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February 26, 2023 · 2 comments

Books: Studio Ghibli

Books: Studio Ghibli

By Jonathan Clements. Producer Toshio Suzuki was entertainingly underwhelmed when he was approached by agents for the pop stars Chage and Aska, who asked if Studio Ghibli would do the video for their new single “On Your Mark.” Fact is, he said, he’d never heard of them. Later versions of the story have tried to […]

February 24, 2023 · 0 comments

Books: Hell Mode

Books: Hell Mode

By Shelley Pallis. Kenichi is a gamer suffering from that common modern malaise, a frustration with games that make life too easy for him. He’s just spent three years playing a prolonged online fantasy saga, secure in the knowledge that he can just fling money at loot boxes and power-ups if it ever gets too […]

February 20, 2023 · 0 comments

Leiji Matsumoto (1938-2023)

Leiji Matsumoto (1938-2023)

“Manga artist Leiji Matsumoto has departed for the sea of stars.” That was how his daughter Makiko Matsumoto, who heads his office Studio Leijisha, announced Matsumoto’s death on 13th February of acute heart failure in a Tokyo hospital, at the age of 85. Feb 20, 2023Jonathan Clements

February 18, 2023 · 0 comments

Music: Trigun Stampede

Music: Trigun Stampede

By Andrew Osmond. Just days after the news broke that Anime Limited licensed the soundtrack to Makoto Shinkai’s Suzume, the company has announced it also has the soundtrack to Trigun Stampede. Just to clarify, this is the brand-new series now streaming on Crunchyroll, made by the CG studio Orange (Beastars, Land of the Lustrous). It’s […]

February 15, 2023 · 0 comments

Books: Rebuild World

Books: Rebuild World

By Jonathan Clements. When we first see Akira, he is gripped in the jaws of a mutant dog. Nahuse’s Rebuild World ditches the tiresome induction scene of many a “light novel“ – there is no sob-story about someone from our world magically transported elsewhere. Instead, we have an author who seems confident in his own […]

February 12, 2023 · 0 comments

Manga: I Fell for a Fujoshi

Manga: I Fell for a Fujoshi

By Shelley Pallis. Ichi and Tae are a pair of those perennial manga clichés, “childhood friends.” And, this being the self-aware, post-modern 2020s, Ichi has read enough manga to know what that means. Now that they are teenagers, they are sure to find themselves struggling with their feelings for each other – can they still […]

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