What We’ve Been Watching:
Zyuranger, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Drifters, Yuri on Ice, Izetta, and March Comes in like a Lion.
Dragon Ball Super can at last be found legally streaming on Crunchyroll. Tatsunoko Productions nears its 55th anniversary. Plus our thoughts on colorized manga, Tom and Jerry, and other random nonsense.
We discuss Isao Takahata’s The Tale of Princess Kaguya. Released by Studio Ghibli in 2013, the film features unique and spectacular animation by designer Osamu Tanabe, art direction by Kazuo Oga, and a musical score by Joe Hisaishi. Thematic depth comes courtesy of Takahata and Riko Sakaguchi’s script, which freshens up this retelling of Japan’s oldest folk tale The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter making it feel important and relevant to modern audiences. Of the films I watched last year, this was easily my favorite! If you haven’t seen it, I recommend you do so before listening to our spoilerific review. Lastly, a small correction: I mentioned in our pre-review how the unorthodox production of My Neighbors the Yamadas led to major dysfunction during the production of Ghibli’s next film — that film was (obviously) Spirited Away NOT Howl’s Moving Castle as I stated on the podcast. OK, that’s everything. Enjoy!
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