Saturday, March 15, 2014

Japanese Animation Guide: The History of Robot Anime

Japan's Agency for Cultural Affairs has published a report on super robots written by nime critic Ryusuke Hikawa. An English translation was done by Matt Alt.

The original and translation are available at:

I've downloaded it an put it on my iPad for commute reading.

Monday, March 10, 2014

A Scoundrel of a Barber

I have just added a new title to my recommended live action movie page. This one a recording of a kabuki play Tsuyu Kosode Mukashi Hachijō - Kamiyui Shinza.

Nakamura Kanzaburō XVIII, one of my favorite actors in kabuki and movies, is so good as the villainous main character that you want to grab the nearest stick and smash him on the head with it. The play was written by Kawatake Mokuami  who also scripted the masterpiece Shiranami Gonin Otoko 

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Mizuki x 4

I have added four manga by Mizuki Shigeru to my recommended manga page.

These are:
Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths
Showa 1926-1939: A History of Japan

It is good to finally be getting works in English by this modern giant of the manga world.