Fantasia 2012 – Blood-C: The Last Dark Review (Matt Hodgson)

Fantasia Film Festival 2012 Blood-C: The Last Dark Voice Cast – Nana Mizuki, Kenji Nojima, Ai Hashimoto Directed by Naoyoshi Shiotani Back in 2000 a company called Production I.G. was looking for an original concept and a chance to use completely digital animation. The result was a brisk 45-min feature called Blood: The Last Vampire.Continue reading “Fantasia 2012 – Blood-C: The Last Dark Review (Matt Hodgson)”

A Letter to Momo (Momo e no tegami) Review (TIFF 2011) – An enchanting journey to Shio Island

Adhering to the belief that there is something special about hand drawn animation that cannot be duplicated by computer animation, director Hiroyuki Okiura and Production I.G. have spent the past seven years making a magical masterpiece. A Letter to Momo rivals┬áStudio Ghibli classics for pure imagination and charm, and is one of the most endearing,Continue reading “A Letter to Momo (Momo e no tegami) Review (TIFF 2011) – An enchanting journey to Shio Island”

From Up on Poppy Hill (Kokuriko-zaka kara) Review (TIFF 2011)

Today at TIFF I checked out the new Japanese anime film, From up on Poppy Hill. This film is part of the TIFF kids program, so I was very worried about a few things. Would the movie be dubbed? Gross. Would there be kids running around? Also a little gross. Would an anime nerd, elbowContinue reading “From Up on Poppy Hill (Kokuriko-zaka kara) Review (TIFF 2011)”