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The Age of Assassins (殺人狂時代, Kihachi Okamoto, 1967)

A mild-mannered professor is dragged into an international conspiracy in Kihachi Okamoto’s absurdist adventure.

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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...

Collectr's Blog

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Hit and Run (ひき逃げ, Mikio Naruse, 1966)

A grief-stricken mother hatches a desperate plan of revenge against the woman who killed her son in Mikio Naruse’s dark psychological drama.

Windows on Worlds

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Thoughts on The Demon Girl Next Door Volume 5

In the fifth volume of Izumo Ito’s The Demon Girl Next Door, we get smartphones, camping, a new Magical Girl, and Yuko’s birthday – as well as plenty…

Rory Muses

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Director Spotlight #12:

Dir. NISHIKORI Yoshinari (The Takatsu River) Film director and screenwriter. Born in January 1962 in Izumo, the birthplace of Kabuki, Sake and Sumo…

News - Chicago Japan Film Collective

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Thoughts on The Demon Girl Next Door Volume 4

Summer arrives in the fourth volume of Izumo Ito’s The Demon Girl Next Door manga, which means it is time for a summer break. If only Yuko knew…

Rory Muses

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Thoughts on The Demon Girl Next Door Volume 3

Things get lively around Yuko in the third volume of Izumo Ito’s The Demon Girl Next Door, as some new neighbours move in. She also draws even closer…

Rory Muses

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This Week in Anime - Is Child of Kamiari Month Worth Watching?

It's a crash course in Shintoism in Takana Shirai's directorial debut about a young girl who moves to Izumo after the loss of her mother.

Anime News Network - Views

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Review: Child of Kamiari Month [Netflix]

Child of Kamiari Month is an all-ages movie the family can watch. It can get pretty sad at some points, but it sticks to its guns and doesn't…

Japan Curiosity

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Untamed (あらくれ, Mikio Naruse, 1957)

A rebellious woman strives for independence in a patriarchal society but nevertheless finds herself hamstrung by feckless men in Naruse’s Taisho-era drama

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Thoughts on The Demon Girl Next Door Volume 2

Shadow Mistress Yuko – or just Shamiko – continues her quest to defeat a magical girl in the second volume of Izumo Ito’s The Demon Girl Next Door…

Rory Muses

Tezuka Osamu's Tales from the Old Testament, Ep10-12

In my blog post on the third set of episodes, I piously hoped that there wouldn't be a year gap again, as there had been between the…

Collectr's Blog

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Bakumatsu no Spasibo

Yet another project that began in the deep, dark past. Bakumatsu no Spasibo ( Gratitude in the Bakumatsu ) is a 1997 movie about Russian adm...

Collectr's Blog

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Thoughts on The Demon Girl Next Door Volume 1

The Demon Girl Next Door is a manga series written and illustrated by Izumo Ito. It focuses on Yuko Yoshida, who wakes up one day to find she…

Rory Muses

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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 …

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Kageyama Tamio no Double Fantasy

Kageyama Tamio was a Japanese actor and writer. He is probably best known to anime audiences for his book Coo: Tooi Umi Kara Kita Coo , whic...

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Tobira o Akete

Tobira o Akete is a sword-and-sorcery fest from 1986. It's based on a 1984 short story by the Japanese fantasy and science fiction writer M...

Collectr's Blog

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Blue Exorcist Kyoto Saga Episode 11 Review

Blue Exorcist Kyoto Saga Episode 11: Even though he can now draw his sword, Rin's overmatched. Can Ucchusma help? Or will he kill everyone?

Crow's World of Anime

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Blue Exorcist Kyoto Saga Episode 9 Review

Blue Exorcist Kyoto Saga Episode 9: Rin and Ryuji fight the Impure King. Yukio fights Todo. Moriyama and Kamiki struggle to rescue Tatsuma.

Crow's World of Anime

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The Case of the Photo Finish

detective fiction, 推理小説、games,

ボクの事件簿

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Kasei Yakyoku v2

When Orphan released Kasei Yakyoku in late 2018, we had to use a VHS tape for the first two episodes. At the time, I said we'd redo…

Collectr's Blog

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Repast (めし, Mikio Naruse, 1951)

An unhappily married woman fed up with the drudgery of her existence considers other options but finally concludes there are none in Naruse’s bleak melodrama

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Snow Country (雪国, Shiro Toyoda, 1957)

A self-absorbed, unappreciated painter is torn between an embittered geisha and her resentful yet pure sister in Toyoda’s adaptation of the classic Kawabata novel

Windows on Worlds

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Blue Sonnet

Akai Kiba Blue Sonnet ( Crimson Fang Blue Sonnet ), usually known as just Blue Sonnet , is a five-episode OVA series from 1989. It is based...

Collectr's Blog

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B.B. Fish

There just aren't enough anime about scuba diving. Yes, there was Grand Blue , but it was primarily a gross-out comedy. And there was Amanch...

Collectr's Blog

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Call Me Tonight

Pink Noise was a series of unrelated OVAs issues by C.Moon, the "adult" label of Bandai Visual. It consisted of four titles: Call Me Tonight...

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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...

Collectr's Blog

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Coluboccoro 2019

In the deep, dark past, an animator named Itoso Kenji created a one-man show called Coluboccoro . He did the story, the planning, the animat...

Collectr's Blog

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The Demon Girl Next Door Vol 1 Review

Izumo Ito’s 4-panel manga, The Demon Girl Next Door, is a whimsical comedy about a clumsy and cute demon and her nemesis: a retired magical-girl who seems more…

Al's Manga Blog

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Milky Passion: Dougenzaka - Ai no Shiro

Let's get 2021 started with a bang (so the speak), with another really obscure OVA, 1990's Milky Passion: Dougenzaka - Ai no Shiro ( Milky ...

Collectr's Blog

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Yume kara Samenai

And here's Orphan last release for 2020: Yume kara Samenai ( Can't Stop Dreaming ). An OVA from 1987, it practically screams "young adult t...

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Amatsuki Re-Revisited

You might wonder, with good reason, why Orphan is releasing a new version of Amatsuki , six years after our first release. That release is q...

Collectr's Blog

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Nagasaki 1945: Angelus no Kane (The Angelus Bell)

The atomic bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, is less well known that the bombing of Hiroshima three days earlier, for several reasons. ...

Collectr's Blog

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Eiyuu Banka Koushi-den

In these disastrous times since the 2016 US election, I've taken solace in watching (and endlessly rewatching) The Great British Baking Sho...

Collectr's Blog

First Impression: Undead Unluck (Manga)

This past weekend a new manga series from Yoshifumi Tozuka dropped on Shonen Jump entitled Undead Unluck. The first chapter has…a lot. The chapter begins with Fuuko Izumo…

Beneath the Tangles

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Benkei: Part 3 of 3

The previous two entries focused on the autobiographical content of a letter supposedly written by Benkei himself. However, when asking most people about Benkei lore in the San’in…

San'in Monogatari