Hibi Rock: Puke Afro And The Pop Star

Hibi Rock: Puke Afro And The Pop Star Japan (2014) Dir. Yu Irie Kids and their music dreams, a popular concept to explore in the arts, quite often a chance to either indulge in the tawdry excesses of chasing the rock’n’roll dream or to satirise the music industry in the process. This film is a … Continue reading Hibi Rock: Puke Afro And The Pop Star

Maestro! (Maesutoro!)

Maestro! (Maesutoro!) Japan (2015) Dir. Shôtarô Kobayashi Music can mean many things to many people. For some it is a way of life, for others it is a universal language; some just enjoy the melodies and beats while others attach significant life moments to a particular song or tune. Ultimately, it is about expression - … Continue reading Maestro! (Maesutoro!)

Oreimo Series 1 Collection

Oreimo Series 1 Collection (Cert 18) 3 Discs (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 404 minutes approx. The Japanese have certain peccadilloes which we here in the West aren’t quite able to fully appreciate, and many of these tend to manifest themselves in anime and manga, presumably because it is easier to get away with it in … Continue reading Oreimo Series 1 Collection

Bakuman Season 1

Bakuman Season 1 (Cert 12) 6 Discs (Distributor: Manga Entertainment/Kaze UK) Running time: 676 minutes approx.   Like most fourteen year-olds, Moritaka Mashiro has no idea of what he wants to do with his life, but he does know is that classmate Miho Azuki is cute and sketches a portrait of her in his notebook. Another … Continue reading Bakuman Season 1