...in Japan of course. Although director Michael Arias was born in the US, he's been living in Tokyo for over 15 years, and Heaven's Door is again shot completely in Japanese. I was impressed with Arias' intelligence and attitude after ...Read More

There was a point, just a few minutes into the second half of the first episode of RideBack, when I finally decided that it was the first show I'd seen worth following this year. As the main protagonist races her ...Read More

As you have probably already guessed from the title, Sword of the Stranger is a Samurai action (or chanbara チャンバラ) movie, and the feature film debut of Masahiro Ando, who's previous directorial work includes the TV series Canaan as ...Read More

Some interesting news that could feasibly affect the future of Japan's the world's greatest animation studio - Ghibli colour designer Michiyo Yasuda retired last week. Responsible for picking the palettes of just about all of the studio's output for the ...Read More

I've been thinking about this site a lot recently. Over the last few months we've had a substantial increase in traffic, and clearly a steadily growing base of regular readers. Exciting times. It's also made me think about the site's ...Read More