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Under a Sun
Under a Sun
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Price: 5.89

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the UK's best kept secrets..., 19 Feb 2010
This review is from: Under a Sun (Audio CD)
I can't understand why more people haven't heard of this album. The gentle and often understated vocals give the impression of casualness, but you come to realise that each song is actually perfectly and carefully constructed. Here's One For You, the opening track, is flawlessly energising while later songs on the album are slower and subtler, but there is something about all these tracks that's instantly easy to relate to. Although the lyrics can be a little puzzling at times, I've found myself singing these songs over and over again. NB: For some reason, some music player programs don't seem to want to display the title of the last song. If yours does this, the song is called Pushchair.

The Castle Of Cagliostro [DVD]
The Castle Of Cagliostro [DVD]
Dvd ~ Yuji Ohno
Price: 8.89

79 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, brilliant fun even for non-anime-addicts., 30 Aug 2006
A dashing young thief robs a casino, blowing up police car tyres and sneaking out of windows, and manages (Ocean's Eleven notwithstanding) to escape with the money, only to find it counterfeit. Causing an immediate traffic jam by shovelling it out of his physics-defying car, he decides to track the money down to a little-known European kingdom. That's just the first five minutes of this terrific film, and the fun has hardly begun.

Cagliostro's Castle was my introduction to anime, and it's hard to imagine a better transition-- if this were live-action, it would be world-famous. The hero, Wolf (Lupin in Japanese, I believe), is a likeable rogue with impossible gadgets, a bizarre streak of chivalry and a determined policeman on his tail, and if that doesn't sound like a recipe for great fun I'm not sure what does. Throw in an eternally unruffled swordsman, a matter-of-fact sharpshooter, a refreshingly love-to-hate villain, a sassy lone agent and a beautiful 19-year-old damsel in distress, and you've got this amazing film, which mixes romance and action with comedy and doesn't waste a single minute.

One word of advice: get used to EITHER the subtitled OR the dubbed version, don't try to like both-- they seem to have been based on scripts at different stages of production, and as a consequence don't always match up even at crucial moments. If you speak fluent Japanese, fine.

My Neighbour Totoro [DVD]
My Neighbour Totoro [DVD]
Dvd ~ Hayao Miyazaki
Price: 8.52

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Adorable, but less action-packed., 30 Aug 2006
This review is from: My Neighbour Totoro [DVD] (DVD)
A friend of mine has described My Neighbour Totoro as "the best film ever in which nothing really happens." He isn't far wrong. Unlike the adventures and terrors of films such as "Spirited Away", the plot never really seems to develop much-- two little girls and their open-minded father move to a new house in a remote country village, they start school, meet various magical creatures that live in the area, experience little miracles of magic and nature, get lost and are found again.

On the other hand, it could be said that a film as beautiful as this doesn't really need a gripping plot. The fantasy creatures are as creative and unusual as you'd expect, and even the most hardened cynic can't fail to be charmed by the warmth and magic of this film and its endearing characters. As long as you don't expect an epic storyline, My Neighbour Totoro is an utterly appealing piece.

Gankutsuou 1: Count of Monte Cristo [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Gankutsuou 1: Count of Monte Cristo [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Johnny Yong Bosch
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 17.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An beautifully made emotional roller-coaster, not to be forgotten in a hurry., 11 Jun 2006
Those who talk about animated series as being "childish" or trivial will certainly be shocked by Gankutsuou, one of the greatest series I have seen to date. The storyline is both complex and emotionally moving, and definitely in no way a children's animation-- although the main character is fifteen years old, this is an anime where characters fall in love and learn to hate, hurt others and get hurt themselves, seek revenge and find destruction, surrounded by an elegant but essentially corrupt future society. Don't watch this if you're depressed; the series can well be described as something of an emotional roller-coaster, which will destroy your faith in human nature... and then put it back together again, so subtly that you barely even notice.

Although the story which inspired Gankutsuou was written two centuries back, it has been carefully transferred to a setting hundreds of years from the present day; while this produces some odd juxtapositions, only a few (such as the presence of horse-drawn carriages alongside spaceships) actually jar. Aside from these minor details, this series is virtually faultless: the animation, while highly unusual (watch out for Albert's holographic jackets) is beautifully drawn, and the music remarkably well-written. Listen in particular to the beginning and end theme music if you want some insights into the story before they actually arrive.

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