Book: The Path to the Spiders’ Nests

Like all his books, it steers a perfect course between innocent playfulness and the complex depths of thought. The story is told through the eyes of Pin, a barely adolescent boy, for whom the decision to fight with the partisans or with the black-shirt is not far removed from a choice between one street gang … Continue reading

Anime: Little Witch Academia

Little Witch Academia is probably the success story of the young animator training project, having secured a sequel with the help of kickstarter. It goes to show how popular anime is as well as the different ways anime can now be funded. Maybe it even marks a new era for the flagging industry. Seriously though, … Continue reading

Anime: Ryo

Ryo was the first project I watched for the 2012 batch. It has in some way shaped my view of the other projects, in terms of expectation of the quality of both the story and the animation. It’s a story that has been told time and time again, and for audiences in Japan, it’s probably … Continue reading

Anime: Shion No Ou

This particular series hails from the year 2007, which is still recent enough for me to remember that I was fairly interested in this anime when it came out, but never got around to watching it. Well, I may be 6 years too late, but at least I watched it and I must say that I … Continue reading

Anime: Arve Rezzle: Kikaijikake no Yoseitachi

Probably the worst project I’ve seen so far. And that’s just putting it mildly. Visually stunning. I really loved how it looked, I wish more anime would adopt this kind of style. There’s a certain quality to the art and to the animations. It just needs a better story than what it has now. First … Continue reading

Book: Under the Jaguar Sun

I’m sure by now you’re familiar with my love affair with Italo Calvino. Recently I managed to find a number of his books at the library (a different one from the one I usually go to) and so it would seem I’m back to reading more of his books. It’s also really coincidental that I … Continue reading

Anime: Death Billiards

Remember when I talked about the Young Animators Training Project last year? Well, I recently managed to catch up on this year’s crop and I have to say it’s been a really exciting time! The first project I’m going to review is Death Billiards. I love the animation and the style of this anime, it … Continue reading

Book: The Outsider

  Can I just admit that I have a hard time appreciating and understanding “modern classics”. They befuddle me. They seem to have this philosophical theme that takes a lot of work to really understand. I just don’t seem to have the capacity for that. Does this make me a bad “critic” of modern classics. … Continue reading

Book: The Night Circus

There are some books that change your world view. This is not one of them. There are some books with powerful, moving characters. This is not one of them. There are some books that have intricate plots and come to resounding conclusions. This is not one of them. What this book is, is magical. If … Continue reading

Anime: Minami-ke Tadaima

  As I mentioned in a previous post, Minami-ke is one of my favourite slice of life animes. I appreciate the comedy and I love the Minami family, quirks and all. This season has been no different. It tackles a range of periods through the year with each episode concentrating on a main theme that … Continue reading