meta: Alternate History


2017


'Izetta: The Last Witch': All This And World War II
A promising opening, an intriguing spin on an alternate version of recent history, a classy-looking production -- but it all crumbles no thanks to abysmal characterization and storytelling decisions
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2016


'Concrete Revolutio': They Could Be Heroes
A sprawling anime answer to 'Watchmen', with all of the ambition -- and all of the shortcomings -- implied by such a thing
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2015


'Fullmetal Alchemist': The Road Not Taken
Placed side by side with its anime and manga brother incarnations, 'Fullmetal Alchemist' deserves more to be seen for where it rethinks and reinterprets, and less for how it deviates from the playbook
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'Nobunagun': Shooting Blanks
Trippy visuals and a throw-it-all-in-the-pot storytelling style fall victim to incurious storytelling in this oddity
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'Seraphim: 266613336 Wings': Oshii And Kon's Fragment
An unfinished but tantalizing collaboration between two of anime (and manga's) most idiosyncratic creative personalities, Satoshi Kon and Mamoru Oshii, this book inspires a close reading -- and no end of wonder about where one man's imagination began and the other one's ended
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'Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade': I Therefore Am No Beast
The best Mamoru Oshii film that Oshii never directed remains affecting and relevant fifteen years later
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2014


'Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress': The Beauty Of The Beasts
A gorgeously-designed surface isn't all that's beautiful in this compelling reworking of elements from the classic tale of 'Hakkenden'
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'Brave 10': History, Repeating Itself
It's always fascinating how Japan does mutant fantasy versions of its own history, even if the results aren't always worth the effort
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