Dimension W (ディメンションW) is an adaptation of Yūji Iwahara’s manga of the same title. The anime, co-produced by Studio 3Hz and Orange, directed by Kanta Kamei, and licensed in Italy through Dynit, counts 12 episodes and was aired in Japan between January 10 and March 27 2016 - as well as streamed in Italy through VVVVID.
It’s 2036, and the energy crisis has reached a global scale. The solution adopted by many world governments is the creation of energy through coils, a series of interdimensional electromagnetic structures that can tap into ‘dimension W’, another dimension from which endless energy seems to be available.
By 2071 this technology is commonplace, but it is also under the monopoly of New Tesla Energy. The world’s energy problems have mostly been solved, but the coils can also be used by criminal syndicates as weapons of mass destruction.
Regular police forces can’t keep up with this kind of crime, so the job falls onto ‘retirers’ like Mabuchi Kyōma, a man who takes care of coil-related issues in exchange for money to feed his hobby - modding cars. During an operation he meets the android woman Mira, who is also after the coils. She passes out and is carried by Kyōma to Mary, his boss, who makes a startling discovery: Mira is more than an android, she is a prototype by New Tesla Energy founder, doctor Yurizaki. Kyōma will have to ally with Mira if he wishes to crack down a criminal operation involving illegally constructed coils…
While Kyōma and Mira seem to be the focus of the action, in later episodes a host of interesting and well constructed secondary characters make appearances, such as criminal Loser, ex-military Albert Schuman, and a team of coils hunters.
The anime’s plot is also very well structured: lenghty flashbacks often interweave with the main narration, spicing up the whole and making the series a dynamic piece that should be watched.
Full Metal Panic! (Furu Metaru Panikku! フルメタル・パニック!) è una serie di light novel scritte da Gatō Shōji, che fino ad ora conta 23 volumi. Della serie esiste anche una trasposizione anime, in tre stagioni (Full Metal Panic!, 2002; Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu, 2003; Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid, 2005), e un adattamento manga.
Kiseijū – The Unwanted Guest (Kiseijū 寄生獣) is a 1988 seinen manga by Hitoshi Iwaaki, first serialized in Morning Open Zōkan and then in Afternoon until 1995. The series gained notoriety only in the last few years, mostly thanks to a live adaptation and the animated series by Madhouse in 2014.
Ergo Proxy (Erugo Purakushī エルゴプラクシー) is a 23 episodes anime series, aired in Japan in 2006 and distributed in Italy by Panini Video in 2008, before airing in 2011 in Rai4. There is also a spin-off manga, Centzon Hitchers & Undertaker (Sentson Hicchāzu & Andāteikā センツォン・ヒッチャーズ&アンダーテイカー), still untranslated in Italian.
Come ogni anno dal 2004, anche nel 2016 la Toei Animation rilascia una nuova stagione della storica serie majokko Pretty Cure, conosciuta in Italia per l’adattamento Rai delle prime sette saghe e per Glitter Force, adattamento americano di Smile Pretty Cure, disponibile su Netflix.
“A world in which an individual’s psychological tendencies can be measured and turned into numbers. Any mental disposition is filed and averaged, in a measurement known as PSYCHO-PASS.” Justice. Crime. The fight against evil. Personal freedom. Such are the themes of Psycho-Pass (Saikopasu サイコパス ), a 2012 anime in two series created by Productions I.G.
“Continuare a dedicarmi all’arte ha costituito, per me, il solo modo di trovare sollievo nel corso della mia battaglia contro queste sofferenze, ansie e paure.
Seguendo il filo dell’arte sono riuscita a restare in vita, se non lo avessi fatto sicuramente avrei finito per suicidarmi molto prima, incapace di sopportare oltre il mondo attorno a me”.
Coloratissimo, paradossale, fantascientifico, fumettoso, pop sono alcune delle definizioni che, solitamente, vengono utilizzate per presentare al pubblico l’arte di Takashi Murakami.
Devo ammettere che quasi nessuno di questi termini, affiancati a qualche immagine vista in rete, avevano solleticato la mia curiosità per il mondo superflat creato dall’artista tokyoita. E invece, appensa superata la soglia della Sala delle Cariatidi di Palazzo Reale, a Milano, che ha ospitato una sua esposizione fino al 7 settembre, ho scoperto quanto di quell’universo mi fosse in realtà piacevolmente e follemente familiare. Di più: quanto rappresentasse una sapiente miscela di aspetti tradizionali, contemporanei, religiosi e fiabeschi in grado di catturarmi.