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Live action TV series, CLAMP

Live action TV series, CLAMP

Helen McCarthy asks anatomically impossible questions about live-action CLAMP In September 2012 Japanese broadcaster WOWOW announced a live-action TV series based on CLAMP’s supernatural manga xxxHOLIC. The show, directed by Keisuke Toyoshima, is scheduled to...
Gintama and Japanese steam punk

Gintama and Japanese steam punk

Andrew Osmond gets to grips with Gintama the Movie Gintama doesn’t start like your average anime. It begins, Muppet Show style, with the main characters fretting about the movie we’re going to watch – “Why are the Warner Brothers (sic) making a samurai movie anyway?”...
Persona 4: The Animation

Persona 4: The Animation

Helen McCarthy tries to avoid getting sucked into the screen There’s nothing new under the sun. The idea of people caught inside a TV screen isn’t new, even in anime: Video Girl Ai did the same thing back in the days of cassette tape. The idea that in...
Miura’s Berserk films, and Game of Thrones

Miura’s Berserk films, and Game of Thrones

Andrew Osmond goes mad for Berserk Christmas Eve sees the release of the first of a spectacular new film trilogy based on Berserk, the brutal fantasy manga epic by Kentarou Miura. The films, starting with Berserk Movie 1: The Egg of the King, retell the story from the...
Freezing

Freezing

Helen McCarthy checks out an old school, with new shorter uniforms Imagine the old-school genetic-supremacist whimsy of Mamoru Nagano’s Five Star Stories and the alien threat of Evangelion, crashed into the violent fan-service ethic of Ikki Tousen. That’s...

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