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Woman of the Millennium: Japanese actress Setsuko Hara, legendary from her career in the 1950s and 1960s, was considered to be the inspiration for the main character in Satoshi Kon's Millennium Actress. Out of the public eye for decades, she passed away this week at the age of 95. Check her out in Yasujirō Ozu's Tokyo Story (a film so quiet and modest you barely notice how great it actually is). Shine on, you saintly diamond.

Sam laughs: British actor Sam Riley — he portrayed, quiet memorably, Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis in Anton Corbjin's Control, and also appeared in Maleficent — is boarding the Ghost in the Shell live-action project as The Laughing Man. (AICN, Crunchyroll). The general caliber of the actors apart from Scarlett Johannson is giving me a sliver of hope for this project; they're not aiming for obvious A-list talent, but moodier and more artistic folks.

When you comin' back, Red (Rider)? Good word all around was heard about Snow White with the Red Hair, and now all those who enjoyed the show can bask in the good news that a second season is underway. I only caught part of the show before being buried by other things, but what I saw did impress me, and I'd like to circle back to it at some point.

Yet another nation heard from: I'm not sure if this is a first, but it's striking all the same. Chinese Web novel 從前有座霊剣山 (Reikenzan - Hoshikuzu-tachi no Utage, "Mt. Reiken - Stardust's Banquet"), previously adapted into a manga, will also be getting a TV series courtesy of Japan. Synopsis by way of Crunchyroll, which makes it sound like a high-fantasy wuxia novel:

The story is set in the world that experienced terrible natural disasters by a falling comet. To find the "destiny child" who was carried by the comet, the "Reiken-ha" clan that has a long history decides to re-start its entrance examination. The protagonist Ouriku has "超霊根" (Cho-Reikon/Super Spiritual Root?) that is said to be allowed to have only for one person in one thousand years. He now challenges the exam to become an immortal wizard, Sennin.

Whiplash: The drummer for Japan's soccer team sounds off.

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Serdar Yegulalp (@GanrikiDotOrg) is Editor-in-Chief of Ganriki.org. He has written about anime professionally as the Anime Guide for Anime.About.com, and as a contributor to Advanced Media Network, but has also been exploring the subject on his own since 1998.
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