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How Tezuka's Astro Boy changed the world

How Tezuka's Astro Boy changed the world

Helen McCarthy on how Astro Boy changed the world New Year’s Day 1963: Japanese families observed ancient holiday traditions before settling down together to a new one – watching TV. In the Tokyo suburb of Nerima, the Tezuka family watched the first episode of...
Thunderbirds Cafe is go!

Thunderbirds Cafe is go!

Daniel Robson tries a theme restaurant with no strings attached Well, it only took 47 years, but finally Tracy Island has come to life in Tokyo in the form of the charming Thunderbirds Cafe. A collaboration with Pasela, the karaoke operator behind the Dragon...
Gerry Anderson 1929-2012

Gerry Anderson 1929-2012

Jonathan Clements on Supermarionation’s Japanese connections Gerry Anderson, who died yesterday, is sure to be memorialised throughout the science fiction world for Supermarionation hits like Thunderbirds and Stingray. But his influence on the world of Japanese...
Bleach music: KELUN

Bleach music: KELUN

Tom Smith on Bleach rockers Kelun The chupacabra, a goat sucking cryptoid said to inhabit the Americas. CHU-BURA, a Japanese rock song from the band KELUN. Thanks to Manga Entertainment, there is proof that one of these now exists within the UK – and best yet, it...
Season's Greetings

Season's Greetings

Our Christmas Card… And by unpopular demand, the full text of our Christmas poem from the year-end podcast: ’Twas the night before Christmas, and at Manga Towers The elves had been working for hours and hours In Oxford Street shadows, the revellers cheered They...

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