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‘Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone’ and the Indisputable Mastery of Hideaki Anno

Looking back on this still-young century makes clear that 2007 was a major time for cinematic happenings — and, on the basis of this retrospective, one we’re not quite through with ten years on. One’s mind might quickly flash to a few big titles that will be represented, but it is the plurality of both festival and theatrical premieres that truly surprises: late works from old masters, debuts from filmmakers who’ve since become some of our most-respected artists, and mid-career turning points that didn’t necessarily announce themselves as such at the time. Join us as an assembled team, many of whom were coming of age that year, takes on their favorites.

In the world of Japanese pop auteurs, there are few rising stars as unpredictably eclectic, temperamental, and consistently fascinating as Hideaki Anno. Anno began his professional life in the early 1980s as a young animator working literally
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Arakawa Under The Bridge Season 2 DVD Review

Director: Akiyuki Shinbo,

Starring: Hiroshi Kamiya, Maaya Sakamoto, Chiaki Omigawa, Chiwa Saito, Cho, Fumihiko Tachiki,

Running Time: 320 minutes

Certificate: 12

This second season of Arakawa Under The Bridge is very much like its predecessor. It’s a bizarre and often delightful waste of time, but other than the quick stories that bear little to no consequence on the world in which they take place, it offers very little. Stories just sort of happen, which is no doubt part of the charm, but when there are so few rules to contain the madness, it becomes difficult to truly care for the characters or their motivations.

We pick up from where we left off, with Ko continuing to live with the self-proclaimed Venutian under a bridge that seems to attract the most bizarre characters. Perhaps it’s the lack of any real development that makes this such a hard show to love or hate.
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Arakawa Under The Bridge DVD Review

Director: Akiyuki Shinbo,

Starring: Hiroshi Kamiya, Maaya Sakamoto, Chiaki Omigawa, Chiwa Saito, Cho, Fumihiko Tachiki,

Running Time: 320 minutes

Certificate: 15

Ko Ichinomiya lives life by his family’s creed of never being in debt to anyone. This doesn’t just concern money, but favours as well. It is strictly following such a belief that has lead Ko to becoming such a self efficient success. He doesn’t need to rely on his parents for anything, and that’s just the way he likes it. Then one day, he finds himself without trousers and standing on a bridge. This leads to him almost drowning, and being saved by Nino, a bizarre girl who lives under the bridge and believes she is from Venus. Ichinomiya can’t believe he is now indebted to somebody, and in an attempt to pay the debt back, he agrees to be Nino’s lover. Although, being an alien,
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