I promised at the end of my previous article that I’d review something worse than Violence Jack next, and today I will keep that promise. But what could be worse than Violence Jack? I present to you… Midori: Shōjo Tsubaki! Midori was adapted from a manga by Maruo Suehiro titled “Shōjo Tsubaki” or “Mr. Arashi’s Amazing Freak Show.” The man behind this adaptation is Harada Hiroshi, on whom I was able to find surprisingly little information. From what I can gather, Hiroshi is a recluse who animated this whole thing himself because no one else would agree to finance it. Their reluctance is unsurprising given the nature of the story being adapted. Hiroshi has referred several times to Shōjo Tsubaki as an unconventional romance; it’s not. Even after watching this thing I’m not sure I can discern any plot. Rather, things just happen because they disgust, and for no other reason.
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When I heard about Violence Jack from another reviewer, I thought, “That sounds almost as bad as Game of Thrones.” I’d heard this was one of the worst anime ever, that morality wasn’t a concept that existed in Violence Jack’s world, and that the male characters were all rapists, child-murderers, and worse. Now I’ve seen this piece of crap, I can say that’s all true. Now it comes time to review this thing.
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I love Death Note, but this movie is not Death Note. It may bear the title of “Death Note”, but it’s really not. It doesn’t surprise me that this movie is bad. I fully expected the American version of Death Note to be bad, but I didn’t expect it to be quite as terrible as this.
What is Death Note?
In case you’re not aware, Death Note is an anime about a Japanese high school honour student named Light Yagami who finds a shinigami’s notebook, which allows him to kill anyone whose name he writes in it—usually by heart attack. Light decides to use the notebook to become, as he puts it, “the god of the new world” by killing all the world’s criminals, followed by anyone else he sees as unworthy to live. A brilliant detective named L realizes early on how dangerous “Kira the Saviour” is and makes it his goal to catch the serial killer.
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This cartoon… This is the one that broke me… I feel drained after watching this. Before there was Peter Jackson, there were three cartoons almost unrelated to one another, and I made the mistake of deciding to review all of them. The first was a children’s animated TV special by Rankin/Bass that removed almost every element that made The Hobbit great. The second, based on the first half of The Lord of the Rings, was at least for adults, even if it was a poorly-rotoscoped cartoon that payed little attention to the subtleties of the book. The third, which I’ll be reviewing today, is called Frodo: The Hobbit II, but it’s more commonly known as The Return of the King: A Story of the Hobbits.
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Last year I reviewed the 1977 Rankin/Bass cartoon adaptation of The Hobbit. Today I’ll be taking a look at another such cartoon: Ralph Bakshi’s 1978 attempt to bring The Lord of the Rings to the screen. As I did with the Hobbit cartoon—and as I’m planning to do with the final instalment in the cartoon trilogy—I began by live-tweeting as I watched Bakshi’s film, the highlights of which can be found here. As I had feared going into this, Bakshi largely failed to capture quite what he needed to capture with this one.
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My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is my favourite show of the decade. I don’t think anyone expected when the first generation of My Little Pony aired in the ‘80s that it would eventually become a great show, but miraculously it managed it, proving that good writing can accomplish anything. In this article, I intend to examine briefly the three generations that preceded Friendship is Magic, and then I’ll move on to why Friendship is Magic is the amazing show that it is.
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On Saturday I watched Ralph Bakshi’s adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, and it wasn’t exactly bad—although it wasn’t good either! Instead, I would define the Bakshi version as “precisely what you’d expect from a ’70s cartoon that tried to adapt a masterpiece.” In short, it was doomed to fail. That doesn’t mean, however, that it wasn’t fun to tear it to pieces, so here are some of the highlights from the live-tweeting session!
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This is the last of many reminders! The day has finally come; at noon (Pacific Time), I will tweet my thoughts on Ralph Bakshi’s “The Lord of the Rings” cartoon at twitter.com/hashtag/lotr78. I happily invite you to tweet along with me if you’re interested in making your thoughts known about this cartoon!
Greetings! Tomorrow at 12:00PM (Pacific Time), I’m going to watch Ralph Bakshi’s adaptation of The Lord of the Rings and tweet my thoughts live at twitter.com/hashtag/lotr78 as I do so. You’re invited to join in on the discussion at noon tomorrow, and if you want to make sure you don’t miss the event, you can follow me at twitter.com/HM_Turnbull.
Greetings! This is just one of a good few reminders that I’ll be live-tweeting my thoughts on Ralph Bakshi’s adaptation of “The Lord of the Rings” this Saturday at 12:00PM (Pacific Time). If you’re interested, you can join in at twitter.com/hashtag/lotr78 or follow me at twitter.com/HM_Turnbull.