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With the English language release of Ponyo imminent, and his recent promotional and speaking visit to the US causing a stir, there's no denying that there's a buzz around Hayao Miyazaki at the moment. And it's a buzz that's not ...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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First off I'd just like to say a huge thank you to everyone that read my list of ten anime films you should see before you die - the response has been phenomenal - not just the number of people ...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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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

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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

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One of the most surprising, and gratifying, things that has happened since I started this site a year or so ago is the positive feedback I've had for the anime reviews - especially from people I know are far from ...Read More

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The first thing about Shinji Aramaki's Viper's Creed to grab my attention when scanning through last season's schedules was that it is a mecha series that deals with life within a Blackwater style Private Military Company, or PMC. Set in ...Read More

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(Note: This is the third and final part of an ongoing review of RideBack. Read the first and second parts.) As Japan's winter anime season ends, so too does what was arguably it's highlight: Atsushi Takahashi’s 12 part series RideBack. A ...Read More

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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