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The frustrations of collecting Tezuka manga in English

Foreword: This is purely an opinion piece, from a fan of Tezuka and consumer of English-language manga releases. I do not hold any malicious intentions towards any parties…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Recommending Manga via my username

This is in a similar vein to my “Your Name? Your Recommendations! A Blogger Tag?!” which I tried to start. Although it ended up flopping lol. It happens.…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Game Over SG5 – Restart With F5VE!

This post is only slightly overdue, considering I a little over a month late with reporting on the latest developments of SG5 – or as of April 26th…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Bubble – The ONA Review

Back in 2022, I was so surprised to see a flyer in theaters for this film. As far as I was aware it would be a Netflix distribution,…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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May 2024 Monthly Favorites

Welcome back to the once-a-month feature that rarely fails! The Monthly Favorites of mine. Aside from travel escapades due to interviewing for work, I did manage to help…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Tezuka Osamu’s Manga Works: Pop-up Exhibit

EDITION 88 will hold an exhibit for Osamu Tezuka artwork.

My Unico Fans

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Manga May: Our Colors

Welcome to the final entry (for this year) of Manga May! You all just about know the drill by now. I’ve taken the month of May to introduce…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

GTO Revival (2024) [Special Review]

GTO Revival; or, A New Lesson      Even if you don’t have these, you are you. You’re the cutest. I have to start this review with a big…

Watching Asia Film Reviews

Bride of Deimos

Deimos no Hanayome: Ran no Kumikyoku ( Bride of Deimos: The Orchid Suite ) is a 1988 one-shot OVA. It's based on an incomplete 17-volume ma...

Collectr's Blog

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My first 10/10 in 2024 – Ripe for the Picking (JDrama review)

I remain undeterred in watching JDramas, specifically for one actor’s announcement. This past season from LDH Entertainment that was Sato Taiki being cast in Uri wo Waru or…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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U-TREASURE x Osamu Tezuka Wedding Rings

U-TREASURE and Tezuka Productions team up for a collection of bridal rings featuring Unico and many more characters.

My Unico Fans

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Manga May: Boys Run The Riot

Welcome back to again, the most creatively named monthly feature: Manga May. If you happened to have missed my first post for this be sure to check it…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Library Loot – Rapid Reviews Vol.1

Believe it or not, not every single thing I pick up from the library gets a solo review here on the blog. In changing how often I post…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Lost Media Spotlight: Various Shit

Let’s continue with our new series of introduction posts. Shit I don’t currently own, but that’s worth keeping a tab on. J-Soldier A series of indie shorts by…

Rare Tokusatsu

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Manga May: The Walking Cat

Welcome one and all to the most creative monthly feature you’ve ever heard of: Manga May. I’m taking the month of May to highlight three titles from manga…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Random Anime Review: Osamu Tezuka’s Phoenix 2772 — Space Firebird (1980)

There’s a first time for everything. At six years of age, the English-dubbed PAL VHS version of Osamu Tezuka’s 1980 Phoenix 2772 — Love’s…

AniTAY-Official - Medium

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April 2024 Monthly Favorites

The passage of time is an absolutely CRAZY thing. I somehow nearly forgot that I went out of my way to be in the path of totality to…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

Spiraken Manga Review Ep 555: Team Phoenix

In our Five hundredth and Fifty Fifth Episode of the Spiraken Manga Review, Xan gets to review a space opera manga that is an homage and a love…

Spiraken Review Podcast

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One more time – Manga that deserve another shot at serialization

The majority of manga, despite the stigma and how much I loathe the term, are in fact mid. They are middle of the road stories, with middle of…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Spy x Family Movie: Code White – Movie Review

I won’t lie I was utterly shocked that this was playing not only within driving distance of my home, but also with English subtitles. Compared to the utter…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Library Loot: The Place Promised in Our Earlier Days

One of the more distinct memories I have from studying abroad was watching this film. My host family had been kind enough to take me to Tsutaya (a…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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One YOU:ME’s thoughts on ME:I’s “Mirai” EP

My Oh My ME:I ~ Hello one and all. This is a bit of a long time coming on my end. I’ve been not so secretly invested in…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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What I do for Snow Man – Sensei Sayonara (drama review)

There’s a fine line between dedication and stupidity, and I’m finally learning where that is for me. I am a fairly dedicated fan of Snow Man, all members…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Asian Pop Up Cinema Season 18 – Japan Showcase Wrap-Up

Featured image is from Asian Pop-Up Cinema’s Official Instagram, specifically from here. As of writing, the Japan Showcase for Asian Pop Up Cinema Season 18 will have just…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Early Announcements for Nippon Connection 2024

Nippon Connection takes place in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, from May 28 to June 2, and there are expected to be around 100 shorts and features programmed. Here…

Genkinahito

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What I watch for Snow Man – Livingroom no Matsunaga-san

Winter 2024 was a wild announcement of titles for Snow Man fans. We had five out of nine members of Snow Man in dramas. Miyadate Ryota was cast…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Manga I Wish Would Come Back

For me, manga was my true rabbit hole into Japanese culture. I could absolutely devour manga series left, right and center without issue. My library had a plethora…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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A Very GLORIO trip to Scotland Loves Animation 2023

Scotland Loves Animation returned this year, bringing a curated selection of movie premieres and classics to the big screen. Three of us attended the latest instalment, where we…

The Glorio Blog

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What’s left to say about Mononoke

Over a decade ago, I asked a dear friend what were some anime they recommended. This friend had pretty interesting taste in anime, none of our absolute favorites…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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March 2024 Monthly Favorites

While this is being published on April 1st, this isn’t an April Fool’s Day Prank! It is in fact the one, and only Monthly Favorites. I have a…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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The Short and Long of Gushing Over Magical Girls

I think I’ve presented myself over the years as being fairly open to a variety of genres and theming. I don’t consider myself superior in taste for watching…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Mecha March: G-Saviour

Folks, let me tell you a tale I only learned the month before. From the youtube comments of “The Cancelled American Gundam Adaptations | Ep 1 | The…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Library Loot: MIRAI

In my first Library Loot post, I mentioned that I would cover both manga and anime – I haven’t cover anime yet. This has obviously changed with this…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Mecha March: Knights of Sidonia (2014)

Welcome back to my second installation for Mecha March! I hope by now you guys have this system down, but in case you weren’t aware Mechanical Anime Reviews is the…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Can I Guess My Friends' Favorite Manga?!

How well do I know my friends and fellow creators by only their manga taste? Let's find out. Original video idea comes from Shayne Topp/@SmoshGames https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLeImKFecYFCxFiDzdK_yWcC8KmkayBwmn&si=dFg-Mvil27xWN8bD Creators featured: Kay- @basicboii…

Colleen's Manga Recs

Firechick's Game Reviews: Fire Emblem Fates

Rating : 56/100 Oh, Fire Emblem Fates . After the runaway success of Fire Emblem Awakening a few years before, Intelligent Systems kinda...let the games success go to…

joyousmenma93

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Things that drive me wild in the Visual Kei Fandom (1)

3/12/24 Update: I hadn’t realized this post got a fair amount of traction over the years. I think it’s been linked or referenced online in a few spaces…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Among the dumber things I’ve heard about – Graded Manga

Featured image is a screenshot/clipped copy from Beckett’s main page about manga grading. I did not create this image originally. I’m probably making things worse for me by…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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PODCAST: The Wonder of Eureka Seven

Phoenix, host of The Anime Tea, is on this week’s episode of The Wonder of Anime to talk about Eureka Seven!

The Wonder Of Anime

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Mecha March: Levius

Welcome to Mecha March!! This feature is one that many of you are more likely familiar with Mechanical Anime Reviews at the helm. Be sure to check out…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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The Wonder of Eureka Seven

The mecha agenda is back, baby! Phoenix, host of The Anime Tea, is on this week’s episode of The Wonder of Anime  continuing the mecha recruitment plan. Phoenix…

The Wonder of Anime

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The 6th Anniversary Post

After the pretty dramatic post from last year, I am attempting to write a little bit more of a light hearted post this year. Starting with the cover…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

Satsujin Kippu wa Heart-iro v2

Satsujin Kippu wa Heart-iro ( The Murder Ticket Is Heart- Colored ) is a 1990 standalone OVA based on a series of young adult novels for wo...

Collectr's Blog

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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