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Review: Ocean Waves (Blu-Ray)

Ocean Waves marked the first time in Studio Ghibli’s history where the directorial duties were handed over to someone other than co-founders Hayao Miyazaki or Isao Takahata back in 1993. With Madman’s recent blu-ray release in hand, let’s dive into this interesting experiment in Ghibli’s back catalogue. Ocean Waves treads somewhat familiar ground by telling […]

Review: Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter (DVD)

The night that Ronja is born, a bolt of lightning split her father’s castle in two, creating a massive chasm known as Hell’s Gap. Ronja is the daughter of Mattis, a professional robber that terrorises travellers in the nearby forest while competing with a rival clan of robbers led by Borka. While Ronja grows up surrounded […]

Review: The Red Turtle (DVD)

Co-produced with Studio Ghibli, Michael Dudok de Wit’s first full-length animated film delves into the life of a man who finds himself marooned on an island after a storm, as he desperately searches for a way to escape. Unfortunately, his attempts to leave the island are continuously thwarted by a large red turtle, and each […]

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Review: Only Yesterday (Blu-Ray)

Back in May we had the opportunity to review Only Yesterday on DVD, but with Madman recently releasing it on Blu-Ray, we thought it was a good opportunity to revisit Takahata’s delightful tale in HD. For those wanting a strong synopsis of the plot I’d recommend you read Calo’s review of the DVD edition, but […]

Major Ghibli Exhibit Opening in Tokyo

A massive Studio Ghibli exhibit will be set up in Tokyo’s Roppongi Hills, at the Tokyo City View building. The exhibit will be open from 7 July to 11 September, and will showcase Studio Ghibli posters, photos, documents, artwork, and animation material from the last thirty years. Movies ranging from Nausicaa of the Valley of […]

Review: Only Yesterday

The 1991 Ghibli classic Only Yesterday is returning to selected cinemas this month from May 5th. In anticipation for its re-release, I was given the opportunity to review a Japanese copy of the film before its English debut to Australian cinemas. The year is 1982 and Taeko Okajima is 27 and living alone. Following a […]

Ni no Kuni II Announced For PS4

Developer Level-5 Have announced Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom for Playstation 4, a sequel to the 2013 awesome anime style role-playing game (Wrath of the White Witch) which they developed in conjunction with the talented animators at Studio Ghibli. They state: “Ni no Kuni II features an all new cast of charming characters, an […]