5 Centimeters per Second

5 Centimeters per Second

As Makoto Shinkai’s 5cm/second finally gets a UK release, Andrew Osmond goes looking for anime background detail. On the DVD of Makoto Shinkai’s new film, 5 Centimetres per Second, the director discusses the role of scenery in his anime. “We don’t necessarily...
Kan Tokumaru 1941-2011

Kan Tokumaru 1941-2011

Actor Kan Tokumaru, who died on 6th March, was a constant presence in the world of Japanese voice-overs. Born in Shizuoka, Japan with the name Kimio Murano, his earliest appearances on TV were in live-action shows such as The Guardman and Seven Lawyers. He moved into...
Naruto: Now & Then

Naruto: Now & Then

Matt Kamen weighs the difference between the original series and the newer Shippuden episodes of Naruto. With hundreds of episodes under Naruto’s belt, it can be easy to forget just how far the world’s favourite orange ninja cadet and friends have come since their...
Yohei Fukuda’s Chanbara Beauty

Yohei Fukuda’s Chanbara Beauty

Babes vs Zombies? Helen McCarthy dons cowboy hat and poncho to check out Yohei Fukuda’s Chanbara (“Swordplay”) Beauty. Three people meet in a Japan overrun by the hungry dead: a bikini-clad  beauty wielding a samurai sword, her chubby sidekick, and a...
Eden of the East

Eden of the East

Director Kenji Kamiyama on Eden of the East, Catcher in the Rye, and things to do with ten billion yen. “Ten billion yen is a lot of money for an individual,” says Kenji Kamiyama, “but the value of the money itself isn’t enough to change a country’s destiny. You need...

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