horror

Hellsing Ultimate

As our culture changes so do our stories. We create new ones and update the old ones to fit our times. Rapunzel’s hair never used to glow and heal, but Disney changed that. In the original myths, Thor was a…

Deadman Wonderland

A fair bit of warning: Deadman Wonderland is exceptionally brutal. After a mysterious figure storms a high school classroom and violently butchers the students, young survivor Ganta is unjustly framed for the crime. As punishment, he is sentenced to a…

Shiki Part 1 and 2

Shiki is set within the remote town of Sotoba. Life is quiet and peaceful for the majority of the town’s residents with the exception of Natsuno, a city boy who yearns to leave, and Megumi, a small town girl with…

King of Thorn: the movie

The movie King of Thorn is a modern day adaptation (albeit a somewhat loose one) of Sleeping Beauty. And like the original fairy tale, the characters earn the happy ending only after some horrifying trials. In the year 2012, the…

Corpse Princess: The Complete Series

Rocking opening theme? Check. Hideous undead monsters threatening society as we know it? Check. Cute Japanese schoolgirls wielding semi-automatic weapons? Check. Yes, all the ingredients are in place for Corpse Princess (aka Shikabane Hime) to appeal to anime fans who…

Death Note Collection

Adapting a long-running manga series into a live-action feature film is no small feat, and doing it well seems almost impossible. When I asked my friend Maki—who recently moved to the United States after living in Japan for the past…

Paranoia Agent

From the creative and mind bending imagination of Satoshi Kon (Perfect Blue, Paprika) comes this twisted thriller that dives deep into the psyche of troubled minds. Paranoia Agent is a series of episodes loosely connected by a plot about a…