Space Battleship Yamato (2010) – Takashi Yamazaki

When I was a kid I would occasionally come across the odd anime cartoon, I always found them fascinating, there was the Americanization of Gatchaman that I adored until I discovered how much cooler the original was. And every now and then I would stumble across Star Blazers which took what looked like a naval…

August Kitko and the Mechas from Space (2022) – Alex White

Orbit Books delivers a loud space opera with Alex White’s new novel, August Kitko and the Mechas from Space. The first in a new series known as the Starmetal Symphony, August Kitko is a fantastic tale that plays like a jazz fusion anime in the mind’s eye. Combining giant robot action, with a joyously crafted…

The Cat Returns (2002) – Hiroyuki Morita

The next film on the What Else to Watch list following my screening of Spirited Away for DK Canada’s The Movie Book is this light-hearted adventure from Studio Ghibli. Shorter than the other entries on the list, this oneĀ  is whimsical and a pleasant adventure. The story follows young Haru, who after saving the life…

Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986) – Hayao Miyazaki

Following my screening of Spirited Away as recommended by DK Canada’s The Movie Book, I was delighted to move on to the What Else to Watch list and dive into a number of Miyazaki films I was aware of, but had never seen. Today, I dug into Laputa: Castle in the Sky. And found myself…

Toronto Comic Con 2019

There’s always that moment when I find the soul of a specific convention, we look into one another’s eyes, recognize one another, and embrace. This year, it was slipping into the comfortable shoes of beloved fandoms, and seeing shared passions bringing people together. Set against the backdrop of the Metro Toronto Convention Center’s South Building,…

Fan Expo 2018: An Exploration of Fandom, Age,and Being a Geek

There are few things that portend the end of summer for me more than Toronto’s Fan Expo, falling around the Labor Day Weekend it is one last big sendup and celebration of countless fandoms. And this year Expo made sure to pull out all the stops, there were celebrities and panels, parties and purchases that…

Fan Expo 2017

Dichotomy. Juxtaposition. Privilege. Hope. One wouldn’t necessarily associate all of these words with a gathering of groups of people who are coming together to celebrate their fandoms. But as Toronto’s Fan Expo 2017 came to its conclusion, these are the words that leapt to mind unbidden. Privilege springs to mind, because my co-host and I…

Ghost in the Shell (2017) – Rupert Sanders

Paramount Pictures’ live action adaptation of the classic anime, Ghost in the Shell, hits blu-ray and DVD today. I am going to eschew any discussion of the white-washing controversy surrounding the film’s production, and just focus on the movie itself. I love the original anime, and constantly saw it as kin to the cinematic version…

Fan Expo Canada 2016 Preview

  Thanks once again to Touchwood PR, The Mind Reels will be covering Fan Expo Canada as press! I am particularly grateful this year, as it’s the first time since 2005 that I haven’t been able to purchase a pass for the weekend, and was not sure if I would be able to attend at…

Steamboy (2004) – Katsuhiro Otomo

  I can’t seem to pull myself away from the Sci-Fi Chronicles book, and was very appy to settle in for this one that combined anime and steampunk, and ran with it. Now, don’t judge me, but I watched the dubbed version, I usually prefer watching a film in the original language, but I only…