Son of Jae

Sometimes I get the best surprises. On Twitter, an artist named Hobi took the time to make these adorable drawings of my son and send them to me. (I am displaying them here with her permission.)

Goro Miyazaki‘s “From Up on Poppy Hill”

For my current giveaway, I have a real treat for anime fans. Two lucky readers will win a Blu-ray + DVD combo pack of Goro Miyazaki‘s “From Up on Poppy Hill,” which won’t hit stores until Sept. 3. #WinWithJae

“Cowboy Bebop: The Movie” Anime feature draws strength from action scenes

“Cowboy Bebop: The Movie” has nowhere near the level of sophistication exhibited in Hayao Miyazaki’s “Spirited Away,” which won the Oscar this year for best animated feature film. But the Japanese anime film, which makes its Chicago debut today, certainly has its appeal.

Not much to sink your teeth into in ‘Vampire Hunter’

With his waist-length black hair, dark somber eyes and skintight outfit, the star of “Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust” looks more like a beautiful, moody rock star than the half man/half vampire bounty hunter he is. Never mind that he’s a cartoon character.