Category Archives: Anime

Ninja Scroll – an anime that has been influenced by things other than manga

The visual art of this movie is not too stylized. It has clearly been influenced by some classic adventure movies, not by manga. It may well have some roots in manga, but it has the cinematography one might expect from a student of John Ford or Akira Kurosawa.

It is, nonetheless, very much a fantasy rather than a work of hard sci-fi. One can dismiss all ninja lore as superstition, or one can claim the legends of ninjas had some basis in facts. However, this movie takes ninjas as a starting point and leaps deeply into fantasy.

Notably, Rurouni Kenshin is less fantastical than this.

Battles Without Howls And Lupinity

Jin-Roh, the Wolf Brigade
is essentially an art movie.

It is similar to Fukasaku’s work, such as Battles Without Honor Or Humanity.

It’s a damn good movie. But it’s not a date movie. In all probability, your girlfriend will not enjoy watching this with you. This is a damn shame, because I know a few women who like art movies and who want to learn about anime, but this is NOT the movie to spark their interest.

This is a dark and violent and sad movie. It draws on the Brothers Grimm and their treatment of Little Red Riding Hood. It is unfortunately very insightful regarding the nature of modern society. This is unfortunate, because society sucks, and this movie shows us a little slice of that hell.

Stephen Lendmann never saw the Index anime



“The Index Librorum Prohibitorum was a list of publications deemed heretical, anti-clerical or lascivious, and banned by the Catholic Church. ( See Grendler, Paul F. “Printing and censorship” in The Cambridge History of Renaissance Philosophy, Charles B. Schmitt, ed, Cambridge University Press, 1988, pp. 45–46. Quoted by Wikipedia.


Of course, anime fans only know Index as “A Certain Magical Index.”


Clearly Stephen Lendmann never saw this anime.

As for myself, I should be making time to watch some anime some time soon. Real Soon Now. Maybe in the next 90 days.

Lots of folks are seeding Gintama, I guess

I’ve been kind of busy lately.  I’ve been leaving my room, walking around outside, dealing with humans.  It’s pretty unusual behavior for me.  Thus I haven’t had time to finish watching Jojo, and while I was preoccupied, somebody started a new season of Gintama without telling me.  I had been expecting a message tied to an arrow, like in the ninja movies.

But I checked the seeds and wow! Lots of people like Gintama enough to seed it.  The torrents went from zero to more than 5 megabits in less than a minute.  So now I have to actually watch it and comment.