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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…

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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 -…

Collectr's Blog

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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…

Collectr's Blog

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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

Windows on Worlds

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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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Call Me Tonight

Pink Noise was a series of unrelated OVAs issues by C.Moon, the "adult" label of Bandai Visual. It consisted of four titles: Call Me Tonight...

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Review: Tono Monogatari by Shigeru Mizuki

Shigeru Mizuki’s Tono Monogatari has a complicated lineage. During Japan’s rapid modernization in the early 20th century, a man named Kunio Yanagita set out to preserve Japan’s cultural h…

Alison Fincher

Pick of the Week: Penguins, Legends and Childhood Friends

SEAN: Given that it turns out Manga Bookshelf are top-tier futurists, I’m tempted to pick March Comes in Like a Lion, but that will have to wait for…

Manga Bookshelf

The nascent OVA

Over at Heisei Etranger, Austin’s posted a new interview translation which deserves a read. It covers a short mid-eighties conversation in Animage with Shigeru Watanabe, planner of Dallos (19…

327 Robots

Birth of the OAV: Talking Dallos and the Emerging Rental Market with Shigeru Watanabe

In this mid-80s Animage interview with Shigeru Watanabe, he talks about the reception of the first OAV Dallos and the emerging home video rental market.

Heisei Etranger

324 – Creator Cross Section 7 – Shigeru Tsuchiyama

On this episode Seamus discusses the penultimate volume of Ôoku: The Inner Chambers and dakazu learns about Miki Yakata’s breast cancer recovery in 27-sai no Nyugan Diary! Then…

Manga Machinations

Happy Halloween from Kitaro, Akuma-kun, and Dororon Enma-kun!

While knocking on the front doors of strangers and sticking your fist into a shared bowl of candy might not be the move this year, you can always…

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Kitaro

A manga about the last survivor of the ghost tribe, Kitaro, and his adventures dealing with Japanese yokai. Continue reading →

Manga Machinations

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Sensou Douwa: Tako ni Natta Okaasan

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

Collectr's Blog

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Sensou Douwa: The Boy and the Sea Turtle

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

Collectr's Blog

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The Decade in Review: The Japanese Industry

I said I wouldn’t be updating this blog for a while, but I remembered that I was working on a two-post "decade in review" which I had star...

The Melancholic Middle Aged Anime Fan

Ai… Shirisomeshi Koro ni…

The sequel to Manga Michi. Follows Michio Maga and Shigeru Saino as manga artists living at the famous Tokiwa-sō in Osamu Tezuka's former housing. Continue reading →

Manga Machinations

Love Live! April Fool’s “CYaZALEA☆Kiss”: References and In-Jokes

This year’s April Fool’s brought out one of the best things ever from Love Live!: the “announcement” of a new 80s-style action anime called CYaZALEA☆Kiss.  But the Love…

OGIUE MANIAX

Shigeru Watanabe and Fans Reminisce About Royal Space Force on Japanese Twitter

Former Bandai Visual producer Shigeru Watanabe shares some previously unseen production documents and stories about Royal Space Force with the fans. Also no, the featured image doesn’t make…

Heisei Etranger

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Best Underrated Japanese Dramas of This Decade (2010-2020)

Here is my list of the best japanese dramas of the last decade 2010s. You probably missed some of these since most of them go under the radar…

ThatJapaneseDramaGuy

Kitaro: The Trial of Kitaro

By Shigeru Mizuki. Released in Japan as “Gegege no Kitaro” by Kodansha and Shogakukan, serialized in various magazines. Released in North America by Drawn & Quarterly. Translated by…

Manga Bookshelf

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31 Horror Manga Recommendations for Halloween

I'm here to recap all the horror manga that you should get your claws on the next time you're in the mood for a chillingly good time.

Hakutaku

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MAPPA Staff Roundtable “Zombie Land Saga conception and the appeal of Kakegurui” – Animation Studio Meeting (Anista)

On January 27 (Sun), February 9 (Sat) and 10 (Sun), the event “Anime Studio Meeting (Anista)” was held with WIT STUDIO as the main sponsor and studios CloverWorks,…

Prazeres Senpai

Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths and Tokyo Tarareba Girls

Football season has started, the NFL is still a terrible organization, and the Chicago Bears couldn’t pull it off against the greatest quarterback to play, Aaron Rodgers. Sigh.…

Taiiku Podcast

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42. An Apology for Scanlation

In the end, the point of all this is to say that copyright is a legal and not a moral framework, and as such its principles are fundamentally…

What is Manga?

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41. The Imperial Fantasia of Ghost in the Shell

I’m not here to defend Ghost in the Shell in any of its manifestations, for as regular readers of this blog already know, I find it mostly to…

What is Manga?

OtakuGeneration.net :: (Show #609) Shigeru Tamura

    Shownotes :: (show 609) :: (website) :: (podcast feed) :: (direct download) :: (direct iTunes link) With Show #609, Shigeru Tamura, recorded live February 5th, 2017.…

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[Manga/Occult] Mysteries in the life of Shigeru Mizuki: spiritual possession, the little people and drug trip

Shigeru Mizuki [水木しげる ] (1922 – 2015), the creator of the Gegege Kitaro manga series, was a lifelong student of the otherworld. Although he is best known for his fictional…

Iwa ni Hana

Anmitsu Hime From Amakara Castle – Episode 1 (1986)

Funny and charming Studio Pierrot adaptation of the 1949 manga Anmitsu Hime by Shosuke Kurakane. Directed by Masami Anno (Wonderful Adventures of Nils) and written by Yoshio Urasawa (Nintama Rantaro).…

AWESOME ENGINE

The Year 2015 in Japan

2015: Living Through Inexorable Change / W. David MARX Ever since the Japanese economic miracle came to an end in the 1990s, Western analysts and critics have spewed…

Néojaponisme

The Year 2015 in Japan

2015: Living Through Inexorable Change / W. David MARX Ever since the Japanese economic miracle came to an end in the 1990s, Western analysts and critics have spewed…

Néojaponisme

Shigeru Mizuki: War Haiku

I think of Mizuki and the ghosts who walked with him to the end of his days, and I can’t shake the feeling that somewhere along our path…

Helen McCarthy: A Face Made for Radio

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Manga Artist/Creator Shigeru Mizuki Has passed away

Before being a full-time mangaka, Mizuki served in World War II. While being treated for malaria in New Guinea, his hospital was bombed by the Allies, and he…

The CyberNauts Cast Podcast

Shigeru Mizuki 1922-2015

Shigeru Mizuki has died aged 93 after seven decades of work as an artist and advocate for peace.

Helen McCarthy: A Face Made for Radio

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Nobody Knows

誰も知らな い Hirokazu Koreeda, 2004 The breakdown of the modern family unit is a recurring theme for many Japanese…

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