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The Boy with Kryptonite Hair: A Look at Locke the Superman's Anime Adaptations

On October 30, 2022 mangaka Yuki Hijiri (real name: Kiyotoshi Hasegawa) passed away from pneumonia at age 72, though this wasn't actually re...

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Obscusion B-List: The Oddities of Xbox's Backwards Compatibility Program

Debuting on November 15, 2001, the original Xbox marked the start of PC giant Microsoft's true entry as a console gaming competitor (after i...

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An "Overdosed" History of Manga?! Translating & Examining the Yarisugi Manga Timeline

Without a doubt, one of the most disappointing aspects of English-speaking anime & manga fandom, though mainly the latter for the purposes o...

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The Land of Obscusion's Twelve Favorite Posts of 2021 & 2022!! Part 2

Well, here we are with the final entry of this blog for 2022. "What to expect in 2023?", you may or may not (but more than likely the…

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The Land of Obscusion's Twelve Favorite Posts of 2021 & 2022!! Part 1

Happy Boxing Day! Another two years have passed, and with it the first two years of The Land of Obscusion's second decade of operation! Need...

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Oh Me, Oh My, OVA! γ: Deus ex Rota

It's been well over a year since the last installment of Oh Me, Oh My, OVA! , a segment where I cover four different anime released straight...

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Arcadia of Anime Gaming's Youth: The Original Anime Video Games on Console?

Today, looking for a video game based on an anime or manga property is like shooting fish in a barrel, i.e. you don't even have to look, bec...

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Obscusion B-Side: Business Superiority Through... Alphabetry? A Look at the "Children of Atari"

While the concept of "video games" certainly existed prior to the founding of Atari, Inc., the successor to the short-lived Syzygy Engineeri...

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Kinnikuman II-Sei: Ultimate Muscle 1 & 2: "I Believe in Your Love", But Only if You "Trust Yourself"

On September 14, 2022, three days after Episode 36 of Toei's Kinnikuman II-Sei TV anime aired in Japan, 4Kids debuted its English adaptatio...

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Obscusion B-Side: Prowling the Official Atari Jaguar Catalog: 1995 (Part 1)

Previously on Prowling the Official Atari Jaguar Catalog : "Regardless of how 1994 panned out, though, 1995 will truly have to be the make-o...

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Theory Musing: Why Does Saint Seiya Consistently Fail in "North of Mexico"?

Debuting at the start of 1986 (technically late 1985, but let's not split hairs here) in the pages of Weekly Shonen Jump, Saint Seiya was t...

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Obscusion B-Side: Spider: The Video Game: Night of the Cybernetic Crawler

Arachnophobia is the fear of spiders, and while only so many people actually have a downright phobia of those eight-legged arachnids (it's a...

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Kinnikuman II-Sei Part 2: Go! (Go!) Go! (Go!)... FIGHT!

Previously on the Kinnikuman II-Sei Review: "The first half of the TV anime adaptation of Kinnikuman II-Sei does admittedly have a bit of ...

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Obscusion B-List: Wait... Capcom Published WHAT!?!

Originally established back on May 30, 1979 as I.R.M. Corporation, the Capcom that we know today (named after a clipped compound of subsidia...

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Kinnikuman II-Sei Part 1: Let the Generation "Get You"!

In mid-1998, following a 5-part "Legendary Prologue" from mid-1997 to the start of 1998, the mangaka duo called Yudetamago debuted Kinnikuma...

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Obscusion B-Side: Cybernetic Empire: Wolf Team's Last Stand with Telenet

Founded in October of 1983, Telenet Japan was a Japanese video game developer that got its start on Japanese PCs of the time, but would beco...

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Obscusion B-List: Video Game Ports That Shouldn't Have Been Possible... But Actually Happened... Yet Again

It's been a couple of years since the last time we looked at six "impossible" ports of video games, and while I have a proper video game rev...

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Kinnikuman II-Sei "Double Feature": A Beef Bowl for All Ages

Meeting for the first time in 4th grade, Takashi Shimada & Yoshinori Nakai became fast friends and after finishing up middle school they sta...

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Demo Disc Vol. 21: Valiant Varsity

We're coming down to the last stretch of letters remaining for Demo Disc, as my goal has long been to do one for each letter of the English…

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Ragnarök the Animation: Humanity Can be Divided Into Madmen & Cowards... And the Same is True of Fantasy Worlds

During the serialization of Ragnarök in South Korea, manhwaga Lee Myung-Jin was approached by a video game company called Gravity, which it...

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Obscusion B-Side: The Histor-Ys of Adol Christin's First Adventure on Consoles

On June 21, 1987, Nihon Falcom released an action RPG called Ys: Ancient Ys Vanished for NEC's PC-88 line of home computers, followed throu...

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Ragnarök: Into the Abyss: Everybody is After Chaos... It's Not a Hope or a Dream; It's Like a Hunger, a Thirst...

Born in April 12, 1974, Lee Myung-Jin got his start in South Korean manhwa in mid-1992 with the series It's Going to Be a Wonderful Night  (...

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Arad Senki: Slap-Up Party: Ain't No Party Like a DFO Party, 'Cuz a DFO Party Don't... Stop!

Debuting back in August of 2005 by South Korean developer Neople (a subsidiary of Japanese publisher Nexon), Dungeon & Fighter is a mix of ...

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Obscusion B-Side: The IF Neverland Reportage: The First Neverland War

On October 26, 1994, an ex-Data East employee named Shingo Kuwana, who had previously worked on the Joe & Mac series as a planner (& was "G...

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Anime Boston 2022 as a "Featured Panelist" & My "11 Best Obscure Anime You Don't Know!"

With the pandemic still not technically over yet, despite things generally rolling into becoming more of an endemic, I try to keep things to...

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Retrospect in Retrograde: Hareluya II BØY

So this is a first for the blog: A Retrospect in Retrograde re-review for something that I did NOT initially review based mostly (if not so...

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Obscusion B-Side: Prowling the Official Atari Jaguar Catalog: 1994 (Part 3)

Previously on Prowling the Official Atari Jaguar Catalog : "When the main competition at the time, the Sega Genesis & Super Nintendo, were o...

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Twelve Older Anime That Deserve License Rescues XII: Duodenary Decisions Part 2

In an English anime industry that's now only become more & more contracted over time ( remember, FUNimation technically dies after this May ...

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Twelve Older Anime That Deserve License Rescues XII: Duodenary Decisions Part 1

It had to happen at some point, right? Eventually, a "Twelve Anime" list was going to hit twelve iterations, and it only makes perfect sense...

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Obscusion B-Side: Hong Kong '97 vs. Hong Kong 97: The Final Showdown of Ultimate Destiny

The year 2022 will mark the 25th Anniversary of the " Transfer of Sovereignty Over Hong Kong ", when the United Kingdom gave control over th...

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Obscusion B-Side: Flash Traffic: City of Angels: That Entire Title is an Oxymoron

In 1991, Edmond Heinbockel left his job as CFO for PC adventure game maestro Sierra On-Line to form his own studio, Tsunami Games (a.k.a. Ts...

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Demo Disc Vol. 20: Korean Kwan

Born on July 4, 1972 in Busan, South Korea, Park Sung-Woo (or Sung-Woo Park, if you prefer Western order) majored in art at Dong-A Universit...

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"But It Was Cancelled!": The Short-Run Jump Manga That Deserve English Release

Two weeks ago, Viz Media made a variety of new manga release announcements on Twitter, both for physical & digital-only. One that was intere...

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Hatsukoi Limited: They'd Do Anything For Love (But They Won't Do That)

In the 11+ years of doing The Land of Obscusion, I have never once written something for Valentine's Day, at least not intentionally so. A b...

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Obscusion B-Side: Prowling the Official Atari Jaguar Catalog: 1994 (Part 2)

Previously on Prowling the Official Atari Jaguar Catalog : "It should really say something that, despite launching nationwide in the US in M...

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Fuma no Kojirou Trivia Track: Six Neat, Important, or Interesting Factoids

Back at the start of 2017, I celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the debut of Ring ni Kakero , Masami Kurumada's first hit manga, by dedicati...

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The History of Noriyuki Abe, The Man Who Defined Shonen Anime for 20 Years

For most anime fans, the chances are more than decent that they got their start with the medium in some way via an anime adaptation of a pop...

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Theory Musing: An Alternate Take on Anime Licensing... And Why It'd Never Actually Work

On December 11, 2021, Pluto TV started streaming The Gutsy Frog , TMS' 1972-1974 anime adaptation of Yasumi Yoshizawa's comedy manga classic...

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Ninja Bugeicho (Band of Ninja): A Manga Adaptation In Its "Purest" Form?

On October 8, 2021, Noboru Okamoto passed away at age 89, due to aspiration pneumonia; four days later, his brother Tatsuji passed away of i...

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There's a Whole "Sesang" Out There: North America's History with Korea's Long-Running Manhwa Part 2

While the world of traditional printed Korean manhwa is still around, it's definitely nowhere near the size it was back in the heyday of the...

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There's a Whole "Sesang" Out There: North America's History with Korea's Long-Running Manhwa Part 1

On November 18, 2021 it was announced by Wattpad Webtoon Studios that it would launch the "Webtoon Unscrolled" imprint , which would release...

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Acrobunch: The Quest for Treasure: Goblins... Why Did It Have to be Goblins?

I've written about the unique history of mech anime that came during the 80s from the duo of anime studio Kokusai Eigasha/Movie Internationa...

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Eighteen(?!) Older Manga That Deserve License Rescues Part 3

So when I put out Part 2 of this of manga license rescues, it was brought up that I kind of made the latter days of the…

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Eighteen(?!) Older Manga That Deserve License Rescues Part 2

In Part 1, I mentioned how the concept for a license rescue for manga is much rarer than it is for anime because of the sheer amount of…

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Eighteen(?!) Older Manga That Deserve License Rescues Part 1

Over the past decade+, this blog has played home to eleven different lists ("listicles", if you prefer) that gather together a wide variety ...

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Oh Me, Oh My, OVA! β: We'll Have a Horrorshow Old Time!

It's that time of the year again, when a day that technically means "All Hallows' Eve", as in "the day before we celebrate the lives of all ...

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Ring ni Kakero 2: Let the Past Die; Kill It, If You Have To

The idea of a "next-generation" sequel, one that stars the children of the characters that starred in the original, is a tale as old as time...

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Retrospect in Retrograde: Ring ni Kakero 1 (Anime)

OK, this whole thing has greatly exceeded even my own expectations, i.e. this is gonna be long, so strap yourselves in. Therefore, I'll just...

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Ring ni Kakero vs. Ring ni Kakero 1: When a Measly "1" Makes All the Difference

October 12, 2021 (or somewhere thereabout) will mark the 40th Anniversary of the final chapter of Masami Kurumada's first hit manga, Ring ni...

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Obscusion B-Side: Prowling the Official Atari Jaguar Catalog: 1994 (Part 1)

Previously on Prowling the Official Atari Jaguar Catalog : "Overall, the Atari Jaguar's starting line-up isn't spectacular, but at the same ...

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