(This review was originally published on June 24, 2018 and has been updated.) Pom Poko (1994), directed by the late Isao Takahata, is one of the less popular Ghibli films in the West. And after seeing it for the first, and possibly only time, I completely understand why. I don’t how popular it is in Japan,… Continue reading ‘Pom Poko’ is a movie that’s balls to the walls weird.
Netflix’s Aggretsuko (Aggressive Retsuko) is a rare gem in animation: a show aimed towards an older demographic but doesn’t rely on raunchy humor or racial/sexist/homophobic stereotypes for laughs. It raises interesting points on the issues women, particularly Japanese women, face in the workplace while remaining lighthearted, funny, and genuinely entertaining. The characters are three-dimensional, and… Continue reading Aggretsuko, a cartoon about subversions and a tale about the millennial woman