This story of pubescent orphans looking to fit in is a dark, modern-day fairytale.
Gate is an incredibly jarring anime experience.
A Silent Voice is an optimistic, humanistic film. You might not expect that level of optimism from a story bracketed by a pair of suicide attempts, a story of bullying and trauma and self-hatred.
Once you get past the undeniably unique conceit of KanColle, there’s not much to recommend it.
I thought Code Geass was a tale of resistance, rebellion and ultimately revolution. A heroic tale where the noble Japanese prevail against the evil Britannian Empire.
That’s not quite the story it’s telling.
It’s testament to the charm and character of Pixar’s latest, Coco, that it can win a crusty critic like myself over without once deviating from Pixar’s established formula.
At its best, Steven Universe Season 3 is funny, entertaining and legitimately poignant.
Food Wars! offers up a substantial serve of shonen anime tropes, complemented by a generous side dish of food porn. Think Dragonball Z meets Iron Chef. It’s fresh and fulfilling like a hearty Sunday roast.
While Captain Underpants is colourful, comedic and … competent, it’s just not my kinda scene.
The Red Turtle is imbued with the resonant power of a creation myth, thanks to the simple yet expressive animation, the naturalistic sound effects, the swell of the vast ocean.