There’s an interesting article on the NewsHour site about anime’s absence from the Oscars this year. It mentions the movie Your Name, which I’ve heard a lot about, but haven’t had a chance to see. (As far as I can tell, it was only released for a short run in 2016 in the US, to qualify for the Oscars and won’t get a “real” release until April.) I don’t know much about the director, Makoto Shinkai, but he seems to be well-regarded, so maybe I should hunt down some of his older movies.

I’ve been getting interested in anime again lately. This week, I watched the first three parts of Ghost in the Shell: Arise on Netflix. It’s not nearly as good as the GITS: Stand Alone Complex series, but it’s not bad. And I really liked the music, some (or all) of which is by Cornelius. There’s even one song which, apparently, is a collaboration between Cornelius and Sean Lennon. It seems like only those first three parts of Arise are available on Netflix, so now I need to decide if I want to buy the rest on Blu-Ray from Amazon, or maybe from iTunes. The series is a bit confusing, just in terms of the way it was released. Wikipedia does a (relatively) good job of explaining it. There are five main episodes, each about an hour long. In the US, they’ve been released on Blu-Ray as Borders 1 & 2 and Borders 3 & 4. (I’m not quite sure about the fifth episode, “Pyrophoric Cult”.) There is also something called The New Movie, which completes the series (I think). Those episodes/movies have also been re-edited into an anime TV series, with typical 30-minute episodes. That TV series is available on iTunes.

All of this leads me to think that I should maybe dive back into my old pile of unwatched anime DVDs.

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