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Kishidan's Show Ayanocozey

Kishidan's Show Ayanocozey

Tom Smith on the alter egos of Kishidan’s Show Ayanocozey Nao Baba to his mother, Sumitada Ozumano to his lawyers, Show Ayanocozey to the rockers, Naomi Camellia Yazima to the drag queens, and DJ OZMA to the club kids. Whichever name you know him for best, the chances...
Towanoquon music: LAZY

Towanoquon music: LAZY

Tom Smith on a band that’s anything but their namesake. Whack your speakers to 11, position the cursor over play on the video below, and prepare to rock out to some classic-styled metal from one of Japan’s longest running noise-making outfits. They’re known as LAZY,...
Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies

Andrew Osmond on the truth behind the anime classic Released in 1988, and now the subject of another live-action remake, the anime war film Grave of the Fireflies has been analysed as drama, as poetry, and as one of the most heartbreaking films ever made. There’s been...
Naruto music: FLOW

Naruto music: FLOW

Tom Smith on one of Naruto’s most recognised bands If you haven’t missed an episode of Naruto, then you’ll most definitely ‘GO!!!’ and ‘Re:member’ FLOW, the band behind the catchy and high-energy fourth and eighth opening themes. Well, now everyone’s got a little...
Gyaru Power

Gyaru Power

Daniel Robson on the rise and fall of girly fashions Japan has always had a male-oriented culture. Even today, men get paid better than women, have more opportunities, demand more respect, and are the prime target of the entertainment and sex industries. But it is...

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