Rainbow-Colored Fireflies, Anime Secret Santa 2014 (Part 1)

Gift Title: Rainbow-Colored Fireflies: The Eternal Summer Vacation (Nijiiro Hotaru: Eien no Natsuyasumi)

Even seemingly endless days must, inevitably, come to an end.

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Mothballs: The Stamp Fantasy Act of 1961

This Week: Stamp Fantasy (Kitte no Gensou)

We edge ever closer the one of the busiest shipping and transport times of the year, so taking some time to focus a bit on a film about stamps feels appropriate.

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Mothballs: In His House at Reigandō, Musashi Waits Dreaming

This Week: Musashi: The Dream of the Last Samurai (Miyamoto Musashi: Souken ni Haseru Yume)

Much of history can be debated and interpreted in different lenses, though I do hope it is fair to think Miyamoto Musashi would at least be happy at the prospect there are people still trying to learn what he had to teach.

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Mothballs: The Parasites Walk At More Than Midnight

This Week: The Midnight Parasites (Kiseichuu no Ichiya)

Yōji Kuri was, at one point in the 1960’s, the most internationally famous Japanese independent animator. The unofficial “head” of the Animation Association of Three (Animation Sannin no Kai) group by virtue of his prolific output, even among his two peers which included Ryohei Yanagihara and Hiroshi Manabe, he was instrumental in spearheading a wider awareness and celebration of Japanese experimental and adult animation in film and counter-cultural circles.

Yet, I have never before touched on any of Kuri’s works on this blog.

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