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Mar 17, 2021
Shotaro Ishinomori is a mangaka few may know, but whose influence on manga and other forms of media is undeniable. Starting his career as an assistant of Tezuka, fans of the latter would see his influence in Ishinomori’s works, especially in character designs and panelling. Having said that, it isn’t my intention to diminish the impact of Ishinomori, but rather highlight the rather close bond the two shared throughout their lives.

As for the man of the hour himself, with iconic series such as Cyborg 009, a series that I remember from my early teens back in 2004 to the Super Sentai and Kamen Rider read more
May 31, 2020
Reiri (Manga) add (All reviews)
Reiri was a manga brought to my attention by a friend. And it immediately caught my attention for few reasons. For one, the story was by Iwaaki Hitoshi of Parasyte and Historie fame, which I had enjoyed. It also happened to be set in the Sengoku Jidai. The Sengoku Jidai was one of the most turbulent periods in Japanese history, firing the popular imagination through the exploits of several interesting historical figures. This period was equally known for the social events and philosophical ideas which have had and continue to have an impact on modern Japan. Last but not least, it followed the Takeda clan. read more
Dec 25, 2019
TEZUKA SAMA AAAAAAAAAAAA. Had to get that out of the way first lol.

Tezuka Osamu monogatari is a biography of the man known to the world as the god of manga and godfather of anime. Released as a weekly of 8-10 pages by Toshio Ban, then sub-chief of Tezuka productions, it ran for nearly 3 years. What better way to show the life of a great but in the medium which he helped grow and popularise. Tezuka was always a believer in the power of manga to transform life and would have been moved by the fact that his biography was presented in this format. read more
Nov 21, 2019
One does not often associate mature character dramas with Gender Bender series. Often known for their fanservice or comedy, well written characters are the last thing one would expect from this genre. Clear up after rain or Ame nochi hare is such a series.

Clear up after rain is a story set in high school about a group of boys who turn into girls due to unexplained reasons. Shocked at this predicament, the boys must learn to deal with accepting the fact that they have transformed and carry on with their day to day lives, without arousing suspicion from their peers and teachers. From the read more
Apr 2, 2019
Phoenix. It’s a 10. Let’s get that out of the way first. Moving on, Phoenix is a work written by the God of Manga, Osamu Tezuka, over a span of 20+ years. It was regarded by him as his life’s work. And having read it, I can attest to it. I have had the privilege of reading many mangas from the master over his nearly 40 year career and was eagerly anticipating to have a go at this one. And boy it sure delivered. From start to finish, it was one of the most ambitious works I have had the pleasure to experience.

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Oct 14, 2014
I don't know why I started watching this anime. I was actually surprised to see it so highly rated. But after watching it I can say with certainty that this is one of the most underrated animes series ever.

Mushishi is set in historic Japan with a fantasy element. Enter mushi which are supernatural creatures which are invisible to the naked/normal eye. The protagonist, Ginko is a mushi master or mushishi. The anime is episodic in nature with Ginko travelling along the country trying to study about them. This leads him to meet people who are affected by mushi. Another strong point about this series was read more