Event: Gifu Anime Sacred Place Alliance starts your name, A Silent Voice prefecture tours

Cool Japan might have its official Gifu-to-Tokyo your name. pilgrimage, but if you want to escape from life in the metropolis, this tour might be the one for you. Eight different cities in Gifu Prefecture are joining in the Gifu Anime Sacred Place Alliance, to bring tourists from across the globe to the popular anime prefecture. Indeed, your name. is far from being the only anime inspired by or … Continue reading Event: Gifu Anime Sacred Place Alliance starts your name, A Silent Voice prefecture tours

Pearl Harbour, propaganda and anime’s first feature length

Art plays a pivotal role in the healing process in the wake of national disaster, channelling a country’s collective grief and creating something from the calamity. Director Makoto Shinkai said the success of Your name is due in part to the natural disaster at the centre of its narrative, chiming with a country still processing the fallout of its most powerful earthquake, the tsunami it … Continue reading Pearl Harbour, propaganda and anime’s first feature length

Review: The Place Promised in Our Early Days / Voices of a Distant Star Twin Pack

Looking back to The Place Promised in Our Early Days, and even further into the distance with his OVA ‘Voices of a Distant Star’, together the two animations showcase Makoto Shinkai’s development into the themes that have brought him such phenomenal success with your name. Sci-fi supplants its wonder within the ordinary, and young lovers are divided by near-insurmountable space. The space of ‘Voices’ is … Continue reading Review: The Place Promised in Our Early Days / Voices of a Distant Star Twin Pack

Your name, our anime: defending the new and female otaku

It’s time for another episode of Old Fogies Take a Dump on New Anime. Mamoru Oshii’s done it, taking pops at Mamoru Hosoda, Hideaki Anno, and all currently-airing anime in general. Now it seems Toshio Okada, co-founder of Gainax and so-called “Otaking”, wants to get on the boat and rock it too. Except his unwitting victim is Makoto Shinkai’s your name. Since Okada left Gainax in 1992, he’s … Continue reading Your name, our anime: defending the new and female otaku