Anime News Network have a great scoop today - an English language teaser trailer for Oshii/Production IG's latest offering Musashi: The Dream of the Last Samurai. As reported late last year, the movie is based on the life and works ...Read More

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If you've read this site before, or even just glanced over it's archives, then my appreciation and admiration of director Mamoru Oshii is clearly laid out. As such it would seem not only redundant but also somewhat self indulgent to ...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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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

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Not that I expected him to win, especially in the year that Academy darlings Pixar released what is arguably their finest work to date, but I have to say I was surprised and disappointed he didn't even get a nod ...Read More

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Here we go - the final set of art books I picked up in Tokyo, and by far my favourite purchases from there. Patlabor has been my mecha franchise of choice ever since I first saw Oshii's beautifully paced, politically ...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 you might remember my concern back in June when I first reported on Production IG's planned visual update to Oshii's 1995 classic Ghost in the Shell. Well, the Blu-ray of GiTS 2.0 (not to be confused with GiTS ...Read More

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Looks like anime demi-god and Ghost in the Shell/Sky Crawlers director Mamoro Oshii is taking a break from his trademark dystopian futures to travel back to medieval Japan for his next flick Musashi: The Dream of the Last Samurai. Production ...Read More