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MAPS: Densetsu no Samayoeru Seijin-tachi

Here's a wonderful example of the "wide-screen baroque" school of anime science fiction, the 1987 movie MAPS: Densetsu no Samayoeru Seijin-t...

Collectr's Blog

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Rain Boy v2

One of Orphan's earliest Tezuka Osamu projects was the set of six OVAs known as the Lion Books: 1 The Green Cat 1983 2 Rain Boy 1983 3…

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The Green Cat v2

One of Orphan's earliest Tezuka Osamu projects was the set of six OVAs known as the Lion Books: 1 The Green Cat 1983 2 Rain Boy 1983 3…

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Tubi TV adds One Piece and Dr. Slump to its roster

Fox Entertainment's freemium streaming service, Tubi TV, has added Dr. Slump, One Piece, Toriko, Slam Dunk, and more to its roster.

Anime Quarterly

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Ohoshi-sama no Rail

I'm not sure how I feel about the 1993 movie Ohoshi-sama no Rail ( Rail of Stars ). Based on a 1983 autobiographical novel by Kobayashi Chi...

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Sensou Douwa: Chiisai Sensuikau ni Koi wo Shita Dekasugira Kojira no Hanashi

Sensou Douwa ( War Tales or War Fables ) was a series of TV specials by Shin-Ei Animation that ran annually from 2002 to 2009. In…

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GeGeGe no Kitaro (2018) Episode 2: Attack of the Miage-Nyudo

As mentioned in my commentary for episode one, GeGeGe no Kitaro happens to be a fairly old work, with its origins stemming from the kamishibai tradition of storytelling;…

Anime Commentary Returns

2020 In Review

Boy, am I happy to see 2020 in the rear-view mirror. Pandemic, protests, political polarization... Millions dead world-wide... It can't end soon enough. Despite that, Orphan Fansubs had…

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Botchan

Orphan is proud to present the first English version of the 1980 TV special Botchan . (It should not be confused with the shorter version th...

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Gegege no Kitarou (2018) Review

“Gegege no Kitaoru’s theme-focused episodics bite”

SpaceWhales Anime Blog

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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…

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Happy Halloween from Kitaro, Akuma-kun, and Dororon Enma-kun!

While knocking on the front doors of strangers and sticking your fist into a shared bowl of candy might not be the move this year, you can always…

THE SKARO HUNTING SOCIETY

Kitaro

A manga about the last survivor of the ghost tribe, Kitaro, and his adventures dealing with Japanese yokai. Continue reading →

Manga Machinations

Day 13 of Otakutober: Trick-or-Treat! What is Candy Pop Scary Anime?

Happy Halloweeb to all my ghosts and ghouls of Otakutober! We have officially made it to the FINAL day of 13 Days of Otakutober! Fear not because instead…

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Saiyuuki (1960) HD

In honor of the 60th anniversary of its release in 1960, Orphan is releasing a high-definition version of Saiyuuki , encoded from an HDTV ...

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The First Duty of Every Starfleet Otaku is to the Truth, Whether it’s Scientific Truth, or Historical Truth, or Personal Truth

(It’s getting difficult to distinguish between the titles of my posts and the titles of light novels, isn’t it?) You’ve probably heard that the winners write the history…

Beneath the Tangles

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Amon Saga

This one is a bit odd: a new release of the 1986 sword-and-sorcery movie Amon Saga , based on a laserdisc rip. Amon Saga has already been…

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Eyes on Yokai: Mushi-shi

We take a deep dive into classic anime series Mushi-shi, and the mystical beings that populate its world, from the mysterious to the grotesque.

Anime Herald

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GeGeGe no Kitaro (2018) Episode 1: Yokai in Modern Times

  GeGeGe no Kitaro happens to be an older manga, with its origins in the kamishibai tradition – between 1933 and 1935, the kamishibai storyteller Masami Itō traveled…

Anime Commentary Returns

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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

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The Decade in Review: The Japanese Industry

I said I wouldn’t be updating this blog for a while, but I remembered that I was working on a two-post "decade in review" which I had star...

The Melancholic Middle Aged Anime Fan

Kitaro: The Trial of Kitaro

By Shigeru Mizuki. Released in Japan as “Gegege no Kitaro” by Kodansha and Shogakukan, serialized in various magazines. Released in North America by Drawn & Quarterly. Translated by…

Manga Bookshelf

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The Anime That Didn’t Make Us #11 – GeGeGe no Kitaro, Metal Fighter Miku & Hell Teacher Nube

Heroic third chair Dwayne Moloney helps little red hens Brian & Anthony bake their podcast bread, and now you, the grateful woodland animals get to feast on it.…

The Dynamite In The Brain Anime Podcast

Redshift #33

Here we are again! This post covers attention to older anime between the previous post and 1 August. We’ll aim (aim!) to get a post covering activity in August…

Anime Redshift Chronicle

Redshift #32

This site’s been silent for too long! Our audience look up, and are not fed. But—with heartfelt apologies for the delay—we’re back. This post covers new material up…

Anime Redshift Chronicle

2018 Anime Year in Review

Overall this feels like one of the weaker years for anime in recent memory. Yes, I’m giving 3 “outstanding” ratings, but 2 of them are for series begun…

FunBlog

Episode 560: Killing Mystery no Kitarō

To all our American listeners, happy Memorial Day! To all of our non-American listeners, happy menstrual hygiene day! This week Joseph talks about his experiences during the Overwatch Anniversary…

Anime Pulse

Shigeru Mizuki 1922-2015

Shigeru Mizuki has died aged 93 after seven decades of work as an artist and advocate for peace.

Helen McCarthy: A Face Made for Radio

OSMcast! The 2013 OSMawards Part II: Anime and Manga (But not in that order) 1-20-2014

The 2013 OSMawards for most Awesome Anime, Manga, and geez wow more anime again good lord are we ever going to shut up? OK FOLKS! Strap in because we…

OSMcast! Anime, Games, Interviews, & More!

OtakuGeneration (Show #401) Hakaba Kitaro

  Shownotes :: (show 401 :: (website) :: (podcast feed) :: (direct download) :: (direct iTunes link) With Hakaba Kitaro, recorded live February 10th, 2013. This week we discussed a…

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