Review: Hanamonogatari

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Now in her last year of high school, Suruga Kanbaru preoccupies herself with basketball and track since her senpais Hitagi Senjougahara and Koyomi Araragi have graduated. When she’s out training, she catches wind of Lord Devil, a kind of urban school myth who’s said to grant any wish. Afraid that she herself might be the […]

Review: Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works – Part 1

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In the suitably serialised episode 0, Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works struggles to shake off its visual novel origins even at the prefacing stage. Think of it like a tutorial, an info dump wherein you have to wade through waves of explanation to get to the meat of the combat and narrative. It does a […]

News: Netflix clinches deal to distribute Hollywood’s live-action Death Note

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In light of Warner Bros.’ recent failings with films like Jupiter Ascending and Pan, with acclaim also thin on the ground where Batman v. Superman is concerned, the studio is taking stock of its future and prioritising its increasingly Disney-centric direction. So now, it’s looking like The Guest and You’re Next director Adam Wingard’s live-action Death Note will be snapped up by […]

News: Yu-Gi-Oh! manga’s full colour edition unlocked in promo video

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Having been available at Japanese digital stores like Amazon Japan and Book Walker since April 1st, the 22-volume bunko edition of Kazuki Takahashi’s original Yu-Gi-Oh! manga is now on sale in full digital colouration. The promo below shows off the frames in all their purple and gold glory, and each digital volume is priced at 600 yen […]

Tales from Earthsea director’s anime Ronja the Robber’s Daughter wins International Emmy award

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The winners of the International Emmy Kids Awards were announced by the International Academy of Arts and Sciences on Tuesday, and in the Animation category, the Ghibli director Goro Miyazaki and POLYGON PICTURES’ anime series Ronja the Robber’s Daughter came out on top. Shimajiro’s WOW! (Shimajiro no Wow!) was also nominated in the Preschool category, […]

News: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju’s last chapter will soon call curtains on the manga

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Kodansha’s Itan magazine has announced today that we’ll be saying farewell to Haruko Kumota’s Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju in the magazine’s next issue, to be published on June 7th. Having begun the elegant, dramatic manga in 2010, Kumota’s series was honoured with the Best General Manga prize at the 38th Kodansha Manga Awards, as well […]

Event: My Neighbour Totoro theme singer Azumi Inoue to perform at London’s Hyper Japan festival

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One of our home-grown J-culture events, the Hyper Japan festival, has just announced a very special guest. Azumi Inoue is doubtless close to many of our hearts, as she’s known for singing the song ‘My Neighbour Totoro’, which ends the Miyazaki movie of the same name, that heartwrenching ending theme from Laputa, ‘Carrying You’, and […]