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April 14, 2024

Godzilla vs Spacegodzilla Is About As Good As Its Title

They couldn’t come up with a better name for Godzilla’s new foe? Anything would have been better than Spacegodzilla. Call him Harold, or even Harold […]
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April 14, 2024

Only Japan Could Make A Film Like “Butt Attack Punisher Girl Gautaman”

I’m not sure what it is about that little island country at the edge of the Pacific Ocean, but Japan has a culture unlike any […]
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April 14, 2024

The Lament Of An Otherwise Healthy Girl

Hentai is its own little world, with its own set of rules and its own aesthetic. I think for many people, the whole genre is […]
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January 28, 2024

I Admit It, I Enjoyed “Urotsukidōji: Legend of the Overfiend”

At some point, you have to own up to the fact that you are not an aloof and ironic observer watching an ultra-violent, sex-soaked orgy […]
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January 7, 2024

The Inexplicable Existence Of “Crayon Shin-chan: Fast Asleep!”

I am a 55-year-old fan of a Japanese children’s cartoon called Crayon Shin-chan. I’m not sure how I got here, but there is no use […]
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November 19, 2023

The Strange Psychology of “Doraemon: Nobita's Three Visionary Swordsmen”

I was unfamiliar with Nobita and Doraemon when I first went to watch Nobita's Three Visionary Swordsmen. I recognized the image of Doraemon, he pops […]
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October 29, 2023

Crayon Shin-Chan: The Hidden Treasure of the Buri Buri Kingdom 

Crayon Shin-Chan is a very popular manga and anime series in Japan. It began in 1990 and is still ongoing. It also happens to be […]
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August 23, 2023

Ultraman Zero: Revenge of Belial 

Ultraman Zero: Revenge of Belial appears to have been filmed entirely in front of a green screen. It could have been made in someone’s basement. […]
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July 23, 2023

"Daigoro vs Goliath:" Kaiju Comedy Or Subversive Propaganda?

Daigoro vs Goliath is a 1972 Japanese Kaiju movie that seems to target very young children, even younger than films like Son of Godzilla from […]
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July 12, 2023

Mazinkaiser SKL and Me

Mazinkaiser SKL and Me If you are looking for your daily dose of mechanized testosterone, you could do worse than pumping a few CCs of […]
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June 28, 2023

Hiroyuki Imaishi’s "Dead Leaves:" A Visual Assault On Your Sanity

Dead Leaves is the very definition of style over substance, but don't let that stop you from seeing it. The style is so compelling, you […]
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May 28, 2023

"Afro Samurai: Resurrection," Cool Looking Crap is Still Crap

Afro Samurai: Resurrection is a hyper-stylized anime film from 2008. It’s half hip-hop and half chanbara. Unfortunately, it includes the worst of both worlds. It […]
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May 14, 2023

B-Robo Kabutack: Christmas War

I’m 9 minutes and 24 seconds into B-Robo Kabutack: Christmas War and already I am overwhelmed. So many insane things have pummeled my eyeballs, I […]
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March 15, 2023

"Night on The Galactic Railroad:" If Tarkovsky Made an Anime? 

What if Tarkovsky was smacked on the head by an errant boom mic and woke up thinking he was a Japanese anime director? Oh, and […]
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March 8, 2023

Cutie Honey: Too Good To Be Bad

Cutie Honey: The Movie (2004) is too good to be bad. I started watching it in hopes that it would be a typical example of […]
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January 8, 2023

Noboru Ishiguro’s Megazone 23

Megazone 23 is laser-focused on its target market. Everything about the film is carefully arranged to appeal to what I would guess is a 15-year-old boy. […]
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December 14, 2022

Just When You Thought Japanese Films Couldn’t Get Any Stranger, Along Comes Star Virgin

OK. so here is the situation. There is this Japanese movie from 1988 called Star Virgin. It was a straight-to-VHS affair and it is very hard […]
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December 11, 2022

The Wicked City: Live Action vs Anime

I watched the live-action version of Wicked City not knowing that an anime version preceded it. Knowing that the live-action version was based on an […]
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September 4, 2022

Tekkonkinkreet Is One Of The Best Anime I Have Seen

Tekkonkinkreet, made in 2006, is visually extraordinary. The imagery is some of the best I have ever seen in an anime. It ranges from intricately […]
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June 29, 2022

Hideo Gosha’s Three Outlaw Samurai

Three Outlaw Samurai was director Hideo Gosha’s first film. He made it in 1964 and with its release he began a lauded career in the […]
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March 6, 2022

Albert Camus Drives Hiroshi Shimizu’s Suicide Bus

    Live each day as if it were your last is terrible advice. I'm not sure how I would behave if I only had one […]
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January 9, 2022

The Pathological Ravings of Masumura’s Blind Beast

    I don’t know what I can say or what anyone can say about Yasuzô Masumura’s movie Blind Beast except that it is pathological. I don’t know […]
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December 12, 2021

Masumura’s Dark And Bloody Irezumi

​    Despite its appearance Irezumi is not a chanbara (swordplay) film. It shares many of the trappings of the genre, but it is far more brutal than […]
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November 11, 2021

Wild Zero: A Cross Cultural Meat Grinder

In 1954 Godzilla lumbered out of the ocean to deliver the message that the coming nuclear age would bring terrifying consequences, but Japan had already suffered […]
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