Tag Archives: Anime

Saturday Matinee: Millenium Actress

An enchanting Japanese animated film about a woman whose life is propelled by the yearning of her heart for a mysterious stranger. Review by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat Source: Spirituality & Practice In the opening scene of this exquisite … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: Perfect Blue

“Perfect Blue” (1997) is a psychological thriller anime directed by Satoshi Kon, written by Sadayuki Murai, and based on the novel “Perfect Blue: Complete Metamorphosis” by Yoshikazu Takeuchi. The film follows Mima Kirigoe, a member of a Japanese idol group, … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: Kaiba

A young man awakens without memories. There’s a hole in his chest, a symbol on his belly, and a blurry picture of a girl in a locket he has. Knowing nothing, he tries to escape a twisted city of stolen … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: Kick-Heart

Production I.G’s Kick-heart directed by Masaaki Yuasa. A love story between two people that each have a secret to hide. One a pro-wrestler, the other a Nun. Losing never felt so good. Watch the full film here.

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Saturday Matinee: Grave of the Fireflies

Review by Roger Ebert In the waning days of World War II, American bombers drop napalm canisters on Japanese cities, creating fire storms. These bombs, longer than a tin can but about as big around, fall to earth trailing cloth … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: Blade Runner Black Out 2022

In 2022, an EMP detonation has caused a global blackout that has massive, destructive implications all over the world. Directed by Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo’s Shinichiro Watanabe, Blade Runner Black Out 2022 is a new animated short which serves … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: Summer Wars

“Summer Wars” (2009) is a sci-fi anime directed by Mamoru Hosoda (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time) and animated by Madhouse studio. The film’s plot follows Kenji Koiso, an eleventh-grade math prodigy who, while visiting his friend Natsuki’s great-grandmother, is … Continue reading

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Saturday Matinee: A Letter to Momo

“A Letter to Momo” (2011) is an animated supernatural comedy/drama written and directed by Hiroyuki Okiura (Jin-Roh). The story focuses on adolescent Momo and her mother Ikuko who, after a death in the family, move to a rural island to … Continue reading

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