Anime: Sakura Quest (サクラクエスト)

Sakura Quest (サクラクエスト) is a 25-episode Japanese anime television series produced by P.A.Works and directed by Masui Soichi. It aired from April 5, 2017 to September 20, 2017. The anime is described as part of P.A. Works’ “working series”, which tells the stories about people and their jobs, after Hanasaku Iroha and Shirobako. Yoshino Koharu … More Anime: Sakura Quest (サクラクエスト)

Anime: Blossoms for Tomorrow (花咲くいろは)

Recently I watched a really beautiful anime entitled Hanasaku Iroha (花咲くいろは, literally meaning “The ABCs of Flower Blooming”), which aired in Japan between April and September 2011 and had two manga adaptations created. There was also an animated film (Hanasaku Iroha: Home Sweet Home) which was released in Japanese theaters on March 30, 2013. The plot centers … More Anime: Blossoms for Tomorrow (花咲くいろは)

Studio Ghibli: Pom Poko (平成狸合戦ぽんぽこ)

Pom Poko (平成狸合戦ぽんぽこ, Heisei Tanuki Gassen Ponpoko, lit. “Heisei-era Raccoon Dog War Ponpoko”) is a 1994 Japanese animated fantasy film, written and directed by Takahata Isao and animated by Studio Ghibli. Consistent with Japanese folklore, the tanuki (Japanese raccoon dogs) are portrayed as a highly sociable, mischievous species, which are able to use “illusion science” … More Studio Ghibli: Pom Poko (平成狸合戦ぽんぽこ)

Anime: Kids on the Slope (坂道のアポロン)

Kids on the Slope (坂道のアポロンSakamichi no Aporon, lit. “Apollo on the Slope”) is a Japanese manga series by Kodama Yuki. An anime television series adaptation of the same name aired in 2012, directed by Watanabe Shinichirō. The beginning of summer, 1966; because of his father’s job situation, freshman high school student Nishimi Kaoru moves by … More Anime: Kids on the Slope (坂道のアポロン)

Studio Ghibli: My Neighbors the Yamadas (ホーホケキョとなりの山田くん)

My Neighbors the Yamadas(ホーホケキョとなりの山田くん, Hōhokekyo Tonari no Yamada-kun) is a 1999 Japanese animated comedy film written and directed by  Takahata Isao (高畑 勲) and produced by Studio Ghibli. Unlike the other films of Studio Ghibli, the film is presented in a stylized comic strip aesthetic, a departure from the traditional anime style of the studio’s other … More Studio Ghibli: My Neighbors the Yamadas (ホーホケキョとなりの山田くん)

Studio Ghibli: The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (かぐや姫の物語)

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (かぐや姫の物語, Kaguya-hime no Monogatari) is a 2013 Japanese animated fantasy drama film produced by Studio Ghibli, co-written and directed by Takahata Isao (高畑 勲) A bamboo cutter named Sanuki no Miyatsuko discovers a miniature girl inside a glowing bamboo shoot. Believing her to be a divine presence, he and his wife decide to raise her as their own, … More Studio Ghibli: The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (かぐや姫の物語)