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L'Arc en Ciel

L'Arc en Ciel

Tom Smith on L’Arc en Ciel, the band that defines ‘Japanese rock’ It’s May 1991 and after three months of jamming, TETSU and his newly formed band have their first live show at a dingy 80-seater venue in Osaka. Skip forwards to present day and the band is preparing...
The Year in Japanese Games

The Year in Japanese Games

Daniel Robson on the highs and lows of 2011 It all looked so rosy a year ago. Looking ahead at what 2011 had in store, it seemed certain to be a vintage year for Japanese games. It turned out to be a year we’d never forget. Back in January, the media was gooey for the...
Darker than Black

Darker than Black

Matt Kamen on the story so far in Darker Than Black As Darker Than Black draws to a close with its second season, the action-packed Gemini of the Meteor, it’s time for a refresher course on the super-powered world of espionage and assassinations – for your eyes only,...
SD anime in Haruhi-Chan Suzumiya

SD anime in Haruhi-Chan Suzumiya

Andrew Osmond on the evolution of squashed-down anime Melancholy of Haruhi-Chan Suzumiya features super-cute (or “super-deformed”) versions of the Haruhi cast. If you’re unfamiliar with super deformity, it means the practice of turning a character into a cuter version...

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