Sunday, August 30, 2020

More rakugo related material

 I now have four more entries related to rakugo. What I am doing is reading and watching the Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju / Descending Stories Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju series and taking notes. I told the folks at the Anime World Order podcast that I would concentrate on this series for awhile since they expressed interest in reviewing the series.

If you are interested you can watch it on Crunchyroll, a link to the North America page is here. Be sure to start with the Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju part as Descending Stories Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju is the second season.

OK on with the entries:

futatsume 二つ目

tenugui (hand or tea towel) 手拭い

Yotarō 与太郎

zenza 前座

Sunday, August 9, 2020

More Sunset

I have added the second and third of the three Always Sunset on the Third Street movies. 

The whole set takes us through about seven years of the lives of the characters in the neighborhood from 1958 - 1964. The show is bracketed by two events in Tokyo history, the construction of Tokyo Tower and the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did. 

Sunday, August 2, 2020

The occupation years

I now have a recommendation for Out of This World. The cast includes: Hagiwara Masato, Matsuoka Shunsuke, Murakami Jun, Odagiri Jō, Peter Mullan, and Shea Whigham. Set between the surrender of Japan and the outbreak of the Korean War this tale of Jazz and social conditions is one I greatly enjoyed and hope others will too.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Megazone 23 liner notes

One of the projects I have worked on recently and forgot to mention here is that I did the liner notes for the forthcoming Blu-ray release of Megazone 23 from AninEigo. It took six viewings of the series, adding to my notes each time, a pile of image captures for my reference, digging through my books, and searching online magazine databases to gather everything I could find. I covered as much as I could, got led down some fun rabbit holes tracking down the significance of text on clothing which even led to contacting folks in the Japanese rockabilly scene. There are 89 entries and I'm sure there are things in the show I missed.

The Blu-ray should be out early next year. It is still possible to pre-order copies.

Megazone 23 Omega Edition

Sunday, July 26, 2020

La Maison de Himiko

My latest recommended movie is La Maison de Himiko which I picked up as Odagiri Jō has a major role in it. I was not disappointed, he is great in this one. As with many of the films I have been adding recently this one is not available in the US but the Japanese release has subtitles.

La Maison de Himiko

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Rakugo and Yose

Finally after far too long I am again starting to add entries to the Anime Companion Supplement. I hope to maintain a good speed on adding such new entries so keep an eye out for announcements.
The first two new entries are for:

Sunday, July 19, 2020

August 1945

The last days of World War II were dramatic in many ways. I have added two new movies to my recommended live action cinema title list that dramatize the same events.

Japan's Longest Day from 1967 and 2015's The Emperor in August. Both films cover the same events but with a different focus. These are not filled with the explosions and raging battles of most war films, rather they show the meetings were various members of the government and military agonized over what path Japan was to take. Do they fight to the death, do they fight until they can get terms better than in the Potsdam Declaration, or do they negotiate for surrender now?

Monday, July 6, 2020


I have an addition to my Recommended Japanese Live Action Cinema page. A new entry for a wonderful documentary on the Kabukiza theater in Tokyo. Kabuki-za Final Curtain.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

What's happening.

I have been busy with various matters for some time. I have done some redesign and clean up on the site. I hope to get back into updating the website on a regular basis, mainly adding new recommended titles on a weekly basis as well as adding a new supplement page in November. The new supplement will be for my forthcoming book Tokyo Stroll, November is the e-book release with a print release coming in February.

Today I can announce an addition to my Recommended Japanese Live Action Cinema page. A new entry for the 2007 film Adrift in Tokyo.