A Thousand And One Nights (Sen’ya ichiya monogatari)

A Thousand And One Nights (Sen'ya ichiya monogatari) Japan (1969) Dir. Eiichi Yamamoto Recently reviewed on this site was Cleopatra, the racy, experimental animation from manga legend Osamu Tezuka’s studio Mushi Productions’ Animerama series. A year earlier, A Thousand and One Nights was the first film in this series and the first X-rated animated film … Continue reading A Thousand And One Nights (Sen’ya ichiya monogatari)

Cleopatra (Kureopatora)

Cleopatra (Kureopatora) Japan (1970) Dir. Osamu Tezuka & Eiichi Yamamoto Osamu Tezuka is known as the Godfather of Manga, boasting a prolific 40 year career that spawned such hugely influential works like the seminal Astro Boy. Yet, despite his cheery, avuncular appearance and manga designed to appeal to all ages, Tezuka had a thing for … Continue reading Cleopatra (Kureopatora)

Belladonna Of Sadness (Kanashimi no Beradonna)

Belladonna Of Sadness (Kanashimi no Beradonna) Japan (1973) Dir. Eiichi Yamamoto Aesthetically there is little to suggest that this baffling slice of psychedelic erotica can be classified as anime. But it is part of a trilogy involving the godfather of anime and manga Osamu Tezuka, so who are we to argue? Based loosely on the … Continue reading Belladonna Of Sadness (Kanashimi no Beradonna)