義母と娘のブルース (Gibo to Musume no Blues)

Based on the same titled manga by Rin Sakurazawa, Gibo to Musume no Blues is the story of hardworking careerwoman Iwaki Akiko, who after marrying widower Miyamoto Ryoichi, now tries her best to get accustomed to her new life as a wife and a stepmom. Ayase Haruka plays the stern yet charismatic corporate manager who’s…… Continue reading 義母と娘のブルース (Gibo to Musume no Blues)

亜人 (Ajin)

After a six-month delay, Ajin live-action finally gets released in our local cinemas. The showing date, however, falls at the time when I’m supposed to leave the country for a quick vacay. Films like this don’t usually last in theaters longer than a week. So after my morning job, I quickly packed my luggage and…… Continue reading 亜人 (Ajin)

Sato Takeru: Ajin and Inuyashiki

The Japanese word, “seinen” (青年), means youth but when it comes to manga, this genre is marketed to 18–30 year old male audience and at times, to businessmen who are well over 40. Compared to Shonen, Seinen anime and manga are usually more mature, violent, and psychological. Ghost in the Shell, starring Scarlett Johansson, falls under this genre. While this Japanese…… Continue reading Sato Takeru: Ajin and Inuyashiki

17 New Japanese Live-Action Films (Coming Out In 2017)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Logan, Thor: Ragnarok, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Justice League, Wonder Woman, Power Rangers and more. It seems that we will see a lot of superhero blockbusters, both sequels and reboots, from Hollywood this year. Producers also boast the acquisition of rights to several well-known Japanese source materials. These include: Ghost In the Shell, starring…… Continue reading 17 New Japanese Live-Action Films (Coming Out In 2017)

世界から猫が消えたなら (If Cats Disappeared From the World)

If Cats Disappeared from the World is based on Sekai Kara Neko ga Kieta Nara, the first published novel of film producer Genki Kawamura. Cat people will probably go berserk if they see the title but don’t worry, no cats were harmed in the making of this movie. Lead actor Sato Takeru is a big time…… Continue reading 世界から猫が消えたなら (If Cats Disappeared From the World)