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Reader’s Corner: Stitch and the Samurai, Kaiju No. 8, and Lily’s Miracle

A Late-Start Tamer’s Laid-Back Life, Vol. 1 Yuto starts the VRMMO RPG Law of Justice Online looking forward to playing as a Tamer, but due to his randomly-acquired…

Beneath the Tangles

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Samurai Cultivator: the Birth of Modern Apple Cultivation in Japan

Apples, such as the delectable fuji, are ubiquitous in Japan. Yet cultivation of the fruit began relatively recently - during the waning days of the samurai.

Unseen Japan

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Queer Echoes: Koike Chikyoku, Unlikely Warrior Artist

The story of a little-know artist-turned-warrior during the waning days of the samurai -- who just might have been a queer woman.

Unseen Japan

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The Meiji Government’s Failed Attempt to Ban Cremation

With the end of the age of the samurai, the new Meiji government set off to curb any sign of "barbarity" within Japan - which, briefly, included cremation.

Unseen Japan

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A Forgotten Samurai Energy Drink

Hundreds of years before Red Bull, the samurai of the house of Date were drinking a powdered concoction said to replenish a warrior's energy.

Unseen Japan

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The Pass: Last Days of the Samurai (峠 最後のサムライ, Takashi Koizumi, 2021)

Holding fast to samurai ideals a progressive retainer realises his era is at an end in Takashi Koizumi’s homage to classic samurai cinema

Windows on Worlds

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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…

Windows on Worlds

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Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Girls (Episode 1) – The First Kiss

And here is the second new series that I’ll be beginning to cover here on the site: Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Girls. Another action / fighting anime, but not…

Ecchi Hunter

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Review: Stitch and the Samurai, Volume 2

Summary Have you ever watched the movie Lilo and Stitch and wondered to yourself, “Man, what would happen if Stitch crash landed in feudal Japan instead of modern…

Beneath the Tangles

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Reader’s Corner: Springtime Window, Boys Run the Riot, and A Sign of Affection

A Sign of Affection, Vol. 2 Volume one of A Sign of Affection was a manga I had on pre-order a full year before it released, and I…

Beneath the Tangles

The Samurai Flamenco Study pt1

The Samurai Flamenco incident was one of the most significant of our generation, yet many dismiss it as fiction. We set the record straight. The post The Samurai Flamenco…

I drink and watch anime

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The Samurai Flamenco Study – PT 2

Hello everyone! Welcome to Part 2 of a super serious Samurai Flamenco study. I was joined by the wonderful Irina from DrunkenAnimeBlog for this brilliant discussion. Please follow…

Mechanical Anime Reviews

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100 Day Anime Challenge–Day 5

Samurai Pizza Cats feature Samurai Cats, Ninjas, and Giant Mechs. What’s not to love. Me and my brother loved this series growing up.

Otaku Orbit

323 – One Shot 33 – My Broken Mariko

Morgana is away this week so the boys take advantage by having a lengthy discussion about professional wrestling and why New Japan Academy is strange! For our main…

Manga Machinations

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Samurai 8 (ft. Gabe Robinson)

Samurai 8 is set in a Star Wars-esque fantasy-sci fi world in which humanity has become scattered amongst the cosmos. Maintaining the peace are the samurai. These powerful…

Shonen Flop

The Samurai Steps Out on Faith…

“Would you consider joining our team?” I have to admit, when I saw those words appear on my screen a few months ago, I was beyond stunned. Me?…

Beneath the Tangles

Lupin III The Woman Called Fujiko Mino – 3 [The Lady and the Samurai]

Welcome to episode 3 of The Woman Called Fujiko Mine! Apologies for the wait on this one. This is the only series I dont have a schedule for…

Star Crossed Anime

November 1990 Pt. 2 Animedia magazine

Animedia - First Published in July of 1981 by Gakken Co., Ltd. , #11 November 1990 (No 112) 500 Yen. Consisting of 156 pages (includ...

The Anime Nostalgia Facility UK

How to Live a Samurai Life: Bushido

Bushido is the code of conduct for the samurai. It isn’t a written code. Rather, it was taught through example and through stories. As with any ideal, few…

Japan Powered

October 1990 Pt. 2 Animedia magazine

Animedia - First Published in July 1981 by Gakken Co., Ltd. Consisting of 144 pages (including the front & back covers), #10October 1990 (No...

The Anime Nostalgia Facility UK

One Piece Manga Chapter 977 Review: The Strawhat’s Unite

In manga chapter 977 of One Piece, Jinbei rejoins the crew. Jinbei carried wounded members of the Sun Pirates and they had a goodbye party. The Straw Hats…

Otaku Orbit

One Piece Manga Chapter 977 Review: The Strawhat’s Unite

In manga chapter 977 of One Piece, Jinbei rejoins the crew. Jinbei carried wounded members of the Sun Pirates and they had a goodbye party. The Straw Hats…

Otaku Orbit

Review of Fire Force Episode 20: The Tank Battle and the Samurai-Knight

Quick Summary In Fire Force episode 20, “Wearing His Pride,” Shinra came upon an Ashen Knight who has taken Victor Licht hostage. If Shinra didn’t surrender, the knight said…

Crow's World of Anime

Are English Dubs Censoring Anime?

A look at anime dub localization from various perspectives to investigate how censorship can manifest, how it has changed over the years, how it's shaped the community's perception…

The Cartoon Cipher

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Samurai Society: An Exploration of Japaneseness in post-war Jidaigeki and Contemporary Anime  

One of the defining images of Japanese history and culture, is that of the samurai, warriors with a strict code of ethics, and a singular dedication to mastering…

illogicalzen

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JFF16 - Tenchi: The Samurai Astronomer

天地明察 Yojiro Takita, 2012  When I first looked over this year’s film festival program, one film jumped out at me before any of the…

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