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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…

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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

Windows on Worlds

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 ...

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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...

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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. ...

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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...

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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