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)