Category: Features

July 5, 2022 · 0 comments

Zokki

Zokki

By Tom Wilmot. Quirky Japanese comedies are a dime a dozen these days, so in order for one to truly stand out from the crowd, it needs to do something a little more unique. Such is the case for Zokki, a comedy-anthology based on Hiroyuki Ohashi’s manga collection of the same name. Helmed by a […]

July 1, 2022 · 0 comments

El Hazard: The Alternative World

El Hazard: The Alternative World

By Andrew Osmond. There’s a lovely moment in El-Hazard: The Alternative World, soon after the characters, many of whom were whisked from Earth to a new world once already, are transported into an all-new world. These characters include Makoto Mizuhara, hero of the franchise, who was a Japanese schoolboy until not very long ago, and […]

June 28, 2022 · 0 comments

Music: Josee, the Tiger and the Fish

Music: Josee, the Tiger and the Fish

By Shelley Pallis. The American-born composer Evan Call has become a particular favourite of Kyoto Animation, contributing scores to Tokyo ESP and Violet Evergarden, among others. But arguably some of his best work is now showcased in the double-disc collection of the original sound track from Kotaro Tamura’s Josee, the Tiger and the Fish, the […]

June 25, 2022 · 0 comments

Irresponsible Captain Tylor

Irresponsible Captain Tylor

By Andrew Osmond. The comedy-space series The Irresponsible Captain Tylor has a puzzle at its core, one that’s summed up very well by a 1970s Doctor Who story. In that serial, two characters are discussing the infuriating title hero. Played by a long-scarfed Tom Baker, he’s crazy and shambolic, yet has a weird knack for […]

June 22, 2022 · 0 comments

Books: By Your Side

Books: By Your Side

By Jonathan Clements. The inauguration of Barazoku (“Rose Tribe”), a magazine for gay men in 1971, brought with it a sop to the ladies, in the form of a page for lesbians, for which author Ito Bungaku coined the term yuri-zoku, the “Lily Tribe.” Ever since, lesbian media have officially been a thing in Japan, […]

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