 90-minute runtime to make ten films. It’s about as fast-paced as a […]
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January 28, 2024

I Admit It, I Enjoyed “Urotsukidōji: Legend of the Overfiend”

At some point, you have to own up to the fact that you are not an aloof and ironic observer watching an ultra-violent, sex-soaked orgy […]
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January 7, 2024

The Inexplicable Existence Of “Crayon Shin-chan: Fast Asleep!”

I am a 55-year-old fan of a Japanese children’s cartoon called Crayon Shin-chan. I’m not sure how I got here, but there is no use […]
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November 19, 2023

The Strange Psychology of “Doraemon: Nobita's Three Visionary Swordsmen”

I was unfamiliar with Nobita and Doraemon when I first went to watch Nobita's Three Visionary Swordsmen. I recognized the image of Doraemon, he pops […]
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October 29, 2023

Crayon Shin-Chan: The Hidden Treasure of the Buri Buri Kingdom 

Crayon Shin-Chan is a very popular manga and anime series in Japan. It began in 1990 and is still ongoing. It also happens to be […]
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October 15, 2023

William Kentridge’s Film “Felix In Exile”

William Kentridge was born in Johannesburg in 1955. He is white. He spent the first forty years of his life living under apartheid. Both of […]
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August 6, 2023

The Russian Psyche As Seen In Vordum And Other Soviet Animations

Vordum: Price of Death is not for everyone. I grew up watching Ray Harryhausen films, and as a result, I have a deep abiding love […]
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July 12, 2023

Mazinkaiser SKL and Me

Mazinkaiser SKL and Me If you are looking for your daily dose of mechanized testosterone, you could do worse than pumping a few CCs of […]
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July 9, 2023

Bill Plympton’s "Mutant Aliens"

I was first introduced to Bill Plympton in the mid-1980s when, as an adolescent, I sat in front of the newly founded MTV, greedily absorbing […]
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July 5, 2023

Something About Freedom, The Spider-Verse And Michelangelo

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (2023), Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022), and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) all share a common focus. […]
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June 28, 2023

Hiroyuki Imaishi’s "Dead Leaves:" A Visual Assault On Your Sanity

Dead Leaves is the very definition of style over substance, but don't let that stop you from seeing it. The style is so compelling, you […]
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June 18, 2023

"Fist Of The North Star:" From Manga to Anime to Live Action

Yoshiyuki Okamura and Tetsuo Hara’s manga, Fist Of The North Star, was the best-selling manga of the 1980s. Okamura AKA Buronson wrote the stories and […]
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May 28, 2023

"Afro Samurai: Resurrection," Cool Looking Crap is Still Crap

Afro Samurai: Resurrection is a hyper-stylized anime film from 2008. It’s half hip-hop and half chanbara. Unfortunately, it includes the worst of both worlds. It […]
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May 7, 2023

Had Enough of “Woke” Cinema? “Avenger Dogs Christmas” Is For You!

Are you tired of movies that constantly harp on racism? Movies that are not in line with good Christian values? Do you stand in defiance […]
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March 15, 2023

"Night on The Galactic Railroad:" If Tarkovsky Made an Anime? 

What if Tarkovsky was smacked on the head by an errant boom mic and woke up thinking he was a Japanese anime director? Oh, and […]
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January 8, 2023

Noboru Ishiguro’s Megazone 23

Megazone 23 is laser-focused on its target market. Everything about the film is carefully arranged to appeal to what I would guess is a 15-year-old boy. […]
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December 25, 2022

It’s A Porn! It’s A Toon! It’s Sheena In Wonderland!

Why would you make an X-rated cartoon? I don’t mean the 3D stuff on Pornhub, I mean a Bugs Bunny-style slapstick sex cartoon. Who is the […]
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December 11, 2022

The Wicked City: Live Action vs Anime

I watched the live-action version of Wicked City not knowing that an anime version preceded it. Knowing that the live-action version was based on an […]
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September 18, 2022

David Shrigley’s Lightswitch

David Shrigley’s Lightswitch is a 1-minute and 28 second long animated line drawing of a hand turning a light switch on and off. It’s about as simple […]
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September 4, 2022

Tekkonkinkreet Is One Of The Best Anime I Have Seen

Tekkonkinkreet, made in 2006, is visually extraordinary. The imagery is some of the best I have ever seen in an anime. It ranges from intricately […]
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March 27, 2022

Jan Švankmajer’s Conspirators Of Pleasure

The adjective surreal gets thrown around quite a bit but Jan Švankmajer truly fits the bill. I’m sure Breton and Buñuel would give him their stamp of […]
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January 30, 2022

The Films Of Niki Lindroth von Bahr

    Niki Lindroth von Bahr fits right in with her Nordic peers. If you enjoy the films of Roy Anderson, Alex van Warmerdam or Jens Lien you are sure to […]
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November 4, 2021

Cartoonish Depictions in a Cartoon: The Controversy Over Mutafukaz

​There has been some controversy concerning Guillaume Renard and Shojiro Nishimi’s 2017 animated film Mutafukaz. The issue has to do who gets to depict whom. […]
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October 26, 2021

The Thorny Matter of Coonskin

Ralph Bakshi’s 1975 film Coonskin presents its audience with so much racially charged, controversial and deliberately offensive material its impossible to formulate a response as […]
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