The Devil has a phone number, and if you call him on your mobile phone at midnight, he will grant your wish. In return however, he will control your life for the duration of the call.
The Devil has a phone number, and if you call him on your mobile phone at midnight, he will grant your wish. In return however, he will control your life for the duration of the call.
After Zatoichi learns of his sensei’s murder he uncovers a horrible conspiracy involving the local government and crime family.
When a Japanese fishing boat is attacked by a flash of light near Odo Island, another ship is sent to investigate only to meet the same fate, with only a few surviving. On Odo Island, a village elder blames their poor fishing on a sea monster known as “Godzilla” and recalls that in earlier times native girls were sacrificed to appease the giant sea monster. Frightened natives perform a night-time ceremony to keep the monster away. However, that night, while the natives sleep, a storm arrives and something else comes with it, bringing death and destruction.
Hozuki is the aide to the Great King Enma. Calm and super-sadistic, Hozuki tries to resolve the various problems in Hell, including a rampaging Momotaro and his companions. However, he also likes spending his free time on his hobbies, such as fawning over cute animals and raising ‘Goldfish Flowers.’
In the near future, the world becomes divided between the Western and Eastern blocks. Mylene is a spy from the Western block. She sneaks into J-country, which is a border area between the two areas and carries out an operation to expose human traffickers. While carrying out her mission, she meets a young immigrant man named Chris. After her mission is complete, she can’t forget Chris. She gets a new mission.
Ryotaro is a 29-year-old virgin. To change this, he goes to a brothel for the firs time in his life. At the brothel, he becomes so nervous that he can’t do anything and begins to hyperventilate. Kay is a prostitute there and she kindly tends to Ryotaro.
Masuoka is a cameraman possessed by the craving to understand fear–what it is and where it ultimately leads. He wanders the Tokyo streets, a voyeur, hungrily looking for clues. Obsessing over the haunted expressions of the faces he has captured in his daily filming, in particular a man who committed a grisly suicide on the metro.
Death-row inmate Sudo sends a letter to magazine reporter Fujii. In his letter, he states that a man named Kimura, also known as “teacher,” committed numerous murders for insurance money. While checking out the story, based on Sudo’s tip, Fuji becomes convinced that the letter is correct.
Wracked with guilt over the suicide of her sister, who was tormented by high school bullies, young karate student Megumi accompanies a group of friends on a trip into the woods. Attacked by a crowd of poop-covered undead who emerge from an outhouse toilet, the group seeks refuge in the home of the strange Dr. Tanaka, who conducts experiments on the zombies.
Misa has no friends and can only let down her guard around her pet parrot and the goldfish in the science room at school. But then she finds herself quickly becoming best friends with Izumi, a cute and popular classmate. Although somewhat puzzled by Izumi’s interest in her, Misa is excited about having a friend for the first time ever. But Izumi’s initial angelic demeanor gradually transforms into a demonic one.
On his way to a village to celebrate the New Year’s festival, Zatoichi is asked by a man to deliver a message to a woman. Upon delivery, he rooms with a young women who is searching for her missing father.
A video review of the 1998 anime film “Perfect Blue” from director Satoshi Kon.
In Japan, gonzo filmmakers hatch a three-pronged plan to save an actress’s career, end a yakuza war and make a hit movie.
Set in California, where A-joong is picked up by her Japanese friend Takako. They visit Takako’s friends who treat A-joong poorly. That night around a campfire, mysterious supernatural events begin to happen involving Takako’s friends.
A group of assassins seek to kill Zatoichi. When they see him get into a palanquin, they plot to take a shortcut and ambush it. Unbeknownst to the hired killers, Zatoichi gave his ride up to an ailing mother with an infant child. She is killed in the attack, but the baby survives. Zatoichi takes it upon himself to deliver the baby to its father.
A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.
The students are all held captive by the government, and brought to a room where a man in a military uniform, Hoshou Takagi, stands to address the students of the new Navy Exclusive version of the Program. While the students are recovering from the sudden announcement, the intoxicated Itou is grabbed by the hair and has her long locks forcefully shaved off. As Makoto rushes to her friends side she meets the end of a gun, and her fathers talisman ripped from her neck.
Forty-two ninth graders embark on what they think is a graduation camping trip. Unbeknownst to them, they’ve been taken to the practically deserted island of Okishima to serve as the next contestants on The Program, a state-sponsored reality tv show. The show’s premise is simple, if terrifying: within three days the participants must kill each other until only one student remains.
A young Yakuza, who is looking to make a name for himself, shoots Zatoichi in the back with a musket. Zatoichi is wounded, but is aided by a stranger: Miss Kuni. After recovering, Zatoichi travels to her home to thank her and repay her kindness by assisting in what household chores he can do.
A video review of the 2010 anime film “The Borrower Arrietty” by director Hiromasa Yonebayashi.
Two armed military commandos named Bill “Mad Dog” Rizer and Lance “Scorpion” Bean are sent on a mission to neutralize a terrorist group called the Red Falcon Organization that is planning to take over the Earth.
A young boy named Ash embarks on a journey to become a “Pokemon Master” with his first Pokemon, Pikachu. Joining him on his travels are Brock, a girl-obsessed Rock Pokemon Trainer, and Misty, a tomboyish Water Pokemon Trainer who may have a crush on him.
The player takes on the role of the main protagonist of the series, Mario. Mario’s slightly younger brother, Luigi, is only playable by the second player in the game’s multiplayer mode, and assumes the same plot role as Mario. The objective is to race through the Mushroom Kingdom, survive the main antagonist Bowser′s forces and save Princess Toadstool.
The genius Dr. Light and his assistant, Dr. Wily, co-create the humanoid robot Mega Man alongside six other advanced robots: Cut Man, Guts Man, Ice Man, Bomb Man, Fire Man, and Elec Man. These robots were designed to perform industrial tasks including construction, demolition, logging, electrical operations, or labor in extreme temperatures, for the benefit of Monsteropolis’s citizens. Dr. Wily grows disloyal of his partner and reprograms these six robots to aid himself in taking control of the world. Dr. Light sends Mega Man to defeat his fellow creations and stop Dr. Wily.
7 girls, who lost in a game, are gathered at a correctional institution. The girls must now participate in “Escape Game of Death”. The 7 girls, who are locked in a room, have to find hidden clues and must cooperate with one another to escape.
Yura Yamato has just arrived at the high school division of Stella Women’s Academy, when Sonora Kashima invites her to join a club called “C³”. Sonora is the third-year student who became the new head of this club for military survival games.
Newcomers Hasebe Yutaka, Yamagami, Miyoshi Saya, and their supervisor Ichimiya Taishi go through the everyday quirks of working as office staff for the health and welfare section of the ward office in Hokkaido.
Ichi travels to the village of Itakura to pay respects at the grave of a man he killed two years earlier. After a chest of gold is stolen while in transit to the governor for a tax payment, Ichi is accused of involvement in the theft.
God abandoned the world on Sunday. As a result, nobody in the world can die or reproduce. A little girl, Ai, is the gravekeeper for a village. She has prepared 47 graves for the eventual deaths of every member of the village. Later, a man who identifies himself as “Hampnie Hambart, the ‘Man-eating Toy’,” which is coincidentally the name that Ai’s mother left behind as the name of her father, arrives in the village and slaughters everybody. Just what is going on?
This is Gamindustri. Beings called the Goddesses rule the countries of this unreal world. The four Goddesses govern four states: Planeptune, Lastation, Lowee, and Leanbox. For many long years, these countries fought each other over the Shares, the source of the Goddess power.
A video review of the 2011 anime film “From Up on Poppy Hill” by director Goro Miyazaki.
Ten years ago, they took him in. He doesn’t even know who. And for ten years, he has been confined in a private prison. He doesn’t know why. For ten years, his only contact with the outside world has been a television set and the voices of his jail mates. In time, he lost himself. He changed…transformed himself into something else…something hard…something lethal. Suddenly, one day his incarceration ends, again without explanation. He is sedated, stuffed inside a trunk, and dumped in a park. When he awakes, he is free to reclaim what’s left of his life…and what’s left is revenge.
At a female high school, Manami is a senior and a member of the school’s broadcast club. Graduation is near for the students. Meanwhile, Chiyuki becomes a new member of the broadcasting club. Manami becomes shaken by Chiyuki.
Yugo Hachiken dreams of life separated from his family, so he takes the initiative by enrolling in an agriculture school. He thinks, with his talent in studying, no problems will arise no matter what kind of school he attends. He is proven wrong very quickly. Raised as a city boy, he is forced to uncover the inconvenient truth about agricultural life. Enjoy the story of Hachiken, as he tries to keep up with his new friends, farmers’ heirs, who are already accustomed to the harsh world of farming. With no clear goals or understanding of farming life, how will Hachiken survive this new, cruel reality? The story of a sweat, tear, and mud-stained youth begins!
Another college semester begins and the returning members of Genshiken attempt to recruit new club members. Three new members join the club, attracted by Ogiue’s BL drawings. She welcomes the new members but fears the club will become a “rotten girls” haven for yaoi fans and is getting a bit too far removed from its original purpose.
Madoka and the other magical girls reappear at Mitakihara fighting some new creatures born from humans’ negative feelings known as “Nightmares”, having no recollection about what previously happened. However, Homura realizes something is amiss and after some investigation recovers her lost memories and realizes that she, Madoka, the other girls and several of their friends are trapped into an alternate world inside a witch’s barrier
What if Jesus and Buddha were living on Earth in modern times? What if they shared an apartment in Japan? Saint Young Men is a humorous manga about the daily lives of Jesus and Buddha, with each chapter focusing on some element of modern life, such as Disneyland, rush hour on the train, Christmas, the public pool, carnivals, and more.
The Sengoku era gave birth to many historical legends. One of them is Naoe Kanetsugu, the brilliant military general of the Uesugi family. Together with Maeda Keiji, a legendary warrior on the battlefield, who become lifelong friends with each other, they carve out a piece of history in the most dangerous and volatile time in Japan’s history. The two men recall their beginnings and the journey they took to get to the accomplished position they now sit at.
The Band of the Hawks is plotting a rescue mission to save Griffith who is confined to prison. One night, a group of assassins attack the band, and a bloody battle for survival begins. Just as things are beginning to look grim for them, Guts reappears and saves them. Guts rejoins his friends and embarks on a mission to save Griffith.
In this installment of the series, the Doyama gang is attempting to persuade Ichi to align himself with them in the coming fight with their rivals. Ichi is persuaded to meet with the boss of the Doyama gang without knowing the reason, but on the way he is attacked, and his Doyama guide is killed. On his own again, he comes upon a dying man while traversing through the woods, who in his last breath, asks that Ichi protect a girl named Mitsu. Ichi accepts the request. He learns that Mitsu had recently spurred the anger of the Doyama gang. Ichi is also suspected by the gang’s rivals, who believe he has accepted the Doyama offer to fight for them. Ichi is inevitably caught in the middle.
Kayako Kirishima and Masami Endo are about to discover that their recent friendship is turning into obsessive love. But when today’s hopes and yesterday’s dreams meet tomorrow’s problems, will they be able to continue?
Hinata Ema is the only daughter of a famous adventurer, Hinata Rintarou. One day, Ema learns that Rintarou is going to remarry with a successful apparel maker named Asahina Miwa. Since she doesn’t want to disturb them, Ema decides to move out and live with her 13 new brothers in a mansion called Sunrise Residence.
The absurd mystery comedy centers around Harumi Kazuhito, a high school boy who is obsessed with reading books. One day, he is killed in the middle of a robbery—and resurrected as a dachshund dog. Unable to read in his new form, the hapless Kazuhito now belongs to Natsuno Kirihime, a sadistic girl who uses scissors like a weapon.
It is summer festival time and the sects of the Joshu Yakuza are at a place of transition. Sakichi is set to be heir to the Shimonida clan, but his ascension opens up opportunities to the usual in yakuza plotting and fecklessness.
Four women, who have their own different sorrows, embark on a road trip. They look back at their past and restart their lives. Jinko and Motoko have been friends since their university days. One day, they hear a rumor about their former classmate and friend Miki.
When we last left the blind swordsman, he was surrounded by the grunts of Boss Kanbei that he had just killed in his final vengeance against the yakuza rivalry that had claimed the life of his friend and sent this whole series spiraling.
Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by titans. Titans are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do it for the pleasure rather than as a food source. A small percentage of humanity survived by walling themselves in a city protected by extremely high walls, even taller than the biggest of titans.
Uzume Ono is a young student and former champion of a trading card game competition. She is trusted with a special device containing six powerful Fantasista Dolls.
The story revolves around Haruka Nanase, a boy who has always loved to be immersed in water, and to swim in it. Before graduating from elementary school, he participated in a swimming tournament along with his fellow swimming club members, Makoto Tachibana, Nagisa Hazuki, and Rin Matsuoka.
A group of 15 elite high school students are gathered at a very special, high class high school. To graduate from this high school essentially means you’ll succeed in life, but graduating is very difficult. The school is presided over by a bear called Monokuma, and he explains to them that their graduation hinges around committing a murder.
Staz is the vampire boss of a section of the demon world, but he has little interest in human blood. He’s more infatuated with Japanese culture. When he learns that Yanagi Fuyumi, a Japanese teenage girl, accidentally wanders into the demon city, he jumps to the occasion.
A video review of the 1986 anime film “Laputa: Castle in the Sky” by director Hayao Miyazaki.
One year after the events that unfolded in the first film, Zatoichi travels back to the Joshoji Temple in Sasegawa to pay homage at the grave of Hirate as promised after his death in the previous episode.
This high-flying adventure begins when Pazu, an engineer’s apprentice, finds a young girl, Sheeta, floating down from the sky wearing a glowing pendant. Together they discover both are searching for a legendary floating castle, Laputa, and vow to unravel the mystery of the luminous crystal around Sheeta’s neck.
Sawako is a teacher at a middle school. She has now become pregnant. The students, who are bored with their daily lives, are shaken by the news. A group of students including Mizuki believe Sawako is dirty for having sex. The students have a meeting and decide to induce a miscarriage for Sawako.
A video review of the 1988 anime series “Akira” by director Katsuhiro Otomo.
Late Meiji era. Sukegoro of Iioka has a thriving gambling enterprise, but the neighboring Sasegawa territory, lead by Shigezo, is planning an attack. Into their midst wanders Zatoichi, blind masseur and self-taught swordsman, affable enough with his blade hidden in his cane.
16-year-old Haruka lost the people she loved the most in a fire. Haruka is also physically and emotionally wounded from the fire, but she still dreams of becoming a pianist.
High school student Kyosuke Shikijo is the most talented member of the school’s martial arts of the fist club. His late father was detective and Kyosuke share his father’s strong sense of justice. Kyosuke also has a secret.
Married couple Aiko Tsumari and Ayumu Muko live a happy and peaceful life. Aiko is bit naive, while Ayumu works as a not so popular novelist. One day, a letter arrives for Ayumu. Because of this letter, the couple become estranged.
Set in the 1980′s, Yonosuke Yokomichi is a college student, with a warm heart, from the port city of Nagasaki. His girlfriend Shoko Yosano is the daughter of a company president.
All seniors at a high school stay together at a camp, including student Chinatsu. On their first day, the homeroom teacher announces that all the students must play the card game “Old Maid”. In order to reverse the declining academic abilities of its younger generation, the Japanese government planned this camping program.
Bad Film tells the tale of two gangs who have “been fighting so long they don’t even know what they’re fighting for.” Behold the Kamikaze, and the Baihubang.
Shizuo is a 42 year old salaried worker living with his father and daughter, who decides to quit his job and become a manga artist. The oblivious over sized child must challenge his fathers’ cynicism and the mockery of his coworkers to make his dream a reality.
Rather than go to school, Satoru stays home and repeats an obsessive compulsive routine each day, which culminates in his patrol, where he surveys each and every apartment in the complex to make sure everyone is safe at home each night.
When Toramaru returns to Master Gensai, he shares with him the tales of the seven martial arts masters he defeated, and what he learned from them. The catch is that, just as his master taught, Toramaru learns about his opponent by first eating the same food. Seven meals and seven fights? Yes please.
Auska is a young woman who recently moved into a housing complex with her family. When a classmate informs her that her home is haunted, Asuka starts to experience a series of strange occurrences; an unyielding neighbors’ alarm clock, scratching noises, and the same repetitious conversation held by her parents each morning.
Haimura Kiri is a seemingly ordinary boy with one slight problem: he is obsessed with cutting other people’s hair. One day he meets Mushiyanokouji Iwai, the “Hair Queen” who cannot cut her hair because of an inherited curse.
The epic comes full circle, returning again to landscapes, music, and tropes right out of a cowboy Western, while Musashi’s character has finally come into his own as a hero and leader, well advanced from his debased origins.
A video review of the 1984 anime film “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind”. The film was directed by Hayao Miyazaki.
Darkness lurks everywhere, in every human heart, and sometimes it takes just a second of weakness for it to take root. For Kasuga Takao, that germination begins when his obsession with his beautiful classmate Nanako meets the opportunity to borrow her used gym clothes.
The story revolves around a mysterious calamity which plunges the world into a state of chaos. This causes Hibiki Kuze and his friends Daichi Shijima and Io Nitta to be suddenly thrown from their normal lives into a battle of survival.
Izumiko Suzuhara is a 15-year old girl who has been raised at Tamakura Shrine, part of the Kumano Shrines World Heritage Site. She destroys any electrical device that she comes into contact with. Despite being shy, she wants to try living in the city.
In Duel at Ichijoji Temple, Musashi Miyamoto challenges the master Seijuro Yoshioka of the Yoshioka school, instead igniting the wrath of the students as they set up a series of elaborate ambushes.
Mayama, the star of her erotica writing club, has a bad case of writer’s block. When Tadakoro joins the group, Mayama learns that he still a virgin. Mayama decides that introducing him to a variety of sexual indulgences might just be the inspiration she needs.
Chiaki Nishikawa works at the public relations department for the city of Oita. The city in the past was won the tug-of-war world championship three times and Chiaki is also an enthusiast for the tug-of-war game.
Freelance writer Aoi Teshigahara lives in Paris, France. Sen Yagami is a photographer who travels to Paris due to his younger sister Suzume’s insistence that he is her “lucky charm” when it comes to her relationships. Over the next three days, Aoi Teshigahara and Sen Yagami unexpectedly meet one another and fall in love.
Tsubaki Hibino is a young teenage girl with a talent for styling other people’s hair. Yet, Tsubaki suffers from low self-esteem and isn’t very comfortable styling her own hair. She also has a tendency to dress old-fashioned. She’s teased at high school because of this. One day, popular male student Kyota Tsubaki targets Tsubaki for teasing
16-year-old Kaoru suffers from a rare disease called XP, which causes her to be very sensitive to sunlight. Koji is a student at the local high school who enjoys spending his time surfing in the morning. Every morning, Kaoru watches Koji from her window before she goes to bed. At night, she plays her guitar in the street.
A video review of the 2007 anime film “Evangelion 1.11: You Are (Not) Alone”. The film was directed by Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki, and Masayuki.
A video review of the 2013 anime film The Garden of Words. The film was directed by Makoto Shinkai and produced by CoMix Wave.
Takao, who is training to become a shoemaker, skipped school and is sketching shoes in a Japanese-style garden. He meets a mysterious woman who is older than him. Then, without arranging the times, the two start to see each other again and again, but only on rainy days.
In the spring of 1998, 15-year-old Koichi Sakakibara’s father goes abroad and Koichi Sakakibara goes to live with his aunt Reiko Mikami, who lives in a mountain region. Not long after he moves in with his aunt, he collapses from a pneumothorax attack and becomes hospitalized.
During a civil war between East and West, Takezo and Matahachi leave to join the ranks of samurai moving through their town of Miyamoto.
High school teacher Seiji Hasumi is the most popular teacher at his school with an attractive smile. He is loved by all his students for his charisma and charming behavior. Yet, Seiji Hasumi is also completely psychotic.
In White Heaven to Hell, Retsudo conscripts his remaining children, most notably his estranged son Hyoei of the Tsuchigumo, to aide in his attempts to kill Ogami and Daigoro as the two head on their way to the Shogunate.
An elderly couple, their only son, the son’s wife, a young man and his lover live peacefully in a small residential area. Then, a terrifying earthquake strikes that causes a nearby nuclear station to explode.
A video review of the 2012 anime film “Evangelion 3.33: You Can (Not) Redo” by director(s) Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki, and Masayuki.
Eita enters high school aiming for the National University School of Medicine. Because of his parents’ divorce—and his goal—he shuns anything to do with romance or love. One day, Masuzu, the school beauty with the silver hair who has just returned to the country, enters his life in a most unexpected way. Chiwa, his childhood friend since elementary school, will not let this go without a fight.
Aoi prefers indoor hobbies and is afraid of heights, but her childhood friend Hinata loves to show off her passion for mountain climbing. As young children they once watched the sunrise from the top of a mountain, and now they’ve decided to take up mountain climbing in hopes of seeing that sunrise again.
It is a peaceful future, just like everyone dreamed of: one where everyone can smile and be happy. Suddenly, the world is visited by danger. An unknown enemy – the Alone – appear, targeting the Manifestation Engine. As none of their weapons worked and they fell into despair, a lone girl takes a stand wearing a red ‘Pallet Suit’ which wields a great, hidden power.
Kotoura Haruka is a 15-year-old girl who can read people’s minds. She has been suffering from troubles caused by her mind-reading ability, and her parents got divorced as a result. She moves to a new high school but tries to keep away from her classmates. Manabe Yoshihisa, one of her classmates, accepts and appreciates her ability and she begins to interact with her friends with his help.
As the police launch a full-scale crackdown on organized crime, it ignites a national yakuza struggle between the Sanno of the East and Hanabishi of the West. What started as an internal strife in Outrage has now become a nationwide war.
Adapted from the 6th book in the Monogatari series, Nekomonogatari (Kuro) showcases the Tsubasa Family Arc that focuses on Hanekawa Tsubasa.
The story revolves around Hiroshi Inaba, a genetically altered part human and part wolf being. Inaba is also a private detective, who runs his agency with the help of his cross-dressing secretary, Yuta and his “mostly normal” teenaged assistant Kei. The plot mostly centers around the gang trying to arrest Don Valentino, a goat who literally eats money.
Tamako Kitashirakawa is the eldest daughter of a family which runs the Tama-ya mochi shop in the Usagiyama Shopping District. One day, Tamako encounters a strange talking bird named Dera Mochimazzwi who comes from a distant land searching for a bride for his country’s prince.
In the fifth installment of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, Ogami must assassinate a traitorous priest before he reveals the sordid secrets of the Kuroda clan to the conspiratorial Yagyu.
In the near future, a Virtual Reality Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPG) called Sword Art Online has been released where players control their avatars with their bodies using a piece of technology called Nerve Gear. One day, players discover they cannot log out, as the game creator is holding them captive.
Kanta is a 19-year-old labor worker who only went far as middle school. He’s now hooked on alcohol while playing around. Kanta develops feelings for Yasuko, who works in a used bookstore, but he has never had a girlfriend or, currently, any friends.
Ogami is hired to kill a tattooed female assassin. Gunbei Yagyu, an enemy samurai, happens upon Ogami’s son, and sees his chance for revenge.
In the third film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, Ogami Itto volunteers to be tortured by Yakuza to save a prostitute and is hired by their leader to kill an evil chamberlain.
The Kirishima Thing tells the story of two high school students who cross social boundaries between the elite and lower class at their school.
The second installment of the Lone Wolf and Cub series starts right off with the battle as Ogami and Daigoro’s path are crossed by some more Yagyu Shadow Clan swordsmen to establish that the hunt is on.
A married couple finds themselves in a dire financial situation after they lose their restaurant in a fire. The couple determined to run a restaurant again turn to crime.
The story of a Ronin who wanders the countryside of Japan with his small child, having various adventures.
Older sister Yuki and younger brother Ame have a secret. They are “wolf children,” half human and half wolf. Their mother Hana met and fell in love with a wolf man. The family lives discreetly in a quiet corner of the city, keeping their secret to themselves.
After his business goes bankrupt, 30 something Kyung-Min kills his wife impulsively. Hiding his anger, he seeks out his former middle school classmate Jong-Suk. Jong-Suk now works as a ghostwriter for an autobiography, but he dreams of writing his own novel. For the first time in 15 years they meet. Kyung-Min and Jong-Suk both hide their own current situations and begin to talk about their middle school days.
Known for her gorgeous looks, supermodel LiLiCo is the absolute standard in which beauty is measured. But LiLiCo is also a conceited, narcissistic woman who makes everyone around her – including her long-suffering manager–incredibly miserable.
Hiroshi Tanaka sports an intense perm that looks like the Afro hairstyle favored by some African-Americans back in the 1970′s. He doesn’t get his hair done at a hair shop; he was actually born with his hair like that.
Following a young girl whose father has recently perished. Before moving to the island of Shio with her mother, Iku, Momo finds a letter her father has begun to write her as a result of an argument they had before he died.
Fourteen years have passed since Third Impact was unexpectedly thwarted, yet the Angels continue their attacks against mankind. Shinji Ikari is salvaged from Evangelion Unit-01 and finds that things have changed, but not for the better: the world has been utterly devastated, his former allies from NERV have become hostile toward him, and Rei Ayanami, the girl Shinji risked everything for, is nowhere to be found.
Set in Sendai, Japan, two men live completely different lives. One is a star professional baseball player and the other burglarizes empty homes. Their fate connects with unseeable connections when Tadashi Imamura and a suicidal woman enter the home of the professional baseball player.
The Band of the Hawk participates in the Midland war campaign. On the bloody battlefield, they conquer decisive victories that lead them to Doldrey, an old fortress that will decide the outcome of the war.
An odd woman named Sayoko rents cats to lonely people. Some of the renters include an old woman who lost her husband and her cat, a middle-aged man who moved away from his family for work, a woman at a reception desk who questions her existence and a man who has a connection with Sayoko.
Former legendary assassin Kenshin Himura has now become a wandering samurai, offering aid and protecting those in need as atonement for his destructive past deeds.
Sakamoto Ryota is an unemployed twenty-two year old who lives with his mother. In the real world, there may be nothing special about him, but online, he’s one of the world’s top players of the combat game called Btooom!. One day, he awakes in what appears to be a tropical island, though he has no memory of how or why he has come to be there.
Troubled high school student Makoto arrives in Tokyo to exact revenge from a past incident. He then falls in love at first sight with Ai, a daughter raised in a wholesome family. Around Makoto and Ai are Iwashimizu, who has feelings for Ai and Gamuko, a gang member who eyes Makoto.
Based on the seinen manga series by the same title, this story follows Roman architect Lucius living in AD 135. Having lost his job, Lucius goes to the bathhouse, only once he falls into the water he is teleported to a contemporary Japanese bathhouse.
Hikari lost her boyfriend after a random killing that took place in Akihabara. Afterwards, Hikari feels a great sense of loss and shuts herself off from the world. She doesn’t leave her home. Finally, with the help of those around her, Hikari is able to regain stability in her life bit by bit
The Yakuza Papers: Final Episode is hardly final. It opens with the conglomeration of several families into the Tensei Coalition, registered with the nation as a political organization, and headed by Shozo Hirono’s compatriot Takeda.
Fukatsu Ryo stabbed a teacher to death when she was 14 who treated her as an arsonist. Twelve years later, Fukatsu is a teacher at a middle school whilst remaining traumatized by the incident. One day Fukatsu is reunited with Sugino who was a classmate at middle school.
When three fruitless scientists from Kimura Appliances are forced to enter a robotics competition they are at a loss for what to do, as their test robot has defenestrated itself. They decide they need to hire someone to sport the robot outfit (which goes by the name of New Shiokaze.)
Set within the Tokyo underworld, Katsutoshi finds trouble at work and hides out at his friend Sekichi’s nightclub “Tokyo Playboy Club.” Kasutoshi’s run in with a waiter at the club and the waiter’s girlfriend Eriko leads to far bigger troubles and then unexpected consequences.
Shozo Ikawa is a ruthless mercenary who discovers that a disloyal cohort, Kurawaki, has murdered his father Kenzo. Shozo must fight off not only Kurawaki, but also his friend Tetsuo who has been hired to take him down. After an extreme battle Shozo loses an arm, but thanks to technology it is transformed into an M61 Vulcan cannon.
As Japan gears up for the 1964 Olympic games, the cops start to crack down under pressure from the public and the press, adding a new dimension in the war for power among the yakuza families of Hiroshima.
In 1960, 15 years after the end of the end of World War II, Shozo Hirono, the protagonist of the first film in the trilogy, has managed to separate from the Yamamori family, and create his own small family and to extend his circle of acquaintances.
Ryosuke Kinuta is a failed actor who falls into debt to the mob and must now work for them. His job is to smuggle or dispose of bodies and for that he makes a 50,000 Yen a day. He works with Jo and his assistant. When Ryosuke takes part in transporting an assassin, he soon finds himself having to use all of his acting skills to stay alive.
Set in a quiet Japanese town, Keiko is at a loss when her husband starts to have terrible seizures, and slowly transforms into a flesh-hungry beast. Worried of what Yoshiaki is capable of, scientist Minoru Sakashita kidnaps him with the intention of testing.
Seven wily ex-cons, complete with high-tech motorcycles, are commissioned to debunk a series of terrorists’ acts in Japan, in this chromatic adaptation of perhaps one of the slickest manga series ever, Wild 7.
During their high school days, Motoharu Yano was the most popular boy in school—he’s a top student, great at sports, and has countless girls confessing their love to him. But he can’t get over the death of his girlfriend from a car crash.
Time traveling back into the years 1950 – 1953, we enter the same world through a separate door by focusing on the Yakuza from the perspective of two rivals, Shoji Yamanaka playing protagonist as the ex-convict brought into the Muraoka family, foiled by Katsutoshi, the sadistic son of the Otomo family.
From an outsider’s perspective, Mitsuko is in trouble. She was impregnated by an American who dumped her, and now she’s living penniless in Japan while her parents believe she is still in California.
Kinji Fukusaku’s epic five part Yakuza Papers series starts with Battles Without Honor and Humanity, a movie spanning the years 1946 to 1956 and going from the post-atomic bomb chaos of Hiroshima to a reindustrializing Tokyo during the Korean War.
U.S. Federal agent Leon S. Kennedy sneaks into the “East Slavic Republic” to verify rumors that Bio-Organic Weapons (BOWs) are being used in the country’s civil war, which the U.S. and Russia are making preparations to jointly intervene in.
The Arcana Famiglia is a powerful organization that keeps the peace on the trading island of Regalo. The most unique trait of this prestigious “family” is their mastery of the Arcana—mystical powers derived from tarot cards.
Gu is a hard-nosed Korean-Japanese hoodlum living in Shimonoseki, Japan. When friends “accidentally” kill the grandmother of a ruthless North Korean-Japanese thug, a whirlwind of violence and revenge is set to explode.
Rookie movie director Koichi and his crew travel to the mountain village of Yamamura to film his next movie. The villagers are eventually enlisted to help film the movie and, in particular, 60-year-old lumberjack Katsuhiko helps against his will.
Dragon Ball Z “It’s Over 9,000!” When Worldviews Collide forever changes how Dragon Ball fans view their favorite series. “It’s Over 9,000!” reveals the inner psychology and colliding worldviews of series protagonist Goku and his rival Vegeta, showing the reader how their conflict and competition for the ultimate power is necessary for profound personal growth and character development.
Set sometime in the near future, Attorney Phoenix Wright goes up against childhood friend and now top prosector Miles Edgeworth over the guilt or innocence of client Maya Fey. The legal system allows for only 3 days of trial before the judge makes a decision. Intense pressure mounts on both sides, as both men must use their power of persuasion and presentation to sway the judge.
Takeru returns from Tokyo for his mother’s funeral in Hikawa, where he reunites with his former girlfriend Chieko, who is currently working with Takeru’s brother Minoru in the brothers’ father’s newly incorporated petrol station.
Guts is a young and highly skilled mercenary living in a medieval era of the Midland monarchy. During the siege of a castle, he catches the attention of Griffith, leader of a mercenary army called Band of the Hawk. As the two meet again, Guts ends up joining the notorious group.
The beginning of summer, 1966. Because of his father’s job situation, freshman high school student Kaoru Nishimi moves by himself from Yokosuka to Kyushu to live with relatives. Until then, Kaoru was an honor roll student who tended to keep to himself, but meeting notorious bad boy Sentaro Kawabuchi starts to change him. Through his devil-may-care classmate, Kaoru learns how much fun it is to play jazz and finds the first person he can call a “friend.”
Otsuta is running the geisha house Tsuta in Tokyo. Her business is heavily in debt. Her daughter Katsuyo doesn’t see any future in her mothers trade in the late days of Geisha. But Otsuta will not give up. This film portraits the day time life of geisha when not entertaining customers.
An actress arrives on the set of her new film and is recognized by the director as being a former member of a female theatre group called the “Rashinban” (“The Compass”). It is revealed that the group disbanded after the death of one of its members, and soon after talking with the director, the actress receives an anonymous message implicating her as the killer of the girl.
Keiko, the daughter of an overbearing sushi chef, runs away from home only to find a job at an inn. When the members of Komatsu Pharmaceuticals Company come for a trip, Keiko develops a scathing relationship with the president.
Set in an university campus attached to hospital, the story revolves around a strange cast of characters as they face the end of the world.
Set after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, all 14-year-old Yuichi Sumida wants to become is a regular boy and live a decent life. His environment though repeatedly drags him into the mud.
Daisato lives a mundane life in a rundown house tagged with insulting and obscenity-riddled graffiti. This middle-aged slacker seems a puzzling subject to be followed by the documentary crew that films his banal daily routine. That is, until he prepares for his “job.”
An alien armada has invaded Earth and is destroying most of the planet’s forces. While they ravage the planet, Kahm, the Princess of Saint Evascuraze, is busy trying to find a man to take as her own. On her search, she meets a man named Tetsuya, a photographer trying to do his job.
Tokyo, Winter. Despite the use of the Youth Ordinance Bill to enforce curfews for minors and regulate the use of the Internet, young people continue to fight for their own freedom through underground methods. One such group calls themselves Surat. They have decided to take on Fumito Nanahara, a man who has great influence on the political world, and basically controls Tokyo with an iron fist.
A sixteen-year-old boy, Ryo, experiences the painful ordeal of his mother being hospitalized and then dying. The boy turns to crime, but doesn’t find success. He then seeks out his remarried father, but the pain still exists
In post-war Japan, people are working hard, but never so much more than the Yakuza. In the city of Yokosuka, Kinta and his lover Haruko brave the post-occupation period with a goal to be together. Though her family has agreed to sell her to the highest bidding Yank in Japan.
Naoko has returned home with her daughter Momo after separating from her first husband. She now lives with her mother Masako, helping out at her salon; the only salon in the village and a resting ground for the local ladies, whose tongues are as barbed as their wire-brush perms.
By chance, Watabe meets subordinate worker Nakanishi at a batting center. A friendship occurs which leads to a heated love affair. Watabe then learns that Nakanishi is the prime suspect of a murder case that occurred 15 years – the murder of her father’s ex-lover.
The story is set in 1963 in Yokohama. Kokuriko Manor sits on a hill overlooking the harbour. A 16 year-old girl, Umi, lives in that house. Every morning she raises a signal flag facing the sea. The flag means “I pray for safe voyages”. A 17 year-old boy, Shun, always sees this flag from the sea as he rides a tugboat to school. Gradually the pair are drawn to each other but they are faced with a sudden trial.
An unidentified middle aged man is found dead in his car near a camping ground on a mountain in Hokkaido. His dead dog, an Akita, lays next to him. The dog died approximately six months after the man’s death. There isn’t any identification found on the deceased man.
Mikio is a married man and works hard for the company where he is employed. Then one day Mikio is diagnosed with depression. Mikio’s wife is Haruko. They have been married for 5 years. Haruko draws comics for work, but they do not sell well. She mainly relied on Mikio for support.
Yasushi Akimoto created and produced theater idol group “AKB48″ in 2005. The group has gone on to become national idols. When the group held 3 concerts at the Seibu Dome, a total of 90,000 fans came to see their performances. Documentary of AKB48: Show Must Go On shows up and close the group and problems they face as idols.
Following the comedic life of a typical schoolgirl Yasuna and her assassin classmate Sonya. Sonya’s attempt to fit in often fails when her natural assassin instincts kick in and Yasuna’s attempt to be more friendly with Sonya often gets intimidated.
It’s the spring of 1955, and the place is the area of Mitajiri (in the countryside around then small-town Hōfu) in Yamaguchi Prefecture, southwestern Japan. A nine-year-old girl named Shinko Aoki imagines she has a way of connecting to the world around her, a thousand years before.
When bento shop owner Hikaru Oshiro learns that a group of high school students have no place to practice music he takes it upon himself to build a studio beneath his store. The only stipulations he placed upon the students were that they respectfully greet others, do well in school, and be empathetic towards people in their community.
Junichi Miyata works as a driver for a parcel delivery company. He lives with his two kids, unemployed 19-year-old Toshiya & 18-year-old Momoko. Junichi’s wife passed away from stomach cancer several years earlier. Junichi now finds it difficult to communicate with his kids and he’s worried that he has cancer like his late wife.
A woman named Kiwako abducts a baby from a man whom she has had an affair with. For four years Kiwako raises the child as her own, traveling and attempting to live a normal life, until one day she is arrested. The child named Erina is then returned to her birth parents, but she can’t find peace.
Amano Yukiteru, a middle school student, is a boy who has problems making friends. He thinks of himself as a bystander and will always write down everything he sees in a cell phone diary. Tormented by solitude, Yukiteru began to imagine things like a friend called Deus Ex Machina who is apparently the Lord of Time and Space. Seeing Yukiteru’s miserable state, Deus gives him a new ability.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi is the story of 85 year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station.
A young woman searches for her younger brother who was dragged away into an alternate world by a rabbit. 10-year-old Daigo kills a sick rabbit on the school playground that he adored. The other kids call him “rabbit killer.” Since then the boy has stayed at home and has been tutored by his sister Kiriko.
In 1972, there was a student named Misaki in Yomiyama Middle School’s 3-3 class. An honors student who was also good at sports, Misaki was very popular among his peers, and even the teachers were fond of him. When he suddenly died from an unspecified accident, the shocked class decided to carry on as if Misaki was still alive. However, when class 3-3′s graduation photo was taken, they saw someone in the shot who should not have been there—Misaki.
While testing his 8mm camera at night, Kaito Kirishima is caught amid a mysterious explosion in his small town. Strangely, Kaito wakes up the next day perfectly fine, but with no recollection of what exactly happened the day before. Unfazed by what seems to have been just a dream, he heads to school not giving much thought to the incident
It isn’t the world you know. There wanders a girl with jet-black hair, ebony clothes, and a strikingly blue, glowing eye. Her name is Black Rock Shooter. With a huge cannon in hand, she throws herself into a fierce battle. Meanwhile, in another world, middle-school student Mato Kuroi is drawn to Yomi Takanashi, her classmate with an unusual family name.
In Bakemonogatari, the story centers on Koyomi Araragi, a third-year high school student who has recently survived a vampire attack, and finds himself mixed up with all kinds of apparitions: gods, ghosts, myths, and spirits. However, in Nisemonogatari, we pick up right where we left off and follow the Araragi sisters as they face similar supernatural problems as Koyomi’s.
27-year-old Daikichi is a single young man who is trusted by his peers at work. Daikichi then attends his grandfather’s funeral. At the funeral the attendees learn that Daikichi’s grandfather bore an illegitimate daughter with an unknown mother. The girl’s name is Rin and she is just six years old.
Set one year after the conclusion of the Japanese drama series Moteki, the film Love Strikes! continues to follow 31-year-old Yukiyo Fujimoto, a man who doesn’t have money, dreams or a girlfriend. He has left his job at a staffing firm and is attempting to start a new life by working as a writer for a news site. Suddenly, Yukiyo experiences “moteki” – a period when a man becomes suddenly popular with woman.
It’s the year 2019, thirty-one years after the end of World War III, and the authorities of Neo-Tokyo are waging a constant war against the Underground rebels. Caught in the middle is a motorcycle gang whose members delight in causing trouble. The gang leader, Kaneda, gets involved in more ways than one when a laboratory experiment, a child with psychic powers, escapes and results in gang member Tetsuo’s capture and subsequent experimentation.
Koyomi Araragi is an aloof boy who holds a strange, supernatural secret that inadvertently leads him to others with similar stories. Gods, spirits and afflictions can be pesky things, taking important memories or causing unusual tendencies – a fact that Koyomi and others are unfortunately aware of.
Yuu Yuuzawa is a tough kid in a rough town. One day, an odd girl approaches him by the name of Ame, who claims that she was connected to him in a past life and insists on serving as Yuu’s knight.
Tsukiko is a member of the photography club in high school. On her way home with friend Kae, Tsukiko runs into older sister Tomie who goes to the same high school. Tomie is also with Toshio—a guy Tsukiko has a secret crush on. Tsukiko is consumed with fierce jealousy over her sister, but at the same time is intoxicated with Tomie’s beauty.
Takashi Komuro is a normal high school boy, until an infection breaks out that turns people into zombie-like creatures. Along with his friends and the school nurse, they fight their way out of their school and continue their journey to find out what exactly has happened to the world around them.
Minami Kawashima, a female high school student, unexpectedly becomes the manager of Tokyo’s Hodokubo High School baseball team to help her best friend, Yuki Miyata.
Natsume is a young woman who travels from Kagoshima to Tokyo to find her boyfriend. Natsume fins a job at “Patisserie Coin de rue”, a pastry shop run by husband and wife tandem Yuriko and Julian. At “Patisserie Coin de rue” Natsume works with talented patissier Mariko and her fascinating creations.
Tendo Akane is a boyish girl of martial arts who is fervently determined to inherit her father’s dojo. However, her father makes a unilateral decision that his successor should be a man. Moreover, he has already chosen Saotome Ranma as Akane’s husband-to-be, unaware of Ranma’s one strange habitude…he changes into a girl when splashed with water!
Professor Layton, true English gentleman and the world’s greatest amateur super sleuth, embarks on his most daring adventure yet when he receives a letter from his old student, the famous opera diva Janice Quatlane.
A young girl named Asuna who spends her solitary days listening to the mysterious music emanating from the crystal radio she received from her late father as a memento. One day while walking home she is attacked by a fearsome monster and saved mysterious boy named Shun.
In this world, there exist strange creatures that have the power to grant one wish to a chosen girl. However, in exchange, that girl must then become a magical girl and use their powers to fight against witches, evil creatures born from darkness that are responsible for murders and suicides.
Haruna Nagashima gave her all to softball in middle school, now that she has made her high school debut, she has decided to give her all for a new goal: getting a boyfriend and falling in love. However, she has one small problem—since she never paid any attention to fashion or trends in middle school, she has no idea how to go about attracting her yet-to-be-found love.
On September 9th, the day of the Katakai Fireworks Festival, high school student Hana comes home from the hospital after six months of treatment for leukemia. She then discovers that her older brother Taro has become a social recluse. Taro used to be tender, smart and proud of his younger sister, but now he even turns his back on her and stays in his room.
Yukari Hayasaka is a high school student who has become tired of her life of constant schooling. She then comes across a group of student fashion designers in need of a model for their “Paradise Kiss” clothing label. Yukari knows nothing about the fashion world and is taken back by the group’s eccentric ways, but she soon comes to admire their free thinking ways and ability to pursue their dreams with a one track mind.
Well-meaning, but socially awkward, Sawako Kuronuma is nicknamed “Sadako” by her classmates because of her similar hair cut with the main character from the horror movie “Ringu”. Her life then takes a turn when Shota Kazehaya, the most popular boy in school, falls for her. Shota Kazehaya is classmates with Sawako. Unlike Sawako, he is outgoing and popular with all the students.
Sayaka Tsuzumi is a pure and dainty girl with a big H-cup bust. Being a virgin but curious about sex, she’s so into daydreaming that she even moans over a hotdog. She adores Yuki Ito, the handsome athlete and school idol, but she’s almost given up on him thinking he’s totally out of her league. But one day he comes to her and says, “Would you tutor math for me before the exam?”
In the year 1711, a group of alchemists are granted an elixir of immortality. The now-immortal group unanimously decides it wasn’t worth it and destroy the elixir; but one of them, Slizard Quates, starts to kill off his fellow immortals. To reduce the risk of Quates tracking them all down, the group separates and goes their separate ways. Neither of them crosses paths again till 1930, Manhattan.
Based on the mobile phone novel by author Maha Harada, Runway Beat tells the story of transfer student Biito “Beat” Mizorogi, a troubled youth who lost his mother when he was younger and has a conflicted relationship with his fashion mogul father. Believing that his father abandoned his ailing mother to concentrate on his own career, Beat holds a grudge against him for not being there when he needed him the most.
Beginning several months after the events of the first film, Kurono is still fighting aliens under the order of Gantz, a mysterious giant black orb, and he is close to reaching the score he needs to resurrect his deceased friend Kato. Outside his nighttime missions, Kurono continues to live his normal life, spending time with his new girlfriend Tae.
Takizawa returns to Japan and hits the ground running. As he makes his final move against the Selecao, he fights to uncover the secrets of his mysterious past. The deck is stacked against him; he faces accusations of terrorism, and the truth behind his ties to the Primer Minister could be his undoing. Takizawa’s not the only one feeling the heat. Saki’s high-tech crew is in the crosshairs too—along with every citizen in the nation.
A young woman named Izumi suffers the loss of her boyfriend Junichi, who died from a fatal motorcycle accident. The shock from her boyfriend’s sudden death causes Izumi to lose her memory from the time of the accident. To reclaim her memories, Izumi goes to a mental facility for therapy. There, Izumi meets the lawyer Makiko to help her make an inquiry into the accident. They work together to remember the final moments of her boyfriend’s life.
The deadly game that began in Japan now intensifies on the streets of New York City. The rules are the same: Do whatever it takes to win. Die if you lose. Takizawa prevented Japan’s destruction—and then he vanished. Six months later, clues lead Saki to the Big Apple in search of her missing friend. Meanwhile, the remaining Selecao are plotting their final move.
Jubei Kipagami, a ninja mercenary, wanders the countryside in search of work. On his travels, he encounters Kagero, a female ninja whose poisoned blood causes her pale skin to be lethal to the touch. Jubei rescues the woman from Tessai, a creature made of rock. They later find that Tessai is one of the Eight Devils of Kimon, who are involved in a plot to overthrow the Shogun.
Above the Buff Clan homeworld rises their complete fleet of battleships and heavy mobile mechas, dominated by the awesome majesty of their latest and most deadly superweapon. And even with all these forces, Supreme Commander Doba is troubled – he has staked the future of his entire people on this military might. Can the lethal weaponry prepared by the Ome Foundation truly prove sufficient to slay the Giant God of legend, Ideon?
After colonizing the planet Solo of the Andromeda galaxy, earthling scientists uncover ancient mechanisms built by a lost nation from long ago. They find that these mechanisms can combine to create a giant mecha called Ideon.
Anime, the name given to Japanese superhero animation, has swept the United States. More than two-dozen Japanese cartoon series already appear on U.S. television, with more on the way. And with the vast leaps being made in animation technology, the anime explosion shows no sign of abating. One of the main topics of anime is advanced technology and how it will affect the human race.
Sawako has lived in Tokyo for five years, is working her fifth office job, and is dating her fifth boyfriend, who is also her boss at the office. Her life with Kenichi, her boyfriend, and his daughter from a previous marriage, Kayoko, feels like a “compromise,” and she endures each day feeling distressed about her career and love life. One day, she receives word that her father, Tadao, who runs a freshwater clam processing business in her hometown, has fallen ill.
A massive earthquake ravaged Japan’s mainland and destroyed most of Tokyo, sinking three-quarters of it into the ocean. Ten years later, the story shifts to Igarashi Ganta, a seemingly ordinary student attending Nagano Prefecture’s middle school. An escapee, a survivor of the great earthquake, Ganta has no memories of the tragedy and has lived a normal life. This all changes when a strange man covered in blood and crimson armour floats through his classroom windows.
Shamoto is the nerdy proprietor of a store dealing in tropical fish. Shamoto’s home life isn’t especially happy — his second wife, Taeko, has a sharp tongue and an eye for other men, while his teenage daughter, Mitsuko, has little use for either of them. One night, Mitsuko is picked up for shoplifting at a supermarket, but another customer, Murata, unexpectedly steps in to help. Murata, who owns a much larger fish store, offers to give Mitsuko a job, and Shamoto is grateful for his help.
Monkey Business: New Voices from Japan is the first annual English-language edition of the acclaimed literary magazine. Edited by Motoyuki Shibata (curator, along with Roland Kelts) and Ted Goossen.
Beneath our floorboards and inside our walls live a tiny race of people known as the Borrowers. They scuffle along at night to capture items within our households, taking small items to use for their survival. One such family consists of Pod, Homily, and their adventurous daughter Arrietty and they make up one of the few Borrower families that still exist in our world.
Upon reaching a purgatory-like state after death, a dejected soul is informed that he will be awarded another chance at life. He is placed in the body of a 14-year-old boy named Makoto Kobayashi, who has just committed suicide. Watched over by a neutral spirit named Purapura, the soul must figure out what his greatest sin and mistake in his former life was before his time limit in Makoto’s body runs out.
In a small countryside town in Japan, five primary school kids have come together in this idyllic spot in order to spend their summer holidays at a camp. At first the children enjoy carefree days amidst unspoiled nature far away from adult supervision. But their life changes dramatically when they come across what they believe to be a small dog, badly in need of help.
Raised by his grandparents, loner Yuichi Shimizu is a young man working as a civil employee in a decaying fishing village in Nagasaki. One day, Yuichi meets Yoshino Ishibashi through an online dating site and the two become very close. When Yoshino unexpectedly decides to end their relationship, Yuichi tragically murders Yoshino, but not all is what it seems.
From theater performances to the national stage, AKB48 has become one of the most recognizable and popular idol groups in Japan. With over 1000 tapes used to capture the super-sized idol group’s road to success over 2010, the best footage used was compiled to make the film DOCUMENTARY of AKB48 to be continued.
In anime, otaku are used as kind-spirited comedy founder or take up the role of the sadly misunderstood misfit. Their obsessive traits are endearing to their audience, since it is a mirror of them. It could be seen as a kind of reassurance to the audience that are neither scary nor threatening, despite what the majority of Japanese people think. This brings us back to the question that this essay will address, why are otaku social pariahs in Japan?
Minoru and Aki have grown up together from a young age. Contrary to easily scared Minoru, Aki, who normally looks ladylike, is very strong at fighting; hence Aki has always protected Minoru from being bullied. Their dynamics remains the same into their high school years. Wanting to break out of this situation, Minoru starts going to a boxing gym run by Oki, whom he met by chance. However, Aki, who gets wind of it, is fascinated with boxing as well, and joins the same boxing club. Minoru feels depressed, as he is again unable to break free of Aki’s influence. Through boxing, however, Minoru realizes that he has been running away from Aki and not facing her properly until now.
Forever supporting actor Hiroshi’s real life seems to mimic his minor acting career. When he walks out on the street he is often mistaken for a shop clerk, staff member, security guard or even a kidnapper. At home, his famous play-writer father Kenta Matsuzaki treats him like an idiot. One day, Hiroshi’s life turns upside down when he meets the woman of his dreams, aspiring actress Aya. While attempting to court Aya, Hiroshi also tries to play the lead in his own life.
Set in Japan in the 1960′s, high school student Toru Watanabe loses his dear friend Kizuki, who suddenly commits suicide for no apparent reason. Toru, now looking to rebuild his life, enters a university in Tokyo. By sheer chance, Watanabe meets Kizuki’s ex-girlfriend Naoko. They begin to hang out and grow increasingly close as they share the same loss. As Toru and Naoko grow even more intimate, Naoko’s sense of loss for Kizuki also grows as well. After Naoko’s 20th birthday, she leaves for a sanitarium in Kyoto to better her psychological state. Watanabe, devastated by her sudden departure, meets pure-hearted Midori during the spring semester. Watanabe begins to ponder his relationship to both women as he ultimately decides the direction of his life.
Satoshi and Ruriko have been a married couple for roughly three years, remaining childless over this period. Despite living together without interference from their in-laws and friends, their relationship remains empty as they distance themselves from one another, both emotionally and physically. Extending their physical desires to other individuals, their relationship secretly begins to unravel as they each begin to have separate affairs, eventually affecting their marriage as well as their outlook on love.
Yuko Oshima stars as Kana, a schoolgirl whose normal life is turned upside-down when her best friend is found brutally murdered, having been cut completely in half at the waist. Soon, Kana hears about the urban legend of “Teke Teke,” the ghost of a legless woman who was found dismembered years ago and now haunts the railway station. If you see her, in three days you will be killed. In a race against time, Kana must search for the truth in order to escape the horrific fate that awaits her.
On her final day as the teacher of her middle school class, Moriguchi makes a startling confession in front of them—that two students from her class were responsible for the murder of her young daughter. Contemplating the boundaries of the legal system and their handling of underage child suspects, she explains that it doesn’t allow for true justice to be served. Knowing full well the consequences of her confession though, the remainder of the class begins to exact vengeance upon the two young killers through the act bullying, with the killers own personal confessions coming to light as they deteriorate mentally and physically from the systematic abuse. Slowly revealing their crushing agony, Moriguchi plots her next move to initiate her final plan for ultimate revenge.
The last thing Kei remembers is the train running over his body. Now he is in a room filled with strangers, all resurrected by the featureless black sphere known only as the Gantz. But their reprieve from death may only be temporary, for unless they undertake the brutal missions that the Gantz assigns, none of them will live long enough to leave the room. Is it a game? A nightmare? All Kei knows is that if they fail, they will die again.
When master thief Lupin III, a.k.a. “The Wolf” inadvertently steals a fortune in counterfeit bills from a casino, he is quick to realize the high-quality printing plates that made them are worth even more. Tracing the source of the money to the small European country of Cagliostro, Lupin and his team of colorful outlaws cross swords with the nation’s mysterious monarch over his forthcoming marriage to the last princess of the Cagliostro family. It’s a fast-paced adventure as Lupin must battle fearsome ninjas, rescue a damsel in distress and uncover the key to the lost Cagliostro fortune.
Ninja. The word is loaded with connotations, most rooted in fantastic flights of pop culture. But the truth behind these shadowy assassins is more mind-blowing that any manga, more astounding than any anime, more fascinating than any martial arts flick. Ninja Attack! True Tales of Assassins, Samurai, and Outlaws introduces dozens of unforgettable real-life ninja straight out of the annals of Japanese history—many of whom are all but unknown outside of their home country. A product of years of research, and the result is everything you wanted to know about the ninja…but were too afraid you’d get a shuriken in the eye to ask.
A thousand years after a global war, a seaside kingdom known as the Valley of the Wind remains one of the few places still populated. Led by the courageous Princess Nausicaä, the people of the Valley are engaged in a constant struggle with powerful insects called Ohmu, who guard a poisonous jungle that is spreading across the Earth. Nausicaä and her brave companions, together with the people of the Valley, strive to restore the bond between humanity and the Earth.
Kaneko Teppei catches the commuter train one day on his way to a job interview. With the train being over capacity, he is unwillingly forced into a crowded spot. As he gets off the crowded train, a high school girl runs up to him and accuses him of sexual harassment, in which the police apprehend him. At the police station, the police and his court-appointed attorney advise him to simply confess, in which then he would be released after settling compensation with the victim. Teppei rejects this offer stating he is entirely innocent of the crime he’s accused of, therein beginning a battle within the court system to prove his innocence.
It’s been roughly 30 years since Yoshiyama Kazuko, the heroine of the original novel, had her time traveling adventure. She has since grown up to become a researcher, still looking for a formula that will enable her to travel back in time. However, a tragic car accident sends her into a coma. Hearing a story about her mother’s first love in 1972, Kazuko’s daughter Akari believes that discovering and bringing back her mother’s first love will make her awake from her coma. Following the formula prescribe by her mother, Akari accidentally time travels back to the year 1974, a full two years after her mother’s first love.
In the Tokyo underworld, dominated by the Sanno-kai crime organization & ruled by Chairman Sekuichi, rival clans clash for dominance while temporal alliances and betrayals become indistinguishable. Kato, the underboss of the Sanno-kai group, warns regional crime boss Ikemoto about his increasingly friendly dealings with rival regional crime boss Murase. In order to appease Chairman Sekuichi’s suspicions of any type of planned coup, Ikemoto orders Otomo, crime boss for the smaller Otomo group, to take action against the Murase group. What follows is a brutal game of retaliation as the three rival clans battle each other for control over territory.
Departures follows Kobayashi Daigo, a man unsure of what to do with his life. Having lost his job as cellist in an orchestra, Daigo and his wife leave Tokyo and move back to his hometown in order to restart their lives. Daigo answers an ad for what he believes is a travel agency, but turns out to be an encoffinment agency. Taking the job anyway, he begins a new life as an encoffinment specialist under the austere owner Sasaki.
Momose, a 30-year-old who is somewhat of a deadbeat, is currently living with his girlfriend Kayo. Their relationship is not exactly where they would like it to be though, and they find themselves growing distant from one another as the days pass. Things suddenly change when Kayo’s 15-year-old sister Momo comes to stay with them during her summer vacation. While exciting for everyone at first, Momose and Momo slowly begin to express feelings for one another without the knowledge of Kayo. What soon develops is a love triangle that will put to the test their relationships with one another and question the boundaries of family and love.
One day, Inoue Satoshi stumbles upon a supposedly popular video site named “Death Tube”. The site apparently showcases real people playing games in order to survive, and if they fail, certain death is the outcome. Viewers of the site can also comment on the atrocities seen onscreen in real time. After viewing one such situation, Inoue thinks nothing of it and passes it off as simply a fake. The next day, Inoue wakes up to find himself within the very game he viewed earlier, this time vying for his own life. He meets other contestants as well, and they must cooperate to escape the game or die trying.
She’s part samurai, part geisha, and is taking on the world. Whether it’s in anime and manga like Sailor Moon and Neon Genesis Evangelion or in videogames like Street Fighter, the Japanese schoolgirl has become the new icon of Japanese cool. With chapters covering everything from sailor-suited pop-idols and cult movie vixens to the power of shopping and uniform fashion, Japanese Schoolgirls Confidential discovers the secrets behind this iconic creature.
Viewed as a side-story to the Dead Rising 2 video game, Shibyo Osen – Dead Rising takes place within a world where a destructive virus has infected a majority of the population. Areas of extreme infection are sectioned off from the remainder of the world, leaving the uninfected residents to battle the vicious hordes of the infected—otherwise known as zombies. The story follows two brothers by the name of George and Shin who happen to find themselves within one of the infected areas within Japan. As they plan their escape, they deal with both the dead and undead in a reluctant game for survival in a chaotic world.
Soichi Negishi is a sweet and shy young man who dreams of becoming a trendy singer songwriter. But for some reason, he is forced into joining the worshipping death metal band “Detroit Metal City”. In full stage make-up, he transforms into his alter-ego “Johannes Krauser II”, the vulgar-mouthed lead vocalist, and against Negishi’s will, DMC rises to stardom. The band is adored by their head-thrashing fans, but Soichi himself is too embarrassed to admit he’s in the band and even worse, the girl of his dreams hates DMC even more than he does. Even worse for Soichi, the now the legendary king of death Jack II Dark himself is challenging DMC to a duel. What is the fate of the innocent Negishi as he climbs to the top of the death metal world?
A video review of the 2009 anime film “Evangelion 2.22: You Can [Not] Advance” by director(s) Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki, and Masayuki.
Based on the novel by Shuichi Yoashida, Parade follows four roommates: Naoki, who works in a movie distribution company, Mirai, a illustrator, Ryosuke, a college student and Kotomi, who is unemployed. With four of them sharing an apartment together, they see one another everyday but know little of each other’s personal life. Never something to consider important, the four seemingly believe they know each other on a personal level. This is called into question though when a stranger by the name of Satoru mysteriously begins sleeping and using the apartment all of a sudden, which prompts the four roommates to question why he’s there. When the truth is discovered, they decide let him stay with them, but disturbing reports of local murders around the vicinity of their apartment brings into the question who Satoru truly is—as well as their own relationships with one another.
When aspiring manga artist Saori and writer Tony decide to go out with one another, things apparently seem to be on the right path. In love, moving in with each other, and considering the notion of getting married, the two feel as though they are on the right path towards happiness. This suddenly changes when Saori’s father expresses his distaste for their relationship, with the primary motive being that Tony is a gaijin—a foreigner within Japan. This in turn creates an uneasy foundation between Saori and Tony, both who want to love one another, but are in dispute over their cultural backgrounds. How will this relationship development if Saori’s father doesn’t approve of Tony, and even worse, will it last?
Satoko is the granddaughter of a calligraphy master living in an old factory town. A talented calligrapher, she’s only interested in getting the individual prize in the annual inter-school calligraphy tournament rather than getting the glory for her school with the fellow members of the school club. Her philosophy changes with the arrival of the club’s new advisor Ikezawa, who comes up with the idea of turning calligraphy into extravagant performance in order to gather popularity. Finding this suggestion rather informal considering the craft, Satoko is slowly inspired by Ikezawa and her club mates, especially Kiyomi who wants to utilize this new approach towards calligraphy to rejuvenate her family’s stationary shop.
Based on the novel by author Gabrielle Zevin, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac tells the story of Naomi Sukuse, an ordinary high school student who goes to an international school in Tokyo, Japan. One day, she falls down a staircase and ends up losing her memory concerning the past 4 years. The only thing she can remember during that period is one boy kissing her, but can’t put her finger on the exact individual. Gradually she begins to search for her own identity, and even when her memory returns, she keeps on looking for her real self, and what she truly loves in life.
In the year 2029, a vast electronic network that permeates every aspect of life has interconnected the world. That same network also becomes a battlefield for Tokyo’s Section Nine security force, which has been charged with apprehending the master hacker known only as the Puppet Master. Spearheading the investigation is Major Motoko Kusanagi, who — like many in her department — is a cyborg officer, far more powerful than her human appearance would suggest. And yet as the Puppet Master, who is even capable of hacking human minds, leaves a trail of victims robbed of their memories, Kusanagi ponders the very nature of her existence.
Having scored a box office success with Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Hayao Miyazaki was on his way to becoming a respected animator in his native country of Japan. Yet this was only the beginning; with the help of Isao Takahata, Miyazaki enlisted the backing of their financial distributor, Tokuma Shoten, to establish their own animation company, known today as Studio Ghibli. Under this new facility, Miyazaki directed his third feature—and the first to be produced under the “Ghibli” banner – a rollicking, fast-paced action-adventure tale called Laputa: The Castle in the Sky.
In the mid 1970′s, prior to obtaining his well-deserved status as Japan’s greatest animator ever, a young Hayao Miyazaki was hired by Japanese movie giant Toho to develop ideas for TV series. One of these concepts was “Around the World Under the Sea’, based on Jules Verne’s literary classic “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” Although it was never produced, Toho nonetheless kept the rights to the story outline. Miyazaki would reuse elements from his original concept in later projects of his, notably the Sci-Fi series Future Boy Conan and the action-adventure feature Castle in the Sky (this explains why Anime fans often find similarities between the show I’m about to review and the latter film). Ten years later, Japanese animation studio GAINAX was commissioned to produce this very scenario.
The year is 2071 AD. The future is now. Driven out of their terrestrial eden, humanity chose the stars as the final frontier. With the section-by-section collapse of the former nations, a mixed jumble of races and people came. They spread to the stars, taking with them the now confused concepts of freedom, violence, illegality and love, where new rules and a new generation of outlaws came into being. People referred to them as Cowboy Bebops. Spike Spiegel is bounty hunter looking for such people, and together with his partner Jet Black, traverse the known galaxy in search of the next bounty.
Nagisa is a high school girl who has been given three months to live. Without telling her widowed father where she is going, she sets out from the city to the small town of Chiba where she was born—as well as had her first love. She recalls her youthful memories as well as her rekindled love for childhood friend Satoshi. However, she is shocked to discover that Satoshi is having an affair with Eriko, a married woman. With the limited time Nagisa has left, she contemplates whether to tell Satoshi her true feelings concerning her longstanding love for him.
Pop singer Mima Kirigoe looks forward to a bright new career when she quits her chart-topping trio to become an actress. When she lands a role in a sexually charged murder mystery television series titled Double Bind, Mima’s life begins to fall apart. Reality and hallucinations merge into a terrifying netherworld where innocence is lost and dreams become nightmares. Quickly descending into a dangerous state of paranoid delusions, Mima discover Internet sites describing every intimate detail of her life. Helpless and afraid, she watches as her associates are threatened and by a mysterious stalker.
Yuko volunteered to be an aid worker in Iraq and was taken hostage there. When freed she returned to Japan, but after being home six months she is still the ongoing object of harassment from her own countrymen.
Yuriko is a 30-something aromatherapy masseuse. Her specialty is healing tired souls with her exquisite choice of aromas and her sensitive touch, but she has a dark secret—it’s a 17-year-old high school boy named Tetsuya. Drawn to his special aroma, Yuriko and Tetsuya begin to form an awkward relationship. As Yuriko struggles with her dilemma over Tetsuya, their secret relationship is steadily becoming unraveled.
One day, high school student Asako is invited by her friends to attend a concert by indie band Lands. She immediately becomes infatuated with both the band and its lead singer Natsu. By mere coincidence, she becomes the band’s co-manager, and she quickly discovers the hardships that exist within the music industry, despite developing a friendship with Natsu. When the band contemplates whether to leave artistic integrity behind for fortune and fame, will Asako’s loyalty to the band—and especially Natsu—be put to the test?
Haru is a college student ignored by her boyfriend yet believes she is still in love with him. One day at a café, Haru meets Riko, a medical artist (prosthetist) who creates body parts in order to disguise clients’ missing pieces, lost due to accident or disease. Both were alone, but struck up an immediate friendship and closeness. Riko doesn’t care about gender when it comes to relationships, and believes that love itself is the most important thing a human can achieve. Haru struggles in her life between friendship and a deeper relationship with Riko.
Tsutomu has it rough when it comes to his masculinity. Shamed when he was younger due to an unlikely dare that he couldn’t commit to, he has always lived under the shadow if his peers and never fully stands up for what he believes in. He has since become an aspiring DJ and works as a clerk at a record store where he can play all the music he wants too without being bothered. This all changes though when he meets up with his peer from the past, the ever oppressive and bullying Shiba.
Welcome to the fantasy world of “Little Nemo,” filled with dreams of enchanted lands and new friends, amazing magic and fun-filled adventure. A place where anything is possible and the only boundaries are those of the imagination. In this major motion picture, Nemo journeys to the Kingdom of Slumberland.
Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645) was an unrivalled swordsman in the days when internal wars in Japan had virtually ended. Nevertheless, he wrote a master treatise on military strategy, The Book of Five Rings and sought “the way” to enlighten his spirit and cultivate his mind. But could this image have been fabricated by the generations that followed? Mamoru Oshii will take on an unusual portrayal of this legendary and aloof warrior, between spectacular duels and a tragic life in pursuit of greatness.
Makoto, a high school science and chemistry teacher, has decided to build his own atomic bomb. Before stealing plutonium isotopes from a nearby nuclear power plant, he is involved in the botched hijacking of one of his school’s buses during a field trip. Along with a police detective, Yamashita he is able to overcome the hijacker and is publicly hailed as a hero.
Once a year, on Christmas Eve, Cafe Telekinesis holds a real psychic party. At the party, psychics gather together to show off their abilities while for the rest of the year they hide their abilities. Yone Sakurai is a program director for a psychic variety TV show called “Asunaro Psychic”. Yone actually believes in psychic abilities, and by an audience request, a new plan is set out for the program—a plan that requires the show to uncover real psychics. Yone is selected to find these people throughout the nation, but ends up empty handed each time. Before Yone ends her search she makes one last stop at Cafe Psychic on Christmas Eve. Can the true psychics there, who all despise Yone’s TV show, hide their abilities from Yone?
When two children are found murdered, an eighteen-year-old high school student becomes the prime suspect, and the case quickly becomes a media sensation. As both the press and an angry public descend on the home of the accused, his family finds themselves at the mercy of strangers unconcerned with their welfare. Takumi Katsuyoshi is a veteran police detective who is assigned to look after Saori, the fifteen-year-old sister of the accused; while he initially regards the assignment as frivolous, it isn’t long before he sees what kind of toll the attention has taken on the family, and he becomes all the more concerned when he witnesses the reckless behavior of the paparazzi.
Popular high-school basketball player Shu overhears Hiro rehearsing declaring her love to him and decides to ask her out on a date. However, his plans to move away to attend Waseda University after high school soon put a strain on their developing relationship, and the conflicting choice to stay with her or go is put to the test.
Pharmacist Saki, timid policeman Shingo and toilet-cleaner Tetsu find their lives turned upside down when their bus is hijacked by a crazed businessman. When the ride turns violent, the three strangers are forever linked by the incident. Months later, Tetsu talks Shingo into collaborating on a most unique business venture: revenge-for-hire. Anyone with a problem can come to them and they’ll take appropriate, vengeful measures. Meanwhile, Saki, disillusioned and increasingly anti-social, also wishes to take out her own revenge on society.
Akihabara is a neighborhood of Tokyo, Japan known as “Electric Town” for its rows of one-meter wide discount computer and electronics stores. In more recent years Akihabara has evolved into a full-blown Mecca for computer enthusiasts anime and manga fans doll or “figure” collectors video gamers and “Otaku” of all kinds. Because Akihabara caters to interests outside of mainstream Japanese society it captivates an entire subculture of devotees. Join us as we peruse the shops streets and Maid Cafes to present an engrossing day in the life view of Akihabara and focus on the unique people who are passionately plugged into this town.
In 1923, the young Kim Shun-Pei moves from Cheju Island, in South Korea, to Osaka, in Japan. Along the years, he becomes a cruel, greedy and violent man and builds a factory of kamaboko, processed seafood products, in his poor Korean-Japanese community exploiting his employees. He makes fortune, abuses and destroys the lives of his wife and family, having many mistresses and children and showing no respect to anybody. Later he closes the factory, lending the money with high interests and becoming a loan shark. The film is told from the perspective of Masao, his legitimate son by his abused and degraded wife, who knows nothing about his father other than to fear him.
17-year-old high school student Rio is always the center of attention due to her beauty. Yet, Rio has never cared about anyone but herself due to her traumatic past. Her friends and boyfriends exist only so she can use them for her gains and she is only interested in attaining money. Then one day she meets 32-year college professor Ozawa Kouki and falls in love for the first time. Intrigued by his personality and demeanor, Rio becomes attracted to Kouki and learns what it means to cherish a fragile life and how important it is to treat others the way one wants to be treated. Although Kouki becomes interested in Rio as well, there is a reason he can’t pursue the relationship. He learns that he is diagnosed with malignant brain tumor, and it leaves him with only a few years to live.
Shiro’s struggle with his father’s cancer and impending death leads to a realization that he must communicate his love and admiration for him before it’s too late. A series of flashbacks reveals their relationship over time, and the trouble Shiro faced connecting to his strict father who was also his teacher and soccer coach. With a consuming secret of his own, Shiro, now in his late twenties and about to get engaged, must eventually learn how to share it with his loved ones.
In a dystopian future where humans have overpopulated and devastated the surface of the Earth and forced to live deep underground, Ura works in the Excavation Department that uncovers and restores records from the prosperous time that has passed him by. While Ura is fascinated by the past that is unfolded to him daily, his colleagues along with the general population become more and more depressed and disinterested over time. One day, Ura restores a record that motivates him to find out the truth about the world above the surface and attempts to visit the world he had worked for so long to understand.
After the group suicide of four people, journalists Yuu and Rie investigate the reasons behind an endless cycle of suicides, blamed on an infamous Suicide Manual, hidden in a tag-less DVD disk. Said manual is shot in an infomercial fashion, with examples of the best methods to kill yourself and demonstrations by real people. When investigating further, Yuu and Rie find out that in Buddhist beliefs, when a person kills himself, he or she is sent to a certain hell, from which they induce other people to commit suicide. But is this what is really happening?
Adapted from the fourth Haruhi Suzumiya novel, the story of The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya takes place from December 17 until December 24 a month after the cultural festival. On December 17, everything is normal—the SOS Brigade plans to have a nabe party for Christmas. However on December 18, Kyon arrives at school to find everything has changed—Haruhi Suzumiya is missing, and Ryoko Asakura is a normal student. Kyon is the only one who notices anything different. Nagato is an ordinary human, and Mikuru does not recognize him. The only clue is a bookmark left by the alien version of Nagato, which leads Kyon on a quest back in time, where he interacts with the storyline from “Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody”, trying to sort out the mystery and return to his own time line.
Based off the manga of the same name, Strawberry Shortcakes follows four women and their lives within Tokyo. One woman is Satoko, who just got dumped by her boyfriend and works at a local call girl service as a receptionist. One of Satoko’s friends—and a call girl herself—is Akiyo, who sleeps in a coffin and is saving up money in order to commit suicide. We then have artist named Toko, who is angry to find out her ex-boyfriend is going to be married to another woman soon, and suppresses displaying her emotions by creating artwork. Her roommate Chihiro, is an office worker who has a boyfriend, but is still finding herself lonelier than Toko is. These four women strive to find happiness within their lives all the while attempting to deal with their insecurities amidst the bustling city life.
The ever-lively and upbeat Natsuko tries to mend a broken heart by carrying on with a string of short-lived affairs after her break-up with Tomomi. But when Tomomi announces her plans to marry – a man – Natsuko becomes inconsolable. While all this is taking place, Natsuko’s straight male roommate is grappling with his own feelings for her, and a young high school girl comes to Tokyo searching for the mother that long ago left her for a female lover.
The story is set in Makka, a town surrounded by quicksand. With rumors spreading that the legendary robber Gasback has his sights set on the town, the mayor Kepler has brought together bounty hunters to protect the town. These bounty hunters have been following Gasback from town to town in hopes of bagging the prize. Meryl and Milly have come to town to assess the situation as insurance agents, but are shocked by this turn of events. Moreover, Vash the Stampede is also in town, along with the female bounty hunter Ameria and Nicholas D. Wolfwood.
A man walks down a crowded street. He stands out from the rest, an outcast so to speak. From a single look at him, you can tell something just isn’t right. It appears to be he defies society; seemly walking past it like it doesn’t even matter. This is a man who is on his own; a rebel that has a cause, a man is taking matters into his own hands no matter what the cost is.
On November 22, 2010, ten missiles strike against uninhabited areas of Japan, claiming no victims. This apparent terrorist act is referred to as “Careless Monday” and disregarded by most people. The series begins three months later, with a young Japanese woman named Saki Morimi visiting Washington D.C. as part of her graduation trip. When she gets into trouble, a mysterious Japanese man, who introduces himself as Akira Takizawa, helps her through it. The man appears to have no memory and is completely naked, carrying only a gun and a cell phone charged with 8.2 billion yen in digital money.
We’re all Connected. The world around us, made of people, tactile sensation, and culture has begun to blur with the wired world inside the computer, of images, personalities, virtual experiences. The day after a classmate commits suicide, Lain, a thirteen year-old girl, discovers how closely the two worlds are linked when she receives an e-mail from the dead girl: “I just abandoned my body. I still live here…”
Evangelion 2.0, You Can (Not) Advance continues the story of Shinji Ikari, who has chosen a path of struggle and combat against the mysterious and awesomely powerful beings known as Angels. Joined by Asuka, Rei and a previously unknown heroine by the name of Mari, the true purpose behind NERV, SEELE, the Angels, and the looming apocalypse begin to be revealed…
Halo Legends is a collection of seven animated short films set in the Halo science-fiction universe. Financed by Halo franchise overseer 343 Industries, the stories were created by five Japanese production houses: Bones, Casio Entertainment, Production I.G., Studio 4°C, and Toei Animation. Shinji Aramaki, creator and director of Appleseed and Appleseed Ex Machina, serves as the project’s creative director.
It’s one September day in Andalusia and the sky is clear. The landscape is desolate with no vegetation except for bushes and cacti. No trees to stop the sandy wind nor provide shade for the unforgiving 113 ℉ heat outdoors. This is the stage in the cycling competition known as La Vuelta a España (Tour of Spain). Here Pepe, the film’s protagonist, will be forced to face his past and forge his future.
In the near future, the creation of a virtual city of OZ has changed the way people live. Through this service, people can be represented anywhere in the world through the use of their avatars—digital representations of themselves, which can take any shape and identity—exploring the city of OZ and as their needs see fit. We then enter Kenji, a normal high school student who works part time as a programmer to help develop OZ further. He is then suddenly approached by Natuski—the girl of his dreams—and unexpectedly gets invited to attend a family celebration, where he is to pose as her fiancé. If that wasn’t strange enough, things begin to get even more bizarre when OZ is suddenly hacked into while at the celebration, and with Kenji becoming the prime suspect, the house—and eventually the world—is turned upside down.
Set in an alternate universe in which Japan is conquered by what is known as the Holy Britannian Empire, the Japanese have been stripped of all rights, freedoms, and have had their country renamed to Area 11. A high school student known as Lelouch Lamperouge is a Britannian prince who gave up his right to the throne after his mother was murdered, and has vowed to destroy his father, the Emperor, and Britannia. He gains the ability through the mysterious power of the Geass, becoming Zero, the leader of the resistance movement to fulfill his two wishes: to seek revenge for his mother and to construct a world in which his beloved sister can live happily.
Stemming from the five-volume novel series by author Hiroshi Mori, The Sky Crawlers follows a group of eternally young fighter pilots known as Kildren and their experiencing the sudden loss of innocence as they battle the enemy in astonishing dogfights above the clouds. With his only childhood memory consisting of intense flight training, the fearless teenage pilot Yuichi’s dogfights coexist with his struggle to find his missing past. When his beautiful, young female commander Suito is reluctant to discuss the fate of the pilot that Yuichi is replacing – or the strangely perfect condition of that pilot’s former aircraft – Yuichi’s curiosity becomes heightened.
A radio play is going to go on air at a Tokyo radio station. It is a weepy melodrama written by housewife Miyako, who is the winner of the competition run by the station. Suddenly, the hot-tempered lead actress Nokko decides she wants the name of her character to be Mary Jane and not Ritsuko. That leads to the chain of events will change the play completely.
Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone is the first installment in a 4-part film series known as the Rebuild of Evangelion that reimagines the story first told in the critically acclaimed anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion.
Set during the opening days of World War II on the Eastern Front, First Squad – The Moment Of Truth follows a group of Soviet teenagers with extraordinary abilities; the teenagers have been drafted to form a special unit to fight the invading German army. They are opposed by a Schutzstaffel (SS) officer who is attempting to raise from the dead a supernatural army of crusaders from the 12th-century Order of the Sacred Cross and enlist them in the Nazi cause for world dominance. Only one young woman by the name of Nadya can stop them.
Cencoroll tells the story of a provincial Japanese town under attack by a mysterious monster, and a young girl—Yuki—and boy—Tetsu—who hold the secret to fighting back: a strange and even-more-mysterious pet called Cenco. When another Cenco user discovers Tetsu, the two will ultimately duel for control and dominance, involving the entire city as their battleground.
Seven years after the death of his wife, company executive Aoyama is invited to sit in on auditions for an actress. Leafing through the resumés in advance, his eye is caught by Yamazaki Asami, a striking young woman with ballet training. On the day of the audition, she’s the last person they see. Aoyama is hooked. He notes her number from her file, calls her and takes her to dinner. He hesitates to call again, worried that he’ll seem too eager. When he does, Asami knowingly lets the phone ring for some time before answering. She’s alone in her darkened room – alone, that is, apart from the writhing victim she has tied up in a sack on the floor…
Computer engineer Otaku (the Japanese term for “geek”) is an average young man, dressed in unstylish clothes and dorky glasses. But as luck would have it, he encounters a pretty young woman on a commuter train and saves her from a lecherous molester, falling in love with her at first sight. A few days later he receives a thank-you message from the woman along with a set of Hermes teacups. Having never had a girlfriend or received a gift from a girl in his life, Otaku seeks out his pals on his BBS website for advice using his codename Densha Otoko (Train Man): “How should I ask her out?”
Mr. and Mrs. Shizuma and their niece Yasuko make their way through the ruins of Hiroshima, devastated by the atomic bomb. Five years later, Yasuko is living with her aunt and uncle, and her senile grandmother, in a village containing many survivors of the bombing. Yasuko does not appear to be affected, but the Shizumas are worried about her marriage prospects, fearing that she might succumb to radiation sickness at any time.
Anime is Japanese animation…an avant-garde artistic medium and a pop culture phenomenon, with hundreds of millions of fans and just as many opinions on what it’s all about.
Director Makoto Shinkai’s She and Her Cat is his first anime project that he directed. The short film has won Shinkai praise for his artistry, including that of winning the 2000 DoGA CG animation contest Grand Prix. What’s surprising to note is that Shinkai produced the film entirely himself, going as far as to personally voice the main character of the short feature.
With his first foray into live-action cinema, director Hideaki Anno delivers an exposé on the Japanese practice of compensated dating and the culture that surrounds it. Based on the novel Tokyo Decadence by author Ryu Muramaki, Love & Pop presents an intimate vision concerning a subject that is ripe with social controversy within Japan.
The End of Evangelion is one of those particular anime films that when it was released, caused such a controversy amongst the fan base that viewers were divided over how to handle what they actually witnessed, quite similar to the division found amongst viewers concerning the end of the television series.
Based off the manga Black and White by author Taiyo Matsumoto,Tekkonkinkreet tells the vividly arousing tale of two orphaned street kids who must protect their city from harmful outsiders. Directed by Michael Arias (who is the first non-japanese to direct a major anime feature film) the film has won numerous awards, including that the 2008 Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the year.
Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa has been one of Japan’s rising directors within the last decade. With many surprising and memorable titles already under his belt, he’s always been an advocate of promoting social issues through the medium of his films. His latest being Tokyo Sonata, is perhaps his most direct confrontation with the societal ills that persist within the modern age of Japan.
Director Ryo Nakajima wrote the script for this film at only 19 years of age, and filmed it when he was 23. Previous to his experience in film-making, he was what the Japanese call a “hikkimori”—a reclusive individual who have chosen to withdraw from social life—and spent numerous years in a self-imposed isolated state.
A professor of Japanese Literature and Culture at the University of Texas at Austin, Susan J. Napier is heralded as one of the top Japanese animation scholars in America. Her 2001 book entitled Anime From Akira to Howl’s Moving Castle: Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation contains a collection of analytical essays and commentaries on the different elements that are explored within the context of anime.
Ronald Kelts is a fiction and nonfiction writer, an editor of the literary journal A Public Space, and a lecturer at the University of Tokyo. His 2007 book Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture Has Invaded the U.S. explores the conceptual history regarding the use of Japanese pop culture and its influence within the Western world.
Consisting of a collection of essays based around Japanese science fiction, Robot Ghost and Wired Dreams: Japanese Science Fiction from Origins to Anime explores the influential and visual impact that Japanese science fiction has had throughout the world and also investigates some fundamental relations and differences between both traditional prose science fiction and science fiction animation.