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Ginga no Uo - URSA Minor Blue (MUSE HD LD)
https://nyaa.si/view/1644522 Fansub credits can be found in the link above. This OVA's an odd one, though I don't mean that in a bad way. It...
Dead Angle (白昼の死角, Toru Murakawa, 1979)
A narcissistic conman takes ironic revenge on the post-war society in Toru Murakawa’s nihilistic crime drama.
The Silent Duel (静かなる決闘, Akira Kurosawa, 1949)
A doctor who contracted syphilis from a patient wrestles with desire and responsibility in Kurosawa’s post-war drama.
RPG Review: Final Fantasy 7 -Crisis Core Reunion-
So after completing FF7R earlier this year, I was really excited to finally play a remaster of Crisis Core with the same new graphics. (Except the CGI scenes…
The Shootout (凶弾, Toru Murakawa, 1982)
A trio of teenage boys end up on the run after an altercation with a needlessly authoritarian police officer in Toru Murakawa’s empathetic social drama.
Manga Review – Super Shoku King
SUPER SHOKU KING 極食キング (Goku Shoku King) TSUCHIYAMA Shigeru Seinen – Sports 1 Volume of 5 Volumes (complete) Media Do (Nihonbungeisha) Summary: Have a struggling restaurant? Well, one…
The Creature Called Man (豹は走った, Kiyoshi Nishimura, 1970)
A policeman on a mission squares off against an assassin intent on executing an exiled dictator in Kiyoshi Nishimura’s thorny geopolitical thriller.
Violent Streets (暴力街, Hideo Gosha, 1974)
A former yakuza’s attempts to leave the underworld behind are frustrated by gang intrigue and changing times in Hideo Gosha’s intense gangland drama.
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.
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.…
Orphan concludes (for now) its Rumiko Takahashi festival with the third Rumic World OVA, 1987's Warau Hyouteki ( Laughing Target ). This is...
Death Note, Laughing Target, Milky Passion: Dougenzaka - Ai no Shiro, Nozomi Witches, One Pound Gospel
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…
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.
Murder, She Spoke
detective fiction, 推理小説、games, mystery, murder, locked room, Japanese, translations,
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…
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.
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 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…
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...
Fruits Basket, High Speed Jessie, Kaleido Star, Kizuna, Nozomi Witches
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.
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.
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…
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…
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.…
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…
Ah My Buddha!!, The Story of Saiunkoku, Waza no Tabibito, Ai no Kusabi, Batman: Gotham Knight
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,…
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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…
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…
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’…
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
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…
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...
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…
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),…
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
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...
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
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
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…
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…
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
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
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…
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 -…
Death Note, Eguchi Hisashi no Kotobuki Gorou Show, Black Jack, Shin Chan, Shigeru
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
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
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…
Wedding Peach, Cool Cool Bye, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Fire Emblem, Maison Ikkoku
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
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