Once more we delve back into the extended oeuvre of animation legend Hayao Miyazaki and his production company Studio Ghibli with the 1989 animated movie Kiki’s Delivery Service. Based on a book written by Eiko Kadono, Kiki’s Delivery Service is one of the lesser discussed films of Miyazaki’s career. Not because it is bad by any means, but when you have movies like Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, The Wind Rises, and so forth… Your lesser works tend to fall by the wayside. Which even then feels like a strange statement considering that this particular movie currently holds a perfect 100% on Rotten Tomatoes! But all things considered, still not one that immediately pops into a person’s mind when listening off this man’s storied career. Continue reading “Tanner Reviews Kiki’s Delivery Service”
So at the end of the Academy Awards as I said, Frozen won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film. Back when I reviewed Frozen, I said that it deserved to win the award over animation legend Hayao Miyazaki’s final movie, The Wind Rises and I stick by that assessment. But some might be asking the question, well Tanner what do you think of The Wind Rises? The answer to that is that I find myself in the same situation that I did last year with deciding what was better between The Last of Us and BioShock Infinite. They are both phenomenal movies in their own right and for different reasons. Even though it is a tough decision, I still hold to what I say. But I did not think it would be a terrible idea to review The Wind Rises and give my compare and contrast at the end. So with that said, let’s review what is possibly the last film in the legendary and storied career of Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki. Continue reading “Tanner Reviews The Wind Rises”
This game is in serious contention for Game of the Year and that is not a term I am using lightly. With games like The Last of Us, BioShock Infinite, and Grand Theft Auto V in contention for the title, I think you will understand where I am coming from when I say that this game is absolutely amazing. But of course mixing the elements and story of a JRPG along with the animation from none other than Anime legend Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli and music composed by none other than Joe Hisaishi… What more can you expect? It has been a long time since I have found a truly legendary JRPG on the level of Chrono Trigger and the early versions of Final Fantasy. Continue reading “Tanner Reviews Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch”
Just recently, one of the greatest animated artists and animated directors of all time decided that it was time to retire. Even people who are not as in tune with the Japanese culture know of Hayao Miyazaki. The man is a legend and has given us some of the most visually stunning masterpieces to ever grace the big screen. The stories that Miyazaki and the people of Studio Ghibli tell are ones that can be watched and enjoyed by all ages. They are movies that you can just watch over and over again, all the while still feeling the same since of wonder and grandeur as you did the first time you saw it. He truly is a masterful director and animator. While it is sad that he is retiring, it is also well deserved.
It wasn’t until this week that a roommate of mine rented one of Miyazaki’s works, Howl’s Moving Castle that I realized I had not seen this particular film by Miyazaki, but I had also not reviewed anything by Miyazaki or Studio Ghibli for that matter. Which truly is a travesty in my book to deny praise to such a talented individual. So I decided to sit down and give it a go. Wouldn’t you know it? It was just as amazing and whimsical as the other films in the Miyazaki oeuvre. Howl’s Moving Castle is easily one of Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli’s finest works, second only to the iconic film Spirited Away which is easily cracking the top 50 of greatest movies of all time. Continue reading “Tanner Reviews Howl’s Moving Castle”
On this episode of The Nerdiest Talk Show on Earth, I am joined by my friend Brandon Lias as we discuss anime and if it can be considered its own genre. Continue reading “Nerdiest Talk Show on Earth: Can Anime Be Considered Its Own Genre?”