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Review: CRUSHER JOE

Let's go all the way back to the 70s for some rare old-school sci-fi manga. CRUSHER JOE ( Kurassha Jo ), based on the novel series by Haruka...

The Manga Test Drive

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Blue Sonnet

Akai Kiba Blue Sonnet ( Crimson Fang Blue Sonnet ), usually known as just Blue Sonnet , is a five-episode OVA series from 1989. It is based...

Collectr's Blog

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slowdeath of moé

We live in a post-Love-Live world.

Artificial Night Sky

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The Speakeasy #126: Thus Spoke Rohan, Dragon Pilot, Dorohedoro, Beautiful Dreamer

We talk about various shows we’ve been catching up on: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Thus Spoke Rohan OVA Drifting Dragons Dragon Pilot: Hisone and Masotan Voltes V Dorohedoro Urusei…

Reverse Thieves

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The Obscurities in the Western Connection Catalogue: “Ladius”

Release Date: 30 April 1995 Format: PAL VHS, Japanese Dialogue with English Subtitles Runtime: 48 mins Catalogue Number: WEST042 Jap...

The Melancholic Middle Aged Anime Fan

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(Maris) The Choujo

I'm not as familiar with the works of Rumiko Takahashi as an anime fan ought to be. I've never watched Maison Ikkoku , Urusei Yatsura , Ranm...

Collectr's Blog

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Artist spotlight: Shin’ya Ohira

This is just my personal opinion on the matter, but I don’t think many animators ever reached the same level of genius as Yoshinori Kanada in terms of…

Animétudes

Pick of the Week: Medalists and Househusbands

SEAN: There’s several titles I’m interested in… a new “Peggy Sue Villainess” story, a new We’re New at This sex comedy story, and (of course) a new Urusei…

Manga Bookshelf

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Body Jack (Laserdisc Version)

I wasn't planning on doing any more of the Pink Noise series after Call Me Tonight , but the laserdisc for the fourth and last show in…

Collectr's Blog

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The (Almost) Definitive Fall 2020-Spring 2021 English Shogakukan Manga Guide!

  Hello readers! Marion here, reporting back in after an extremely busy seven months. It's still busy where I am, since I work at a local mo...

Weekly Shounen Sunday Edition

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Toshihiro Hirano and AIC studio

As I mentioned in the previous article about Graviton, the OVA boom was very much carried by small structures and the overlapping nets of connections made by their…

Animétudes

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Graviton, Gainax, and the Itano school

Among all the artists influenced by Yoshinori Kanada, Ichirô Itano is probably one of the most important. And yet, he is never considered a Kanada-style animator, most likely…

Animétudes

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Gude Crest

Orphan's presents a new English release of the 1990 sword-and-sorcery OVA Onna Senshi Efe & Jira: Gude no Monshou ( Woman Warriors Efe & Ji...

Collectr's Blog

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Urusei Yatsura (1)

Author & Artist Rumiko TakahashiReleased February 2019 by Viz Media imprint VIZ SignatureTranslation: Camellia NiehEditor(s): Amy YuGenre: Comedy, Romance, Science Fiction

Grimm Reads

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Artist spotlight: Kazuhiro Ochi

I decided to start this series on the development of the Kanada school with Urusei Yatsura, arguably the moment when its members really became prominent and their style…

Animétudes

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Their collective masterpiece: Urusei Yatsura

How did Yoshinori Kanada go from being “merely” a very talented animator to one of the most influential members of the anime industry? That’s a fascinating question, and…

Animétudes

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OtakuGeneration.net :: (Show #823) Urusei Yatsura Movie 1: Only You – Only You

Shownotes :: (show 823) :: () :: () :: () :: () With Urusei Yatsura Movie 1: Only You – Only You, recorded live March 14th, 2021. …

otakugeneration's Podcast

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MAPS: Densetsu no Samayoeru Seijin-tachi

Here's a wonderful example of the "wide-screen baroque" school of anime science fiction, the 1987 movie MAPS: Densetsu no Samayoeru Seijin-t...

Collectr's Blog

Episode 3: Mermaid Saga Vol.1

Episode 3 sees us tackle the work of the legendary manga creator Rumiko Takahashi, author of series including Inu Yasha, RIN, Ranma 1/2, Urusei Yatsura, Maison Ikkoku, and…

| Mangasplaining

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Lunn Flies into the Wind v2

One of Orphan's earliest Tezuka Osamu projects was the set of six OVAs known as the Lion Books: 1 The Green Cat 1983 2 Rain Boy 1983 3…

Collectr's Blog

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The Anime Nostalgia Podcast - ep 96: ReView: Prefectural Earth Defense Force

Subscribers! Be sure to go to the blog to read the description easier & check out links for this episode! This month’s episode is another Re...

The Anime Nostalgia Podcast

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Mystery Box of Misery Volume 3: Ground Defense Force Mao-Chan, Mermaid Forest, Ultra Maniac

They're the Part 2 of 3 you receive when both bookends are out of print. They’re the discs marked down to $1 during clearance and holiday sales. They're fodder for…

Ani-Gamers

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#105 - Sonic the Hedgehog OVA (1996)

Note: This episode was recorded back in Spring/Summer of 2020. Scrape your Knuckles and catch some Tails because we're talkin' the blue blur himself! Sully, Tobias, and Ryan…

Third Impact Anime Podcast

Seasonal Anime Impressions - Winter 2021 - Part 1

Seasonal Anime ImpressionsWinter 2021Part 1Hi and welcome to "this thing with the title above", the only series of blog posts where I give my impressions of the first…

Slug Gardens

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Sunday Retrospective (2020)

  Greetings all! It's hard to believe that we've made it through another year (all things considered) but here we are on the final blog entr...

Weekly Shounen Sunday Edition

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Urusei Yatsura - illustration by Atsuko Nakajima / Animage magazine (04/1987)

Anim'Archive

The Origins of Mecha: The Super Robots of the 1970s

Anime Commentary runs through the history of anime's mecha genre, taking a look at the rise of Super Robot anime like Mazinger in the 1970s.

Anime Herald

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

THE MOST GANGSTER SCIENTIST ON THE ROCK: Dr. Stone (Eps. 1-5) | KHANTEHNT!

3700 years trapped in stone can really put a crick in your neck, huh? Dr. Stone is the hot new bitch on the block having become one of…

KHANTEHNT!

THE SLIME-ORC WARS: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (S1 E11-15) | KHANTEHNT!

Launching into our first big conflict, those pesky demon boys have sicced a gigantic orc hoard on our slimy boys. With the collective power of our allied mon...

KHANTEHNT!

INFINITY BUT NOT MUCH ELSE: Jujutsu Kaisen (Eps. 6-9) | KHANTEHNT!

THIS JUST IN: MAIN CHARACTER OF SHOUNEN NOT ACTUALLY DEAD IN FIRST FEW EPISODES! I for one, am shitting myself in awe. Our story continues awkwardly from her...

KHANTEHNT!

HUMAN SLIME TUTORIAL: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (S1 E6-10) | KHANTEHNT!

It's time to say Nippon Banzai as our slime boy cozies up to fellow nihonjin-turned-magic person: Shizu. Filled with fire magic and a BIG OL' DEMON after bei...

KHANTEHNT!

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Mermaid Saga Volume 1 Review

  Story and Art by: Rumiko Takahashi Translation and English Adaptation by: Rachel Thorn Lettering by: Joanna Estep Design by: Yukiko Whitle...

Weekly Shounen Sunday Edition

THE ANGERY TITAN COMETH: Attack on Titan (S1 E6-10) | KHANTEHNT!

As our characters grapple with Eren's death, they must now turn their attention to the fact that they are currently facing obliteration in their first battle...

KHANTEHNT!

THE WITCH IN THE AIR WHO JUST DON'T CARE: Majo no Tabitabi (Eps. 1-7) | KHANTEHNT!

She's back and she's black-clad, unga bunga it's the Ashen Witch Elaina! Continuing on past the set up in episode 1, we're now getting a sense of what…

KHANTEHNT!

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Cool Cool Bye

When a laserdisc of the 1986 fantasy OVA Cool Cool Bye turned up in a pile of discs the team bought in Japan, I thought it would…

Collectr's Blog

THE SLIME GOD RIMURU: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (S1 E1-5) | KHANTEHNT!

Slime time, son. After a 37 year old virgin workin man dies abruptly he somehow wakes up as an OP predator isekai'd into the body of a slime…

KHANTEHNT!

TITANS ACT A FOOL AND IT'S NOT COOL: Attack on Titan (Eps. 1-5) | KHANTEHNT!

Sie sind das Essen und wir sind die Jäger! And a guten tag to you too, gang, now time for ATTACK ON TITAN! We're going back to the…

KHANTEHNT!

KAWAII ANIME BATMAN IS COMING FOR YOU: Talentless Nana (Eps. 2-6) | KHANTEHNT!

Hidey hoo and how do you do, Talentless Nana CHARGES ONWARD into the season in style. This sleeper hit of a show has surprised us by - brace…

KHANTEHNT!

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Mermaid Saga Manga Collector’s Edition Volume One Advanced Review

Rumiko Takahashi is one of the most well-known and wealthiest manga artists in all of Japan. Her works are known far outside of Japan and translated into a…

Bloom Reviews

WHEN GOD IS A JOKE: The Day I Became A God (Eps. 2-5) | KHANTEHNT!

Well God DAMN, here we are again becoming gods or whatever. Counting down the days until doomsday sure is a hoot as our characters are getting up to…

KHANTEHNT!

THERE'S ABOUT TO BE A SORCERER FIGHT!!! Jujutsu Kaisen (Eps. 2-5) | KHANTEHNT!

Sorcery. Fighting. A combo as old as time. Now gather round children cuz it's time for the hot new Shounen Jump manga adaptation. This one's a little darker…

KHANTEHNT!

Kyoukai No Rin-ne 3; poor man exocist returns

Rumiko Takahashi is one of the most famous and wealthy female mangaka in Japan, authoring such classic and well-known series (even to those in the west) such as…

BlazTavern

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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

Sunday anime Surplus (Takahashi/Kumanomata/Hata interview pt.2)

 Hi all! Been waiting long? Here's part two of the Sunday anime mangaka interview! This time we got a little more insight into how Yashahime became a thing…

Weekly Shounen Sunday Edition

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Makoto-chan the Movie

Some western anime audiences are familiar with Crayon Shin-chan , a very long running Japanese anime series about a five-year-old boy with l...

Collectr's Blog

Sunday anime Surplus (Takhashi/Kumanomata/Hata interview pt.1)

 Hello, hello! You were expecting Marion or Jecka but instead you get me--Yeah it's Sakaki, and I'm finally posting in my own blog again. Of course if you…

Weekly Shounen Sunday Edition

Anime Photography in the Cel Era

I came across this opening by the popular indie animator Kouji Nanke while watching Maison Ikkoku (it was the 5th and last in the TV series), and it…

Alex

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Eiyuu Banka Koushi-den

In these disastrous times since the 2016 US election, I've taken solace in watching (and endlessly rewatching) The Great British Baking Sho...

Collectr's Blog

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Elf 17

Orphan's projects get started for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes, a raw intrigues one of the translators. Sometimes, an orphaned series ge...

Collectr's Blog