Viewing the Autumn Colours in 2018



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I headed back to Japan in November to view the Autumn colours. I really enjoyed travelling with Inside Japan last year and enjoyed doing so again this year.

This trip included meetups with online friends in Japan, and some semi-self guided touring at the end. A summary of the trip is after the jump if you’re interested in catching up, and links will be added as the photos for each post are curated.  Continue reading

Carole and Tuesday (2019): First Thoughts


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Carole and Tuesday Key Visual

Source: Wikipedia

In Carole and Tuesday director Shinichirō Watanabe has either returned to the universe of Cowboy Bebob, or constructed an eerily close duplicate of it.

Oh, and this is a series that is truly at its best when the eponymous Carole and Tuesday are singing the love songs to each other that they don’t know[1] are love songs. Continue reading

Of RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha and Pendragon


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Pendragon has long been my favourite role playing system. I often ended up having to GM Pendragon because I wouldn’t get to play otherwise.

Indeed the Arthurian Mythos is, in many ways, my Mythos. The one that sings to me, that resonates in ways that I only rarely show, and sometimes in surprising ways[1].

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May their art be their memorial: a trip down memory lane with Kyoto Animation


There was a terrible attack at one of Kyoto Animation’s studios today leaving at least 23 people dead, and many more injured and/or in critical condition.

Whilst I cannot know exactly which KyoAni shows the victims worked on, I thank them for their art and may their art be their memorial.

In that vein, here are the KyoAni shows I have enjoyed over the years:

Rest in peace, and thank you again for your art.

Umi ga Kikoeru / Ocean Waves / I Can Hear the Sea (1993)


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Blu-Ray Cover Art

Source: Madman

Umi ga Kikoeru[1] has long been one of the hardest films in the Studio Ghibli catalogue to track down.

It is unique in the Studio Ghibli catalogue as both the only television film, and also as the only film for the studio directed by Tomomi Mochizuki[2]. In the latter respect Mr Mochizuki is not alone as it is not until 2011 that a director other than Isao Takahata or Hayao Miyazaki directs a second film for Studio Ghibli[3]. Continue reading

I Married My Best Friend to Shut My Parents Up, Kodama Naoko (2018)


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I Married My Best Friend to Shut My Parents Up by Kodama Naoko is a sweet Yuri romance. At only one volume I Married My Best Friend will leave you wanting more of Machi and Hana.

The title is almost longer than the manga is. 🙂

I Married My Best Friend is also exactly what it says on the tin. Continue reading