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Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie (2012)

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One of the questions that apparently many Japanese are asked – at least if you go by the awesome pre-recorded Q&A session that ran before the Gold Coast Film Festival’s screening of Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie and featured the voice actors for both Naruto (Junko Takeuchi) and Kakashi (Kazuhiko Inoue) – is why do foreigners like anime?

It’s an interesting question, in fact. Why do we like anime (well, those of us who are fans at least)? The … (read more)

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Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow (2004)

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Naruto the series has been such a hugely popular anime series that most of our readers would have seen at least a couple of episodes, and hence need no introduction to Naruto or Team 7. For those unfamiliar with the series, Naruto is a young ninja from the Hidden Village of the Leaf, who aspires to become a Hokage, the highest ranking ninja. He is a member of Team 7, together with fellow ninjas Sasuke, Sakura and team leader Kakashi. … (read more)

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Gilgamesh (2003)

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Long has mythology and history inspired anime. Remember Studio Pierrot’s Mysterious Cities of Gold back in the 80’s, where ancient South American technology was set against the backdrop of a boy’s search for his father? Or how about something from more recent memory, like Rah Xephon for example, where oracles and obscure references to the Greek arts take centre stage? Even the epic Neon Genesis Evangelion could be said to draw upon aspects of religious mythology, making a good argument … (read more)

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Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo (2004)

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In an astonishingly original interpretation – an inspirational mix of baroque style and science fiction sensibilities – Gankutsuou is a series painted in light, literally. It’s visuals are breathtaking, a wild riot of colour and pattern, a moving Gustav Klimt painting where a glowing palette of elaborate textures have been mapped over what would have normally been flat panels of cell shaded colour, from the sides of buildings to characters’ hair. Verbal descriptions can in no way communicate the lush … (read more)

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