Missing your weekly dose of Tokyo Ghoul? Check out this official interview with director Shuhei Morita to learn more about the show you love.


Short Peace, the omnibus of four shorts by Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira, Memories, Steamboy) and other leading anime creators, will open in Japan on July 20. The official website began streaming a teaser trailer.

The four shorts are: 

“Combustible” (“Hi-no-youjin”)
Screenplay, Director: Katsuhiro Otomo Character Design, Visual Concept: Hidekazu Ohara Music: Makoto Kubota 

Screenplay, Director: Shuhei Morita (Kakurenbo, Freedom) Original Story Concept, Conceptual Design: Keisuke Kishi 

Director: Hiroaki Ando (Five Numbers!) Original Story Concept, Screenplay, Creative Director: Katsuhito Ishii (Redline, Funky Forest: The First Contact, Taste of Tea) Character Design: Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Evangelion, .hack, Summer Wars) 

“Buki yo Saraba”
Original Story: Katsuhiro Otomo Screenplay, Director: Hajime Katoki (mechanical designs in Gundam franchise, Super Robot Wars) Character Design: Tatsuyuki Tanaka (Tojin Kit)


ANIME: “Kakurenbo: Hide And Seek” (2004)

If you’ve watched all the normal Halloween fare and are looking for something  different, here’s a fantastic anime film that  was first seen by most otaku on Adult Swim on Halloween, ten years ago.

Written and directed by Shuhei Morita, the film entails a game of “Otokoyo”, a version of hide and seek played by children, wearing fox masks, near the ruins of an abandoned old city. The children who play this disappear, believed to be spirited away by demons. 

The film follows Hikora, a boy who joins the game with hopes of finding his missing sister, Sorincha.

It’s 25 minutes of beautiful, cel shaded animation perfect for viewing at  over this weekend.

Blu-ray Review: Tokyo Ghoul: The Complete First Season

Tokyo Ghoul is an anime series from director Shuhei Morita (Possessions) based on the popular Japanese manga, which has sold several million copies since its debut in 2011. The first season of the show adapts the manga’s first seven volumes in 12 episodes, each running approximately 25 minutes.

Mysterious beings known as ghouls are wreaking havoc on Tokyo. They need to eat human flesh in order to survive, but they’re not zombies. They can speak and think, and they look normal. When angered, however, their eyes turn red and they reveal their kagune; hidden appendages used for fighting and protection. These organs differ slightly for each ghoul, but they often resemble some kind of Lovecraftian tentacle.

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Holy shit.

I was expecting something I was not expecting THIS.

-Possessions (Tsukumo)
Begins with the safest segment, I still haven’t seen anything animated in quite this way before and it was treat in that way.

Gorgeous story about a great fire that happened in Tokyo and one interpretation of reasons and motives for it happening.

KNOCKED MY FUCKING SOCKS OFF. This is the story about a Polar Bear named Gambo and how he makes a connection with a young girl who happens to be the next in line to be kidnapped and destroyed in every possible way by an Ogre (who is more than he seems). Incredibly dark, action packed, genuinely horrifying, bloody and sad this one came out of no where.

-Buki yo Saraba (Farewell to Arms)
Otomo post apocalyptic story of a team of guys who are peacekeepers who go around hunting for treasure and disarming threats in the desolate world, gorgeous and exactly the kind of science fiction I LOVE.



Freedom Project is a Japanese promotional project by Nissin Cup Noodles for their 35th anniversary in 2006. As part of the project, the 7-part OVA series, titled Freedom, was commissioned with and designed by Katsuhiro Otomo (SteamboyAkira) serving as the character and mecha designer. The series was directed by Shuhei Morita, creator of the award-winning animation short Kakurenbo, and is authored by celebrated writer Dai Sato, Katsuhiko Chiba and Yuuichi Nomura. The series openly displays its sponsor’s product placement in numerous scenes in which characters are shown consuming Nissin Cup Noodles.

The OVA is animated and produced by Sunrise and distributed by Bandai Visual. "Freedom Committee" is the collective term used for the entire creative team behind Freedom, which includes animators and production staff members who have previously worked on Steamboy.


Katsuhiro Otomo’s SHORT PEACE, the U.S. official trailer in HD is available now!