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One Piece Music: Ai Kawashima

One Piece Music: Ai Kawashima

Tom Smith on the singer that refuses to give up Ai Kawashima’s life has all the unfortunate ingredients of a weepy, straight-to-TV melodrama.  Yet, she hasn’t let any of it hold her back from achieving her dream in music. As a young teenager Ai managed to launch...
Bleach Music: Miwa

Bleach Music: Miwa

Tom Smith rings the ch-ch-changes… Bleach series 13 continues the clash between Soul Society’s Shinigami and Sousuke Aizen’s Arrancar army. It also brings with it a new talent in Japanese pop-rock: miwa. This fresh-faced female, armed with a guitar and an...
Hayao Miyazaki versus Alan Moore

Hayao Miyazaki versus Alan Moore

Andrew Osmond referees the battle of the beards They’re world-famous practitioners of pictorial media. They started out labouring in despised sub-cultures, then rose to become full-blown artists with establishment respect. Oh, and they both have really impressive...
One Piece Music Symphony

One Piece Music Symphony

Tom Smith on the legendary composer Kohei Tanaka On Saturday 7th February 2015, London will play host to a very special two-hour event in celebration of one of Japan’s most popular anime franchises: One Piece. The Luffy-based multimedia extravaganza has already wowed...
Robots in Anime and Manga

Robots in Anime and Manga

Jasper Sharp muses on man-made humans, mecha and merchandising Japan’s enduring love affair with robots, automata and mechanically embodied forms of intelligence, both human and artificial, is world renowned. To acknowledge the fact, in 2012 the Shinjuku district in...

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