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High School DxD: Pandemonium on the School Trip

By Ichiei Ishibumi and Miyama-Zero. Released in Japan by Fujimi Fantasia Bunko. Released in North America by Yen On. Translated by Haydn Trowell. This may be the least…

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Hameln no Violin Hiki

Here's a project that everyone on the team loved: the 1996 short movie Hameln no Violin Hiki ( The Violinist of Hamelin ). Based on a 37-vol...

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Private Tutor to the Duke’s Daughter: The Lightning Wolf and Upheaval in the Kingdom

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…

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Slayers: A Chance Encounter in Atessa

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. The Slayers main series…

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Spy Classroom: Thea in Dreamland

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. The Spy Classroom…

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Nemure Omoigo, Sora no Shitone ni

From the depths of the unfinished projects vault, Orphan and M74 bring you a new version of the 2014 sci-fi anime, Nemure Omoigo, Sora no S...

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OVA October: Blazing Transfer Student

I had wanted to check out Blazing Transfer Student ever since I watched the re-worked live action a couple years ago. I figured the manga would be more…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Shinmai Renkinjutsushi no Tenpo Keiei Episode #01

Well everyone, here’s another cute show where you might think that it belongs to Houbunsha’s Manga Time Kirara, but it’s actually based on a light novel published under…

The Anime Rambler – By Benigmatica

Reincarnated as the Piggy Duke: This Time I’m Gonna Tell Her How I Feel!, Vol. 7

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…

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Shari (シャリ, Nao Yoshigai, 2021) [Fantasia 2022]

A red monster roams the landscape smearing its blood wherever it goes in Nao Yoshigai’s surreal documentary hybrid.

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The Fifth Thoracic Vertebra (다섯 번째 흉추, Park Sye-young, 2022) [Fantasia 2022]

A mouldy mattress gradually becomes sentient while traversing vistas of human loneliness in Park Sye-young’s experimental feature.

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High School DxD: A Demon’s Work

By Ichiei Ishibumi and Miyama-Zero. Released in Japan by Fujimi Fantasia Bunko. Released in North America by Yen On. Translated by Haydn Trowell. Generally speaking I’ve been able…

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Seire (세이레, Park Kang, 2021) [Fantasia 2022]

A new father finds himself haunted by paternal anxiety and old transgressions in Park Kang’s eerie folk horror.

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Dr. Lamb (羔羊醫生, Danny Lee Sau-Yin & Billy Tang Hin-Shing, 1992) [Fantasia 2022]

Inept Hong Kong police attempt to understand the motivations of a sadistic serial killing taxi driver in Danny Lee Sau-Yin & Billy Tang Hin-Shing’s gruesome Cat III thriller.

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Next Door (옆집사람, Yeom Ji-ho, 2021) [Fantasia 2022]

An aspiring policeman becomes embroiled in a kafkaesque series of events after waking up next to a dead body in next-door’s apartment in Yeom Ji-ho’s deliciously dark farce.

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Fast & Feel Love (เร็วโหด..เหมือนโกรธเธอ, Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit, 2022) [Fantasia 2022]

An obsessive sports stacker is plunged into a delayed adulthood when his long term girlfriend suddenly leaves in Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit’s charming post-modern comedy.

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The Magical Revolution of the Reincarnated Princess and the Genius Young Lady, Vol. 2

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…

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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...

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Goodbye, Don Glees! (グッバイ、ドン・グリーズ!, Atsuko Ishizuka, 2021) [Fantasia 2022]

Three teenage boys come to terms with past and future while on a climactic summer adventure in Atsuko Ishizuka’s heartfelt coming-of-age anime.

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Next Sohee (다음 소희, July Jung, 2022) [Fantasia 2022]

A policewoman investigating the suicide of a teenage girl uncovers a dark web of corporate exploitation in July Jung’s hard hitting drama.

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Mercenaries from Hong Kong (獵魔者, Wong Jing, 1982) [Fantasia 2022]

A former mercenary agrees to one last job but finds himself swept into unexpected intrigue in an early action fest from Wong Jing.

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Slayers: The Demon Slayers!

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. And so, we come…

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Private Tutor to the Duke’s Daughter: Saving the Kingdom Over Summer Break with Ladies of Ice and Fire

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…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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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It’s a recession…no more Fantasia!

Instead of spending more money on Fantasia I decided to just roll a new toon on a different server. (I’m really cutting down on extra expenses.) This doesn’t…

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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…

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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.

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