Tag: Japan

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, […]

June 16, 2022 · 0 comments

Violet Evergarden: The Movie

Violet Evergarden: The Movie

By Jeannette Ng. Violet Evergarden: The Movie is a film about second chances, piecing oneself together after tragedy and allowing oneself the luxury of love despite the overwhelming guilt of survival. The very real tragedy of the arson attack on Kyoto Animation’s studio haunts the film. It is one of the reasons for the film’s […]

June 13, 2022 · 0 comments

Books: Otherside Picnic

Books: Otherside Picnic

By Shelley Pallis. Sorawo Kamikoshi is a loner, a twenty-year-old nerd studying cultural anthropology at a Saitama university, whose hobby is exploring spooky places. Nor are these randomly and doubtfully “haunted houses” – she has found numerous portals to an alternate world, the titular “Otherside” where all sorts of rumours, urban legends, horror stories and […]

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