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Iwashizu Shrine x Osamu Tezuka World Collab!

Iwashizu Shrine and Osamu Tezuka World are collaborating for the first time! Check out the cool goshuincho that will be available.

My Unico Fans

Sugata Sanshiro

When Orphan released Botchan , I mentioned that YES raws had an equally good rip of the 1981 TV special, Sugata Sanshirou , just waiting to ...

Collectr's Blog

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Tezuka Moderno Picture Book Series On Sale at Can★Do!

The Tezuka Moderno Picture Book Series are on sale at Can★Do stores in Japan and are now in a smaller size!

My Unico Fans

Nana Toshi Monogatari

Here's another project that BlueFixer asked Orphan to redo: the two-part sci-fi OVA Nana Toshi Monogatari: Hokkyokukai Sensen ( A Tale of S...

Collectr's Blog

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Osamu Tezuka x GraffArt Collaboration Announced

Commemorating the 70th anniversary of the manga Astro Boy, the Osamu Tezuka Characters x GraffArt Pop Up Shop will be held.

My Unico Fans

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Osamu Tezuka World Comic Pouches Released

The Osamu Tezuka World Comic Pouch Collection is out at gashapon/capsule toy shops in Japan.

My Unico Fans

The Manga Review, 8/19/22

Attention manga shoppers! Kodansha is currently holding a blow-out sale on digital manga. And when I say “blow out,” I mean it: they’re offering deep discounts on over…

Manga Bookshelf

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My Manga White Whales – The Spoils

For those wondering what exactly I’m talking about I highly recommend checking out this blog post here. This being the sequel and all that. This is going to…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Tezuka Collection Puka Puka Soft Vinyl Mascots Now Available!

These palm-sized mascots featuring Atom, Uran, Pinoko, and Unico by Yamani have arrived!

My Unico Fans

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Tezuka Osamu World x AYANOKOJI Merchandise Now Available Online!

It's July 16 and the AYANOKOJI items are now available on their website! We also walk you through purchasing through their website.

My Unico Fans

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Tezuka Osamu World x AYANOKOJI Part 2

Tezuka Osamu World x Ayanokoji have teamed up once again to create a wonderful collection of purses!

My Unico Fans

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Shin Arts x Osamu Tezuka Characters ~ Acrylic arts by Illustrations ~ Exhibit

In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Astro Boy (Tetsuwan Atom) manga, the Shin Arts x Osamu Tezuka Characters ~ Acrylic arts by Illustrations ~ project will…

My Unico Fans

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Ray: The Animation

From creator Akihito Yoshitomi comes something of a Black Jack spin-off, with another supremely talented surgeon – Ray, whose x-ray eyes help her save the day wherever possible.…

The Review Heap

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My Manga White Whale(s??) – The Hunt

Recently, I was back to my childhood home where my limited English manga collection resides. I was overly delighted looking from bottom to top. The wonderful world of…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Shiho Takanashi’s Komarikuma and Tezuka World Collab

Merchandise for the Shiho Takanashi's Komarikuma x Tezuka World collaboration was revealed today!

My Unico Fans

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Previously Unreleased Osamu Dezaki Interview

A previously unpublished Osamu Dezaki interview, brought to light thanks to the 2018 book “Complete Analysis! Osamu Dezaki, the Man who Created the Tomorrow’s Joe Anime”

Heisei Etranger

This Is Where I Came In...

I just had the pleasure of editing the Blu-ray version of episode 58 of Yawara! - the last one I had never touched (or seen) before -…

Collectr's Blog

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Sangokushi Dai Ni Bu Choukou Moyu!

Here, after an unconscionable delay, is the HD version of the second movie in the Sangokushi trilogy, 1993's Sangokushi Dai Ni Bu Choukou M...

Collectr's Blog

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Tobira o Akete

Tobira o Akete is a sword-and-sorcery fest from 1986. It's based on a 1984 short story by the Japanese fantasy and science fiction writer M...

Collectr's Blog

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The Story of Animerama: Legacy

The Animerama trilogy officially ended in 1973 with the failed release of Belladonna of Sadness and the closure of Mushi Productions.  That...

Renaissance Josei

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Anime ABC’s, My Favorite Anime Character for Each Letter of the Alphabet

So I know a good idea when I steal one. This being one of said ideas. Of course, I kid. We give credit where it’s due; always. I…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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If I had to rebuy my manga collection

There’s been a trend with all sorts of content creators along the lines of, ‘if you lost all of *insert collection type here* what would you re-buy?’ being…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Review: BLACK JACK

Once again it's Old School Month, and I can't believe it's taken me this far into the pandemic to talk about this particular series.  BLACK ...

The Manga Test Drive

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Characters I Would Cosplay If I Still Sewed

I think most people who have been in the anime/manga sphere for awhile are aware of cosplay, i.e. costume play. It’s the practice of dressing up as a…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Kasei Yakyoku v2

When Orphan released Kasei Yakyoku in late 2018, we had to use a VHS tape for the first two episodes. At the time, I said we'd redo…

Collectr's Blog

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Nendoroid’s I Wish Were Real

I didn’t think I would ever be the type to collect figures. In the early years of my fandom, I simply didn’t have the money to buy them…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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The Obscurities in the Western Connection Catalogue: “Ladius”

Release Date: 30 April 1995 Format: PAL VHS, Japanese Dialogue with English Subtitles Runtime: 48 mins Catalogue Number: WEST042 Jap...

The Melancholic Middle Aged Anime Fan

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40 Anime on ANIMAX in South Africa

2007-2010 South Africa’s DSTV provided the channel ANIMAX. It was a TV network that offered English dubbed anime. Here is a list of 26 anime that the channel…

All About Anime and Manga

334 – Morgana’s Manga Makeup 3 – Mob Psycho 100, Phoenix, Give My Regards to Black Jack

On this episode Morgana takes a break from terrible teens of The Flowers of Evil with the Real Friends series, while Darfox and dakazu check out the live-action…

Manga Machinations

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Milky Passion: Dougenzaka - Ai no Shiro

Let's get 2021 started with a bang (so the speak), with another really obscure OVA, 1990's Milky Passion: Dougenzaka - Ai no Shiro ( Milky ...

Collectr's Blog

Books: Japanese Drinking

By Shelley Pallis. Masaaki Watanabe’s anime series Bartender is part of a long tradition of TV shows about smart loners who help others in secret. Its leading man…

All the Anime

On Husbandos

I’ll just jump on the bandwagon late. Something as universal as ‘Husbandos’ doesn’t really trend. It just exists, and occasionally is brought to the forefront when a truly…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Cool Cool Bye

When a laserdisc of the 1986 fantasy OVA Cool Cool Bye turned up in a pile of discs the team bought in Japan, I thought it would…

Collectr's Blog

Black Jack (1993) – A Good, Traveling Doctor

You guys remember when I wrote the Black Jack Movie post? The one from Osamu Dezaki? A post I wrote about a pretty great movie that I think…

Mechanical Anime Reviews

The Husbando Post

Starting this, I am a little shocked that I am actually writing this. Some weird circumstances have led here and I think that’s ok. Let’s recount the reason…

Mechanical Anime Reviews

Visual Kei&Anime – Janne Da Arc

Hello, hello to the 7th edition of Visual Kei&Anime! This edition is hot and fresh because it’s a group that is near and dear to my heart. Bonding…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Eiyuu Banka Koushi-den

In these disastrous times since the 2016 US election, I've taken solace in watching (and endlessly rewatching) The Great British Baking Sho...

Collectr's Blog

The Panda from Beastars is Basically Black Jack

The manga and anime Beastars by Itagaki Paru features an eclectic menagerie of personalities, but one that caught my attention is the panda character Gohin. The reason: the…

OGIUE MANIAX

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Year 1 Issue 20

Arcadia Dragnet, Year 1, Issue 20 May 13 - 19, 2020 Hello and welcome back to Arcadia Dragnet. So I…

Arcadia Dragnet

Black Jack: The Movie – Performance Comes with A Cost

Ok, I’m going to be honest with all of you on two things. The first one is this post is a replacement for the Kyousougiga post that I…

Mechanical Anime Reviews

Before the Golden Days: Of Mice and Osamu Dezaki

Director Osamu Dezaki started a revolution at Tokyo Movie in the 70s, according to this 1997 interview on The Adventures of Gamba.

Heisei Etranger

#85 - Black Jack: The Movie (1996) feat. Basil from the OSMCast

Happy Black Jack-sgiving! Or, Black (Jack's) Friday? Either way, he'd be the best one to slice the turkey. This episode, we're gathering around the dinner table to discuss…

Third Impact Anime Podcast

Sunday Champions. (Editor in chief Ichihara and Takekawa interview pt2)

Hullo, Hello, Greetings! It's a little later than I would have liked but here's part two of the Takekawa and Ichihara interview! It was interesting to hear these…

Weekly Shounen Sunday Edition

The Other Half of the Golden Combo: Akio Sugino Interview – Animation and Akio Sugino (Part 5/6)

“I went back and forth to America over the span of a few years and designed these characters. But ultimately I got dropped from [Nemo]. It was really…

Heisei Etranger

OtakuGeneration (Show #540) Fall Impressions

  Shownotes :: (show 540) :: (website) :: (podcast feed) :: (direct download) :: (direct iTunes link) With Fall Impressions, recorded live October 11th, 2015. This week we finished…

otakugeneration's Podcast

OtakuGeneration (Show #539) Fall Impressions

  Shownotes :: (show 539) :: (website) :: (podcast feed) :: (direct download) :: (direct iTunes link) With Fall Impressions, recorded live October 5th, 2015. This week we jumped…

otakugeneration's Podcast

2004, Part 2: Respectful, Yet Rebellious

Over 130 new anime shows debuted in 2004 on Japanese television, a number in magnitude that would be the norm for the next decade. Naturally...

The Golden Ani-Versary of Anime (1963-2013)

Don Dracula, Leo, Melmo, & more now on Viki.

Not too long ago I reported on Viki.com , the free streaming site that presents international video with crowd sourced subtitles. They had ...

AstroBoy World

What is Anime?

In my time as a moderator over on Anime-Planet , there's one debate that has come up countless times: what actually constitutes anime? This ...

Cassie's Anime and Manga Blog

Black Jack 21, Uncut 80's Astro Boy Now Streaming on Viki

A great new way to watch Tezuka anime has recently appeared, and it's all 100% free and legal ! Viki , a website with international video…

AstroBoy World