One Piece music: Maki Otsuki

One Piece music: Maki Otsuki

One Piece music: Maki Otsuki Tom Smith on One Piece’s Maki Otsuki She’s once, twice, three times a lady – three times a One Piece lady! Japanese musician Maki Otsuki may have worked hard to establish herself as a female saxophonist and front-woman of J-pop group...
Saint Seiya

Saint Seiya

Andrew Osmond on the anime behind the T-shirts The long-lived franchise Saint Seiya, one of Uniqlo’s T-shirts lines, reminds us that, contrary to the impression given by Star Trek and Doctor Who, English isn’t the only language in the universe. Alternatively known as...
SPYAIR

SPYAIR

Tom Smith on anime’s new rock force: SPYAIR We’ve seen on the Manga blog before how popular bands and artists can become once they land a song in a popular anime, TV series or film. So imagine how big a band must be when 11 of their 12 singles have been tied to all...
Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine

Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine

Melissa Francis on Lupin’s femme fatale Fujiko Mine Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine is the first Lupin series to be released in twenty-seven years. Traditionally branded around the leading man’s tricks and his adventures alongside long-time partners in crime...
Hiroshi Kitadani and One Piece

Hiroshi Kitadani and One Piece

Hiroshi Kitadani and One Piece Tom Smith on anison star Hiroshi Kitadani If you thought that X Factor winners took their sweet time releasing a debut album, then you probably haven’t met Japan’s Hiroshi Kitadani. He shot to fame at the end of the last millennium when...

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