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Passepied new album

A new tune from Passepied, the song being Tokyo City Underground MV, and yes, the MV does mean Music Video. The lead vocalist is also a graphics artist and helps create the animations for her videos, as you may have noticed from Wednesday’s post. This track is from their new album, and will be in [...]

Making of a Music Video

The band Passepied has a lead singer who is also a graphics artist, and she has brought some pretty interesting animation styles to her videos. That kind of thing doesn’t happen in a vacuum, as anyone who has ever sat through the credits at the end of a feature length animation knows. There can be [...]

Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

A documentary about Studio Ghibli, and more specifically Miyazaki himself, is coming out called Kingdom of Dreams and Madness. The article the folks at Otaku USA did on it was really quite interesting, and I am now looking forward to seeing it, as soon as they release a version in English, or at least with [...]

Something to Do: Movies, 6Jun14

The movie of choice this week is Edge of Tomorrow, based on Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s light novel All You Need Is Kill. The book was excellent, I expect they did their best to do it justice bringing it to the big screen. If you are in the mood for lighter fare, or maybe want a movie [...]

Big Hero 6 trailer

OK, maybe just the teaser-trailer, but Big Hero 6 does look like a fun ride. The 3D modeling/animation software the boy is playing with to create his robot looks like the kind of interface the animators used to make the movie, which makes sense. You use what you know to create, after all, and today’s [...]

Something to Watch: DVDs, 27May14

In Movies the winner is Journey to the West, an action comedy about a young inept demon hunter and the highly skilled female demon hunter he teams up with. This is another Steven Chow film, the man who created Kung Fu Hustle, and who is well on his way to taking over the Action Comedy [...]

Almost Home trailer/short

Based on the Adam Rex book The True Meaning of Smekday, the Dreamworks Animation version is called Home, and it is scheduled to be in theaters on November 26th. This one looks like it will be a lot of silly fun. This particular short, Almost Home, was already on the big screen in front of [...]

Something to Do: Movies, 9May14

This week sees the animated Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return on the big screen, with quite an impressive collection of actors doing the voice work. The book it is based on was not written by L. Frank Baum, but rather his great-grandson, Roger S. Baum, who also writes books about Oz. Roger’s grandfather, Frank Joslyn [...]

Something to Watch: DVDs 6May14

There is not much in Movies this week, other than another slew of re-released Godzilla films packaged up two movies to a box to take advantage of the forthcoming new movie version. There is also the western animated Son of Batman, an adaptation of the 2006 Batman and Son storyline which looks pretty good. Western [...]

If Miyazaki Films Were Like Other Anime

If Miyazaki Films Were Like Other Anime is the name of this hysterical video, made by the folks over at College Humor, a site I tend to visit pretty much every week to see what new silliness they are up to this time. Of course, Hayao Miyazaki never made an ordinary anime in his life. [...]