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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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Children Who Chase Lost Voices (2011)

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Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Down Below is screening around the country at the Reelanime Festival 13-26 September. Please check the website for session times.

Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Down Below might seem like an unnecessarily long title, (let’s be honest, like all of them seem to be) but director-writer Makoto Shinkai still hasn’t lost his ability to tell a poignant and entertaining story. This feature is, deep in its depths, about grief and acceptance, a tale … (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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Parasite Dolls (2004)

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What’s the opposite of nostalgia? Parasite Dolls is like stepping back in time — but in a bad way. Making the whole thing just that little bit more inexplicalbe is the quality of the team. When you have three creators who have director, screenwriting and character design credits on Patlabor TV, Lain and Samurai Champloo, you expect better. There is an overwhelming urge to keep them back after class and sternly inform them you expected better.

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Gravitation (2000)

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Gravitation, more affectionately known as Gravi to its fans, is a lot of things – crazy, kooky, funny, serious, touching, angsty, dark – but at its heart it’s also the simplest of love stories. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.

Boy meets boy, boy loses boy, boy gets boy back again.

No, that’s not a typo.

For those people who haven’t yet heard about this series, Gravitation, based on a manga series by Maki Murakami (published … (read more)

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