My Neighbours the Fireflies

My Neighbours the Fireflies

Andrew Osmond on a unique anime anniversary This month, nearly thirty cinemas around Britain and Eire will screen Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbour Totoro, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, and Grave of the Fireflies, directed by Isao Takahata. It’s been 25 years since they were...
K-on and J-pop idols

K-on and J-pop idols

Yui Hirasawa and her band mates of Hokago Tea-Time return in K-On!! this week. The second season of the music-driven comedy sees the girls progressing to their final year at high school and facing tough decisions over life, their music careers and (possibly) which...
Hellsing Ultimate and re-imagined Britain

Hellsing Ultimate and re-imagined Britain

Since its first appearance in 1997 Kota Hirano’s Hellsing manga and its anime spin-offs have used the Dracula story to examine Japanese issues through a re-imagined Britain. They also draw on world popular culture to embed Hellsing in a shared global mythology. The...
Re-Agitator: A Decade of Writing on Takashi Miike

Re-Agitator: A Decade of Writing on Takashi Miike

Tom Mes climbed aboard the Takashi Miike bandwagon early, arguing in his 2003 book Agitator that the poster-boy of straight-to-video schlock and shockers was much more than a journeyman director. Agitator itself was part of the message, a beautifully designed, heavily...

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