Wrapping Up Raqiya

December 22nd, 2014 by John

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Masao Yajima & Boichi’s cataclysmic manga tale of clashing religious beliefs upon the advent of a teen girl’s manifestation of godlike powers comes to a compelling and satisfying, although not entirely expected, conclusion in volume 5. The ending that readers get is gigantic in scope and awesome in spectacle, and also entirely predicated on story developments that have occurred earlier in the narrative; however, the climax still manages to sidestep a predictable and expected denouement, for better or worse.

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Exploring Raqiya Volume 4

December 20th, 2014 by John

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The penultimate volume of Masao Yajima & Boichi’s epic anarchic fantasy Raqiya: The New Book of Revelation revolves around violent conflict on both interpersonal and global scales. The divisions are distinct, intense, and harsh, and the book spends little time allowing the reader any respite.

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Return to Raqiya

December 18th, 2014 by John

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The first two volumes of author Masao Yajima & illustrator Boichi’s five-volume manga series Raqiya are brooding, enigmatic suspense with interludes of horror and intense violence, all steeped deeply in ancient Christian dogma. The third volume begins to accelerate the pace while subtly introducing new concepts to the narrative.

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New Acquisition

December 18th, 2014 by John

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Stopped by the local Anime Fix store in St. Petersburg yesterday and spotted this production cel with genga of Hibari Hanakoganei from Akihabara Dennou Gumi. The $30 pricetag seemed very reasonable to me. I seem to be one of the few existing people that actually likes Akihabara Cyber Team.

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Ninja Slay Me

December 11th, 2014 by John

Don’t know what the hell studio Trigger is trying to do with the Ninja Slayer anime. The trailer suggests that the studio is trying to adapt the novels as a bad retro action anime. The logo at 3 seconds in is reminiscent of anime like Microman and even Aku Daisakusen Srungle. The two halves of the mask that slide into frame at 12 seconds, the purple-haired gal at 29 seconds – her exceptionally angled face and uneven hair, even the 4:3 framing and the coloring all shout “80s anime.” It’s like deliberate throwback to anime like Tobikage and Ninja Ryukenden, but, for God knows why, the animation is stiffly mechanical and the color exaggerated in a way that suggests that Trigger is trying to create Shockwave Flash animation without actually using Flash. Perhaps the studio realizes that the novels are kind of trashy and are trying to evoke the same sort of ridiculous vibe with the animation.

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Obscure Object of Uncertain Desire

December 5th, 2014 by John

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In 1998 Shinagawa, Tokyo-based real estate company Cesar Corporation decided to contract Toei Animation to create an OVA starring Cesar Corporation’s mascot character, the cowboy-hat-wearing bear Cesar Boy. The 45-minute-long OVA that resulted of the collaboration, Time Ranger Cesar Boy no Bouken: Roma Teikoku Hen, doesn’t look very unusual, but just under the surface is one of the most odd and unusual talking animal anime that Japan has ever produced.

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Farewell to 2000

December 1st, 2014 by John

I’ve finally decided to discard the remainder of my VHS fansub collection. I’m pretty certain that everything I still have is now available on commercial disc or digital format. And I could use the recovered storage space. This image represents about 25% of my remaining VHS fansubs.

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I’m making an exception and keeping this one, however, for nostalgic historical significance.

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Things You Learn from Watching Anime

November 22nd, 2014 by John

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What is This, Please?

November 20th, 2014 by John

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Can any kind soul please tell me the title and/or author of this book? Any supplemental information about it would be appreciated as well. It’s a Japanese paperback that appears to date from 1936. This particular copy was printed during or before 1944. It appears to be some sort of historical or philosophical non-fiction text.

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Ask John: How Does One License Anime?

November 19th, 2014 by John

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Question:
I was wondering how does one license anime titles?

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Ask John: Why Does Extreme Hentai Exist?

November 17th, 2014 by John

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Question:
In response to last week’s response, who on earth is the target audience for these disgusting hentais which feature gratuitous rape, violence and trauma and why do they watch it? Do they just have a “gawkers at a train wreck” mentality to them? And why on earth would someone go to the trouble of animating something so incredibly foul, rancid, immoral and disgusting?

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Ask John: What’s the Most Disgusting Hentai Anime Ever?

November 11th, 2014 by John

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Question:
What’s the freakiest, nastiest, most disguising hentai of all time?

Answer:
I haven’t watched every adult anime ever produced, but I have sampled enough of them to be able to identify a reasonably comprehensive selection of the most shockingly grotesque and upsetting erotic anime ever. The candidates fall into two categories. A pair of early adult anime is particularly noteworthy for their intensely cynical tone. The more contemporary examples merit recognition for their practically unconscionable excess.

Readers beware. From here on in, this article will get graphic and include graphic adult imagery.

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Cheers for Kamen

November 8th, 2014 by John

One of the highlights of the first ten issues of Gen Manga, published from June 2011 through April 2012, was author Mihara Gunya’s epic fantasy manga Kamen (“Mask”). The epic scale battle story captivated readers until its abrupt cliffhanger “to be continued” ending in Gen Manga issue 10. Now, thankfully, readers can revisit and read more of the intriguing action tale thanks to the publication of the series’ first two collected volumes.

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From One Close Shave to Another

November 7th, 2014 by John

Not to be outdone, another friend cleaned out his room and gave me this.

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Nadia Genga

November 4th, 2014 by John

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Here’s a look at the selection of Secret of Blue Water production sketches that my local friend Chris M. donated to me.

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