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Andy Coombs
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And the winner is...
It's that time of year, Murakami doesn't win the Nobel. But it always stirs up a lot of talk. Asymtote have an interview with Murakami translator Jay Rubin: http://www.asymptotejournal.com/blog/2014/10/09/in-conversation-with-jay-rubin/ The New Yorker has a...

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Special Others - Light
Yes, I'm still alive! Sorry for the lack of updates, I moved back to Australia recently, so there was a lot of down time and general house moving business. There has been a lot happening in the last few months. I'm excited by the new Special Others album th...

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I Am A Hero #15
Great news with the release of volume 15 of Kengo Hanazawa's (花沢健吾) I Am A Hero, with the movie adaptation announced to hit cinemas in 2015. It is set to star Yo Oizumi (大泉洋) as struggling manga artist turned hero, Hideo Suzuki (鈴木英雄). I'm not familiar with...

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All You Need Is Kill
If we ever met, we'd probably disagree on politics and religion, but I have to give credit to Tom Cruise for choosing interesting roles. His latest sci-fi escapade, Edge of Tomorrow, comes from a Japanese novel titled All You Need is Kill (オール ユー 二ード イズ キル)...

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Saint Young Men #10
I'm in the process of moving, so excuse the lack of updates recently. The latest volume of Saint Young Men was released just over a month ago, and I just got around to reading it. If you haven't read any of the earlier volumes, don't worry, there are some m...

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Melt Banana - Lefty Dog (Run Caper Run)
Melt Banana finish up their UK tour in Brighton on Monday night. And they've released a music video for Lefty Dog (Run Caper Run) from their latest album Fetch which was released earlier in the year. The video is as equally manic as their noisy punk pop gri...

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Momotaro (Episode 1)
Following on from last month new Pepsi Next Zero Momotaro campaign featuring Shun Oguri (小栗旬) is the second install. Check it out here, Episode 1: Here is Episode 0 for those that haven't seen it yet. As I said last time, I would have loved to have seen thi...

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Oishinbo
I posted recently about Asano Inio's newest comic, Dead Dead Demons D-D-D-D-Destruction, in a recent edition of Big Comic Spirits. In that same issue a chapter long running manga series Oishibo (美味しぼ), written by Kariya Tetsuya (雁屋哲) and drawn by Hanasaki A...

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SA
SA (or a.k.a. Samurai Attack when travelling overseas) are a Japanese punk band that formed in 1984, but it wasn't until 1999 until they released their first full album. They have support Rancid on Japanese tours, and have also done several overseas tours i...

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Ping Pong
The anime adaptation of Taiyo Matsumoto's (松本太陽) 1996-97 manga series Ping Pong (ピンポン) began airing on Japanese TV last month. Ping Pong was the follow up to Matsumoto's Japanese Academy Award winning Tekkonkinkreet (鉄コン筋クリート), the anime adaptation is being...
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