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February 2024 Monthly Favorites

Welcome back to your favorite feature section. This month has a lot of important stuff regarding Wordpress, some technical news on my end, and a lot of good…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Turnabout Airport / 逆転空港

In the world of Ace Attorney , it seems impossible to be involved with the law without getting accused of murder once. (Or thrice .) Yet des...

Bad Player's Good Reviews

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PREVENT AI FROM USING YOUR WORK TO TRAIN MODELS – not a joke!

Hi folks, I rarely get this aggressive about posts but I wanted to make sure that all my homies who hate AI do this. Please do the following:…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Should you Judge a Book by its Cover?

#books #booktube #illustration Be sure to check out the WEBTOON series Sunset Phoenix by NeverDraws via the link! (And a big thank you to the author for sponsoring…

lines in motion

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Library Loot: Night of the Living Cat

Library Loot strikes once again! I actually ended up picking up Night of the Living Cat after accidentally mistaking for The Walking Cat: A Cat’s-Eye-View of the Zombie…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Transcript of Episode 32: Misogyny and Yukio Mishima, part two

Find out more about Episode 32 of the Read Literature podcast on the episode page. Link to listen Notes and sources Ways to support the podcast Read Japanese…

Alison Fincher

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Are You Okay? – FAKY’s Chose Your Own Adventure Mini Drama

I stumble down rabbit holes of nostalgia all the time. This past year, I was digging through my old music and recalled FAKY. Back when I first started…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Transcript of Episode 31: Misogyny and Yukio Mishima, part one

Find out more about Episode 31 of the Read Literature podcast on the episode page. Link to listen Notes and sources Ways to support the podcast Read Japanese…

Alison Fincher

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Game of the Month: February 2022

For February, an old rivalry is reignited on the Switch in a remake. I also have an honourable mention, which is a collection of games as just opposed…

Rory Muses

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Perfect Days – A Reminder to Embrace Simplicity

When I was first starting out my blog, I had a bit of a biased habit. I had the tendency to go to a movie once I realized…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Super SHY – The Anime Review

I didn’t see too many people have SHY on their radar this past season. I guess given the seeming implosion that is the MCU, people loathing My Hero…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Rise’s Rabbit Hole Adventures about Alichino – What ever happened to Shurei-Sensei? And what ever happened to Alichino?

Before this gets started, there are no spoilers regarding the story of Alichino in this post. Everything in this post is my conjecture and opinions regarding the fourth…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Library Loot x Instagram Recommend: Alichino

I remember the very weird feeling of deja-vu, and maybe something akin to almost fear when the images appeared on social media. Within the brush strokes of Shurei…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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January 2024 Monthly Favorites

Welcome one and all to the first installment of your favorite blogger feature, my Monthly Favorites. This month as I dip into last year’s posts I might have…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Josei January: Ooku: The Inner Chambers

Welcome to the third entry into Josei January. While the title is rather self explanatory, do bear with me here. If you’re unsure of what exactly “josei” is…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Talking about the Rampage’s Controversy

It’s been a long time since I’ve really seriously written about Jpop. It feels both wrong, and right that my foray back into writing about Jpop is about…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Josei January: Hentai?? For Women??

When I first started developing the idea of Josei January, I knew I needed to do more research. I had the vague premise, and loosely knew definitions and…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Oshi Culture goes Dramatic! Oshi ga Joshi ni Narimashite (The Review)

Well folks, this year I only have one drama hold-over from 2023. It both finished airing and was done being subbed before the clock hit midnight. I just…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Josei January: Helter Skelter

Welcome to Josei January. It’s a rather self-explanatory little segment I’m trying out this year, so do bear with me on this one. I’d like to get everyone…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Together We Live by Water Phoenix now in English!

Together We Live by Water Phoenix is now available on Steam featuring updated visuals and English localization!

Fuwanovel

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Reviewing 2023 to start 2024

First and foremost, Happy New Year fellow bloggers, readers, and those that have stumbled upon this post! I hope that your new year celebrations have gone smoothly, and…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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The Phoenix (火の鳥, Kon Ichikawa, 1978)

The people of early Japan contemplate different visions of immortality in Kon Ichikawa’s sprawling adaptation of the first chapter in Osamu Tezuka’s manga series.

Windows on Worlds

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136: Petshop of Horrors: Flowers and Detective

Is this the final episode of ‘We Appreciate Manga’? I guess we will have to see… Either way James has an announcement to make but first we give…

We Appreciate Manga

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December 2023 Monthly Favorites

So, this post is a bit goofy on my end. I had some surprise post-Christmas travel which meant that 1) didn’t have a lot of time to read…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Rise’s JDrama Awards 2023

Well, here we are the finish line for my end of the year programming! Granted the title doesn’t particularly inspire but it works for what it is. It’s…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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A Very GLORIO 2023: Gee’s Last Will and Testament

Dramatic title aside, I’ve come to appreciate these posts as a way of leaving behind a definitive footprint. My feelings for these may change as time passes but…

The Glorio Blog

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The Rising of the Shield Hero S3 (Fin) – 12 – Doing It for Her

Naofumi and Raphtalia undergo rigorous dragon vein training with Gaelion with only Sadeena accompanying them. Sadeena breaks out a little booze that proves too much for Raph or…

RABUJOI – An Anime Blog

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Rise’s JMovie Awards 2023

Hello again! It’s another addition to my JMovie Awards, that are handed out on a yearly basis and have no indication on if the film was good or…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Rise’s Anime Awards 2023

Welcome, once again, to the least creative award show post that you will read this week. The end of the year for me, always has the most amount…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Library Loot: My Androgynous Boyfriend

I don’t think I’ve ever really mentioned that I am much more of a reader then a watcher. Growing up, it was way more acceptable for me to…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

134 - Petshop of Horrors vol. 9

Listen with discretion and care since on today’s episode we speak about intergenerational trauma, modern slavery, and human trafficking. Pretty intense stuff for a fantasy manga but Akino…

We Appreciate Manga

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Phoenix: Eden 17 – Finally, Some Weird Sci Fi

The Other Modern Tezuka Influenced Series When people think about a series attached to Tezuka in a modern sort of context, that would be Pluto. But there was…

Mechanical Anime Reviews

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Monster (2023) – Movie Review

I won’t say that Koreeda Hirokazu is a must-see director for me. I honestly didn’t connect the dots between some of my favorite films, and his screenwriting/directorial talents…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

Dekoboko Majo no Oyako Jijou - Episode 12 [END] - Alyssa's Mother Hugs Alyssa and Baby Viola

Alyssa recalled her mother's response to adopting the baby girl she found in the forest. Love. Dekoboko Majo no Oyako Jijou - Episode 12 [END]

Joeschmo's Gears and Grounds

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LL x IR: My Special One

Beginning Note: This particular review does contain character and plot point spoilers. Read this at your own discretion. Additionally, this was written before volume 4 was available. Taking…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Library Loot: The Girl That Can’t Get A Girlfriend

Welcome back to another installment of Library Loot! Doing my best to support my local library system, by borrowing more manga then buying. I’m also really lucky that…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Dekoboko Majo no Oyako Jijou Episode #11

Hey everyone, it’s Phoenix where Viola’s pet mythical bird is doing chores while she and Alyssa are away to do errands. I’m pretty surprised that Phoenix is washing…

The Anime Rambler – By Benigmatica

Dekoboko Majo no Oyako Jijou - Episode 11 - Viola Alyssa Watch

Alyssa and Viola could not stop looking at Phoenix's fascinating weight loss exercises. Dekoboko Majo no Oyako Jijou - Episode 11

Joeschmo's Gears and Grounds

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November 2023 Monthly Favorites

Hello, hello and welcome back to your favorites monthly feature! It’s been a bit of a sparse month on my end in terms of finding the best of…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Iczelion – Promises Unfulfilled

I am back for the third, and final installation of the Iczer series. This of course being 1995’s Iczer-Girl Iczelion, or less word-y Iczelion. Considering that I, quite…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Fighting On!! with Adventure! Iczer-3!

So I’ve been bouncing around with all sorts of cyber-punk, space and sci-fi series. Mostly because those are genres that will always get me curious, and eventually I’ll…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Osamu Tezuka’s Phoenix: Reminiscence of Flower Review — Scotland Loves Anime 2023

The final day of 2023’s Scotland Loves Anime film festival at the Cameo Cinema in Edinburgh was a day for the retro nerds. Starting with…

AniTAY-Official - Medium

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Armitage III: Duel-Matrix and Polymatrix

Even after absolutely loving the original Armitage III OVA, I ended up getting distracted by other anime and stuff. It happens a lot because I saw other cool…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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The Asterisk War Episode 21: The Climatic Phoenix Festa Battle

The Asterisk War Episode 21: The end of the Phoenix Festa. Julis falls. Can her last gasp give Ayato the strength he needs to be victorious?

Crow's World of Anime

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Pick of the Week: An Innocent Manga

SEAN: There's a clear 100% pick for me. Dark Horse's release of Innocent is something I've been waiting for since it was announced. That it's coming in three…

Manga Bookshelf

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An Uncomfortable Look at Who I Could Have Been – Gachikoi Nenchakujuu

Well, well, well if it isn’t another live action adaptation of a manga series I’ve never read. This comes as a surprise to no one at this point,…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

Dekoboko Majo no Oyako Jijou - Episode 9 - Viola Worries

Viola uses Phoenix as a living bean bag chair. He's always warm, comfortable, and ready for conversation! Dekoboko Majo no Oyako Jijou - Episode 9

Joeschmo's Gears and Grounds

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The Rising of the Shield Hero S3 – 07 – How Not to Train Your Dragon

With two months until the Phoenix arrives, normalcy and peace washes over Luroluna village. This is an episode that runs largely on vibes as we observe along with…

RABUJOI – An Anime Blog

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Game of the Month November 2023

This month, the games I’ll be focusing on gives us plumbers, thieves and school idols. Oh, also an intergalactic adventure that I may have slept on if not…

Rory Muses

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Library Loot: Behind the Scenes!!

Welcome to the second edition of Library Loot! This time is me revisiting a very long shelved manga series – Behind the Scenes!! by Bisco Hatori. It’s funny,…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan