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Ikiru (生きる, Akira Kurosawa, 1952)

A lifelong bureaucrat is confronted by the emptiness of the salaryman dream when diagnosed with a terminal illness in Akira Kurosawa’s intensely moving melodrama.

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THE GREAT BAXINGAR REWATCH 31 – Return to DOUE

GALACTIC GALE BAXINGAREPISODE 31: Return to DOUE WRITTEN BY: Akira Goto BROADCAST DATE: February 1, 1983 And, as always, this episode aired exactly forty years ago today! After…

J9 Hard Serenade

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Tokyo Drifter (東京流れ者, Seijun Suzuki, 1966)

A recently released yakuza attempts to join the new society by going straight but finds his efforts frustrated by upstart gangsters in Seijun Suzuki’s postmodern noir.

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The Silent Duel (静かなる決闘, Akira Kurosawa, 1949)

A doctor who contracted syphilis from a patient wrestles with desire and responsibility in Kurosawa’s post-war drama.

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Drunken Angel (酔いどれ天使, Akira Kurosawa, 1948)

A gruff yet well intentioned doctor does his best to cure the ills of post-war Japan in a rundown slum on the edge of a fetid swamp in…

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Stray Dog (野良犬, Akira Kurosawa, 1949)

A rookie policeman chases an echo of himself through the backstreets of post-war Japan while looking for his missing gun in Akira Kurosawa’s sweltering noir.

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#69 Shounen Shoujo (Ft. YouTuber KrimsonRogue)

Manga by NISIO, ISIN (Story), Akatsuki, Akira (Art)   According to this manga you know who has it easy? Dying kids.   We and our guest YouTuber KrimsonRogue…

Shonen Flop

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Make Everything E.X.P.L.O.D.E. — The Other Works of Akira's Katsuhiro Otomo in English

Katsuhiro Otomo's 1988 cinematic masterpiece Akira introduced a wide world to anime, but the lauded director has a larger body of work waiting to be discovered.

Anime News Network - Views

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UniteUp! Episode 3

This week we got to get to know a little bit more about LEGIT!

AngryAnimeBitches Anime Blog

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Brief Thoughts On: Luger Code 1951

Luger Code 1951 is an alternate history action anime with design work by Medaka Box creator Akira Akatsuki.

Reasons to Anime

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why humanity should die

The human race should end... The extinction of the human race is one of the most grim narratives. From disease to otherworldly invaders, humans have imagined what it would…

ProfessorViral

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The Lower Depths (どん底, Akira Kurosawa, 1957)

In the absence of salvation a comforting falsehood is the only means of survival in Akira Kurosawa’s adaptation of the Gorky play.

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High and Low (天国と地獄, Akira Kurosawa, 1963)

A self-made millionaire faces a moral dilemma when his chauffeur’s son is kidnapped in place of his own in Kurosawa’s post-war crime film.

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Hi Score Girl Volume 10 Review

TheOASG reviews the finale of Hi Score Girl, as Haruo and Akira face-off once again, and the series with gaming as its backdrop concludes.

TheOASG

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#68.5 First Thoughts on Shounen Shoujo

Manga by NISIO, ISIN (Story), Akatsuki, Akira (Art)   This manga is pretty sick. David and Jordan give their first thoughts on the Shonen Jump manga Shounen Shoujo.…

Shonen Flop

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UniteUp! Episode 2

UniteUp continues its strong momentum into episode 2, introducing us to two fellow online singers, Banri Naoe (EVAN), Isuzugawa Chihiro (SUZU).

AngryAnimeBitches Anime Blog

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Dodes’ka-den (どですかでん, Akira Kurosawa, 1970)

The denizens of a small slum on the outskirts of the modern city live largely on wilful self-delusion in Kurosawa’s first experimentation with colour.

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Dr. Slump and Arale-chan 128

NYAA ANIDEX MEGA ULOZ.TO BITCHUTE (shiteater) Dr. Slump & Arale-chan 128 [84DB39F5] shiteatersubs presents Dr. Slump & Arale-chan episode 128 in Japanese with English subtitles. Translated …

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The Idiot (白痴, Akira Kurosawa, 1951)

A pure soul is destroyed by the selfishness and duplicity of the post-war society in Kurosawa’s snowbound adaptation of the Dostoyevsky novel.

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Kagemusha (影武者, Akira Kurosawa, 1980)

A thief reborn as a lord finds himself caught between the contradictions of the feudal order and the borders of identity in Akira Kurosawa’s Sengoku-era tragedy.

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Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead (Volume 1) – Akira of the Dead

Akira started his dream job in advertising three years ago and soon realised it was hell. Before long he felt like a zombie, but that all changed when…

The Otaku Author

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UniteUp! Episode 1 [First Impression]

It goes without saying, I was NOT expecting this show to have this strong of a start!

AngryAnimeBitches Anime Blog

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Was Chainsaw Man's Anime a Masterpiece or a Miss?

It's time to review Chainsaw Man Season 1! And it's a MASSIVE ONE! This brand new anime is in the eyes of many, the greatest anime adaptation of…

Totally Not Mark

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First Impression: UniteUp!

Akira may be a bit of a curmudgeon (as far as perky 17-year-olds go), but he’s a good son and devoted friend. He’s just been a little bit…

Beneath the Tangles

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Scandal (醜聞, Akira Kurosawa, 1950)

The battle for the soul of the post-war society is fought in the body of a conflicted lawyer in Akira Kurosawa’s seasonal morality tale.

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Dr. Slump and Arale-chan 127

NYAA ANIDEX MEGA ULOZ.TO BITCHUTE (shiteater) Dr. Slump & Arale-chan 127 [D54893D7] shiteatersubs presents Dr. Slump & Arale-chan episode 127 in Japanese with English subtitles. Translated …

shiteatersubs

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THE GREAT BAXINGAR REWATCH 27 – OZMA’s Assassination

GALACTIC GALE BAXINGAREPISODE 27: OZMA’s Assassination WRITTEN BY: Akira Goto and Yuu Yamamoto BROADCAST DATE: January 4, 1983 First episode of the new year! And, as always, this…

J9 Hard Serenade

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Rashomon (羅生門, Akira Kurosawa, 1950)

A series of witnesses give conflicting accounts of a death in the forest in Akira Kurosawa’s exploration of the limits of objective truth.

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Futari Switch | A Hilarious Body Swap Manga

One of the best releases of 2022. Futari Switch, by Akira Hiramoto, is a raunchy body swap comedy manga about two childhood friends who get caught up with…

Kero Riripaddo

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5 Reasons To Watch: Akira

35 years later, Akira is still a cyberpunk classic without equal. I had a great time returning to this legendary anime.

Reasons to Anime

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One Wonderful Sunday (素晴らしき日曜日, Akira Kurosawa, 1947)

A young couple attempt to have a nice day out in Tokyo for only 35 yen but eventually discover something much more valuable in Akira Kurosawa’s surprisingly upbeat…

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Sakugabooru Animation Awards 2022

It’s time for a final look at the greatest animated works of 2022. We’ve gathered commercial and independent animators, directors, designers, writers, musicians, and everything in betwe…

Sakuga Blog

●ANNOUNCEMENT● HAPPY NEW YEAR!! 2023

Katsuhiro Otomo, Akira, Bibliography, Otomo, Animation, Manga, Steamboy, Japanimation,

ChronOtomo | Otomo Katsuhiro Chronology

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Greats or Favorites? How to Make a List of 100 Top Films

The recent Sight and Sound list of The Critics’ Top 100 Greatest Films of All Time and the Variety list of 100 Greatest Movies of All Time got…

Brian Camp's Film and Anime Blog

Pre-2000s Anime with Multi-Channel Audio

 Had this in Drafts for about a year because I lost interest. Obviously this is an incomplete list, so I may come back and update it if I…

Genga Land

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No Regrets for Our Youth (わが青春に悔なし, Akira Kurosawa, 1946)

A young woman is torn between a future with a passionate rebel or spineless conformist in Kurosawa’s meditation on the militarist folly.

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The Most Beautiful (一番美しく, Akira Kurosawa, 1944)

Kurosawa’s second feature explores the intense dedication of a collection of factory girls crafting precision lenses in a late National Policy Film.

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Anime Before Astro Boy (Japanese Animation 1946 - 1962)

Iconic anime movies and TV shows released before the original Astro Boy in 1963. These include TOEI's first movies like Panda and the Magic Serpent and Alakazam the…

WooKong

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The Shootout (凶弾, Toru Murakawa, 1982)

A trio of teenage boys end up on the run after an altercation with a needlessly authoritarian police officer in Toru Murakawa’s empathetic social drama.

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Samurai Wolf 2: Hell Cut (牙狼之介 地獄斬り, Hideo Gosha, 1967)

Kiba is again confronted with the duplicities of late Meiji society after being pulled into intrigue at a disused mine in Hideo Gosha’s striking chanbara.

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Samurai Wolf (牙狼之介, Hideo Gosha, 1966)

A wandering samurai squares off against a corrupt postmaster in Hideo Gosha’s uncharacteristically aventgarde chambara.

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PODCAST + SHOW NOTES: Ep. 83- AKIRA vol. 4

Here's our episode about AKIRA vol. 4 with actual pages and additional note about what we discussed. Enjoy!

MSX - The Mangasplaining Extra Newsletter

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Violent Streets (暴力街, Hideo Gosha, 1974)

A former yakuza’s attempts to leave the underworld behind are frustrated by gang intrigue and changing times in Hideo Gosha’s intense gangland drama.

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Ep. 83: AKIRA Volume 4, by Katsuhiro Otomo

The Mangasplaining gang returns to Katsuhiro Otomo's legendary manga series AKIRA with volume 4! The story becomes very different than the anime...

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Akira Kurosawa Retrospective at the BFI 2023

The good folks at the BFI have sent us details for an up coming Akira Kurosawa Retrospective. Set to run from Sunday 1st January 2023 until ...

Otaku News - World Edition

●MANGA● ZENSHŪ-KUN GA IKU (全集くんが行く) part 4

Katsuhiro Otomo, Akira, Bibliography, Otomo, Animation, Manga, Steamboy, Japanimation,

ChronOtomo | Otomo Katsuhiro Chronology

●BOOK● OTOMO THE COMPLETE WORKS 23: Animation AKIRA Layouts & Key Frames 1

Katsuhiro Otomo, Akira, Bibliography, Otomo, Animation, Manga, Steamboy, Japanimation,

ChronOtomo | Otomo Katsuhiro Chronology

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DRAGON BALL SUPER: A Massive Review

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