Giovanni's Island is as powerful as it is predictable. It may be one of the few films to focus on the Kuril Islands, but its tale will prove immediately familiar to anyone acquainted with cinema's typical treatments of war-torn children.
Strike Witches: Maidens in the Sky is in fact about girls with no pants, but if you can get past that conceit, it's an enjoyable book. It's more of a fun diversion than a series to sink your teeth into, but it is also a good way into the franchise.
Two of Marvel Comics' deadliest non-super-powered heroes get their anime treatment in this new Madhouse offering. It shines for its fight choreography, which is good enough to carry it over a lack of originality and depth.