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Osamu Dezaki 1943-2011

Osamu Dezaki 1943-2011

Osamu Dezaki, who died yesterday from lung cancer, will be remembered not only for what he animated, but for what he didn’t. His trademark directorial signature was the “Postcard Memory”, his own term for what other Japanese animators called a “Harmony” – a sudden...
Uncle Torys Saloon

Uncle Torys Saloon

Jonathan Clements delves into anime’s ad men. While the festival awards and the DVD sales figures might be the usual arbiters of success in the anime world, many creatives put food on the table by doing little blipverts, idents and funny-animal sales pitches for...
YUI does Bleach for Rollingstar

YUI does Bleach for Rollingstar

Tom Smith reports on YUI, the all-caps rock chick. It’s been suggested that Japan’s singer, song-writing guitar chick YUI is her country’s answer to Avril Lavigne. Amid an industry manufactured and micro-managed to levels that make England’s best pop efforts seem...
Hetalia Axis Powers gets a history lesson

Hetalia Axis Powers gets a history lesson

Attention all history students. Don’t try and use Hetalia for revision. It’ll all end in tears, says Matt Kamen Ah, Hetalia Axis Powers! We love you, we really do. We just hope those of you in the midst of History courses aren’t planning on using Hetalia...
The Anime G-Spot in Master of Martial Hearts

The Anime G-Spot in Master of Martial Hearts

Tom Smith bares all for Master of Martial Hearts… all in the best possible taste. There have been points in my life where I wished reality was more like an anime. I could have insanely ridiculous hair, both in terms of colour and gravity defying style – and no...

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