Miss Hokusai – Tales of the Anomalous and Strange in the late Edo Period


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Sarusuberi – Miss Hokusai is a fascinating film, and manga series, that is deeply rooted in the beliefs, rituals, and practices of Edo Japan. Hinako Sugiura, the original manga’s author was a researched in the lifestyles and customs of the Edo Period, and throughout the film we see her research feature in the nuances of painting, and life in Edo. Read more of this post

Inu x Boku SS First Impressions – Youkai, Sparkles, and a perverted bodyguard


Inu x Boku SS is the story of an abusive girl and the idiot who serves her, although in this case there is a distinct lack of tsundere’s and perverts, at least as main characters. Our heroine is diminutive Shirakiin Ririchiyo, daughter of the noble Shirakiin household as verbally abusive as she is small. Whats so interesting about Ririchiyo is that unlike many other such characters she realises that her words cause pain, and are a front for her insecurities, which she utterly detests. This is one reason why she has moved into Maison de Ayakashi, in order to be alone to build up her confidence in order to interact with other people normally.

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