Right, I'll try and keep this as brief as possible. Last night, inspired by the latest 'foreign pirates are killing anime' outburst from the Japanese industry, I fell into one of my usual rants on Twitter: "The anime industry avoiding the same ...Read More


Fancy writing something for the site? So far this has been strictly a one man show, but this January I'm off on my travels again - a couple of weeks in Thailand this time - and rather than leaving the site ...Read More


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


There's been a lot of bad news and vibes around the US anime industry recently - with some rather major players taking a hit - but for once here in the UK things seem to be ticking over quite happily. ...Read More

Seeing as it it is Go Nagai's birthday today, I thought I'd repost this article. Yeah, I'm a lazy opportunist. I'm not usually someone that indulges too much in nostalgia, especially for the 1980s. But I cannot deny the ...Read More


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


The Spring 2009 anime season marches on, and as always time is my enemy. Trying to keep up with the shows I am interested in is hard enough, let alone taking time out to sample the season's other offerings. But ...Read More


With the anime industry facing recession and accused of creative stagnation, a common recent tactic has been to take two well established genres and weld them together, often with questionable results. Satellite Studios' Basquash! pulls the same move, merging sports ...Read More


It's the same old story: too much anime, not enough time. The new spring season kicks off in Japan this week, and here I am still trying to catch up with last season's offerings. Well at least I can save ...Read More


I'm not usually someone that indulges too much in nostalgia, especially for the 1980s. But I cannot deny the mounting excitement I've been feeling over the last couple of months, knowing that the original Star Fleet/X-Bomber Xボンバ TV series was ...Read More