Aoi no Ue (Jōji Yuasa) (2016/05/30 06:00)
The first of a series of records by Edition Omega Point that explores the undeservedly unheard Japanese avant-garde.
R100 (2015/06/09 10:00)
Hitoshi Matsumoto's latest cinematic shaggy-dog story willfully goes up blind alleys, but that's no reason to follow along.
Liberation and Ecstasy (Vasilisk) (2014/03/08 10:00)
Japan's underground tribal unit didn't record much, but the best of its moments are here in one convenient place.
Bushido (Bushido: The Cruel Code of the Samurai) (Bushidō zankoku monogatari) (2013/12/16 10:00)
The cruel cost of the samurai code, across the generations.
Samuraiera (Various Artists / Kaoru Inoue) (2013/10/04 10:00)
A fistful of "lost grooves from the land of the Rising Sun."
Something I Never Knew I Wanted Dept. (2013/08/16 10:00)
Why, as a fan, sometimes it's best not to get just what you want.
Gate of Hell (2013/04/14 10:00)
One of the best films of 2013 appears to have been made in 1954, and has now been lovingly restored for the ages.
Paradise Kiss Vols. 2-3 (Ai Yazawa) (2013/03/04 10:00)
A genre-transcending romance reaches its conclusion and ennobles itself in the process.
Hara-Kiri (2012) (2013/02/11 10:00)
Takashi Miike's remake of this austere '60s samurai classic is well-made and watchable, but why remake perfection?
Death Of An Iconoclast Dept. (2013/01/15 09:56)
Nagisa Oshima (most notorious for In the Realm of the Senses) has died at the age of 80. I wonder whether or not someone of his cage-rattling importance will be able to step up to the plate in his absence....
Spice Of Life Dept. (2013/01/14 11:38)
Yasutaka Tsutsui's Paprika is now out domestically
The 10th Level Dept. (2012/12/30 10:00)
Spontaneous creativity is a grail for creators, but what precisely is in that particular cup?
For The Girls (And The Boys, Too) Dept. (2012/11/16 12:45)
Let's see some live-action anime projects in the West that are shojo stories.
Flowers of Evil, Vol. 3 (Shuzo Oshimi) (2012/11/03 10:00)
A further tightening of the screws, and maybe the first step in the next direction for this story.
Paradise Kiss, Part One (Ai Yazawa) (2012/10/13 10:00)
What makes a story that's nominally a romance into something a little deeper and more insightful? The idea that the characters want to be more than overgrown children, for one.
Limit Vol. 1 (Keiko Suenobu) (2012/09/26 10:00)
The cost of conformity, explored in a ''Lord of the Flies''-style manga scenario.
Pro Bono (Seicho Matsumoto) (2012/07/16 10:00)
It all starts when near-penniless Kiriko makes the trip to Tokyo to enlist the help of lawyer Kinzo Otsuka. Kiriko is a hapless woman trying to scrape together a legal defense for her brother; he stands accused of a murder...
Sakuran: Blossoms Wild (Moyoco Anno) (2012/07/14 10:00)
The anti-"Memoirs of a Geisha". Moyoco Anno's manga, source for the film of the same name, is a brassy and sassy tribute to a milieu that often only gets the sleeve-wringing weepie treatment.
A Guru Is Born (Takeshi Kitano) (2012/07/07 10:00)
"Beat" Takeshi Kitano's novel about religion and hypocrisy is a quiet little masterwork that invites multiple readings and interpretations.
The Flowers of Evil, Vol. 2 (Shuzo Oshimi) (2012/07/06 10:00)
Further adventures in antisocial dating, in this sharp little psych-thriller series.
Enma the Immortal (Fumi Nakamura) (2012/05/24 10:00)
What seems at first glance like a "Blade of the Immortal" clone is anything but.
The Flowers of Evil, Vol. #1 (Shuzo Oshimi) (2012/05/13 10:00)
First installment in this diabolical manga series about a high schooler's psychological torment at the hands of a female classmate.
GTO: The Early Years, Vol. #11 (Toru Fujisawa) (2012/03/04 10:00)
Picking up where Tokyopop left off, it's Onizuka before he was the Great Teacher.
Japan (Buronson / Kentaro Miura) (2012/02/28 10:00)
Kentaro Miura and Buronson team up for a collaboration that's if anything even worse than the last one I saw from them.
Hell (Yasutaka Tsutsui) (2012/02/27 09:00)
Yasutaka Tsutsui ("Paprika")'s satire on the afterlife remains stuck on the level of an interesting idea rather than a fully-developed work.
Science fiction, rebooted.
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