Junji Ito’s Gyo to become an anime

Little girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice. Little boys are made of snips and snails and puppy-dog tails. Junji Ito is made of Maggots and offal and kitty-cats. I discovered Junji Ito as a young high schooler browsing Borders. It was there I discovered the magic of  “Uzumaki,” a few years […]

My Little Love of Ponies

I was born in the ’80s. I was brought up by the miracle of ’90s era-parenting: television. I was a fan of “Cow and Chicken“ and “The Rugrats;” I wanted to be a part of the “Round House“ and “All That“ casts; and, damn it, I really hated Barney, Barbies and My Little Pony because […]

Book reviews of inconsequence: Kaira

In light of the recent events in Japan and other personal reasons, my blog will be a bit late on updating. Just letting all you eager readers know. I was meaning to write about racial injustice or something and link it up to Nazi Uniform wearing Japanese pop-bands, British nuclear fallout on press and anti-muslim […]

Hot Gimmicky Schemes: Calculators

According to a release from Bandai and Sharp, a new calculator will be hitting Japan’s shelves in March. It won’t support trigonometric equations; it won’t computate cubic roots; but it does have President Shima Kosaku (and a cellphone strap). Stop right there. Sharp is making a calculator, where the only saving grace is that it […]

Anime pirates really aren’t very conducive to social order afterall

Last month, Japan’s Research Institute of Economy (RIETI) released a startling paper. It argued that Internet piracy in Japan boosted sales rather than hampered them. So for a moment everyone who ever defended Internet piracy, that’s basically half the Internet, felt vindicated – especially yours truly. I was pretty much dancing the Charleston like I […]

A look at “Made In China”

There’s a sort of derogatory attitude taken by people in the US and Japan over China. The nation, not to make light of their questionable ethics, is beleaguered with bad press. In Japan’s case, it’s the recent debacle over the fishing boat collision last year, as well as mounting concerns over China’s haughtiness since being […]

Animangos

So there’s recently been this onslaught of people calling into question the term of animu and mangos; one is a corruption of the word “anime” which is, itself, a truncated form of “animation” that Japanese people use; the other is a fruit that sounds vaguely like “manga.” I personally don’t have a problem calling anime […]

Panty and Stocking: This is truly my childhood

So what is “Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt”? People who haven’t looked into it are probably living under a rock, or are wholly uninterested in anime and manga or Japanese culture (why are you reading this then?), but PSG is Gainax’s (“Nadia,” “Fooly Cooly,” “Gurren Lagann,” et al. ) latest show about two anarchistic fallen […]

Fractale Fracas

I got word that Anime News Network and Funimation are reeling from a recent debacle concerning this season’s anime “Fractale.” Tim Maughan linked me to ANN’s post that decreed that “Fractale” Production will be refusing to allow Funimation  from distributing their work via streaming until all pirated copies of their anime are removed from the […]

Change is afoot: Tokyo Govt. Approves New Restrictions to Manga and Anime for Children’s Sake Part 3

This is the third and final part of my series on Bill 156, a bill that amends the Youth Healthy Ordinance in the Tokyo Metropolitan area proper. Here, I will give my future forecast for Japan. So the bill is passed, without going into what led up to all of this, what will become of […]

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