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Animated Movie August: Chirin no Suzu

Welcome to the first edition of Animated Movie August. A pretty self-explanatory title if I do say so myself. I watch an animated movie of my choice, these…

Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan

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Bittomo Kirameki Powers – Final Thoughts

This is among one of the longer serializing dramas I’ve watched in real time at a fifty episodes. There’s been a lot of ups and downs with this…

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July 2022 Monthly Favorites

Hello there folks, and welcome back to one of my two reoccuring features – the Monthly Favorites. July seems to have come and went for me. A good…

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Visual Kei&Anime – GLAY Part II

Welcome back to Visual Kei&Anime! We’re back in business with the follow up from last month’s feature, GLAY. Before you dive in this part, please check out the…

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Wait a minute… how did I not become a 2D idol fan?!

I could be boring and give a very succinct answer. That would not make for an interesting post so as I do, let’s do a long-winded back story…

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Tokyo Mew Mew New, The Three Episode Rule, and being a Minority in Opinion

Well hi there, it’s been quite awhile since I’ve written about an anime. I didn’t intend to have it get this way. I enjoyed SPYxFAMILY with my friend…

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A-Z Movie Challenge: Zenin Kataomoi

Well, here I am. I’m finally at the finish line. It’s the Z title of this challenge!! It’s been a long time coming, and luckily it’s now to…

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A-Z Movie Challenge: Yellow Tears

Just wanna start – I couldn’t find a movie with ‘X’ in the title, so let’s keep it moving. We’re in the home stretch folks!! The end is…

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Jaden, Aster Voice Actors’ HEROic Live Duel Wows North America Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship

Yu-Gi-Oh! voice actors Matthew Labyorteaux (Jaden Yuki) and Oliver Wyman (Aster Phoenix) entertained fans this past weekend at the North America Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Championship 2022 with autograph sessi…

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Tezuka Osamu World x AYANOKOJI Merchandise Now Available Online!

It's July 16 and the AYANOKOJI items are now available on their website! We also walk you through purchasing through their website.

My Unico Fans

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A-Z Movie Challenge: Wasao

Well, we’re back to Aomori prefecture for another movie in this challenge. This time being the region of Ajigasawa, not too far from Hirosaki as Mt. Iwaki (also…

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A-Z Movie Challenge: Vampire in Love

I stacked the odds a bit against myself here. After the unique results of my previous pick, having another what I thought was another shojo adaptation wasn’t the…

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A fangirl favorite, or a fangirl fail? -My Boyfriend in Orange (Movie Review)

Well folks, it happened. I actually read some of the source material before seeing a live action adaptation for a shojo manga. If you’re curious what I thought…

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A-Z Movie Challenge: Unmasked Noise

English manga readers know this one as Anonymous Noise, and anime watchers know it as Fukumenkei Noise. Why the English title of the live action was settled on…

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Tezuka Osamu World x AYANOKOJI Part 2

Tezuka Osamu World x Ayanokoji have teamed up once again to create a wonderful collection of purses!

My Unico Fans

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What about ’17-Sai no Teikoku’ makes it worth watching?

It would probably be helpful to explain a little about this drama series before answering that question. 17-Sai no Teikoku, or A 17-year-old’s Regime, is the story of…

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June 2022 Monthly Favorites

Well folks, we are back at it again with another installment of the Monthly Favorites series. By now you all know how this series works so I won’t…

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Visual Kei&Anime – GLAY Part I

Welcome one and all, to my most consistent feature on this blog, and my pride and joy – Visual Kei&Anime. As you can tell, we have another legendary…

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A-Z Drama Challenge: Tsuki ni Shizumu

Another one that landed on my list after retracing some of my favorite queens of Jpop – this time being none other than Ayumi Hamasaki. A legend in…

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A-Z Movie Challenge: Shiritsu Bakaleya Koukou

Well folks, I said I would have the movie review up and here it is! For those unsure, please start here, with the drama review before digging into…

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A-Z Drama Challenge: Shiritsu Bakaleya Koukou

R, by the way wasn’t skipped. Just isn’t a JDrama so we continue on with S! Well, this is one of those titles you should really only be…

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A-Z Drama Challenge: Quartet

Back to the challenge! I’ve made so much progress and I can only hope that I continue to keep making it until the end. This title is a…

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Popcorn Pulse 175: Joaqu Berg

Hey, is anyone here holden? Holden? Anyone? Ah, there you are. Mister Thurgood Q. Holden. I have a delivery for you if you’ll just sign here. And initial…

Anime Pulse

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With a lot of Heart – 20-Year-Old Soul (movie review)

This is one of my most highly anticipated films of the year. The true story of an incredibly talented, but gone too soon trombonist and composer Asano Taigi.…

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Shin Arts x Osamu Tezuka Characters ~ Acrylic arts by Illustrations ~ Exhibit

In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Astro Boy (Tetsuwan Atom) manga, the Shin Arts x Osamu Tezuka Characters ~ Acrylic arts by Illustrations ~ project will…

My Unico Fans

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May 2022 Monthly Favorites

Hello and welcome back to one of the few consistencies of my blog and that is my Monthly Favorites! People are use to the format, so let’s go…

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Cameos: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Sonic

An anime and manga blog, devoted to all kinds of amazing things from Japan. Reviews, articles, lists and more!

Otaku Nuts

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Visual Kei&Anime – Megamasso

Welcome back to Visual Kei&Anime! We’re back with a group I’m not familiar with, and unfortunately was only tapped for one anime tie in. This being none other…

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An Ode to ‘X’

What started in in May of 1992, has born a legacy now 30 years strong, A story that weaves together three friends, that is sure to lead to…

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My Boyfriend in Orange – When Orange Looks Bland (manga review)

I’m a liar when I said I was done with high school aged shojo. I’ll admit that right now. But this time I didn’t read this for funzies,…

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Twitter Comic Intro – The Person You’re Interested In, Isn’t a Guy

I had a different post planned for today. Unfortunately, I got in my own way and it didn’t happen – so we’re trying something new today. I do…

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Why you should lather up with Ase to Sekken (live action)

Ase to Sekken is somewhat a controversial title in the manga sphere. Focusing on the adult romance of a scented product developer with a strong nose, and an…

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Fan-casting a Japanese remake of Black Swan

This is born because after years of people telling me to watch Black Swan (2010) – I finally have. I can’t even begin to tell you how much…

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Back to Ballet: Swan – Hakuchou no Inori Manga Review

Well, who would’ve thought that I’d be back so soon with another post about the Swan manga universe? Not me because I thought I’d be reeling from the…

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My Manga White Whale(s??) – The Hunt

Recently, I was back to my childhood home where my limited English manga collection resides. I was overly delighted looking from bottom to top. The wonderful world of…

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The Eximius Blogger Award

Well, better late than never when it comes to answering a blogger award, and tag! My schedule this month was pretty filled up so I hope this isn’t…

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April 2022 Monthly Favorites

Welcome back to the Monthly Favorites that always appear without fail. Sometimes the timing is weird, but nonetheless appear at the end of the month. I’m in a…

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Visual Kei&Anime – An Cafe

Welcome back to Visual Kei&Anime! This time, we’re covering a group who has a very nostalgic image for me. They’re very much rooted in the old school ideas…

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Fairy Tail, the Manga Continues

This is a list of Fairy Tail spin-offs, one-shots, and continuing manga series that continue on from the series before and after the main Fairy Tail manga and…

All About Anime and Manga

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A-Z Movie Challenge: Road to HiGH&LOW

Q was skipped because…. I couldn’t find a new movie with a Q in the title. The one I have watched was ages ago, and I rated it…

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A-Z Movie Challenge: Pinch Runner

I’ll say it now if it isn’t obvious; I’m actually a fan of dramas and movies that star idols. I think they’re fun to watch as a fan,…

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#49 School Judgment (Ft. Zach Logan from The One Piece Podcast)

Episode Text: How well does Phoenix Wright for kids hold up in court? We and our guest Zach Logan from The One Piece Podcast discuss Takeshi Obata (Art)…

Shonen Flop

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#49 School Judgment (Ft. Zach Logan from The One Piece Podcast)

Episode Text: How well does Phoenix Wright for kids hold up in court? We and our guest Zach Logan from The One Piece Podcast discuss Takeshi Obata (Art)…

Shonen Flop

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2020’s Favorite BL has a movie! – Cherry Magic the Movie (review)

Well some of you might remember the original Cherry Magic! the drama which came out in 2020, and took the drama world by storm. Back by popular demand,…

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A-Z Drama Challenge: Pride

Pride. The drama that’s potentially an all time favorite of mine. Encapsulating some of my favorite things ever – ice hockey, early 2000’s JDrama aesthetics and techniques, an…

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A-Z Movie Challenge: Ossan’s Love: LOVE or DEAD

Well for those that missed it, I posted my review of the drama just earlier today. It was always my intention to watch the sequel movie, so let’s…

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A-Z Drama Challenge: Ossan’s Love

I had an online friend who was obsessed with this show when it was airing. They held it incredibly high regard and were constantly updating about it while…

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From rust to… something else? – Rusted Armors Anime Review

Well, the Winter 2022 anime season has wrapped up! Being the super selective anime watcher I’ve become that means it’s time for me review the singular anime I…

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A-Z Movie Challenge: Neko Zamurai (2014)

Neko Zamurai is a blast from the past. I remember in my college years absolutely giggling like crazy to the two seasons of the drama version. The premise…

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Live Action Sextuplet Shenanigans – Mr. Osomatsu (2022) Movie Review!

I know very little about Mr. Osomatsu/ Osomatsu-san. I know it’s about identical sextuplets, it originally aired in 1988 and then was rebooted in 2015 to major success.…

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