After diving headfirst into the world of anime movies, Cat Hamilton and Joe Welkie have created a podcast to discuss the themes, plots, and overall merit of anime movies.
The AMP Reviews Metropolis (2001)
On this episode, Cat and Joe discuss and review Rintaro’s 2001 cult classic sci-fi-meets-1920s-Art-Deco film, Metropolis. A blast from the past, and a blast from the future, this film is based on the 1949 manga of the same name, illustrated by Osama Tezuka (of AstroBoy fame), who very VERY loosely based his manga on the 1927 German expressionist sci-fi drama film by Fritz Lang (also of the same name). The connection is very tenuous, but still, it annoyed the Germans enough for them to rename it ’Robotic Angel’ when the manga was released there. So, close enough?
Available to purchase on DVD / Blu-Ray wherever Anime is sold.
The AMP Reviews Millennium Actress (2001)
On this episode, Cat and Joe discuss and review Satoshi Kon’s Millennium Actress. They talk about meet cutes that don’t make any sense, what it means to be in love, and what you should and should not keep from your exes. This is one of the very rare occasions when the AMP team agree on their final AMP score… listen to find out what it is!
Available to stream on Amazon Prime, also available to purchase and then stream on YouTube and iTunes among others. DVD and Blu-Ray available anywhere anime is sold.
The AMP Reviews Wicked City (1987)
On this episode, Cat and Joe welcome back special guest Vance Tucker to discuss and review one of the first anime films Vance ever accidentally saw, and boy howdy it really stuck with him. There’s a big sexual trauma trigger warning on this episode, which would be difficult to avoid when talking about this film, so if this is something that is sensitive for you, please skip this episode. Cat and Joe like to deal with things that make them deeply uncomfortable with humor, so if that’s not a big trigger warning for you - this episode is absolutely hilarious, and sometimes a little upsetting, but the AMP team tries to soften the blow.
Available to watch on YouTube, and available to purchase on Amazon on DVD and Blu-Ray.
The AMP Reviews Summer Wars (2009)
On this episode, Cat and Joe wrap up one whole month of Mamoru Hosoda films by reviewing their agreed favorite of his cannon, the 2009 hit Summer Wars. The AMP team discusses the way this film explores the ideas of social media, reliance on technology and the concepts of literal and figurative avatars, plus the way family relationships and generational differences shape the way we understand the world. Highly recommended!
Available to stream on Vudu, and available to purchase on Blu-Ray and DVD wherever anime is sold.
The AMP Reviews Mirai (2018)
On this delightful episode, Cat and Joe debate whether Mamoru Hosoda’s 2018 coming of age film Mirai’s more whimsical elements are the product of a magical garden or the wildly creative imagination of a young boy named Jun. This film explores the meaning and experience of learning about the world for the first time, and both Cat and Joe share some pretty funny, touching and sometimes savage childhood stories of their own.
Mirai is available to stream on Netflix, and for purchase on Amazon Prime and iTunes. It's also available to purchase on DVD & Blu-Ray wherever anime is sold.
The AMP Reviews The Boy And The Beast (2015)
On this Mamoru Hosoda March episode, Cat and Joe discuss and review The Boy And The Beast (2015), written and directed by Hosoda. The AMP team dives deep into the themes of father figures, coming of age, the darkness of the soul, and apprenticeship in this action adventure fantasy film about a boy who finds himself straddling two worlds and figuring out how to belong in either of them. There is debate a plenty and the final AMP numbers from Cat and Joe are VERY different. Listen to find out why!
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Great content that keeps me laughing even if I don’t know the reference.