Books: A Web of Air

Set in the world of Mortal Engines, this is sequel to Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve.   This book starts off with a bang, which is hard to imagine since the last book was already quite action packed. With a beginning so full of impact it became difficult to put the book down. Set 2 … Continue reading

I got Tagged! (also known as the Blogger Interrogation Game)

I admit, I’m not very active in the blogosphere. I don’t read many blogs, especially anime or book related ones. I tend towards the more creative types, like craft or food blogs. And yet here I am reviewing anime and books. It’s a strange twist of fate I suppose. I’m not new to blogging, I’ve … Continue reading

Anime: Nurarihyon no Mago

Nurarihyon no Mago is everything a shounen anime should not be. Rikuo Nura, human by day, youkai by night. He is the heir of the Nura clan, a group of spirits/demons that behave like a yakuza group. For those that don’t know what yakuza are, they are essentially gangsters, but they have a very strong … Continue reading

Book: Fever Crumb

Just a disclaimer before I begin, I have loved Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve since I read the quartet so there was a lot of expectation when I finally decided to start on the Fever Crumb series which is the prequel. There is also a certain degree of bias because reading Fever Crumb has made … Continue reading

Anime: Shiranpuri

The last anime work in the 2011 Young Animator Training Project. Shiranpuri means minding my own business and is a story about bullying and how the protagonist minds his own business even as he sees his classmate being bullied. It’s set apart from the other anime works in the project by its design. They look like … Continue reading

Book: The Alchemaster’s Apprentice

The last book (for now) by Walter Moers that I’ll be reviewing. Another book set in Zamonia and supposedly written by Optimus Yarnspinne, it’s a culinary tale of epic proportions. Up is down and ugly is beautiful How true this motto holds for the book. The juxtaposition of seemingly incompatible elements in each of the characters is done to … Continue reading

Anime: Puka Puka Juju

The third in the 2011 Young Animator Training Project and probably my favourite. It’s a really heartwarming tale about a girl whose father works really hard and doesn’t seem to have time for her. A promised trip to the beach ends before it can even begin and instead as she plays at home we’re taken on … Continue reading

Book: The City of Dreaming Books

Finally the book that started me on a crazy  journey in Zamonia, the 4th book set in Zamonia, but the 3rd to be translated, I was looking forward to reading this book for a long time. And it does not disappoint. A book about books, and what a wonderful homage to the craft of creating … Continue reading

Anime: Wasurenagumo

The second anime from the crop of 2011 young animators training project. This is from Production I.G, a pretty well-known anime studio that produced the very popular Ghost in the Shell. I guess out of 4 anime works, this was the one that was really geared at adults or teens, as compared to the rest … Continue reading

Book: Rumo and his Miraculous Adventures

The second book set in Zamonia written by Walter Moers. My favourite book so far from the novels that have been translated. This time we delve into the life of Rumo that little Wolperting that we saw a glimpse of in Captain Bluebear. It has a more linear plot that progresses more traditionally. The sense of … Continue reading