Banana Fish: First Impressions – A Creative Crime Series with Prosaic Yaoi Tropes (Summer Anime 2018)

Banana Fish (バナナフィッシュ) is a shōjo, crime, action, yaoi series that was originally a manga written by Akimi Yoshida. It is being adapted into an anime by studio MAPPA with direction from Hiroko Utsumi. The show was not one of the serials that I was planning on trying out for the season, however, after hearing…

Filmi Fridays #2: Vampire Hunter D (1985) – The Quintessential Classic Horror Anime Film

Vampire Hunter D (吸血鬼ハンターD) is an anime film that originally released in 1985 and is an adaptation of the light novel series by Hideyuki Kikuchi, with illustrations from the esteemed Yoshitaka Amano. Epic/Sony Records, Movic, CBS Sony Group, and Asahi Production produced the film, while Toyoo Ashida directed. This is a cyberpunk, supernatural, horror franchise…

100 Sleeping Princes & the Kingdom of Dreams: 1st Impressions – A Surprisingly Intriguing Fantasy Treat (Summer Anime 2018)

100 Sleeping Princes and the Kingdom of Dreams (夢王国と眠れる100人の王子様) is a fantasy anime series that is an adaptation of the original puzzle and role-playing smartphone game that released in Japan from GCrest in 2015. Project No. 9 shall do the anime’s production, with direction from Yukina Hiiro. I went into the episode with very little…