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Suzume No Tojimari Review: Shinkai Explores Disaster & Trauma

Makoto Shinkai’s latest blockbuster anime film, Suzume No Tojimari, could be the acclaimed director’s best film yet. Suzume No Tojimari (literally Suzume’s door locking or Suzume’s door lock in English) is a fantastical film set in present-day Japan. The film follows a high-school girl named Suzume as she travels around Japan sealing away a mysterious … Continue reading Suzume No Tojimari Review: Shinkai Explores Disaster & Trauma

Fullmetal Alchemist Full Series Review: Looking Back at Brotherhood

When it comes to intriguing and thought-provoking shonen anime, you can’t go wrong with Fullmetal Alchemist. This Fullmetal Alchemist review will concentrate on Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, the 2009 reboot series. The 2009 series mixes together elements of steampunk adventure, intrigue, angst, philosophy, and light comic relief. If you haven't seen it yet, it's definitely worth … Continue reading Fullmetal Alchemist Full Series Review: Looking Back at Brotherhood

What is a Happi Coat? – An Intro to Japanese Traditional Clothing

The happi coat is probably the most informal and casual traditional Japanese garment you will ever find. It’s best known as a festive, festival outfit. Outside of Japan, it hasn’t gotten as much attention as the kimono or yukata. Internet search engines don’t help matters by misreading the name "happi" as “happy” (which makes it … Continue reading What is a Happi Coat? – An Intro to Japanese Traditional Clothing