Millennium Actress

Millennium Actress

MILLENNIUM ACTRESS Watched via DVD WHITNEY CRYSTAL PLOT: Millennium Actress is Satoshi Kon’s ode to Japanese filmmaking. The story follows Genya Tachibana as he hunts down and interviews Chiyoko Fujiwara, the most famous actress of early and upcoming film in early 20th century Japan (while dramatized, she really is based off of one or two … Continue reading

Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan

ATTACK ON TITAN Watched via Netflix/Crunchyroll WHITNEY CRYSTAL PLOT: It has been well over a hundred years since the last “titans”, large humanoid creatures known for their brutal attacks, have been seen by mankind. While they once terrorized and drove humanity into walled cities, they have long since been regarded as mere legend. With the … Continue reading

Paranoia Agent

Paranoia Agent

PARANOIA AGENT Watched via Adult Swim/DVD WHITNEY CRYSTAL PLOT: Paranoia Agent is a television series written and directed by Satoshi Kon. Many of his works explore themes of social media, psychoanalysis, and deviance. Satoshi Kon used this series as an opportunity to explore these themes in experimental ways he was unable to before in his … Continue reading

Gokusen

Gokusen

GOKUSEN Watched via DVD WHITNEY CRYSTAL PLOT: You have probably never heard of Gokusen unless you happen to also be a J-drama fan. This series is based off of a serialized manga, that also happened to be turned into a popular J-drama featuring of course, a lot of J-idols. I love all three versions of … Continue reading

Croisée in a Foreign Labyrinth vs. Gosick

Croisée in a Foreign Labyrinth vs. Gosick

Croisée in a Foreign Labyrinth VS. Gosick Watched via Hulu and Crunchyroll WHITNEY CRYSTAL PLOT: Croisée in a Foreign Labyrinth (crossroads of a foreign maze) explores the immersion of Japanese culture into Western countries, in particular France, in the late 1800s. As a lot of fans probably know by now, Japan was relatively cut off … Continue reading

Trigun

Trigun

TRIGUN Watched via DVD/Adult Swim WHITNEY CRYSTAL PLOT: While Trigun initially did poorly in Japan, it has today come to be known as a most-loved fan favorite in the United States. Well, that is at least with older fans. Despite its now old age, it has actually managed to continuously trickle down to new fans … Continue reading

The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya

The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF HARUHI SUZUMIYA Watched via BD WHITNEY CRYSTAL PLOT: Before there was The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, there was the second season of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya television series. We’ve already spoken about the latter’s pacing issues in a separate review, but they really go hand-in-hand with this movie as well. While … Continue reading

Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke

PRINCESS MONONOKE Watched via VHS/DVD WHITNEY CRYSTAL PLOT: Princess Mononoke is a historical fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. While the title would suggest the story follows the “spirit princess” (San), we instead find ourselves exploring an alternate ancient Japan through the eyes of a young Emishi warrior, Ashitaka. Prior to the storyline, … Continue reading

Ghost in the Shell (1995 movie)

Ghost in the Shell (1995 movie)

This is our 100th review on Stereo Otaku! For a special review we decided to have our significant others write the review this week. Both Dustin and Jeffrey are huge Ghost in the Shell fans (bigger than either of us), so we thought it would be only fitting to have them take a look back … Continue reading