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Tsuyukusa (ツユクサ, Hideyuki Hirayama, 2022)

A middle-aged woman begins to rediscover joy after her car is hit by a meteorite in Hideyuki Hirayama’s charmingly quirky dramedy.

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Review: Hero (2022)

Hero 世间有她 China/Hong Kong, 2022, colour, 2.35:1, 115 mins. Directors: Li Shaohong 李少红 (I), Chen Chong 陈冲 [Joan Chen] (II), Zhang Aijia 张艾嘉 [Sylvia Chang] (III). Rating: 6/10.…

Sino-Cinema 《神州电影》

Laughing Target

Orphan concludes (for now) its Rumiko Takahashi festival with the third Rumic World OVA, 1987's Warau Hyouteki ( Laughing Target ). This is...

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Manga Review – SHOKU-KING

SHOKU-KING 食キング TSUCHIYAMA Shigeru Seinen – Adventure, slice-of-life 5 Volumes of 27 Volumes (complete) Media Do (Nihonbungeisha) Summary: Throughout Japan, there are restaurants on the verge…

Daiyamanga

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My Neighbor Totoro (となりのトトロ, Hayao Miyazaki, 1988)

A pair of sisters rejoice in the wonder of the natural world while befriending a fluffy forest creature in the charming Studio Ghibli family animation.

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Murder, She Spoke

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

ボクの事件簿

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A-Yokai-A-Day: The Bakemono Called Shunoban at the Suwa Shrine in Aizu

These days shunoban is commonly known as shunobon. It appears as shunobon on yokai.com and in my book The Fox's Wedding. The reason for the spelling change is…

Matthew Meyer

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The Island Closest to Heaven (天国にいちばん近い島, Nobuhiko Obayashi, 1984)

A young woman comes to a new understanding of herself while travelling abroad in Nobuhiko Obayashi’s laidback kadokawa idol movie.

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Pick of the Week: A Bevy of Riches

SEAN: This is a ridiculously stacked week for manga fans. Viz has a hot new Jump series in Dandadan, Seven Seas gives yuri fans what they’ve always wanted…

Manga Bookshelf

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Manga Review – Risky Business

Risky Business 邪道 (Jadou) TSUCHIYAMA Shigeru Seinen – Drama 3 Volumes of 4 Volumes (complete) Media Do (Nihonbungeisha) Summary: Tenshakaku is an immensely popular ramen chain, with its…

Daiyamanga

Kimami ni Idol

Kimama ni Idol (Free-Spirited Idols) is a 1990 comedy OVA based on a manga by Kotani Kenichi. It tells the madcap tale of three teenage girl...

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The Age of Assassins (殺人狂時代, Kihachi Okamoto, 1967)

A mild-mannered professor is dragged into an international conspiracy in Kihachi Okamoto’s absurdist adventure.

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Kill! (斬る, Kihachi Okamoto, 1968)

An ambitious farmer and former samurai turned wandering yakuza are swept into intrigue when seven samurai arrive to bump off a corrupt lord in Kihachi Okamoto’s absurdist jidaigeki.

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Manga Review – Kuishinbo

Kuishinbo 喰いしん坊! TSUCHIYAMA Shigeru Seinen – Comedy, sports 5 Volumes of 24 Volumes (complete) Media Do (Nihonbungeisha) Summary: Office worker Mantaro is broke, so he enters a store’s…

Daiyamanga

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Manga Review – Kenka Ramen

Kenka Ramen 喧嘩ラーメン TSUCHIYAMA Shigeru Seinen – Comedy, sports 3 Volumes of 17 Volumes (complete) Media Do (Nihonbungeisha) Summary: Yoshitsune is the leader of a gang, and his…

Daiyamanga

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This Looks Like a Model Kit! SND Returns with new “IDW” Optimus Prime Figure

Third-party group Shigeru Ningyo Do (or SND), who released upgrade kits for the Combiner Wars Optimus Prime/Menasor molds, is back after several years with a new standalone figure.…

cvphased / MECHA CATALOGUE

Haruka Naru Toki no Naka de 2

Haruka Naru Toki no Naka de ( In a Distant Time ) is an otome game franchise developed by Ruby Party. It spans at least a dozen…

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Three Toho Classics and the Work of Sci-Fi Illustrator Shigeru Komatsuzaki

  I’d heard of Japanese science fiction illustrator Shigeru Komatsuzaki before, since he’s mentioned in Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film, from Godzilla to Kurosawa (Wesleyan University Press,…

Brian Camp's Film and Anime Blog

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Manga Review – Chow Down Champs / Super Food Bowl

Chow Down Champs Super Food Bowl 大食い甲子園 (Oogui Koushien) TSUCHIYAMA Shigeru Seinen – Sports 3 Volumes of 6 Volumes (complete) Media Do (NIHONBUNGEISHA) Summary: Fifteen years ago, Momotaro…

Daiyamanga

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Manga Review – Battles of the Wandering Chef

Battles of the Wandering Chef 包丁無宿勝負旅 (Houchou Mushuku Shoubu Tabi) TSUCHIYAMA Shigeru (story/art), TAGAWA Yasuyuki (drafting cooperation) Seinen – Sports 2 Volumes of 4 Volumes (complete) Me…

Daiyamanga

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Manga Review – Bakumeshi! / Food Explosion!

Bakumeshi! Food Explosion! ばくめし! TSUCHIYAMA Shigeru Seinen – Adventure, slice-of-life 3 Volume of 6 Volumes (complete) Torico / Media Do (NIHONBUNGEISHA) Summary: It is said that there’…

Daiyamanga

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Terror of Yakuza (沖縄やくざ戦争, AKA Okinawa Yakuza War, Sadao Nakajima, 1976)

A recently released foot soldier is caught between his psychotic boss, an amoral underling, and the encroaching mainland yakuza in Nakajima’s jitsuroku gangster picture

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RPG Review: Final Fantasy 7 Remake

This is a Cloti shipping zone Well finally that they ported FF7R to PC and there was a sale I decided to buckle down to play the last…

かわいいじゃなきゃダメなの!

Mama wa Idol (1987) [Drama Review]

Mama wa Idol; or, Woman of the House      It’s tough being a mother! Well, I guess we could say that Miho Nakayama went meta way before John...

Watching Asia Film Reviews

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The History of Tatsunoko – 5 – Maturities

If one single work were to sum up Tatsunoko’s entire production, it would probably be Science Ninja Team Gatchaman. By far the studio’s most iconic series, it was…

Animétudes

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Typhoon Club (1985) by Shinji Somai

A group of teenagers are trapped at their rural school during a typhoon in this adolescent drama. Girlfriends Yasuko and Yumi; their friends Midori and Michiko (Yuka Onishi),…

Japanese Film Reviews

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Flesh Pier (女体桟橋, Teruo Ishii, 1958)

An undercover cop’s mission to crack a trafficking is disrupted when he runs into an an old flame in Teruo Ishii’s early B-movie noir

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250th Review: Hell’s Garden: Office Royale (2021) [Film Review]

Hell’s Garden: Office Royale; or, The Art of Delinquent War      Your problem is you don't know what you are missing. Dignity. Your fighting...

Watching Asia Film Reviews

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Crest of Betrayal (忠臣蔵外伝 四谷怪談, Kinji Fukasaku, 1994)

An ambitious samurai finds himself corrupted by the times in which he lives in Fukasaku’s etherial fusion of Yotsuya Kaidan and the Chushingura

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Mother (おかあさん, Mikio Naruse, 1952)

A teenage girl struggles to understand her self-sacrificing mother in Mikio Naruse’s subversive take on the hahamono

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Fukumoto Tries to Write a Girl Protagonist: Yamima no Mamiya

Two years ago, I found out about Akagi author Fukumoto Nobuyuki’s newest mahjong manga: Yamima no Mamiya, also known as Yami-Mahjong Fighter: Mamiya. Set 20 years after Akagi…

OGIUE MANIAX

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GeGeGe no Kitaro (2007) – Episode 46

Every decade Toei reboots the GeGeGe franchise, and every iteration has had its own distinct visual style. Here’s another episode of our joint project with Skeweds Translations on…

THE SKARO HUNTING SOCIETY

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New Rock and Happy End – Origins of Japanese Rock

Japanese Rock and Pop music has, through the 21st century, become an undoubtedly global phenomenon with genres like J-Pop, J-Rock reaching

Full Frontal

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The New Morning of Billy the Kid (ビリィ★ザ★キッドの新しい夜明け, Naoto Yamakawa, 1986)

A collection of pop culture icons attempt to safeguard a cafe bar/live house from an assault by savage gangsters in Yamakawa’s anarchic post-modern satire

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Happy Halloween with GeGeGe no Kitaro & Dororon Enma-kun

GeGeGe no Kitaro – episodes 01-22 Because I watch every episode many times to check for typos and such before releasing it, batch releases can be a real…

THE SKARO HUNTING SOCIETY

This Is Where I Came In...

I just had the pleasure of editing the Blu-ray version of episode 58 of Yawara! - the last one I had never touched (or seen) before -…

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I’m Flash! (Toshiaki Toyoda, 2012)

A conflicted cult leader experiences an existential crisis after meeting a mysterious woman in a bar in Toshiaki Toyoda’s Okinawan drama

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Closet (クローゼット, Takehiro Shindo, 2020)

An emotionally repressed young man begins to overcome a crisis of masculinity while working as a sleep companion in Shindo’s empathetic indie drama

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Sensou Douwa: Kiku-chan to Ookami

Sensou Douwa ( War Fables or War Tales ) was a series of TV specials by Shin-Ei Animation that ran annually from 2002 to 2009. In…

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Jigoku-no-Hanazono: Office Royale (地獄の花園, Kazuaki Seki, 2021) [Fantasia 2021]

Office ladies go to war in Kazuaki Seki’s anarchic, Bakarhythm-scripted transposition of the yankee manga to the world of the OL

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Robinson’s Garden (ロビンソンの庭, Masashi Yamamoto, 1987)

A young woman attempts to escape society by rewilding an industrial estate but discovers the land may not want her in Yamamoto’s ethereal drama

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Kenka Ramen

A manga about Yoshitsune, the leader of a biker gang, who ends up taking over his father's ramen shop in order to stop the local yakuza from buying…

Manga Machinations

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Destiny’s Son (斬る, Kenji Misumi, 1962)

A wandering son finds himself in the middle of intrigue on learning the sad secrets of his birth in Kenji Misumi’s elliptical, elegiac tale of death and the…

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The Story of a Man Among Men (修羅の群れ, Kosaku Yamashita, 1984)

An intensely noble gangster attempts to preserve yakuza idealism in the turbulence of the mid-20th century in Kosaku Yamashita’s ninkyo eiga throwback

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Dead Sushi (2012) by Noboru Iguchi

The sushi bites back in this horror comedy from writer-director Noboru Iguchi. Keiko (Rina Takeda) is dismissed from her father’s sushi restaurant after failing to meet his high…

Japanese Film Reviews

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The Third Shadow Warrior (第三の影武者, Umetsugu Inoue, 1963)

A peasant dreaming of samurai glory finds himself sacrificing his identity in service of a false lord in Umetsugu Inoue’s dark existential drama

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Graveyard of Honor (仁義の墓場, Kinji Fukasaku, 1975)

A renegade gangster slowly implodes amid the turbulent winds of the post-war era in Kinji Fukasaku’s anarchic take on the life of Rikio Ishikawa

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Hashire! Shiroi Ookami

Orphan hasn't done a critter feature in a while, so we're quite chuffed to present the first English-subtitled version of the 1990 movie Has...

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MAMORU OSHII book review [fiction] Part 21, YUBAE SAKUSEN

----- There're some Mamoru Oshii book lists on the Internet, but they don't have detailed explanations about the contents. My Mamoru Oshii book collection is far from complete,…

Manga/Anime Memorandum