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Fairy Tail music: Hi-fi Camp

Fairy Tail music: Hi-fi Camp

Tom Smith on the hi-fi hijackers By the time Fairy Tail Part 9 hits the shops here, the J-pop band responsible for its ending theme will be fast approaching their second anniversary – of breaking up! Though, this particular writer can’t help but think Fairy Tail may...
Escape from Vampire Island

Escape from Vampire Island

Jonathan Clements on the walking undead of Kim Tae-gyun’s Higanjima Higanjima is a multiple pun in Japanese. It literally means Equinox Island, or the Yonder Isle, perhaps even The Island on the Other Side. However, as noted by the characters when they first arrive on...
Fairy Tail Music: Idoling!!!

Fairy Tail Music: Idoling!!!

Tom Smith on the music to part nine Long before it was cool for western artists to collaborate with Japanese idol singers – pre Momoiro Clover Z vs. KISS, or hypo-guitar shredders Sam Totman and Herman Li of Dragon Force uniting with BABYMETAL – there was one all-girl...
Takahata’s Style

Takahata’s Style

Andrew Osmond on why the Kaguya director deserves an Oscar On February 22nd, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, directed by Isao Takahata, will compete at the eighty-seventh Academy Awards. It’s a moment long overdue. Takahata has been called the Ozu of animation; it’s...
Short Peace

Short Peace

Jasper Sharp on the anthology movie currently touring the UK There have been three Japanese works nominated in the Academy Awards category for Best Animated Short Film over the past ten years or so: Koji Yamamura’s Mt. Head (2002), Kunio Kato’s The House of Small...

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