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The name Natsuhiko Kyogoku is probably unfamiliar to most anime fans, but the novelist has already had one of his works adapted - Madhouse's 2008 series Mōryō no Hako - with a second, Loups-Garous, being adapted into a movie by ...Read More

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It's hard to walk down a street in urban Tokyo without being reminded of the ever-present earthquake threat. Large signs on nearly every street notify you of emergency procedures and direct you to evacuation points. While it is undoubtedly drowned ...Read More

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Even if you've never read a single page of manga before, the chances are you're familiar with Osamu Tezuka - and if the name isn't familiar, then it's likely that his most famous creation Astro Boy, is. Even though she's ...Read More

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Mariko Koike is one of Japan's best known women writers, having built a reputation on the popularity of her romance and detective novels, short stories and essays. While winning critical and commercial acclaim in Japan, along with a string ...Read More

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I've been wanting to check out the bestselling Manga Guide series since I first saw images of them when they were published in Japan, so I was thrilled this week when I received the first four English translations, courtesy of ...Read More

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Lots going on at the house of Totoro this week - first off is an excellent and insightful interview with Ghibli animator and art director Kosaka Kitaro (Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise, Akira, Spirited Away and Ponyo on ...Read More

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One thing I knew for sure when I started hitting the shops in Tokyo: there was no way I was coming home without something Denno Coil related. Didn't see anything in the way of toys, but I did grab this ...Read More

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I know a lot of people really dug the Anime Guide to Headphones image I posted up a few months ago, myself included, so I couldn't resist picking up the book it was meant to promote when I stumbled across ...Read More

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Some of the coolest things I picked up in Tokyo were a trio of Katsuhiro Otomo art books – although sadly they weren’t for me, intended instead for my favourite Otomo-san obsessive Al T. Shame, as I would have liked ...Read More