D. Beverley

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Neo Tokyo [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] <b>DVD</b> ~ Hideko Yoshida
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I was reminded of the existence of Neo Tokyo whilst researching Robot Carnival. Both are supposed to be "experimental anime" of a similar variety. That is wrong. The only thing the two anthologies have in common is the involvement of Katsuhiro 'tomo. Robot Carnival sucks.

I really enjoyed this. It had everything that Robot Carnival did not - vibrancy, humour, charm, originality, and something interesting to offer. It also does not make the mistake of being too long. Though I wouldn't really call the majority of this OAV "experimental", this style of film, with quirky avant-garde direction tends to get boring and repetitive over time. The three shorts that make up this collection… Read more
Serial Experiments: Lain Collection [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Ryutaro Nakamura
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I know a girl who always seems a million miles away. She is essentially closed to all of us, living mainly inside herself. She appears, ostensibly, comfortable with her singular existence; but is probably unable to function truly alone. She's the kind of person that a lot of people are once or twice in their lives. She could easily be skirting around a nervous breakdown, caused by her extraneous introversion. The titular character of Serial Experiments Lain could almost be based upon her somewhat sad existence.

Lain, the lonely little girl stood on the bridge watching those she knew better than was known by, removed from the memory of, is extraordinary. There must be something… Read more
Dreamland Japan: Writings on Modern Manga - Japane&hellip by Frederik L. Schodt
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, 25 July 2008
Frederik L. Schodt has to be one of, if not the, most respected voices in manga commentary. His first book, Manga! Manga! was a god-send to those who discovered the marvels of Japanese comics before they really took off in the West. But that was written in the early 80s, and desperately needed updating. Hence this voume.

The book is essentially a collection of essays and articles on different aspects of manga, the Japanese comics market, and famous authors. It suffers slightly as a whole from being an anthology of previously published works. However, it is still immensely informative and engagingly written.

Manga can seem like an ocean of foreign names and ideas to a… Read more

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