Saturday, April 29, 2023

​The Anime Nostalgia Podcast - ep 118: Green Legend Ran with MDi

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The Saturday Anime series is back! These are episodes where we talk about anime that aired on the Saturday Anime block of Sci-Fi Channel back in the 90s on US Cable TV. This month, MDi is back to talk with me about a title that was once one of Pioneer Anime’s original flagship titles in the US, but has since kind of become forgotten---Green Legend Ran! Listen as we revisit this title to see if this environmental sci-fi fantasy OAV-edited-to-movie-for-Sci-Fi-Channel’s-broadcast still holds up, having to deal with the infamous WordFit System, and how this title is connected to....Snakes on a Plane??? You’ll have to listen to find out how!

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Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Review: Spirited Away Live On Stage

An image of the Spirited Away Live on Stage theatrical poster, showing both actresses who play Chichiro.

In 2002, I remember excitedly going to a small arthouse theater in Seattle with a close friend to see Hayo Miyazaki’s big new animated film, the first he’d made since coming out of “retirement”. Seeing Spirited Away on a big screen was nothing short of magical, and I came out of the theater with a huge grin plastered on my face that didn’t leave for hours.

20 years later, I find myself seated in a much bigger theater for the theatrical recording of a stage play based on Spirited Away. This is a real treat, as Japanese stage plays (let alone ones based on anime) are rarely ever screened here in the US. As the lights dim, and the recorded version of the play begins on the big screen in front of me, I felt that same grin returning–one that pretty much stayed on my face for two hours. 

Chihiro looking in awe as soot-sprite puppets move coal along the floor.

Sunday, April 9, 2023

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter to those who celebrate! For those who don’t, happy Discount Chocolate Bunny Day eve!