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Valentine’s Day in Japan

Valentine’s Day in Japan

Daniel Robson pigs out, Japanese-style I can’t help but think Japan has Valentine’s Day the right way round. And that’s because – miracle of miracles! – in Japan it’s the girls who have to give the boys chocolate. It’s actually kind of a big deal, too. From young...
Cosplay: Attack on Titan

Cosplay: Attack on Titan

Paul Jacques snaps another costume for taking down giants Eleanor Trace suits up as Mikasa Ackerman from the fan-favourite series Attack on Titan, available on UK DVD and Blu-ray from Manga Entertainment. Tweets by MangaUK My Hero Academia Season 3 Part 1 Coming to...
2014 at the Japanese box office

2014 at the Japanese box office

Jasper Sharp on haters, doomsayers and the post-Ghibli world It is always tempting to sum up another year in Japanese cinema with clichés  such as “end of an era”. However, the passing of such stars of yesteryear as Yoshiko “Shirley” Yamaguchi, Ken Takakura (pictured...
Cosplay: Naruto Shippuden

Cosplay: Naruto Shippuden

Photographer Paul Jacques says fangs for the anime memories Cosplayer Daisey Johnson gets ready to strike as an unleashed Naruto, the orangest ninja to ever try to camouflage himself in a forest setting. Naruto Shippuden box 20 is out now on UK DVD from Manga...
The Wind Rises

The Wind Rises

Andrew Osmond on the controversy of Miyazaki’s last feature The Wind Rises (showing this week on Film Four) is the final film by Hayao Miyazaki (unless he changes his mind). It’s also his most unusual, judged against the other ten anime features he’s directed,...

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