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A must read for all Mamoru Oshii and Production IG fans - IG have just posted up a report - in English - from their recent press conference on the forthcoming Musashi: The Dream of the Last Samurai movie. Oshii ...Read More

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Well, I never thought I'd find myself talking about aging, over-rated pub-rockers Oasis on this site, but here we go - powerhouse studio Production IG announced today that their highly anticipated anime show Eden of the East will feature music ...Read More

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Well, not exactly. To be more accurate, the British Royal Academy is hosting an exhibition of the works of 19th century Japanese artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861), whose work is seen as being the origin of modern manga. Running alongside the ...Read More

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Following up last month's story on the first new Miyazaki drawn manga in several years, I've managed to track down some more details and a couple of images (click for larger versions). The first part of Kaze Tachinu (風立ちぬ, The ...Read More

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It looks like Bandai have put a lot of time in and money into the imminent Akira Blu-ray, hopefully putting to rest the fears of fans worldwide that it might be yet another quick transfer. According to Blu-ray.com, although the ...Read More

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Some exciting news for Ghibli fans: Spirited Away director and animation god Hayao Miyazaki is creating another manga. Although it's by no means a first, it is a relatively rare event, with the legendary artist preferring to concentrate on his ...Read More

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...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

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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

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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

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Sad news: Hisayuki Toriumi (1941 - 2009) passed away on Friday, and his funeral will be held today in Hachioji City, Tokyo. Although his name may not be familiar, his work certainly will be to millions of my generation - not ...Read More