Tag: Japanese

After the Storm

After the Storm

| August 15, 2017

The complexities of failure and one’s acceptance of it are compellingly examined in director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s latest film After the Storm. The story follows Ryota (Hiroshi Abe), a struggling novelist employed at a private detective agency in Tokyo. Ryota claims the job is temporary, and his only reason for taking the position is to conduct […]

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Cops VS Thugs Blu-Ray Review

Cops VS Thugs Blu-Ray Review

| May 23, 2017

Cops VS Thugs is another masterpiece from filmmaker Kinji Fukusaku and the folks at Arrow Video have done an amazing job to re-release this in the U.S. Created a few years after the series, Cops VS Thugs follows two characters, in particular, Detective Kuno, played by the legendary Bunta Sugawara and Yakuza leader Kenji Hirotani, […]

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The Rose of Versailles: Part 2

The Rose of Versailles: Part 2

| April 5, 2015

Set in the years leading up to the French Revolution, the twenty episodes collected in Nozomi Entertainment’s release of The Rose of Versailles: Part 1 set the stage for the people’s uprising, establishing Marie Antoinette’s naiveté as a ruler and the people’s unrest as the nobility flourished amidst the commoners’ starvation. The series’ final twenty […]

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The Rose of Versailles: Part 1

The Rose of Versailles: Part 1

| February 3, 2015

Marie Antoinette, who served as the Queen of France from 1774-1792, was beheaded in 1793. This we know definitively. But with that in mind, what satisfaction can we as media viewers possibly gain from watching a fictionalized account of her life apart from gaining a passing (and potentially falsified) knowledge of history– events which could […]

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Why Don’t You Play in Hell?

Why Don’t You Play in Hell?

| January 26, 2015

From its egg throwing, intro ode to Kinji Fukusaku, to the madcap finale, soaked in blood and bullets, Sion Sono’s Why Don’t You Play in Hell? (Jikoku de naze warui) is a brilliant ode to cinema itself and one of the best films that Sono has made thus far. In the film, we follow two […]

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Toriko: Collection Two

Toriko: Collection Two

| November 18, 2014

By this point, if you’ve been following our coverage of FUNimation’s Toriko releases, you’ve no doubt given the series the five or six episodes of viewing that’s required to really get into it, as I recommended in my review of Collection One. If that’s the case, you’re no doubt curious about whether or not the […]

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The Future Diary

The Future Diary

| September 18, 2013

So let’s start things off with my short review of The Future Diary: I loved it! When all was said and done and the final disc reverted back to the main menu, I knew this was one anime I would be revisiting time and time again. But my reaction to the series as I sat […]

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From Up on Poppy Hill

From Up on Poppy Hill

| September 6, 2013

If you haven’t heard by now, beloved director Hayao Miyazaki is retiring from filmmaking following the completion of his upcoming animated feature, The Wind Rises. And that’s it folks. After that, no new Miyazaki films. Ever. He’s serious this time, and as much we want to believe he’ll be back some day, we need to […]

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Guilty Crown

Guilty Crown

| August 26, 2013

From Tetsurō Araki, director of Death Note and Highschool of the Dead, comes Production I.G’s action-packed original anime, Guilty Crown (2011). On August 27, 2013, the series arrives on North American home video from Funimation Entertainment, with the series’ twenty-two episodes spread over two, separately released Blu-ray/DVD combo packs crammed with special features, including commentaries, […]

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Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends

Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends

| August 7, 2013

Haganai can be most accurately classified as a “harem anime,” a term that never fails to fill me with dread as I start up a series. And yet, it’s among the ever-increasing number of shows that toys the conventions of the harem model, making it far more palatable for folks like me for whom “harem” […]

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