Of Monster Mode - Yuya Ishii (2008)
Don't let the laughs in the trailer for Yuya Ishii's "Of Monster Mode" fool you. There may be a lot of zany humour, but at the film's heart ays the story of the dissolution of a marriage. The relationship between Junko and Kiichi has been strained to the breaking point after the death of their son. Kiichi ends up leaving and having an affair while Junko decides the best revenge is to start seeing her husband's friend, a baker who wears a green martian costume to attract people to his bakery.
Blood: The Last Vampire - Hiroyuki Kitakubo (2000)
There's been a lot of buzz about Chris Nahon's live-action adaptatioon of Production I.G.'s "Blood: The Last Vampire", so we thought it was time to take a look at the original. Using a mix of 2D animation and computer graphics director Hiroyuki Kitakubo and his team take us on a wild 48 minute ride as Saya, the last original vampire, goes up against "chiropterans", bat-like demons, in post-war Japan.
Japan's Animation DVD Ranking, March 20-26
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