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Featured image for Stellar: A Magical Ride (스텔라, Kwon Soo-kyung, 2022) [Fantasia 2022]Background image for Stellar: A Magical Ride (스텔라, Kwon Soo-kyung, 2022) [Fantasia 2022]

Stellar: A Magical Ride (스텔라, Kwon Soo-kyung, 2022) [Fantasia 2022]

A cynical man makes peace with his father’s memory while driving his possibly haunted and very rundown Hyundai Stellar in Kwon Soo-kyung’s charmingly quirky road movie.

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My Broken Mariko (2022) [Fantasia Film Festival]

Tanada offers a compelling exploration of the emotional turmoil a female subject caused by the sudden death of someone important.

psycho-cinematography

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Chun Tae-il: A Flame That Lives On (태일이, Hong Jun-pyo, 2021) [Fantasia 2022]

Hong Jun-pyo’s animated biopic of the real life labour activist casts him as an ordinary man radicalised by compassion in witnessing the exploitation of those around him.

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The Pass: Last Days Of The Samurai (2022) review [Fantasia Film Festival]

A very engaging samurai narrative that does not only offer an intriguing glance at one of the most important crossroads of Japanese history, but also a melodramatic exploration…

psycho-cinematography

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The Pass: Last Days Of The Samurai (2022) review [Fantasia Film Festival]

A very engaging samurai narrative that does not only offer an intriguing glance at one of the most important crossroads of Japanese history, but also a melodramatic exploration…

psycho-cinematography

Featured image for The Killer (더 킬러: 죽어도 되는 아이, Choi Jae-hoon, 2022) [Fantasia 2022]Background image for The Killer (더 킬러: 죽어도 되는 아이, Choi Jae-hoon, 2022) [Fantasia 2022]

The Killer (더 킬러: 죽어도 되는 아이, Choi Jae-hoon, 2022) [Fantasia 2022]

A cynical hitman stumbles on a dark conspiracy when the teenager he’s supposed to be babysitting is kidnapped in Choi Jae-hoon’s retro action thriller.

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The Witch: Part 2. The Other One (마녀 2, Park Hoon-jung, 2022) [Fantasia 2022]

A “perfect model” of transhumanism takes refuge in a remote farmhouse in Park’s sequel to The Witch: Part One. The subversion.

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Convenience Story (2022) review [Fantasia Film Festival 2022]

Miki delivers a great psychological mystery narrative, yet it might not be for everyone.

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What to Do With the Dead Kaiju? (大怪獣のあとしまつ, Satoshi Miki, 2022) [Fantasia 2022]

A fallen kaiju presents a new problem for the governing authorities in Satoshi Miki’s satirical comedy.

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What To Do With Dead Kaiju (2022) review [Fantasia Film Festival 2022]

“An extremely well-structured genre-blend that does not only provides the laughs and giggles with its pleasant political satire, but also allows the spectator to immerge himself into the…

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Featured image for Convenience Story (コンビニエンス・ストーリー, Satoshi Miki, 2022) [Fantasia 2022]Background image for Convenience Story (コンビニエンス・ストーリー, Satoshi Miki, 2022) [Fantasia 2022]

Convenience Story (コンビニエンス・ストーリー, Satoshi Miki, 2022) [Fantasia 2022]

A blocked writer finds himself stranded in an uncanny reality in Satoshi Miki’s surreal sci-fi adventure.

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The Girl From the Other Side (とつくにの少女, Yutaro Kubo & Satomi Maiya, 2022) [Fantasia 2022]

A kindly exile and lonely little girl find mutual salvation in Yutaro Kubo & Satomi Maiya’s beautifully animated fairytale.

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The Fish Tale (2022) review [Fantasia Film Festival]

A very heart-warming and touching narrative that shows that a subject does not necessarily need to make use of the neurotic solution to inscribe himself within the societal…

psycho-cinematography

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My Broken Mariko (マイ・ブロークン・マリコ, Yuki Tanada, 2022) [Fantasia 2022]

Devastated by the death of a friend, a young woman embarks on one last road trip in Yuki Tanada’s adaptation of the manga by Yuki Tanada.

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Shin-Ultraman (2022) review [Fantasia Film Festival]

Higuchi and Anno deliver an impressive love letter to their childhood, yet their devoted love, which is sensible in every aspect of the narrative, might not be able…

psycho-cinematography

Featured image for Space Monster Wangmagwi (우주괴인 왕마귀, Gwon Hyeok-jin, 1967) [Fantasia 2022]Background image for Space Monster Wangmagwi (우주괴인 왕마귀, Gwon Hyeok-jin, 1967) [Fantasia 2022]

Space Monster Wangmagwi (우주괴인 왕마귀, Gwon Hyeok-jin, 1967) [Fantasia 2022]

Shiny-suited aliens attempt to colonise the Earth by releasing an alien kaiju in this strangely comic Korean take on the monster movie.

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Featured image for My Small Land (マイスモールランド, Emma Kawawada, 2022) [Fantasia 2022]Background image for My Small Land (マイスモールランド, Emma Kawawada, 2022) [Fantasia 2022]

My Small Land (マイスモールランド, Emma Kawawada, 2022) [Fantasia 2022]

A young woman’s life is destabilised when her father’s asylum claim is rejected in Emma Kawada’s empathetic debut feature.

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The Mole Song: Final (2021) review [Fantasia Film Festival]

Miike’s narrative delivers everything a fan of the previous narratives desires and even succeeds in inviting newcomers to delve into Reiji’s past exploits.

psycho-cinematography

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Fantasia Film Fest 2022: A Girl Meets a Boy and a Robot

Part of a bigger sci-fi anthology feature called TAISU, Watanabe's short brings together an international team to create a new post-apocalyptic world.

Anime News Network - Views

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Just Remembering (ちょっと思い出しただけ, Daigo Matsui, 2021) [Fantasia 2022]

Former lovers are confronted by reminders of their failed romance amid the loneliness of the coronavirus pandemic in Daigo Matsui’s melancholy drama.

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Chorokbam (초록밤, Yoon Seo-jin, 2021) [Fantasia 2022]

A small family contend with the persistent unfairness of the contemporary society in Yoon Seo-jin’s slow burn indie drama.

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Fantasia Film Fest 2022: Girl from the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún

WIT Studio brings this intriguingly abstract world, about a man finding small joys with his ward, to life with resplendent animation.

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The Fish Tale (さかなのこ, Shuichi Okita, 2022) [Fantasia 2022]

The infinite enthusiasm of a fish obsessive gradually brightens the world around them in Shuichi Okita’s charming portrait of an eccentric.

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Haruka Naru Toki no Naka de 2

Haruka Naru Toki no Naka de ( In a Distant Time ) is an otome game franchise developed by Ruby Party. It spans at least a dozen…

Collectr's Blog

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Five Films Not To Miss [Fantasia Film Festival 2022]

Let us present 5 Japanese films that should already be high on your to-watch list.

psycho-cinematography

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Slayers: Hatred in Selentia

By Hajime Kanzaka and Rui Araizumi. Released in Japan by Fujimi Fantasia Bunko. Released in North America by J-Novel Club. Translated by Elizabeth Ellis. At last, I have…

Manga Bookshelf

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Reincarnated as the Piggy Duke: This Time I’m Gonna Tell Her How I Feel!, Vol. 6

By Rhythm Aida and nauribon. Released in Japan as “Buta Koushaku ni Tensei shita kara, Kondo wa Kimi ni Suki to Iitai” by Fujimi Fantasia Bunko. Released in…

Manga Bookshelf

The Manga Review, 6/10/22

After Kentarou Miura passed away last year, fans feared that they would never see his long-running saga Berserk reach a proper conclusion. Then on June 7th, artist Kouji Mori announced…

Manga Bookshelf

Private Tutor to the Duke’s Daughter: Guiding a Lost Saint with a Magical Revolution

By Riku Nanano and cura. Released in Japan as “Koujo Denka no Kateikyoushi” by Fujimi Fantasia Bunko. Released in North America digitally by J-Novel Club. Translated by William…

Manga Bookshelf

High School DxD: Ragnarok After School

By Ichiei Ishibumi and Miyama-Zero. Released in Japan by Fujimi Fantasia Bunko. Released in North America by Yen On. Translated by Haydn Trowell. If you’ve read the previous…

Manga Bookshelf

VTuber Legend: How I Went Viral After Forgetting to Turn Off My Stream, Vol. 1

By Nana Nanato and Siokazunoko. Released in Japan as “VTuber Nanda ga Haishin Kiri Wasuretara Densetsu ni Natteta” by Fujimi Fantasia Bunko. Released in North America by J-Novel…

Manga Bookshelf

Spy Classroom: To Forget Is Annette

By Takemachi and Tomari. Released in Japan as “Spy Kyoushitsu” by Fujimi Fantasia Bunko. Released in North America by Yen On. Translated by Nathaniel Thrasher. Given that the…

Manga Bookshelf

Junkers Come Here: Memories of You

Stop me if you've heard the one about the talking dog... Junkers Come Here and its sequel were novels by Kine Naoto. They featured a Schnau...

Collectr's Blog

Meet Director ABERA Hidenobu

Japanese actor and film director, was born in BABEL LABEL, New York, USA and raised in Osaka, Japan. Abera directed, wrote, and starred in "A Naked Boy Eager…

News - Chicago Japan Film Collective

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BERSERK: A Massive Review

Use code NOTMARK16 for up to 16 FREE MEALS + 3 Surprise Gifts across 6 HelloFresh boxes plus free shipping at https://bit.ly/35k7U2W! Over the last 10 months I've spent…

Totally Not Mark

The Magical Revolution of the Reincarnated Princess and the Genius Young Lady, Vol. 1

By Piero Karasu and Yuri Kisaragi. Released in Japan as “Tensei Oujo to Tensai Reijou no Mahou Kakumei” by Fujimi Fantasia Bunko. Released in North America by Yen…

Manga Bookshelf

Slayers: Presages of Incarnation

By Hajime Kanzaka and Rui Araizumi. Released in Japan by Fujimi Fantasia Bunko. Released in North America by J-Novel Club. Translated by Elizabeth Ellis. One thing that I…

Manga Bookshelf

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RPG Fudousan Episode #01

Well everyone, here’s a Manga Time Kirara anime adaptation by Dogakobo where it takes place in a fantasy world. Come to think of it, when will Houbunsha announce…

The Anime Rambler – By Benigmatica

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A Seasonal Review — Winter 2022

Season Impressions Didn’t Watch: Bakugan Evolutions, Bang Dream, The Case Study of Vanitas, Cue!, Delicious Party Precure, Demon Slayer, Fantasia Sango, Futsal Boys, Girls’ Frontline, L…

Draggle's Anime Blog

Reincarnated as the Piggy Duke: This Time I’m Gonna Tell Her How I Feel!, Vol. 5

By Rhythm Aida and nauribon. Released in Japan as “Buta Koushaku ni Tensei shita kara, Kondo wa Kimi ni Suki to Iitai” by Fujimi Fantasia Bunko. Released in…

Manga Bookshelf

Goodbye Otherworld, See You Tomorrow: The Traveled Path and the Box of Hope

By Kazamidori and Nimoshi. Released in Japan as “Sayonara Isekai, Mata Kite Ashita” by Fujimi Fantasia Bunko. Released in North America digitally by J-Novel Club. Translated by MPT.…

Manga Bookshelf

Private Tutor to the Duke’s Daughter: Creating a New Legend with the Unbeatable Lady of the Sword

By Riku Nanano and cura. Released in Japan as “Koujo Denka no Kateikyoushi” by Fujimi Fantasia Bunko. Released in North America digitally by J-Novel Club. Translated by William…

Manga Bookshelf

High School DxD: Holy Behind the Gymnasium

By Ichiei Ishibumi and Miyama-Zero. Released in Japan by Fujimi Fantasia Bunko. Released in North America by Yen On. Translated by Haydn Trowell. I think the author just…

Manga Bookshelf

Spy Classroom: To My Dearest Grete

By Takemachi and Tomari. Released in Japan as “Spy Kyoushitsu” by Fujimi Fantasia Bunko Bunko. Released in North America by Yen On. Translated by Nathaniel Thrasher. It’s always…

Manga Bookshelf

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3 Reasons To Watch: Rumbling Hearts

Rumbling Hearts does a fantastic job at encapsulating the look & feel of anime just after the turn of the millennium.

Reasons to Anime

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Winter 2022 First Impressions – Fantasia Sango: Realm of Legends

Streaming: Funimation Episodes: 12 Source: Taiwanese RPG Episode Summary: As a nation finds itself on the decline at on the cusp of war, the people find themselves vulnerable…

Season 1 Episode 1

Slayers: The Dynast Plot

By Hajime Kanzaka and Rui Araizumi. Released in Japan by Fujimi Fantasia Bunko. Released in North America by J-Novel Club. Translated by Elizabeth Ellis. After the review of…

Manga Bookshelf

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