Have I written this column before? Have I written this column before? Steve asks, as he takes a closer look at Groundhog Day, a classic “time-warp” movie with Bill Murray.
Steve looks at a Japanese anime film by master storyteller and animator Hayao Miyazaki.
Can wisdom be found in a ramen noodle shop? Fans, Anime and Food collide – but there’s no need to call in Senator Blutarsky.
The final installment of this year’s Ooky Spooky Animanga series focuses on the best scary animanga character costumes, and how to put them together.
Every culture has its ghost stories. Here in the West, ours tend toward narratives depicting souls who died violent deaths and have returned to take revenge. Or perhaps we tell tales of those who have died too soon and only wish for eternal playmates. As I briefly mentioned in my post last week, the Japanese have a very rich and far-reaching pantheon of spooks. The majority of these ghosts and their stories grew out of the Edo period (1603-1867; thus why a show like Mononoke asserts itself as particularly Japanese horror), and ghost stories with a certain antiquated style to them, or an air of the past, are usually referred to as kaiden (mysterious or strange recited narrative), whereas more modern horror stories would simply be called hora (a Japanization of “horror”).
Anime is not intended as a definitive guide, but as wide ranging introduction to the field. Even so, seasoned anime watchers will find the book valuable for the opinions expressed