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Anime Review: Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1999) by Hiroyuki Okiura

Anime Review: Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1999) by Hiroyuki Okiura

While the way animation was regarded by critics and audience had certainly shifted thanks to the release of Katsuhiro Otomo’s “Akira” (1988) and Mamoru Oshii’s “Ghost in the Shell” (1995), it wasn’t until the late 1990s that the paradigm shifted and anime with more adult-oriented themes were considered more seriously. One of the main reasons for this shift is the creative output during those years which, like in the years before, proved the great variety and imagination within the directors and animators of the time, who, besides exploring genres such as science-fiction and drama, also made intriguing remarks on their home country, its society and its politics. One such example has to be Hiroyuki Okiura’s “Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade”, based on Mamoru Oshii’s manga “Kerberos Panzer Cop”. Even twenty years after its release, its image of an authoritarian Japan, and how a repressive system turns people against each other,

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