Nightwalker: The Midnight Detective

Posted in Uncategorized on November 12, 2019 by predederva

MV5BMTIzNzAxNzM3NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNDA5MTgxMQ@@._V1_UY1200_CR10706301200_AL_I originally reviewed this anime when I was barely out of high school. That was 10 years ago now. I think my writing has improved somewhat since then. And I think the anime is so good it needs a little more exposure, even if that means I’ll be reviewing it for a second time. My old review is trash anyway. Be that as it may, Nightwalker: The Midnight Detective takes two of my favorite genres and mixed them together in a way that works spectacularly (for it’s far too easy to screw up genre mixing). Nightwalker combines the Gothic Horror genre (specifically the “Anne Rice romantic vampire gothic horror” type) and mystery/crime genre (specifically the lone private detective “neo-noir” type).  Nightwalker also manages to tell a complete story, although by the ending one will be begging for a second season that just isn’t gonna happen. Anyway…. Continue reading

Megazone 23

Posted in Prede's Reviews on July 3, 2019 by predederva

megazone23dvdI ALSO wrote this review years ago, and I ALSO never published it. Sorry if it seems different than my other reviews, it was written for another site, so bear with me here.

Megazone 23 stands alongside such classic 80‘s anime as Dominion Tank Police, Venus Wars, and Bubblegum Crisis. They all hold up very well today, yet are still deeply entrenched in all things 80’s. And that’s sort of why I love them all so much. I’ve reviewed this show before, for the year 1985 in the infamous Golden Ani-Versary of Anime (1963-2013).  Continue reading

Garaga

Posted in Prede's Reviews on June 26, 2019 by predederva

GaragaI wrote this review years ago, yet it was never published. I figure I mine as well put it out today. If the review seems a little different than my ordinary stuff, that’s because it was originally written for another site. I finally have some free time in my personal life, and I feel like bringing this blog back to life. And why not start with a Planet of the Apes reject? Continue reading

Patlabor: The Movie

Posted in Prede's Reviews with tags , , , , on May 17, 2015 by predederva

515QX811ZYLI’ve written about Patlabor before. The TV series is a great sitcom about Japanese police officers in the future, that offers commentary on politics, humor working with strange people, and treats robots as nothing more than we would treat guns or police cars in a police sitcom set in 2015. The second movie is an sophisticated political and philosophical tale about foreign wars, Article 9, and the point of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces. So what are we to make of the first Patlabor movie? Did Headgear go all out for the first time the heroes from the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Special Vehicle Section 2 make it to the silver screen?

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Wicked City

Posted in Prede's Reviews on December 31, 2013 by predederva

WICKED CITY DVD case(**Warning – This review is a tad more not safe for work then my average review. You have been warned**) Wicked City is a 1987 Madhouse film directed by one of anime’s living legends, Yoshiaki Kawajiri. Never heard of him? Well that’s probably because the types of films he makes are a hard sell these days. Ultraviolent, hypersexual, horrific action titles used to be a dime a dozen in the day, Kawajiri was the crowned emperor of the genre, but today these types of anime are few and far between. Sure he’s not as well known as other living legends like Mamoru Hosoda, Makoto Shinkai, Hideaki Anno, or Mamoru Oshii.  He may not be as remembered as our recently departed Ryūtarō Nakamura, Osamu Dezaki, and Satoshi Kon. But he’s just as much of an auteur as  any of them, if not more so, and he leaves a distinct mark on any anime he directs. I think someone should get rolling on trying to crowd-source Kawajiri’s next film or something…since the market rarely provides for him a chance to get his teeth wet anymore. Anyway Kawajiri was once known for epic titles such as Ninja Scroll, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, and a bunch of stuff I already reviewed. Wicked City may not be his magnum opus, but it is a damn good film, and his most sexual to date. Wicked City is the first of many film adaptations of  Hideyuki Kikuchi’s novels that are directed by Kawajiri .

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Kite

Posted in Prede's Reviews on December 17, 2013 by predederva

Kite DVD CoverMany of the shows I review are violent in a way that lacks class and sophistication, but are entirely awesome and gleeful. Take for example the disgusting and gruesome Genocyber. It is unrefined, crass, dirty, and enjoys killing people. This is the type of anime that aims to make you enjoy watching the deaths of others. It’s creepy, it’s hateful, and it’s entirely entertaining. But there is another kind of violence prevalent in anime, one that is not “fun” to watch. One that does not enjoyably kill off its cast, but when someone dies or is hurt you feel their pain. This type of violence is what I call empathy violence, as opposed to ultraviolence (where you enjoy the killings). For example, no one ever roots for the young boy to be shot in Babel (at least I hope no one does). That movie has empathy violence in it. But in The Last Stand we love to see Arnie run some bastards over (spoilers) with a freakin police SUV! We love to watch him spray a minigun at a bunch of killers (spoilers) and then say a witty line ! We get some sort of enjoyment from these crazy, ultraviolent action scenes! Kite has extreme violence and incredible action scenes, but we are never “having fun”. Instead we have a knot in our stomach the entire time, we worry if Sawa is going to be alright. We have compassion when Sawa gets hurt. We pity her for having such a horrible childhood.  When people die in this anime we don’t get excited, we get upset.  This is an anime with a 60 minute running time that makes us care. There is an elegance to Kite that few anime and live action movies have. This is not some bottom of the barrel over the top violence, there is real thought behind every single scene.

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NTR Radio

Posted in announcements on December 14, 2013 by predederva

I just had the pleasure to be on Episode 23 of the NTR Radio Podcast! I talked about the glorious 1980’s, specifically anime from that decade (but also important events from it) with the very cool trio KgodsVZ,  and Anubis . I had a lot of fun, probably the most fun since I was last on a podcast! I do hope you guys all listen, maybe you’ll get a little bit of an idea as to why I love the 1980’s and anime from that neon lit decade!

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