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Kaiseki Anime Podcast Episode 091 – Winter 2022 Season Preview

00:00 Intro 01:50 Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest Season 2 02:40 Fantasia Sango – Realm of Legends 03:08 Girls’ Frontline 03:25 Orient 04:50 Rusted Armors 05:08 Saiyuki…

Anime B&B

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Weekly Round-Up, 12-18 January 2022: Ranking of Kings Chat, Cyberpunk in Psycho-Pass, and Racial Profiling in Japan

Content Warning: This week’s round-up touches includes articles touching on multiple sensitive topics including pedophilia, sexual harassment, slurs, racist harassment and profiling. Please proceed with care. AniFem Round-Up…

Anime Feminist

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First Look: Fantasia Sango – Realm of Legends

In the Three Kingdoms period of China, a group of ragtag misfits must hunt down the demons that are possessing people and turning them into rampaging monsters.

The Glorio Blog

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Fantasia Sango – Realm of Legends – Episode 1

Fantasia Sango somehow makes The Three Kingdoms boring by being the most tepid video game adaptation to ever air.

Anime Feminist

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First Impression: Fantasia Sango – Realm of Legends

The episode opens with a mighty yell as a beast with glowing horns runs rampant and a musician tries in vain to reason with it. Death is the…

Beneath the Tangles

Reincarnated as the Piggy Duke: This Time I’m Gonna Tell Her How I Feel!, Vol. 4

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

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Winter 2022 Anime Premiere Reviews – Day 6

Over on Anime News Network, as part of "The Winter 2022 Preview Guide," I've reviewed the first episodes of Tribe Nine, Sabikui Bisco, Princess Connect! Re:Dive Season 2,…

Biggest In Japan

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First Impressions: 2 for 1

We missed one, so today you get a two for one deal! You’re welcome. Sasaki and Miyano: A Boy’s Love obsessed high schooler falls for his senpai. It’s…

Ace Anime Reviews

Fantasia Sango #01 — Mouryou Mouryou Mouryou Mouryou

  I don't like this drinking game. Impressions: Do they get paid every time they say mouryou? My god. It was like they realized that the setting was…

Tenka Seiha

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Follow the Light (光を追いかけて, Yoichi Narita, 2021) [Fantasia 2021]

An alienated young man resentful of his forced relocation to the countryside bonds with an intense classmate in Yoichi Narita’s gentle coming of age drama

Windows on Worlds

Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks?, Vol. 11

By Dachima Inaka and Iida Pochi. Released in Japan as “Tsujo Kogeki ga Zentai Kogeki de Ni-kai Kogeki no Okasan wa Suki desu ka?” by Fujimi Fantasia Bunko.…

Manga Bookshelf

Goodbye Otherworld, See You Tomorrow: The Traveling Paintbrush and the Hefty Backpack

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: Starting Magic Lessons with a Few Modest Tricks

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

Slayers: Delusion in Crimson

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. It can be somewhat…

Manga Bookshelf

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Kakegurui 2: Ultimate Russian Roulette (2021) review [Fantasia Festival 2021]

“Hanabusa’s second outing proves to be as enjoyable and thrilling as the first.”

psycho-cinematography

High School DxD: Hellcat of the Underworld Training Camp

By Ichiei Ishibumi and Miyama-Zero. Released in Japan by Fujimi Fantasia Bunko. Released in North America by Yen On. Translated by Haydn Trowell. (with apologies to Professor Peter…

Manga Bookshelf

Reincarnated as the Piggy Duke: This Time I’m Gonna Tell Her How I Feel!, Vol. 3

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

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To-Y Blu-ray

To-Y is a 1987 OVA about a Japanese indie rock band and its lead singer. It is based on a ten-volume manga by Kamijou Atsuji. To-Y …

Collectr's Blog

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“Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes” Coming to Blu-ray From Third Window!

Winner: White Raven Award / Critics Award – 39th BIFFF (Belgium)Winner: Best Film – 41st Fantafestival (Italy)Winner: Audience Award / Best Director – 17th Fantaspoa (Brazil)Winne…

Film Smash

Slayers: Conspiracy in Solaria

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. Another day, another short,…

Manga Bookshelf

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Georama Boy Panorama Girl (2020) review [Fantasia Film Festival]

‘Seta’s poetically composed narrative blows a fresh breeze into the ‘traditional’ Japanese romance genre.’

psycho-cinematography

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Jigoku-no-Hanazono: Office Royale (地獄の花園, Kazuaki Seki, 2021) [Fantasia 2021]

Office ladies go to war in Kazuaki Seki’s anarchic, Bakarhythm-scripted transposition of the yankee manga to the world of the OL

Windows on Worlds

Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks?, Vol. 10

By Dachima Inaka and Iida Pochi. Released in Japan as “Tsujo Kogeki ga Zentai Kogeki de Ni-kai Kogeki no Okasan wa Suki desu ka?” by Fujimi Fantasia Bunko.…

Manga Bookshelf

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Hello! Tapir (嗨!神獸, Kethsvin Chee, 2020) [Fantasia 2021]

A small boy begins to process grief and loss while searching for nightmare-eating tapirs in Kethsvin Chee’s charmingly retro fantasy adventure

Windows on Worlds

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Featured image for Caution, Hazardous Wife: The Movie (奥様は、取り扱い注意, Toya Sato, 2021) [Fantasia 2021]Background image for Caution, Hazardous Wife: The Movie (奥様は、取り扱い注意, Toya Sato, 2021) [Fantasia 2021]

Caution, Hazardous Wife: The Movie (奥様は、取り扱い注意, Toya Sato, 2021) [Fantasia 2021]

Having lost her memory, assassin turned housewife Nami is pulled into local intrigue in a tranquil seaside town in this sequel to the hit TV drama

Windows on Worlds

Spy Classroom: Lily of the Garden

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. I am…

Manga Bookshelf

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Dreams of Fire (2021) review [Fantasia Film festival]

“McKie’s film is not only the best dance-film of recent years but might very well be one of the best Japanese films to be released this year.”

psycho-cinematography

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Midnight (미드나이트, Kwon Oh-seung, 2021) [Fantasia 2021]

A deaf woman and her mother become unwitting targets for a sadistic serial killer in Kwon’s extraordinarily tense chase through the darkened streets of Soeul

Windows on Worlds

Reincarnated as the Piggy Duke: This Time I’m Gonna Tell Her How I Feel!, Vol. 2

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

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The Sadness (哭悲, Robert Jabbaz, 2021) [Fantasia 2021]

A young couple find themselves caught up in an epidemic of sadistic violence in Robert Jabbaz’ defiantly depraved satirical horror

Windows on Worlds

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Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko (2021) [Fantasia Film festival]

“A great animation film that offers an emotional and moving celebration of the strength of the bond between a daughter and a mother.”

psycho-cinematography

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Jigoku-no-hanazono ~Office Royale~ (2021) review [Fantasia Film Festival]

“An absurd and crazy cocktail full of violence and funny twists and unexpected turns.”

psycho-cinematography

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Remain In Twilight (くれなずめ, Daigo Matsui, 2021) [Fantasia 2021]

A group of high school friends is forced to confront unresolved grief while rehearing for a wedding in Daigo Matsui’s moving metaphysical drama

Windows on Worlds

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Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko (漁港の肉子ちゃん, Ayumu Watanabe, 2021) [Fantasia 2021]

A resentful teenage girl comes to realise that she really does love her larger than life mum after all in Ayumu Watanabe’s anime adaptation of the Kanako Nishi…

Windows on Worlds

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Tokyo Revengers (2021) Review [Fantasia Film Festival]

“An exciting blend of satisfying violence, tensive moments, surges of pleasing lightheartedness, and touching emotional moments.”

psycho-cinematography

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Tokyo Revengers (東京リベンジャーズ, Tsutomu Hanabusa, 2021) [Fantasia 2021]

A dejected 27-year-old gets a second chance to face his high school trauma in Hanabusa’s high school delinquent x time travel manga adaptation

Windows on Worlds

Slayers: The Mystic Sword of Bezeld

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 long last, we…

Manga Bookshelf

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Hold Me Back (2020) review [Fantasia Film Festival]

“Ohku delivers, once again, a refreshing and highly touching romance-comedy.”

psycho-cinematography

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The 12 Day Tale of the Monster that Died in 8 (8日で死んだ怪獣の12日の物語, Shunji Iwai, 2020) [Fantasia 2021]

Takumi Saito plays a version of himself raising “capsule kaiju” as means of combatting Covid helplessness in Iwai’s whimsical pandemic drama

Windows on Worlds

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Seobok (서복, Lee Yong-ju, 2021) [Fantasia 2021]

A terminally ill former government agent reckons with mortality while bonding with a clone birthed to cure humanity’s ills in Lee Yong-ju’s high concept thriller

Windows on Worlds

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Love, Live, and Goldfish (2021) review [Fantasia Film Festival]

“While Makabe’s narrative does not offer anything truly new or groundbreaking, what it does brings to the table is served with excellence.”

psycho-cinematography

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Georama Boy, Panorama Girl (ジオラマボーイ・パノラマガール, Natsuki Seta, 2020) [Fantasia 2021]

Lovelorn teens experience parallel moments of romantic disillusionment in Natsuki Seta’s charmingly retro teen comedy

Windows on Worlds

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Sexual Drive (性的衝動, Kota Yoshida, 2021) [Fantasia 2021]

A strange spirit of sexual liberation visits three troubled couples in Kota Yoshida’s odyssey of food-themed eroticism.

Windows on Worlds

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Follow The Light (2021) review [Fantasia Festival 2021]

The narrative might not offer anything new at a thematical level, but stands out due to his refusal to spell things out and, instead, imply certain subjective truths…

psycho-cinematography

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High School DxD: Vampire of the Suspended Classroom

By Ichiei Ishibumi and Miyama-Zero. Released in Japan by Fujimi Fantasia Bunko. Released in North America by Yen On. Translated by Haydn Trowell. To a certain degree, all…

Manga Bookshelf