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Japan: The Shape Of Things To Come? Find out this Sunday (May 15)

Join some of the greatest experts on Japan to discuss the future of this island nation. This coming Sunday (May 15, starting 10am), sees a unique event at the Yokohama…

Japan Subculture Research Center

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Island in a Puddle Vol 1 Review

Kei Sanbe, the creator of supernatural thrillers such as Erased and For The Kid I Saw In My Dreams, is back with a gripping new manga series. As…

Al's Manga Blog

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PODCAST- Episode 60: Dick Fight Island vol. 1 by Reibun Ike

Our long-awaited visit to Dick Fight Island is here! Chip hosts! It's very NSFW but we think you're ready for this...

MSX - The Mangasplaining Extra Newsletter

Spending a Sunburned Day at Strata Naha

Last night in Naha, gotta do it big! After successfully freediving on Aka Island and Zamami Island, I sailed back to Naha via ferry for a final day…

Resurface to Reality

Freediving at the Kerama Islands: Aka Island and Zamami Island Edition (Part 2)

Furuzamami Beach on Zamami Island. The overcast weather was actually ideal! After a successful day of freediving and seeing turtles in Aka Island, I decided to spend the…

Resurface to Reality

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Freediving at the Kerama Islands: Aka Island and Zamami Island Edition (Part 1)

Free diving with a turtle at Hizushi Beach on Aka Island. After an amazing two days of dining and chasing sunsets in Naha and Okinawa City, I decided…

Resurface to Reality

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Ep. 60: Dick Fight Island Vol 1, by Reibun Ike

The moment you've all been waiting for has arrived! Reibun Ike's DICK FIGHT ISLAND on Mangasplaining! It's the BL Manga for BL Manga fans, and ALSO for newbies!

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Review: DICK FIGHT ISLAND

 Look, I'm not above cashing in on social media trends around here, especially if it means righting a wrong from last year's Holiday Reviews...

The Manga Test Drive

Revisiting the Tropical Cities of Naha and Okinawa-shi

Though it’s called “Moon Beach”, you can definitely soak up the rays here! Exactly one year ago before the Golden Week rush, I decided to fly to Okinawa…

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Magical Girl Apocalypse (Volume 4)

They’re back in the present and things are not getting any better. Kii and Kaede have been picked up by the JSDF and are going to take them…

The Otaku Author

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What Makes 'Abel's Island' an East Coast Classic

Plus: a Czech treasure and the world's animation news.

Animation Obsessive

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Japanese Suspense Novels by Female Authors

The Memory Police by Yoko OgawaNormal people quietly go about their lives on a sleepy island where memories collectively vanish a bit at a time. But what happens…

Contemporary Japanese Literature

Ep. 58: Birds of Shangri-La, by Ranmaru Zariya

It's about to get pretty steamy on Mangasplaining, as the crew travels to an unnamed tropical island to visit with The Birds of Shangri-la, our first...

| Mangasplaining: Read Great Manga

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First Look: Summer Time Render

Shinpei Ajiro is returning from Tokyo to his island home in Wakayama prefecture to attend the funeral of his childhood friend Ushio. Although Ushio supposedly died while saving…

The Glorio Blog

Japan: Courts and Culture

By Helen McCarthy. Japan: Courts and Culture was originally scheduled to open in 2020. Like so many of that year’s best-laid plans, it had to be shelved. But…

All the Anime

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Reader’s Corner: Goodbye Eri, Island in a Puddle, and I’m a Wolf, But My Boss is a Sheep!

Our selection of reviews this week include a couple shoujo titles, a self-published work, a throwback as we dig into the modern classic, The Ancient Magus Bride, and…

Beneath the Tangles

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The Box Office Format of Tōei Dōga’s Theatrical Films

A short summary of the origin of the box office format for Tōei Dōga’s films.

Heisei Etranger

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Dick Fight Island, Volume 1

Today we’re doing something a little different. I sincerely mean that. too, because while it might seem that Dick Fight Island by Reibun Ike, is as far from…

Okazu

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This Week in Games - Secret Gaming Shame

In today's retro and remake-focused column, Heidi reveals her secret gaming shame: she's never played The Secret of Monkey Island. Which older games have you never found the…

Anime News Network - Views

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KEEP HOPE ALIVE: Journey to the Hill of Hope

Continuing on from my backpacking trip through Yamaguchi Prefecture, I next ventured to Hiroshima where my main destination was the white marble Hill of Hope on Setoda Island.…

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No Man is an Island (沒有人該成為孤島, Jay Chern, 2022)

Jay Chern’s hopeful documentary captures the love and care displayed by the staff at a small hotel agreeing to host travellers quarantining after returning to Taiwan from overseas

Windows on Worlds

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Anime Series Like Tokyo 24th Ward

On an artificial island in Tokyo Bay labeled as the Tokyo 24th Ward, a fire at a middle school changed the lives many, including three childhood friends,

Recommend Me Anime

Kosuke-sama Rikimaru-sama: Konpeitou no Ryuu

Kosuke-sama Rikimaru-sama: Konpeitou no Ryuu ( Kosuke and Rikimaru: The Dragon of Konpei Island ) is a 1988 OVA from Toriyama Akira, the cr...

Collectr's Blog

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Reader’s Corner: Solo Leveling (Vol. 4), Alice in Kyoto Forest (Vol. 2), and Kaiju No. 8 (Vol. 2)

Run On Your New Legs, Vol. 1 It’s an amazing feeling when a manga you’ve desperately looked forward to exceeds your expectations. That was the case for me…

Beneath the Tangles

Review: Island Keeper (2021)

Island Keeper 守岛人 China, 2021, colour, 2.35:1, 124 mins. Director: Chen Li 陈力. Rating: 6/10. Well-played drama, based on a real-life story, of a couple on a lonely…

Sino-Cinema 《神州电影》

Review: Island Keeper (2021)

Island Keeper 守岛人 China, 2021, colour, 2.35:1, 124 mins. Director: Chen Li 陈力. Rating: 6/10. Well-played drama, based on a real-life story, of a couple on a lonely…

Sino-Cinema 《神州电影》

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Tokyo Treasure Islands: The Fabric of Hachijojima

Traditional handicrafts and community ties make this off-the-beaten-track Tokyo-governed island worth the trip.

Savvy Tokyo

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“Mobile Suit Gundam: Cucuruz Doan’s Island” Updates and Obligatory Gunpla

In case you’re forgetting, we are getting a new Gundam movie this year. No, it’s not the next chapter in the Gundam Hathaway trilogy and no, it’s not…

cvphased / MECHA CATALOGUE

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Lupin the Third Part 6 – 21 (A Tedious Attempt to Be Cute #Lupin6)

AstroNerdBoy reviews Lupin the Third Part 6 - 21. Lupin & company are trapped on an island with a mermaid legend & a girl with an imagination.

AstroNerdBoy's Anime & Manga Blog

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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

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Dimension W Episode 8 Review: Told You They Needed an SUV!

Dimension W Episode 8: Kyōma Mabuchi learns should have taken an SUV to the island instead of a sports car! Plus, the island defends itself!

Crow's World of Anime

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Mikio Naruse: Adventures on Harumi Island

I got a pleasant surprise recently when I watched Mikio Naruse’s AUTUMN HAS ALREADY STARTED (1960). At a key point in the narrative, the two child protagonists living…

Brian Camp's Film and Anime Blog

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Dimension W Episode 7 Review: Mabuchi’s Past and the Coil Sucking Island

Dimension W Episode 7: Salva-Enna-Tibesti starts the Easter Island hunt. And why isKyōma Mabuchi's girlfriend is not around anymore?

Crow's World of Anime

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Attack on Titan Season 4, Episode 22: Thaw

Attack on Titan Season 4 Episode 22,” Thaw,” opens with Eren telling the Subjects of Ymir that he “will use the Titans to trample all life in the…

Otaku Orbit

Review: Only Fools Rush In (2022)

Only Fools Rush In 四海 China, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 128 mins. Director: Han Han 韩寒. Rating: 4/10. Celebrity writer-director-rallyist Han Han goes to the same well once too…

Sino-Cinema 《神州电影》

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G-Reco TV 1-5 vs Movie I (Part 7 – Episode 4, A)

TV version: The opening plays and the episode title is shown, “Wild Dance of the Catsith”. From out of the clouds, the camera observes the island where the…

G-Shelf

Fantasy Bishoujo Juniku Ojisan to – 06

「ファ美肉おじさんと自由人」 (Fabiniku Ojisan to Jiyuujin) "A Guy Who Reincarnated as a Fantasy Knockout and a Free Spirit" My elementary school self would bring Pikachu with me to a desert island.

Random Curiosity

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Akio Sugino’s Brief Reflections on a Long Career

In this 2018 book, Osamu Dezaki’s long-time partner in crime Akio Sugino briefly takes us through his recollections of Dezaki and others throughout his career.

Heisei Etranger

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Episode 6: High and Low Literature in Edo Japan

Saikaku’s illustration of Yonosuke sailing for the Island of Women. Check out Episode 6 of the Read Japanese Literature podcast. This episode is marked mature. How does “this…

Alison Fincher

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One Piece (Whole Cake Island)

The One Piece anime took a huge step forward in terms of production (and storytelling, in my opinion) during Whole Cake Island.

DoubleSama

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We Got Dates! “The Witch From Mercury” & “Cucuruz Doan’s Island”

We are already well into 2022, and as far as Gundam is concerned there are two key productions to look forward to. And now we can look forward…

cvphased / MECHA CATALOGUE

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Eren Yeager Will Achieve His Goal    

Eren Yeager will live on in an anime original ending and achieve his goal of saving Paradis Island. Does The Rumbling opening by SiM hint at what’s yet…

In Asian Spaces

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Princess Connect! Re: Dive Season 2 Episode 4 Review – Best In Show

Princess Connect! Re: Dive Season 2 Episode 4: Pecorine wants to find new meal ingredients on Monster Island. What could possibly go wrong?

Crow's World of Anime

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Princess Connect! Re:Dive Season 2 – 04 (Princess Plot Punch! #PriConne)

AstroNerdBoy reviews Princess Connect! Re:Dive 04. Gourmet Guild discover shadows attacking on an island inhabited with beast folk.

AstroNerdBoy's Anime & Manga Blog

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Princess Connect! Re:Dive – S2 04 – The Battle of Monster Island

At this point in the game, there have been so many new character intros in PriConne that not only is there still a great deal of mystery surrounding Yuuki’s…

RABUJOI – An Anime Blog

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What I Watched This Week – 1/23-1/29

The Fantastic Adventures Of Unico & Unico in the Island of Magic – Way, way back in the whens, this was on TV, on Nickelodeon I believe, my…

The Romantic Goldfish

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Tokyo 24-ku (01)

Episode Synopsis: In an alternate present-day Japan, an artificially constructed island is on track to become Tokyo’s 24th ward.  Three childhood friends (Shuta, Ran, and Koki) were unable…

The Con Artists

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Tokyo 24th Ward – 03 – Cross Purposes

The Third Annual Gourmet Festival is upon us, but Shirakaba-sensei’s daughter Kozue won’t be attending. Presumably as a result of the fire that claimed Asumi’s life, she been…

RABUJOI – An Anime Blog

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Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Episode 232

In Boruto Episode 232, Team 5 goes on a B-rank mission to deliver some automated puppets to an island in the Land of Water.

DoubleSama