Cult Film Review: Steamboy (2004)


“GRAND FATHER!!”

Over ten years ago, I was an awkward and geeky teen like many others.  Among my many hobbies was collecting all sorts of Japanese animation (or anime) titles.  Granted, this was the turning point from “crack is cheaper” to anime being readily available at a decent price.  Some time during ’03/’04, a program on G4TV/TechTV announced a new movie by the director of AKIRA (Katsuhiro Otomo) which takes place in a dystopian Britain. Here, a young inventor must protect a secret experiment from greedy businessmen and power-hungry bureaucrats after losing his father and nearly losing his grandfather in an industrial accident.

At the time, I was slightly new to the emerging “steampunk” fad, so I was coloured intrigued!  Upon watching the movie, I found it to be an enjoyable action picture with a cool protagonist I related too.  Now, it’s over a decade later and I’m a fair bit different from my slightly younger self.  So, how does this picture hold up today?  Let’s turn some valves and let loose some steam as we discuss “Steamboy”.
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Thoughts about AnimeNext ’14

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As promised, I figure I’d do a write-up on the convention itself! I’ve had quite the history with AnimeNext. While not as long as my sis, whose a veteran from the earlier days in Secaucus Convention Center, I have at least a good 6 – 7 years under my belt. Now, some conventions have been better than others. But, the last couple of years have hit an unfortunate slope of disappointment from a mix of overpopulation and lack of organization on a grander scale. Now, I know how much planning goes into making a huge event. The Q&A panels at the end of each convention give at least a little bit of insight for the common con-attendee, but experience behind the scenes certainly helps. That said, this convention has improved since 1 – 3 years ago, when it was probably around its lowest point. But, enough summaries, let’s dig a little deeper. As always, more after the jump…
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