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Nayuta

Nayuta is a 1986 sci-fi OVA,based on a three volume manga by Sasaki Junko. (The manga is not available in English.) It's another show that a...

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Scramble for the Throne | A Tournament Arc of Excess | Weekly Shonen Jump Greatest Hits

Power of Friendship? Check. 80s machismo? Yup. Every single battle shonen trope you can imagine? Hell fuckin yeah! Scramble for the Throne is a very long, very dumb,…

Kero Riripaddo

Turnabout Memories - Part 13

detective fiction, 推理小説、games, mystery, murder, locked room, Japanese, translations,

ボクの事件簿

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The Emergency Heteronormative Character

There is an archetype in anime and manga that I’ve begun calling the “Emergency Heteronormative Character.”  In the beginning, many manga creators do not know where their comics…

OGIUE MANIAX

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Why It’s So Hard for Shounen Battle Manga to End on a High Note

The author of One Piece, Oda Eiichiro, once stated that he always wanted to make a manga series where the ending is the most exciting part. Right now,…

OGIUE MANIAX

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Japan Top Weekly Manga Sales Ranking: September 25 – October 1, 2023

There have been some changes to the reporting style here on the Blog. Please refer to the post here for further information. It is thanks to the amazing…

Erzat

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TSUTAYA Weekly Manga Sales Ranking: September 25 – October 1, 2023

There have been some changes to the reporting style here on the Blog. Please refer to the post here for further information. All of the data you find…

Erzat

Heart Cocktail Vol 5

Heart Cocktail , based on a manga series by Watase Seizou, is a joint project between DarkWispers (Darkonius), Lonely Chaser (MartyMcflies...

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Death Takes a Dive

detective fiction, 推理小説、games, mystery, murder, locked room, Japanese, translations,

ボクの事件簿

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Otoko Ippiki Gaki Daisho (1969) – Serial 03

So many legendary franchises have been launched by manga originally serialized in the magazine for the manliest of boys, Weekly Shonen Jump. Mazinger Z, Cobra, Kinnikuman, Dr. Slump,…

THE SKARO HUNTING SOCIETY

Dallos (Blu-ray)

It's been more than ten years since Orphan first released Dallos . After release posts for the DVD version , the HD web version , and the la...

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Sanada 10 Special

Once upon a time, in the ancient days of the mid-oughts, there was a TV series with the rather long title of Shinshaku Sengoku Eiyuu Densets...

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If Futurama Was An 80s Anime | ANIME BONANZA Vol. 1

Welcome to the first edition of Anime Bonanza! Where we flip through the channels and take a look at some interesting or obscure anime series from the 80s.…

Retro Recaps

Kinnikuman II-Sei: Ultimate Muscle 1 & 2: "I Believe in Your Love", But Only if You "Trust Yourself"

On September 14, 2022, three days after Episode 36 of Toei's Kinnikuman II-Sei TV anime aired in Japan, 4Kids debuted its English adaptatio...

The Land of Obscusion: Home of the Obscure & Forgotten

Kinnikuman II-Sei Part 2: Go! (Go!) Go! (Go!)... FIGHT!

Previously on the Kinnikuman II-Sei Review: "The first half of the TV anime adaptation of Kinnikuman II-Sei does admittedly have a bit of ...

The Land of Obscusion: Home of the Obscure & Forgotten

Kinnikuman II-Sei Part 1: Let the Generation "Get You"!

In mid-1998, following a 5-part "Legendary Prologue" from mid-1997 to the start of 1998, the mangaka duo called Yudetamago debuted Kinnikuma...

The Land of Obscusion: Home of the Obscure & Forgotten

Kinnikuman II-Sei "Double Feature": A Beef Bowl for All Ages

Meeting for the first time in 4th grade, Takashi Shimada & Yoshinori Nakai became fast friends and after finishing up middle school they sta...

The Land of Obscusion: Home of the Obscure & Forgotten

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Futari wa Pretty Cure Episode 4: Interstellar

Episode four of Futari wa Pretty Cure was directed and storyboarded by Akinori Yabe and written by Higashi Shimizu. This was the first Pretty Cure episode worked on…

Dual Aurora Wave!

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Kaitei 3-man Mile

Toei Douga pioneered the feature-length theatrical cartoon in Japan, starting with 1958's Hakujaden . Orphan has released several Toei featu...

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Shounen Isn't For Me

Or is it? It's been bugging me so allow me to talk about why some of the ways in which people praise the things they like doesn't sit…

Craftsdwarf

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How Incineroar in Smash Bros. Embodies Japanese Pro Wrestling

Incineroar is one of my favorite characters to play in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He’s the first truly traditional grappler character in the franchise, and his entire moveset…

OGIUE MANIAX

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MAPS: Densetsu no Samayoeru Seijin-tachi

Here's a wonderful example of the "wide-screen baroque" school of anime science fiction, the 1987 movie MAPS: Densetsu no Samayoeru Seijin-t...

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Rain Boy v2

One of Orphan's earliest Tezuka Osamu projects was the set of six OVAs known as the Lion Books: 1 The Green Cat 1983 2 Rain Boy 1983 3…

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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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Futari wa Pretty Cure Episode Two: Citizen Honoka

The second episode of Futari wa Precure aired on February 8, 2004. The script was written by Ryo Kawasaki, who also wrote the previous episode, and it was…

Dual Aurora Wave!

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Elf 17

Orphan's projects get started for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes, a raw intrigues one of the translators. Sometimes, an orphaned series ge...

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Year 1 Issue 23

Arcadia Dragnet, Year 1, Issue 23 June 3 - 9, 2020 Welcome back to Arcadia Dragnet! Yup, we're way…

Arcadia Dragnet