Anime Vice News

FOLKTALES FROM JAPAN #1 - - Special Review

Who could possibly criticize a cute little puppy like this?

Ha, well… if I ever wondered what the Japanese equivalent of PBS programming looked like, I suppose I should wonder no longer.

Look, I don’t think anybody is seriously expecting me to critique folk tales with equally minimalist rendering and plotting. Would I analyze the greater complexities of “the Three Little Pigs” as a follow-up? None of these vignettes are even especially moralistic. Sure, one of Aesop’s Fables could invite some discussion of the greater human dilemmas which have been allegorically illustrated with talking animals. These, though? These are about a series of wacky circumstances that befall paragons of human virtue. “Be good and good things will happen to you” - - that’s the plain message.

(Indeed, even a toddler might question why the elderly couple in “the Old Man Who Made the Dead Trees Blossom” would continue lending things to nasty neighbors with a habit of murdering their pets and destroying their property).

Maybe there’s something about the nature of professional storytelling which can be read into “the Man Who Bought Dreams” - - but again, I’d feel silly for getting too far along in that. At the least, I’ll say that if you’ve ever been looking for an appropriate anime which you can watch with a young family member who might be curious about Japanese culture, or if you’re simply curious about more of this culture’s history yourself, then these are some perfect diversions to that end.

Myself? Well, these are just reminding me that I really should go on and read some authentic Shinto folklore someday. I feel like a large part of my viewing experience has been me just getting glimpses and reinterprations of myths that’d be more beneficial to just experience for myself.

Watch this episode, "The Old Man Who Made the Dead Tress Blossom / The Man Who Bought Dreams / The Rat Sutra" here and decide for yourself.

Tom Pinchuk’s a writer and personality with a large number of comics, videos and features like this to his credit. Visit his website - - tompinchuk.com - - and follow his Twitter: @tompinchuk

Kino88on Jan. 10, 2013 at 4:10 p.m.

kawaii!!

misosoup321on Jan. 19, 2013 at 7:21 p.m.

:O I love it! <3

Pokemon Black and White Looks Delicious in Motion

First video of a Pokemon battle in Black and White.

Comment & Win: One Piece Vol. 52, 53

Time for a giveaway folks! Now, act civil, we don't want anyone to get hurt in the mad rush to win.

Beginner's Guide to FLCL

Gainax's madcap, surrealist anime, broken down for new viewers.

Ballz Deep

Steve gets intimately close to Dragon Ball Z, for science!

Top 3 Awful Anime Dubs

Grit your teeth and get your ear plugs ready cause this week we're taking on the three most amazingly bad dubs of all time!

BLEACH Ch. 609 Review

Has Kubo delved into the world of meta-commentary with this end boss?

HAYATE THE COMBAT BUTLER #1 -- Special Review

“God Bless Us, Every One”

ONE PIECE Ch. 771 Review

What starts as disturbing has a surprisingly heartwarming outcome.

AH! MY GODDESS! #2 -- Retro Review

Love Hurts.

PSYCHO-PASS #33 -- Watch & Learn

Kamui... gone too soon? Seriously, it's already done.

FATE/STAY NIGHT: UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS #9 -- Special Review

Behold: The mating dance of the Red-Bellied Tsundere.

Gohan Gets A New Look in the Next DRAGON BALL Z Movie

Track suits are in next year!

Toei Redraws SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL?

They heard the fans!

Toei Redraws SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL?

They heard the fans!

Gohan Gets A New Look in the Next DRAGON BALL Z Movie

Track suits are in next year!

BLEACH Ch. 609 Review

Has Kubo delved into the world of meta-commentary with this end boss?

FATE/STAY NIGHT: UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS #9 -- Special Review

Behold: The mating dance of the Red-Bellied Tsundere.

PSYCHO-PASS #33 -- Watch & Learn

Kamui... gone too soon? Seriously, it's already done.

AH! MY GODDESS! #1 -- Retro Review

A Match Made in Heaven

HAYATE THE COMBAT BUTLER #1 -- Special Review

“God Bless Us, Every One”

AH! MY GODDESS! #2 -- Retro Review

Love Hurts.

Mandatory Network

Submissions can take several hours to be approved.

Save ChangesCancel