Kenji Kamiyama

Otaku Evolution Episode 153 - Eden of the East

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Eden of the East marks the second Kenji Kamiyama anime I've reviewed this year, after Moribito. Unlike that one (based on novels), this is a completely original story by him. He's an interesting director who follows in the footsteps of his mentor, Mamoru Oshii. Even if this series isn't nearly as successful or as fulfilling as his directed Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, it has a lot going for it and gives you a good idea as to his mindset and philosophy. Let's hope next year's new entry into Stand Alone Complex is more like the previous ones and less like, for instance, 009 Re:Cyborg. What a dud that was.

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Otaku Evolution Episode 134 - Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit

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I've been trying to get a review of Moribito done for a while, but every test video I did had difficulty with the copyright dragons (as this may still). You know, there's a lot of anime I have in my personal collection that I would love to review, but I don't think I'd be able to get away with using my usual methods. I try to shave down clips and edit tighter, and I've probably gotten a little better at it over time, but you never really know when some overzealous European licensor or strict music company is going to clamp down on your videos. I mean, I get it, you want to protect your IP and/or streaming rights, but I'm not exactly posting whole movies or episodes here, these are reviews that fall under Fair Use.

 

But shhhh... if I talk about it too much, the copyright dragons will stir from their slumber.