Orange (Spoilers)

You can be forgiven for not having any idea what this post is about from the title.  Orange is the name of a movie that I had never heard of which I discovered while recently riding on a plane, returning home from a trip to India.  It’s a Japanese film that just came out last year, and which a bit of cursory research reveals is based on a manga comic series.  My attention was caught by the logline, which said, “A teenaged girl receives a letter from her older self warning her of regrets to avoid…” or something like that.  I’m a bit of a sucker for time-travel related drama and I once found one of my all time favorite movies this way (Summer Time Machine Blues) so I decided to give it a go.  Continue reading Orange (Spoilers)

Things that make you go “Wha–!?!?!??!??!!!?” – Twilight of the Cockroaches

Years ago, I was the local video shop (which at the time was a bit of a quest to get to), choosing this week’s entertainment, when I came across something I had never heard of before: a Japanese, half animated / half live action film called Twilight of Cockroaches. The movie promised an apocalyptic allegory after which I would never look at cockroaches in the same way again. I picked it up and the resulting viewing experience turned out to be one of the strangest ones I’d ever had. From memory, it drove away more than one friend who started it with me (including the woman who later became my wife), and though I have never seen it since it has left an indelible mark in my memory.

So, going off of that indelible mark only, and absolutely no further research whatsoever, I’m going to try to recount the movie’s story. Continue reading Things that make you go “Wha–!?!?!??!??!!!?” – Twilight of the Cockroaches

Yamato!

Space Battleship Yamato is a popular Japanese franchise that has had as about a complex history / continuity as one could imagine.  First an animated TV series, followed by an animated TV movie which killed off just about the entire cast, followed by a remake of that movie in animated series form minus the killing off of everyone, followed by various other TV movies, TV series, theatrically released re-edits of episodes, a live action science fiction spectacular which adapted the original series and included elements of the second one, and now a new animated series (which again retells the original story).   All that is not to mention the English-language dub / re-edit of the series which played in America when I was a kid under the name Star Blazers. Continue reading Yamato!