I realize this post will probably reek of BS and seem completely obvious, but I feel I should qualify my judgments when I say “such and such sucks” and “such and such owns.” Hopefully this post will give you a look into how I break things down. — While watching Lock Stock and Two Smoking
It doesn’t take an expert to tell you that moe has been the driving force behind anime for the past 10 years. But moe comes in all shapes and sizes, and the shapes and sizes that I particularly like tend to manifest in shows animated by studio SHAFT, and directed by anime vet Shinbou Akiyuki.
Back in the mid 90s, auteur anime director Shinbou Akiyuki was cutting his directorial teeth on a bunch of short OVAs. I’ve seen a couple of these, and while they’re not great, they’re an interesting look into Shinbou’s style, and how it’s developed. One of these OVAs was Shin Hurricane Polymar: a part of Tatsunoko’s