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2017


Victor Santos's 'Rashōmon': Edo Noir
A clever and inventive retelling of three classic Japanese samurai-era tales, channeled through detective-noir sensibilities
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Gō Tanabe And The Hounds Of Love(craft)
If the rest of Gō Tanabe's manga adaptations of H.P. Lovecraft's horror classics are as good as this first volume, we're overdue for seeing more of one of manga's thus-far hidden treasures
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'The Ghost In The Shell: Five New Short Stories'
A spry, classy set of riffs on the 'Ghost In The Shell' universe, drawing on characters we know and extrapolating from the setting at large, but newcomers to the franchise shouldn't make this their first outing with it
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'Bungo Stray Dogs': Six (Or More) Authors In Search Of Some Character
'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' for the J-lit set; a show that has one great creative invention and then spends its entire runtime doing nothing of consequence with it
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2016


Patreon 'Aoi Bungaku: Kokoro': The Heart Of The Matter
Natsume Sōseki's unsentimental, heart-wrenching classic still hits hard a hundred years later; its Aoi Bungaku anime adaptation restructures it to intriguing if unsuccessful effect
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Patreon 'Aoi Bungaku: Sakura No Mori No Mankai No Shita [In The Forest, Under Cherries In Full Bloom]': The Heart's Filthy Lesson
Ango Sakaguchi's classic story, a mix of 'farce, fable, and mystery' (and horror) is brought to life with outlandish style and color -- and always with one eye cocked towards its heart of darkness
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Patreon 'Aoi Bungaku: No Longer Human': The Man Without Qualities
The first of the 'Aoi Bungaku' animated adaptations of classical Japanese literature is a keen, well-devised adaptation of Osamu Dazai's novel of downfall and decadence
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2014


'Asura Girl': She's Strange
Otaro Maijo's genre- and criticism-defying novel ignores conventions of style, genre, narrative, and logic; would that it added up to more than a stunt
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Monkey Punch's 'Bōtchan': Laugh, It's A Classic
When the creator of 'Lupin III' decided to revisit a feisty Japanese literary masterwork, the results were as uproarious as they needed to be
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