Posts Tagged ‘Japanese science fiction’

Movie Haiku

By Ezra Stead

Akira is the greatest animated film of all time. Let’s stray from the beaten path for awhile, shall we? Instead of a review in the usual format, today I’d like to offer up thoughts on over 25 films, mostly some of my favorites, but with a few that I love to hate thrown in for good measure. Only a few of these actually work as reviews; most are free-form poetic interpretations of the feelings they brought up in me. Some are just plain silly. At any rate, all are written in the form of the ancient Japanese art of haiku. For those who don’t know, that means five syllables in the first line, seven in the next, and another five in the last, preferably with some sort of twist in the last line or, failing that, at least a sense of poetry throughout. Almost all of these were written sometime in 2005, which explains why there are three inspired by Frank Miller’s Sin City, my favorite film that year. Let’s begin with a couple of actual Japanese films:


The net is vast and / infinite. Now that we two / have merged, where to go?
Ghost in the Shell (1995)

Tetsuo – not the / Iron Man, but a bike punk / transcends earthly life.
Akira (1988)  Read More

VIZ Media Brings Japanese Sci-Fi To U.S.

Posted 18 Nov 2010 — by Jason A. Hill
Category Anime, Film Industry News

By Jason A. Hill

The Ouroboros Wave Jyouji Hayashi movies i didnt getAnyone who knows me knows I am a sci-fi nut. Among my favorite sci-fi films are inspired by the writers who bring these stories to our collective consciousness, like Isaac Asimov, H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, William Gibson, and Philip K. Dick. More recently, I have noticed some bold, creative, and incredibly complex sci-fi writing coming out of Japan in the past few years.

On Tuesday VIZ Media announced they were releasing a couple of new books by young Japanese sci-fi writers under its Haikasoru imprint. The Ouroboros Wave, by Jyouji Hayashi, and the paperback edition of Dragon Sword and Wind Child, by Noriko Ogiwara, will introduce Japanese sci-fi at its best to the U.S. I can only hope film adaptations will soon follow! Read More