meta: Apocalypse


2018


Tsutomu Nihei's 'Abara': A Dead-Tech Sampler 
This one-shot story from the creator of 'BLAME!' and 'Knights Of Sidonia' serves as a useful entry point to the man's carbon-black universe of Giger-goth techno-body-horror
0 comments

'AKIRA' At 30-Something: The Manga At The End Of The World 
On having a reckoning with the god-emperor of modern manga, in a restored English-language edition at last
0 comments

2017


'Shin Gojira': Bureauocalypse Now 
Hideaki Anno's 'reboot' of the Godzilla franchise focuses on teamwork, bureaucracy, and dogged persistence rather than individual heroics
0 comments

'Attack On Titan: The Movie': A Dead-Action Film 
Misguided, tone-deaf, ugly, and erratically paced, this is one of the rare occasions where a promised Western remake might actually be just the response we deserve
0 comments

2016


'Harmony': To Extreme Remedies, Extreme Sickness 
Project Itoh's 'medi-pocalypse' dystopia is all the more poignant in the wake of the author's untimely death, with a glossy (if also icy) anime adaptation now to accompany it
0 comments

Tsutomu Nihei's 'Blame!': Sisyphus In The Labyrinth 
Tsutomu Nihei's debut manga is all industrial hellscapes, sudden violence, and science-fiction gloom -- and in those few things it's everything it needs to be
0 comments

'Giganto Maxia': A Future Gone 'Berserk' 
This one-shot side project from Kentarō ('Berserk') Miura promised an entirely different universe from that magnum opus. It's a shame we probably won't ever seen any more of it
0 comments

2015


'Attack on Titan: The Harsh Mistress of the City': Velvet Fist In Mailed Glove 
A much better expansion of the 'Attack on Titan' universe than the 'Before the Fall' light novel, but it's still not without its own issues
0 comments

'Shangri-La': Up In Carbon-Traded Cloud-Cuckoo Land 
A wild grab bag of genres, influences, storylines, and ideas, 'Shangri-la' somehow manages to still work as entertainment even when it ought not to
0 comments

'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
0 comments

2014


Katsuhiro Otomo's 'Freedom': The Boys Who Fell To Earth 
In the wake of 'Short Peace' and with 'Interstellar' in the offing, Katsuhiro Otomo's reach-for-the-stars project uses the graphics of the former to deliver the message of the latter
0 comments

The Long Shadow Of The Mushroom Cloud 
The legacy of the bomb in Japanese history has been confronted endlessly in entertainment, but that shouldn't be the only way we confront it
0 comments

'Attack On Titan': Titanic, In Every Sense 
One of 2013's best shows, which manages to both shoot itself in the foot and not be limited by that
0 comments