It’s 1969. The Beatles perform their last live “concert” on the rooftop of the Apple Corp building in London, The Rolling Stones were all the rage, 500,000 people gathered on a dairy farm for the first Woodstock Music Festival, and in the comfort of a hidden den made from long grass, nine Japanese school friends innocently penned their ideas of a fictional doomsday scenario, of which they would be the saviours, to the sound of rock and roll on the radio. Who would have imagined that nearly 30 years later, the disaster they thought up as children would begin to unfold.
Last Sunday, legendary Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki showed his green fingers and green spirit by joining 200 other volunteers to help maintain a piece of local woodland. The Fuchi no Mori forest, near Tokyo, is famed for, amongst other things, having inspired the scenery in Miyazaki’s 1988 film, My Neighbour Totoro. In 2007, Miyazaki joined … Continue reading
It’s just under two weeks until the convention season of 2011 kicks off with London Anime Con, another convention from the Anime League, they of Alcon fame. Manga Market will be there on both the Saturday and Sunday, with our friends from Dolly Dare also joining us on the Saturday. What do you have to … Continue reading
MangaUK and UNIQLO have teamed up to promote a range of anime-inspired T-shirts due to hit stores later this year. The range of 5 t-shirts features Naruto, everyone’s favourite teen ninja. The shirts are beautifully designed and range from sizes XXS to XL. MangaUK and UNIQLO recognise that anime isn’t just for watching, it is … Continue reading
Manhwa is the term given to the korean comic-style, however more recently has been adopted to become a term for the South Korean comic books.
Title: the Witch of Artemis Author: Yui Hara Overall: 3.5/5 The very first volume of a brand new series, The Witch of Artemis v1 had a promisingly cute cover and a suitably CLAMP-esque summary, so I took it upon myself to have a flick through. The story follows Kazuki, a young boy who has recently … Continue reading
Title: Rosario Vampire Author: Akihisa Ikeda Overall: 3/5 The first thing which I feel must be observed about Rosario Vampire as a manga is this: The cover art is saucy. Girls in very short skirts and with generous cleavage posing in all sorts of suggestive ways. I was hesitant at first about reading it, not … Continue reading