Eden in name only

Hiroki Endo calling his manga ‘Eden‘ is a hint. Eden is supposed to be a paradise on Earth, but Endo‘s version is more like Hell. It’s sarcasm on his part, I think, because this is a contrary and brutal series, where anything that’s good is crushed and anything that’s innocent is (often literally) raped. For… Continue reading Eden in name only

The harsh beauty of Tsutomu Nihei's Biomega

Happy new year, everyone! Time sure flies and it’s now looking likely that this blog will live to see it’s fourth anniversary on the 4th of March, which is just… surreal! This time of year also provides me with the rare opportunity to immerse in some new worlds of fiction. Last year I fell under… Continue reading The harsh beauty of Tsutomu Nihei's Biomega

Casshern Sins: I wanted to leave my color on my city

Knowing that some day you will die is not a prospect that one’s thoughts tend to dwell on, but in Casshern Sins, when death is everywhere and the land is ravaged with decay, that your life will some day end is impossible to ignore. It’s a feeling that I often get from this show, but… Continue reading Casshern Sins: I wanted to leave my color on my city

Until I kill you, I'll even eat mud to survive! Hokuto no Ken

When I finished watching Legend of the Galactic Heroes late last year, I felt like I’d had my fill of sprawling eighties anime series for a fair old time to come, but fate, it seems, has long been conspiring against me. My destiny had seven scars on his chest. A mere swipe of his hand… Continue reading Until I kill you, I'll even eat mud to survive! Hokuto no Ken

When eternal love goes wrong [Kurozuka]

I had high hopes for Kurozuka, because it is a genre of anime I tend to enjoy, that being stylish, far-fetched, visually-intoxicating science fiction. It is a beautifully drawn journey, in-which 1,000 years of vampiric romance sweeps across the Heian period of Japan to the bombing of Japanese cities during World War 2 to a… Continue reading When eternal love goes wrong [Kurozuka]

Basking in the inferno of Cloverfield, remembering Blue Gender

Head-spinning, stomach-turning and mind-racing are a few of the adjectives I’d choose to describe how I felt when I stumbled out of the cinema last night, having just suffered through Cloverfield. To say I’d been looking forward to this film would be an understatement, and even though I’d only discovered its baffling trailer in early… Continue reading Basking in the inferno of Cloverfield, remembering Blue Gender