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Return to Raqiya

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

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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

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

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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

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

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

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Cesar Boy no Bouken

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

Monday, December 1st, 2014

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

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

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Cheers for Kamen

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

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

Friday, November 7th, 2014

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

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Nadia Genga

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

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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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New Production Cels

Friday, October 31st, 2014

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I mentioned that a long-time friend donated a chunk of his collection to me. Here’s a look at the production cels he passed along to me. All of them have their matching genga except the Gall Force “Catty” cel.

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Swang Song to my Spares Update

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

I mentioned a little while ago that I sold nearly all of the duplicates from my collection to another collector/dealer. The entire lot of DVDs, books, doujinshi, video games & game consoles ended up filling 61 boxes that cost $618.10 to mail from Florida to Ohio. Thankfully I’ll be getting reimbursed for the postage costs by the buyer.

Now I’ve already begun accumulating more rare dupes to replace the ones I just sold, including another Angel Tales DVD volumes 3 & 4 that I recently found cheap.

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Christmas Arrives Early

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

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A local friend and member of my anime fan club that folded ten years ago surprised me this week when he donated a chunk of his collection to me. He finally decided that he wanted to pare down his collection to just vinyl Godzilla monster figures, so he passed along a selection of books, toys, model kits, and production cels to me and another close friend/former club member.

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Preparing for Necronomicon

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

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Once again this year, I may have more excess anime/manga merchandise than I can actually transport to my Necronomicon convention dealer’s table next weekend. And I’ll also need to figure out how to fit plastic shelving into to car as well.

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Recommendation for Raqiya

Friday, September 5th, 2014

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Biblical history and esoterica have been subject to literary adaptation for centuries, from Milton’s 1667 dramatization of the fall of Lucifer to modern novels and movies like Left Behind and Legion and Dogma. Despite Japan not being a predominantly Christian country, Scripture has inspired numerous Japanese manga artists as well, including Kaori Yuki’s Angel Sanctuary, Kazue Kato’s Blue Exorcist, Daisuke Moriyama’s Chrono Crusade, Kent Minami’s Angel Para Bellum, and Nanae Chrono’s Vassalord, to name a few. Writer Masao Yajima & illustrator Boichi’s 2008 manga series Raqiya: The New Book of Revelation takes a more prominent than typical approach to adapting Biblical concepts for its own ends, resulting in a tense, provocative action manga for open-minded mature readers.

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Sorako is Stellar

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

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Having grown up as a geek during the 1980s, the Hernandez brothers’ independent slice-of-life comic book series Love and Rockets defined the offbeat, alternative, independent comic book in my mind. Since I grew up with America’s independent comic boom, I was also aware that indie comics featured belligerent anthropomorphic animals, ninja (of the female, fat, turtle, and high school varieties), all manner of criminals, hardboiled detectives, and much more. But twenty years later I still find my core definition of “indie comics” falling back on slice of life stories about the small existential anxieties of everyday life. So no title from GEN Manga’s stable better illustrates the translator’s canon of imported Japanese indie comics than Fujimura Takayuki’s deceptively simple routine life drama manga Sorako.

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