The Wind Rises (2013)

The Wind Rises Studio Ghibli

Kaze tachinu (original title) Summary:  Since a boy, Jirô Horikoshi (voiced by Hideaki Anno) dreams of flying.  Upon discovering his unfortunate nearsightedness he doesn’t let it thwart his fascination with aircrafts; instead Jirô decides if he can’t fly planes, he’ll design them.  Yet, life … Continue reading

Akira (1988)

Akira

Summary:  Tokyo has been destroyed by a psychic explosion, triggering World War III.  A new city is built within its place and named Neo-Tokyo.  By 2019 Neo-Tokyo has grown into a dystopian metropolis, overrun by gang violence and anti-government terrorism. … Continue reading

Persepolis (2007)

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Summary: A young girl growing up in Tehran begins to learn of her country’s politics as Iran’s uprising against its Shah topples him from power.  Marjane’s uncle, having once been imprisoned for rebelling against the government, is released and is hugely impressionable as … Continue reading