Category Archives: Anime

Seven Days of Fire, Tokusatsu Style


The Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo is currently hosting an exhibition curated by Hideki Anno of Neon Genesis Evangelion fame, entitled “Kanchō Anno Hideaki Tokusatsu Hakubutsukan” (“Curator Hideaki Anno’s Special Effects Museum”). Continue reading Seven Days of Fire, Tokusatsu Style

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Children: The Ancient Dream of Artificial Life

Why are humans so obsessed with recreating themselves? . . . Children have always been excluded from the customary standards of human behavior, if you define humans as beings who possess a conventional identity and act out of free will. Then what are children who endure in the chaos preceding maturity? They differ profoundly from ‘humans,’ but they obviously have human form. The dolls that little girls mother are not surrogates for real babies. Little girls aren’t so much imitating child rearing as they are experiencing something deeply akin to child rearing. . . . Raising children is the simplest way to achieve the ancient dream of artificial life. At least, that’s my hypothesis.

Forensic Analyst Haraway
Mamoru Oshii, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, Production I.G., 2004.

Nausicaä and the Noise of the Earth

Nausicaä takes flight alongside one of the insects from the toxic jungle, known as the Sea of Decay.

This week I finally watched Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984).  What a fantastic film!  Of course, I am a huge Miyazaki fan, and consider just about every one of his works to be masterful achievements.  Even his more “family-oriented” productions have an artistry, complexity, and a social and political commitment that are largely beyond compare in North American entertainment.  Nausicaä is, in many ways, a prototypical example of Miyazaki’s oeuvre, with its courageous young female protagoinst, its thematic focus on ecological crises, the central role of images of flight, its apocalyptic tone. Continue reading Nausicaä and the Noise of the Earth