Blood C: The Last Dark

Blood C: The Last Dark

Andrew Osmond interviews director Naoyoshi Shiotani It’s a cliché that Tokyo often seems unreal (or post-real) to foreigners. The cartoon characters adorning Blade Runner screens and earthquake warnings; the neon shopping centres that feel like the innards of a...
Sword Art Online Music: LiSa

Sword Art Online Music: LiSa

Tom Smith on the rising Dead Monster girl, LiSA Salarymen to the left of me, shoppers to the right. And here I am, stuck in the middle with otaku. Well, more accurately I’m frolicking with them, in Hibiya Open-Air Concert Hall, a concrete amphitheatre that’s dwarfed...
The Films of Shinya Tsukamoto

The Films of Shinya Tsukamoto

Jasper Sharp is in a Tokyo state of mind 1989 was a year of big change in Japan. The death of the country’s longest-reigning emperor, Hirohito, on 7th January, saw the tumultuous Showa era transforming into the new ‘attainment of peace’ of the Heisei era. Peace it...
Dragon Radar GT 2

Dragon Radar GT 2

Dragon Ball GT sees Goku and his allies fighting against some of the toughest foes the universe has ever seen. Take a look at some of the faces you’ll meet as the second collection draws the entire Dragon Ball opus to a fierce close! Baby. The Tuffles were a...
Penguindrum Versus Madoka Magica

Penguindrum Versus Madoka Magica

Andrew Osmond referees witches against penguins Imagine the situation: a mother with her little girl, going to a Tokyo cinema to see if there’s a film to amuse her daughter. Mum picks a promising movie. The poster (see above) shows a set of cute cartoon girls in...

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